Do the Right Thing (1989) Poster


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Citizen Kane (1941)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
the source for a character with "love" on one set of knuckles and "hate" on the other.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Spike said the opening dance sequence with Rosie Perez was inspired by the opening credit sequence from the film Bye Bye Birdie.
Contempt (1963)
The Godfather (1972)
Roots (1977) (TV Mini-Series)
Mookie says "I'm not Kunta Kinte"
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
the source for the climactic image of a garbage can thrown through the front window of a business as an expression of racial/ethnic frustration and tension.
School Daze (1988)

Referenced in 

Making 'Do the Right Thing' (1989) (TV Movie)
This film is about the making of Do the Right Thing
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #2.13 (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Josie during her rap
In Living Color: Pilot (1990) (TV Episode)
Discussed in "Men on Films."
Frankenhooker (1990)
Advertisement seen.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
A billboard can be seen in Times Square
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
When Sam falls off the roof and onto Slam's radio, Slam calls him a "stupid Sal's Pizza, garlic breath smelling motherfucker". Sal's Pizza is the pizza shop in the film Do The Right Thing.
At the Movies: Presumed Innocent/Chicago Joe and the Showgirl/Mo' Better Blues/Cinema Paradiso (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Mo' Better Blues" review.
Goodfellas (1990)
slow zoom-in on two characters sitting at a table by a window
At the Movies: Avalon/Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones/Henry & June/Desperate Hours (1990) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Avalon" review.
In Living Color: Spike's Joint (1990) (TV Episode)
In the Spike's Joint sketch, Rosie Perez's character calls "Spike Lee" Mookie and 'Daman Wayans' plays a character referencing Smiley.
Hey Dude: Do the Right Thing (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
WIOU: Do the Wrong Thing (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Screw the Right Thing (1990) (Video)
word play on the title
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Ethnic Tip (1991) (TV Episode)
Will mentions it.
Family Matters: Do the Right Thing (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
Jungle Fever (1991)
During a scuffle in Paulie's store, a man can be seen reading a newspaper with a front headline that reads "Doin' The Right Thing." A reference to one of Spike Lee's earlier films, Do the Right Thing.
L.A. Law: Do the Spike Thing (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
H.E.A.L.: Heal Yourself (1991) (Video)
Referenced in the music video
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Keenen Ivory Wayans/Jimmy Brogan/Siskel & Ebert (1992) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert comments on the movie of two years earlier, largely overlooked by the Oscars
1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) (TV Special)
Referenced during the opening montage
Northern Exposure: Do the Right Thing (1992) (TV Episode)
title reference
Martin: Do the Fight Thing (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
At the Movies: Amos & Andrew/Swing Kids/Shadow of the Wolf/Mac/Nothing But a Man (1993) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Mac" review.
At the Movies: The Dark Half/Who's the Man?/Indian Summer/Boling Point/Wide Sargasso Sea (1993) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Who's the Man?" review.
Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 90's (1993) (TV Movie)
Segment "We Be Fo' Mo'", a spoof of Spike Lee and John Singleton-styled ghetto and urban dramas, starts with a large African American man carrying ghetto blaster and being stopped by the police.
Home and Away: Episode #1.1338 (1993) (TV Episode)
Title reference on the spine of a pizza box
Roundhouse: Gang Violence (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Spike Lee sketch.
Clerks (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Zombie Nightmare (1994) (TV Episode)
"How come there's no pictures of Italians on the wall?"
Saturday Night Live: Quentin Tarantino/Smashing Pumpkins (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Directors on Directing
Saturday Night Live: Danny Aiello/Coolio (1996) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and disputed during The Kevin Franklin Show
