It’s an odd thing to say about an actor as respected and decorated as Denzel Washington, but the guy might actually be a bit underrated. Throughout his illustrious career, he’s earned a reputation for playing a certain type – men of intense dignity and honour, whether it’s a Civil Rights icon, a dogged lawyer or a working-class hero. But as consistently great as he is in those roles, he’s just as impressive occupying more flawed characters. Shoot, at times, he’s proven he can do straight-up evil with the best of them.
Picking the 15 greatest Denzel Washington movies is difficult, given that he frequently elevates lesser material just by showing up on screen. But the films listed below are truly the best of the best.
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