As you read this article you feel safe of a neighbouring enemy or intruder, knowing that the Indian Army is there to protect you. We as civilians have heard the brave and courageous tales of army soldiers over the years about how they defeated the enemy. Nowadays, Indian cinema is also applauding the courage of Indian Army soldiers by showcasing their stories on big screens as well as OTT. We have curated a list of the best Indian Army movies that you can watch right now.
Here is a list of the best movies on the Indian armed forces that make you feel proud to be Indian:
An all-time favourite movie for our soldiers, as well as civilians, is 1997 released Border. The movie showcases the story of 120 Indian soldiers during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 at the border region of Longewala. The song “Sandese aate hein” from this movie is still very relevant for people. The film was directed by J.P. Dutta and includes epic actors like Sunny Deol, Akshay Khanna, Sunil Shetty, Puneet Issar and Jackie Shroff among others.
2. LOC: Kargil
Another J.P. Dutta directed movie that showcases the bravery of the Indian Army during the 1999 war between India and Pakistan. This movie is dedicated to the sheer courage and selflessness of our soldiers during a tough war. LOC: Kargil is a tribute film for Operation Vijay conducted by the Indian Army to defeat the enemy illegally occupying Indian territory. The movie cast includes Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Shetty, and Abhishek Bachchan.
3. URI: The Surgical Strike
‘URI: The Surgical Strike’ is a film inspired by true events that happened after a group of militants attacked the Indian Army brigade in Kashmir in 2016. To retaliate against this inhumane event, Major Vihaan Singh Shergill of the Indian Army leads an operation against a group of militants residing in camps in Pakistani administered Kashmir. The movie is very inspiring and leaves you with a positive vibe altogether. The cast includes Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal and Kirti Kulhari in key roles. Last but not the least, “How’s the josh?”
One of the best Indian army movies for any youngster who is confused about his aim in life. Lakshya movie is directed by Farhan Akhtar and showcases the story of a guy named Karan. Like many urban city guys, Karan is also a lazy and aimless person in life who has a conflicted relationship with his girlfriend and with his parents as well. He decides to join the Indian Army but finds it very difficult to cope with, so he escapes. Later when he gets back, no one is happy about his decision and judge him to be aimless in life. Karan rejoins the army and turns his around. The movie features Hrithik Roshan, Preeti Zinta, Boman Irani and Amitabh Bachchan among others.
5. Tango Charlie
Tango Charlie is a war-action movie released in 2005 that revolves around the journey of paramilitary man Tarun Chauhan who has just joined the Northeastern Indian Border Security Force. From being an innocent soldier to becoming a war hero, the story of Tarun Chauhan takes us on an emotional roller coaster ride. When he is sent to Kargil during the Indo-Pak war, his courage leads the enemy to backfoot. The film was directed by Mani Shankar and features Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol, Nandana Sen, Tanishaa Mukherji and Sanjay Dutt among others.
6. Maa Tujhe Salaam
Released in 2002, ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’ is a war action movie featuring Sunny Deol, Tabu, Arbaaz Khan and Teenu Verma in key roles. The story of the film revolves around Major Pratap Singh and his team who are assigned duty near the Indo-Pak border. They get to know that enemy is trying to infiltrate the border and plotting a mission to liberate Kashmir. Major Pratap with the help of his team and some civilians eliminate the enemy and their plans to infiltrate the Indian land. The movie was directed by Tinnu Verma and gives you very patriotic vibes.
7. Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
Featuring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Sumeet Raghavan and Freddy Daruwala in key roles, this action drama movie revolves around the story of Virat. Virat is a soldier of the Indian Army and is on a holiday but accidentally discovers a terror plan happening in Mumbai. He gathers his team of soldiers and destroys the terror group planning bomb blasts in Mumbai. The film is directed by A.R. Murugadoss and is an adaptation of the Tamil movie ‘Thuppakki’.
8. Satellite Shankar
Satellite Shankar is a 2019 action drama movie that is based on the real-life story of a soldier who brought the nation together. Shankar is a soldier who is going home on a holiday from his posting where he faces different situations and is not able to reach home. The film is directed by Irfan Kamal and includes actors like Sooraj Pancholi, Megha Akash and Anil Reji in key roles.
9. Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran
‘Parmanu’ is one of the most realistic and best Indian Army movies that you can watch right now. The story of the film is inspired by true events and showcases the IAS officer Ashwat and other soldiers are assigned to conduct a nuclear weapons test. They must complete this task without letting the American intelligence know about it. This movie gives you a different perspective and vision of the Indian Armed Forces as well as the Civil Services department as well. The cast includes John Abraham, Diana Penty, Boman Irani and Anuja Sathe in key roles.
Directed by Kabir Khan, Phantom is an action thriller movie featuring Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty in key roles. Phantom movie showcases the story of Daniyal who is a disgraced Indian soldier and is sent on a mission which leads him to pay a very heavy price. As the movie proceeds, this soldier tries to restore his honour as a soldier. The ‘Afghan Jalebi’ song from this movie became a super hit and still is heard by millions.
11. The Ghazi Attack
Released in 2017, The Ghazi Attack is a war thriller based on real-life events in 1971 when a Pakistani submarine tried to destroy IND Vikrant. PNS Ghazi was the submarine detected by the Indian Naval submarine, S21 during regular surveillance. A war underwater that not many people know about. The film was directed by Sankalp Reddy and features Kay Kay Menon, Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu and Milind Gunaji in key roles.
12. Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo
Another classic movie on Indian Army featuring Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Amitabh Bachchan and Divya Khosla Kumar in lead roles. The story of the film revolves around Kunal who joins the Indian Army unwilling just for the sake of keeping the family tradition alive. He later plans to leave the country and settle abroad when he suddenly finds himself fighting enemies who are trying to hinder peace in the country. The film was directed by Anil and Sanjay Sharma.
13. Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
A Netflix Film released in 2020, ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ is inspired by the real-life of the first Indian female Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone. During the 1999 Kargil War, Gunjan Saxena achieved this feat and made every woman proud. The movie showcases her journey from being a child fascinated by aircraft to challenges while training to become a part of the Indian Air Force. The cast includes Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi and Manav Vij in Key roles.
Featuring Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur and Kumud Mishra in key roles, Airlift is inspired by true events during the Iraqi invasion in 1990. An Indian businessman in Kuwait leading a perfectly happy life till Iraq invades Kuwait and things turn upside down. He risks his own life and position to save his countrymen stranded in Kuwait to safely airlift them to India. This movie also showcases how officers in the Ministry of External Affairs helps those in need.
Shaurya is a unique courtroom drama movie based on the Indian Army case where Captain Javed Khan is accused of assassinating his senior Major Rathod. On the other hand, Major Siddhant Chaudhary tries to defend Cap. Javed but he freely admits the crime. The film is directed by Samar Khan and includes Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Bose, Javed Jaffrey and Minissha Lamba in key roles.
Released in 2011, Mausam is a romantic drama that showcases war, religion and misunderstandings that affect the life of Harinder Singh. Directed by Pankaj Kapur, this romantic tale starts from Kashmir and events like the Babri Masjid attack lead this story in a very different direction. The cast of the film includes Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Supriya Pathak and Anupam Kher in key roles.
Vijeta is a 1982 war drama film featuring Shashi Kapoor, Amrish Puri and Rekha in key roles. The story of the film revolves around Angad who is coming of age and he has to decide what he really to do in life. On the other hand, he is also stuck between conflicts of his mother and father at home. Angad finally decides that he wants to become a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force and what challenges he has to face. The film was directed by Govind Nihalani.
18. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
One of the most popular Athletes that has represented India on a global level is Late Milkha Singh. This movie showcases the journey of Milkha Singh from losing his parents during the partition to making it into the Indian Army and competing against the best. Milkha Singh made the world record in the 400m race which shows his dedication and discipline towards his goal. The film showcases some bits of his romantic life as well and how he came to know as ‘The Flying Sikh’. The film was directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and features Farhan Akhtar, Divya Dutta, Sonam Kapoor and Rebecca Breeds in key roles.
19. Mission Kashmir
Released in 2000, Mission Kashmir is an action thriller featuring Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Preity Zinta and Jackie Shroff in key roles. The showcases the story of a policeman who adopts a boy named Altaaf as he was orphaned due to war. As Altaaf grows up and he finds out that the policeman was the reason for his family’s death, he seeks revenge. The film was directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and also won Filmfare Award for Best Action.
