During the initial years of Bollywood, the element of action was never an important part. The little bit of action that you get to see is in the classic films that had Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor or Dilip Kumar, that too of 1-2 minutes of action sequences.
Best Bollywood Action Movies to Watch
The 50s era was predominantly romantic and dramatic. However, as Amitabh Bachchan stepped into Bollywood, he changed the face of Bollywood with back-to-back action hits. Let’s check out few of the best action movies of Bollywood.
1] Zanjeer (1973)
No, it is not that there were no action movies before Zanjeer but this thriller movie made in 1973 kept the ball rolling for Bollywood’s new trend.
Amitabh Bachchan introduced the ‘angry young man’ look and this brought about a major overhaul to his persona in the industry. From a struggling actor, he became a superstar overnight. This is a Prakash Mehra directed film.
2] Sholay (1975)
Sholay is undoubtedly a legendary film in Bollywood which is spoken of even today. Being directed by Ramesh Sippy, this is a multi-starrer and is the powerhouse of evergreen dialogues, the character of Gabbar Singh, the chemistry of Jai and Veeru.
In short, Sholay is a masterpiece. The dacoit-themed fight sequences shot in the villages imitate westerner films of Hollywood.
3] Deewar (1975)
Deewar is a story of two siblings who are followers of totally different paths in life and gradually they reach an intersection between the Good and the Evil.
Ravi is played by Shashi Kapoor and Vijay is played by Amitabh Bachchan and it is a Yash Chopra film. Their brotherhood and love is challenged and gradually leads to a distance between them.
4] Don (1978)
If Sholay is said to be an imitation of Hollywood westerner films, Don is said to be the Bollywood copy of Hollywood mafia movies with a slice of moral values and drama.
A layman, Vijay sadly looks like an Underworld Don who is from the ‘Most Wanted’ list. To assist the police, he chooses to act as the real Don after his death during a police encounter. Don was again remade by Shah Rukh Khan which was also a superhit.
5] Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019)
This film is directed by Kangana Ranaut, Radha Krishna and Jagarlamudi it made a box office earning of 150 crore. This is an action drama that was entirely based on the great Rani Laxmi Bai, the Queen of Jhansi.
The story shows you how Rani Laxmi Bai sets the stage for the Indian rebellion against the British in 1857. Kangana Ranaut successfully portrayed the role of the Queen of Jhansi.
6] War (2019)
Directed by Siddharth Anand, this Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff starrer made 450 crores at the box office. War is one of the most recent action thrillers that relate the story of an Indian Army man who is given the confidential task of killing his corrupt mentor.
There is non-stop action in the movie, thanks to the performance of both Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan. War is considered as one of the most engrossing movies of recent times.
7] Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)
This is a military action movie based on a true story of the 2016 terrorist attack in the town of Uri. It has given a new shape to the fight of the Indian Army being led by Major Vihaan Singh Shergill at the LOC, Kashmir. This is an event in Indian history that makes us proud and the movie scored 8.3 out of 10 on IMDb.