African-American film maker: very opinionated, very polarizing, and very influential.

Throughout the 90s, he made at least one film (or "joint" as it's called) a year[[note]]This was because he was disappointed that African-American filmmakers tended to go a long time between films[[/note]]. This didn't carry through into the 00s, however. ''Film/TwentyFifthHour'' is often cited as one of his best films, but his next film, ''Film/SheHateMe'', is considered one of his worst. ''Film/InsideMan'' (2006), was his biggest hit to date. Also in 2006,he made the acclaimed documentary ''When the Levees Broke''. Despite this, he still had trouble getting two projects off the ground: a James Brown biopic and a film about the L.A. riots.

His 2008 WWII tale ''Miracle at St. Anna'' was a commercial failure and received mixed reviews from the critics.

In 2013, he was chosen to direct an English-language remake of the South Korean thriller ''{{Film/Oldboy|2003}}'' and started work on a follow-up to ''Film/InsideMan''.

He frequently acted in his earlier films. He played the lead role of Mookie in ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' and major supporting roles in ''Film/MalcolmX'', ''{{Film/Girl 6}}'', and ''Mo' Better Blues''. One character he played, Mars Blackmon from ''She's Gotta Have It'', also appeared in ads for Nike.

[[TropeNamer Famously attributed with coining the name for the]] "MagicalNegro" [[TropeNamer trope.]] Oh, and he's a SitcomArchNemesis with Creator/QuentinTarantino, due to the latter claiming NWordPrivileges for his movies.

!!Selected Filmography:

* ''Film/ShesGottaHaveIt'' (1986)
* ''Film/SchoolDaze'' (1988)
* ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' (1989)
* ''Film/MoBetterBlues'' (1990)
* ''Film/JungleFever'' (1991)
* ''Film/MalcolmX'' (1992)
* ''Film/{{Crooklyn}}'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{Clockers}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Girl 6}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/HeGotGame'' (1998)
* ''Film/SummerOfSam'' (1999)
* ''Film/{{Bamboozled}}'' (2000)
* ''Film/TheOriginalKingsOfComedy'' (2000)
* ''Film/TwentyFifthHour'' (2002)
* ''Film/SheHateMe'' (2004)
* ''Film/InsideMan'' (2006)
* ''Film/MiracleAtStAnna'' (2008)
* ''Film/RedHookSummer'' (2012)
* ''Film/{{Oldboy|2013}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/ChiRaq'' (2015)