25 Best Aamir Khan Movies and Where to Watch Them

The face of versatility in mainstream Bollywood, Aamir Khan found early success in the tragic romance Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and the arthouse drama Raakh (for which he even bagged a National Award special mention). But nobody in the industry anticipated the immense range Khan would showcase as he flirted with all sorts of characters and storylines in his diversely storied career.

Described by the press as an eccentric genius, Khan has shown his lighter side with classic performances in Dil Chahta Hai and Secret Superstar while also testing his emotional limits in gut-wrenching performances like the ones in Ghajini and Talaash. Playing around with both mainstream and niche audiences, Khan also holds the distinction of starring in one of India’s very few Oscar nominees (Lagaan in this case). Here’s a glance at his best work as an actor. 

Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood 

Aamir Khan is often described as a “perfectionist” because of the extent to which he can go to ace his role. The 1990s showcased his chameleon-like abilities in emulating diverse tones in his career. On one hand, he could display slapstick silliness with Chaplin-esque precision in Andaz Apna Apna and on the other, he could capture the moral trials and tribulations of a hardened policeman in Sarfarosh. 

By the 2000s, Khan started separating himself from formulaic Bollywood tropes, unlike peers like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. His movies were still hits at the box office but they carried a social sensitivity that no other big Bollywood star could portray at the time. This is evident from some fine examples like Taare Zameen Par which opened up the conversation on dyslexia in India, 3 Idiots which addressed academic pressure in engineering colleges, and PK which took sarcastic jabs at religious orthodoxy. The fact that Khan reads a script thoroughly before signing up for any project just shows the extent of his creative involvement.

The King of Physical Transformations

In terms of his physical commitment to the craft, Khan is also Bollywood’s answer to Christian Bale. Starting with his eight-pack abs phase in Ghajini, Khan has followed strict dietary regimens to achieve stunning physical transformations in most of his major roles in the 2010s. While his toned body was in full display as a naked alien in PK, a young college student in 3 Idiots, and a master thief in Dhoom 3, it was Dangal that marked the zenith of his physicality. 

To portray an older version of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, Khan gained 30 kgs and changed his accent. Then, he lost all of that weight to portray a leaner and more muscular version of Phogat in his early 20s. Khan’s Dangal transformation is reminiscent of how Bale lost immense weight for The Machinist and then quickly gained muscle for Batman Begins. One can only wonder what health tips these two acting heavyweights will discuss if they ever meet!

Why is 3 Idiots Aamir Khan’s best movie?

While Aamir Khan has starred in many modern classics, 3 Idiots seems to offer the complete package. Despite being in his mid-40s, he nails the portrayal of the wide-eyed scientific prodigy Rancho who is still remembered as one of Hindi cinema’s most likable heroes. The Rajkumar Hirani movie is also backed by anti-academic pressure sentiments that resonated with audiences across all age groups in India. 3 Idiots bears testimony to Khan’s goal of crafting family-friendly entertainment with some sort of underlying social message.

Where can you stream Aamir Khan’s filmography?

Aamir Khan’s movies can be streamed on Netflix and Prime along with Indian platforms like ZEE5.

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  1. 3 Idiots

    3 Idiots

    2009

    IMDB 8.4 (430k)

    #1

    Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like "Rancho." From the moment he arrives at India's most prestigious university, Rancho's outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down—along with the lives of his two newfound best friends. Together, they make life miserable for "Virus," the school’s uptight and heartless dean. But when Rancho catches the eye of the dean's daughter, Virus sets his sights on flunking out the "3 idiots" once and for all.

  2. Like Stars on Earth

    Like Stars on Earth

    2007

    IMDB 8.3 (205k)

    #2

    Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and neatness. Ishaan cannot seem to get anything right in class; he is then sent to boarding school, where his life changes forever.

  3. PK

    PK

    2014

    IMDB 8.1 (199k)

    #3

    A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, the man's innocent questions and childlike curiosity take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting go.

  4. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

    #4

    In 1890s India, an arrogant British commander challenges the harshly taxed residents of Champaner to a high-stakes cricket match.

  5. Dangal

    Dangal

    2016

    IMDB 8.3 (208k)

    #5

    Dangal is an extraordinary true story based on the life of Mahavir Singh and his two daughters, Geeta and Babita Phogat. The film traces the inspirational journey of a father who trains his daughters to become world class wrestlers.

