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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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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more

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709 194
Training Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington
Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more

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586 130
Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington
Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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572 132
American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

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419 91
Glory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick
Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more

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418 106
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela
Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee. The film dramatizes key events in Malcolm X's life: his ...more

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387 98
Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe
Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel ...more

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383 92
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving
Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more

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345 75
Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman
Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine action film directed by Tony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It takes place during a period of political turmoil in the Russian ...more

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308 81
The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger
The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel Washington. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the ...more

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476 95
The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman
The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, ...more

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419 83
John Q is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher
John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John Quincy Archibald, a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out ...more

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411 79
Flight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly
Flight is a 2012 American drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. An airline pilot (Denzel Washington) saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashes, ...more

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359 85
Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning
Déjà Vu is a 2006 American action thriller film with elements of science fiction, directed by Tony Scott, written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry ...more

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343 32
The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo
The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel ...more

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272 64
The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow
The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby ...more

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232 76
Courage Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington
Courage Under Fire is a 1996 film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips and Matt Damon.

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321 74
The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah
The Bone Collector is a 1999 psychological thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Martin Bregman. The movie was based on the novel ...more

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271 64
Safe House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga
Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It was released on February 10, 2012, in North America by Universal ...more

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255 74
Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine
Unstoppable is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Tony Scott, written by Mark Bomback, and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. The film, loosely based on the real-life CSX ...more

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259 70
The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini
The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It is a film adaptation of the novel by Morton Freedgood, and ...more

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189 81
He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich
He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Denzel Washington as Jake Shuttlesworth, a prison inmate convicted for an act against his wife. He is ...more

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185 68
The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Vera Farmiga
The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. The film, based on Richard Condon's 1959 novel of the same name and a re-imagining of the previous 1962 ...more

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270 74
Fallen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland
Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It was the only Turner Pictures film to receive an R ...more

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215 63
Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 25 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.