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The Best Denzel Washington Movies  

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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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Denzel Washington has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. If you're a fan of Denzel Washington, then check out our lists of the best Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson movies as well.

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The Siege is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening
In 1996 Nestor Cerpa and his Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) took over 400 people hostage at the Japanese Ambassador's Residence in Lima. Over the next four months a chilling, ...more
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Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan
Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington.
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2 Guns is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton
2 Guns is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Based on a comic book series of the same ...more
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The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett
The Great Debaters is a 2007 American biopic period drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Productions. It is based ...more
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Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle
Devil in a Blue Dress is a 1995 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Carl Franklin and photographed by Tak Fujimoto. The film is based on Walter Mosley's novel of the same name and ...more
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The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie
The Preacher's Wife is a 1996 Christmas romantic comedy-drama family film directed by Penny Marshall, and starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance. It is a remake of ...more
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Ricochet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Ice-T, John Lithgow
Ricochet is a 1991 crime-thriller film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak, and Lindsay Wagner. The film details a struggle between a ...more
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Mo' Better Blues is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes
Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 musical comedy-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Spike Lee, who also directed. It follows a period in the life of fictional jazz trumpeter ...more
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Much Ado About Nothing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Kate Beckinsale, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves
Much Ado About Nothing is a 1993 British/American romantic comedy film based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. It was adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh who ...more
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Cry Freedom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Julian Glover
Cry Freedom is a 1987 British drama film directed by Richard Attenborough, set in the late 1970s, during the apartheid era of South Africa. The screenplay was written by John Briley based on a ...more
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Fences is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Ali Javert added Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson
Fences is 2016 American drama film written by August Wilson and directed by Denzel Washington in his directorial debut, based on his play of the same name. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former ...more
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License to Kill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Don Murray, Millie Perkins
When a young woman (Kristen Vigard) dies in a drunk-driving accident caused by her inebriated friend, Tom Fiske (Don Murray), her father, John (James Farentino), mourns his loss by devoting his ...more
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A Soldier's Story is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier
A Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, based upon Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production A Soldier's Play. A black officer is sent ...more
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The Mighty Quinn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh
The Mighty Quinn is a 1989 thriller film starring Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The screenplay by Hampton Fancher is based on ...more
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The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal
The Equalizer 2 is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and the sequel to 2014's The Equalizer.
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Mississippi Masala is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Charles S. Dutton, Sharmila Tagore
Mississippi Masala is a 1991 romantic drama film directed by Mira Nair, based upon a screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala, starring Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, and Roshan Seth. Set ...more
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Virtuosity is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Kaley Cuoco, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
Virtuosity is a 1995 science fiction action film directed by Brett Leonard, written by Eric Bernt, and produced by Gary Lucchesi. The film stars Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kelly Lynch, ...more
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Power is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Gene Hackman
Power is a 1986 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Richard Gere. The original screenplay by David Himmelstein focuses on political corruption and how power affects both ...more
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Carbon Copy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Susan Saint James, George Segal
Carbon Copy is a 1981 British-American comedy film, directed by Michael Schultz. The film stars George Segal, Susan Saint James, Jack Warden, and features Denzel Washington in his feature-film ...more
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Roman J. Israel, Esq. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo
Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a 2017 American legal drama film directed by Dan Gilroy. When his partner has a heart attack, liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel (Denzel Washington) suddenly becomes the ...more
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Heart Condition is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Bob Hoskins, Ray Baker
Heart Condition is a 1990 fantasy-comedy film starring Bob Hoskins, Denzel Washington and Chloe Webb.This movie was unofficially remade in Malayalam as Aayushkalam
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For Queen and Country is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Graham McTavish, Craig Fairbrass
For Queen and Country is a British-American 1988 crime drama film written and directed by Martin Stellman and starring Denzel Washington. Washington stars as Reuben James, a Black British former ...more
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Flesh and Blood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, John Cassavetes
Adapted from the novel by Pete Hamill, Flesh and Blood stars Tom Berenger as Bobby Fallon, a street punk who develops into a topnotch boxer while in prison. Upon his release, Bobby is taken ...more
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Wilma is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard
Wilma is a 1977 television movie directed by Bud Greenspan. The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph (Shirley Jo Finney), who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in ...more