Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello

Only Spike Lee’s third film, Do The Right Thing is considered one of the greatest films of all time. It centers on the racial tensions within a Brooklyn neighborhood and how they come to a tragic head on the hottest day of the summer. Many reviewers at the time protested the film, concerned that it would cause black audiences to riot because of its violent climax, a claim that Lee would later remark as “outrageous” and racist. The film ends with quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X that contradict each other: one advocating nonviolence, the other advocating for violent self-defense. It’s this nuanced discussion of how best to counteract the racist actions of the state, along with its realistic portrayal of contemporary race relations, that makes Do The Right Thing just as powerful today. —Andy Herrera