Top 10 Spike Lee Joints of All Time Love him or hate him, the man knows his cinema

Spike Lee rose to prominence in the 1980s with his outspoken stance against racial inequality in the African-American community. And after fighting racism for a decade, he won and nobody was ever racist ever again in their lifetimes.

Despite his best efforts, groups like Black Lives Matter continue gaining steam, as dark-skinned people in America are constantly treated like they’re a lower class.

If Spike Lee were still alive today, one can only imagine he would pick right back up where he…what?

Oh, I’ve just been informed he actually is still alive, so here are some of his best movies. Don’t forget to check out the top ten movies from his boy Denzel Washington too.

10. Oldboy (2013) 40% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen

It’s not as good as the original version out of Asia. Yes, yes, but it’s still a damn good action movie that you must see.

9. BlacKkKlansman (2018) 95% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier

A white cop goes undercover in the Ku Klux Klan of Colorado in the late 20th century. Somehow the movie is still relevant to today’s climate.

8. Bamboozled (2000) 48% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Damon Wayons, Jada Pinkett Smith, Savion Glover

Blackface…you knew you were going to see blackface in here. So let’s start talking about why that’s some sincerely racist shit.

7. Do the Right Thing (1989) 90% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, John Turturro

Most critics have this on the top of the list. Great movie about a small neighborhood and the dangers that happen when racial tensions get out of hand.

6. School Daze (1988) 62% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin

We even see racial tensions and inequality in school. This is a rare look at the black educational experience in America’s late 20th century.

5. Chi-Raq (2015) 81% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes

If you haven’t seen the movie or show, this is a good one. Just watch – you’ll see.

4. Inside Man (2006) 86% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster

A bank robbery isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes there are more important things to worry about than money.

3. Malcolm X (1992) 88% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo

A true story of one of America’s most prominent African American activists. This story will repeat itself soon if we don’t figure out how to accept blame for our misdeeds.

2. He Got Game (1998) 80% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen

This is my personal favorite Spike Lee joint, and a great Denzel movie to boot. Basketball and prison blend well here.

1. She’s Gotta Have It (1986) 90% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: A Spike Lee Joint
Starring: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell

It’s already being remade into a cultural phenomenon all over again. Relive the experience that started it all with one of very few black-and-white movies I can actually stomach. Jungle Fever is ok, but She’s Gotta Have It is Spike Lee’s most romantic movie.

And if you still can’t get enough politics, check out this list of political movies.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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