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The Best Denzel Washington Movies

Updated December 26, 2019 16.6k votes 3.0k voters 136.9k 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?"

Denzel Washington best movies? Check out this Denzel Washington movie list.

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Flight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    John Q is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Glory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Safe House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Fallen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Antwone Fisher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Courage Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
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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 on Wikipedia

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