US film director Spike Lee is known for being a longtime advocate of equality for African-Americans. As he celebrates a landmark birthday on March 20, here's a look back at his life and most memorable films.
Spike Lee took on the role of pioneer for the African-American cause at a time when Hollywood was far away from regarding directors and actors of color as a regular part of the industry.
We have him to thank for many marvelous films: Without Spike Lee, who turns 60 on Monday, US film would not be what it is today.
Click through the picture gallery above for some of our favorite Spike Lee films.