Indians love the feel and emotion of pride via its through songs, movies, web series or any medium. That’s why Bollywood has produced many excellent patriotic movies over the years. I personally believe that when you watch something you are attached to emotionally, it brings out the real you. Be it about our freedom struggle or surgical strike in Pakistan, we relate to these stories so much. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the best Hindi Patriotic Movies from Bollywood that will fill you with pride.
Here is a list of the best patriotic movies from Bollywood that you must watch:
1. Chak De! India
One of the classic patriotic Bollywood films to ever release is Chak De India featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Shilpa Shukla and more in key roles. The story of the film revolves around a former Indian hockey player accused of fixing and betrayal. However, he takes up the job of a coach for the Indian Women’s Hockey team to prove he is innocent and make India world champions. An absolute treat to watch no matter how many times you watch it.
Border is a popular war action movie featuring talented actors like Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Akshaye Khanna and many more. This movie was released in 1997 but made such a deep impact on the mind of the audience that you can still hear people humming the movie’s songs. The movie showcases the story of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 where 120 Indian soldiers in the Longewala region defend their post. Watch this emotional yet action-packed movie and you won’t regret it.
3. Rang De Basanti
A musical drama movie that joins modern India and the struggle of our freedom fighter back in the 1940s. The story of this film revolves around an English woman named Sue who comes to India to film a documentary. She selects six young college students to help her film this documentary on the freedom fighters from their past. The cast of the film includes Alice Patten, Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan and many more.
Lagaan is an all-time blockbuster Bollywood movie featuring Aamir Khan, Gracy Sing, Yashpal Sharma and many more. This Hindi patriotic movie showcases the story of Bhuvan, a farmer trying to survive during the British Raj in India along with other farmers. During this time Captain Andrew Russell challenges Bhuvan and other farmers of his village for a cricket match. If they win, they don’ have to pay their taxes for the next 3 years but if they lose, they’d have to pay double the amount.
Based on the life of Param Vir Chakra Capt. Vikram Batra, Shershaah is the latest entry on this list of best patriotic Bollywood movies. Shershaah is a romantic war action movie featuring Siddharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani and Shiv Panditt in key roles. The story of this film revolves around who became a household name after his brave sacrifice during the Kargil War. A story of courage and love that is worth remembering and watching.
6. Sardar Udham Singh
One of the best patriotic movies India has ever produced is Sardar Udham Singh featuring Vicky Kaushal, Amol Parashar and Banita Sandhu in key roles. This film is cinematically brilliant as well as captures the story of a revolutionary freedom fighter. The story of the film revolves around the life of Udham Singh, who is known for assassinating Michael O’Dwyer in London. A story of revenge for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar that killed hundreds and injured thousands.
7. Mangal Pandey: The Rising
Mangal Pandey is a classic war action movie featuring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji and Toby Stephens in key roles. The story of this film revolves around sepoy Mangal Pandey who raised the revolt against the East India Company who introduced a rifle that uses objectionable cartridges. It was set in the mid-1800s when India was ruled by Britishers and the East India Company got hold of many Indian territories.
Swades is one of the topmost Bollywood patriotic movies of all time. The story of this drama film revolves around Mohan who is an Indian expatriate with NASA. He accomplished what every potential middle-class person desires but still feels incomplete. He travels back to India to meet his nanny who raised him and wants to take her to the US. However, during his stay in India, he discovers his passion for helping his own people to make their simple necessities like water and electricity available.
Featuring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan in key roles, Lakshya is an inspirational story of Karan. The movie showcases how Karan, an unambitious guy joins the Indian Army but backs down after a few days because of commitment issues. However, when his love and parents are disappointed, his aim is set straight to become a fearless soldier and be proud of himself. One of the best movies directed by Farhan Akhtar which made a huge impact on youth.
10. Deewaar: Let’s Bring Our Heroes Back
Deewar is an action war movie featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Akshaye Khanna in key roles. The movie showcases the story of a group of Indian soldiers who are held captive during the Indo-Pak war. To rescue them all, Major Ranvir’s son Gaurav of the Indian Army starts a mission to enter the enemy’s territory. A brilliant film directed by Milan Luthria and is a must-watch.
11. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
When you hear the name ‘Gadar’ you’ll remember the iconic “Hindustan zindabad that zindabad hai aur rahega!” by Sunny Deol in this movie. A Hindi patriotic movie that showcases the story of Tara and Sakina who love each other and get married during the partition period. On the other hand, Sakina’s father wants her to stay in Pakistan and leave him. He tries to get them separated even after they become a grandfather by hook or crook. The cast also includes Ameesha Patel, Amrish Puri and Vivek Shauq in key roles.
