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Denzel Washington’s Iconic Filmography

January 27th, 2021Denzel Washington’s Iconic Filmography

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In anticipation of Denzel Washington’s newest film, THE LITTLE THINGS we have selected sixteen of our favorite films from his career to highlight in our Big Screen Bracket Challenge. On Wednesday, January 27th at 8pm EST, we will let you the fans vote for your favorite Denzel Washington film.

The films have randomly placed in the Big Screen Bracket Challenge, but we have listed the contenders below in chronological order so you can prepare yourself.

Glory (1989)

Winner of three Academy Awards®, Glory tells the story of the Union Army's first black fighting unit in the American Civil War. The 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was made up of black soldiers-some Northern freemen, some escaped slaves. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar®, for Best Supporting Actor as Private Trip.


Mo' Better Blues (1990)

Directed by Spike Lee, Denzel Washinton is jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam who embarks on questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

Malcom X (1992)

Often misunderstood, Malcolm X was one of the leading forces of the United States' Civil Rights Movement. He inspired many-and frightened many-but is destined to be remembered as one of the greatest men of his era. This riveting biography directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington in an Academy Award-nominated performance reveals the man at the center of a storm of change.


Philadelphia (1993)

Hailed as a landmark film that dazzles with deep emotion and exceptional acting, PHILADELPHIA stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington as two competing lawyers who join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. And as their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.


Crimson Tide (1995)

Dynamic Denzel Washington joins Hollywood favorite, Gene Hackman, along with Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini in this intense action thriller that's a smash hit with audiences and critics alike. In the midst of a global crisis, the USS Alabama receives an unconfirmed order to launch its nuclear missiles - signaling the start of World War III.


He Got Game (1998)

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother.


The Hurricane (1999)

The story of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. Denzel Washington received his second Best Actor nomination as Rubin Carter.

Remember the Titans (2000)

Based on real events, this remarkable story celebrates how a town torn apart by friction and mistrust comes together in triumphant harmony. A story of two men overcoming their differences to turn a group of hostile young men into champions.

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Training Day (2001)

On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop (Ethan Hawke) goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective (Denzel Washington) who isn't what he appears. Denzel Washington won the Oscar® for Best Actor in his portrayal as the iconic Los Angeles detective.


Antwone Fisher (2002)

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington's directorial debut involves the touching story of a sailor (Derek Luke) who, prone to violent outbursts, is sent to a naval psychiatrist (Washington) for help.


Man on Fire (2004)

This gripping and suspenseful action film, directed by Tony Scott stars Denzel Washington as an ex-soldier living out his life in Mexico who reluctantly agrees to protect a child whose parents feel threatened by a recent wave of kidnappings.


American Gangster (2007)

Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team up to tell the true juggernaut success story of a cult hero from the streets of 1970s Harlem in American Gangster. Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream.


Unstoppable (2010)

A veteran engineer (Washington) and a young conductor (Pine), must stop a massive-unmanned locomotive, nicknamed 'The Beast'. The two men, devise an incredible plan to try and stop it and prevent certain disaster in a heavily populated area.


Flight (2012)

A redemption story, a commercial airline pilot (Washington) pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. While the world begs to embrace him as a true American Hero, the everyman struggles with the scrutiny of an investigation. Denzel Washington was nominated for Best Actor as Whip Whitaker.


The Equalizer (2014)

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by -- he has to help her.


Fences (2016)

Some people build fences to keep people out -- and other people build fences to keep people in. Nominated for Best Actor, Denzel Washington and Academy Award nominee Viola Davis star in the film adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.


Will THE LITTLE THINGS be one of our favorite films in the filmography of Denzel Washington? Join us for the Big Screen Bracket Challenge to vote from our favorite films and help us decide our favorite Denzel Washington film.

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