Spike Lee's 95 Essential Films All Aspiring Directors Need to Watch

From Far Out Magazine:
"Spike Lee, the American film director, producer, writer, and actor who finally won his first Academy Award last year, has offered some advice to all budding filmmakers trying to find their way into Hollywood.
Having made his directorial debut with back in 1986 with his film She’s Gotta Have It, Lee has since built his cinematic reputation for challenging issues such as urban crime, poverty, race relations and discrimination against the black community in running themes through his work.
Lee’s films, typically referred to as “Spike Lee Joints”, range from the critically acclaimed comedy drama Do The Right Thing—which earned Lee mainstream success in 1989—to his most recent feature film BlacKkKlansman which secured victory at the…

  • The Hurt Locker
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • Swept Away
  • Seven Beauties
  • The Piano
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • The Seduction of Mimi
  • Love and Anarchy
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Rashomon
  • Yojimbo
  • Ran
  • Rear Window
  • Vertigo
  • North by Northwest
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • The Conformist
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Killer of Sheep
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Raising Arizona
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • On the Waterfront
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • La Strada
  • La Dolce Vita
  • 8½
  • City of God
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The 400 Blows
  • Day for Night
  • Patton
  • Mad Max
  • Mad Max 2
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • The Last Detail
  • Breathless
  • West Side Story
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • The Train
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Fat City
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Marathon Man
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • The Young and the Damned
  • Black Orpheus
  • Home of the Brave
  • Mean Streets
  • Raging Bull
  • Apocalypto
  • Casablanca
  • Thief
  • The Red Shoes
  • Cooley High
  • I Am Cuba
  • District 9
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • Touch of Evil
  • Blue Collar
  • White Heat
  • Is Paris Burning?
  • M*A*S*H
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Rome, Open City
  • Paisan
  • Chinatown
  • Black Rain
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Paths of Glory
  • Spartacus
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Badlands
  • Days of Heaven
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • An American in Paris
  • Lust for Life
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Miracle in Milan
  • Dead End
  • Zelig