Top 10 Denzel Washington Movies of All Time

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 Denzel Washington movies of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. Courage Under Fire (1996) 85% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Captain Karen Walden died in a helicopter crash in Desert Storm, and she’s being investigated for a medal of honor for her actions in saving her crew by Lt. Colonel Nat Serling, who is struggling to come to terms with his own Desert Storm experiences.

Rating: R
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips

9. 2 Guns (2013) 64% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Robert Trench is an undercover DEA agent and Michael Stigman is a Navel Intelligence officer. Both are fighting the mob and the government over a robbery gone wrong.

Rating: R
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton

8. The Hurricane (1999) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was a top boxing contender until he was convicted of three consecutive life terms for a triple murder he didn’t commit.

Rating: R
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger

7. The Pelican Brief (1993) 52% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A law student and college professor are investigating a conspiracy that got two Supreme Court justices killed.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard

6. Glory (1989) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Robert Gould Shaw is selected to lead the first all-black army during the U.S. Civil War, leading him to face opposition from both sides of the bloody conflict.

Rating: R
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman

5. American Gangster (2007) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Frank Lucas is a heroin kingpin in 1970s Harlem, with an East Asian partner who helps him import the drug. The Federal government formed a task force to take him down though.

Rating: R
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Denzel Washignton, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor

4. Man on Fire (2004) 39% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A former CIA assassin is hired as a bodyguard for nine-year-old Pita Ramos. When she’s kidnapped, he sets out on a path of bloody revenge.

Rating: R
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning

3. Malcolm X (1992) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Malcolm X joins the Nation of Islam and becomes its most vocal and high-profile spokesman, until he’s gunned down in cold blood.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo

2. Training Day (2001) 72% at Rotten Tomatoes

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An L.A. narcotics officer is teamed up with a rogue detective who gets him involved in all sorts of illegal activity.

Rating: R
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn

1. Inside Man (2006) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A police detective is negotiating with bank robbers who seem more professional than they should. When the smoke clears, we’re left with one of the more interesting bank heists in movie history.

Rating: R
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster

 

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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