Best Denzel Washington Movies

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The Top Ten

1 Man On Fire

Yep. No one could have played this character so effortlessly and believable. Everything about the movie is on point.

Is my absolute favourite movie, it has me in tears every time I watch it.

Love it, his character, Dakota, the music, very emotional, the very best of Densel.

Great! A man, giving his life to fulfilled his duty. A man of IRON, a man in action. I just could not take off my eyes from A to Z. Let us all performed our duty to make a better world, our dream into reality. The world need 'MAN on FIRE' to apply on other aspects too

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2 Training Day

Most addictive Denzel movie. - CedreticFomento

1 training day best cop in a
2 man on fire
3 remember the titans
4 unstoppable
5 flight
i'm white but when I die I want denzel to play me in my movie

Man on fire, is a forgettable movie, and so I go with Training Day is a better movie.

I know folk believe this should have been number one, given he won the best actor award at the Oscars, but I feel he was cheated several times over. With that, Training Day is off the chain!

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3 Remember The Titans

An excellent history movie about what it was like for african american citizens in the 70's

I watch it whenever I feel I need to boost up my confidence. Very inspiring movie.

I really feel that Denzel took control in this movie. After watching it, I felt I could have run through a wall to make a tackle. Sort of a Rocky moment. By the way, The Equalizer and Unstoppable should be higher, they were both great adrenaline rushes.

Inspiring. Great performances all around and somehow though he was the star he managed to bouy his fellow castmates in this film.

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4 John Q

It shows the stress level that our fathers are put through yet will go through extreme measures of unconditional love for their children

This film deals with the ultimate human emotion, wich is unconditional love of a parent.

Best movie from Denzel Washington, honestly it should became an Oscar

Best movie I've ever seen... It just put me in my feelings right now.. Had me cryin an stuff.. My #1

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5 Fallen

Very underrated. Him ultimately more than a detective of the earthly, but the spiritual. The narration moves along well with the intriguing plot. The tone is tense on this movie and spooky. Top 5 for sure, possibly 3.

I appreciate you putting this as high as you did a lot of people don't know about this movie.

Amazing Underrated Movie

6 American Gangster

Denzel brough dignity and grace to a man who pimped and raped his own community... and yet still allowing him to remain low and less glamoraized in the end... Good performance...

So good! With Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington this movie is so good!

Best actor ever in the best movie ever bad ass man

Money and family don't mix

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7 Malcolm X

I have read the autobiography and speeches of Malcolm X and Denzel's ability to capture the tone and tenure of his langauge patterns is amazing. Genius on film. Thank you Spike Lee!

Superb Actor robbed from the academy.

I still see some of the scenes from this movie in my head whenever I think about it. Denzel at his most powerful.

Loved The Movie, Best Of Danzel - copkiller

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8 The Book of Eli

THIS BY FAR IS NOT ONLY THE BEST MOVIE HE HAS PLAYED IN BUT THE BEST MOVIE EVER. I LOVE THIS MOVIE AND HAVING HIM AS THE STAR MAKES IT THAT MUCH BETTER. :-)

Absolutely outstanding. We, as a Nation, may very well be heading toward having to lay down our lives for truth, as the Bible teaches.

This was my favorite movie it's a very uplifting movie that really puts things in perspective

Great move. Great story. Great acting. And great everything else!

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9 Inside Man

I just love denzel.. great actor. ,.. two thumbs up. , always!

He's my best actor, always wann my son to be like hi

10 Fences

Denzel played the part for 114 shows on broadway, and you can see every ounce of effort he's put into the role throughout his life in this film. Amazing adaptation, anchored by an amazing force that is Denzel Washington.

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11 Glory

After almost 20 years Washington's performance is still riveting despite a cliched script. He and Freeman and Brauer transcend the material. The battle scenes though are glorious.

He cried. I cried. Enough said.

Denzel gives a superb performance in "Glory". The battle scenes, are graphic and well acted, and he is a great actor in it over all. VOTE HERE

Changed America.

12 The Taking of Pelham 123

Denzel is great in this film as always, but John Travolta definitely takes the spotlight with his performance. - Mcgillacuddy

Denzel was awesome here

13 Flight

Best movie with Denzel in it. Makes me want to get drunk before noon

Great movie.. Denzel was awesome in the movie.

Amazing Movie... Denzel gets into the character like no one else could have! Mind bogglingf.

It affected my emotional life and I love rewatching because the acting is terrific.

14 The Equalizer

Just awesome

This should be in the top five at least. This is a great movie

One of his best, if not the best movie he has done.

