Following the footsteps of Hollywood, Bollywood has also tried its hand in Spy genre but to be honest they have failed to explore this genre.
There are very few and rare Bollywood movies that can be counted in a good spy-thriller film and a movie like ‘James Bond‘ is still a far sight.
The history of Bollywood Spy Movies goes back to ’50s when the Dev Anand starer C.I.D (1956) was released and since then Bollywood has made many movies in this genre.
So, for those who love to watch these action-thriller movies here, we bring you guys the list of Top 15 Bollywood Spy Movies that you guys will love to watch.
List of Top 18 Bollywood Spy movies
One of the best movies of the year 2018, Raazi is is an adaption of Harinder Sikka’s novel ‘Calling Shehmat’.
It is inspired by the real story of an Indian spy Sehmat Khan. Directed by Meghna Gulzar this movie features Alia Bhatt in the lead role.
The story of this film revolves around a female Indian spy who risks her life in Pakistan to inform India about the attacks planned by the enemy country.
Baby is clearly the best spy movie in Bollywood. Neeraj Pandey directed this movie features actors like Akshay Kumar, Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon in lead roles.
It is the story of a mission lead by Akshay Kumar with his team in which they have to bring the Pakistani terrorist Maulana to India.
3) Madras Cafe
Soojit Sircar directed this movie is also counted among one of the finest Bollywood Spy movies.
Featuring John Abraham in the lead role this movie is a political thriller based on the war situation that emerged on the India-Srilanka border which is also rumored to be the prime reason behind Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
As we have mentioned earlier CID was the first-ever Spy movie of Bollywood. Featuring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rahman this movie was one of the milestone movies of its time.
The plot of this film is based around a murder mystery in which Dev Ananad plays an Investigating Officer.
Vishwaroopam is a masterpiece by Kamal Hassan that came of-late in his career. The movie revolves around the topic of global terrorism and you may find some Hollywood essence in it.
Kamal Hassan gave one of the best performances of his life. Though the movie failed to perform big on box-office due to various controversies around it. Still, it managed to woo the audience and film critics and went on to win many awards as well.
D-day is an action-spy movie in which a group of agents is sent to Pakistan to bring back Indias’s most Wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim.
Though his name was never directly used in the film but the similarities in the storyline can’t deny this fact.
7) Ek Tha Tiger
This Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starer film is based on a love story between two top spies of enemy nations India and Pakistan.
They fight together against all odds and rise above the hate.
Phantom was one of the most thrilling fictional spy movies ever made in Bollywood. Though neither it performed well on Box-office nor got any critical acclaim but it surely raised respect for our Indian spies and RAW.
Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer this movie is a fictional story of India’s revenge for Mumbai’s 26/11 attacks.
9) 16th December
16th December is the date when Pakistan surrendered in front of the Indian Army after losing the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
This film is a fictional take on this event in which a group of Pakistani terrorists plans to avenge the defeat by plotting a nuclear attack on national capital Delhi.
Many critics compared this film with Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible.
Many of you will question why we added ‘Kahani’ in this list of Bollywood spy movies but the way Vidya Balan plans her mission to avenge the death of her unborn child and husband is really commendable.
Sujoy Gosh directed this movie is full of thrills but it is the narrative of this movie that makes it a must-watch for all.
11) Naam Shabana
Naam Shabana is a spin-off movie from Neeraj Pandey’s Baby. It takes us in the early life of one of the lead characters of that movie ‘Shabana’.
How this simple girl becomes a spy? What’s her mission? Watch this movie now to get all these answers.
Directed by Ramayan fame Ramanand Sagar Akhein is considered as a pioneer in Bollywood spy genre movies. Featuring actors like Dharmendra, Mala Sinha, Mehmood and Pran this film is based in the independence era of 1950.
Amidst the terrorist attacks in various Indian states, a bunch of Individuals decides to take secretly take charge against this massacre.
13) Agent Vinod
Starring Bollywood’s power couple Kareena Kapoor and Sai Ali Khan in lead roles this 2012 released movie was the remake of a 1977’s movie of the same name.
The storyline of this film is based on a spy who is on a mission to discover why his friend was murdered and in that order, he comes to know about many international terror groups.
The term Mukhbiir means a Secret informer or a Spy. The movie showcases the life of these secret informers and the double life that they have to live to keep the secrecy of their real identity.
And despite giving it all to their work they never get the kind of respect and recognition that they really deserve.
15) The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
Sunny Deol starer this movie is one of the biggest hits of his career. It is the story of an Indian RAW agent who trains a girl for a mission and soon falls in love with her.
But the girl gets killed in a terror attack and this agent moves on in his life. Later on, he comes to know that the girl is actually alive.
One of the biggest hits of its time, Dus was a multi-starer movie that featured Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan, Zayed Khan and Sunil Shetty in lead roles.
This film was actually a tribute to the director Mukul S. Anand who died in 1997 while directing the film of the same name.
The story of this film revolves around a group of Anti-Terrorist-Cell officers who are on the mission to prevent an attack from an international terrorist organization.
17) Mission Istaanbul
Loosely based on a Qatar based news Channel, Al-Jazeera this film features Vivek Oberoi, Sunil Shetty and Zayed Khan in lead roles.
It is the story of a few Indian Raw agents and how they expose a news channel Al Johara and its relations with the terrorist organizations.
Farz is the story of a secret agent played by Jitendra Gopal. He investigates the death of his colleague who possessed evidence against a wanted terrorist.
So, guys, that’s all for this list of Top 18 Bollywood Spy movies.
If you think we should add any other movie to this list, do let us know in the comments below, we will surely add it in the list, and we will regularly update the article to add the latest movies.
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