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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36 6
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Training Day

2
25 7
Frank Lucas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
American Gangster

3
24 7
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Remember the Titans

4
25 10
Creasy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Man on Fire

5
18 6
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked

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23 11
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Malcolm X

7
17 7
Eli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Book of Eli

8
16 7
Whip is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Flight

9
10 2
Lincoln Rhyme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Bone Collector

10
11 3
Agent Doug Carlin - ATF is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Déjà Vu

11
16 8
Joe Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Philadelphia

12
12 5
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Hurricane

13
12 5
Robert McCall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Equalizer

14
13 6
Gray Grantham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
The Pelican Brief

15
15 8
Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Glory

16
8 3
Dr. Jerome Davenport is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Antwone Fisher

17
7 2
Philip Chandler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
St. Elsewhere

18
15 10
Troy Maxson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Troy Maxson Fences

19
8 4
Nat Serling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Courage Under Fire

20
7 3
Jake Shuttlesworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
He Got Game

21
7 4
Sam Chisolm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Sam Chisolm The Magnificent Seven

22
6 3
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
7 5
Tobin Frost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
Safe House

24
6 4
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
7 7
Bleek Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Denzel Washington, Ranked
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