India's most patriotic films

Watching movies is something that almost everyone enjoys, especially us Indians who have a deep love for both Cricket and Films. And when it comes to patriotic films, the conversation takes a different turn altogether. In today’s article, “Best Indian Patriotic Movies: 15 Indian Films That Evoke National Pride,” we will be discussing these very patriotic films that, upon watching, will surely make the patriot inside you feel quite good.

The film has emotions, action, a good story, excellent acting, and of course, patriotism too. So, let’s take a look at the most amazing patriotic films of Bollywood that will give you goosebumps when you watch them.

1. Sardar Udham – 2021

This film is based on the life of Sardar Udham Singh. In this film, it is shown how Sardar Udham Singh assassinated in avenging the ‘Jallianwala Bagh Massacre’ by targeting the then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Michael Francis O’Dwyer.

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IMDb – 8.4

2. Border – 1997

The blockbuster film “Border” is based on the 1971 Indo-Pak war. In this film, a small unit of the Indian Army is depicted giving a tough fight to the Pakistani Army.

The film also portrays how soldiers make numerous sacrifices for their country.

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IMDb – 7.9

3. Mangal Pandey: The Rising – 2005

“Mangal Pandey: The Rising” is a historical biographical film that is based on the life of Mangal Pandey. He was the one who initiated the revolt against British rule in 1857.

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IMDb – 6.5

4. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha – 2001

The film is based on the love story of Indian Tara Singh and Pakistani Sakeena. Along with entertaining you, this film will also make you aware of the atrocities and hardships faced by people during the partition.

In this film, it is shown how Tara Singh goes to Pakistan to bring back his love, Sakeena.

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IMDb – 7.3

5. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero – 2004

You should definitely watch this film based on the life of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the leader of the Indian National Army. The film depicts how a young nationalist freedom fighter emerges, who establishes his own army to fight against the British.

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IMDb – 7.6

6. The Tashkent Files – 2019

You should definitely watch the film based on the mysterious death of our country’s 2nd Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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IMDb – 8.1

7. Swades – 2004

One of Shah Rukh Khan’s best films, “Swades,” is based on an Indian scientist at NASA. He returns to his village and people with a sense of patriotism to do something for them.

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IMDb – 8.2

8. The Legend of Bhagat Singh – 2002

Whenever the stories of our freedom fighters are recounted, the name of Bhagat Singh will certainly be mentioned. This film portrays the story of the freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, who, at the young age of 23, was executed for his stance against British rule.

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IMDb – 8.1

9. Uri: The Surgical Strike – 2019

The film “Uri: The Surgical Strike” was a huge box office success. It is based on India’s military action carried out in POK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir). This military action by India was conducted in retaliation to a terrorist attack carried out by Pakistan in 2016.

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IMDb – 8.2

10. RRR – 2022

The movie “RRR” is based on the fictional story of Indian revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem.

In this film, the British capture a tribal girl, and then Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem trying to rescue her from the British and bring her back.

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IMDb – 7.8

11. LOC: Kargil – 2003

The film based on the 1999 Indo-Pak war tells you about the Indian Army’s operation ‘Vijay’. It’s a true story about pushing back the Pakistanis from the Line of Control (LoC) on the Indian side.

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IMDb – 5.4

12. Shershaah – 2021

The film “Shershaah,” released in 2021, is based on the true story of Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Vikram Batra. He courageously led his team during the Kargil War.

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IMDb – 8.3

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13. Lagaan – 2001

In this film, a group of farmers from the Colonial era is shown. They challenged the British to a game of cricket and set a condition that if the villagers won, they would not have to pay high taxes.

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IMDb – 8.1

14. Rang De Basanti – 2006

This film depicts a group of friends who assist an English woman in creating a documentary about Indian freedom fighters. During this process, the group of friends is deeply influenced by the lives of the freedom fighters.

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IMDb – 8.1

15. Kranti – 1981

The blockbuster film “Kranti” is based on the lives of four individuals who led the war against British rule.

The film’s performance, direction, story, and screenplay have been highly praised.

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IMDb – 7.3

Special Mention

Gandhi – 1982 (Hollywood)

This Hollywood film is based on the life of one of the important leaders of the Indian freedom movement, Gandhi.

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IMDb – 8

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Conclusion

In the list of Best Indian Patriotic Movies, these were the top 15 patriotic and independence-related Bollywood movies. There are many more movies like the ones mentioned in this list that will give you goosebumps. Example –

  • Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi – 2019
  • Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar – 2000
  • Sardar – 1993
  • Chittagong – 2012
  • 23rd March 1931: Shaheed

Films of this kind help us to get closer to understanding the lives and sacrifices of our country’s freedom fighters. If you liked this article “Best Indian Patriotic Movies” be sure to share it with your fellow movie lovers.

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