Best Movies of Spike Lee

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Aggregate Rating: 182 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 91 | Earnings: $27.55M

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Inside Man (2006)

Aggregate Rating: 182 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 76 | Earnings: $88.50M

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Aggregate Rating: 170 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 83 | Earnings: $48.27M

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Malcolm X (1992)

Aggregate Rating: 158 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 72 | Earnings: $48.17M

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

25th Hour (2002)

Aggregate Rating: 157 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 67 | Earnings: $13.06M

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Aggregate Rating: 146 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 79 | Earnings: $7.14M

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Clockers (1995)

Aggregate Rating: 142 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 71 | Earnings: $13.04M

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

He Got Game (1998)

Aggregate Rating: 136 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 63 | Earnings: $21.55M

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Summer of Sam (1999)

Aggregate Rating: 135 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 67 | Earnings: $19.28M

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Chi-Raq (2015)

Aggregate Rating: 135 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 77 | Earnings: $2.65M

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

Rodney King (2017)

Aggregate Rating: 134 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 74 | Earnings: null

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Roger Guenveur Smith performs his one man show focusing on the life and times of Rodney King.

Crooklyn (1994)

Aggregate Rating: 134 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 65 | Earnings: $13.64M

Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

Bamboozled (2000)

Aggregate Rating: 116 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 50 | Earnings: $2.19M

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Old Boy (2013)

Aggregate Rating: 113 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 49 | Earnings: null

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

School Daze (1988)

Aggregate Rating: 108 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 49 | Earnings: $14.55M

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

Red Hook Summer (2012)

Aggregate Rating: 98 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 48 | Earnings: $0.34M

A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

Aggregate Rating: 98 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 37 | Earnings: $7.92M

Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.

Girl 6 (1996)

Aggregate Rating: 95 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 44 | Earnings: $4.90M

This Spike Lee film examines the life of an aspiring actress in New York. She is upset by the treatment of women in the movie industry during one of her screen tests with 'QT'. Out of work ...

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)

Aggregate Rating: 92 | Imdb: 4 | Metascore: 52 | Earnings: null

Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he ...

She Hate Me (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 82 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 28 | Earnings: $0.37M

Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.