The One List: Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing
Year: 1989
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Joi Lee, Giancarlo Esposito,
Why It Deserves Your Vote: This isn’t the last time you’ll see Spike on this list, but it was the film that cemented him not only as a leader in black film but a mainstream director to contend with. What makes this film remarkable is that despite playing out issues our community wrestles with — interracial dating, police brutality, gentrification, baby-daddies – it refuses to offer up any clean-cut answers.  Lee leaves it on us not only to solve the issues but determine what they really are in the first place. Are we heroes, victims or villains? Twenty five years later, the film remains a glorious mystery. CAST YOUR VOTE NOW!