Fictional Characters 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.

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53 12
Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Training Day
2
43 12
Frank Lucas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
American Gangster
3
40 18
Creasy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Man on Fire
4
33 13
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Remember the Titans
5
32 15
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Malcolm X
6
26 10
Whip is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Flight
7
26 11
Joe Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Philadelphia
8
26 11
Eli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Book of Eli
9
24 10
Robert McCall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Equalizer
10
25 12
Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Glory
11
26 13
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
12
21 9
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Hurricane
13
16 7
Agent Doug Carlin - ATF is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Déjà Vu
14
14 6
Sam Chisolm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Sam Chisolm The Magnificent Seven
15
21 14
Troy Maxson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Troy Maxson Fences
16
12 6
Lincoln Rhyme is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Bone Collector
17
12 6
Dr. Jerome Davenport is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Antwone Fisher
18
12 7
Nat Serling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Courage Under Fire
19
15 10
Gray Grantham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Pelican Brief
20
11 8
Tobin Frost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Safe House
21
10 7
Jake Shuttlesworth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
He Got Game
22
9 6
Ben Marco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Manchurian Candidate, The Manchurian Candidate
23
9 7
Philip Chandler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
St. Elsewhere
24
9 8
Detective Keith Frazier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Detective Keith Frazier Inside Man
25
9 11
Bleek Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
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