Well, we all know the present scenario of Bollywood. We get to see many action movies one after the other. The action genre is really liked by the people of our country especially by the male population who love fighting and all. 

But do we know the past of the action genre? Were action movies released in the past? Was a similar amount of action portrayed in the films of the 40s and 50s? Well, the answer is no. Back in the 40s and 50s, the films were more drama and romance based. And if it includes an action that was just for one or two seconds. It was limited just to a small fight or just a bit of chase. 

So who started the era of action films? As most of you might have guessed it right it was Shehshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan. After that many actors did have a significant role in the action genre including Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Sunil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, and many others. 

So here I have the list of best Bollywood action movies of all times. 


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Zanjeer was the movie with which the era of action films started. The lead role as we all know is played by Amitabh Bachchan. Other featured actors include Pran and Ajit Khan. The female lead role is played by Jaya Bachchan and Bindu. 

 The movie was released back in 1973. Zanjeer produced by Prakash Mehra brought a new trend in the film industry. In the movie, we get to see Amitabh Bachchan as a young and aggressive man. The movie is based mainly on revenge. 

Zanjeer played a very significant role in the life of Amitabh Bachchan as the movie made him a superstar. Before Zanjeer, he was somewhat struggling in the field of acting. 

The movie is written by Salim assisted by Javed. In the movie, you will get to see how he identifies the murderer of his father and what role a gold chain has in his investigation. The movie will be a great option if you wish to refresh your mood and mind with a classic movie. The movie will keep you engaged right from the beginning till the end. 


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The movie was released on 25 January 2017. Kaabil is directed by Sanjay Gupta and produced by Rajesh Roshan. The starring actors include Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit Roy, and Rohit Roy. Hrithik Roshan plays the role of Rohan who is blind by birth. He is a happy man who meets Supriya.

The role of Supriya is played by Yami Gautam. She is an independent girl. Both fall in love. But one night, some drunken men misbehave with the two. The other day, Supriya is gang-raped by those men. She dies. So to know more about how she dies and how Rohan takes revenge. The movie is somewhat based on the film Broken (2014).

The movie is a bit emotional and heartbreaking. You may like the songs in the movie. In most of the movies portraying blind people we usually get to see them in black glasses. But that’s not the case with Kaabil. In Kaabil you will get to see both actors without glasses and you will definitely like the acting of Hrithik and Yami. You will be amazed to see how his voice can be used in different manipulative ways and how Hrithik makes use of his strength to get revenge. 


The movie was released in 2014. The starring actors include Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. The movie is based on action and comedy. Well, the story starts with Harleen, a role played by Katrina Kaif who is a receptionist and leads a life full of boredom. She lives with her grandmother. But her life takes a turn when Rajveer makes an entry in her life. The role of Rajveer as you all might have guessed right is played by Hrithik Roshan. He plays the role of a thief and falls for Harleen. 

You will get to see Hrithik Roshan traveling many continents in search of a prestigious diamond. You feel the rush of adrenaline while watching the film. The movie is absolutely a remarkable one and must watch especially for Hrithik fans. 

The songs of the movie are also good and will be one one of Hrithik’s best films including Zindagi na milegi Dobara and Dhoom 2.


Rowdy Rathore was released in 2012. Rowdy Rathore is a remake of a South Indian film. The lead role is played by Akshay Kumar. He plays a dual role in the film. So the movie depicts the story of ASP Vikram Rathore who tries to protect village Devgarh from local goons Baapji and his sons.

But he dies in the process. Now another person named Shiva takes charge of it. Shiva looks similar to Vikram Rathore. He succeeds in saving the village from Baapji and his fellow men. He has a rowdy nature, unlike Vikram Rathore, hence the movie is titled as Rowdy Rathore. 

You will find many memorable scenes in the movie. Moreover, some scenes are filled with comedy while some with seriousness. Expressions are up to the mark. The movie is a bit romantic and emotional. Overall the movie is very entertaining and engaging. Roles of Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha are up to the mark. So all the fans of Akshay Kumar get ready to watch Rowdy Rathore, full of entertainment, action, and comedy. 


