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The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked 

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Updated October 14, 2019 1.1k votes 191 voters 3.7k views 26 items

 

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
John Creasy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Man on Fire
4
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Remember the Titans
5
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Malcolm X
6
Eli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Book of Eli
7
Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Pvt. Trip Glory
8
Whip is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Flight
9
Robert McCall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Equalizer
10
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
John Quincy Archibald John Q
11
Joe Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Philadelphia
12
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Hurricane
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
Troy Maxson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Troy Maxson Fences
16
Dr. Jerome Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Antwone Fisher
17
Nat Serling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Courage Under Fire
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
Tobin Frost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Safe House
21
Sam Chisolm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Sam Chisolm The Magnificent Seven
22
Jake Shuttlesworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
He Got Game
23
Matthias Lee Whitlock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
GustavoMorales added Matthias Lee Whitlock Out of Time
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Ben Marco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Manchurian Candidate, The Manchurian Candidate
25
Philip Chandler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
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