Bollywood started producing action movies by the 60s but they weren’t full-fledged action Films. During the 70s true action era started with the angry young man Amitabh Bachchan with 1973 hit Zanjeer.
By the 80s Mithun Chakraborty also emerged as a full-fledged action hero and 90s brigade began with young stars like Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, and Sunil Shetty, until the beginning of 2000 action scenes were performed without much safety and actors like Akshay Kumar and Mahesh Anand were known to do their own action scenes in 90s.
After 2005 there was a major change in the making of action films with Rohit Shetty following footsteps of his father and directing high octane action scenes in his films.
The trend of south action films and South Indian fighting style was introduced in Hindi films which completely changed the box office figures. Here we bring you the list of best action movies in Bollywood.
Released exactly 5 years after Hrithik Roshan’s biggest actioner Bang Bang. Kabir Luthra a former Indian soldier has turned a rebel. Khalid another Indian soldier who is a student of Kabir is assigned to stop him leading to a war between them.
The film needs no introduction the more you write about it will be less as compared to the milestones it has achieved. The film which ran for 5 long years in a full show at Mumbai’s Minerva cinema is one of the biggest blockbusters ever.
Thakur Baldev Singh is in search of two con man and die-hard friends Jai and Veeru, he manages to trace them with the help of a police officer and invites them to his village in Ramgarh.
Thakur tells them that he would pay them whatever amount they want. But they should do what he wants. The task is to capture dacoit Gabbar Singh (the iconic villain of Hindi cinema).
Bajirao Singham is an honest and respectful police officer in a small town of Shivgadh. His family is also well respected in the village. Jaikanth Shikre a corrupt politician in Goa wins a court case but has to give his attendance in Shivgadh.
Singham does not accept the proxy attendance and asks Jaikanth to come himself when Jaikanth tries to humiliate him at the police station the villagers go wild and above to kill Jaikanth who manages to escape by giving his attendance.
Jaikanth with his powerful contacts transfer’s Singham to Goa and harasses him. But Singham doesn’t give up and fires back at Jaikanth.
Sanjay Singhania’s memory lasts just for 15 minutes to remember things he has clicked pictures of the person and things around him and tattooed his body to remember his revenge.
Flashback reveals that he is a top businessman and in love with the small-town model Kalpana. But he never revealed his true identity to her. When Kalpana saves kids from human trafficking run by businessman Ghajini Dharmathma.
She is killed by Ghajini and Sanjay is left badly injured on his head loosing his memory and now his only motive is to find Ghajini and kill him.
Bang Bang (2014)
In London, Colonel Viren Nanda informs a terrorist Omar Zafar that he is soon to extradited to India. Within a few seconds, Zafar’s men led by Hamid Gul manage to free him by killing Viren.
Zafar drops a message while boarding the helicopter to steal the Kohinoor diamond and that thief should be Indian. Rajveer who steals the diamond but asks more than the actual price is traced in Shimla.
A fight takes place between Zafar’s men and Rajveer where he comes across Harleen. They both meet again where the high octane actions chase continues between the cops and Zafar’s men with Rajveer.
Radhe is a gangster who kills people for money. He meets Jhanvi and falls in love with her. But inspector Talpade lusts behind her and warns Radhe to stay away from her.
Radhe gets hired as a sharpshooter in the gang of Golden Bhai who is soon murdered. Ghani Bhai an international Don arrives in the city to take care of Golden’s gang but gets kidnapped and tortured by Police Commissioner Ashraf.
Ghani Bhai’s gang kidnaps Ashraf’s daughter and drugs her, in return, she reveals them that a secret officer named Rajveer Shekhawat is operating from their gang and eliminating one by one.
A bike gang targets Mumbai looting vans containing cash. Inspector Jai Dixit a smart cop is assigned for the job. He learns that the thieves don’t use normal bikes but high-end sports bikes.
Jai teams up with Ali a person dealing with sportbikes in order to get hold of the gang. But the thieves are smart enough to escape. Kabir the leader of the gang tells Jai that he won’t be able to catch him even if he crosses his path.
Jai and Ali break up after a successful robbery by Kabir and his gang due to Ali’s negligence. Kabir and Ali then team up leaving Jai helpless.
Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)
After leaving Indian intelligence agency and settling down with an ISI secret agent Zoya in an undisclosed location RAW chief Shenoy manages to find Tiger and send him on a secret mission to Iraq where Indian nurses are kept as hostages in hospital by Abu Usman.
America has planned airstrike and Tiger has a few days to save the nurses. While in Iraq Zoya joins the mission as an ISI officer as there are Pakistani nurses among the hostages.
ISI team led by Zoya and RAW team lead by Tiger team up with each other to free the nurses safely before the American airstrike.
Siddhant Dheer ATC chief receives information that a terrorist attack is going to take place on 10 May led by Jamwaal. His informer in Canada Neha informs him about the arrest of Himmat Mehndi right hand of Jamwaal.
Siddhant sends his brother Shekar and Aditya to get hold of Himmat. A Canadian cop Dan teams with the duo after they save his life. Himmat then reveals that Jamwaal doesn’t know his identity and people who pose a danger to him are his former friends who spoiled his 10 May plans.
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
Madam Maya organizes illegal wrestling matches. Ajay a musician from India comes to New York with his friends in search of work and suddenly goes missing.
