Spike Lee’s Essential Films for Young Filmmakers

  • 8½
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Breathless
  • City of God
  • Day for Night
  • Fat City
  • Killer of Sheep
  • La Dolce Vita
  • La Strada
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Mad Max
  • Mad Max 2
  • North by Northwest
  • On the Waterfront
  • Patton
  • Raising Arizona
  • Ran
  • Rashomon
  • Rear Window
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • The 400 Blows
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Conformist
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Last Detail
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Piano
  • The Train
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Vertigo
  • West Side Story
  • Yojimbo
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Marathon Man
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Seduction of Mimi
  • Love and Anarchy
  • Swept Away
  • Seven Beauties
  • 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
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • District 9
  • 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