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Spike Lee was born Shelton Lee in 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from a proud and intelligent background. His father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a school teacher. His mother dubbed him Spike, due to his tough nature. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University. After graduating, he went to the Tisch School of Arts graduate film program. He made a controversial short, The Answer (1980), a reworking of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) -- a ten-minute film. Lee went on to produce a 45-minute film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), which won a student academy award. Lee's next film, "The Messenger," in 1984, was somewhat biographical. In 1986, Spike Lee made the film, She's Gotta Have It (1986), a comedy about sexual relationships. The movie was made for 175,000 dollars, and made seven million. Since then, Lee has become a well-known, intelligent, and talented film maker. His next movie was School Daze (1988), which was set in a historically black school and focused mostly on the conflict between the school and the Fraternities, of which he was a strong critic, portraying them as materialistic, irresponsible, and uncaring. Lee went on to do his landmark film, Do the Right Thing (1989), a movie specifically about his own town in Brooklyn, New York. The movie portrayed a neighborhood on a very hot day, and the racial tensions that emerge. The movie garnered an Oscar nomination, for Danny Aiello, for supporting actor. It also sparked a debate on racial relations. Lee went on to produce the jazz biopic Mo' Better Blues (1990) which showed his talent for directing and acting, and was the first of many Spike Lee films to feature Denzel Washington. His next film, Jungle Fever (1991), was about interracial dating. Lee's handling of the subject proved yet again highly controversial. Lee's next film was the self-titled biography of Malcolm X (1992), which had Denzel Washington portraying the civil rights leader. The movie was a success, and resulted in an Oscar nomination for Washington. His next films were the comparatively light, Crooklyn (1994), and the intense crime drama, Clockers (1995). In 1996, Lee directed two movies: the badly received comedy, Girl 6 (1996), and the politically pointed, Get on the Bus (1996), about a group of men going to the Million Man March. His next film, He Got Game (1998), proved to be another excursion into the collegiate world as he shows the darker side of recruiting college athletes. The movie, in limited release, yet again featured Denzel Washington. In 2000 came Bamboozled which made a mockery out of television and the way African-Americans are perceived by white America and the way African-Americans perceive themselves. The movie, however, was a resounding critical success. Lee also has produced films like New Jersey Drive (1995), Tales from the Hood (1995), and Drop Squad (1994). He also has produced and or directed movies about Huey P. Newton, Jim Brown, and has commented in many documentaries about varied subjects. With pointed political messages, insightful, different and intelligent films, Spike Lee has become a well known political presence. He looks likely to have further success in the film business. Lee is an obsessive New York Knicks fan. He and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, have two children.

Most Popular Spike Lee Trailers

Total trailers found: 65

Oldboy Trailer (2013)

14 November 2013

An everyday man has only three and a half days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 20 years without any explanation.

Inside Man Trailer (2006)

23 March 2006

Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste.

Malcolm X Trailer (1992)

18 November 1992

The biopic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader.

Miracle at St. Anna Trailer (2008)

15 September 2008

Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.

Love & Basketball Trailer (2000)

21 April 2000

A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood.

25th Hour Trailer (2002)

16 December 2002

The filmed adaptation from the David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison.

Do the Right Thing Trailer (1989)

30 June 1989

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Summer of Sam Trailer (1999)

02 July 1999

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Chi-Raq Trailer (2015)

04 December 2015

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

She Hate Me Trailer (2004)

30 July 2004

Fired from his job, a former executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.

Jungle Fever Trailer (1991)

07 June 1991

A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.

Clockers Trailer (1995)

15 September 1995

Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug-lord Rodney Little.When a night man at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike's older brother turns himself in as the killer.

Lumière and Company Trailer (1995)

01 January 1995

40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895.

Mo' Better Blues Trailer (1990)

03 August 1990

Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Trailer (2013)

01 December 2013

Mike Tyson's one-man show is a fascinating journey into his storied life and career. MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown.

School Daze Trailer (1988)

12 February 1988

In the South of the United States are taking place confrontations between two groups of students who have different ideas and are not able to accept the one of the oponent.

Tales from the Hood Trailer (1995)

24 May 1995

A strange funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.

HIStory on Film, Volume II Trailer (1997)

01 January 1997

Nearly 2 hours of the short films that made HIStory... Including never before released short films.

3 A.M. Trailer (2001)

01 July 2001

The feature film directing debut of Spike Lee protege Lee Davis takes the viewer into the world of taxi drivers.

He Got Game Trailer (1998)

01 May 1998

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Bamboozled Trailer (2000)

06 October 2000

TV producer Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) becomes frustrated when network brass reject his sitcom idea.

Girl 6 Trailer (1996)

22 March 1996

Girl 6 is a 1996 American film by director Spike Lee about a phone sex operator. Theresa Randle played the title character, and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote the screenplay.

Get on the Bus Trailer (1996)

16 October 1996

Get On the Bus follows several Black men on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid off aircraft worker, a former Gang Banger, a Hollywood actor, a cop who is of mixed racial background, and a White bus driver, all make the trek discussing issues surrounding the march, manhood, religion, politics, and race.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Trailer (2014)

22 June 2014

A movie about human beings who are addicted to blood.

All the Invisible Children Trailer (2005)

01 September 2005

Seven short films - each one focused on the plight of a different child protagonist.

When We Were Kings Trailer (1996)

25 October 1996

It's 1974. Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Foreman is ten years younger and the heavyweight champion of the world.

