10 Movies to Watch after Animal and Where to Stream Them

Dividing critics and audiences while minting money at the box office, Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal redefines mainstream action in Bollywood. The violent revenge saga directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga (who had earlier courted controversy with Arjun Reddy and its Hindi remake Kabir Singh) finds Kapoor playing Rannvijay Singh, a man burdened by the toxic aggression of his father. But when his authoritarian father’s life is threatened, the morally grey protagonist wreaks havoc in Vanga’s blood-soaked thriller.

For the viewers left shocked after Animal, they can also stream similar crime dramas or other works by Vanga and Kapoor. But if one needs less violent options, one can stream some family dramas exploring turbulent father-son bonds like the one shared between Anil Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor’s characters in Animal. Here’s a glimpse at your post-Animal watchlist.

1- Wake Up Sid

Ranbir Kapoor has had a history of playing rebellious sons as in this feel-good coming-of-age comedy, he plays a spoilt brat trying to build a life out of his wealthy father’s shadow.

2- Udaan

Ronit Roy shocked viewers with his gritty portrayal of an abusive and strict father who controls the dreamy aspirations of his aspiring poet of a son. Not an easy watch, Udaan still offers some much-needed hope.

3- Sarkar

Animal’s central relationship is rooted in violence and is drawing parallels with Michael Corleone’s arc in The Godfather. So, what else to watch but the Hindi remake of the mafia classic? With Amitabh Bachchan filling in for Marlon Brando, Sarkar explores a criminal patriarch’s dominating influence over a shattered family.

4- Dil Dhadakne Do

Animal isn’t Anil Kapoor’s first rodeo as a tough dad. The ensemble comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do found him playing a similar part as a father who is concerned more about his business and social image than the trouble brewing within his family. The end result is one of Kapoor’s most earnest performances.

5- Sanju

In many ways, Sanju seems to be the blueprint for Animal given how it proved Kapoor’s affinity to take on physically-challenging roles and to portray morally ambiguous characters. The semi-autobiographical take on Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s life is regarded as one of Ranbir Kapoor’s best movies and marked a comeback in his career.

6- Road to Perdition

Have a little Hollywood detour after Animal with the hard-hitting gangster drama Road to Perdition. Playing out as a road movie between a 1920s-era mobster and his adolescent son, this brilliant Sam Mendes venture is one of the few movies to feature Tom Hanks not playing a morally righteous hero. Even though Hanks’ antihero is on the wrong side of the law, his struggles to be a good father might interest Animal’s audiences.

7-  Leo

Loosely inspired by David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, Leo finds Thalapthy Vijay playing an ominous man with an ominous history who is brought back to a life of gruesome violence after an accident. Much like Animal, Leo explores the moral impact of bloodshed on its hero.

8- The Raid

If Animal’s fight sequences interested you, prepare for more claustrophobic hand-to-hand combat and over-the-top bloodshed in this expertly choreographed Indonesian classic.

9- Haider

Hamlet gets a morbid Indian adaptation in the valley of Kashmir with Kabir Singh star Shahid Kapoor playing a man seeking vengeance for his father’s death. But matters get complicated as his own mother seems to be involved with the killer.

10- Arjun Reddy

The film that kickstarted Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s career (and his affinity for controversy). This tale of a toxic romantic is quite a fitting prelude to Animal.

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  1. Wake Up Sid

    Wake Up Sid

    2009

    IMDB 7.6 (33k)

    #1

    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.

  2. Udaan

    Udaan

    2010

    IMDB 8.1 (47k)

    #2

    Upon returning to his industrial hometown, a young man must decide whether to follow his own dreams or acquiesce to his father's plans for his future.

  3. Sarkar

    Sarkar

    2005

    IMDB 7.6 (17k)

    #3

    Subhash Nagre runs a parallel government in the city where he has a cult following. When his enemies plot to murder him, his son takes charge and stands up against them.

  4. Dil Dhadakne Do

    Dil Dhadakne Do

    2015

    IMDB 7.0 (19k)

    #4

    On a cruise to celebrate their parents' 30th wedding anniversary, a brother and sister deal with the impact of family considerations on their romantic lives.

  5. Sanju

    Sanju

    2018

    IMDB 7.7 (52k)

    #5

    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.

  6. Road to Perdition

    Road to Perdition

    2002

    IMDB 7.7 (282k)

    #6

    Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for revenge on those who wronged him.

  7. Leo

    Leo

    2023

    IMDB 7.2 (56k)

    #7

    A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, but it brings forth consequences with connection to a dangerous world, one which will shake his carefully constructed life to its very core.

  8. The Raid

    The Raid

    2012

    IMDB 7.6 (215k)

    #8

    Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.

  9. Haider

    Haider

    2014

    IMDB 8.0 (57k)

    #9

    A young man returns to Kashmir after his father's disappearance to confront his uncle - the man he suspects to have a role in his father's fate.

  10. Arjun Reddy

    Arjun Reddy

    2017

    IMDB 7.9 (27k)

    #10

    When his girlfriend is forced to marry another man, a troubled young surgeon begins to self-destruct.