Movies with music written by Terence Blanchard

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Black or White

There could be no more timely subject matter for a movie in early 2015 than race relations in America. Black or White, a sporadically insightful movie from Mike Binder, approaches some of these issues head-on without flinching or resorting to hysteri...

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2015-01-30
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Drugs, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Mike Binder
Cast: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, ...
BlacKkKlansman

It’s redundant to say that a Spike Lee film is angry and unapologetic; Lee has never been one to shy from controversy and BlacKkKlansman, with its absurd elements and unrepentant social commentary, is no exception. Not given to soft-peddling ...

Run Time: 2:15
U.S. Release Date: 2018-08-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Mature Themes)
Genre: Thriller/Comedy
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: : John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, ...
Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records, while not a "musical" in the traditional sense, is close to 50% musical content and 50% drama. Accordingly, it's about 50% good and 50% bad. The re-creations of some of the most noteworthy blues and early rock tunes from the '50...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2008-12-05
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Darnell Martin
Cast: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, ...
Da 5 Bloods

When it comes to a Spike Lee movie, it would be foolish to expect a politics-free zone. Lee is an activist filmmaker and has never pretended otherwise. He makes movies that entertain and educate but, most importantly, he seeks to challenge. So...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: 2020-06-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, )
Genre: War/Adventure
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, ...
Eve's Bayou

The bayous of Louisiana are a strange and wonderful place -- a world unto their own, overflowing with a wealth of story and thematic possibilities. Whether it's the heated mystery of The Big Easy, the nonstop action of Hard Target, or the gory sca...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 1997-11-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Jurnee Smollett, ...
Harriet

Harriet Tubman’s story as presented in Kasi Lemmons’ new feature, Harriet, is inspirational and crowd-pleasing. One of the most heroic figures on the mid-19th century abolitionist movement and the best remembered conductor on the Undergrou...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Racial Epithets)
Genre: Drama
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, ...
Inside Man

With so much talent involved - both in front of and behind the camera - one has a right to anticipate something special from Inside Man. Does it deliver? Spike Lee's latest joint is a workmanlike thriller that provides solid performances; a mixtur...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2006-03-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, ...
Love & Basketball

Love & Basketball is, as one can infer from the title, about love and basketball. The film follows the lives of two next-door neighbors, one male and one female, from their first meeting on the court at the age of 11 until a fateful night a dozen ...

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2000-04-21
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Alfre Woodard, ...
Miracle at St. Anna

Recently, Spike Lee was in the news feuding with Clint Eastwood about the absence of black servicemen in Eastwood's recent Iwo Jima duology. According to Lee, Eastwood ignored history in Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima by not making...

Run Time: 2:40
U.S. Release Date: 2008-09-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, ...
Red Tails

I wanted to like Red Tails. I really did. Largely financed by George Lucas (whose fingerprints are all over the final cut), this movie tells a story - that of the 332nd Fighter Group (a.k.a. "The Tuskegee Airmen") - that could combine dramatic powe...

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Release Date: 2012-01-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ADVENTURE
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Cast: Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, ...