Denzel Washington - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 75

Training Day (2001) French poster
Training Day (2001) French poster

A Chronology of Denzel Washington Movie Posters 1981-2012

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on 28th December 1954. He has been Oscar Nominated 5 times and won twice - for the films Glory (1989) and Training Day (2001).

This hub showcases poster art from his movies. With facts and ratings.

Carbon Copy (1981)
Carbon Copy (1981)


Carbon Copy (1981) Directed by Michael Schultz. 92mins.

George Segal - Walter Whitney
Susan Saint James - Vivian Whitney
Denzel Washington - Roger Porter

Also starring Jack Warden, Dick Martin and Paul Winfield.

A comedy in which George Segal discovers he is the father of Denzel Washington, after a fling with a black woman who has since died.

Box Office - $9.5m (US)

IMDB rating 5.3

Cry Freedom (1987)
Cry Freedom (1987)


Cry Freedom (1987) Directed by Richard Attenborough. 157mins.

Kevin Kline - Donald Woods
Denzel Washington - Steve Biko

Also starring Penelope Wilton, John Thaw, Timothy West and Zakes Mokae.

Set in South Africa during the 1970's and based on true events.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Supporting Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Music and Best Song.

Box Office $5.9m (US)

IMDB rating 7.3

Glory (1989)
Glory (1989)

Glory (1989) Directed by Edward Zwick. 122mins.

Matthew Broderick - Col. Robert Gould Shaw
Denzel Washington - Pvt. Trip
Morgan Freeman - Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins

Also starring Cary Elwes, Jihmi Kennedy and Andre Braugher.

Actual events set in 1863 South Carolina during the American Civil War and based on the books -"Lay This Laurel" by Lincoln Kirstein.and "One Gallant Rush" by Peter Burchard.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 3 - Best Supporting Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

Cost $18m - Box Office $27m (US)

IMDB rating 7.9

Heart Condition (1990)
Heart Condition (1990)


Heart Condition (1990) Directed by James D. Parriott. 100mins.

Bob Hoskins - Jack Moony
Denzel Washington - Napoleon Stone

Also starring Chloe Webb, Roger E. Mosley and Ja'net DuBois.

Comedy fantasy. Police Sergeant Bob Hoskins has a heart transplant and is given the heart of a murdered lawyer (Denzel Washington) who appears as a ghost and helps Hoskins look for his killer.

Box Office $4.1m (US)

IMDB rating 5.4

Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)


Mo' Better Blues (1990) Directed by Spike Lee. 130mins.

Denzel Washington - Bleek Gilliam
Spike Lee - Giant
Wesley Snipes - Shadow Henderson

Also starring Joie Lee, Cynda Williams and John Turturro.

The only film in which you'll see Denzel and Wesley Snipes together as jazz musicians.

Box Office $16.1m (US)

IMDB rating 6.4

Ricochet (1991)
Ricochet (1991)


Ricochet (1991) Directed by Russell Mulcahy. 102mins.

Denzel Washington - Nick Styles

Also starring John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak, Lindsay Wagner and Josh Evans.

Actress Mary Ellen Trainor plays the same reporter she played in Die Hard, both films were produced by Joel Silver.

Box Office $21.7m (US)

IMDB rating 5.9

Malcolm X (1992)
Malcolm X (1992)

Malcolm X (1992) Directed by Spike Lee. 202mins.

Denzel Washington - Malcolm X

Also starring Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Delroy Lindo, Theresa Randle and Spike Lee.

Based on the book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little in 1925. he was assassinated in 1965)

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Actor (Denzel Washington) and Best Costume Design.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Cost $33m - Box Office $48.1m

IMDB rating 7.7

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)


Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Directed by Kenneth Branagh. 111mins.

Starring Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Richard Briers, Brian Blessed, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Sean Leonard, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves and Denzel Washington as Don Pedro.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Kate Beckinsale's first movie.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Comedy / Musical.

Cost $8m - Box Office $22.5m

IMDB rating 7.3

The Pelican Brief (1993)
The Pelican Brief (1993)

The Pelican Brief (1993) Directed by Alan J. Pakula. 141mins.

Julia Roberts - Darby Shaw
Denzel Washington - Gray Grantham

Also starring Sam Shepard, John Heard, Robert Culp, Stanley Tucci, Hume Cronyn and John Lithgow.

Based on the novel by John Grisham, first published in 1992.

Cost $45m - Box Office $195.2m

IMDB rating 6.4

Philadelphia (1993)
Philadelphia (1993)


Philadelphia (1993) Directed by Jonathan Demme. 125mins.

