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The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee

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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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    Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton

    Released1992

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist... more on Wikipedia

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    Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed... more on Wikipedia

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    Miracle at St. Anna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Miracle at St. Anna

    Kerry Washington, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released2008

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Miracle at St. Anna is a 2008 American–Italian epic film set primarily in Italy during... more on Wikipedia

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    Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We  is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads

    Morris Carnovsky, Stuart Smith

    Released1982

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads is a 1983 independent film by Spike Lee. Lee submitted... more on Wikipedia
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    BlacKkKlansman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    BlacKkKlansman

    John David Washington, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed bySpike Lee

    BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the book by... more on Wikipedia

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    Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Crooklyn

    RuPaul, Spike Lee

    Released1994

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Crooklyn is a 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. The film... more on Wikipedia
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    School Daze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    School Daze

    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1988

    Directed bySpike Lee

    School Daze is a 1988 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell... more on Wikipedia

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    25th Hour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    25th Hour

    Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Directed bySpike Lee

    25th Hour is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the novel by David... more on Wikipedia

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    Jungle Fever is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Jungle Fever

    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1991

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Jungle Fever is a 1991 American romance drama film written, produced, and directed by Spike... more on Wikipedia

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    He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    He Got Game

    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released1998

    Directed bySpike Lee

    He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars... more on Wikipedia

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    A Huey P. Newton Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    A Huey P. Newton Story

    Roger Guenveur Smith

    Released2001

    Directed bySpike Lee

    A Huey P. Newton Story is an American film adaptation directed by Spike Lee. The movie was... more on Wikipedia
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    Jim Brown: All-American is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Jim Brown: All-American

    Jim Brown, Oliver Stone

    Released2002

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Jim Brown: All-American is a 2002 documentary film directed by Spike Lee. The film takes a... more on Wikipedia
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    Summer of Sam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Summer of Sam

    Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

    Released1999

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Summer of Sam is a 1999 American thriller film that recounts the Son of Sam. It was directed... more on Wikipedia
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    She's Gotta Have It is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    She's Gotta Have It

    Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson

    Released1986

    Directed bySpike Lee

    She's Gotta Have It is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee.... more on Wikipedia

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    Get on the Bus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Get on the Bus

    Bernie Mac, Randy Quaid

    Released1996

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Get on the Bus is a 1996 film about a group of African-American men who are taking a... more on Wikipedia

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    Da 5 Bloods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Da 5 Bloods

    Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors

    Released2020

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Da 5 Bloods is a 2020 epic war drama film directed by Spike Lee. Four African American Vietnam... more on Wikipedia
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    Clockers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Clockers

    Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel

    Released1995

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Clockers is a 1995 American drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the... more on Wikipedia

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    Red Hook Summer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Red Hook Summer

    Spike Lee, Nate Parker

    Released2012

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Red Hook Summer is a 2012 film written and directed by Spike Lee.
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    Mo' Better Blues is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Mo' Better Blues

    Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1990

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 musical comedy-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley... more on Wikipedia
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    4 Little Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
    4 Little Girls is a 1997 American historical documentary film about the 15 September 1963... more on Wikipedia
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    The Original Kings of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    The Original Kings of Comedy

    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer

    Released2000

    Directed bySpike Lee

    The Original Kings of Comedy is a 2000 stand-up comedy film, directed by Spike Lee, and... more on Wikipedia

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    When the Levees Broke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee... more on Wikipedia
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    Bamboozled is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Bamboozled

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Mos Def

    Released2000

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Bamboozled is a 2000 satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised... more on Wikipedia

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    Lumière and Company is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Directed By Spike Lee
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    Lumière and Company

    Alan Rickman, Max von Sydow

    Released1995

    Directed byZhang Yimou, David Lynch, John Boorman, Jacques Rivette, Fernando Trueba

    Lumière and Company was a collaboration between forty-one international film directors in... more on Wikipedia
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