Step by Step: Do the Right Thing (1996) (TV Episode)
title reference
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
danny aiello's character mentions buying a pizza shop in brooklyn. the very profession his character does in "do the right thing"
Hey Arnold!: Heat/Snow (1996) (TV Episode)
The first part of the episode entitled "Heat" is an homage to the film. The plot of the episode (and film) follows the city's residents as they cope with a grueling heat wave as everyone's discomfort smolders and builds until it explodes into chaos and violence. Many visuals including framing, blocking, mise en scène, the use of Dutch angles, Spike Lee's orange tinted summer filter, and various story elements plus the jazzy score and disc jockey narrator were paid tribute in the episode.
Chasing Amy (1997)
Plump Fiction (1997)
Smart Guy: Big Picture (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mo
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny (1997) (TV Episode)
'Is this the man?' "Why, no, sir, you the man."
Deformed Monsters (1997)
Video box at Video Store.
Celebrity Deathmatch: Celebrity Deathmatch Goes to the Movies (1998) (TV Episode)
Tarantino says to Spike Lee "The Q-man's gonna do the right thing and take the Spike out".
Pleasantville (1998)
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Do the Write Thing (1998) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
At the Movies: Remembering Gene Siskel (1999) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel praises the movie (in an archive clip).
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
The scene in 'Do the Right Thing" where the Corner Men stare down the cops driving by is mirrored in Ghost Dog.
Providence: Do the Right Thing (2000) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #7.6 (2000) (TV Episode)
Double Take (2001)
Ghost World (2001)
South West 9 (2001)
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Third Watch: Blackout (2002) (TV Episode)
The hottest day of the year in New York City leads to widespread chaos and rioting.
Becker: Do the Right Thing (2002) (TV Episode)
title reference
High Hopes: Do the Right Thing (2002) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
25th Hour (2002)
A Century of Black Cinema (2003) (Video)
Mentioned in film.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (Video Game)
a level is based on it
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005)
in Spike Lee's dialogue
Good Eats: Do the Rice Thing (2005) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X' (2005) (Video)
Mentioned by name.
The Boondocks: The Block Is Hot (2006) (TV Episode)
Recreates the fire hydrant scene, the trash can throwing scene and the theme of tensions boiling on an unusually hot day.
Inside Man (2006)
Pizza given to the hostages being from the same pizzeria as in Do the Right Thing (1989)
Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Six (2008) (Video)
Strong Bad ends "4 Branches" by saying to "throw a trash can through a plate glass window," referring to the climax of this movie
The Game: Do the Wright Thing (2009) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
House: House Divided (2009) (TV Episode)
House danced Fight the Power that he played on a boom box,
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #4.1 (2009) (TV Episode)
correct response to $50,000 question
Cleanflix (2009)
Shown on list
Saturday Night Live: Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in one of the "MacGruber" segments
Psych: Thrill Seekers and Hell Raisers (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn says that "Genesis," "Exorcist," "Leviathan," and "Do the Right Thing" are all names of books in the Bible.
Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Semifinal 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,600 clue in the category "Obamamania"
Who Do You Think You Are?: Spike Lee (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the opening narration
The Simpsons: Moe Letter Blues (2010) (TV Episode)
Ralph's reply "The Ruth!" to Homer's and Apu's search for "The truth!" from Rev. Lovejoy
The Boondocks: Pause (2010) (TV Episode)
One of the Winston Jerome actresses says she was in "Do The Tight Thing", apparently a porn.
Cougar Town: All Mixed Up (2010) (TV Episode)
movie mash-up answer: Scooby Doo the Right Thing
The Striking Truth 3D (2010)
Homage to the Radio Raheem Love and Hate Speach
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) (TV Episode)
