There have been few actors who have had the capability of donning on a variety of roles, encapsulating a range of themes with striking versatility. The 63-year old actor has continuously reinvented himself, clutching the essence of the art like no other. With a career spanning over 30 years, Washington has continually gifted us with masterful performances. Be it a righteous lieutenant or a shady cop, Denzel Washington has done it all. Debuting in Michael Schultz’s ‘Carbon Copy’ (1981), the actor glacially seeped through the eyes of the critical minds in the American medical drama series ‘St. Elsewhere’ (1982-1988). Breaking into critical stardom with ‘Cry Freedom’ (1987), the actor only rose to become one of the greatest actors ever to step foot. At the age of 63, Washington does not seem to slow down. He is the actor who brought a new life into biographical dramas – he is actor who has redefined the unrequited love of films.
For this list, I have taken into account Washington’s performances as the primary element. These films have proven the actor’s calibre of moulding into the role with chameleonic genius. So, here’s the list of top 12 movies of Denzel Washington.
12. Cry Freedom (1987)
Earning Denzel Washington his first Oscar nomination is this Richard Attenborough directed epic drama. Set in late-1970s apartheid era of South Africa, the film stars Kevin Kline as South African journalist Donald Woods, who is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death of his friend, Denzel Washington’s Steve Biko. It’s quite inspiring to see that ‘Cry Freedom’, being one of Washington’s initial arrays of works, is such a stimulating watch. Setting the actor’s famous niche of taking up biopics, Steve Biko is portrayed with a masterful understanding. The actor completely immersed himself in a cataclysmic society, which drenched in racism, discrimination and melancholic torture.