John Leguizamo: Freak Trailer (1998)

10 October 1998

John Leguizamo's semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance as...himself. This is his autobiographical story, about his life growing up, and his journey to try to be accepted by his father.

The Girl is in Trouble Trailer (2015)

12 March 2015

A Lower East Side bartender becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm.

Crooklyn Trailer (1994)

13 May 1994

From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

She's Gotta Have It Trailer (1986)

08 August 1986

The story of Nola Darling's simultaneous sexual relationships with three different men is told by her and by her partners and other friends.

Bad 25 Trailer (2012)

22 November 2012

Spike Lee pays tribute to Michael Jackson's Bad on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the epochal album, offering behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson recording the album and interviews with confidants, musicians, choreographers, and such music-world superstars as Kanye West, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green and Mariah Carey.

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall Trailer (2016)

06 February 2016

Director Spike Lee assembles a wealth of archival footage, interviews with contemporary talents and family members, and Michael’s own words and image to create this insightful chronicle of the star’s early rise to fame.

French Cinema Mon Amour Trailer (2015)

06 July 2015

French Cinema Mon Amour is an ensemble film in which each contributor brings their own voice, their own particular approach, their culture, and their language to produce a portrait of French cinema.

Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet Trailer (2002)

18 May 2002

Ten Minutes Older is a 2002 film project consisting of two compilation feature films entitled The Trumpet and The Cello.

Birth of a Movement Trailer (2017)

06 February 2017

In 1915, Boston-based African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.

Champs Trailer (2015)

13 March 2015

A documentary about the sport of boxing, as seen through the eyes of champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins.

Drop Squad Trailer (1994)

28 October 1994

Controversial film about an underground organization that kidnaps and 'deprograms' African Americans who sell out or deny their cultural heritage.

Red Hook Summer Trailer (2012)

10 August 2012

When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars.

Sucker Free City Trailer (2004)

13 September 2004

The film follows three young men as they are drawn into lives of crime. Nick (Crowley) uses his entry-level corporate job to commit credit card fraud and deals drugs on the side.

Michael Jordan to the Max Trailer (2000)

05 May 2000

This documentary showcases basketball player Michael Jordan's awe-inspiring moves, providing behind-the-scenes and on-the-court action, including footage of Jordan and the Chicago Bulls going head-to-head against the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals.

The Last Party Trailer (1993)

27 August 1993

A youthful perspective on the 1992 presidential campaign with a witty, cautionary message to young Americans to start participating in democracy or get the kind of government they deserve.

You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You Trailer (2012)

10 July 2012

A serial killer is taking down the hip hop industry one rapper at a time and the detectives on the case must get to him before the killer does.

Kobe Doin' Work Trailer (2009)

16 May 2009

A documentary following Kobe Bryant during one day of the 2008 NBA playoffs.

Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store Trailer (2014)

04 October 2014

Rising comedy star Jerrod Carmichael takes to the stage of The Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA where he comically subverts such subjects as poverty, wealth, crime and race and presents his unique take on national tragedies, female empowerment, and more.

Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife Trailer (2014)

16 August 2014

Katt Williams performs in an all-new stand-up special recorded in front of a live audience at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts Trailer (2006)

16 August 2006

In August 2005, the American city of New Orleans was struck by the powerful Hurricane Katrina. Although the storm was damaging by itself, that was not the true disaster.

Street Fight Trailer (2005)

01 January 2005

This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which the Cory Booker ats

Guest Trailer (2011)

25 March 2011

Filmmaker José Luis Guerin documents his experience during a year of traveling as a guest of film festivals to present his previous film.

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks Trailer (2010)

14 March 2010

Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City.

Passing Strange Trailer (2009)

21 August 2009

A young black artist leaves his Los Angeles digs and travels to Europe to find himself. A theatricall

4 Little Girls Trailer (1997)

09 July 1997

On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school.

Jim Brown: All-American Trailer (2002)

01 January 2002

Jim Brown: All-American is a 2002 documentary film directed by Spike Lee. The film takes a look at the life of NFL hall-of-famer Jim Brown.

Throw Like A Girl Trailer (2014)

21 October 2014

The best summer of her life is only the beginning for 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis. With the support of her family and passion for sports, Mo’ne stands for girls who want to play with the boys.

The Original Kings of Comedy Trailer (2000)

18 August 2000

The Original Kings of Comedy achieves the seemingly impossible task of capturing the rollicking and sly comedy routines of stand-up and sitcom vets Steve Harvey, D.

Making 'Do the Right Thing' Trailer (1989)

03 November 1989

The Behind-the-Scenes documentary of the dramatic comedy Do the Right Thing.

Manos sucias Trailer (2014)

17 April 2014

Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, a desperate fisherman and a naive kid embark on a journey trafficking millions of dollars worth of cocaine.

Genesis: Come Rain or Shine Trailer (2008)

20 May 2008

Come Rain or Shine is an unusually frank and humorous music documentary about the band Genesis getting back together for their first tour in 15 years.

If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise Trailer (2010)

23 August 2010

In 2006, director Spike Lee created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans with his epic award-winning documentary, When the Levees Broke.

Brooklyn Boheme Trailer (2012)

27 February 2012

Brooklyn Boheme is a love letter to a vibrant African American artistic community who resided in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill Brooklyn during the 80's and 90's that included the great Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Branford Marsalis, Rosie Perez, Saul Williams, Lorna Simpson, Talib Kweli just to name a few.

By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X Trailer (2005)

08 February 2005

A short documentary about the making of Spike Lee's biopic, 'Malcolm X'.