Where to Watch the 15 Best Ranbir Kapoor Movies (including Animal)

Ranbir Kapoor has carved his niche in Bollywood by taking on mainstream projects like Brahmastra (2022) while challenging himself with the criminally underrated financial comedy Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009) and physically demanding performances in Sanju (2018) and, more recently, Animal (2023).

Ranbir the Romantic

An early stint as an assistant director on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s drama Black led to Kapoor starring in the director’s next project Saawariya (2007). While the romantic drama underperformed, Kapoor was on his way to prove his worth as a charming leading man. And this is what he did, playing a casanova in Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and a gullible lover boy in Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani (2009).

However, he could sometimes let go of his heroism in favour of a more naive charm. Just take the case of Barfi (2012) with Kapoor’s heavily acclaimed performance as a Chaplin-esque drifter caught up in a love triangle. Some of his best romances were also the best Deepika Padukone movies, like Tamasha (2015) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013).

Wake Up Sid, Brahmastra and more: How Ayan Mukherji shaped Ranbir’s career

To get top billing in out-of-the-box ideas, Kapoor didn’t need to rely on arthouse projects. Instead, even his mainstream hits could carry some emotionality that other commercial Bollywood movies couldn’t touch upon at the time. Wake Up Sid (2009) is a case in point. The directorial debut of Ayan Mukherji found Kapoor playing a wealthy immature manchild who gets a new lease on life when he befriends an older woman with more responsibilities.

Themes of adulting return in the form of Kapoor’s Bunny in the aforementioned Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, another Kapoor-Mukherji collab that defined 2010s-era Bollywood. The next decade welcomed the start of Mukherji’s long-gestating fantasy superhero project Brahmastra. Kicking off the so-called “Astraverse”, Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva (2022) found the actor playing the fire-creating hero Shiva, one of Bollywood’s rare superheroes.

Sanju and Animal: How Ranbir redefined antiheroes

Performances in Rockstar (2011) and the political thriller Raajneeti (2010) offered an early glimpse at Ranbir Kapoor’s affinity for playing morally grey heroes. Kapoor took this antiheroism up a notch when he was roped in to play controversial filmstar Sanjay Dutt in Sanju (2018). The Rajkumar Hirani movie was a semi-biographical take on Dutt’s life and found Kapoor playing a foul-mouthed, drug-addicted actor who is arrested on suspicion of terrorism.

But still, Kapoor’s take on Sanjay Dutt wasn’t as big a “walking red flag” as Ranvijay "Vijay" Balbir Singh in his blood-soaked crime drama Animal (2023). Despite the movie polarizing critics, Animal won over people chiefly for Kapoor’s performance as an aggressively violent heir to a business company.

Animal’s Vijay is the way he is because of the toxic relationship he shares with his authoritarian father. The character opened up a new chapter in Kapoor’s career, implying that maybe the smiling boy from Saawariya is eager to take on more challenging roles with darker undertones.

How Rockstar still endures as Ranbir Kapoor’s best movie

Barfi can be a strong contender for showcasing Kapoor’s comedic charm. But Rockstar remains a watershed moment in his career, thanks to his emotional portrayal of a tortured artist. The duality of an artist is more than visible in this 2011 blockbuster as Kapoor captures the metamorphosis of a dreamy-eyed boy who becomes a larger-than-life star but at a personal cost. His performance’s impact can be seen in how he won both Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and Best Actor (Critics’ Choice) for Rockstar.

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  1. Rockstar

    Rockstar

    2011

    IMDB 7.7 (48k)

    #1

    College student Janardhan is a simpleton who desperately seeks inspiration for the musician inside him. Although heartbreak helps him reach his goal, it also leads him to self-destruction.

  2. Barfi!

    Barfi!

    2012

    IMDB 8.1 (86k)

    #2

    Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.

  3. Wake Up Sid

    Wake Up Sid

    2009

    IMDB 7.6 (33k)

    #3

    Wake Up Sid! is the story of a lazy Mumbai college student who does absolutely nothing, with a turn of events will Sid realize his potential in this world and become a success in the fast-paced life of Mumbai.

  4. Sanju

    Sanju

    2018

    IMDB 7.7 (52k)

    #4

    Sanju explores some of the most crucial chapters from movie star Sanjay Dutt’s dramatic and controversial real life. It gives a lowdown on his tryst with drugs and his trials and tribulations in the Arms Acts case and the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

  5. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

    #5

    Bunny and Naina meet when they graduate from college and again in their late 20s.

  6. Tamasha

    Tamasha

    2015

    IMDB 7.3 (31k)

    #6

    Meeting while on vacation, Ved and Tara sense a connection but vow to keep their real identities a secret. Years later, their paths cross again.

  7. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year

    #7

    Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year is the sometimes thoughtless, sometimes thoughtful story of a fresh graduate trying to find a balance between the maddening demands of the 'professional' way, and the way of his heart - and stumbling upon a crazy way which turned his world upside down, and his career right side up. Welcome to the world of sales boss!

  8. Animal

    Animal

    2023

    IMDB 6.3 (81k)

    #8

    The hardened son of a powerful industrialist returns home after years abroad and vows to take bloody revenge on those threatening his father's life.

  9. Brahmāstra Part One: Shiva

    #9

    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.

  10. Raajneeti

    Raajneeti

    2010

    IMDB 7.1 (18k)

    #10

    It is the story of a fiercely fought election campaign, where money power and corruption are the accepted norms, and where treachery and manipulation are routinely used weapons. As the personal drama of these conflict-ridden characters unfolds against this gritty backdrop, love and friendship become mere baits, and relationships get sacrificed at the altar of political alignments. The darkness that rises from their souls threatens to envelope all that they hold precious. Until eventually, in the crescendo of increasing violence, the line between good and evil blurs, making it impossible to distinguish heroes from villains. Raajneeti is the story of Indian democracy. And its ugly underside. It is about politics. And beyond.

  11. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

    Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

    2016

    IMDB 5.8 (25k)

    #11

    Ayan falls in love with his soulmate, Alizeh, but she doesn’t reciprocate the feeling. Later, a relationship with Saba helps him realize Alizeh’s value in his life, irrespective of their relationship status.

  12. Bachna Ae Haseeno

    Bachna Ae Haseeno

    2008

    IMDB 6.2 (12k)

    #12

    Raj is a heartbreaker. His love stories with Mahi, Radhika and Gayatri finally teach him about love and life in their own sweet, sexy and sassy way.

  13. Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar

    #13

    Madness ensues when a 'player' in the world of romantic relationships finds a girl who's a worthy opponent. A story of love where the battle is of wits.

  14. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

    #14

    When his love interest doesn't show up for a meeting, a man and his friends go to Goa in order to find her, where they discover she loves someone else.

  15. Jagga Jasoos

    Jagga Jasoos

    2017

    IMDB 6.4 (11k)

    #15

    A gifted teenage detective searches for his missing father with his ladylove assistant.