Top 10 Indian Historical Epic Movies

by TheOriginalCinephile | created - 31 May 2018 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

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1. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

A 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.

Director: K. Asif | Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Durga Khote

Votes: 7,394 | Gross: $0.16M

2. Amrapali (1966)

119 min | Musical, Fantasy

A victory over neighboring state Vaishai has always eluded Magadh Samrat Ajaatshatru despite being winning and taking control over all neighboring states. He attacks Vaishali only get ... See full summary »

Director: Lekh Tandon | Stars: Vyjayanthimala, Sunil Dutt, Prem Nath, Bipin Gupta

Votes: 189

3. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Tanhaji Malusare, a military chieftain in the army of the Maratha king Shivaji, leads the charge to capture the strategically important Kondhana fort guarded by the army of the fierce Rajput chieftain Udaybhan Rathod.

Director: Om Raut | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Sharad Kelkar, Kajol

Votes: 21,610

4. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Not Rated | 213 min | Action, Drama, History

69 Metascore

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Poonam Sinha

Votes: 30,243 | Gross: $3.44M

5. Padmaavat (2018)

Not Rated | 164 min | Drama, History, Romance

63 Metascore

Set in medieval Rajasthan, Queen Padmavati is married to a noble king and they live in a prosperous fortress with their subjects until an ambitious Sultan hears of Padmavati's beauty and forms an obsessive love for the Queen of Mewar.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari

Votes: 27,988 | Gross: $11.85M

6. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)

Not Rated | 167 min | Action, Drama

When Shiva, the son of Bahubali, learns about his heritage, he begins to look for answers. His story is juxtaposed with past events that unfolded in the Mahishmati Kingdom.

Director: S.S. Rajamouli | Stars: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia

Votes: 76,526 | Gross: $20.19M

7. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)

Not Rated | 159 min | Action, Drama

In ancient India, an adventurous and daring man becomes involved in a decades-old feud between two warring peoples.

Director: S.S. Rajamouli | Stars: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj

Votes: 104,227 | Gross: $6.74M

8. Ashoka the Great (2001)

R | 180 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The epic tale of King Asoka's life is recounted.

Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Danny Denzongpa, Hrishitaa Bhatt

Votes: 13,352 | Gross: $0.70M

9. Bajirao Mastani (2015)

Not Rated | 158 min | Action, Drama, History

An account of the romance between the Maratha general, Baji Rao I and Mastani, princess of Bundelkhand.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Tanvi Azmi

Votes: 31,668 | Gross: $6.56M

10. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019)

Not Rated | 148 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and her resistance to the British Rule.

Directors: Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, Kangana Ranaut | Stars: Kangana Ranaut, Rimi Sen, Danny Denzongpa, Jisshu Sengupta

Votes: 9,935



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