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Bollywood's 10 Most Successful Cop Movies

Last updated on: August 11, 2014 19:08 IST

Image: Ajay Devgn in Singham Returns
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

Meet Bollywood's top cops!

We have seen some really good cop movies in Hindi cinema.

We have seen them in different flavours, and seen some sexy ones too.

This week, we'll get to see Ajay Devgn bring back his hugely popular cop character Singham, in Singham Returns

Will it join this list of the most successful cop movies? We'll know on August 15, when it releases.


Singham has become a brand today, and has reached cult status.

Most of that is thanks to a powerful script, fiery dialogues, Ajay Devgn's Angry Man, and of course, flying cars.

A large part is also thanks to its director Rohit Shetty.

Box office collection:  Rs 100 crore

Read the review here



Image: Salman Khan in Dabangg
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

As Chulbul Pandey, Salman Khan re-wrote history with his macho act in Dabangg.

Due credit to debutant director Abhinav Kashyap for the film's concept and vision.

Producer Arbaaz Khan then went and made it a hit franchise.

Box office collections: Rs 139 crores

Read the review here


Image: Amitabh Bahchan in Khakee
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

Amitabh Bachchan has always looked good in uniform, age no bar.

In Rajkumar Santoshi's Khakee, Amitabh played an older cop, who had to carry out an important mission along with Akshay Kumar and Tusshar Kapoor.

Box office collections: Rs 27 crores.

Read the review here


Image: Aamir Khan in Sarfarosh
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

Aamir Khan played the tough cop in Sarfarosh, who indulged in a bit of romance and music now and then.

We've seen Aamir in a slew of brilliant films, and Sarfarosh finds pride of place there.

Box office collections:  Rs 15 crores.

Read the review here

Tags: Sarfarosh

A Wednesday

Image: Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill and Aamir Bashir in A Wednesday
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

Solid word of mouth made sure people watched Neeraj Pandey's A Wednesday, and appreciated the well-made film.

It was a thrilling tale about a cop (Anupam Kher) chasing a nameless/faceless man (Naseeruddin Shah), who claimed that he had planted bombs in Mumbai. 

Box office collections: Rs 12 crores.

Read the review here


Image: Ajay Devgn in Gangaajal
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

Ajay Devgn has played a cop quite a few times. Besides Singham, the other film where he really excelled was Gangaajal.

A hard-hitting affair, based on true incidents, Gangaajal is also one of director Prakash Jha's best films.

Unfortunately, it did just average business at the box office.

Box office collection: Rs 10 crores.

Read the review here


Image: Manoj Bajpayee in Shool
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

Manoj Bajpayee's Shool (1999) came as quite a pleasant surprise.

The face off between Bajpayee and the villain Sayaji Shinde was as interesting as Shilpa Shetty's UP Bihar item number.

Easily one of the most authentic yet entertaining cop tales in Hindi cinema.

Box office collection: Rs 8 crores.

Read the review here

Ab Tak Chappan

Image: Nana Pateka in Ab Tak Chappan
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

Nana Patekar played it subtle -- yet very ruthless -- in Shimit Amin's Ab Tak Chappan.

Box office collections: Rs 8 crores.

Read the review here

Black Friday

Image: A still from Black Friday
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday was chilling, as it documented the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.

Kay Kay Menon's cop character was inspired from Rakesh Maria, who had cracked the case then.

Box office collections: Rs 5 crores.

Read the review here



Image: Arshad Warsi in Sehar
Joginder Tuteja/ in Mumbai

One of the best movies about men in uniform, Arshad Warsi-starrer Sehar was also one of the biggest flops in this genre.

Warsi came up with a supremely good cop act in this film with a terrific story.

Box office collection: Rs 2 crores.

Read the review here

Tags: Warsi