These ambitious performers become a triple threat, simultaneously acting as the writer, director, and actor in their own passion projects. The films created by these writer/director/actors have an enviably singular vision that makes them some of the most cohesive movies around. While there are several examples of successful films made by such bold creators, a few stand out above the rest.
The 1989 movie Do The Right Thing was one of Spike Lee's earliest and most memorable films. Lee reportedly wrote the script in less than a month and served as both director and producer. Additionally, he starred as the reluctant Mookie, the only African American employee at a local pizza restaurant.
Most notably, Do The Right Thing features Rosie Perez and Martin Lawrence in their first major movie roles. The movie isn't just a great Spike Lee film, it's also a culturally important piece of cinema that was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.