7 Greatest Indian Action Films of All Time

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Sholay (1975)

The Ramesh Sippy film made the villainous dacoit a memorable character, and produced action sequences atop trains and in ravines that would've done Sergio Leone very proud.

Thalapathi (1991)

Mani Ratnam directed Rajinikanth in this modern retelling of the story of Karna, that towering figure from the Mahabharata. The film revelled in some great action alongside powerful drama.

Virumaandi (2004)

Directed by and starring Kamal Haasan, the film followed a convict who is innocent of the crime he is imprisoned for, and punctuates the moody drama with gripping action.

Aaranya Kaandam (2011)

Thiagarajan Kumaraja directed this caper actioner about a consignment of drugs that causes mayhem in the lives of two gangs.

Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Anurag Kashyap rooted the violence of this warring families in drama in the milieu, eschewing grandiose moments for flashes of brilliant brutality.

Vada Chennai (2018)

Vetrimaaran and Dhanush collaborated on this violent story abouts warring gangsters in North Chennai and the carrom player who becomes the lynchpin of the duel.

RRR (2022)

S.S. Rajamouli reimagined the Indian freedom struggle through the eyes of two Indian revolutionaries and what might have been had they come together, delivering a swashbuckling film in his grandiose style.

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