The One List: Devil in a Blue Dress

Devil in a Blue Dress
Year: 1995
Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, Maury Chaykin
Why It Deserves Your Vote:  Adapted from Walter Mosely’s mystery novel, the film is a stylish detective noir with Denzel Washington is the lead as detective Easy Rawlins. What made the film so notable was not only its plot – which deals with race in clever ways – but the simply amazing performances, namely Don Cheadle as Easy’s unstable, right-hand-man. Though Cheadle would go on to be nominated for Hotel Rwanda years later, this shifty role is the one that put him on the map and had many crying foul at Oscar time. CAST YOUR VOTE NOW!