12. My Name Is Khan
My Name Is Khan is a romantic drama movie featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Jimmy Shergill in key roles. The story of this film revolves around Rizwan Khan, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and lives in the US. He finds love with Mandira and his kid too. Things were all well for him until the 9/11 attack happened. Him being a Muslim was feeling a curse after the horrific terror attack. He decides to embark on a journey to speak to the president of the United States.
13. A Wednesday
A Wednesday is a patriotic Bollywood film that is full of mystery and thriller alongside some eye-opening facts. The story of the film revolves around a common man and a retired police commissioner who tells the story about a case that never got filed. This case still haunts him at night as it was about a bomb scare in Mumbai by a common man who is fed up with our judicial system. The cast of this film includes Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill and Gaurav Kapur in key roles.
14. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Featuring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor and Pavan Malhotra in key roles, this sports drama movie is based on the life of athlete Late Milkha Singh. Milka Singh was the first Indian athlete to win gold at 400 metres at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. Along his journey, he broke many records but was also haunted by his past which is related to the Indo-Pak separation in 1947.
One of the most popular Aamir Khan movies that broke records worldwide is a patriotic movie called Dangal. This movie is based on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his champion wrestling daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat. Mahavir couldn’t win a gold medal for his country but decided that he will train his daughter to be a better wrestler than him and win a gold medal for India in Commonwealth Games despite the existing social stigmas. The cast also includes Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra and Aparshakti Khurana.
16. M S Dhoni: The Untold Story
Based on the life of former World Cup-winning Indian cricket team captain, ‘MS Dhoni’ is a sports drama movie. It features late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani and Disha Patani in key roles. The movie follows the journey of MS from being a kid who played football to winning the world cup. An inspiring story for many cricket fans who love the sport and follow it like a religion.
17. The Ghazi Attack
Based on true events, The Ghazi Attack is a Bollywood patriotic movie that showcases the story of the 1971 Pak intervention in Indian waters. The Indian submarine S21 intercepts a Pak submarine (PNS Ghazi) trying to destroy the INS Vikrant. This leads to an underwater war between the Indian Navy and Pak Navy. The movie features Kay Kay Menon, Rana Daggubatti, Atul Kulkarni and Taapssee Pannu in key roles.
Krantiveer is one of the most popular Nana Patekar movies of all time. The famous “Aa gaye meri maut ka tamasha dekhne” monologue is from this movie only. It is a romantic drama movie that showcases the story of Pratap who is disowned by his real family and adopted by a landlord in Mumbai. When his foster parent is murdered by some goons, he sets on a path to avenge him and unite people along the way. The cast of the film also includes Farida Jalal, Dimple Kapadia and Mamta Kulkarni in key roles.
19. URI – The Surgical Strike
Released in 2019, URI: The Surgical Strike is a patriotic movie from Bollywood based on the surgical strike executed by the Indian Army. In 2016, militants from PoK attacked the Uri army base in Jammu and Kashmir and killed many soldiers. To give them the pain of their own medicine Major Vihaan Singh Shergill of the Indian Army leads a covert operation against those militants. The movie features Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina and Kirti Kulhari in key roles.
20. The Legend of Bhagat Singh
Another historical Bollywood drama movie is ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’. The story of this film is based on the life of revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh who led an armed resistance against the British in 1920. He was born in the times of the British Raj in India and faced many challenges while growing. When he became a young adult he became a key fighter for India’s freedom and was martyred during that time. The movie features Ajay Devgn, Raj Babbar, Amrita Rao and Sushant Singh in key roles.
Baby is an action thriller Bollywood movie featuring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Rana Daggubatti in lead roles. The movie showcases the story of a team of Indian Intelligence system agents who detect terrorist activity and try to eliminate it. The challenge here for the team is that they have to do this mission on foreign soil. One of the classic patriotic movies from Bollywood that you can enjoy with your friends and family.
Holiday is an action drama movie featuring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Apoorva Arora and Sumeet Raghvan in key roles. The story of the film revolves around a soldier named Virat who accidentally bumps into a terrorist in his hometown while on a holiday. After catching one terrorist, he then starts a mission with his team to catch the mastermind of the upcoming terror attack in the city.
23. Madras Cafe
Based on a true story, Madras Cafe is an action thriller movie that revolves around the story of the assassination of India’s former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was killed by a human bomb in Tamil Nadu by a terror group named LTTE. Vikram is an Indian agent who is on a secret mission in Sri Lanka regarding the same but finds himself involved in a civil war. The cast of the film includes John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Prakash Belawadi and Rashi Khanna.
Airlift is one of the best patriotic movies from Bollywood featuring Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur and Kumud Mishra in key roles. This film is inspired by true events when India conducted its biggest evacuation operation in Kuwait during Saddam Hussein’s rule. This movie showcases how Ranjit Katiyal, an Indian businessman decides to risk his life to save Indians in Kuwait.
We hope you had fun exploring these patriotic movies in Hindi. Happy Binging!