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The Best Of Denzel Washington

ROBERT McCall is back to right some more wrongs with violent precision as Denzel Washington stars in his first-ever sequel The Equaliser 2.

To mark this release, Close-up Culture have picked our top ten favourite films from one of Hollywood’s most respected figures.


10) Fences (2016)

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FENCES saw Denzel direct and star in a film adaptation of August Wilson’s 1985 play. Although the story did not translate perfectly on the big-screen, Denzel and Viola Davis turned in heavyweight dramatic performances to elevate the film.

9) Cry Freedom (1988)

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THE film that won Denzel his first Oscar nomination, Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom is a unflinching look at the injustices of apartheid South Africa.

8) Training Day (2001)

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DENZEL beat out Will Smith’s performance as Muhammad Ali to claim best actor at the Oscars for his menacing role in police thriller Training Day.

7) Philadelphia (1993)

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TOM Hanks and Denzel deliver expert performances in an important film about HIV/AIDS and homophobia.

6) Flight (2012)

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FOR the heart-pulsing, turbulent opening sequences alone, Denzel’s portrayal of pilot Whip Whitaker in Flight is well worth catching.

5) Inside Man (2006)

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DENZEL leads a stellar cast in Spike Lee’s high-tempo crime thriller set over a 24-hour period.

4) The Hurricane (1999)

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BOB Dylan sang about him and Denzel played him, Christopher Young’s 1999 film tells the enraging story of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter. A high-ranking boxer who spent almost twenty years in jail for a crime he did not commit.

3) American Gangster (2007)

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DENZEL and Russell Crowe bring the best out of each other in this cat-and-mouse story of drug dealer and honest cop.

2) Glory (1989)

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A STANDOUT performance in Denzel’s early on-screen career. He plays escaped slave Trip in Edward Zwick’s Civil War film.

1) Malcolm X (1992)

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ANOTHER towering biopic performance from Denzel as he portrays one of the most fascinating and polarising figures of the 20th century.

What is your favourite Denzel Washington film?

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