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The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best characters played by Denzel Washington ranked from best to worst by user votes. The top Denzel Washington characters come in many forms. Some compelling Washington roles personify intensity while other iconic Washington characters are cool, calm, and collected. A few great Denzel Washington characters are even action stars.

Which Denzel Washington roles are the best? Alonzo Harris has to be near the top of the list. King Kong ain't got nothing on him. As a dirty detective training a new officer, Harris unexpectedly finds the walls closing in around him. Washington took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his Training Day performance. He also won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing the character Pvt. Tripp in Glory.

Washington has directed himself in several roles including Troy Maxson (Fences) and Dr. Jerome Davenport (Antwone Fisher). Other great characters played by Denzel Washington include Rubin Carter in Hurricane and the title character in Malcolm X.

Which Denzel Washington role do you think is the best? Give your favorite characters a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section. When you're done, cast your vote in our list of Denzel Washington's best movies.

 

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Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Training Day
2
Frank Lucas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
American Gangster
3
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Malcolm X
4
Whip is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Flight
5
John Creasy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Man on Fire
6
Robert McCall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Equalizer
7
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Remember the Titans
8
Joe Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Philadelphia
9
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Hurricane
10
Eli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Book of Eli
11
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
12
Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Glory
13
Lincoln Rhyme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Bone Collector
14
Agent Doug Carlin - ATF is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Déjà Vu
15
Sam Chisolm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Sam Chisolm The Magnificent Seven
16
Dr. Jerome Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Antwone Fisher
17
Troy Maxson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Troy Maxson Fences
18
Detective Keith Frazier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Detective Keith Frazier Inside Man
19
Gray Grantham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Pelican Brief
20
Jake Shuttlesworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
He Got Game
21
Nat Serling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Courage Under Fire
22
Tobin Frost is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Safe House
23
Ben Marco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Manchurian Candidate, The Manchurian Candidate
24
Philip Chandler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
St. Elsewhere
25
Bleek Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Mo' Better Blues