What are the Top 20 Action movies of Bollywood? Well, before that let’s take a look at the Hindi film industry in terms of Top action films. Action Movies are greatly admired in Bollywood. But, it was not a legacy that is followed by the Bollywood Industry. Actually, old Hindi films of the 1950s and 1960s were mainly focused on romance and drama. That time actors commonly known as Romantic Heroes like Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, and one and only Dilip Kumar.
Best Action Movies of Bollywood
Then, we saw the era of the 1970s, the actual Bollywood era when the industry started moving towards Hindi Action Films. In this era we saw Bollywood HeMan Dharmendra Paaji, Sunil Dutt, and Angry Young Man – Amitabh Bachchan. Movies like Sholay, Zanjeer and Deewar were greatly admired by the audience. And since then, the trend of Action Bollywood movies still follows in the industry.
Well, the Bollywood Industry has produced many Action Heroes so far. Most common actors who got the label of Best Action Heroes are as follows –
Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Sunny Deol, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Ajay Devgn, Tiger Shroff, Hritik Roshan, and few others.
List of Top 20 Action Movies of Bollywood
Best Old Bollywood Action Movies
#1. Zanjeer (1973)
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Pran, Ajit
This action movie started the era of Hindi Action Movies in the Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan got a different status in the industry after this film. He is now commonly known as Angry Young Man of Bollywood. The most famous dialogue of Zanjeer- “Jab tak baithne ko na kaha jaye chup chap khade raho” is still memorable. The film remade in 2013 starring Priyanka Chopra and Ram Charan Teja.
#2. Deewar (1975)
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi
This film is again a massive hit of Amitabh Bachchan portrayed in an action film. This film also got a famous dialogue – “Mere Paas Maa Hai”. The story of the film revolves around two brothers, how they got divided and then reunited.
#3. Sholay (1975)
Stars: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri
Now, comes the biggest HIT of Bollywood- Sholay. The film even today claimed to be the best old Hindi action film. The film had a massive star cast. In this film, one can not say any dialogue to be the best, as every scene in the movie got a dialogue that is still on people’s tongue. Some of the best dialogues are – “Yeh haath humko de de thakur” “itna sannata kyun hai bhaai” “hum angrejo ke jamaane ke jailor hai” “basanti, inn kutton ke saamne mat nachana” This film is known as the Best Film of the Millennium.
#4. Don (1978)
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Iftekhar, Kamal Kapoor
After these many action films, Amitabh Bachchan was the only actor who was the best fit in the role of an action hero. And here comes, DON 1978 movie. Like every other movie of Amitabh Bachchan’s this film has also a very popular dialogue – “Don ka peecha toh 11 mulko ki police kar rahi hai, par Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi naamumkin hai“. Don movie was the greatest hit at the Bollywood box office.
#5. Kaalia (1981)
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Asha Parekh, Kader Khan, Pran, Amjad Khan
The movie was directed by Tinnu Anand and the story revolves around Kallu who was dragged into the world of crimes. Then, the film deals with how he takes avenge of his brother’s death and establishes his name as Kaalia in the society.
Best Action Movies of Bollywood
Now, comes the era in which Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Salman Khan, and Ajay Devgn emerged to be the new Bollywood Action Heroes. Action movies in Hindi film industry has become a trend now.
Best Hindi Action Movies of 1990s
#1. Agneepath (1990)
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Neelam
Agneepath proved as the blockbuster HIT movie at the box office. According to BoxOfficeIndia.com the film has minted around Rs. 102.5 million. The film was remade in 2012 starring Hritik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles. Agneepath poem is still popular among the audience.
#2. Ghayal (1990)
Stars: Sunny Deol, Raj Babbar, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Amrish Puri, Om Puri
Bollywood’s Best Action Hero – Sunny Deol emerged after this superhit movie. The film breaks all blockbuster records at the Bollywood Box Office. The film tells how a man desperately wanders to find his brother and how he destroys the culprit. After Dharmendra, his son Sunny Deol successfully portrayed the image of Ruff & Tuff Bollywood Action Hero.
#3. Khalnayak (1993)
Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher
This film is the greatest HIT in the career of Sanjay Dutt. His character Ballu is considered as one of his best-portrayed roles. After this, Sanjay Dutt was seen in Kshatriya, and Vaastav also as an Action Hero.
Subhash Ghai’s Khalnayak was the Blockbuster movie of that time.
#4. Mohra (1994)
Stars: Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Gulshan Grover, Raveena Tandon, Naseeruddin Shah
Mohra was the film in which Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty both were seen doing action roles. Mohra’s popular song – “Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast” is still on the audience’s tongue. Naseeruddin Shah’s role as a bling man was greatly admired in this movie. This was one of the best action movies of Akshay Kumar.
