Director Spike Lee films that you must watch

Taking intense subjects, the director has directed great movies

Director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and professor, Spike Lee in a career spanning over three decades has produced more than 35 films since 1983. Though his debut as a director was with the film She’s Gotta Have It, he has written several other films that constantly explore the subject of race relations, colourism, urban crime, poverty, and other political issues. The 64-year-old director and producer has won numerous accolades including an Academy Award, a Student Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Emmy Awards, and the Cannes Grand Prix.

A few other must watch films of Spike Lee are Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Clockers, 25th Hour, 4 Little Girls, Inside Man, Chi-Raq, and Da 5 Bloods.

Bamboozled
This2000 satirical comedy-drama film is a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the resulting violent fallout from the show’s success. It features an ensemble cast of Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett Smith, Savion Glover, Tommy Davidson, and Michael Rapaport. The best part about the film is one of its powerful sequences that exhibits countless examples of blackface used in past movies and shows. The film has now achieved a cult film status all for its satirical look at stereotypical depictions of black people in both historical and contemporary American film and television productions.

Blackkklansman
This 2018 biographical crime comedy is based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The film stars John David Washington as Stallworth, along with Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, and Topher Grace. The film is set in the 1970s in Colorado Springs, Colorado and it follows the first African-American detective in the city’s police department as he sets out to infiltrate and expose the local Ku Klux Klan chapter.

Summer Of Sam
This 1999 crime thriller film tells the story about the 1977 David Berkowitz serial murders and their consequent effect on a group of fictional residents of an Italian-American neighborhood in The Bronx. While the story is about the killer, David Berkowitz, his murders, and the investigation but the focus is on two young men from the neighborhood: Vinny, played by John Leguizamo – whose marriage is faltering due to his cheating – and Ritchie, played by Adrien Brody, who is Vinny’s childhood friend and has embraced punk fashion and music.

School Daze
This 1988 musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee is based in part on Spike Lee’s experiences as a Morehouse student in the Atlanta University Center during the 1970s. This film tells the story of undergraduates in a fraternity and sorority clashing with some of their classmates at a historically black college during homecoming weekend

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