When two great minds collide, only greatness can be produced. Filmmaker Spike Lee and the legendary Denzel Washington collaborated to bring to life the story of civil rights leader Malcolm X in this three-hour movie. The film chronicled the controversial leader's life from his incarceration to his conversion to Islam and his assassination. Due to his impeccable performance, Washington was nominated for an Academy Award but lost to Al Pacino. Nonetheless, Washington as Malcolm X is praised as one of the greatest performances of all time.