Tom Hanks - Andrew Beckett
Denzel Washington - Joe Miller

Also starring Jason Robards, Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward and Mary Steenburgen.

Hollywood's first major movie to address the medical, political and social issues of AIDS.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 2 - Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Song ("Streets of Philadelphia").

Cost $26m - Box Office $206.6m

IMDB rating 7.6

Crimson Tide (1995)
Crimson Tide (1995)

Crimson Tide (1995) Directed by Tony Scott. 116mins (123mins)

Denzel Washington - Lt. Commander Ron Hunter
Gene Hackman - Capt. Frank Ramsey

Also starring George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini and Jason Robards.

Al Pacino and Tommy Lee Jones both turned down the Gene Hackman role.

Quentin Tarantino contributed some pop-culture references to the script.

The film is set on the nuclear submarine USS Alabama, which was launched in 1984.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.

Cost $53m - Box Office $157,3m

IMDB rating 7.2

Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)


Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) Directed by Carl Franklin. 102mins.

Denzel Washington - Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins

Also starring Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, Maury Chaykin and Terry Kinney.

Based on the mystery novel by Walter Mosley, first published in 1990.

Cost $27m - Box Office $16.1m (US)

IMDB rating 6.5

Virtuosity (1995)
Virtuosity (1995)

Virtuosity (1995) Directed by Brett Leonard. 106mins.

Denzel Washington - Lt. Parker Barnes
Russell Crowe - SID 6.7

Also starring Kelly Lynch, William Forsythe, Louise Fletcher and William Fichtner.

Russel Crowe plays a virtual reality program which is turned into a murderous cyborg by a mad scientist.

Michael Douglas was considered for the role of Parker Barnes, which was taken by Denzel.

Cost $30m - Box Office $24m

IMDB rating 5.4

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Courage Under Fire (1996)


Courage Under Fire (1996) Directed by Edward Zwick. 117mins.

Denzel Washington - Lt. Col. Nathaniel Serling
Meg Ryan - Capt. Karen Walden

Also starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty, Matt Damon and Scott Glenn.

One of the first films set during the Gulf War.

Matt Damon looks painfully thin here, he lost 40 pounds for the role.

Cost $46m - Box Office $100.8m

IMDB rating 6.5

Fallen (1998)
Fallen (1998)


Fallen (1998) Directed by Gregory Hoblit. 124mins.

Denzel Washington - John Hobbes

Also starring John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz, James Gandolfini and Elias Koteas.

The demon Azazel goes on a killing spree possessing each body it touches.

Cost $30m - Box Office $25.2m (US)

IMDB rating 6.9

The Siege (1998)
The Siege (1998)


The Siege (1998) Directed by Edward Zwick. 116mins.

Denzel Washington - Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard

Also starring Annette Bening, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub, Sami Bouajila and David Proval.

Controversial movie which angered various Arab / Muslim groups. One of the most rented films after 9/11.

Cost $70m - Box Office $116.6m

IMDB rating 6.2

The Bone Collector (1999)
The Bone Collector (1999)


The Bone Collector (1999) Directed by Phillip Noyce. 118mins.

Denzel Washington - Lincoln Rhyme
Angelina Jolie - Amelia Donaghy

Also starring Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Luis Guzmán, Leland Orser and Ed O'Neill.

Based on the novel by Jeffrey Deaver published in 1997.

Cost $73m - Box Office $151.4m

IMDB rating 6.5

The Hurricane (1999)
The Hurricane (1999)

The Hurricane (1999) Directed by Norman Jewison. 146mins.

Denzel Washington - Rubin 'The Hurricane' Carter

Also starring Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber and John Hannah.

True story of middle-weight boxer Rubin Carter (1937-) and based on the books "The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender To #45472" by Rubin Carter and "Lazarus and the Hurricane":by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton.

Oscar Nomination for Best Actor (Denzel Washington).

Nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards winning 1 - Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Cost $50m - Box Office $74m

IMDB rating 7.4

Remember the Titans (2000)
Remember the Titans (2000)


Remember the Titans (2000) Directed by Boaz Yakin. 113mins (120mins)

Denzel Washington - Coach Herman Boone

Also starring Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, Kip Pardue, Hayden Panettiere, Kate Bosworth and Ryan Gosling.

Sports drama inspired by real events.

IMDB rating 7.6

Training Day (2001)
Training Day (2001)

Training Day (2001) Directed by Antoine Fuqua. 122mins.

