Thrills, Chills and Action: Best Indian Spy Movies

Siddharth SinghApr 23 . 6 min read

The world of spies and espionage is full of mysteries and secrets. But it is no mystery how much we love to watch the movies and shows of this theme. To be honest I think we love this genre more than any other. And what's not to love about them. They are thrilling, mind-twisting as well as filled with suspense. Now when we talk about spy movies only one name comes to our minds instantaneously, yeah you guessed it “James Bond’. But just like Hollywood, we also have our fair share of amazing Indian spy movies that are just too good to be missed out on. And thus we have compiled a list of a few amazing spy movies made in India over the years.

Now before we begin our list let us tell you that the selection of these particular movies has been random and not according to any parameters like hit or flop, top grosser or not etc. it is simply a list of best Indian spy movies according to us.

Introduction to the spy genre of Indian cinema

The Indian spy genre or spy movies are heavily based on events inspired by real-life happenings and shows the portrayal of the research and analysis wing or RAW i.e; the secret service of India. So you may simply search Bollywood movies based on raw agents and you will find plenty of spy thrillers there to be watched. Anyway, without any further delay let us begin our countdown;

Bollywood spy movies


We are starting our countdown with possibly the best Indian spy movies ever made. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon, Danny Denzongpa & Rana Daggubati as primary characters, it was released in 2015 and was a commercial success across India. The movie is a thrilling account of raw agents Akshay Kumar and his team who try to take down notorious terrorists who have been guilty of terrorism in India in the past and are again on the path to unleash the same fate again. The plot is inspired by real-life incidents and it keeps you engaged throughout the story.

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Naam Shabana 

Talk about a powerful performance and a strong and indestructible female lead character in form of a spy, then Naam Shabana checks all the boxes that there are. This one was released 2 years after years of baby and it lived up to the expectations of the fans and the critics liked Tapsee Pannu’s performance in the movie as Shabana. It is an origin story of the character we meet in baby and it also gives us a glimpse of the older days of the Indian intelligence agency and the formation of the offshoot baby. It is a well-executed and entertaining Indian spy movie by all accounts.

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This movie was called by critics Alia Bhatt's best performance to date and it had all the reasons for such a positive review. Raazi is the story of a female spy of RAW who works behind enemy lines while living in the center of the hornet's nest. This flick is a stunning portrayal of espionage and the risks that a spy faces when working in the enemy's courtyard. Along with Alia, Vicky Kaushal also gives a compelling supporting performance in the movie. A great Indian spy movie to give you a big rush. 

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Madras cafe

Based on the real historical backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil wat in the early 90s and India's involvement in the whole scenario. The hostilities of the LTTE terrorist outfit in Sri Lanka and the involvement of Indian armed forces and intelligence agencies in the country. The story of the movie is based on the above context and the assassination of then Indian PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi. John Abraham plays the lead role of an Indian Army special officer, appointed in Jaffna by RAW. It is an authentic, true to realism and thrilling movie to watch. One of the very best Indian spy movies. 

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This multi-starer spy thriller is a treat to watch. The story is about a raw operation that has been running for almost a decade to neutralise the most wanted terrorist and underworld don of India, Goldman. A character which is based on Daud Ibrahim in real life. The superbly talented and seasoned cast of the movie is its highlight. Especially Late Rishi Kapoor and Late Irfan khan in two of the pivotal roles. This one surely makes its way into our raw agent movie list.

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Other notable Indian intelligence movies

  • Agent Vinod
  • Ek Tha Tiger
  • Aiyyari
  • 16 December 
  • Romeo Akbar Walter
  • Kahani
  • Phantom 
  • Vishwaroopam 


So these were our picks for the best Indian spy movies, we hope that you enjoyed the article and that you have already watched most of them. But if you're yet to watch some of them, now you can do it with ease. Stay tuned for more entertainment news, updates, gossip and interesting lists like these.

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Raazi , baby , naam shabana etc

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Madras cafe, Romeo Akbar Walter.

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