1. Spike Lee’s Filmography

1983, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
“I sure as hell don’t do no faggoty curls!”

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1986, She’s Gotta Have It
“It’s really about control, my body, my mind. Who was going to own it? Them? Or me? I’m not a one-man woman. Bottom line.”

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1988, School Daze
“Now I bet you n*ggers do think y’all white. College don’t mean shit. Y’all n*ggers, and you gonna be n*ggers forever… just like us. N*ggers.

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1989, Do the Right Thing
“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass.”

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1990, Mo’ Better Blues
“But the jazz, you know if we had to dep… if we had to depend upon black people to eat, we would starve to death. I mean, you’ve been out there, you’re on the bandstand, you look out into the audience, what do you see? You see Japanese, you see, you see West Germans, you see, you know, Slabobic, anything except our people – it makes no sense.”

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1991, Jungle Fever
“I swear before God… and four more white people! This is the last time!”

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1992, Malcolm X
“We had the best organization a black man’s ever had. N*ggers ruined it.”

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1994, Crooklyn
“You know, you seem to forget I’m the one used to pay for you and the children to go to Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor to get what you wanted when you wanted. You ain’t the only one contributed to this family, Gem! You got to remember that!”

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1994, D.R.O.P. Squad
“Be careful what you dream for…you just might get it”

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1995, Clockers
“If God created anything better than crack cocaine he kept that shit for hisself.”

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1995, Lumiere and Company

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1995, New Jersey Drive
“And there was always one… who seemed to like his job a little bit too much.”

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1995, Tales from the Hood
“What’s the matter, Jerome? You don’t like seeing black people get killed? But isn’t that what you’ve been doing all your life? You know, Jerome, Cain was the world’s first murderer. He slayed his brother. And how many brothers have you slain?”

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1996, Girl 6
“Baby, let me tell you something. You can continue to live in your little fantasy world with your baseball cards and the autographed bullshit or whatever the fuck is it you do, but me, I got to eat and pay the rent. Phone sex is acting, and if you don’t like it, you can step.”

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1998, Freak
“I was outnumbered. But I didn’t care, ’cause I did what any Spanish kid raised in the ghetto would do… I acted like a retard.”

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1998, He Got Game
“Basketball is like poetry in motion, cross the guy to the left, take him back to the right, he’s fallin’ back, then just J right in his face. Then you look at him and say, ‘What?'”

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1999, Summer of Sam
“And now I’m just cheatin’ a lot more than I ever did. But I thought- you know, I thought the man up there understood. I thought he under- would f*ckin’ understand.”

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1999, The Best Man
“I want to make love to you tonight. I feel our opportunity has presented itself again, and… I don’t want to miss out on it twice.”

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2000, A Huey P. Newton Story
“Any time a black man in America stands up against the slave mentality, he’s going to scare a lot of white people-and some black people, too.”

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2000, Bamboozled
“You ain’t seen no n*ggers on the fiddle. No n*ggers on the fiddle like this. You ain’t seen no n*ggers on the fiddle no n*ggers on the fiddle like this.”

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2000, Love & Basketball
“I’ve been in love with you since I was eleven, and the shit won’t go away.”

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2000, The Original Kings of Comedy
“Never in history did you hear about 17 or 18 of us gettin’ killed nowhere altoghether. ‘Cuz we run. We run when somebody else runs. We don’t ask no questions why we runnin’, we just get our ass up and start damn running.”

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2001, 3 A.M.
“She looks so fine, I’d suck her daddy’s dick.”

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2002, 25th Hour
“Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends.”

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2002, Jim Brown: All-American

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2003, Good Fences

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2004, She Hate Me
“Don’t look at me, I want it the old fashioned way”

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2004, Sucker Free City

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2008, Miracle at St. Anna
“Safety is the greatest risk of all, because safety leaves no room for miracles and miracles are the only sure thing in life.”

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2008, Passing Strange

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2009, Kobe Doin’ Work

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2011, Pariah
“Heartbreak opens onto the sunrise for even breaking is opening and I am broken, I am open. Broken into the new life without pushing in, open to the possibilities within, pushing out. See the love shine in through my cracks? See the light shine out through me? I am broken, I am open, I am broken open.”

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2011, You’re Nobody Til Somebody Kills You

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2012, Bad 25

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2012, Red Hook Summer

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2013, Oldboy
“I swear, I don’t know nothin’! I swear before God and eight motherfuckin’ white people!”

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2013, The Best Man holiday
“Now, her man, on the other hand, is iconic. Mmm. If I went that way, that’s what I’d get. A tall, vanilla swagger latte. I like, I like, I like.”