Spike Lee

Highest Rated: 100% Rodney King (2017)
Lowest Rated: 14% Drop Squad (1994)
Birthday: Mar 20, 1957
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
His 10-minute student movie for grad school was called The Answer, about a black screenwriter hired to pen a remake of Birth of a Nation. Has directed numerous TV commercials for companies such as Nike, AT&T and Levi's, and music videos for Public Enemy, Michael Jackson and Anita Baker. Due to the mounting production cost of his 1992 biopic Malcolm X, solicited financial assistance from Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and others so that the film could be completed. Numerous honors include Sports Emmys for programs that aired on HBO-one on Mike Tyson, the other on former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson. First movie to reach No. 1 at the box office was He Got Game (1998). Won the 2006 George Polk Award for documentary journalism for his HBO series When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts; a follow-up film, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, was released in 2010. Has published several books on filming techniques. Most of his movies are referred to in the credits as "A Spike Lee Joint.".

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
95% BlacKkKlansman
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2018
89% Pass Over
  • Director
2018
No Score Yet Tales From the Hood 2
  • Executive Producer
2018
100% Rodney King
  • Director
2017
69% Touched With Fire
  • Executive Producer
2016
93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2016
81% Chi-Raq
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$2.7M 2015
57% The Girl Is In Trouble
  • Executive Producer
2015
53% Champs
  • Actor
2015
44% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Pavarotti & Friends
  • Director
2015
80% Cronies
  • Executive Producer
2015
39% 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
91% Bad 25
  • Director
2012
57% Red Hook Summer
  • Director
  • Mr. Mookie
  • Producer
  • 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
  • Director
  • Producer
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
  • Director
  • Producer
2006
86% Inside Man
  • Director
$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
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
$81.9K 2004
No Score Yet Sucker Free City
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Good Fences
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2003
78% 25th Hour
  • Director
  • Producer
2003
86% Ten Minutes Older
  • Director
  • Producer
2002
57% Jim Brown: All-American
  • Producer
  • Director
2002
43% Lisa Picard Is Famous
  • Himself
2001
No Score Yet 3 A.M.
  • Filmmaker
  • Producer
2001
100% A Huey P. Newton Story
  • Director
2001
48% Bamboozled
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
$1.9M 2000
86% The Original Kings of Comedy
  • Producer
  • Director
$37.7M 2000
82% Love and Basketball
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet Afrocentricity
  • Executive Producer
2000
72% The Best Man
  • Producer
1999
51% Summer of Sam
  • Director
  • John Jeffries John
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet It's Black Entertainment
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Freak
  • Director
1998
80% He Got Game
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1998
100% 4 Little Girls
  • Director
  • Producer
1997
No Score Yet Century of Black Cinema
  • Actor
1997
88% Get on the Bus
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1996
100% Lumière and Company
  • Actor
1996
33% Girl 6
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Jimmy
1996
No Score Yet The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money
  • Interviewee
1996
69% Clockers
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Chucky
  • Director
1995
47% Tales From the Hood
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1995
64% New Jersey Drive
  • Executive Producer
1995
14% Drop Squad
  • Himself
1994
98% Hoop Dreams
  • Himself (Film director)
1994
75% Crooklyn
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Snuffy
1994
No Score Yet The Last Party
  • Actor
1993
88% Malcolm X
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Shorty
1992
81% Jungle Fever
  • Producer
  • Cyrus
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet Lonely in America
  • Himself
1990
73% Mo' Better Blues
  • Giant
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet Mandela in America
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet First Works
  • Actor
1989
90% Do the Right Thing
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Mookie
1989
62% School Daze
  • Half-Pint
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1988
90% She's Gotta Have It
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Mars Blackmon Mars Blackman
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • Director
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2014
88% She's Gotta Have It
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • Creator
  • 2017
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994-2018
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Voces on PBS
2006-2015
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 2010
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2010
52% Shark
2006-2008
  • Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • 1991

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