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11 Best Indian Crime Thriller movies of the 21st Century

Best Indian crime thrillers

In the last 20 years, Indians have seen a lot of change in their cinema. Filmmakers have tried to present the audience with new stories every time. One genre which really evolved into something better has to be crime thrillers. People got to see authenticity, realism, actual brutality in the films which made the viewing experience hundred times enjoyable. Here are the 11 best Indian crime thriller movies of this century that made us stick to our seats till the very end.

Raatchasan (2018)

Arun, an aspiring film director under force circumstances have to take up the job of a Sub-Inspector after his father passes away. While Arun faces issues in adjusting to the lifestyle of a police officer, a series of mysterious brutal murders of school going girls happen in the city.Raatchasan

Director: Ram Kumar
Writer: Ram Kumar
Cast: Vishnu Vishal, Amala Paul and more.
Running time: 2 hour 50 minutes
Available on: MX Player, Sun NXT, Jio Cinema, YouTube (Hindi)
Language: Tamil

Vada Chennai (2018)

A young carrom player, Anbu from north Chennai becomes a reluctant participant in a war between two warring gangsters after a life altering moment.Vada Chennai

Director: Vetrimaaran
Writer: Vetrimaaran
Cast: Dhanush, Kishore Kumar G., Samuthirakani and more
Running time: 2 hour 44 minutes
Available on: Hotstar, YouTube (Hindi)
Language: Tamil

Black Friday (2004)

A film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved – police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.Black Friday

Director: Anurag Kashyap
Writers: Hussain Zaidi, Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Pawan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastav and more
Running time: 2 hour 23 minutes
Available on: Hotstar
Language: Hindi

Kaithi (2019)

Dilli, an ex-convict, endeavours to meet his daughter for the first time after leaving prison. However, his attempts are interrupted due to a drug raid planned by the Inspector.Kaithi

Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Writers: Lokesh Kanagaraj and Pon Parthiban(dialogues)
Cast: Karthi, Narain, Ramana and more
Running time: 2 hour 25 minutes
Available on: Hotstar
Language: Tamil

Vikram Vedha (2017)

A badass cop Vikram leads a special task force formed to eliminate Vedha’s gang running amok on the streets of Chennai, making a mockery of Law and Order.Vikram Vedha

Directors: Gayatri and Pushkar
Writers: Manikandan, Gayatri and Pushkar
Cast: R. Madhavan, Vijay Sethupathi and more
Running time: 2 hour 27 minutes
Available on: Hotstar
Language: Tamil

Thani Oruvan (2015)

Frustrated with Industrialists and Politicians ruining the nation by denying the availability of cheap medicines, IPS officer Mithran is on a self-conceived quest to find the head of this medicine-mafia to channel all his anger towards him.Thani Orivan

Director: Mohan Raja
Writers: A.N. Balakrishnan, Mohan Raja, D. Suresh
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy, Nayanthara and more
Running time: 2 hour 40 minutes
Available on: MX Player, Sun NXT, Jio Cinema
Language: Tamil

Drishyam (2013)

The film follows the struggle of Georgekutty and his family, who come under suspicion when Varun Prabhakar, the son of the Inspector-general of police, gets killed by the family after an attempt to physically harass Georgekutty’s daughter.Drishyam

Director: Jeethu Joseph
Writer: Jeethu Joseph
Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Asha Sarath and more
Running time: 2 hour 44 minutes
Available on: Hotstar, YouTube (Hindi)
Language: Malayalam

Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya (2019)

It follows the story of a Nellore-based detective whose life runs into danger when he starts investigating the case of a dead body abandoned near a railway track.Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya

Director: Swaroop RSJ
Writers: Naveen Polishetty and Swaroop RSJ
Cast: Naveen Polishetty, Shruti Sharma
Running time: 2 hour 23 minutes
Available on: Prime Video
Language: Telugu

Andhadhun (2018)

Based upon L’accordeur (The Piano Tuner), this film tells the story of a blind piano player who unwittingly becomes embroiled in the murder of a former film actor.Andhadhun

Director: Sriram Raghavan
Writers: Hemanth M Rao, Pooja Ladha Surti, Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar and Sriram Raghavan
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte and more
Running time: 2 hour 18 minutes
Available on: Netflix
Language: Hindi

Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2 (2012)

GoW is a two-part film centered on the coal mafia of Dhanbad(now in Jharkhand) and the underlying power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families. Its story spans 68 years from 1941 to 2009.Gangs of Wasseypur

Director: Anurag Kashyap
Writers: Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh, Sachin Ladia, Akhilesh Jaiswal and Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nawazzudin Siddiqui and more
Running time: 321 minutes (combined)
Available on: Netflix, Prime Video, MX Player, Voot Select and YouTube
Language: Hindi

Visaaranai (2015)

Four immigrant labourers are detained by the local state police, tortured and forced to admit to a crime they have no knowledge of. When all hope seems to be lost, a policeman from their hometown speaks on their behalf at the court hearing.Visaranai

Director: Vetrimaaran
Writers: Chandrakumar and Vetrimaaran
Cast: Dinesh, Samuthirakani and more
Running time: 1 hour 57 minutes
Available on: Netflix
Language: Tamil

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In the above list, only those movies are included which performed financially well on the box office as well as received the mass approvable from the nationwide audience. We know there are hundreds of good crime thrillers made in India but these eleven have outperformed other film in many ways. Feel free to share the names of your favourite crime thrillers with us.

Kumar Ujjal
Writer and Social Media manager of Infotonline.

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