Denzel Washington receives the 'Donostia' Award 2014 from director Antoine Fuqua during the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival opening ceremony at the Kursaal Palace on September 19, 2014, in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Denzel Washington has turned 60 today, and to celebrate this big day, we are looking back at his 10 greatest Hollywood roles.

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.