Denzel Washington - Det. Alonzo Harris
Ethan Hawke - Jake Hoyt

Also starring Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Harris Yulin, Cliff Curtis and Eva Mendes.

The role of Alonzo Harris was first offered to Bruce Willis.

Tobey Maguire was considered for Jake Hoyt.

The director wanted Mickey Rourke for the Scott Glenn role but the studio said no.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Actor (Denzel Washington).

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Cost $45m - Box Office $105m

IMDB rating 7.6

Training Day - Trailer

John Q (2002)
John Q (2002)


John Q (2002) Directed by Nick Cassavetes. 116mins.

Denzel Washington - John Archibald

Also starring Kimberly Elise, James Woods, Anne Heche, Robert Duvall and Ray Liotta.

Hospital drama.

Tagline - Give a father no options and you leave him no choice.

Cost $36m - Box Office $71m

IMDB rating 6.8

Out of Time (2003)
Out of Time (2003)


Out of Time (2003) Directed by Carl Franklin. 105mins.

Denzel Washington - Matt Lee Whitlock

Also starring Eva Mendes, Sanaa Lathan, Dean Cain, John Billingsley and Robert Baker.

Tagline - How do you solve a murder when all the evidence points to you?

Cost $50m - Box Office $55.5m

IMDB rating 6.5

Man on Fire (2004)
Man on Fire (2004)

Man on Fire (2004) Directed by Tony Scott. 146mins.

Denzel Washington - John Creasy

Also starring Dakota Fanning, Marc Anthony, Radha Mitchell, Christopher Walken, Rachel Ticotin and Mickey Rourke.

Based on the novel by A.J. Quinnell, first published in 1981.

Bruce Willis, Will Smith and Tom Cruise were considered for the role of John Creasy.

The novel was filmed before in 1987 by French director Elie Chouraqui and starred Scott Glenn.

Cost $70m - Box Office $130.2m

IMDB rating 7.7

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Directed by Jonathan Demme. 129mins.

Denzel Washington - Major Bennett Marco
Meryl Streep - Senator Eleanor Shaw
Liev Schreiber - Congressman Raymond Shaw

Also starring Kimberly Elise, Jon Voight, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.

Based on the novel by Richard Condon, first published in 1959.

The Manchurian Candidate was first filmed in 1962 by John Frankenheimer, the highly acclaimed thriller starred Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep).

Cost $80m - Box Office $96.1m

IMDB rating 6.6

Inside Man (2006)
Inside Man (2006)


Inside Man (2006) Directed by Spike Lee. 129mins.

Denzel Washington - Detective Keith Frazier
Clive Owen - Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster - Madeleine White

Also starring Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christopher Plummer.

Ron Howard was going to direct but decided to do Cinderella Man instead.

One of the AFI's 10 Best Movies of the Year.

Cost $45m - Box Office $184.3m

IMDB rating 7.7

Deja Vu (2006)
Deja Vu (2006)


Deja Vu (2006) Directed by Tony Scott. 126mins.

Denzel Washington - Agent Doug Carlin

Also starring Paula Patton, Val Kilmer, Jim Caviezel, Adam Goldberg, Elden Henson and Bruce Greenwood.

A time travel thriller. Doug Carlin travels back in time to stop a terrorist from blowing up a ship carrying hundreds of US Navy sailors.

Cost $75m - Box Office $180.5m

IMDB rating 7.0

American Gangster (2007)
American Gangster (2007)
American Gangster (2007) Japanese poster
American Gangster (2007) Japanese poster

American Gangster (2007) Directed by Ridley Scott. 157mins (176mins)

Denzel Washington - Frank Lucas
Russell Crowe - Det. Richie Roberts

Also starring Ted Levine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, Carla Gugino, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Armand Assante.

Based on the New York magazine article "The Return of Superfly" by Mark Jacobson, a biography on real life black gangster Frank Lucas (1930-) and his rise to power in the 1970's.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Supporting Actress (Ruby Dee) and Best Art Direction.

Nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards - Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Denzel Washington).

Cost $100m - Box Office $266.4m

IMDB rating 7.8

American Gangster - Trailer

The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)


The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) Directed by Tony Scott. 106mins.

Denzel Washington - Walter Garber
John Travolta - Ryder

Also starring Luis Guzmán, John Turturro, Victor Gojcaj and James Gandolfini.

Based on the novel by Morton Freedgood, published in 1973.

First filmed in 1974, directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw.

Cost $100m - Box Office $150.1m

IMDB rating 6.4

The Book of Eli (2010)
The Book of Eli (2010)


The Book of Eli (2010) Directed by Albert & Allen Hughes. 118mins.

