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The Best Hindi Action Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 16.1k votes 6.9k voters 160.1k views43 items

Fast-paced and exciting, this list of the best Hindi action movies delivers it all. From the award-winning films Singham and Rowdy Rathore to the all-star The Burning Train, this list of top Bollywood action movies is a great guide for those who are new to Indian cinema, and is also fun to vote on if you're an expert on the genre.

Whether you like Don, about an ordinary man recruited to masquerade as a crime boss until things go terribly wrong, or Dhoom, in which a Mumbai detective tracks a thieving motorcycle gang, you're sure to want to come back for the sequels these hit films spawned. This Hindi action movies list includes the mysterious Ghajini, the historical war movie Border, and the noir murder thriller, Race, among many other great movies. 

After you catch your breath, make sure to vote up the films you think are the best Indian action movies or leave a comment in the section below.
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    Mohra

    Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal

    Released1994

    Directed byRajiv Rai

    Mohra is a 1994 Indian action thriller film directed by Rajiv Rai starring Naseeruddin Shah, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Raveena Tandon in the lead roles while Paresh Rawal, Gulshan Grover, Raza...  more
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    Agneepath

    Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty

    Released1990

    Directed byMukul S. Anand

    Agneepath is a 1990 Indian drama film directed by Mukul Anand. It stars Amitabh Bachchan as the main protagonist Vijay Deenanath Chauhan along with Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Neelam Kothari, Rohini...  more
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    Shaan

    Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee Gulzar

    Released1980

    Directed byRamesh Sippy

    Shaan is a 1980 Indian Hindi action-thriller film. The film was directed by Ramesh Sippy after the super success of his previous venture, Sholay. The story was written by Salim-Javed. The film was...  more
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    Aankhen

    Amitabh Bachchan, Bipasha Basu

    Released2002

    Directed byVipul Amrutlal Shah

    Aankhen is a 2002 Indian heist thriller drama film directed by debutant Vipul Amrutlal Shah and starring an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal and Sushmita...  more
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    Khakee

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan

    Released2004

    Directed byRajkumar Santoshi

    Khakee is a 2004 Indian neo-noir political drama thriller film directed and co-written by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film tells the story of an Indian police team set out on a dangerous mission to escort...  more
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    Enthiran

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajinikanth

    Released2010

    Directed byS. Shankar

    Enthiran is a 2010 Indian Tamil science fiction film co-written by S. Shankar and Sujatha Rangarajan and directed by Shankar. It stars Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the leads with Danny...  more
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    Khiladi 786

    Akshay Kumar, Asin

    Released2012

    Directed byAshish R Mohan

    Khiladi 786 is a 2012 Indian Hindi action comedy film directed by Ashish R Mohan, featuring Akshay Kumar in the title role alongside Asin Thottumkal playing the female lead. It features Mithun...  more
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    Khiladiyon ka Khiladi

    Rekha, Akshay Kumar

    Released1996

    Directed byUmesh Mehra

    Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi is a 1996 Bollywood wrestling action thriller starring Rekha in her first villain role, Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tandon and former WWE wrestlers "Crush" and Brian Lee as "The...  more
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    Gupt: The Hidden Truth

    Kajol, Paresh Rawal

    Released1997

    Directed byRajiv Rai

    Gupt: The Hidden Truth, commonly known as Gupt, is a 1997 Bollywood suspense thriller film, directed by Rajiv Rai. It stars Bobby Deol, Manisha Koirala and Kajol in lead roles, whilst Paresh Rawal,...  more
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    International Khiladi

    Akshay Kumar, nm2147526

    Released1999

    Directed byUmesh Mehra

    International Khiladi is a Hindi action thriller film released in 1999. The film is directed by Umesh Mehra starring Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna in the lead roles. It was the sixth instalment in...  more
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    Shahenshah

    Amitabh Bachchan, Amrish Puri

    Released1988

    Directed byTinnu Anand

    Shahenshah is a 1988 Bollywood superhero film starring Amitabh Bachchan in the title role, along with Meenakshi Sheshadri. The film was produced and directed by Tinnu Anand. The story of the film was...  more
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    Satya

