The 10 best movies with Denzel Washington span a career of over twenty years of great film making. Many of his films are based on true stories and characters.

  1. "Malcolm X" - This 1992 motion picture is a biography about the life of human rights activist Malcom X. It was directed by Spike Lee. Major events in the activist's life are covered including his prison sentence, his conversion to Islam, and his assassination in 1965.

  2. "The Pelican Brief" - Considered by many to be one of Denzel Washington's best movies, "Pelican Brief," is a 1993 film based on the book of the same name by John Grisham. It is an exciting crime thriller about the assassinations of two Supreme Court justices. Washington plays a reporter in the movie.

  3. "Philadelphia" - A fact-based motion picture from 1993 which co-stars Tom Hanks. It is the story of an attorney who sued a law firm for firing him because he had AIDS. Washington plays a personal injury lawyer.

  4. "Crimson Tide" - This 1995 film stars Washington and Gene Hackman as officers on submarine during a Russian conflict in which the United States is threatened. The film's two stars have their own conflict going on inside the submarine.

  5. "The Hurricane" - Boxing enthusiasts consider this to be one of the best movies with Denzel Washington. It is based on the true story of Rubin Carter; also known in boxing as, "The Hurricane". Carter was taken away from his boxing career when he was wrongfully accused of murder.

  6. "Training Day" - Made in 2001, this police drama also starred Ethan Hawke. The two actors play narcotics officers in Los Angeles. The movie covers a 24-hour time frame of them dealing with drugs and gangs in South and East L.A.

  7. "John Q" - This 2002 award-winning movie features Denzel Washington as a desperate father trying to save his son's life. His son is in the hospital in need of a heart transplant; which the insurance company will not cover. Washington takes over the hospital demanding the transplant.

  8. "Antwone Fisher" - "Antwone Fisher" was the first movie Washington directed. He also starred in it. It is the fact-based story of a sailor seeking help from a naval psychiatrist to help him come to grips with childhood abuse.

  9. "American Gangster" - This is another one of the great true life stories in the list of best movies with Denzel Washington. This one co-stars Russell Crowe, who is a detective hot on the trail of Washington's drug smuggling character, Frank Lucas. Lucas was renowned for smuggling heroin into the U.S. from Vietnam during that war.

  10. "The Great Debaters" - Also based on a true story, "The Great Debaters" was a 2007 motion picture directed by and starring Denzel Washington. He portrays a debate coach during the 1930s who is trying to groom an all black debate team to compete during a time of great oppression.