Denzel. Say no more. The name means consistency in Hollywood: always a good role, always a great performance, and (almost) always in the running for top awards. With today's release of the runaway train thriller 'Unstoppable,' the versatile Denzel Washington once again brings his formidable dramatic skills to the screen.

Sure, Will Smith wins at the box office, but Washington, with two Oscars and five Oscar nominations, is arguably the pre-eminent African-American actor of his time. All of that made it tough to whittle down his resume to a top 10. (Though with full disclosure, it was easy to lop off 'Carbon Copy,' on the grounds that sometimes a young actor will do anything just to get a break.) Otherwise, with his subtle delivery, total immersion into a wide range of characters, and a smoldering intensity that always has the potential to go volcanic, Washington is that rare actor who either makes you hold your breath or leave you just plain breathless. Here are his top 10 heart-stopping performances.
Devil In A Blue Dress
Based on 21 critics

War hero (Denzel Washington) seeks mystery lady (Jennifer Beals) in 1948 Los Angeles. Read More

In Theaters on December 15th, 1989

Col. Robert G.Shaw (Matthew Broderick) trains, then leads an all-black Civil War regiment. Read More

Man on Fire
Based on 36 critics

A bodyguard (Denzel Washington) takes revenge on a girl's (Dakota Fanning) kidnappers. Read More

Inside Man
Based on 39 critics

A tough detective matches wits with a bank robber, while an enigmatic woman has her own agenda. Read More

Based on 34 critics

Two men must stop an unmanned, runaway train before it crashes and spills its toxic cargo. Read More

The Hurricane
Based on 30 critics

A boxer (Denzel Washington) is long imprisoned for murders he didn't commit. Read More

Malcolm X
Based on 9 critics

The civil-rights leader (Denzel Washington) rises from criminal to crusader. Read More

Remember the Titans
Based on 32 critics

A black man (Denzel Washington) coaches high-school football after integration. Read More

Much Ado About Nothing
In Theaters on April 15th, 1993

Don Pedro, Claudio and Hero join together to get Benedick and Beatrice to wed. Read More

Based on 21 critics

Fired by his firm, a lawyer with AIDS fights back in court with help from his lawyer. Read More

Training Day
Based on 35 critics

A rookie cop (Ethan Hawke) meets a corrupt Los Angeles narcotics officer (Denzel Washington). Read More