Denzel Washington - Eli

Also starring Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon, Tom Waits and Malcolm McDowell.

Kristen Stewart was considered for the Mila Kunis role.

The book in the title is - [SPOILER ALERT] - elbiB yloH ehT

Cost $80m - Box Office $157m

IMDB rating 6.8

Unstoppable (2010)
Unstoppable (2010)

Unstoppable (2010) Directed by Tony Scott. 98mins.

Denzel Washington - Frank Barnes
Chris Pine - Will Colson

Also starring Rosario Dawson, Lew Temple, Ethan Suplee and Kevin Dunn.

Loosely based on real events, the 'Unstoppable' in the title is a runaway freight train.

Director Tony Scott's last movie before his suicide in 2012.

Oscar Nomination for Best Sound Editing.

Cost $85m - Box Office $167.8m

IMDB rating 6.8

Safe House (2012)
Safe House (2012)


Safe House (2012) Directed by Daniel Espinosa. 115mins.

Denzel Washington - Tobin Frost
Ryan Reynolds - Matt Weston

Also starring Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Rubén Blades and Robert Patrick.

Chris Hemsworth, Sam Worthington, Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf were considered for the Ryan Reynolds role.

Cost $85m - Box Office $207.8m

IMDB rating 6.8

Flight (2012)
Flight (2012)

Flight (2012) Directed by Robert Zemeckis. 138mins.

Denzel Washington as William "Whip" Whitaker

Also starring Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Bruce Greenwood.

Robert Zemeckis first live-action movie since Cast Away in 2000, and his first R-rated movie since Used Cars in 1980.

Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

SAG nomination for Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Cost $31m - Box Office $161.7m

IMDB rating 7.5

Flight - Trailer

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Steve, This is an awesome tribute to Denzel Washington's movie career. I never heard of some of his earlier movies, but I've liked every movie he's starred in since The Pelican Brief. Well done!!


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Sunshine, appreciate the comment. Denzel's one of the top actors of the past couple of decades, he had to be on my poster list. Looks like he might get an Oscar nomination for Flight.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

I guess I am hooked on these. Thank you for this.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

Denzel is one of those actors who I think is an amazing actor but am usually disappointed in the films he chooses. Seems to be the opposite of Tom Cruise who I am not impressed with as an but love his movies.

Of course, I will keep seeing Denzel films because I know I will enjoy his performance.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Mhatter99, Geekdom, thanks for the comments, always appreciated.

Denzel has starred in 4 Tony Scott films and one for his brother Ridley Scott. Tom Cruise has also been directed by Tony and Ridley but the two stars have never acted together.

The last Denzel film I really enjoyed was The Book of Eli, which is quite a strange film with a surprise ending.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Did I hear the name, "Denzel Washington?" This is an actor of all actors. What a Fabulous, well-deserved career. Whatever the man does, he does spectacularly!.....I can't think of one movie that HE alone, hasn't made a GREAT film. Can you tell I like him? One of my favorites is, "Out of Time." He and Eva Mendez were perfect together. Besides, I always like a happy ending!.....UP+++ and shared


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Paula, appreciate the comment, share and vote. Yes, I can tell you're a fan! :)

Must admit I haven't seen Out of Time, I will definitely check it out next time it's on the cable channels. Another one I missed is John Q. I wouldn't mind watching Man on Fire again, it's been a few years and I thought he was very good in that. But Denzel's always good.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh Steve....You absolutely have to see it. It's great... I've watched it numerous times!!


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Paula, the first time I saw the title I was hoping it was about time travel... I know, I know. :) I will definitely keep a look out for it.

Btw Denzel did appear in a time travel tale a few years later, Deja Vu.


Cogerson 3 years ago

I am shocked that I reached double digits in Denzel movies that I have not seen(actually 11 movies I need to see). I actually almost rented Malcolm X the other day...I just did not think I had close to 4 hours to watch the movie.

I would say my favorite Denzel movies are Glory, Uncontrollable, Remember the Titans and Crimson Tide.

Movies I am looking forward to watching in the future....Flight and Safehouse.

Lots of great information and posters...a fun hub to read and view.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Uncontrollable? Did you mean Unstoppable or have I missed a potentially very interesting Denzel film?

I've seen Safe House it was okay, worth a look. Have not seen Flight yet.

Loved Glory and Crimson Tide. And I bought Virtuosity on DVD, hey come on Russell Crowe as a killer cyborg, whats not to like? :)

Thanks again Bruce, always a pleasure.

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