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19 Bollywood Spy Thriller Movies For Detective Lovers

Spy thriller films are not new in the Indian film industry. Since the 1950s Bollywood has produced some good spy films. So today, we are going to discuss the top 19 Bollywood Spy Thriller Movies that you will surely love to watch with your friends and family members. 

The List Of Indian Spy Thriller Movies

Have a look at the below section as here we have prepared a list of the 14 best Indian spy thrillers that you can bring watch. 

  1. Farz (1967)
  2. CID (1956)
  3. Jewel Thief (1967)
  4. Aankhen (1968)
  5. Johny Mera Naam (1970)
  6. The Great Gambler (1979)
  7. Agent Vinod (2012)
  8. 16 December (2002)
  9. Baadshah (1999)
  10. D Day (2013)
  11. Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
  12. Gangster (2006)
  13. Baby (2015)
  14. Kahaani (2012)
  15. Madras Cafe (2013)
  16. The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003)
  17. Phantom (2015)
  18. Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014)
  19. Naam Shabana (2017)

Continue reading to grab every possible information about these Bollywood Best Spy Thriller Movies. 

#1. Farz (1967)

Bollywood Spy Thriller Movies

Rating: 6.2/10 IMDb

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

The spy movie starts with Jeetendra who is an Indian secret agent investigating a case of the murder of his fellow secret agent and decided to expose the Under World. 

Directed By: Ravikant Nagaich

Written By: V.D. Puranik, Vishwamitter Adil, Arudra

Cast: Aruna Irani, Jeetendra, Babita Kapoor, Kanchana, Manohar Deepak, Sajjan

#2. CID (1956)


Rating: 7.0/10 IMDb

Genre: Crime, Musical, Action

This is one of the best spy thriller movies in Bollywood of all time. A news editor gets murdered when he decided to expose the Under World. Dev Anand an honest police officer decided to investigate the case and decided to reveal the truth. 

Directed By: Raj Khosla

Written By: Inder Raj Anand

Cast: Minoo Mumtaz, Dev Anand, Johnny Walker, Shakila, Kumkum, K.N. Singh

#3. Jewel Thief (1967)

Jewel Thief

Rating: 7.9/10 IMDb

Genre: Musician, Crime, Drama

The story of the movie revolves around a Jewel Theft who tries to put all the blame on the son of the Police Commissioner. The movie was released in 1967 and is one of the best Bollywood spy movies of all time. 

Directed By: Vijay Anand

Written By: Vijay Anand, K.A. Narayan

Cast: Anju Mahendru, Ashok Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Dev Anand, Tanuja Samarth, Nasir Hussain

#4. Aankhen (1968)


Rating: 7.2/10 IMDb

Genre: Crime, Drama

In Assam, India faces terrorist attacks after Independence. Many people died in the terrorist attacks. Then, a group of people decided to do something for their state to prevent crime. 

Directed By: Ramanand Sagar

Written By: Ramanand Sagar

Cast: Lalita Pawar, Mala Sinha, Dharmendra, Sujit Kumar, Parduman Randhawa, Daisy Irani, Zeb Rehman

#5. Johny Mera Naam (1970)

Indian spy thriller movies

Rating: 7.4/10 IMDb

Genre: Musician, Action, Drama

This is another best spy thriller movies in Bollywood we include in the list. The movie starts with two Monu (Mohan) and Sonu (Sohan) two sons of a police inspector. They are good at boxing. One day, their father gets killed by his enemies. The sons decided to take revenge on their father’s killer and the chase begins. 

Directed By: Vijay Anand

Written By: Vijay Anand, K.A. Narayan

Cast: Premnath Malhotra, Dev Anand, Pran Sikand, Hema Malini, Jeevan Dhar

#6. The Great Gambler (1979)


Rating: 6.4/10 IMDb

Genre: Romance, Action, Crime

This is one of the best Bollywood spy thriller movies of all time. The plot of the movie revolves around Amitabh Bachchan who plays the character of a Gambler. The rest of the movie is all about spies, secret agents, gamblers, and gangsters. 

Directed By: Shakti Samanta

Written By: Ranjan Bose

Cast: Neetu Singh, Amitabh Bachchan, Prem Chopra, Zeenat Aman, Utpal Dutt

#7. Agent Vinod (2012)

Agent Vinod

Rating: 5.1/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action

The movie was released in 2012 and the story of the film revolves around a Secret Agent who is on a mission to solve a high-profile kidnapping case. 

Directed By: Sriram Raghavan

Written By: Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas

Cast: Gulshan Grover, Kareena Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Adil Hussain, Saif Ali Khan, Ram Kapoor

#8. 16 December (2002)


Rating: 6.9/10 IMDb

Genre: Crime, Action, Drama

The plot of the Bollywood spy thriller movie revolves around some terrorist who wants to destroy New Delhi with a nuclear weapon on 16 December 2001. Besides, the film also shows how a group of secret agents finds the clue from the black money Transaction about the attack. 

Directed By: Mani Shankar

Written By: Mani Shankar

Cast: Gulshan Grover, Dipannita Sharma, Sushant Singh, Danny Denzongpa, Aditi Govitrikar

#9. Baadshah (1999)


Rating: 6.8/10 IMDb

Genre: Crime, Action, Comedy

Baadshah is an action-comedy movie. A detective name Baadshah ( SRK) is mistaken as a CBI officer and gets involved in a deadly mission to save the Chief Minister from an assassination attempt. Shah Rukh Khan’s character will surely make you laugh. 

