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We've had all kinds of smackdown debates and conversations here at S&A about films, directors, actors and actresses but one person that's virtually never come up in all those discussions is Denzel Washington and with good reason...he's the consummate actor.  You may or may not like a film he appears in but you can always count on him giving a riveting performance.

So, since he turns 57 today, I though it would be nice to find out what's your favorite role and/or film he's been in?

Often, films like A Soldier's Story, Malcolm X and Devil In A Blue Dress are usually on the top of everyone's list but what about Mississippi Masala or Cry Freedom?  Does anyone remember St. Elsewhere?

To start things off, I'd have to say Malcolm X and Training Day definitely top my list.  I completely doubted his ability to play Malcolm.  In fact, I had to be steamrolled into seeing the flick but was utterly shocked by his performance.  Training Day is a favorite not only for his performance but his willingness to step outside his comfort zone and be the bad guy.

So what's on your list?  Below are clips of the man in action.