Top List of Patriotic Movies to Watch Today

10 Best Indian Patriotic Movies of All Time

Ready to feel like a proud Indian and have fun with friends and family this Independence day? Just scroll through this list of the top patriotic movies and take your pick or go on a binge-watching spree if that’s more your style!

1. Jhansi Ki Rani

Jhansi Ki Rani was one of India’s most patriotic female figures who fought back bravely against the British Raj. The film is a box office hit and was directed by Ramesh Saigal in 1958. And there’s a reason it’s at the top of our Hindi patriotic movies list –  that’s because it’s amazing.

2. Haqueeqat

Directed by Chetan Anand in 1964, the film depicts the war story of India versus China and their first-ever clash in history. It chronicles the dark times and honours our martyrs and soldiers, and is one of the best war films till date.

3. Upkar

Manoj Kumar is the genius behind the film Upkar which narrates the tales of soldiers and farmers based on the slogan ‘Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan’. ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti’ was one of the songs in the film which became popular, making the film a smashing hit in the box office department.

4. Aiyaary

What happens when a mentee threatens to destroy the government and harm the integrity and welfare of the Indian Army? That’s what this heartwrenching and painful chronicle is all about. Aiyaary showcases the tales of Siddharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee in an action-packed style. You’ll definitely get the patriotic feeling when you watch it on Independence Day.

5. Raazi

Featuring Alia Bhatt, Raazi narrates the chronicles of an Indian girl who goes on to become a spy for the love of her country. Vicky Kaushal plays one of the lead roles in this film.

6. Parmanu

6. Parmanu

Ever wondered what life was like during the nuclear testing at Pokhran in 1998? Parmanu shows you this and makes you feel proud by visually presenting the achievements of Indian scientists and the Indian Army. The message of the film is that nothing is impossible to achieve when we’re united.

7. Gold

Do you like sports? The film Gold features Akshay Kumar and shows how India won it’s very first Olympic Medal after gaining independence. His performance was fantastic as he lead the Indian team to Olympic success.

8. Satyameva Jayate

If you’re a fan of CW and loved the Green Arrow, then it’s time to meet a new superhero – the desi vigilante who takes law in his own hands and fights crime like a boss. It’s action-packed, full of adrenaline-filled moments, and never gets boring even for a second.

9. The Legend of Bhagat Singh

The Legend of Bhagat Singh is a fantastic film which tells the tales of the three famous young Indian freedom fighters – Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru. It narrates the story of how they fought for our nation and willingly sacrificed their lives when the time arrived. This film will definitely fill you with pride and respect for our country.

10. Lagaan

Lagaan is a fun film that narrates the story of how Indian farmers challenge British officers in a cricket match in order to protect their crops and ensure their livelihood. It’s entertaining, has lots of drama, and will keep you entertained throughout the film.

So, this Independence day, grab some popcorn and enjoy the movies on this list with family and friends. These movies will give you a glimpse of what Indian soldiers and patriots went through to gain the freedom we enjoy today.

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#7 Haqeeqat 1964

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Haqeeqat is set against the Sino-Indian War of 1962, the film’s main plot concerns a small platoon of Indian soldiers in the hilly terrain of Ladakh who are considered dead but are rescued by Ladakhi tribesmen and by Capt. Bahadur Singh (Dharmendra). They are asked to retreat from their post (chowky) as the Chinese have surrounded them. Capt. Bahadur Singh and his girlfriend Angmo (Priya Rajvansh) die holding the Chinese at bay so that their comrades can retreat to safety. But even the retreating soldiers are heavily outnumbered and give up their lives for the country.

26. Pukar

Lata Mangeshkar singing a AR Rahman composition as a call for peace even as Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit stopped a townhall explosion in the nick of time, Santoshi’s film left us proud Indians.

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7. Rambo III

The Rambo franchise might have started off as a statement about veterans traumatized by the Vietnam War, but by Rambo III, it’s about a world in which a single American can show up in Afghanistan and immediately have the locals fighting to the death by his side. Rambo is also gifted with America-based superpowers: he can bring down helicopters with a bow and arrow, and easily outruns large fiery explosions. Sure it’s not realistic, but it’s an escape. And if fantasy Afghanistan ain’t your thing, you can always go for Sylvester Stallone’s other ode to America, Rocky IV, in which Rocky beats up a Communist while dressed in stars-and-stripes-patterned shorts.


Forget warfare, active or cold. When you want to examine the deep patriotism of a nation, turn to sports. MIRACLE represents a moment in American sports history that nobody thought would be possible. The Soviet Union, a powerhouse in ice hockey, fell to the upstart U.S. team in nailbiting fashion. Kurt Russell leads the squad that defied the odds in a movie that is a metaphor for many Americans for how our country came to power over the years. A moving and sentimental film, MIRACLE is also as ‘Merican as sports movies can get.

9. Lincoln (2012)

President Abraham Lincoln fights for passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. Lincoln was directed by Steven Spielberg and won two Oscars, including for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln.) It also stars Sally Field (as Mary Todd Lincoln), David Strathairn (William Seward) and Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens) Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language.

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#16 Tirangaa (1993)

Tirangaa is a story of Inspector Shivajirao Wagle

Tirangaa is a story of Inspector Shivajirao Wagle (Nana Patekar), and Brigadier Suryadev Singh (Raj Kumar) and their mission to save the country from being attacked by bombs, and the mysterious abduction of top scientists.

5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

After three sons of an American family are killed during World War II, Army Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) leads a rescue effort to find the fourth son before he, too, perishes. Saving Private Ryan was directed by Steven Spielberg and contains some of the most realistic (and gruesome) battle scenes ever filmed, including depictions of D-Day. It won five Oscars. It was inspired by the rescue of Sargent Frederick “Fritz” Niland in 1944. Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language.

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3. Air Force One

How could we leave out a movie that features a tough-talking, gun-toting president taking down a bunch of terrorists? Harrison Ford plays an American president whose plane is hijacked by evil Soviets. Being both the president and Harrison Ford, he knows that he has no choice but to hunt them all down himself. For reality to live up to this, President Obama would have had to fly into Pakistan himself and personally punch Osama bin Laden to death, perhaps while uttering some sort of badass line like “Jihad this.”


FORREST GUMP is a sentimental journey of one simple man through every major moment of modern American history. While it may be a bit saccharine, FORREST GUMP is still a movie that will pull tears from your eyes no matter how hard you try not to. Robert Zemeckis showcased amazing special effects to insert Tom Hanks into everything from Vietnam, meeting Presidents and John Lennon, to running across the country, all in the name of the girl he loves. There is certainly flag-waving in FORREST GUMP, but it is really more of a symbolic journey of our simple nation growing to adulthood.

28. The Ghazi Attack

India’s first underwater film tried to recreate a submarine war between the INS Vikrant and Pakistan submarine Ghazi, who in spite of the odds against them annihilated the Pakistanis.

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Watch all of these to feel all charged up about India!


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