    Paresh Rawal, Urmila Matondkar

    Released1998

    Directed byRam Gopal Varma

    Satya: The Sarkar is a 1998 action film directed by Ram Gopal Varma....  more
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    Phool aur Kaante

    Ajay Devgan, Amrish Puri

    Released1991

    Directed bySandesh Kohli

    Phool Aur Kaante is a Hindi action romance film released in 1991. It stars Ajay Devgn, Madhoo, Aruna Irani, Jagdeep and Amrish Puri among others. The film marked the debut of Ajay Devgn, son of stunt...  more
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    Sholay

    Sachin Pilgaonkar, Amitabh Bachchan

    Released1975

    Directed byRamesh Sippy

    Sholay (English: Ember) is a 1975 Indian action-adventure film written by Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan and directed by Ramesh Sippy....  more
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    The Burning Train

    Hema Malini, nm2147526

    Released1980

    Directed byRavi Chopra

    The Burning Train is a Bollywood Action thriller film released in 1980 directed by Ravi Chopra and featuring a huge all-star cast. The plot revolves around a train named Super Express that catches...  more
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    Awara Paagal Deewana

    Akshay Kumar, nm2147526

    Released2002

    Directed byVikram Bhatt

    Awara Paagal Deewana is a 2002 Bollywood action comedy film directed by Vikram Bhatt. The film's music was composed by Anu Malik, and the lyrics by Sameer. It is a remake of The Whole Nine Yards....  more
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    Don

    Amitabh Bachchan, Satyendra Kapoor

    Released1978

    Directed byChandra Barot

    Don is a 1978 Indian action-thriller film, produced by Nariman Irani and directed by Chandra Barot, with music by Kalyanji Anandji and lyrics by Anjaan and Indeewar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan,...  more
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    Don 2

    Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan

    Released2011

    Directed byFarhan Akhtar

    Don 2 is a 2011 Indian action thriller film and the third installment of the Don franchise, directed and co-written by Farhan Akhtar. The film was produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Shah Rukh Khan and...  more
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    Suhaag

    Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar

    Released1994

    Directed bySandesh Kohli

    Suhaag is 1994 Indian Hindi action thriller drama film directed by Kuku Kohli starring Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Karisma Kapoor and Nagma. Suhaag was one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of...  more
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    Wanted

    Salman Khan, Prakash Raj

    Released2009

    Directed byPrabhu Deva

    Wanted is 2009 Indian action thriller film directed by Prabhu Deva. The film stars Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna and Mahesh Manjrekar in the lead roles. It is a remake of a...  more
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    Border

    Sunil Shetty, Tabu

    Released1997

    Directed byJ. P. Dutta

    Border is a 1997 blockbuster Bollywood film. J. P. Dutta directed and produced this epic which stars Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Pooja Bhatt, Puneet Issar,...  more
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    Ghayal

    Amrish Puri, Om Puri

    Released1990

    Directed byRajkumar Santoshi

    Ghayal is a 1990 Indian action drama film starring Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri. The film was produced by Dharmendra and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film won seven Filmfare Awards,...  more
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    Dhoom 2

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bipasha Basu

    Released2006

    Directed bySanjay Gadhvi

    Dhoom 2 is a 2006 Indian action film directed by Sanjay Gadhvi and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra at an estimated budget of 350 million under the Yash Raj Films banner. It is the second in...  more
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    Ghajini

    Aamir Khan, Asin

    Released2008

    Directed byA.R. Murugadoss

    Ghajini is a 2008 Indian action psychological thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss and produced by Allu Aravind and Madhu Mantena. The soundtrack and score is by A. R. Rahman. It is...  more
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    Singham

    Sachin Khedekar, Ajay Devgan

    Released2011

    Directed byRohit Shetty

    Singham is a 2011 Indian action film directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Ajay Devgan in the titular role alongside Kajal Aggarwal and Prakash Raj as the antagonist. It is a remake of the 2010 Tamil...  more
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