If you look at a list of the best and most critically acclaimed actors of our time, Denzel Washington would likely be near the top of that list. The six-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner is capable of playing both over the top characters, but can also slow it down and get serious.
With more than 30 years in the business, Denzel Washington has more than his fair share of breathtaking performances, which made narrowing it down to ten no easy task. But here they are, the ten best performances of Denzel Washington’s spectacular career.
Despite Tom Hanks getting a lot of praise and winning an Oscar for his rendition of a gay lawyer who is fired wrongfully because he contracted AIDS, Denzel Washington actually had the more difficult, and some would say, more impressive role. Denzel Washington played a homophobic lawyer who begrudgingly accepts Hanks’s character’s case and, over the length of the film, fights his own prejudices. This belongs on this list solely because of the development that Washington had to put his character through throughout the entirety of the film. This film itself also got praise as it was one of the first major motion pictures to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia.