When we hear about the spy, one name that comes to our mind is our intelligence agency R&AW, which takes care of the nation from behind the scenes.
If you are interested to watch how Intelligence agencies like (RAW, IB & ISI) work covertly to safeguard their nation, this is the right place because here we are listing the Best Spy Thriller Movies that Bollywood has made over the years, from where you will get a little idea about the spy agencies.
Bollywood Spy Thriller Movies List
You will find these Spy movies on online streaming platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, etc. I will give you the respective OTT platform names in the Movie details list with IMDb Ratings.
1- Madras Cafe
John Abraham starrer Madras Cafe is one of our top films on the list, John is playing an Indian army officer named Major Vikram Singh, who is appointed by R&AW to carry out operations in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
It explores the story of the ’90s Civil War in Sri Lanka. Shoojit Sircar directed this period war film. It got two National film awards in the category of Location Sound Recording and Sound Design. The IMDb rating is 7.7/10, It is available on the giant digital platform Netflix.
This spy thriller is written as well as helmed by Neeraj Pandey. It revolves around the mission Baby which was in response to the 2008, 26/11 attacks. It is a critically acclaimed film that has an IMDb rating of 8 out of 10.
Baby has an ensemble star cast of Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, south actor Baahubali fame Rana Daggubati, veteran actor Danny Denzongpa & Anupam Kher, and Method Actor Kay Kay Menon. It is available on the Disney+Hotstar App.
On the no.3 spot, we have the 5 national film awards winner film Raazi, which was released in the year 2018, a 35-40 CR budget movie that grossed Rs 197 crores worldwide at the box office.
It revolves around Alia Bhatt (Raazi) who upon her father’s request marries a Pakistani officer, to pass crucial information to India. It is available on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video, the IMDb rating is 7.8/10.
4- Romeo Akbar Walter
John Abraham is playing an R&AW agent Rehamatullah Ali aka Romeo, Akbar Malik & Walter Khan, who works as an undercover agent for R&AW in Pakistan and later reaches the officer post.
Directed by Robbie Grewal, available on the streaming platform Netflix. the IMDb rating of this spy thriller is 6.6 out of 10. It is made under the production of Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.
5- Naam Shabana
Naam Shabana is the prequel of Akshay Kumar starrer Baby, The IMDb rating is 6.5 out of 10, Helmed by Shivam Nair and bankrolled by Shital Bhatia in association with Aruna Bhatia under the banner of Plan C Studios the collab of Cape of Good Films.
It was released in Hindi along with its dubbed version in Tamil and Telugu on 31 March 2017. you can find it on the homegrown digital platform Zee 5.
6- Ek Tha Tiger
Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger explores a mission in which Salman, an R&AW agent, has to get crucial information before Pakistan gets it, but he got deviated when he met a girl Zoya, who is an ISI agent.
Though it has an IMDb rating of 5.5 out of 10, the film was the highest grosser of the year 2012, collecting around Rs 325 crores at the box office. Directed by Kabir Khan who also wrote the story along with Red FM’s Gaon connection fame Neelesh Mishra. It is available on the giant streaming platform Amazon Prime.
It stars Saif Ali Khan as Captain Daniyal Khan of Rajputana Rifles, and Katrina Kaif a former RAW agent playing Nawaz Mistry in the lead roles. Phantom is available on the OTT platform Netflix, It was released on 28 Aug 2015.
Bankrolled by Sajid Nadiadwala along with Sajid Nadiadwala and made under the production of UTV Motion Pictures in association with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.
8- Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
The story revolves around detective Byomkesh Bakshi, a famous fictional character created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, a Bengali writer. It stars Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput as the main lead character BB.
Directed by Dibakar Banerjee and made under the production of the big banner Yash Raj Films. It is available on the Amazon Prime Video OTT platform. IMDb Rating is 7.7/10.
This period drama explores a past event when India conducted a Nuclear Test under the former P.M Atal Bihari Bajpayee in 1998, John Abraham in the role of IPS officer from the R&AW as Ashwat Raina, who is the main force behind Nuclear tests.
You will find Parmanu on the streaming platform Netflix. The IMDb rating is 7.7 out of 10. It is made under the banner of Zee Studios in association with JA Entertainment and KYTA Productions.
10- Rocky Handsome
John Abraham is playing a former R&AW agent playing the character Kabir Ahlawat aka Rocky. The IMDb rating is 6.9/10, helmed by Force (2011) fame Nishikant Kamat. You will find it on the streaming service Sony Liv.
It is a remake of the Korean film The Man From Nowhere (2010). Made under the banner of JA Entertainment with Azure Entertainment, T-Series is the distributor and bankrolled by John Abraham and Sunil Khetrapal.
11- Bell Bottom
Ranjit M. Tewari’s this spy thriller hasn’t pulled many footfalls towards the cinema halls but became quite famous among the spy genre fans. The film is titled “Bell Bottom” and stars Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta, and Huma Qureshi in the main lead roles. The film is inspired by the real-life hijacking events in the country by Khalistani terrorists during the 1980’s such as Indian Airlines flights 423,405 and 421.