Yeah! I agree it should be in the top 5 list undoubtedly

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15 Crimson Tide

Should be in the top 5

Great leadership show it best at the worst situation

I watch this film twice a year--just to see the look on Denzel's face when Gene Hackman slaps him. Again, I do not know WHY he wasn't awarded an Oscar for this film. His entire performance is riveting! He carries this entire film.

This movie did not receive its due. Was it because the power of the character Denzel played makes folks a little nervous?

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16 Philadelphia

One of my favorite movies of all-time. This movie was monumental in opening the door to discussing AIDS & alternative lifestyles. Hanks & Washington were both riveting in this film. The plot was great but Hanks & Washington took this film to a whole other level. Still chokes me up when I watch this.

Why he didn't get an Oscar for this is beyond me... His performance is outstanding!

Though Tom hank has the main role but Denzel is too good in his supporting role...

It was Hanks movie yet Denzel made it
hid as well. - divphygamer

17 The Bone Collector

Best film ever

Denzel is stuck in a bed as a quadriplegic & yet his presence and acting are the backbone of this movie. I must admit, I really enjoy this film and watch it regularly.

Great movie...watched it several times
just saying

18 Unstoppable

Great movie, surprisingly not repetitive, as I expected it to be. Great story too, so this is my 1# - Mushroom99

One of the most realistic movies I have ever seen in ma life! Very good acting by Denzel!

Full of exciting moments... Denzel is great in his role...
Movie was cool..

19 The Magnificent Seven
20 Deja Vu

Awesome piece of work. story line is great

21 Antwone Fisher

IT IS ONE ONE THE BEST DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIES. GREAT, FANTASMIC, MAGIC...

Good film yes and to the guy at the bottom money is nothing your crazy good work denzel

I SAW ALL OF DENZEL'S MOVIES, FINALY WHEN I SAW THIS ONE! Laugh out loud! Laugh out loud I CUDN'T BELIEVE HOW THIS ONE MAN WORTH THE WHOLE OF HOLLIWOODS MONEY..! HIS GOOD... HE OWN MORE MONEY THAN HOLIIWOOD IT'S SELF..

22 The Hurricane

Denzel is genius---but it wasn't until I met the real Ruben Carter that I realized how genius he is! Denzel is one of the BEST actors on the planet.

This was such a great movie.
left me in awe after I watched it

best actor performance.. two thumbs up..

Not only Denzel's best movie, but a great, great movie.

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23 The Siege
24 The Great Debaters

I got to know Denzel through this movie. He is a great teacher and a great man in this. It is also a good story.

THIS MOVIE WITH DENZEL BEST ACTOR AND DIRECTOR STORY OF RACISM EXCELLENT REAL LIFE MOVE GOOD.

25 Pelican Brief
26 Safe House
27 Mississippi Masala
28 He Got Game

Terrific film! Denzel IS this movie. Without him, its just a mediocre film.

This movie honestly shows greatness from within

29 Mo' Better Blues
30 Cry Freedom

Soul stirring portrayal of one of South Africa's first freedom fighters.

Denzel got his first Oscar nomination for this wonderful movie based on a true story. This was based on the life of one of the greatest politicians to have laid foot unto the African soil. Long live Steve Bantu Biko, long live.

31 Devil in a Blue Dress

Breathtaking. It was because of him and Don Cheadle that I went out and purchased every single Easy Rawlin's novel in print (at that time)... This movie was soul food... grits and greens, fried chicken and biscuits, sweet tea and jazz and blues rolled into one..

He did better acting with his facial expressions than he ever did with those long winded,fast talking speeches he always gives. He and Don Cheadle were priceless!

32 2 Guns

I love this movie

THIS MOVIE IS WAY BETTER THEN NUMBER 28 at least TOP 15

33 A Soldier's Story

The First of the First.. "Second to None" " SOLDIER STORY".. Actors Died Years After Black Captain Howard E Rollins, Died: December 8, 1996 (age 46) in New York City, New York, USA
"Died: March 6, 1986 (age 52) in Los Angeles, California, USA, Aldolfo Ceaser playing hateful, Lowdown "Drill Sgt against South Mississippi Blacks"
CJ Memphis"! He also Died..Born: Larry Dobie Riley 'Stated Victim of Sgt Waters Setup.. Killed himself By Hangin inside cell.!
Born: June 20, 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Died: June 6, 1992 (age 39) in Burbank, California, USA

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Man On Fire
2. Philadelphia
3. The Equalizer
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1. Glory
2. Crimson Tide
3. The Bone Collector
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1. Remember The Titans
2. Flight
3. Malcolm X
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