Happy 56th Denzel!
Malcolm X (1992)
This biopic of the black Muslim leader from the 60s was directed by Spike Lee. It was based on the autobiography The Autobiography of Malcolm X written by Alex Haley, the same guy that wrote Roots.
Amazing film and one of my favorite biopics.
Washington was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor for the film but lost both to Al Pacino for his role in Scent of a Woman.
Remember the Titans (2000)
Denzel played Coach Herman Boone in this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced football film.
One of the best high school football films ever made.
It also stars Will Patton, Ryan Hurst and Hayden Panettiere.
The Book of Eli (2010)
Also starring Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals, and Ray Stevenson, Denzel plays Eli in this post-apocalyptic Hughes Brothers film.
This is actually one of my all-time favorite films. Of course it received no nominations from the Academy or Golden Globe whatsoever. Typical.