15 Best Alia Bhatt Movies and Where to Watch Them

Nobody could have guessed Alia Bhatt’s dramatic range when she debuted as a spoilt schoolgirl in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year. With a gut-wrenching performance in her sophomore feature Highway, Bhatt proved that she was destined for greatness. With a stellar career including three Filmfare wins, supporting parts in record-breaking blockbusters like RRR, and even a Hollywood project for Netflix, Bhatt has firmly cemented her footing as one of modern Bollywood’s definitive heroines.

Critical acclaim with Highway, Udta Punjab and more

Feel-good rom-coms have been a staple for Alia Bhatt, as is evident from her playful turns in 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, and more. But every once in a while, Bhatt loves challenging herself with darker characters along with a social message or two. In Highway, she played a young girl who falls for her kidnapper while dealing with her childhood trauma. Dear Zindagi found her playing a clueless insomniac of a cinematographer who seeks solace in a free-spirited therapist. The movie was notable for talking about therapy at a time when mental health stigmas persisted in India.

Udta Punjab took on the titular Indian state’s drug menace with Bhatt playing a migrant labourer who is unexpectedly involved in a drug smuggling operation. Even Bhatt’s Netflix debut Darlings was a social drama, addressing the normalisation of domestic violence. But instead of relying on dark cynicism, Bhatt’s performance offered hope with Darlings turning into a satire on gender roles with the women finally getting their chance at giving misogynists a taste of their own medicine.

Hollywood debut with Heart of Stone

Joining contemporaries like Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt marked her Hollywood debut in the Netflix action thriller Heart of Stone. Featuring Gal Gadot as a secret agency operative, Heart of Stone also starred Bhatt as an antagonistic hacker who steals some covert intelligence secrets. The film polarised critics but trended on Netflix at the time of its release.

Why Gangubai Kathiawadi is Alia Bhatt’s best movie?

Two of Alia Bhatt’s greatest roles involve portraying real-life heroines: the Indian spy Sehmat Khan in Raazi and the sex worker-turned-social activist Gangubai Kothewali in Gangubai Kathiawadi. Alia Bhatt has showcased her chameleon-like dramatic prowess even in ensemble-driven movies like Udta Punjab and Gully Boy but Gangubai Kathiawadi proved how she can lead a narrative entirely on her shoulders. Driving home social messages on sexual exploitation, Bhatt took on a mainstream lead role with a nuanced sensitivity. While her debut Student of the Year allowed her to play a chirpy high-schooler effortlessly, Gangubai Kathiawadi marked a watershed moment in her career as a lead actress.

Even without Bhatt’s controlled and gritty performance, the movie has its own merits with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali proving once again his affinity for grandiose sets and his frequent cinematographer collaborator Sudeep Chatterjee turning 1960s-era Mumbai into an immersive dystopia.

Where can you stream Alia Bhatt’s filmography?

Most of Alia Bhatt’s best movies can be streamed on leading platforms like Netflix and Prime Video.

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  1. Gangubai Kathiawadi

    Gangubai Kathiawadi

    2022

    IMDB 7.8 (61k)

    #1

    Duped and sold to a brothel, a young woman fearlessly reclaims her power, using underworld connections to preside over the world she was once a pawn in.

  2. Raazi

    Raazi

    2018

    IMDB 7.7 (33k)

    #2

    An Indian spy is married to a Pakistani military officer during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

  3. Highway

    Highway

    2014

    IMDB 7.6 (30k)

    #3

    Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.

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  4. Udta Punjab

    Udta Punjab

    2016

    IMDB 7.7 (32k)

    #4

    Drug abuse and the darker side of Punjab rear their heads in the intense, interwoven tales of a policeman, a doctor, a migrant worker, and a rockstar.

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  5. Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

    #5

    Flamboyant Punjabi Rocky and intellectual Bengali journalist Rani fall in love despite their differences. After facing family opposition, they decide to live with each other's families for three months before getting married.

  6. Darlings

    Darlings

    2022

    IMDB 6.6 (21k)

    #6

    It follows the lives of two women as they find courage and love in exceptional circumstances.

  7. Gully Boy

    Gully Boy

    2019

    IMDB 7.9 (37k)

    #7

    A coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai.

  8. Kapoor & Sons

    Kapoor & Sons

    2016

    IMDB 7.7 (28k)

    #8

    Returning home to visit their ill grandfather, two estranged brothers must confront their unresolved rivalry while their parents’ marriage frays.

  9. Dear Zindagi

    Dear Zindagi

    2016

    IMDB 7.4 (43k)

    #9

    An unconventional thinker helps a budding cinematographer gain a new perspective on life.

  10. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

    #10

    A girl from Ambala, Kavya Pratap Singh, is about to be married. When she visits Delhi to shop for her 'dhai lakh ka Ghagra'(wedding dress worth Rs. 2.5 Lakh), she meets Humpty Sharma, a carefree Delhiite, and falls in love with him.

  11. RRR

    RRR

    2022

    IMDB 7.8 (165k)

    #11

    A fictional history of two legendary revolutionaries' journey away from home before they began fighting for their country in the 1920s.

  12. 2 States

    2 States

    2014

    IMDB 6.9 (26k)

    #12

    A man and a woman come from two very different cultural backgrounds, and decide that they won't get married until they convince their parents. As feared, differences between the families pose a hurdle.

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  13. Student of the Year

    Student of the Year

    2012

    IMDB 5.2 (19k)

    #13

    Several alumni reminisce about their final year at St. Theresa's College and the events that shaped their lives.

  14. Brahmāstra Part One: Shiva

    #14

    The story of Shiva – a young man on the brink of an epic love, with a girl named Isha. But their world is turned upside down when Shiva learns that he has a mysterious connection to the Brahmāstra... and a great power within him that he doesn’t understand just yet - the power of Fire.

  15. Heart of Stone

    Heart of Stone

    2023

    IMDB 5.7 (57k)

    #15

    An intelligence operative for a shadowy global peacekeeping agency races to stop a hacker from stealing its most valuable — and dangerous — weapon.