With 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 246,057 | Gross: $49.28M

2. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 357,130 | Gross: $88.51M

3. Oldboy (2013)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

5.7
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49 Metascore

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley

Votes: 72,546 | Gross: $2.19M

4. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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93 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 97,720 | Gross: $27.55M

5. Da 5 Bloods (2020)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.5
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82 Metascore

Four African-American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis

Votes: 48,635

6. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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73 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 91,222 | Gross: $48.17M

7. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.6
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68 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 175,507 | Gross: $13.06M

8. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

6.9
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64 Metascore

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

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 46,648 | Gross: $21.55M

9. The Best Man (1999)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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61 Metascore

Just before his best friend's wedding, the life of a Chicago writer becomes crazy when his best friend guesses that his new book's story is based on his bride's fervent past.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 10,256 | Gross: $34.10M

10. Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.2
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70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 20,402 | Gross: $27.44M

11. Summer of Sam (1999)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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67 Metascore

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 Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

Votes: 37,857 | Gross: $19.28M

12. Jungle Fever (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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78 Metascore

Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis

Votes: 18,073 | Gross: $32.48M

13. She's Gotta Have It (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

6.8
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The story of one woman and her three lovers. TV series based on the film by Spike Lee.

Stars: DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos, Lyriq Bent, Cleo Anthony

Votes: 4,515

14. Tales from the Hood (1995)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.4
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A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.

Director: Rusty Cundieff | Stars: Clarence Williams III, Corbin Bernsen, Joe Torry, De'aundre Bonds

Votes: 7,978 | Gross: $11.80M

15. David Byrne's American Utopia (2020)

TV-14 | 105 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

8.2
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93 Metascore

Spike Lee documents the former Talking Heads frontman's brilliant, timely 2019 Broadway show, based on his recent album and tour of the same name.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: David Byrne, Jacqueline Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman

Votes: 3,897

16. Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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65 Metascore

Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris

Votes: 10,139 | Gross: $13.64M

17. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.8
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77 Metascore

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

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 9,846 | Gross: $2.65M

18. She's Gotta Have It (1986)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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79 Metascore

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee

Votes: 13,807 | Gross: $7.14M

19. Clockers (1995)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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71 Metascore

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 21,843 | Gross: $13.04M

20. Mo' Better Blues (1990)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.6
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61 Metascore

Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 12,207 | Gross: $16.15M

21. Bamboozled (2000)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.6
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54 Metascore

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 11,323 | Gross: $2.19M

22. See You Yesterday (2019)

TV-MA | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.2
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74 Metascore

Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.'s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

Director: Stefon Bristol | Stars: Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro, Marsha Stephanie Blake

Votes: 10,392

23. She Hate Me (2004)

R | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

5.3
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30 Metascore

Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 7,733 | Gross: $0.37M

24. All the Invisible Children (2005)

124 min | Drama

7.5
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Through the plights of seven different children, seven cruel destinies unfold, as the unknown innocents who share the same sensitivities and desires struggle for survival, understanding--and above all--love, in an apathetic grown-up world.

Directors: Mehdi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Kátia Lund, Jordan Scott, Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso, John Woo | Stars: Adama Bila, Elysée Rouamba, Rodrigue Ouattara, Uros Milovanovic

Votes: 4,050

25. Girl 6 (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

5.2
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44 Metascore

An aspiring actress disappointed by her treatment in the movie industry turns to phone sex to make a living.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington, Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis

Votes: 6,228 | Gross: $4.90M

26. Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

R | 160 min | Action, Drama, War

6.1
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37 Metascore

Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller

Votes: 18,441 | Gross: $7.92M

27. Amazing Grace (2018)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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94 Metascore

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack | Stars: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Alexander Hamilton, Cornell Dupree

Votes: 4,349 | Gross: $4.45M

28. School Daze (1988)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.0
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52 Metascore

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, Kyme

Votes: 7,142 | Gross: $14.55M

29. New Jersey Drive (1995)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gomez | Stars: Shar-Ron Corley, Gabriel Casseus, Saul Stein, Gwen McGee

Votes: 3,153 | Gross: $3.57M

30. The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Documentary

6.8
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73 Metascore

A concert film featuring four major African American stand up comedians.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac

Votes: 5,728 | Gross: $38.18M

31. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

4.3
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52 Metascore

An anthropologist awakes with a thirst for blood after an assistant stabs him with a cursed dagger.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco

Votes: 1,716

32. NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½ (2021)

TV-MA | 440 min | Documentary

6.9
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Explore an epic chronicle of life, loss and survival in the city of New York over the twenty years since the September 11th attacks.

