Often, fans only think of directors in the context of making films. But between films, directors - even the most prolific - often take time in valuable side-ventures. Director Spike Lee, for the past 13 years, has been working as a professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, advising one of the university's most sought-after classes.

For his class, Lee produced a list of 103 films he believes every aspiring director should see - which was eventually revealed over at his blog. Originally, Lee revealed a list of 95 films (see below) that actually included zero women filmmakers - something Lee was admonished for and took wind of immediately. Included in his revamped list are the films: The Piano by Jane Campion, Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash, The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow, Sugar Cane Alley by Euzhan Palcy, and The Seduction of Mimi, Love and Anarchy, Swept Away, and Seven Beauties by Lina Wertmuller.

The list includes some of the industry's most celebrated filmmakers, including; Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Stephen Spielberg, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, and more. The most recent film on the list is Neill Blomkamp's explosive District 9 (2009) and the oldest entrant was William Wyer's Dead End, made in 1937. Noticeably absent from the list is director Quentin Tarantino, someone who Spike Lee has made known previously that he's not the biggest fan of.

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