Real-Life Cop Infiltrates Terrorist Group In Award Winning True Story On Netflix

By Britta DeVore | Published

Netflix has always been the home of Academy Award-nominated and winning movies for audiences to watch from the comfort of their own home. Boasting an all-star cast and the vision of one of the world’s most celebrated directors, Spike Lee’s (Da 5 Bloods, Malcolm X) BlacKkKlansman is currently running on the streamer.

Based on a true story, the drama will have audiences on the edge of their seats as an undercover police officer infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan.

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is currently streaming on Netflix

Pulling pieces of its story from Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir, Black Klansman, Lee’s BlacKkKlansman follows Detective Stallworth (John David Washington) as he tries to gain the respect of his fellow officers by infiltrating a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

Realizing that he’ll need some help should he be able to truly pull off his plan, Ron brings his friend and peer, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) in on the job. Working together, the duo puts a full stop to the hate group’s plan of pushing a platform that would make them more inviting to folks on the outside. 


Along with John David Washington and Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman also starred Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Joona Jasper Pääkkönen, Paul Walter Hauser, Ryan Eggold, Corey Hawkins, Ashlie Atkinson (Juanita), and Alec Baldwin.

The movies is based on the Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir, Black Klansman

A box office success, BlacKkKlansman raked in a global total of $93.4 million against its production budget of $15 million. One of the most celebrated titles of the year, Spike Lee’s latest feature-length project took home a slew of praise including the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. Plus there were a handful of nominations at events including the Golden Globe Awards, the Critics Choice Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

At the Academy Awards ceremonies, the title nabbed a whopping six nominations and took home the bragging rights of Best Adapted Screenplay.

BlacKkKlansman raked in a global total of $93.4 million against its production budget of $15 million.

As for the history behind BlacKkKlansman, the film was said to have stayed rather true to the real life of Ron Stallworth as well as the historical events depicted throughout the film. As one could expect for any Hollywood film based on the real-life events of a person, Lee took his own liberties with certain parts of the plot to keep the film moving.

Without spoiling the film by mentioning specific changes, one non-spoiler is that the partner played by Adam Driver still lives undercover to this day, with no one knowing the true identity of the man who helped Stallworth in his operation. 

Known for using a particular style when it comes to the musical scores of his films, BlacKkKlansman was no different for its director Spike Lee. Calling in his longtime collaborator, the helmer teamed up with Terence Blanchard to work on the award-nominated soundtrack for the film. In the past, the duo had paired up for films including Jungle Fever and Inside Man, among others. 

One of the most prolific directors over the last several decades, Spike Lee is the man attached to such celebrated favorites as BlacKkKlansman, Malcolm X, She’s Gotta Have It, Crooklyn, Summer of Sam, 25th Hour, He Got Game, and Da 5 Bloods.


From BAFTAs to Emmys and Academy Awards, there’s no major motion picture celebration event that Spike Lee’s name has been left out of. Frequently turning his lens onto stories within the Black community, whether it be through fiction or fact, the filmmaker has used his platform in the entertainment industry to truly make a difference. 

As of right now, Spike Lee doesn’t have any other projects up his sleeve but another of his critically acclaimed features can be streamed side-by-side with BlacKkKlansman on Netflix.

Although it isn’t based on a true story, Da 5 Bloods sees stars including Jonathan Majors, Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Paul Walter Hauser, and more come together to tell the story of a group of Vietnam Veterans who return to the battlefields for closure. Another huge hit for the director, the film nabbed Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. 

With so much great content to choose from on Netflix, turning to the celebrated eye of Spike Lee for one of his films like BlacKkKlansman or Da 5 Bloods would be the perfect dose of double feature for your next movie night.