30 Best Saif Ali Khan Movies and Where to Watch Them

While Bollywood is dominated by the three Khans (Aamir, Salman, Shah Rukh), there is one Khan who might not match their stardom but has still constantly experimented with his craft and only matured further with age. This is the definitive list of Saif Ali Khan’s best movies along with a guide to stream them.

Where to watch Saif Ali Khan’s best movies?

Most of Saif Khan’s movies are available to watch on leading streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime Video along with other Indian-centric services like Jio Cinema, ZEE5, Eros Now, Shemaroo and more.

Saif Ali Khan’s film career at a glance

Saif Ali Khan was literally born into royalty as his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was the Nawab of the Pataudi family. With his mother Sharmila Tagore being a prominent big screen heroine of her time, Khan was destined for Bollywood.

He debuted with the ensemble action drama Parampara (1993) but garnered attention with the musical romance Yeh Dillagi (1994). His breakthrough came with the coming-of-age buddy comedy Dil Chahta Hai (2001) with his portrayal of a hopeless romantic cementing his position as a versatile actor.

Khan's early career saw him sharing space with other megastars while holding his own dramatic ground. Examples include the Shah Rukh Khan-fronted romantic drama Kal Ho Naa Ho  (2003) and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Othello adaptation Omkara (2006). Stepping in for Shakespeare’s Othello villain Iago, Khan won accolades for his portrayal of Langda Tyagi, a role breaking from his lover-boy image.

Following this, he balanced between mainstream and offbeat cinema. Race (2008) and its sequels displayed his flair for thrillers, while Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Cocktail (2012) highlighted his romantic side.

In the 2010s, Khan embraced more experimental roles, such as the titular hero in Agent Vinod (2012) and a zombie hunter in Go Goa Gone (2013). He received critical acclaim for the Bollywood remake of Jon Favreau’s Chef in which he played a chef rediscovering his passion. Khan also explored the digital space with Sacred Games (2018-2019), earning praise for his portrayal of a troubled cop.

Apart from acting, Khan ventured into production with Illuminati Films, co-producing successful films like Cocktail and Love Aaj Kal. His production house emphasized content-driven cinema. Khan's filmography reflects a blend of commercial success and artistic integrity, showcasing his evolution as an actor and a producer.

Saif Ali Khan’s TV Shows

It must be noted that this list includes his best movies and not his two OTT shows: Sacred Games (available on Netflix) and Tandav (available on Prime Video). While the latter political drama was mostly panned by critics and audiences, the former is a must-watch for fans of the actor. The neo-noir found Khan playing Sartaj Singh, a dutiful Mumbai cop who is embroiled in a national terror conspiracy.

With critics in awe of Khan’s nuanced performance along with that of his co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui (who played the underdog gangster Ganesh Gaitonde), Sacred Games is a cult classic today. Released as Netflix’s first Indian original, the series marked a career resurgence for Khan to take on more character roles and even garnered two International Emmy nominations.

Why is Omkara Saif Ali Khan’s best movie to watch?

Omkara is arguably one of the finest Shakespearean adaptations of the 2000s with writer-director Vishal Bhardwaj bringing the Bard’s romantic tragedy Othello to the crime-infested and politically corrupt hinterland of northern India. With Ajay Devgn playing a local enforcer and Kareena Kapoor Khan playing his romantic interest, it’s Saif Khan’s Langda Tyagi who stands out as the conspirator spewing venom between them. This was his breakout performance that proved Khan’s dramatic intensity, which would later be fleshed out in Sacred Games, Laal Kaptaan, Vikram Vedha and many other acclaimed works.

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  1. Omkara

    Omkara

    2006

    IMDB 8.0 (22k)

    #1

    Half-caste bandit Omkara Shukla abducts his lady love, Dolly Mishra, from her family. Thanks to his cleverness, he gets away with the kidnapping. A conspiracy, however, forms against him when he denies his right-hand man, Langda Tyagi, a promotion. Ultimately, this plot threatens not only his relationship with Dolly, but their lives and those of their associates as well.

  2. Go Goa Gone

    Go Goa Gone

    2013

    IMDB 6.6 (15k)

    #2

    A rave party off the coast of Goa goes horrifyingly and hilariously wrong when the island is overrun with zombies.

  3. Dil Chahta Hai

    Dil Chahta Hai

    2001

    IMDB 8.1 (75k)

    #3

    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.

  4. Kal Ho Naa Ho

    Kal Ho Naa Ho

    2003

    IMDB 7.9 (75k)

    #4

    An uptight MBA student falls for the charismatic new neighbor who charms her troubled family – but he has a secret that forces him to push her away.

