Is Denzel Washington the greatest actor of all time? With a handful of heroes, antiheroes, and realer than real roles to his name, he's certainly one of the most versatile. Directors like Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme, Ridley and Tony Scott, the Hughes brothers, and Antoine Fuqua all rely on him. Washington is even sharp enough to direct himself in acclaimed movies.
But like most accomplished actors, not everything Denzel's done has been legendary. Even a brilliant, beloved thespian who earned the Cecil B. DeMille Award -- not to mention all the other acting trophies he's racked up over the years -- has just as many misses in his filmography as he does hits.
In time for this weekend's The Magnificent Seven, we ranked all of Washington’s film performances from worst to best (sorry, St. Elsewhere fans -- TV work is not on this list), separating the misfires and blockbuster gigs from the straight-up classic work.