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The Best Denzel Washington Movies

Updated April 29, 2021 16.8k votes 3.1k voters 144.7k views53 items

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This is a list of the best Denzel Washington movies, ranked from best to worst. Denzel Washington's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, from critics and fans alike. It's Denzel! I mean... it's Denzel. The order of these top Denzel Washington movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Denzel Washington movies will be at the top of the list. What do you think is the greatest Denzel Washington movie of all time is? Think about it and vote!

If you think the best Denzel Washington role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Denzel Washington performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list has everything from Remember the Titans to Training Day. That's just the tip of iceberg when it comes to the storied Denzel Washington filmography (or list of Denzel Washington movies).

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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Character: John W. Creasy    

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    #2 of 14 14 Violent And Disturbing Movies That Star Kids Too Young To Watch Them#65 of 122 The Best Father-Daughter Movies

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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Character: Alonzo Harris

    Awards: Best Actor (Academy Award, Golden Globe)

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    #266 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#95 of 451 The Best Movies For Guys

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    The Book of Eli

    Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis

    Character: Eli

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    #82 of 231 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#600 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Character: Frank Lucas

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    #11 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#47 of 122 Great Movies That Place In The '60s

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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Character: Herman Boone

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    #54 of 109 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies#29 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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    The Equalizer

    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Character: Robert McCall

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    #58 of 117 The Best Movies Based on TV Shows#6 of 124 The Best Assassin Movies

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    John Q

    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

    Character: John Q. Archibald

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    #194 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#6 of 29 Powerful Movies About Sick & Dying Children

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    Flight

    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle

    Character: William "Whip" Whitaker Sr.

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    #105 of 139 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#32 of 47 40+ Great Drama Movies About Drugs and Addiction

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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Character: Private Silas Trip

    Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Academy Award, Golden Globe)

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    #2 of 28 Civil War Movies List#170 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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    Crimson Tide

    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen

    Character: Lt. Commander Ron Hunter

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    #131 of 376 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#5 of 51 The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time

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    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton

    Character: Malcom X

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    #292 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#74 of 102 The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked

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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Character: Keith Frazier

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    #17 of 38 The Best Movies Ever to Come Out in March#2 of 31 The Best Thriller Movies with a Hostage

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    Déjà Vu

    Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer

    Character: Doug Carlin

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    #19 of 49 The Very Best Movies About Hackers#58 of 135 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

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    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber

    Character: Rubin Carter

    Awards: Best Actor (Golden Globe)

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    #26 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books#120 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Character: Joe Miller

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    #213 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#104 of 440 Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s

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    The Pelican Brief

    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington

    Character: Gray Grantham

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    #20 of 38 The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in May 2021#201 of 333 The Best Political Films Ever Made

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    The Bone Collector

    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington

    Character: Lincoln Rhyme

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    #19 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies#3 of 14 14 '90s Movies That Tried (But Failed) To Launch Franchises

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    Fallen

    Denzel Washington, John Goodman

    Character: Detective John Hobbes

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    #382 of 720 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#21 of 54 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

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    Safe House

    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

    Character: Tobin Frost

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    #17 of 90 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives#73 of 170 The Best Spy Movies

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    Antwone Fisher

    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

    Character: Dr. Jerome Davenport

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    #17 of 40 The Most Inspirational Black Movies#30 of 134 The Best Directorial Debuts Of Famous Actors

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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Character: Walter Garber

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    #552 of 666 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#1 of 14 Movie Reboots That Tried To Tell The Same Story With One MASSIVE Change

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    Courage Under Fire

    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon

    Character: Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling

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    #429 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#114 of 207 The Best Historical Drama Movies Of All Time

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    Out of Time

    Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington

    Character: Matt Lee Whitlock

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    #3 of 10 The Best Police Movies Streaming on Hulu#43 of 142 The Best Mystery Thriller Movies

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    Unstoppable

    Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson

    Character: Frank Barnes

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    #28 of 54 The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories#41 of 70 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock

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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber

    Character: Maj. Ben Marco

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    #6 of 10 The Best Movies About the Gulf War#101 of 140 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time