Annual earnings: $33 million
Biggest flop: Heart Condition (1990)
Denzel Washington is one of the few A-list actors who doesn’t have a lot of cinematic skeletons in his closet. The two-time Oscar winner has kept his filmography relatively classy from the beginning, with Norman Jewison, Sidney Lumet, and Richard Attenborough among his earliest directors. Yet, the same year he won his first Oscar, for Edward Zwick’s Glory, Washington starred in this bizarre comedy in which “a racist cop receives a heart transplant from a black lawyer he hates, who returns as a ghost to ask the cop to help take down the men who murdered him.” Washington later claimed that he was talked into making the film by his agent, whom he promptly fired.