Decades of Denzel: Top 10 Unforgettable Performances by Denzel Washington

Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington's portrayal of Malcolm X captures the civil rights leader's life with radical depth, showcasing a transformative journey from hoodlum to activist.

Fences (2016)

As Troy Maxson, Washington delivers a nuanced performance highlighting the struggles and flaws of a middle-aged garbage collector, also showcasing his directorial prowess.

Training Day (2001)

Washington's Oscar-winning role as corrupt cop Alonzo Harris marks a departure from his noble character portrayals, displaying complex villainy with charisma.

Glory (1989)

In a breakthrough role as Private Trip, Washington earns an Oscar for his portrayal of a defiant Civil War soldier, blending agony and pride.

Flight (2012)

As pilot Whip Whitaker, Washington explores a hero's downfall with a performance that is both complex and captivating, earning an Oscar nomination.

The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

Washington's portrayal of Macbeth brings new life to the Shakespearean character, blending traditional themes with a modern sensibility.

The Hurricane (1999)

In the role of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Washington embodies the boxer's fight for justice after a wrongful conviction, earning a Golden Globe.

He Got Game (1998)

Washington plays Jake Shuttlesworth, navigating a father's quest for redemption and connection with his son against a backdrop of personal and social challenges.

American Gangster (2007)

As Frank Lucas, Washington portrays a complex drug kingpin with a chilling performance that captures both the charisma and brutality of the character.

Remember the Titans (2000)

As Coach Herman Boone, Washington delivers an inspiring performance, leading a newly integrated football team to victory through unity and determination.