denzelwashington_feature.jpgFew actors are as on the money as Denzel Washington. Whether depicting revolutionary civil rights icon Malcolm X, staunch high school football coach Herman Boone in Remember The Titans, or a sharp-witted badge bearer in countless others, Washington's silver screen swag is unmatched. Now, as he's set to portray ‘70s crime boss Frank Lucas in American Gangster—which hits theaters Friday—King-Mag.com gives due props by taking a look back on the legendary actor's storied career with five big screen faves.

He Got Game (1998)
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Attempting to convince estranged son and high school basketball's top prospect, Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen) to play college ball, Washington plays a temporarily paroled dad who has to chin check some cats to track him down. Blouses don't win this game.

John Q (2002)
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Flipping the bird on the establishment, Denzel takes an entire hospital hostage to get his son a critical coronary transplant. Ultimately deciding to give his own ticker, he offers his son some heartfelt final words.

The Hurricane (1999)
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What supporting cast? Here, as hard-edged boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, he goes for dolo in a deranged discussion with alter egos.

Glory (1989)
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No words needed—in this chilling scene set during the Civil War, the lone tear running down Washington's face says it all. Who ever said real men don't cry?

Training Day (2001)
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This hood favorite, chock full of quotables, found Washington veering from heroic roles as crooked cop Alonzo and ultimately winning an Academy Award. LL Cool J was never this bad.