  6. Ghajini

    Ghajini

    2008

    IMDB 7.3 (66k)

    #6

    A man suffering from anterograde amnesia as a result of a violent attack in the past sets out to avenge his girlfriend's death with the aid of photographs, notes and tattoos all over his body.

  7. Secret Superstar

    Secret Superstar

    2017

    IMDB 7.8 (29k)

    #7

    A talented teenage singer-songwriter living amid domestic abuse becomes a YouTube sensation after a video in which she hides her identity goes viral.

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  8. Dil Chahta Hai

    Dil Chahta Hai

    2001

    IMDB 8.1 (75k)

    #8

    Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.

  9. Rang De Basanti

    Rang De Basanti

    2006

    IMDB 8.1 (122k)

    #9

    After a group of friends graduate from Delhi University, they listlessly haunt their old campus, until a British filmmaker casts them in a film she's making about freedom fighters under British rule. Although the group is largely apolitical, the tragic death of a friend owing to local government corruption awakens their patriotism. Inspired by the freedom fighters they represent in the film, the friends collectively decide to avenge the killing.

  10. Andaz Apna Apna

    Andaz Apna Apna

    1994

    IMDB 8.0 (55k)

    #10

    Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal.

  11. Sarfarosh

    Sarfarosh

    1999

    IMDB 8.1 (26k)

    #11

    When terrorists kill a cop's brother and disable his father, he fights back against the smuggling of guns and drugs which plagues his country.

  12. Raakh

    Raakh

    1989

    IMDB 7.1 (1k)

    #12

    After witnessing the public humiliation & abuse of a female friend, a young man vows to avenge her by going after the hoodlums responsible. he is guided by a burnt out, cynical cop, who shows him the ropes as well as the realities of vigilante life.

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  13. Talaash

    Talaash

    2012

    IMDB 7.2 (44k)

    #13

    A cop, investigating the mysterious death of a filmstar, meets a sex-worker, while he faces some personal problems psychologically. The mystery connects these people in a way, that ultimately changes their lives.

  14. Earth

    Earth

    1998

    IMDB 7.6 (8k)

    #14

    It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

  15. Fanaa

    Fanaa

    2006

    IMDB 7.1 (34k)

    #15

    Zooni Ali Beg is a blind Kashmiri girl who travels without her parents for the first time with a dance troupe to Delhi to perform in a ceremony for independence day. On her journey, she meets Rehan Khan, a casanova and tour guide who flirts with her. Although her friends warn Zooni about him, she cannot resist falling in love with him and he takes her on a private tour of New Delhi. But there is more to Rehan than meets the eye and Zooni will have to make a heartbreaking decision.

  16. Raja Hindustani

    Raja Hindustani

    1996

    IMDB 6.1 (8k)

    #16

    This is a story of a handsome young taxi driver, Raja, who falls in love with a beautiful rich girl, Aarti. Despite her family's disapproval Aarti marries Raja and goes to live with him in his village. Aarti's stepmother, uncle and cousin weave a web of deception to split them apart. Will Aarti realize that her stepmother is deceiving her? Will Raja and Aarti ever get back together?

  17. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

    #17

    Both Dhanraj Singh and Randhir Singh are two bitter and old time enemies. They faced a disastrous situation when their children, Raj and Rashmi fall deeply in love. They openly declare their hatred for one another and will do anything in their power, even kill - but they will not accept their children's choice. But Raj and Rashmi are dedicated to their love and are not willing to accept the fact that their fathers are mutual enemies.

  18. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

    #18

    Ramlal Sharma lives a poor life-style with two sons Ratanlal Sharma and Sanjaylal Sharma. Both sons attend Model School for the poorer folks. Rantanlal excels at everything he does including his studies and outdoor activities while Sanjaylal is a no good slacker who loves to enjoy himself with his friends and have everything done without any hard work. Both sons run a small café providing eatable

  19. Dhobi Ghat

    Dhobi Ghat

    2010

    IMDB 7.0 (13k)

    #19

    Arun is a reclusive and lonely modern art painter. Shai is an American banker who is on a visit to Mumbai. Munna is a washerboy also living near Arun and Yasmin. The movie is about these four characters from different class of society and how the lives of four characters are intertwined.

  20. Dhoom 3

    Dhoom 3

    2013

    IMDB 5.4 (48k)

    #20

    To avenge his father's death, a circus entertainer trained in magic and acrobatics turns thief to take down a corrupt bank in Chicago. Two cops from Mumbai are assigned to the case.