Movies starring Denzel Washington

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Fences

On reason behind the so-called “whitewashing” of the 2016 Oscars was too few roles of substance in major productions for actors of color. This year’s roster of awards contenders has taken substantial steps to address this issue. Now...

Run Time: 2:18
U.S. Release Date: 2016-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, ...
Flight

Flight is about addiction. In particular, it's about the long spiral that comes between the period when a person begins imbibing too much and when he acknowledges that he no longer has control and needs help. This is valid dramatic material, but it...

Run Time: 2:14
U.S. Release Date: 2012-11-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood, ...
Glory

Glory is, without question, one of the best movies ever made about the American Civil War (a.k.a. "The War Between the States"). The reason isn't just the way in which Kevin Jarre's script illuminates a frequent oversight of history books, nor is ...

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 1989-12-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: WAR
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, ...
Great Debaters, The

It's one thing to tell people about the wounds in the fabric of this country that the Civil Rights movement attempted to repair; it's another thing to show them. Unfortunately, too many films made about racism during the first two-thirds of the 20...

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2007-12-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Denzel Washington
Cast: Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, ...
Hurricane, The

"Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out." Those words, spoken by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Denzel Washington), form the thematic foundation of Norman Jewsion's latest film, The Hurricane. Alternatively tragic and triumphant, it is an ex...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 1999-12-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Liev Schreiber, ...
Inside Man

With so much talent involved - both in front of and behind the camera - one has a right to anticipate something special from Inside Man. Does it deliver? Spike Lee's latest joint is a workmanlike thriller that provides solid performances; a mixtur...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2006-03-24
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, ...
Little Things, The

The biggest thing The Little Things has going for it is that it’s not a run-of-the-mill mystery/thriller. The most significant potential problem, especially with respect to mainstream acceptance, is the ambiguity of the resolution. Some view...

Run Time: 2:07
U.S. Release Date: 2021-01-29
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Corpse Nudity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto, ...
Magnificent Seven, The

Call it the law of diminishing results. Akira Kurosawa’s 1956 classic The Seven Samurai (the first time this story was made into a movie) is a great film - a contender for one of the best 100 motion pictures of all time. (It’s at #32 on m...

Run Time: 2:12
U.S. Release Date: 2016-09-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Western
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, ...
Manchurian Candidate, The

As remakes go, The Manchurian Candidate is better than most. It remains faithful to the premise and themes of the original, but, by avoiding a slavish re-interpretation, it offers some surprises to those who are familiar with the 1962 version. Ye...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2004-07-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, ...
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing is Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of one of Shakespeare's better-known comedies. Centered around two romances - Hero (Kate Beckinsale) and Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), and Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thomps...

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 1993-05-07
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Nudity, Mature Themes)
Genre: COMEDY/DRAMA
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, ...