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]

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]


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
Saturday Night Live 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
Lonely in America Yes Himself
1992 Malcolm X Yes Yes Yes Yes Shorty
Episode: "Into the Comics: Part 1"
Yes Special Agent Pete
1994 Crooklyn Yes Yes Yes Yes Snuffy
Drop Squad Yes Yes Himself
1995 Clockers Yes Yes Yes Yes Chucky
Lumière and Company Yes Yes Himself
New Jersey Drive Yes
Tales from the Hood Yes
1996 Girl 6 Yes Yes Yes Jimmy
Get on the Bus Yes Yes
1997 4 Little Girls Yes Yes
1998 He Got Game Yes Yes Yes
Freak Yes
Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Liberia Yes
1999 Summer of Sam Yes Yes Yes Yes John Jeffries
Pavarotti and Friends for the Guatemala and Kosovo Yes
The Best Man Yes
2000 The Original Kings of Comedy Yes Yes
Bamboozled Yes Yes Yes
Afrocentricity Yes
Lisa Picard Is Famous Yes Himself
Love & Basketball Yes
2001 A Huey P. Newton Story Yes
The Concert for New York City Yes
3 A.M. Yes Yes Filmmaker
2002 25th Hour Yes Yes
Jim Brown: All-American Yes Yes
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
segment: "We Wuz Robbed"
Yes Yes
2003 Good Fences Yes
2004 She Hate Me Yes Yes Yes
Sucker Free City Yes Yes
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America Yes
2005 Dream Street Yes
Miracle's Boys
episodes: "New Charlie" and "Bond of Brothers"
All the Invisible Children
segment: "Jesus Children of America"
Yes Yes
2006 Inside Man Yes
When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts Yes Yes
Shark (pilot) Yes
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Yes Yes
Passing Strange Yes Yes
2009 Kobe Doin' Work Yes Yes
Saint John of Las Vegas Yes
2010 If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise Yes Yes
2011 You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You Yes
Pariah Yes
2012 Red Hook Summer Yes Yes Yes Yes Mookie
Bad 25 Yes Yes
2013 Oldboy Yes Yes
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Yes Yes
2014 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Yes Yes Yes
Evolution of a Criminal Yes
Manos Sucias Yes
Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife Yes Yes
Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store Yes
2015 Cronies Yes
The Girl Is in Trouble Yes
Chi-Raq Yes Yes Yes
2016 Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall 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
Spike Lee & Company: Do It a Cappella
1993 Seven Songs for Malcolm X
The Last Party
1994 Hoop Dreams
1995 The Cronkite Reports: The Faltering Dream
First Works: A Revealing Look at Today's Greatest Directors, Vol. 1
1996 The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money
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
Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, an episode of 30 for 30
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
State of Art "Understanding" Community
1992 State of Art "Laughing at the Years" Community
Prince and the New Power Generation "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" Diamonds and Pearls
Arrested Development "Revolution"[5] Malcolm X OST
1993 Naughty by Nature "Hip Hop Hooray" 19 Naughty III
Eros Ramazzotti "Cose della vita" Tutte storie
Bruce Hornsby "Talk Of The Town" Harbor Lights
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
Michael Jackson "They Don't Care About Us" (Brazil/Olodum Version) HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
2000 Mau Maus "Blak Iz Blak" Bamboozled
2009 Michael Jackson "This Is It" This Is It
2014 Eminem "Headlights" The Marshall Mathers LP 2


  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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