20. Hindustan Ki Kasam
Hindustan Ki Kasam is a classic Hindi action drama film that showcases the story of twin brothers who get separated at birth. One is raised as a Hindu in India while the other one is a Muslim raised in Pakistan. Things take a turn when they meet each other as enemies on the battlefield. The film was directed by Veeru Devgan and features Ajay Devgan, Amitabh Bachchan and Manisha Koirala in key roles.
Featuring Siddharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet and Manoj Bajpayee in key roles, Aiyaary is an action thriller released in 2018. The movie showcases the story of Jai Bakshi who has gone rogue and his senior Colonel Abhay Singh who is hunting him. Jai has found something illegal happening in the system and threatens to bring this corrupt system to an end. The film was directed by Neeraj Pandey and the story is inspired by the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
Haqeeqat is a 1995 released action drama movie including Ajay Devgan, Tabu and Amrish Puri in key roles. The story of the film revolves around Shiva who changes his name to Ajay to leave his past criminal life and start over. As the story proceeds he falls in love with a widow and marries her, however, his past again tries to haunt him and his family. The film was directed by Kuku Kohli.
Another classic action drama movie on the Indian Army showcases courage and intelligence. Released in 1993, Sainik is the story of Lieutenant Suraj Dutt who successfully aborted arms dealing activity going on the border side. Later when he gets home and he finds out that his sister’s fiance is also involved in the arms deal he had stopped and got him arrested. The cast of the film includes Akshay Kumar, Ashwini Bhave, Alok Nath Anuper Kher etc.
24. 1971: Beyond Borders
Originally made in Malayalam, ‘1971: Beyond Borders’ is based on the 1971 war between India and Pakistan which is showcased from the eyes of a soldier in the field. The film was directed by Major Ravi and beautifully tells the courage and emotions that soldiers face. The cast of the film includes superstar actors like Mohanlal, Allu Sirish and Arunoday Singh in key roles.
Rustom is a 2016 released crime thriller featuring Akshay Kumar, Ileana D Cruz, Esha Gupta and Arjan Bajwa in key roles. The story revolves around Rustom Pavri, a naval officer who finds out about his wife’s affair and murders the guy. Later he surrenders himself but as the story proceeds, it turns out that this whole thing had a hidden motive behind it. The film was directed by Dharmendra Suresh Desai and has some great music as well. One of the most unconventional Indian Army movies that you can watch.
26. Rang De Basanti
Rang De Basanti isn’t like a core movie on the Indian Army but it showcases the courage of people behind the freedom of this country. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, this movie features Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan and Alice Patten in key roles. The film starts with Sue who is an English woman trying to make a film about Indian Freedom Fighters which unknowingly sparks the patriotic fire in them.
27. Bhuj: The Pride of India
Releasing in August 2021, ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’ is a war drama featuring Ajay Devgan, Nora Fatehi, Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha in key roles. The film is directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya and showcases the 1971 Indo-Pak war when the IAF airstrip at Bhuj was destroyed in combat. With the help of civilians during that time, IAF squadron leader Vijay Karnik was able to reconstruct the airbase.
28. Battalion 609
One of the most unique Indian Army movies is ‘Battalion 609’ directed by Brijesh Batuknath Tripathi. The story of the film revolves around a verbal spat between the Indian Army and Pakistani Army. They challenge each other for a cricket match where the losing team will have to move their guard post 18 kilometres back. A decent film that you can enjoy with your buddies who love the Indian Army movies.
Deewar is a 2004 released action drama movie featuring Sanjay Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Akshaye Khanna and Amrita Rao in key roles. The story revolves around the Indo-Pak war prisoners who are soldiers and try to escape from them. 33 years after the war, Gaurav a soldier and son tries to rescue them from captivity. The film was directed by Milan Luthria and dialogues were written by Anurag Kashyap.
Another upcoming and anticipated to be one of the most heroic Indian Army movies is ‘Shershaah’. The movie is inspired by the life of a brave Indian soldier and PVC (Param Veer Chakra) awardee Captain Vikram Batra. The movie will showcases how Capt. Batra and the team tackled the enemy and captured points during the Kargil War. In fact, a peak has also been named after his name after his heroic feat and martyred during the war. The movie also showcases his romantic life with her fiance Dimple Cheema. The cast of the film includes Kiara Advani, Siddharth Malhotra, Ankita Goraya and ShiV Panditt in key roles.
We hope you had fun exploring these best Indian army movies. Jai Hind!