Directed By: Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla, Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla

Written By: Neeraj Vora, Shyam Goel

Cast: Johny Lever, Prem Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Amrish Puri, Twinkle Khanna

#10. D Day (2013)


Rating: 7.2/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller, Action

The movie starts with a group of secret agents of India who had to go to Pakistan to bring India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim. The remaining story shows their journey and the challenges they faced in Pakistan. 

Directed By: Nikkhil Advani

Written By: Niranjan Iyengar, Nikkhil Advani

Cast: Arjun Rampal, Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan,  Huma Qureshi, Shruti Haasan

#11. Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

Ek Tha Tiger

Rating: 5.5/10 IMDb

Genre: Romance, Action, Adventure

The movie is one of the best Bollywood spy thriller movies of all time. The movie starts with Salman Khan who plays the role of an Indian RAW Agent. On the other hand, Katrina Kaif is a Pakistani ISI Agent. Now, the twist began when the two agents fall in love with each other, and the Security Agencies of both countries search for them. 

Directed By: Kabir Khan

Written By: Aditya Chopra

Cast: Ranvir Shorey, Salman Khan, Roshan Seth,  Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad

#12. Gangster (2006)


Rating: 7.2/10 IMDb

Genre: Crime, Drama, Action

The movie revolves around three people- an Undercover Spy Agent, a Gangstar, and his girlfriend. Kangana plays the character of the Gangstar’s girlfriend who wants love from her boyfriend but being a Gangstar Shiney Ahuja has to hide from the love. But the twist began when Kangana fall in love with an undercover spy agent who in reality wanted to catch the Gangster. 

Directed By: Anurag Basu

Written By: Mahesh Bhatt

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Gulshan Grover, Shiney Ahuja, Vicky Ahuja

#13. Baby (2015)


Rating: 7.9/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action

The movie is a perfect example of a Bollywood spy thriller movie. It revolves around a spy’s personal life and the way he deals with the terrorist. 

Directed By: Neeraj Pandey

Written By: Neeraj Pandey

Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon, Danny Denzongpa, Rana Daggubati

#14. Kahaani (2012)

Bollywood spy movie

Rating: 8.1/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

The spy thriller movie starts with a pregnant woman who comes to Kolkata from London for her missing husband. But everyone she questions refuses to have ever met her husband. The movie was released in 2012 and is one of the best movies of Vidya Balan’s career. 

Directed By: Sujoy Ghosh

Written By: Advaita Kala, Sujoy Ghosh

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vidya Balan, Indraneil Sengupta, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Saswata Chatterjee, Darshan Jariwala

#15. Madras Cafe (2013)


Rating: 7.6/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller, Drama, Action

The movie shows the journey of an Indian secret agent into a war-torn coastal island to break a resolute rebel group. During the journey, he meets a charismatic journalist who follows him to reveal the truth. 

Directed By: Shoojit Sircar

Written By: Shubhendu Bhattacharya

Cast: Prakash Belawadi, John Abraham, Raashi Khanna, Malini Sathappan, Manoj Bakshi

#16. The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003)

The Hero: Love Story of a Spy

Rating: 7.0/10 IMDb

Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure, Thriller

The movie starts with Arun Khanna who is an Indian Govt spy and his aim is to stop ISI Chief Ishak Khan from doing terrorist activities. The village girl Reshma helps Arun Khanna to catch Ishaq Khan. 

Directed By: Anil Sharma

Written By: Shaktimaan Talwar

Cast: Kabir Bedi, Sunny Deol, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Preity Zinta, Amrish Puri

#17. Phantom (2015)


Rating: 5.9/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama

We include Phantom in the list of top Bollywood spy thriller movies. The plot of the film revolves around protagonist Daniyal whose journey to seek justice takes him to Europe from India. What will happen next? For that, you need to watch the movie. 

Directed By: Kabir Khan

Written By: Hussain Zaidi, Kabir Khan

Cast: Sohaila Kapur, Saif Ali Khan, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Katrina Kaif, Sohaila Kapur

#18. Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014)

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014)

Rating: 7.2/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller, Action, Crime

Virat is a military officer who comes to Mumbai on vacation. During vacation, he attempts to hunt down a gang of terrorists who are planning to destroy the city with sleeper cells. Will he and his team members will able to find out the terrorists and deactivate the sleeper cells?

Directed By: A.R. Murugadoss

Written By: A.R. Murugadoss

Cast: Sumeet Raghavan, Sonakshi Sinha, Freddy Daruwala, Akshay Kumar

#19. Naam Shabana (2017)


Rating: 6.2/10 IMDb

Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama

This spy thriller film starts with Shabana- a college student who lives with her mother. She killed her father at an early age trying to save her mother from his daily abuse. Shabana is in love with Jai. Unfortunately, Jai was killed by enemies and Shabana decided to punish Jai’s killer. 

Directed By: Shivam Nair

Written By: Neeraj Pandey

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Taher Shabbir, Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar, Prithviraj Sukumaran


That’s it. In this guide, we have discussed the 19 best Bollywood spy thriller movies of all time that you can watch and spend a good time with your friends and family members.

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