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CRIMSON TIDE (1995) – AFI Movie Club

A taut action thriller directed by master of the genre Tony Scott, CRIMSON TIDE (1995) features an all-star cast anchored by powerhouse lead performances from AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, with supporting roles filled by Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini. Visit the AFI Catalog to learn more about CRIMSON TIDE....
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HE GOT GAME (1998) – AFI Movie Club

His third collaboration with AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington and the first feature in which the iconic director didn’t play an onscreen role, HE GOT GAME (1998) was written, directed and produced by AFI Honorary Degree recipient Spike Lee – bringing to the screen a story of a basketball phenom and his fraught...
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MALCOLM X (1992) – AFI Movie Club

Featuring a stunning transformative performance from AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington as the eponymous Civil Rights crusader who fought for racial equality, MALCOLM X (1992) was directed by AFI Honorary Degree recipient Spike Lee – and features stellar work from two other recipients of degrees conferred by the American Film Institute, including co-star...
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GLORY (1989) – AFI Movie Club

A powerful tale of the Union Army’s first African American regiment in the Civil War, GLORY (1989) was directed by AFI Conservatory Alum Edward Zwick (AFI Class of 1975), edited by Steven Rosenblum (AFI Class of 1976) and stars two AFI Life Achievement Award recipients – Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. Visit the AFI Catalog to learn more...
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DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995) – AFI Movie Club

Adapted from author Walter Mosley’s novel of the same name, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995) follows World War I veteran Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins as he navigates 1940s Los Angeles – taking work as it comes to him, even when he finds himself in over his head after investigating the disappearance of missing woman played...
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MISSISSIPPI MASALA (1992) – AFI Movie Club

Starring AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, director Mira Nair’s MISSISSIPPI MASALA (1992) explores a clash of cultures after Uganda’s exiled Indian population relocated to the southern United States. Visit the AFI Catalog to learn more about MISSISSIPPI MASALA. Have Get The Picture delivered to your inbox every day. SIGN UP...
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MO’ BETTER BLUES (1990) – AFI Movie Club

Written, produced, directed by and starring AFI Honorary Degree recipient Spike Lee, MO’ BETTER BLUES (1999) is a jazz epic featuring an all-star cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Joie Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington.  Visit the AFI Catalog to learn more about MO' BETTER...
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THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (2021) – AFI Movie Club

Written and directed by Joel Coen in his first solo venture, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (2021) is a stark and fantastical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of power and corruption starring Frances McDormand and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington. The film was recognized with an AFI AWARD, naming it among the most outstanding...
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TRAINING DAY (2001) – AFI Movie Club

The story of a rookie cop paired with an unscrupulous seasoned detective, TRAINING DAY (2001) stars Ethan Hawke and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington. Learn more about TRAINING DAY in the AFI Catalog. HOW TO WATCH Where to stream TRAINING DAY TRAINING DAY - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI...
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FENCES (2016) – AFI Movie Club

Directed by and starring AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Denzel Washington, FENCES (2016) was honored with an AFI AWARD, recognizing it as one of the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image. According to the official AFI AWARDS rationale, “FENCES towers among the essential tales of America. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis’...
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DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995) – AFI Movie Club

Adapted from author Walter Mosley’s novel of the same name, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995) follows World War I veteran Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins as he navigates 1940s Los Angeles – taking work as it comes to him, even when he finds him in over his head after investigating the disappearance of missing woman. The...
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THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (2021) – AFI Movie Club

"THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH burns and bubbles with power and passion – a stark cinematic rendering of William Shakespeare’s immortal work. Joel Coen richly imagines this bloody tale of hubris as a gothic fever dream where “fair is foul and foul is fair”– a monumental achievement, and one in which only titans as towering as...
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