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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.

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