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Searching for the top-rated Bollywood movies on army and navy? Look no further, in this blog, we have listed the names of Indian army and navy movies based on true stories. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Bollywood movies are, at times a mirror of the society. Hindi Cinema has time and again given us masterpieces that beautifully depict the Indian army and navy. From movies with larger than life stories to movies showcasing real-life events in the most authentic way Bollywood has witnessed a huge transition with the change in time. One of the significant topics of Indian Army movies like Border and recently released Shershah has been Indo- Pak wars, which highlights the velour and glory of army officers. On the other hand, Indian films like The Gazi Attack showcased the life of navy officers who can go to any extent to save the country.

Best Bollywood Movies on Army & Navy Soldiers

1. Shershah (2021)

Star Cast: Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, Shiv Panditt, Nikitin Dheer, Himmanshoo A. Malhotra

Director: Vishnuvardhan

IMDb: 8.8/10

Streaming On: Prime Video

Shershaah is an Indian biographical war film that is included in the Indian army movies list. It follows the life of Param Vir Chakra-awardee Captain Vikram Batra, who lost his life in the Kargil War (199).  Featuring Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani in pivotal roles, Shershah is one of the latest Indian army movies. The songs of a movie like “Raataan Lambiyan”, Ranjha” and “Mann Bharryaa 2.0” soon top the list of chartbusters upon their release.  Though the film received mixed reviews, it was high acclaimed by the audience, making it one of the most-watched movies on Amazon Prime.

2. URI: The Surgical Strike (2019)

Star Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina and Kirti Kulhari

Director: Aditya Dhar

IMDb: 8.3/10

Streaming On: Zee5

URI is one of the top-rated Indian movies based on the real-life events of the retaliation to the URI attack that took place in 2016. The film was divided into five chapters that showcased each perspective of the Pulwama attack and the Surgical Strike led after. Vickey Kaushal essayed the role of Major Vihaan Singh Shergill, who was a Para SF team leader. The film has received many prestigious awards like the National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards in various categories such as Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing, etc. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best Indian army movies based on true stories.

3. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018)

Star Cast: John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani

Director: Abhishek Sharma

IMDb: 7.6/10

Streaming On: Netflix

The action-packed movie had John Abraham in the lead as IAS Ashwat Raina, who, along with his team, is sent to Pokhran (Rajasthan) to re-conduct the nuclear task. The movie defines its title very well and is a sheer delight for army lovers. You can watch this army movie on OTT channels like Netflix.

4. The Ghazi Attack (2017)

Star Cast: Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon, Taapsee Pannu, Rahul Singh and Satyadev Kancharana

Director: Sankalp Reddy

IMDb: 7.6/10

Streaming On: Amazon Prime

Based on the true events from the Indo-Pakistani Naval War of 1971, The Ghazi Attack traces warfare that led between the Indian submarine, S-21 and Pakistan’s PNS Ghazi, leading to the mysterious sinking of the Ghazi. The movie was simultaneously shot in Telugu and was earlier titled as Ghazi.

5. Rustom (2016)

Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Arjan Bajwa, Pavan Malhotra, Kumud Mishra and Usha Nadkarni

Director: Tinu Suresh Desai

IMDb: 7.1/10

Streaming On: ZEE5

Starring Akshay Kumar in the lead, Rustom is the tale of the Navy officer Commander Rustom Pavri.  This captivating crime thriller is loosely based on the K. M. Nanavati v. State of Maharashtra court case. It revolves around the navy officer who equally loves his wife and nation. This film is rated on top of the list of best Indian navy movies.

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

Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Sonakshi Sinha, Freddy Daruwala and Sumeet Raghavan

Director: A.R. Murugadoss

IMDb: 7.2/10

Streaming On: ZEE5

Featuring Akshay Kumar, Govinda, and Sonakshi Sinha in pivotal roles, Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty is about a brave Indian Army man, Virat Bakshi. Virat with the help of his friend Mukund plans to knock down terrorist who plans to destroy Mumbai. The movie was a commercial hit at the box office and was one of the highest-grossing films of that year.

7. Shaurya (2008)

Star Cast:  Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Bose, Javed Jaffrey, Deepak Dobriyal, Minissha Lamba, Priyesh Kaushik

Director: Samar Khan

IMDb: 7.3/10

Streaming On: YouTube

Shaurya is an Indian courtroom drama that is inspired by the American legal drama A Few Good Men. With the background of the Kashmir conflict, the film concentrates on an Indian Army Officer, Capt. Javed Khan who is accused of killing his commanding general, Major Rathod. This movie redefined how Bollywood looks at the army and remains one of the best Indian army movies to date.

