Movies starring Denzel Washington

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Tragedy of Macbeth, The

A wonderful thing about Shakespeare’s canon is that those plays can form the vehicles by which any director’s unique vision can emerge. Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, and Kenneth Branagh all recognized this. With The Tragedy of Macbeth, Joel ...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2021-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, ...
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, ...
Equalizer 2, The

Anton Fuqua’s sequel to The Equalizer fits right in with the version of Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) he introduced four years ago when he updated the ‘80s TV series for big screen consumption. This new Equalizer was more brutal than i...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2018-07-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Thriller
Director: Anton Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, ...
Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington is one of the great actors of his generation so how he got involved in this muddled film, with its grandiose dialogue and meandering narrative, is a real head-scratcher. Even more puzzling is why he agreed to use make-up and ...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2017-11-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, ...
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, ...
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, ...
Equalizer, The

When The Equalizer arrived on television in the 1980s, it was notable for two things: being the first Reagan-era show to lionize vigilantism and presenting an "advocate" who broke the Curtis Sliwa-inspired stereotypes. Edward Woodward's Robert McCa...

Run Time: 2:13
U.S. Release Date: 2014-09-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Anton Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, ...
2 Guns

Fast pacing and a high energy level can cover a lot of sins, and nowhere is that more evident that in 2 Guns. The storyline contains some ridiculous elements and the climax is more like a coalescence of chaos than a legitimate conclusion, but it so...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2013-08-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, ...
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, ...
Safe House

Safe House is an overlong, underwhelming knock-off of The Bourne Identity - another generic spy thriller in which the "bad guy" (a traitor) is the good guy (because he's at war against corruption) and the "good guys" (government agents) are the bad...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2012-02-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION/THRILLER
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, ...