Denzel Washington is not just a fantastic actor but also a director and a producer. He has both acted and directed great movies and is considered to be one of the best actors in the industry. We give you the best Denzel Washington movies list that you have to include in your To-Watch lists.

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1.    Fences (2016)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Movie Length: 139 minutes
  • Director: Denzel Washington
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Henderson
  • Gross revenue: $64.09 million

This film is a story about an African-American named Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) who had dreams of playing baseball, but by the time Blacks were allowed to play in the leagues, it was too late for him. His son gets a chance to be in the football league, but Troy is too bitter.

2.    Flight (2012)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Movie Length: 138 minutes
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Nadine Velazquez, John Goodman, Don Cheadle
  • Gross revenue: $161.77 million

This movie revolves around a pilot named Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington). While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta, there is some problem and the plane’s engines start to fail. Whip somehow crash lands the flight saving almost all the passengers on the flight but gets into trouble when the hospital finds that he has alcohol in his system.

3.    American Gangster (2007)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Movie Length: 176 minutes
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lymari Nadal
  • Gross revenue: $266.46 million

Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is the number one drug lord supplying Heroine in Harlem, Manhattan. The uniqueness of his drugs comes from the fact that they are imported directly from South East Asia. To stop Frank, a narcotics officer named Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) is appointed. He is honest and not corrupt which is the reason why he is given the responsibility of finding all the mafias in North America.

4.    Malcolm X (1992)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Movie Length: 202 minutes
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Albert Hall
  • Gross revenue: $48.1 million

This movie is a biography of the famous African-American leader Malcolm X. When Malcolm was young, his father was killed by a man named Ku Klux Klan, and later he became a gangster. When he went to jail, he took to Islam.

5.    Training Day (2001)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Movie Length: 122 minutes
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Eva Mendez, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre
  • Gross revenue: $104.8 million

Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) is an L.A.P.D narcotics officer. The movie mainly revolves around Alonzo training Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), a rookie over 24 hours.

6.    The Hurricane (1999)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Movie Length: 146 minutes
  • Director: Norman Jewison
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Deborah Cara Unger, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Liev Schreiber
  • Gross revenue: $50.67 million

Rubin Carter AKA Hurricane (Denzel Washington) had a very rough childhood but worked very hard and made himself a name in the boxing world. But just when Rubin’s life seems to be going towards the right track, he is charged with the murder of three people.

7.    Cry Freedom (1987)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Movie Length: 159 minutes
  • Director: Richard Attenborough
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton, Josette Simon, Kevin McNally
  • Gross revenue: $25.8 million

The chief editor of a newspaper in South Africa named Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) often writes about an activist named Steve Biko (Denzel Washington) but has a change in opinion when he meets the guy. Steve Biko dies while in the custody of the police and Woods writes a book about him but cannot publish it unless he runs away from his country.

8.    Philadelphia (1993)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Movie Length: 125 minutes
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Antonio Banderas, Mary Steenburgen
  • Gross revenue: $206.6 million

A gay lawyer named Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is fired from his job when it comes to the knowledge of the people that he has HIV. Andrew with the help of another lawyer named Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) sues the company.

9.    Man on Fire (2004)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Movie Length: 147 minutes
  • Director: Tony Scott
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell
  • Gross revenue: $77.9 million

A former CIA officer named John Creasy (Denzel Washington) is a drunk and hates his life but starts to become better when he is hired as a nine-year-old girl Pita Ramos’s (Dakota Fanning) bodyguard. But then one day Pita is kidnapped.

10.  Glory (1989)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
  • Movie Length: 122 minutes
  • Director: Edward Zwick
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Mathew Broderick, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman
  • Gross revenue: $26.8 million.

Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Denzel Washington) becomes in-charge of the first regiment of Black soldiers. He is faced with a lot of problems when orders are passed to kill all black officers.