a still is shown during Jay Smith's segment
Rap Critic Reviews: Top 8 Rap Songs of 2011 (2012) (TV Episode)
"I haven't been this conflicted about an ending since Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing."
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Spike Lee reprises his character Mookie from the film
The Cleveland Show: The Men in Me (2012) (TV Episode)
Video seen in Blackbuster Video
Bob's Burgers: Beefsquatch (2012) (TV Episode)
Louise throws a trash can through the window when Bob and Gene are fighting
Dexter: Do the Wrong Thing (2012) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Nostalgia Chick: Shorts: Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs (2012) (TV Episode)
Lindsay says "Coal Black" makes Song of the South look like this movie
Groove High: Duet the Right Thing (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Community: Paranormal Parentage (2013) (TV Episode)
Abed notes that June 30, 1989, was the "theatrical release of 'Do the Right Thing.'"
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Transformers in 7 Minutes or Less (2013) (TV Episode)
"Well, here's John Turturro not doing the right thing."
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
The song "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy briefly plays during the news montage of township riots.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Sal's Pizza (2013) (TV Episode)
Sal's Pizza, a restaurant in Brooklyn, that was burnt down is investigated in this episode
Dear White People (2014)
Sam says Gabe watched in high school.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Josh Hutcherson/Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer/Chef Michael Schlow (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy during the Thank You Notes segment as he discusses the arguing blue dress/gold dress factions
Good Witch: Do the Right Thing (2015) (TV Episode)
episode title references movie title
Geeks Who Drink: John DiMaggio vs. David Giuntoli (2015) (TV Episode)
listed as a film with Samuel L. Jackson
Southside with You (2016)
Barack and Michelle view a screening of the movie on their first date.
Lights Out (2016)
Talks about the same topics
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Andy Samberg/Gigi Hadid/The Kills (2016) (TV Episode)
Andy Samberg recalls seeing the movie on broadcast TV with altered dialogue
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 3 June 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned in connection with guest Spike Lee
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 July 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk in discussion of summer movies
BoJack Horseman: Fish Out of Water (2016) (TV Episode)
Poster for Spike Lee sequel 'Do The Thing More Right' seen. He is later seen at the party.
The Eric Andre Show: Tichina Arnold; Steve Schirripa (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Eric.
Gook (2017)
Cited by Justin Chon as a main influence.
The Oscars (2017) (TV Special)
mentioned in "Movies Around the World"
Atomic Blonde (2017)
The hit rap single "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy was first featured in the soundtrack.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tracy Morgan/Michael McKean/Ben Sasse/Mark Guiliana (2017) (TV Episode)
Tracy Morgan describes a very warm day as being "Do the Right Thing hot"
Below Deck Mediterranean: Stew the Right Thing (2017) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Knight Squad: Do the Knight Thing (2018) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Under the Silver Lake (2018)
A VHS copy of this movie is seen in Comic Man's room
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Spike Lee/Elizabeth Warren/Rhea Seehorn (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth as he introduces Spike Lee
Black-ish: Christmas in Theater Eight (2018) (TV Episode)
Dre supported the movie.
76th Golden Globe Awards (2019) (TV Special)
Spike Lee is called Mr. Do the Right Thing by a host.
The Oscars (2019) (TV Special)
Spike Lee yells out "Let's do the right thing!" end of his acceptance speech
Coffee with Scott Adams: Racist Spike Lee, CNN Starting Nuclear Wars, More (2019) (TV Episode)
Scott Adams alludes to Spike Lee's film having lost the Best Picture Oscar to Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
No Faith In The Streets (2019) (Short)
Some themes and shots are influnced by this film.
Total Security: Do the Right Schwing (TV Episode)
Title reference.

