Spike Lee

Spike Lee

Highest Rated: 100% Rodney King (2017)

Lowest Rated: 14% Drop Squad (1994)

Birthday: Mar 20, 1957

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

While African-American filmmakers have been a staple of the cinematic landscape since the pioneering work of Oscar Micheaux during the '20s, none have had the same cultural or artistic impact as Spike Lee. As a writer, director, actor, producer, author, and entrepreneur, Lee has revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades of stereotypes and marginalized portrayals to establish a new arena for African-American voices to be heard. His movies -- a series of outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques informed by an unwavering commitment toward challenging cultural assumptions not only about race but also class and gender identity -- both solidified his own standing as one of contemporary cinema's most influential figures and furthered the careers of actors including Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, and Laurence Fishburne. Along the way, Lee even cleared a path for up-and-coming black filmmakers such as John Singleton, Matty Rich, Darnell Martin, Ernest Dickerson (Lee's one-time cinematographer), and Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes.Born Shelton Jackson Lee in Atlanta, GA, on March 20, 1957, he was raised in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. The son of jazz musician Bill Lee, his first love was sports; an obsessive fan of the New York Knicks basketball club, his initial goal was to become a major-league baseball player. Only while attending Atlanta's prestigious Morehouse College did Lee's affection for film begin to surface, and while earning a degree in mass communications he returned to New York to make his first movie, 1977's Last Hustle in Brooklyn, a portrait of the area's Black and Puerto Rican communities shot with a Super-8 camera during the height of the disco craze. Upon graduating from Morehouse, he enrolled in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, earning his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film production. His senior feature, 1982's Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, was the first student effort ever showcased in Lincoln Center's "New Directors, New Films" series, and also garnered the Student Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The success of Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop encouraged Lee to hire representation at the William Morris Agency, but when no studio contracts were forthcoming, he began exploring alternate means of independent financing. After a series of setbacks, he managed to secure 125,000 dollars to produce the stylish and sexy 1986 comedy She's Gotta Have It, which took the Prix de Jeunesse award at Cannes and earned close to 9 million dollars at the box office. Hollywood soon came calling, and in 1988, he released his major studio debut School Daze; however, it was his third film, 1989's Do the Right Thing, which launched Lee to the forefront of the American filmmaking community. A provocative, insightful meditation on simmering racial tension, it was among the year's most controversial and talked-about films and went on to net an Oscar nomination for "Best Screenplay" (although not a nod for "Best Picture," a slight in and of itself the subject of much outcry). The jazz world was the subject of '90s Mo' Better Blues, which opened to lukewarm press; however, with his next effort, the following year's Jungle Fever, Lee was again at the center of controversy over the picture's subject matter, interracial romance. Upon the movie's completion, he began work on his long-awaited dream project, 1992's Malcolm X. Shot at various points across the globe (including Mecca), the three-hour biopic of the slain civil-rights leader reached theaters in its intended form only after celebrities including Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, and Prince helped defray financing costs in the wake of Warner Bros.' mandate that Lee trim the film's running time by half an hour. After so many politically charged pictures, Lee next shot the change-of-pace Crooklyn, a relatively light serio-comedy based largely on h


