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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Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Alonzo Training Day

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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Malcolm X Malcolm X

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Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Coach Herman Boone Remember the Titans

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John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked

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Frank Lucas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Frank Lucas American Gangster

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Joe Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Joe Miller Philadelphia

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John Creasy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
John Creasy Man on Fire

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Eli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Eli The Book of Eli

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Troy Maxson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Troy Maxson Fences

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Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Pvt. Trip Glory

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Agent Doug Carlin - ATF is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Agent Doug Carlin Déjà Vu

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Lincoln Rhyme is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Lincoln Rhyme The Bone Collector

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Rubin Carter Hurricane

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Gray Grantham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Gray Grantham The Pelican Brief

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Whip is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Whip Whitaker Flight

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Dr. Jerome Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Dr. Jerome Davenport Antwone Fisher

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Sam Chisolm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Sam Chisolm The Magnificent Seven

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Robert McCall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Robert McCall The Equalizer

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Nat Serling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Nat Serling Courage Under Fire

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Philip Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Philip Chandler St. Elsewhere

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Detective Keith Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Detective Keith Frazier Inside Man

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Jake Shuttlesworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Jake Shuttlesworth He Got Game

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Bleek Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Bleek Gilliam Mo' Better Blues

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Tobin Frost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Tobin Frost Safe House

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Ben Marco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Ben Marco The Manchurian Candidate, The Manchurian Candidate