What are the best Spike Lee movies?

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    #1Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    Malcolm X is a historical drama biography motion picture that stars Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, and Delroy Lindo. It was directed by Spike Lee and was based on the books of Alex Haley and Malcolm X. The film premiered in the USA.

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    Randy Stevens
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "Being somewhat of a conissuer of Spike Lee's movies, I can definitely rate Malcolm X high on the list of some of Lee's best work. Denzel was amazing in this movie, and even though this movie first came out over 25 years ago, his performance solidified as one of the great actors of our time. Malcolm X is a foray into more serious subject matter for Lee, who I came to know from such movies as School Daze and Do The Right Thing."
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    #2Oldboy

    Oldboy

    Oldboy is a dramatic mysterious action motion picture that features Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Samuel L. Jackson. It was directed by Spike Lee and was based on mangas of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi.

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    Gilberto Marín
    Written on February 27, 2019
    "TBH i had my doubts about the directorial skills of Spike Lee. Don't get me wrong though i like most of his movies. But I found it annoying to see him as an actor in his movie. But anyway, i still like this film and has even blown me away. "
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    #3Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing is dramatic comedy motion picture that stars Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee. It was directed and written by Spike Lee and premiered on May 19, 1989, in Cannes Film Festival.

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    Brandon Valdez
    Written on June 4, 2018
    "I'm not the biggest fan of Spike Lee movies in general but "Do the Right Thing" is definitely one of his best and worth watching overall. It feels a little dated by today's standards but the message it gives is still a great one and worth hearing in any age. I think there are a lot of people out there that could stand to learn something from the message this movie delivers to be perfectly honest. This movie could be considered a modern classic and everyone should do themselves a favor and check this one out."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know Spike Lee won his first Academy Award of his career after more than 30 years? He won his first Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for BlacKkKlansman. The film is about the Ku Klux Klan, which was also nominated for Best Picture category. Lee took home his first-ever competitive Oscar award at the 91st Academy Award in 2019. This comes after he received an honorary Oscar in 2015 for his groundbreaking work. The legendary director was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director category. Prior to his three nominations at the 91st Academy Award, he had been nominated for an Oscar award. He was nominated in 1990 for his screenplay for Do The Right Thing and Best Documentary Feature for 4 Little Girls in 1998.

Lee has been honest in the past about his lack of recognition from the Academy. That is why he gave a rousing and emotional speech after accepting his award calling on the US to "regain its humanity" and celebrate his ancestors. He ended his speech with an impassioned plea to turn out the vote in the 2020 presidential election. Though Lee's speech never mentioned Donald Trump, it has caught the attention of him. Trump has spoken out his displeasure and disappointment for the director. If you want to see what else the director has created, then you should check out Spike Lee movies on Netflix

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    #4She's Gotta Have It

    She's Gotta Have It

    She's Gotta Have It is a romantic comedy motion picture that features Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, and John Canada Terrell. It was written and directed by Spike Lee and premiered in 1986 in Cannes Film Festival.

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    Brenda Armstrong
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "Spike! Now that you've brought this classic up to the Y2K era, how about a sequel? I mean, really! John Canada Terrell and Tracy Camilla Johns reunited. (heck, they even have the same initials) How would Greer feel when he runs into Nola again after 20+ years? Will he still love her or did he get his fill of white girls. Will he try to get revenge? (pretending to fall in love with her only to lead her on). So many questions that makes the appetite of your average movie view grow. I think you should find Ms. Johns and ask her to do a sequel. She's gotta be around somewhere!!! Anyway, I saw this movie way back in the day and loved it. I do believe the 2 of them (JCT and TCJ) sort of have that Billy Dee Williams/Diana Ross connection. They play well together. Think about it, Spike. Seriously! You'd really do something if you reunited them."
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    #5Bamboozled

    Bamboozled

    Bamboozled is a comedic drama motion picture that stars Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, and Jada Pinkett Smith. It was directed and written by Spike Lee and premiered on September 18, 2000, in Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Alan Guo
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "Seems like an interesting movie. It has very good reviews and people say it's interesting. It is not a movie I would watch. I just dont care for that particular genre."
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    #6Chi-raq

    Chi-raq

    Chi-raq is an Amazon Original movie directed by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, and Teyonah Parris. This is an adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes.