#5. Karan Arjun (1995)
Stars: Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Rakhee
Though, both the KHANS- Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan had established themselves in the industry but this movie shows different roles of them. Till now, they both were seen in romantic movies, but Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun shows that they are perfect in Action roles too. After that, another genre was opened for both the actors. The film also gave us the most common dialogue – “Mere Karan Arjun Aayenge”.
#6. Diljale (1996)
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Sonali Bendre, Amrish Puri, Shakti Kapoor
Diljale was the movie that emerged Ajay Devgn as the next Action Hero in the Hindi film industry. The film shows how a patriotic person becomes a rebel. Along with action, the romantic path of the film was also greatly admired.
#7. Ghatak (1996)
Stars: Sunny Deol, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Amrish Puri, Danny Denzongpa
After Ghayal, this was the film that again believed the audience that Sunny Deol is the Best Action Hero of the Bollywood industry. This was another film when Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Sheshadri collaborated for a Hindi action film. Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ghatak shows how a single person destroys the territory and fear of Katya.
#8. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
Stars: Akshay Kumar, Raveen Tandon, Rekha, Gulshan Grover
Bollywood’s Khiladi Kumar aka Akshay Kumar’s Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi was such a HIT at the box office that the audience became fans of his martial arts also. This film also deals with brotherhood and how Akshay Kumar escapes his brother from the hands of illegal wrestling matches holders.
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Best Bollywood Action Movies of 2000s
#1. Indian (2001)
Stars: Sunny Deol, Shilpa Shetty, Raj Babbar, Danny Denzongpa, Mukesh Rishi
Sunny Deol has become the Best Action Hero of Bollywood, as the audience was eager to watch him doing action scenes in films. As, his previous films like Ghayal, Ghatak, and Ziddi made him Bollywood Action Hero. Though, the film was proved hit at the box office. Indian (2001) film was produced by Dharmendra.
#2. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)
Stars: Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel, Amrish Puri
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha is the legendary film that released in 2001. The film is best known for Sunny Paaji’s handpump scene. As, the film was based on the partition of India in 1947. The solid dialogues and action scenes made the film as the Best Action film of Bollywood. After Sholay, this movie is credited as the legendary Bollywood film. Although, the film had clashed with Aamir Khan’s Lagaan at the Box Office.
#3. Dhoom (2004)
Stars: John Abraham, Uday Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan
After giving continuous romantic hits, Dhoom was the first Action film produced by Yash Raj Films in that decade. The film was quite liked and appreciated by the audience as the bike racing scenes were fabulous. The first time any Bollywood film was shot with such deadly stunts on bikes. The film was based on the Chor-Police plot but at a different level. The main plot of the film was the bikes which were used by the thieves after doing the robbery.
#4. Dhoom 2 (2006)
Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
This was the 2nd film of the Dhoom film series. Hrithik Roshan has played the role of a thief in the movie while Abhishek Bachchan as a Police Officer. The film had great action scenes which kept the audience be sit on their seats in the theaters. The film was the highest-grossing Bollywood movie at the time of its release.
#5. Ghajini (2008)
Stars: Aamir Khan, Asin, Pradeep Rawat
The film was the greatest hit of Aamir Khan’s career. As, the film was the first action film of Aamir Khan that received such a huge response from the audience. This was the first Bollywood film that entered the 100 Crore Club. Aamir Khan played the role of Sanjay Singhania who had anterograde amnesia because of an accident. The bald hairstyle of Aamir Khan in the movie had gained much popularity among the youths. This was the greatest hit of Aamir Khan until 3 Idiots.
#6. Wanted (2009)
Stars: Salman Khan, Ayesh Takia, Prakash Raj
After the dull performances of Salman Khan films at the box office, this was the film that was a turning point in his career. Wanted (2009) is the remake of South Indian film “Pokiri”. Prabhu Deva directed the movie, however, Boney Kapoor produced it. Ghajini and Wanted were the films that set the trend of South Indian remakes in the B-Town. Wanted was a Hit Bollywood Action movie of Salman Khan.
#7. Dabangg (2010)
Stars: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna
Dabangg was the film that repeated the success of Wanted (2009) movie. In the film, Salman Khan played the role of a corrupt and fearless Police Officer-Chulbul Pandey. The film set a trend of making heroes as the rough and tough Police officer in the films. One of the famous dialogues of the film- “Hum tum mein itne chhed krenge Cheddi Singh ke tum confuse ho jaoge ke saans kahan se le aur paade kahan se“, was on the tongue of the audience when they came out of the theaters. Dabangg was one of the best Hindi Action movies of Bollywood in 2010.
Top 20 Bollywood Action Movies you must watch
Best Bollywood Action movies you must watch
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