By: Randa El Meleigy
In honor of his birthday, we have gathered some of the best-reviewed movies by this a magnificent actor – a chameleon that delves deep into each role he takes on!
Playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning Fences was originally set for the stage with Washington and Viola Davis. A massive play may seem milder in movie form, yet this cinematic masterpiece still contains the sparks and magic. It’s empathetic and a bit tragic, with a plot built around socio-economic conditions and race relations in the 1950s.
Washington plays Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who suddenly finds himself trying to save everyone on an out-of-control plane. He wakes up in a hospital facing criminal charges for putting peoples lives in danger.
Safe House (2012)
An exhilarating, explosive action thriller that’s heart stopping and never short of exciting, mind-blowing and moving scenes. Washington plays CIA’s most wanted, Tobin Frost.
A man’s man movie showcasing chivalry isn’t dead and heroism is very much alive today. Denzel Washington plays an engineer and Chris Pine plays a conductor have to save old people, women, and children in a race against time on a runaway train carrying toxic chemicals.
The Book of Eli (2010)
A walking-dead world full of enemies minus the zombies, a purely post-apocalyptic movie where people have to go back to square one. Denzel Washington plays the hero who fights to protect the book that holds the key to survival.
The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
The ordinary day for New York subway dispatcher turns upside down when a gang of 4 armed men hijack the train and demand $10 million within an hour from a mayor or they’ll start shooting hostages. Need I say more? Pass the popcorn, please?
Déjà vu (2006)
A far-fetched, yet realistic magical mystery movie. A deja vu feeling guides ATF agent Doug Carlin and calls him into action after a bomb explodes on a New Orleans ferry due to corrupt cops.
Man on Fire (2004)
Washington plays an alcoholic, burnt-out ex-CIA operative John Creasy, who has given up on life only to find a glimpse of hope when he’s hired to protect 9-year-old Pita Ramos. When Pita gets kidnapped, he will stop at nothing to save her and seek revenge to anyone set out to hurt her.
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Washington plays a naval psychiatrist who saves a young sailor prone to violent outbursts, only to discover his aggression stems from an abusive childhood. The movie revolves around the sailor’s life and his search for a family in people because his own family wasn’t there for him.
Training Day (2001)
Washington plays corrupt L.A.P.D narcotic Sergeant Alonzo Harris whose methods with drug dealers are inhumane and unethical. Trouble begins when he tries to teaches rookie Jake Hoyt his borderline sadistic methods of meddling with criminals.