His elder brother takes a flight to New York and meets Priya on his journey and both fall in love. Akshay finds that Ajay was working for Madam Maya and found about her illegal wrestling matches.
He goes to Maya’s house and finds Priya there who is her younger sister. Akshay gains Maya’s trust by saving her life and comes close to her to find the truth of his brother’s disappearance. This leads to heartbreak for Priya and Akshay will have to face the killing machine Undertaker.
Rowdy Rathore (2012)
Shiva is a big-time con when he meets Paro he decides to leave his life of Thug and settle with her. Shiva finds little girl Chinki who starts calling him father. Paro mistakes her to be his daughter and leaves him.
Shiva finds that Chinki’s father is ACP Vikram Rathore a tough cop who is his lookalike and suffering from a brain injury endangering his life. Vikram Rathore was posted in a small village feared by Baapji where Vikram made his life hell.
But Vikram was backstabbed and Baapji taught he succumbed to his injuries but was very much live his brain injury later causes his death and Shiva enters Baapji’s village as Vikram Rathore and makes his life hell again.
Baaghi 2 (2018)
Ronnie an army officer get a call from his former lover Neha asking for help to find her missing daughter Rhea. Ronnie travels to Goa to help her where he sees Neha depressed and scared due to the events.
He bashes the cops black and blue at the police station who misbehave with Neha and his senior Colonel Ranjit Singh calls him back. But Ronnie’s priority is to search Reha.
He finds no truth in Neha’s story and until he realizes she was right, it’s too late as Neha flings herself from the balcony leading to her death. Ronnie feels guilty of himself and won’t let anyone come in between him and his search for Reha.
Dhoom 2 (2006)
After the grand success of Dhoom 2004, Yash Raj films wasted no time in announcing the sequel. Mr. A (Aaryan) steals valuable antique items and is part of some big robberies. Jai Dixit is bought to investigate the case along with his assistant Ali and accompanied by Shonali. Jai’s intelligence tells that the thief is completing the first letter of his name as A and accordingly the next robbery will be in Mumbai.
In Shivgadh honest cop Bajirao Singham has a lot of respect for a little boy Sangram Bhalerao who aspires to become a cop taking inspiration from him. But Sangram’s motive is only to earn money in the form of bribe.
When he grows up he is transferred to Goa at Miramar police station he observes the whole area is controlled by Dhurva Rane and his gang. He starts to extort money from them. But has a soft corner towards Aakruti a young girl teaching poor children outside a Church.
Sangram promises Aakruti help whenever needed. She finds that her students are being used as drug peddlers by Dhurva’s men and goes to his brother’s nightclub to find the truth. Aakruti is brutally raped by Dhruva’s brothers leading to her death. Sangram now turns an honest cop to give her justice.
Race 2 (2013)
Ronnie is still mourning the death of his wife Sonia. He teams up with ex-street fighter and billionaire Armaan Malik for businesses proposal and falls in love with his sister Aleena.
Ronnie meets Armaan’s girlfriend Omisha who claims to be the sister of Sonia. But is told by Armaan to do so as he wants to take over Ronnie’s business.
Ronnie’s motive behind the friendship is to make Armaan bankrupt as he was responsible for the death of Sonia. He calls his friend and former cop Robert D’Costa and makes a plan.
Captain Karan Dogra’s helicopter crashes on China border during a training. Karan is suspected to spy in China and it becomes difficult for him as well as senior Indian officer’s to convince the Chinese government that he wasn’t a spy.
The Indian Government disowns Karan and he is tortured in China and has to face a trial during a court hearing, he manages to escape via the Himachal-Punjab border and comes across a young girl Simrit whose escaping from Amrit Kanwal.
Ajay Mehra a boxing champion lives with his elder brother Ashok And his wife. He is soon to be married to Varsha but has to go to Bangalore for a boxing tournament. Upon reaching Bombay he finds that Ashok has been missing for the last few days and starts his search where the police department isn’t cooperative.
He finds that Ashok was working with a businessman Balwant Rai and goes to meet him who promises help But Ajay finds out that Balwant Rai is responsible for everything and attacks him at a party. Ashok is then killed and Ajay is held responsible for his murder. Ajay manages to escape from prison with few inmates to destroy Balwant Rai and whoever comes between them.
A cult classic actioner of the 70s, Don is a dreaded and a most wanted criminal who has always been safe from the clutches of cops. During a chase, Don is severely injured and passes away which is only known to DSP.
DSP trains his lookalike, Vijay, to enter the gang and gather secret information. Vijay is almost successful but during a high-end raid, DSP dies in crossfire with the secret of Vijay not being real Don.
Vijay now lands himself in trouble as cops don’t believe his story. While the criminal gang has very much found that he is not real Don.
Kashi comes to Mumbai with his father Shambhunath for his treatment, the day they reach, there is a curfew imposed in the city which makes hi elder brother impossible to visit them at the station. A cop helps them to reach home.
Kashi finds that the place where his brother lives is ruled by Katya. Once Kashi gets in a tiff with Katya’s brothers for harassing a woman and beats them black and blue. This leads to a war between the two where Kashi will be left alone to fight against Katya’s army.
This was our take on the best action movies in Bollywood, tell us your favorite movie from the list. Do let us know if we miss something by commenting it out.