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    Heather Nichols
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "Spike Lee has outdone himself! Chi-raq is experimental, but profound. In this case, the experiment paid off! It's hard adapting Greek plays to a modern audience, but Lee really rose to the challenge."
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    #7Inside Man

    Inside Man

    Inside Man is a neo-noir heist thriller film that stars Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Christopher Plummer, and Jodie Foster among others. It was directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay written by Russell Gewirtz. It hit the screens on March 20, 2006.

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    Danielle Washington
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "Inside Man was directed by Spike Lee. It has 4-star reviews on Amazon."
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    #8Jungle Fever

    Jungle Fever

    Jungle Fever is a dramatic romance movie that features Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, and Spike Lee. It was written and directed by Spike Lee and premiered on May 16, 1991, in Cannes Film Festival.

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    Grace Fu
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "There is alot going on in this movie. Cheating, interracial dating, racial predjudices between white and black, between black and black and for a cherry on top they also throw in the crack epidemic. Which I have to say that Samuel L. Jackson plays a crack head incredibly well. And I have to also give it to Halle Berry for not always having to play the "glamor girl" because she got down and dirty in this one and played his crack head girl friend. There is definately some good acting in here, also done by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Overall I think it is a good movie but what I just absoloutely hate about this movie is the scene where there are a group of black women in a room complaining about how all of the white women want to steal their men and how only light skin black women can get dates. I'm sure that you can take the scene as "well they were just angry and venting and that was just their opinion", but the way it was done, in this "forum" type setting gave it the appearance of more than just an "opinion" and made it seem like it was a factual message that the movie was trying to give out. A message that I think is absolutely false. Of course there are white women that like black men and there are some black men that will only choose a light black over a darker one(I know it sounds silly to even say it, but thats a whole other story LOL), but to send the message that all white women want black men and that dark black women can't get dates is just false and misleading. The scene would had been more effective if maybe some other black women could had been sitting there and gave some other points of view, but again, that probably wasn't the movie's aim to show all sides. Other than that the movie is funny and serious at the same time and at times a little weird, but it is a weirdness that you can deal with. Atleast I can. Except for the one scene that I mentioned, I think this is a good movie."
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    #9Miracle at St. Anna

    Miracle at St. Anna

    Miracle at St. Anna is an action, crime, and drama film directed by Spike Lee. It was released on September 26, 2008, and runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes. The stars in this film were Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso and more.

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    Kevin Fang
    Written on February 27, 2019
    "You can tell that this movie was directed by Spike Lee. Why? Because if you are a film enthusiasts like me you will notice his own style with directing films. But this film is different from his style tho. But i still liked it eh. "
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    #10BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman is a biographical crime film directed by Spike Lee released in 2018 based on the memoir Black Klansman written by Ron Stallworth published in 2014. This film has received a number of awards and nominations. 

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    Kevin Barnes
    Written on February 27, 2019
    "We all know that BlacKkKlansman has been nominated for a number of awards. It even won recently as the Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. So you shouldn't miss watching this movie as it alos raises awareness. "

Summary

Best What are the best Spike Lee movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Malcolm XMovies 15 Paid
2OldboyMovies 12 Paid
3Do the Right ThingMovies 10 Paid
4She's Gotta Have ItMovies 8 Paid
5BamboozledMovies 7 Paid
6Chi-raqMovies 5 Paid
7Inside ManMovies 2 Paid
8Jungle FeverMovies 1 Paid
9Miracle at St. AnnaMovies 0 Paid
10BlacKkKlansmanMovies 0 Paid
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