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Flight (2012)

Denzel Washington as "Whip Whitaker"

Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober -- but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

Academy Award (2012) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (2012) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

American Gangster (2007)

Denzel Washington as "Frank Lucas"

Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) earns his living as a chauffeur to one of Harlem's leading mobsters. After his boss dies, Frank uses his own ingenuity and strict business code to become one of the inner city's most powerful crime bosses. Meanwhile, veteran cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) senses a change in the mob's power structure and looks for ways to bring his opponent to justice.

Golden Globe (2007) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Training Day (2001)

Denzel Washington as "Alonzo Harris"

Police drama about a veteran officer who escorts a rookie on his first day with the LAPD's tough inner-city narcotics unit. "Training Day" is a blistering action drama that asks the audience to decide what is necessary, what is heroic and what crosses the line in the harrowing gray zone of fighting urban crime. Does law-abiding law enforcement come at the expense of justice and public safety? If so, do we demand safe streets at any cost?

Academy Award (2001) Won Best Actor
Golden Globe (2001) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

The Hurricane (1999)

Denzel Washington as "Rubin "Hurricane" Carter"

Denzel Washington is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a man whose dreams of winning the middleweight boxing title were destroyed when he was arrested along with another man for the murders of 3 people in a New Jersey bar. Wrongfully accused, Carter and John Artis were sentenced to 3 life terms in prison.

Academy Award (1999) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1999) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington as "Malcolm X"

A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.

Academy Award (1992) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1992) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Glory (1989)

Denzel Washington as "Pvt. Trip"

Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States' first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle.

Academy Award (1989) Won Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1989) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Cry Freedom (1987)

Denzel Washington as "Steve Biko"

Set in apartheid-torn South Africa. Donald Woods is the editor of the East London Daily Express and Steve Biko is a young black leader struggling to improve life in the townships. The two form an unlikely friendship but when Biko is taken into police custody and then murdered, Woods is placed under house arrest. Fearing for his family's safety, he decides to smuggle them over the border.

Academy Award (1987) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1987) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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