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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).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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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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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Siege is listed (or ranked) 25 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) 26 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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Antwone Fisher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson Antwone Fisher is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by Denzel Washington, marking his directorial debut. He also stars in the film as the psychiatrist Jerome Davenport, alongside ...more

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The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 28 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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2 Guns is listed (or ranked) 29 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 Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 31 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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A Soldier's Story is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Cry Freedom is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Ricochet is listed (or ranked) 34 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) 35 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) 36 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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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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Mississippi Masala is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Fences is listed (or ranked) 39 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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The Mighty Quinn is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Virtuosity is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 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) 43 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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The Equalizer 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Heart Condition is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Roman J. Israel, Esq. is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Flesh and Blood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Denzel Washington Movies
Flesh and Blood 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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For Queen and Country is listed (or ranked) 48 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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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