He's one of the most respected, loved and desired actors of our lifetime. You know the walk and the grin. You know the swagger and the voice, the smile and the laugh. The power of Denzel Washington is obvious and we all love him.

So on his 61st birthday we decided to celebrate by selecting the 10 greatest performances of his career. It was hard to come up with just ten, so all respect due to movies like "Mo' Better Blues", "Mississippi Masala", "The Hurricane", "The Siege" and "The Book of Eli".

Enjoy and happy birthday Mr. Washington!