Film 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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Spike Lee has been fortunate enough to work with talented actors, including Halle Berry and Denzel Washington. Did you have fun voting on this list of Spike Lee movies? You might also want to vote on our lists of the best Oliver Stone and Steven Soderbergh movies as well.

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Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee. The film dramatizes key events in Malcolm X's life: his ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny ...more

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Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Joie Lee She's Gotta Have It is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It is Lee's first feature-length film. The film stars Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks and ...more

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Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee School Daze is a 1988 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and starring Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin. Based in part on Spike Lee's ...more

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Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Jungle Fever is a 1991 American romance drama film written, produced, and directed by Spike Lee, starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. It was Lee's fifth feature-length film. The film ...more

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Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 musical comedy-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Spike Lee, who also directed. It follows a period in the life of fictional jazz trumpeter ...more

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Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Denzel Washington as Jake Shuttlesworth, a prison inmate convicted for an act against his wife. He is ...more

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Anna Paquin, Rosario Dawson, Edward Norton 25th Hour is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Edward Norton. Based on the novel The 25th Hour by David Benioff, who also wrote the screenplay, it tells the story of ...more

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RuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard Crooklyn is a 1994 semi-autobiographical film co-written and directed by Spike Lee. The film takes place in Brooklyn, New York and the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant during the summer of ...more

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John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth. An African American detective (John David Washington) in Colorado Springs, Colorado ...more

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Anthony Mackie, Ken Leung, Marguerite Moreau Sucker Free City is a 2004 television film directed by Spike Lee. The film examines white, black, and Chinese characters in San Francisco and the conflicts they encounter with each other. The ...more

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Monica Bellucci, Kerry Washington, Jim Brown She Hate Me is a 2004 independent comedy-drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Brian Dennehy, Woody Harrelson, Bai Ling ...more

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Morris Carnovsky, Stuart Smith, Tommy Redmond Hicks Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads is a 1983 independent film by Spike Lee. Lee submitted the film as his master's degree thesis at the Tisch School of the Arts. Lee's classmates Ang Lee ...more

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Spike Lee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro Clockers is a 1995 American drama film directed by Spike Lee. It is an adaptation of the eponymous 1992 novel by Richard Price, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Lee. The film stars Harvey ...more

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Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D. L. Hughley The Original Kings of Comedy is a 2000 stand-up comedy film, directed by Spike Lee, and featuring the comedy routines of Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac. ...more

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4 Little Girls is a 1997 American historical documentary film about the 15 September 1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, ...more

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Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody Summer of Sam is a 1999 American thriller film that recounts the Son of Sam. It was directed and produced by Spike Lee and stars John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, and Jennifer

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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana due to the failure of the levees during Hurricane ...more

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Mos Def, Damon Wayans Bamboozled is a 2000 satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the violent fall-out from the ...more

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Bernie Mac, Randy Quaid, Andre Braugher Get on the Bus is a 1996 film about a group of African-American men who are taking a cross-country bus trip in order to participate in the Million Man March. The film was directed by Spike Lee ...more

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Kerry Washington, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Turturro Miracle at St. Anna is a 2008 American–Italian epic film set primarily in Italy during German-occupied Europe in WWII. Directed by Spike Lee, the film is based on the eponymous 2003 novel by ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin Oldboy is a 2013 American remake of Park Chan-wook's 2003 South Korean cult film, which is based on the Japanese manga with the same name published 1996-1998. Directed by Spike Lee and written ...more

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And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos, Vol. 1 And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos, Vol. 1 is a 2000 musical film directed by Mark Gerard, F. Gary Gray, Spike Lee, Milcho Manchevski, Parris Mayhew, David Perez Shadi, Marty Thomas ...more

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Madonna, Halle Berry, Quentin Tarantino Girl 6 is a 1996 comedy, drama film written by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Spike Lee.