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The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee

Updated June 15, 2020 2.1k votes 319 voters 18.4k views38 items

List of all movies directed by Spike Lee ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Spike Lee are listed here and include movie posters and Spike Lee movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Spike Lee as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Spike Lee movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Spike Lee film is can be factored into this list.

From Spike Lee's studio films to Spike Lee's independent films, this Spike Lee filmography keeps tabs on all Spike Lee movies, and lets the cream of the crop rise to the top.

This list features movies like Malcolm X and He Got Game.

If you’re wondering “what movies did Spike Lee direct?” or “who is Spike Lee?” then this list will explain how most people know this director. This list also answers questions like “what are the all-time best movies directed by Spike Lee?” and “what's a good selection of good Spike Lee movies?”

If you're wanting to get into Spike Lee films, then this list is a great starting point for at least starting with the most decent Spike Lee works.

All Spike Lee director credits are included. This list of every movie that Spike Lee has directed can be sorted for specific information such as what genre the Spike Lee movie is and which actors starred in the Spike Lee film.

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  • 1

    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence
    Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed...  more

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    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton
    Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist...  more

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    Miracle at St. Anna

    Kerry Washington, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Miracle at St. Anna is a 2008 American–Italian epic film set primarily in Italy during...  more
  • 4

    Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads

    Morris Carnovsky, Stuart Smith
    Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads is a 1983 independent film by Spike Lee. Lee submitted...  more
  • 5


    John David Washington, Adam Driver
    BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the book by...  more

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    RuPaul, Spike Lee
    Crooklyn is a 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. The film...  more

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    Bad 25

    Bad 25 is a 2012 documentary film about the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's 1987 album...  more
  • 8

    School Daze

    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne
    School Daze is a 1988 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and...  more

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  • 9

    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington
    Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell...  more

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    25th Hour

    Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    25th Hour is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the novel by David...  more

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    He Got Game

    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal
    He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars...  more

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  • 12

    A Huey P. Newton Story

    Roger Guenveur Smith
    A Huey P. Newton Story is an American film adaptation directed by Spike Lee. The movie was...  more
  • 13

    Jungle Fever

    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson
    Jungle Fever is a 1991 American romance drama film written, produced, and directed by Spike...  more

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  • 14

    Jim Brown: All-American

    Jim Brown, Oliver Stone
    Jim Brown: All-American is a 2002 documentary film directed by Spike Lee. The film takes a...  more
  • 15

    Summer of Sam

    Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito
    Summer of Sam is a 1999 American thriller film that recounts the Son of Sam. It was directed...  more
  • 16

    Da 5 Bloods

    Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors
    Da 5 Bloods is a 2020 epic war drama film directed by Spike Lee. Four African American Vietnam...  more

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    Get on the Bus

    Bernie Mac, Randy Quaid
    Get on the Bus is a 1996 film about a group of African-American men who are taking a...  more

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  • 18

    Red Hook Summer

    Spike Lee, Nate Parker
    Red Hook Summer is a 2012 American comedy drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. When...  more
  • 19

    She's Gotta Have It

    Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson
    She's Gotta Have It is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee....  more

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    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel
    Clockers is a 1995 American drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the...  more

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  • 21

    4 Little Girls

    Addie May Collins, Carol Denise McNair
    4 Little Girls is a 1997 American historical documentary film about the 15 September 1963...  more
  • 22

    The Original Kings of Comedy

    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer
    The Original Kings of Comedy is a 2000 stand-up comedy film, directed by Spike Lee, and...  more

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    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee...  more
  • 24

    Mo' Better Blues

    Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
    Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 musical comedy-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley...  more

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  • 25


    Jada Pinkett Smith, Mos Def
    Bamboozled is a 2000 satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised...  more

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