Photo of Spike Lee Spike Lee

Born Shelton Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Ga., Spike Lee moved with his parents to Brooklyn, N.Y., when he was just a boy. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program and won a student Academy Award for his short film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983).

Lee caught the nation's attention with She's Gotta Have It (1986), in which he also starred. His racially charged works continued with School Daze and Do the Right Thing (1989), which earned Lee an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Throughout his career, Lee has balanced controversial subjects in works such as Jungle Fever, Malcolm X and Bamboozled with more mainstream profiles of New York life, such as Clockers, Summer of Sam and 25th Hour. He also made a name for himself as a documentary filmmaker with the Oscar-nominated 4 Little Girls (1997) and Jim Brown: All American (2002).

Spike Lee in Oldboy


2013 R

After being unaccountably held captive for years, Joe Doucett is suddenly released. Now, his only mission is to hunt down and punish his captors. Aided by a young stranger, he sets about unlocking his past in this remake of a popular Korean thriller.

  • Spike Lee in Inside Man Inside Man
  • Spike Lee in The Battle of Algiers The Battle of Algiers
  • Spike Lee in Malcolm X Malcolm X
  • Spike Lee in 4 Little Girls 4 Little Girls
  • Spike Lee in Do the Right Thing Do the Right Thing
  • Spike Lee in 25th Hour 25th Hour
  • Spike Lee in Bamboozled Bamboozled
  • Spike Lee in Jungle Fever Jungle Fever
  • Spike Lee in He Got Game He Got Game
  • Spike Lee in The Original Kings of Comedy The Original Kings of Comedy
  • Spike Lee in Miracle at St. Anna Miracle at St. Anna
  • Spike Lee in Chi-Raq Chi-Raq
  • Spike Lee in Red Hook Summer Red Hook Summer
  • Spike Lee in Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
  • Spike Lee in Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife
  • Spike Lee in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
  • Spike Lee in She's Gotta Have It She's Gotta Have It
  • Spike Lee in Mo' Better Blues Mo' Better Blues
  • Spike Lee in Sucker Free City Sucker Free City
  • Spike Lee in Lights, Action, Music Lights, Action, Music
  • Spike Lee in PoliWood PoliWood
  • Spike Lee in Kobe Doin' Work: A Spike Lee Joint Kobe Doin' Work: A Spike Lee Joint
  • Spike Lee in School Daze School Daze
  • Spike Lee in Ghostwriter: Season 1 Ghostwriter: Season 1
  • Spike Lee in When We Were Kings When We Were Kings
  • Spike Lee in Get on the Bus Get on the Bus
  • Spike Lee in Girl 6 Girl 6
  • Spike Lee in John Leguizamo's Freak John Leguizamo's Freak
  • Spike Lee in Lisa Picard Is Famous Lisa Picard Is Famous
  • Spike Lee in Jim Brown: All-American Jim Brown: All-American
  • Spike Lee in She Hate Me She Hate Me
  • Spike Lee in Miracle's Boys Miracle's Boys
  • Spike Lee in Directors: Life Behind the Camera Directors: Life Behind the Camera
  • Spike Lee in When the Levees Broke When the Levees Broke
  • Spike Lee in How to Eat Your Watermelon... How to Eat Your Watermelon...
  • Spike Lee in Passing Strange Passing Strange
  • Spike Lee in If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise
  • Spike Lee in On the Shoulders of Giants On the Shoulders of Giants