Spike Lee is the most prolific black filmmaker of his generation. No filmmaker has made more films, and polarized viewers as much for his artistry and his politics as has Lee. Tyler Perry arguably has more mainstream success, but Lee has earned more respect over time. From his 1986 debut “She’s Gotta Have It” to his latest “Red Hook Summer,” Lee, now 55, is more auteur than most people realize. His unrepentant vision and his commitment to telling a story the way his unique creative eye sees it makes him both revered by his fans and hated by his detractors.  Lee has released 18 feature films, made 12 documentaries and executive produced several other film projects, winning an Emmy for his HBO documentary “When the Levees Broke” about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Yet there are a few of his films that have somehow gone less heralded than others. We pay tribute to five of our favorite underrated Spike Lee joints.


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