Spike Lee filmography

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Spike Lee in 2007

Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor, noted for his films that deal with controversial social and political issues. Lee's films are typically referred to as "Spike Lee Joints" and the closing credits always end with the phrases "By Any Means Necessary", "Ya Dig" and "Sho Nuff".[1]

Lee received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, which culminated in his thesis film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, the first student film to be showcased in Lincoln Center's New Directors New Films Festival.[2] Lee's first feature-film She's Gotta Have It was released three years later in 1986. Lee directed, produced, wrote, and acted in his first three feature-films: She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, and Do the Right Thing. Lee has starred or acted in many of his own films, including the role of Mars Blackmon, which he reprised for a series of Nike commercials that also starred Michael Jordan.[3] He has also been interviewed in and contributed to many documentaries.

In addition to his feature-film credits, Lee has directed a number of music videos by artists such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Anita Baker and Eminem. He has also directed music videos for songs featured in films he has directed, including "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy, which was featured heavily in the 1989 film Do the Right Thing.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Role
1983 Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads Yes Yes Yes
1986 She's Gotta Have It Yes Yes Yes Yes Mars Blackmon
1988 School Daze Yes Yes Yes Yes Half-Pint
1989 Do the Right Thing Yes Yes Yes Yes Mookie
1990 Mo' Better Blues Yes Yes Yes Yes Giant
1991 Jungle Fever Yes Yes Yes Yes Cyrus
1991 Lonely in America Yes Himself
1992 Malcolm X Yes Yes Yes Yes Shorty
1994 Crooklyn Yes Yes Yes Yes Snuffy
1994 D.R.O.P. Squad Yes Yes Himself
1994 Ghostwriter: Into the Comics Yes Himself
1995 Clockers Yes Yes Yes Yes Chucky
1995 Lumière and Company Yes Yes Himself
1995 New Jersey Drive Yes
(Executive
producer)
1995 Tales from the Hood Yes
1996 Get on the Bus Yes Yes
1996 Girl 6 Yes Yes Yes Jimmy
1997 4 Little Girls Yes Yes
1998 He Got Game Yes Yes Yes
1998 Freak Yes
1998 Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Liberia Yes
1999 Summer of Sam Yes Yes Yes Yes John Jeffries
1999 Pavarotti and Friends for the Guatemala and Kosovo Yes
1999 The Best Man Yes
2000 The Original Kings of Comedy Yes Yes
2000 Bamboozled Yes Yes Yes
2000 Afrocentricity Yes
(Executive
producer)
2000 Lisa Picard Is Famous Yes Himself
2000 Love & Basketball Yes
2001 A Huey P. Newton Story Yes
2001 The Concert for New York City Yes
2001 3 A.M. Yes Yes Filmmaker
2002 25th Hour Yes Yes
2002 Jim Brown: All-American Yes Yes
2002 Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
segment: "We Wuz Robbed"
Yes Yes
2003 Good Fences Yes
(Executive
producer)
2004 She Hate Me Yes Yes Yes
2004 Sucker Free City Yes Yes
2004 C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America Yes
2005 Dream Street Yes
2005 Miracle's Boys
episodes: "New Charlie" and "Bond of Brothers"
Yes
2005 All the Invisible Children
segment: "Jesus Children of America"
Yes Yes
2006 Inside Man Yes
2006 When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts Yes Yes
2006 Shark (pilot) Yes
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Yes Yes
2008 Passing Strange Yes Yes
2009 Kobe Doin' Work Yes Yes
2010 If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise Yes Yes
2011 You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You Yes
2011 Pariah Yes
(Executive
producer)
2012 Red Hook Summer Yes Yes Yes Yes Mookie
2012 Bad 25 Yes Yes
2013 The Best Man Holiday Yes
2013 Oldboy Yes Yes
2013 Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Yes Yes
2014 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Yes Yes Yes

Appearances in documentaries[edit]

Spike Lee has been interviewed or appeared as a guest in numerous documentaries.

Year Film
1990 Mandela in America
1990 Spike Lee & Company: Do It a Cappella
1993 Seven Songs for Malcolm X
1993 The Last Party
1994 Hoop Dreams
1995 The Cronkite Reports: The Faltering Dream
1995 First Works: A Revealing Look at Today's Greatest Directors, Vol. 1
1996 The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money
1996 When We Were Kings
1997 The Directors: Spike Lee
2005 How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)
2006 Edge of Outside
2007 Lights! Action! Music!
2008 40 x 15
2010 Spike and Jim
2010 Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, an episode of 30 for 30
2010 The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Album
1983 Grandmaster Flash
and Melle Mel
"White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)"
1987 Anita Baker "No One in the World" Rapture
1988 E.U. "Da Butt" School Daze OST
1989 Public Enemy "Fight the Power" Do the Right Thing OST
and Fear of a Black Planet
1991 Fishbone "Sunless Saturday" The Reality of My Surroundings
1991 State of Art "Understanding" Community
1992 State of Art "Laughing at the Years" Community
1992 Prince and the New Power Generation "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" Diamonds and Pearls
1992 Arrested Development "Revolution"[5] Malcolm X OST
1993 Naughty by Nature "Hip Hop Hooray" 19 Naughty III
1993 Eros Ramazzotti "Cose della vita" Tutte storie
1994 Buckshot LeFonque "Breakfast at Denny's" Buckshot LeFonque
1996 Michael Jackson "They Don't Care About Us" (Prison Version) HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
1996 Michael Jackson "They Don't Care About Us" (Brazil/Olodum Version) HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
2009 Michael Jackson "This Is It" This Is It
2014 Eminem "Headlights" The Marshall Mathers LP 2

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Spike Lee Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Spike Lee – Profile, Latest News and Related Articles". E!. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  3. ^ Curtis, Bryan (2008-06-01). "Bro Knows Football". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  4. ^ Black, Johnny (August 2002). "The Greatest Songs Ever! Fight the Power". Blender. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Revolution – Arrested Development - Music Video". MTV. Retrieved 2008-02-05. 

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