Slideshow: Denzel Washington’s 10 greatest movie roles

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With five Academy Award nominations and two wins, Denzel Washington is the most acclaimed African-American actor in modern Hollywood history. A consistently popular leading man, his career on the big screen has spanned nearly thirty years and includes forays into genres as diverse as thrillers, romantic comedies and dramatic biopics. In more ways than one, he is the consummate movie star.

He’s also rarely made a completely awful film (ok, well maybe Virtuosity) and so it’s hard to single out his best performance. Nevertheless, theGrio has given it a try. Some of our picks for the best performances from this beloved Hollywood icon include: American Gangster, Antwone Fisher, Glory, Inside Man, Malcolm X, and The Hurricane.

As his latest film Flight opens this weekend to rave reviews and plenty of Oscar buzz, we take a look back at this beloved actor’s best work.