The Best Movies Directed by Kabir Khan and Where to Watch Them

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With just over seven feature films to his name, Kabir Khan has not only emerged as one of mainstream Bollywood’s most bankable directors but also one of its most diverse voices. From poignant narratives like Kabul Express and New York to melodramatic entertainers like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Ek Tha Tiger, here’s an ultimate list of the best Kabir Khan movies and a handy guide to stream them all.

Where can you stream Kabir Khan’s filmography?

Prime Video and Netflix are abundant in Kabir Khan movies to watch although Hotstar and Apple (only for renting) can be helpful at times. Apart from directing movies, Khan also helmed The Forgotten Army- Azaadi Ke Liye, a period military drama recounting the exploits of Indian National Army soldiers allied with Japanese forces in World War II. The single-season show is available to stream on Prime Video.

Kabul Express and New York: Kabir Khan’s Early Films

Kabir Khan loves taking on socio-political issues in the Indian subcontinent, a hallmark in his directing career that is evident from his earliest films Kabul Express and New York. The former is one of the most underrated Yash Raj Films productions to watch, exploring the journey of two Indian journalists traversing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Instead of relying on stereotypical depictions of this conflict-ridden territory, Khan’s direction incorporated a more empathetic approach while addressing religious fundamentalism, humanised militants, and the current state of war reporting.

While not enduring as a commercial success, Kabul Express made Khan known among critics’ circles and gave way to his sophomore feature New York. Reuniting him with Kabul Express actor John Abraham and featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Katrina Kaif as co-leads, New York touched upon the Islamophobic racism faced by brown immigrants in a post-9/11 America. The film has only aged better with time.

From Tiger to Bajrangi: Kabir Khan’s Collaborations with Salman Khan

When it comes to minting box-office gold, Salman Khan has proven to be a lucky charm for Khan (the director). Tubelight is one exception with its mixed reviews but it was the two Khans’ collaboration Ek Tha Tiger that spawned the successful YRF Spy Universe franchise. The 2012 espionage thriller found Salman Khan playing an undercover spy who falls for his Pakistani counterpart (Katrina Kaif) in a high-stakes mission.

Kabir Khan’s second effort with the Bollywood megastar amped up the emotions with Bajrangi Bhaijaan, yet again touching upon cross-border peace as the titular Indian protagonist takes it upon himself to help a Pakistani girl reach her home.

'83 and Phantom: Continued Experimentation

Following the blockbuster legacy of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Khan is still not comfortable sticking to one formula. So, he revisited his multi-country shooting schedules and affinity for the spy genre with the terrorism-themed action thriller Phantom. His latest venture has been 2021’s sports drama ‘83 that recounts the Indian cricket team’s road to their first-ever World Cup victory. With Ranveer Singh playing the then-captain Kapil Dev and an ensemble of character actors as the rest of the men in blue, ‘83 showed Khan’s skills at helming biographical narratives.

Why is Bajrangi Bhaijaan Kabir Khan’s best movie to watch?

Offering a shockingly emotional turn by Salman Khan in the lead, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is Kabir Khan’s magnum opus for how well it captures all tropes of the director’s work. Instead of fixating on the enmity between the neighbouring countries of India and Pakistan, Khan offers a new hope with this tale of a gullible Indian man undertaking an arduous journey just so that a Pakistani girl can reunite with her parents. The movie further benefits greatly from Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s supporting act as a friendly Pakistani journalist and a tear jerking third act.

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  1. Bajrangi Bhaijaan

    Bajrangi Bhaijaan


    IMDB 8.1 (97k)


    A young mute girl from Pakistan loses herself in India with no way to head back. A devoted man with a magnanimous spirit undertakes the task to get her back to her motherland and unite her with her family.

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  2. Kabul Express

    Kabul Express


    IMDB 6.8 (3k)


    Five people - two Indian journalists, an American journalist, an Afghan guide and a Pakistani soldier who takes them all hostage - are taken on a 48-hour journey into Afghanistan in a jeep called the Kabul Express, a special and unlikely bond developing between them along the way.

  3. New York

    New York


    IMDB 6.8 (12k)


    New York is a contemporary story of friendship set against the larger than life backdrop of a city often described as the centre of the world. Omar has gone abroad for the first time in his life and soon enough he begins to see and love America through the eyes of his American friends - Sam and Maya. It is the story of these three friends discovering a new world together.

  4. Ek Tha Tiger

    Ek Tha Tiger


    IMDB 5.6 (38k)


    An Indian agent is sent to observe the actions of a scientist but the mission becomes complicated when he falls in love with the scientist's Pakistani caretaker.

  5. '83



    IMDB 7.5 (40k)


    On the 25th of June 1983, the Lord’s Cricket Ground witnessed one of the biggest underdog stories in the history of sports. Fourteen inspired players - led by a man's self-belief and conviction - fought against all odds and orchestrated India’s greatest sporting triumph by beating the two-time World Champions West Indies.

  6. Phantom



    IMDB 5.9 (9k)


    Phantom is an action thriller that unfolds across various countries around the world. The plot revolves around protagonist Daniyal, whose journey to seek justice takes him from India to Europe, America and the volatile Middle East. However, he finds out that in a mission like this, there is always a price to pay, in this case, a very personal price.

  7. Tubelight



    IMDB 3.9 (21k)


    Laxman Singh Bisht is nicknamed tube light by his neighbours because he is feeble-minded. Despite being special, Laxman lives by one life-lesson; keep your faith alive and you can do almost anything, even stop a war.

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