50 Films That Capture the Dark Side of New York City

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Do the Right Thing
Directed by Spike Lee, 1989

I knew I wanted the film to take place in one day, which would be the hottest day in the summer. And I wanted to reflect the racial climate of New York City at that time. The day would get longer and hotter, and things would escalate until they exploded. Iā€™m a New Yorker, so I know that after 95 degrees, the homicide rate and domestic abuse goes up ā€” especially when you get that week-long or so heat wave.

ā€”Spike Lee