Featured in 

Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Brief clip shown in 1996 reissue
At the Movies: Spike Lee (1989) (TV Episode)
At the Movies: The Best Films of the '80s (1989) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
At the Movies: The Best Films of 1989 (1989) (TV Episode)
Both Siskel and Ebert's #1 pick.
Guy: My Fantasy (1989) (Video)
Features clips from the film.
At the Movies: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1989 (1990) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Hollywood Mavericks (1990)
Lee throwing garbage can
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV Special)
At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Visions of Light (1992)
Footage of this movie is shown.
At the Movies: Crix Pick Prez Flix (1993) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Arthur listens to a racist rant delivered by John Turturro in "Do the Right Thing"
At the Movies: On the Sunny Side of the Screen (1994) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. One of Gene Siskel's recommendations for a summertime movie on video.
The Universal Story (1996) (TV Movie)
clip shown
At the Movies: Sleepers/Get on the Bus/To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday/Jude/Swingers (1996) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown in the "Revolving Thumb" segment.
Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #7.6 (2000) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
VH1 Presents the 80's: Hip Hop/R&B (2001) (TV Episode)
Features clips from the film
New York at the Movies (2002) (TV Movie)
I Love the '80s: 1989 (2002) (TV Episode)
Masters of Production: The Hidden Art of Hollywood (2004) (TV Movie)
Discusses Production Design
Black in the 80s: Color in Film (2005) (TV Episode)
Clips are featured in the documentary.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Fat Mike (2005) (TV Episode)
a clip of the riot scene is shown
2006 MTV Movie Awards (2006) (TV Special)
Wins an award.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
Do the Right Thing is #96.
Black to the Future: Hour 2: The 80s (2009) (TV Episode)
clips; discussed
JonTron: Top 10 Mario Kart Tracks (2010) (TV Episode)
Jon plays the music from Waluigi Pinball over the opening scene of this film.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
Side by Side (2012)
WatchMojo: Top 10 Samuel L. Jackson Performances (2012) (TV Episode)
Mister Senor Love Daddy is #5.
The Nostalgia Chick: Lindsay's Top Eleven Favorite Movies of All Time! (This Week) (2012) (TV Episode)
Another Spike Lee movie she likes
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
Clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Rants (2014) (TV Episode)
Racist Stereotypes gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Hood Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Do the Right Thing is #3.
Sound of Song: Mix It Up and Start Again (2015) (TV Episode)
excerpts shown
Rap Critic Reviews: "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy (2015) (TV Episode)
Clips used in review.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Riots (2015) (TV Episode)
Destroying Sal's is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Title Name Drops (2015) (TV Episode)
Do the Right Thing is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movie Racists (2015) (TV Episode)
Sal is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies Where Actors Directed Themselves (2016) (TV Episode)
Do the Right Thing, starring and directed by Spike Lee, is #5.
Southside with You (2016)
Shows clips from this Spike Lee film. Barack and Michelle view a screening of the movie on their first date.
Fresh Off the Boat: How to Be an American (2017) (TV Episode)
Jessica says throwing trash can through Sal's window is worse than what's on her criminal record
Master of None: Thanksgiving (2017) (TV Episode)
The movie that Dev, Denise, & Nikki are watching during Thanksgiving 2016. Features the scene where the police kill Radio Raheem, paralleling their dinner conversation about Sandra Bland & Sureshbhai Patel.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
90 Years of Oscar montage
Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us': Black Film Is Not a Genre (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed

Spoofed in 

The Critic: Miserable (1994) (TV Episode)
Sal thanks Mookie for throwing a trash can through his window
Dexter's Laboratory: Labels/Game Show/Fantastic Boyage (1997) (TV Episode)
Dexter does Radio Raheem's Left-Hand, Right-Hand part when he labels his waffle
Futurama: Mother's Day (2000) (TV Episode)
one shot parodies the moment when Mookie throws a trash can through the window of Sal's Pizzaria
The King of Queens: Strike Out (2000) (TV Episode)
The scene when they are playing Fight the Power and Doug, Deke and Arthur are walking down the street.
Family Guy: Lethal Weapons (2001) (TV Episode)
Scene involving Sal's Pizzeria
The Boondocks: The Block Is Hot (2006) (TV Episode)
Starts with "Fight the Power"; ends with Huey throwing a garbage can through a shop window, starting a riot. Iconic scenes from the original.
Childrens Hospital: Hot Enough for You? (2010) (TV Episode)
The heat wave motif, marked by warm orange tones and soundtracked by jazz. Also the closing dance sequence parodies Do the Right Thing's opening title sequence.
Dear White People (2014)
The scene at the movie theater in which a group of black folk humorously antagonize the white ticket seller about Tyler Perry movies is a parody of the scene in the Spike Lee joint "Do the Right Thing" where a group of black folk humorously antagonize a white man who chooses to live in a black neighborhood.
The Market (2014)
widely spoofed
Bob's Burgers: Itty Bitty Ditty Committee (2015) (TV Episode)
"Do the Rat Thing"
Dear White People: Chapter VII (2017) (TV Episode)
The scene where Gabe imagines Sam and Reggie playing with an ice cube is an homage to a scene in Spike Lee's film.
A Certain Magical Pimpdex: Extended Edition (2019)
Features characters photoshopped from this movie.

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