8. Tango Charlie (2005)

Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Bobby Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Tanisha, Nandana Sen, Kelly Dorji

Director: Mani Shankar

IMDb: 6.1/10

Streaming On: Amazon Prime

This hindi war film showcases the character of a paramilitary man Tarun Chauhan played by Bobby Deol. The story tells about the actual meaning of war for an army officer who constantly faces highs and lows in his battles. Though the movie did not received much amount in box office collection however, it is still considered in the list of best Bollywood movies on army.

9. Lakshya (2004)

Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta

Director: Farhan Akhtar

IMDb: 7.9/10

Streaming On: Amazon Prime

Lakshya was loosely based on the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil war on Tiger Hill. With the backdrop of war, Lakshya is the story of the aimless young man Karan Shergill who turns into a sincere and determined army man after a series of events. Soon he is promoted to the rank of acting Captain and is sent on the most important mission.  The movie also has Preity Zinta as Romila Dutta, Karan love interest, and megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who assays Col. Sunil Damle. Lakshya has some of the best songs like “Main Aisa Kyun Hoon”, “Agar Main Kahoon”, and Lakshya title track with a similar fan following even today. It is named as one of the best bollywood movies on army.

10.  Dhoop (2003)

Star Cast: Om Puri, Revathi, Gul Panag, Sanjay Suri, Yashpal Sharma

Director: Ashwini Chaudhary

IMDb: 7.2/10

Streaming On: Amazon Prime

Dhoop is the Indian war drama loosely based on Captain Anuj Nayyar, MVC and the ordeals his family faces. Captain Rohit Kapoor is martyred in operations against Pakistani Army soldiers in the southwest sector of Tiger Hill on 5 July 1999 as part of the Kargil conflict; upon his death his family witnesses life-changing challenges.

11. LOC: Kargil (2003)

Star Cast: Mohnish Bahl, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Nagarjuna, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshaye Khanna

Director: J.P.Dutta

IMDb: 5.3/10

Produced and directed by J.P Dutta, this hindi historical war film is one of the best bollywood movies on army. The movie highlights the Operation Vijay that was carried in May 1999 when Pakistani intruders tried to enter the Indian side of the Line of Control. Also, this film is one of the longest Indian films ever made in the history.

10. Border (1997)

Star Cast: Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Akshaye Khanna, Raakhee, Tabu, Sudesh Berry, Pooja Bhatt, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Puneet Issar

Director: J. P. Dutta

IMDb: 7.9/10

Next in our list of best Indian army movies is the 1997 released iconic war movie Border. It was inspired by the real-life story of the Indian army during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The movie was a blockbuster at Box Office and one of the highest-grossing movies of the year. The movie received various accolades, and its songs like ”Sandese Aate Hai” has huge popularity even today.

11. Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991)

Star Cast: Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia, Habib Tanvir, Gautam Joglekar

Director: Nana Patekar

IMDb: 8/10

Streaming On: Amazon Prime

Prahaar: The Final Attack is amongst the finest Indian army movies in Hindi. It has Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit and Dimple Kapadia in the leading role. The film revolves around an honest and tough Army Officer who can go to any extent in order to seek justice for his subordinate’s wrongful death.

12.  Haqeeqat (1964 film)

Star Cast: Dharmendra, Balraj Sahni, Priya Rajvansh, Sanjay Khan, Vijay Anand, JayantandSudhir

Director: Chetan Anand

IMDb: 7.8/10

Streaming On: Zee5

Haqeeqat film is a timeless piece of Hindi Cinema. Undoubtedly, it was one of the first Indian army movies. With the backdrop of the Sino-Indian War in 1962, it is the story of Captain Bahadur Singh (Dharmendra), who martyred during China’s troop invasion in the region of the Indo-China border. The coloured version of this movie was released in August 2016 at the Independence Day Film Festival. It is currently available on Zee5.


Above, we have listed some of the best Bollywood movies on army and navy. Like Haqeeqat, Prahaar, and Border, many of them have become cult classics, owing to their intriguing war-based stories and power-packed performances. If you have any of the movies, you can watch them on the OTT platform and relish the aura of the Indian army and navy.

Garima Kaushis

Garima Kaushis

Garima is an enthusiastic writer from Gurgaon. Her content holds value and information which is sourced from her long writing experience. Through her writings, you can explore vistas over wide range of topics. She loves to share her experience and bond with people around her. Her favorite leisure day would include shopping, reading book, good food and movies.

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Garima is an enthusiastic writer from Gurgaon. Her content holds value and information which is sourced from her long writing experience. Through her writings, you can explore vistas over wide range of topics. She loves to share her experience and bond with people around her. Her favorite leisure day would include shopping, reading book, good food and movies.

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