7 Great American Films Directed by Spike Lee

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Do the Right Thing (1989)

Lee broke out as a filmmaker with this feature on how race relations in a Black neighbourhood undergo a change when a pizzeria owner refuses to feature Black talent on his walls.

Malcolm X (1992)

Lee directed Denzel Washington in this biopic of the eponymous American Black rights activist and leader of the Nation of Islam.

Crooklyn (1994)

Lee helmed this semi-autobiographical feature set in 70s Brooklyn, featuring an odd couple: a school teacher and a jazz musician, and their five children.

Bamboozled (2000)

Lee took on the sheer strangeness of network television with this film about a producer who, after a good idea of his is rejected, pitches something ridiculous in the hope of being fired, only for the network to commission the show, which then becomes a major hit.

25th Hour (2002)

Lee directed Edward Norton in this film about a convicted drug dealer's last hours of freedom before he surrenders to undergo the seven-year sentence he has been awarded.

Inside Man (2009)

Lee directed Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen in this film about a hostage situation in a bank.

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Lee directed this film about a Black police officer and his Jewish colleague attempting to infiltrate the White supremacist organisation Ku Klux Klan in 70s America.

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