#15. The Magnificent Seven
Original release date: Sept 23, 2016
Box office earnings: $34,703,397 (opening weekend), $93,432,655 (USA gross)
Critical Acclaim: 5 wins, 12 nominations
About the role: Denzel Washington played Sam Chisolm in the Magnificent Seven reboot. He’s a bounty hunter. He’s also a Peace Officer in multiple states, as he explains in one of his opening lines. This is a man who wants the bad guys off the streets and to protect innocent people. Chisholm is courageous and a master with any weapon given to him. He’s certainly the man to watch.
Simply the best: While not many people love the idea of reboots, The Magnificent Seven was one of those that stood out. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it hosts a number of major stars in all the important roles, including Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. It was a modern-day telling of the awesome story, sticking to the original but bringing some newer takes on elements.
Washington helped to bring his character to life instantly. There’s humor, confidence (straddling the line of arrogance), and action rolled into one. This is all about telling a story and that’s why it deserves a place on this list. And let’s not deny that Washington suits the bounty hunter role to a tee.