Highest Rated Movies



92% Da 5 Bloods Screenwriter Producer Director 2020
95% See You Yesterday Producer 2019
96% BlacKkKlansman Screenwriter Producer Director 2018
75% Tales from the Hood 2 Executive Producer 2018
93% Pass Over Producer Director 2018
100% Rodney King Director 2017
68% Touched With Fire Executive Producer 2016
93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall Producer Director Screenwriter 2016
82% Chi-Raq Producer Screenwriter Director $2.7M 2015
57% The Girl Is In Trouble Executive Producer 2015
67% Champs Actor 2015
47% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Producer Director Screenwriter 2015
67% Cronies Executive Producer 2015
No Score Yet Pavarotti & Friends Director 2015
No Score Yet Katt Williams: Priceless - Afterlife Director 2014
40% Oldboy Director $1.3M 2013
No Score Yet Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Director 2013
No Score Yet Brooklyn Boheme Actor 2013
33% A Man's Story Actor 2012
92% Bad 25 Director 2012
58% Red Hook Summer Producer Mr. Mookie Director Screenwriter $0.4M 2012
No Score Yet You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game Actor 2012
95% Pariah Executive Producer $0.8M 2011
No Score Yet On The Shoulders Of Giants Actor 2011
No Score Yet Doubles With Slight Pepper Executive Producer 2011
23% Saint John of Las Vegas Executive Producer $72.7K 2010
No Score Yet If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise Director Producer 2010
100% Passing Strange Producer Director 2009
No Score Yet Kobe Doin' Work Producer Director 2009
No Score Yet Poliwood Actor 2009
33% Miracle at St. Anna Producer Director $7.8M 2008
No Score Yet 40 X 15 Actor 2008
No Score Yet Lights, Action, Music Actor 2007
97% When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts Producer Director 2006
86% Inside Man Director Screenwriter $88.5M 2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children Director 2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children Director Producer 2005
92% How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It) Actor 2005
No Score Yet Miracle's Boys Director 2005
19% She Hate Me Producer Screenwriter Director $81.9K 2004
No Score Yet Sucker Free City Director Executive Producer 2004
No Score Yet Good Fences Executive Producer Producer 2003
78% 25th Hour Producer Director 2003
86% Ten Minutes Older Producer Director 2002
57% Jim Brown: All-American Director Producer 2002
43% Lisa Picard Is Famous Himself 2001
No Score Yet 3 A.M. Producer Filmmaker 2001
100% A Huey P. Newton Story Director 2001
51% Bamboozled Screenwriter Director Producer $1.9M 2000
83% The Original Kings of Comedy Director Producer $37.7M 2000
83% Love and Basketball Producer 2000
No Score Yet Afrocentricity Executive Producer 2000
72% The Best Man Producer 1999
51% Summer of Sam John Jeffries John Producer Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet It's Black Entertainment Actor 1999
No Score Yet Freak Director 1998
81% He Got Game Director Producer Screenwriter 1998
100% 4 Little Girls Director Producer 1997
No Score Yet Century of Black Cinema Actor 1997
98% When We Were Kings Actor 1996
88% Get on the Bus Director Executive Producer 1996
100% Lumière and Company Actor 1996
33% Girl 6 Producer Director Jimmy 1996
No Score Yet The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money Interviewee 1996
71% Clockers Screenwriter Chucky Director Producer 1995
47% Tales From the Hood Producer Executive Producer 1995
64% New Jersey Drive Executive Producer 1995
14% Drop Squad Producer 1994
98% Hoop Dreams Himself (Film director) 1994
77% Crooklyn Director Producer Snuffy Screenwriter 1994
No Score Yet The Last Party Actor 1993
88% Malcolm X Screenwriter Director Producer Shorty 1992
81% Jungle Fever Producer Director Cyrus Screenwriter 1991
No Score Yet Lonely in America Himself 1990
71% Mo' Better Blues Giant Director Screenwriter Producer 1990
No Score Yet Mandela in America Actor 1990
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
92% Do the Right Thing Screenwriter Director Mookie Producer 1989
58% School Daze Director Producer Screenwriter Half-Pint 1988
91% She's Gotta Have It Mars Blackmon Mars Blackman Screenwriter Producer Director 1986
No Score Yet Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads Screenwriter Director Producer 1983


100% Dear...
Appearing 2020
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Guest 2020
100% Desus & Mero
Guest 2019
77% She's Gotta Have It
Executive Producer Creator Director 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest Director 2019
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
Guest 2019
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Producer Executive Producer 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
Panelist 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Voces on PBS
Appearing 2012
No Score Yet Great Performances
Producer Director 2010
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
Appearing 2010
52% Shark
Director 2006
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
Guest Panelist 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Guest 2004
No Score Yet Sesame Street
Guest 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live


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Da Mayor says: Always do the right thing.

Mookie says: That's it?

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Mookie says: I got it, I'm gone.