  5. Hum Tum

    Hum Tum

    2004

    IMDB 7.0 (15k)

    #5

    The encounters of two people who run into each other on several occasions under circumstances ranging from friendly to hostile to loving. Along many years and countless run-ins, the two despise each other, befriend each other, and fall in love with each other—in no particular order.

  6. Laal Kaptaan

    Laal Kaptaan

    2019

    IMDB 7.3 (4k)

    #6

    In an 18th century setting, a Naga sadhu in India sets out on a journey across Bundelkhand to seek revenge for an injustice committed in the past.

  7. Parineeta

    Parineeta

    2005

    IMDB 7.2 (9k)

    #7

    Since childhood, Lolita has been in love with her next-door neighbor, Shekhar, whose father, Navinchandra, is a wealthy but heartless businessman. When she discovers Navinchandra's plan to seize her uncle's home and turn it into a hotel, she decides to seek help from Girish, a steel tycoon. Shekhar, however, suspects romantic motives are behind Lolita's entreaty.

  8. Salaam Namaste

    Salaam Namaste

    2005

    IMDB 6.1 (8k)

    #8

    Salaam Namaste is about two Indians who have left their houses to make a life on their own, and how they meet and how they tackle their own relationships and problems and overcome them themselves without their families

  9. Eklavya: The Royal Guard

    #9

    As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light.

  10. Vikram Vedha

    Vikram Vedha

    2022

    IMDB 7.1 (24k)

    #10

    A tough police officer sets out to track down and kill an equally tough gangster.

  11. Cocktail

    Cocktail

    2012

    IMDB 6.3 (15k)

    #11

    A shy simple traditional girl leaves her family in India for her new husband in London, where she meets a shameless flirt and a complicated party girl.

  12. Kurbaan

    Kurbaan

    2009

    IMDB 5.7 (5k)

    #12

    When a handsome young Indian couple (Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor) moves into the suburbs to claim their stake in the American dream, they are shocked to discover that they've become enmeshed in a secretive terrorist plot. But as tensions escalate, the bride begins to wonder if her husband has told her everything he knows.

  13. Kaalakaandi

    Kaalakaandi

    2018

    IMDB 6.2 (3k)

    #13

    Unfolding through a course of a night in Mumbai, Kaalakaandi showcases three parallel tracks — a man who discovers he has terminal illness decides to let go of his principles and live a little; a woman involved in a hit-and-run seeks redemption and two goons must decide if they can trust each other.

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  14. Ek Hasina Thi

    Ek Hasina Thi

    2004

    IMDB 7.5 (7k)

    #14

    A woman falls for a charming and mysterious businessman. The whirlwind romance turns sour when she is framed for his underworld crimes. Now, finally out of prison she is ready for sweet revenge.

  15. Being Cyrus

    Being Cyrus

    2005

    IMDB 7.1 (2k)

    #15

    The Sethna family resides in the hills of Panchgani. A retired sculptor Dinshaw heads the family of Dinshaw's wife Katy , brother Farokh, sister-in-law Tina and second brother Fardoonjee . When the bizarre Cyrus comes into their lives, it is soon revealed that things aren't quite right with the Sethna family

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  16. Darna Mana Hai

    Darna Mana Hai

    2003

    IMDB 6.3 (3k)

    #16

    Stranded in an abandoned building, six friends relate scary stories while a crazed killer lurks in the forest.

  17. Aarakshan

    Aarakshan

    2011

    IMDB 6.2 (5k)

    #17

    The decision by India's supreme court to establish caste-based reservations for jobs in education causes conflict between a teacher and his mentor.

  18. Ta Ra Rum Pum

    Ta Ra Rum Pum

    2007

    IMDB 5.7 (5k)

    #18

    A poor New York resident, who is of Indian origin, dreams of becoming a fast car race driver. He endeavors, and his efforts are rewarded when he selected by a little-known group called 'RACING SADDLES'. He joins them and soon becomes their ace race driver. This man, whose name is Rajveer, then meets with a rich American woman, also of Indian origin, whose name is Radhika. Both fall in love with each other. They cannot get married, because Radhika's family hates Rajveer mainly because he is very poor. But Radhika is very stubborn, so she marries him. She loses all her rights to her family's wealth. They get married and become parents of two children. They also become very rich. Then Rajveer has an accident which changes their lives forever. They get into debt and stand to lose everything. Will Radhika be forced to return back to her family?

  19. Agent Vinod

    Agent Vinod

    2012

    IMDB 5.2 (8k)

    #19

    Agent Vinod sets out on a secret mission to find the reason behind the death of Rajan, his colleague. Terror strikes when he unfolds an even bigger conspiracy.

  20. Love Aaj Kal

    Love Aaj Kal

    2009

    IMDB 6.8 (16k)

    #20

    Two lovers break up after they realize that their career goals are pulling them in different directions.