The movie was released in 2008 and is the remake of the Tamil film Ghajini. The movie is a psychological thriller. The lead role is played by Aamir Khan. Pardeep Rawat plays the role of antagonist. The movie was a great hit at the box office just like another film of Aamir Khan titled 3 idiots.

So the story is about Sanjay Singhania, a role played by Aamir Khan who has a disability of short term memory loss. He remembers the thing only for a duration of fifteen minutes and then everything vanishes. His goal is to identify his lover’s killer. Will he succeed in his mission with such a disability forms the Centre of the movie. 

IMDb rates the movies as 7.3 out of 10.You will definitely love the idea of retrograde amnesia. You will find the movie to be a bit inspired by a Hollywood film titled Memento. But only the basic part is taken, the rest of the movie is original.

Ghajini is a romantic thriller. Well, the movie goes in a flashback where Sanjay, a businessman, meets his love of life. She tries to help those girls who were sold as slaves by men. But in this process, she dies and Sanjay suffers from amnesia. He decides to take revenge and kills his lover’s murderer the same way she died. It is surely an award-winning film. 


The movie was released in 2010. The director of the movie is Abhinav Kashyap. The lead roles are played by Salman Khan, Sonu Sood and Sonakshi Sinha. Salman Khan plays the role of Chulbul Pandey who is a corrupt but a  fearless cop. Till now 3 parts of the movie are released.

Dabangg 2 was produced and directed by Arbaaz Khan in 2012. Dabangg 3, a recent movie was directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan. Dabangg 3 was released on 20 December 2019.

The movie is definitely an action-packed film with IMDb ratings of 6.2/10. Sonu Sood plays the role of Chhedi Singh. His character will definitely make you have goosebumps. Out of all the three parts of the movie, Dabangg is the most iconic. 


Don 2 is one of the best action Bollywood movies. The lead role is played by Shah Rukh Khan who plays the role of Don. He is the Don of Asian underworld. The movie is directed by Farhan Akhtar.

Well, the movie was the last movie of the year. You will get to see many twists and turns in the movie. You will find it as a good action and thriller based film. You will get to see how a robbery is planned and well-executed. The entry of the leading actor is amazing. The movie will keep you engaged right from the beginning till the end. 

The chemistry of Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra is very good. People are expecting a third part to it, Don 3.You may find a bit of Holywood taste in DON2. The movie is worth watching. So if you wish to watch a movie full of suspense thriller and action, Don2 is a good option. 


The movie was released in 2004. The director of the movie is Rajkumar Santoshi. KHAKEE is an action drama and thriller based film. The starring actors include Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, and Aishwarya Rai. Akshay Kumar is also featured in the film. As the name suggests the movie is about a group of policemen. 

The movie is intense and gripping. The script is very good and is one of the best cop movies. You will be really amazed by all twists and turns of the movie. The movie is well researched and you will enjoy watching it. The hard work put by all team members is clearly portrayed on the screen. 


The movie was released in 2007. The movie is crime and action-based. The movie is inspired by the real events of the 1991 Lokhandwala complex. The movie is directed by Apoorva Lakhia The lead roles are played by Vivek Oberoi as Maya Dolas. The movie also features Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, and Arbaaz Khan. The three actors play the role of cops. 


Singham was released in 2011. The movie is directed by Sunil Shetty. The movie is a remake of South Indian film Singham. The lead actors of the film include Ajay Devgn, Kajal Aggarwal, and Prakash Raj. The movie was a great success and the acting of Ajay Devgn was so much liked by the people that they titled him as Singham of Bollywood. 

For those who don’t know the meaning of Singham, Singham is a sanskrit word meaning lion. 


Dhoom 2 was released in 2006. The lead roles of the movie are played by Abhishek Bachchan as Jai Dixit and Uday Chopra as Ali. Aishwarya is the Dhoom girl and Hrithik Roshan as Mr. A. Hrithik Roshan is portrayed as the most wanted thief who robs only valuable items.

He has many gadgets through which he robs. Jai and Ali are after him. His new project is in India. Whether he will be successful or not in his project is what the story is all about. 

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