Trip (Denzel Washington) is one of the primary characters in "Glory," a soldier who must fight for America and overcome a whole host of prejudices along the way. Denzel Washington won an Academy Award for portraying him.
The American President (1995) is the comedy-drama about a widowed US president and a lobbyist who fall in love. Shades of The West Wing, as well, as Aaron Sorkin wrote the film. Starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.
L.A. Confidential (1997) is the story of a shooting in the city of angels, and how three police officers investigate it, all in very different manners. Off the record, it's a great flick. Starring Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Guy Pearce.
"Blow" stars Johnny Depp as George Jung, a young man who established the market for cocaine in America in the 1970s. His rise and fall is acted brilliantly by Depp and told in heartbreaking, entertaining fashion.
William 'Wild Bill' Wharton: Barbecue, me and you! Stinky pinky, pew, pew! Or dilly, Jilly, Hilly or Bob! It was a french-fried Cajun named Delacroix! Paul Edgecomb: You are about ten seconds away from spending the rest of your life in the padded room!