Stars: Rosie Perez, Jon Stewart, Chuck Schumer, Al Sharpton

Votes: 625

33. Get on the Bus (1996)

R | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.8
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84 Metascore

A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Richard Belzer

Votes: 5,538 | Gross: $5.73M

34. The Oscars (2020 TV Special)

TV-14 | 170 min | Music

6.6
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The 92nd Academy Awards for film achievements in 2019 are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: Florence Pugh, Gal Gadot, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Driver

Votes: 1,088

35. Good Fences (2003 TV Movie)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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Good Fences is about an upwardly mobile black family for whom the American dream becomes a nightmare. Set in the 1970s, Tom Spader is an attorney who is determined to end what he has dubbed... See full summary »

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Simmons Glover, Mo'Nique

Votes: 718

36. Touched with Fire (2015)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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62 Metascore

Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.

Director: Paul Dalio | Stars: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 2,483 | Gross: $0.15M

37. Red Hook Summer (2012)

R | 121 min | Drama

5.1
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48 Metascore

A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Toni Lysaith, Limary Agosto

Votes: 1,799 | Gross: $0.34M

38. Pass Over (2018)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

5.8
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76 Metascore

Two young men pass the time dreaming of the promised land.

Directors: Spike Lee, Danya Taymor | Stars: Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, Blake DeLong

Votes: 950

39. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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88 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

Votes: 3,181 | Gross: $0.13M

40. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006–2007)

TV-MA | 255 min | Documentary

8.5
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89 Metascore

An examination of the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Stars: Darleen Asevedo, Jay Asevedo, Shelton Shakespear Alexander, Lee Arnold

Votes: 4,439

41. Untitled Spike Lee Musical

Musical | Pre-production

Musical about the origin of Viagra, Pfizer's erectile dysfunction drug.

Director: Spike Lee

42. 3 A.M. (2001)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

5.8
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The feature film directing debut of Spike Lee protege Lee Davis takes the viewer into the world of taxi drivers. Developed in the Sundance Laboratory, this film offers dove-tailing stories ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Davis | Stars: Danny Glover, Sergej Trifunovic, Michelle Rodriguez, Pam Grier

Votes: 1,308

43. Passing Strange (2009)

TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Musical

6.4
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Director Spike Lee's passionate adaptation of the thrilling Broadway musical about a young bohemian who experiences sex, drugs and rock and roll on his journey to selfhood.

Directors: Spike Lee, Annie Dorsen | Stars: Stew, De'Adre Aziza, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo

Votes: 356

44. Sucker Free City (2004 TV Movie)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Sucker-Free City, or S.F.C., revolves around the conflicts among white, black, Latino and Asian street gangs in San Francisco.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Ben Crowley, Ken Leung, Anthony Mackie, Darris Love

Votes: 1,340

45. Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

4.8
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The illegal affairs of a recently deceased barbershop owner get passed down to his manager.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Monty Ross, Donna Bailey, Stuart Smith, Tommy Redmond Hicks

Votes: 337

46. Bad 25 (2012)

Not Rated | 131 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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69 Metascore

A documentary on Michael Jackson and the legacy of his record Bad.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Glen Ballard, John Barnes, Jennifer Batten

Votes: 2,144

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

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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66 Metascore

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 2,221

48. Drop Squad (1994)

R | 86 min | Drama

4.7
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Political satire about an underground militant group that kidnaps African-Americans who have sold out their race. The story follows as the group led Curtis-Hall and Rhames kidnaps an ... See full summary »

Director: David C. Johnson | Stars: Eriq La Salle, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Ving Rhames, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 606 | Gross: $0.73M

49. A Huey P. Newton Story (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.1
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78 Metascore

The story of how the radical Huey P. Newton developed the Black Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Roger Guenveur Smith, Rahum Brown, Georgina Ransley, Marlon Brando

Votes: 798

50. Rodney King (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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78 Metascore

Roger Guenveur Smith performs his one man show focusing on the life and times of Rodney King.

Director: Spike Lee | Star: Roger Guenveur Smith

Votes: 582


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