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The Best Denzel Washington Movies

Updated November 17, 2020 16.6k votes 3.1k voters 141.8k views49 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

This is a list of the best Denzel Washington movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. 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).

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Denzel Washington movies?" and "What are the greatest Denzel Washington roles of all time?"

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  • Man on Fire1
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

    Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's...  more

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    #8 of 29 The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping#13 of 59 The Best Movies About Redemption

  • Training Day2
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David...  more

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    #101 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys#270 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • Flight3
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    Flight

    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle

    Released2012

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Flight is a 2012 American drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. An airline pilot (Denzel...  more

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    #100 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#38 of 45 20+ Great Drama Movies About Drugs and Addiction

  • American Gangster4
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

    American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based...  more

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    #10 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#169 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

  • Remember the Titans5
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and...  more

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    #56 of 97 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies#59 of 81 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

  • The Equalizer6
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    The Equalizer

    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2014

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine...  more

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    #54 of 117 The Best Movies Based on TV Shows#5 of 123 The Best Assassin Movies

  • The Book of Eli7
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    The Book of Eli

    Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by...  more

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    #83 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#641 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • John Q8
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    John Q

    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

    Released2002

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John...  more

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

  • Glory9
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick,...  more

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    #2 of 28 Civil War Movies List#171 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

  • Crimson Tide10
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    Crimson Tide

    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1995

    Directed byTony Scott

    Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear...  more

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    #132 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#107 of 206 The Best Adventure Movies

  • Malcolm X11
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    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton

    Released1992

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist...  more

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    #73 of 101 The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked#284 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • Inside Man12
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    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington

    Released2006

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell...  more

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    #17 of 38 The Best Movies Ever to Come Out in March#5 of 20 Great Movies About Non-Violent Crimes

  • Déjà Vu13
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    Déjà Vu

    Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer

    Released2006

    Directed byTony Scott

    Déjà Vu is a 2006 American action thriller film with elements of science fiction, directed by...  more

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    #19 of 49 The Very Best Movies About Hackers#14 of 54 The Best Time Loop Movies

  • The Bone Collector14
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    The Bone Collector

    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington

    Released1999

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    The Bone Collector is a 1999 psychological thriller film starring Denzel Washington and...  more

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    #19 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies#26 of 145 The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

  • The Hurricane15
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    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber

    Released1999

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel...  more

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    #22 of 85 The Greatest African American Biopics#27 of 82 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books

  • The Pelican Brief16
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    The Pelican Brief

    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal thriller based on the novel of the same name by John...  more

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    #117 of 340 The Best Political Films Ever Made#12 of 23 The Very Best Courtroom Thriller Movies

  • Philadelphia17
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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to...  more

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    #212 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#43 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • Fallen18
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    Fallen

    Denzel Washington, John Goodman

    Released1998

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel...  more

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    #379 of 722 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#25 of 54 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

  • Safe House19
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    Safe House

    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2012

    Directed byDaniel Espinosa

    Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring...  more

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    #17 of 89 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives#73 of 168 The Best Spy Movies

  • Antwone Fisher20
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    Antwone Fisher

    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

    Released2002

    Directed byDenzel Washington

    Antwone Fisher is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by and starring Denzel...  more

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    #17 of 40 The Most Inspirational Black Movies#33 of 132 The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors

  • The Taking of Pelham 12321
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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

    The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring...  more

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    #562 of 661 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#15 of 46 The Best Train Movies

  • Unstoppable22
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    Unstoppable

    Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson

    Released2010

    Directed byTony Scott

    Unstoppable is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Tony Scott, written by Mark...  more

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    #30 of 54 The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories#9 of 20 20 Action Movies That Are Way Better Than The Oscar Winners That Beat Them

  • Courage Under Fire23
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    Courage Under Fire

    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon

    Released1996

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Courage Under Fire is a 1996 film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Denzel Washington,...  more

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    #730 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#100 of 197 The Best Historical Drama Movies Of All Time

  • Out of Time24
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    Out of Time

    Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington

    Released2003

    Directed byCarl Franklin

    Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel...  more

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    #3 of 10 The Best Police Movies Streaming on Hulu#43 of 135 The Best Mystery Thriller Movies, Ranked

  • The Manchurian Candidate25
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber

    Released2004

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. The...  more

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    #6 of 10 The Best Movies About the Gulf War#71 of 105 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time