"Training Day" (2001) — Directed By: Antoine Fuqua —
This was the movie that flipped the game for Denzel Washington. America's shining Black prince turned Anakin in a movie that found him smackin' up Snoop Dogg, punkin' gang members and threatening to put everyone in Pelican Bay. Ethan Hawke and a colorful cast (see: Dr. Dre) helped to propel "Training Day," but it was Denzel's masterful control of menace that made this a must-watch film for any cinephile fan.
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