Favourite Bollywood Movies

by Bengalifob | created - 04 Jul 2013 | updated - 12 Mar 2018 | Public

Hindi movies that I highly recommend in no particular order. Note: I should probably replace 'Bollywood' with 'South Asian' since there are a few non-hindi films in this list. But I won't. :)

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1. Black (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

The cathartic tale of a young woman who can't see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

Votes: 32,080 | Gross: $0.73M

2. Choker Bali: A Passion Play (2003)

167 min | Drama

Binodini is a young widow who lives with a woman and her son, Mahendra, who had once refused to marry her. Their lives are thrown into disarray when there is deceit and adultery between Binodini, Mahendra, his wife and his friend.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Lily Chakravarty

Votes: 1,249

3. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Not Rated | 177 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

During their college years, Anjali was in love with her best-friend Rahul, but he had eyes only for Tina. Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina's eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali.

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Sana Saeed

Votes: 45,049 | Gross: $2.10M

4. Kal ho naa ho (2003)

Not Rated | 186 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl's life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina's best friend who conceals his love for her.

Director: Nikkhil Advani | Stars: Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan

Votes: 59,886 | Gross: $1.79M

5. Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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

Director: Anurag Basu | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 71,646 | Gross: $2.80M

6. Swades (2004)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama

A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Smit Sheth

Votes: 78,244 | Gross: $1.22M

7. Bol (2011)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama

A female convict on death row, her last wish is to tell her story to the media.

Director: Shoaib Mansoor | Stars: Humaima Malik, Manzar Sehbai, Shafqat Cheema, Iman Ali

Votes: 8,361 | Gross: $0.15M

8. Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006)

132 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A commitment-phobe agrees to marry his girlfriend, setting in motion a series of hilarious mishaps that has him questioning what he got himself into.

Director: Saket Chaudhary | Stars: Rahul Bose, Mallika Sherawat, Ranvir Shorey, Sharat Saxena

Votes: 2,886 | Gross: $0.03M

9. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Not Rated | 183 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta

Votes: 63,415 | Gross: $0.30M

10. Darr (1993)

Not Rated | 178 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Darr is a girl's (Kiran) story caught between one man's (Sunil) love and another man's (Rahul) obsession.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Juhi Chawla, Sunny Deol, Shah Rukh Khan, Anupam Kher

Votes: 21,168

11. Bollywood/Hollywood (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

35 Metascore

A wealthy East Indian man gives an apparently non-East Indian woman a crash course in his culture, so he can marry her with his family's approval.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Rahul Khanna, Moushumi Chatterjee, Dina Pathak, Lisa Ray

Votes: 2,412 | Gross: $1.49M

12. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 101,440 | Gross: $32.54M

13. Chak de! India (2007)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Family, Sport

68 Metascore

Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds.

Director: Shimit Amin | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, Shilpa Shukla

Votes: 69,664 | Gross: $1.11M

14. Hum Tum (2004)

Not Rated | 142 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A novel look at the eternal battle of the sexes and the trials and tribulations of Karan and Rhea and their attempts to understand each other.

Director: Kunal Kohli | Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kiron Kher, Rati Agnihotri

Votes: 12,602 | Gross: $0.35M

15. Mother India (1957)

Not Rated | 172 min | Drama, Musical, Family

53 Metascore

In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

Director: Mehboob Khan | Stars: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar

Votes: 8,019

16. Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box.

Director: Amole Gupte | Stars: Partho A. Gupte, Numaan Sheikh, Abhishek Reddy, Sai Shara Shetty

Votes: 5,590

17. Pakeezah (1972)

147 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

The story of a prostitute, with a pure heart (PAKEEZAH), and grand dreams...

Director: Kamal Amrohi | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Veena

Votes: 1,345

18. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of six young Indians who assist an English woman to film a documentary on the freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long-forgotten saga of freedom.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 105,081 | Gross: $2.20M

19. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Not Rated | 188 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Nandini has to choose between Sameer, the man who taught her to fall in love; and Vanraj, the man from whom she learnt how to abide and fulfill promises of love.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Zohra Sehgal

Votes: 16,167

20. 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: 28,147 | Gross: $3.44M

21. Provoked: A True Story (2006)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

39 Metascore

It's the true story of a Punjabi woman named Kiranjit Ahluwalia who leaves India to marry a London-based guy, only to be badly abused. She ends up in prison for murdering her abusive husband.

Director: Jag Mundhra | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Ray Panthaki

Votes: 1,979

22. Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

PG | 170 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A small town pair become the legendary Bunty and Babli as caper after caper they turn the world on its head. Till they meet a very upset cop.

Director: Shaad Ali | Stars: Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan, Kiran Juneja

Votes: 5,920 | Gross: $0.90M

23. Dhoom (2004)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Thriller

A mysterious gang of bikers is on a robbing spree. ACP Jai gets Ali, a mechanic, to assist him in the case. With the clock ticking, it's up to them to nab the thieves red-handed.

Director: Sanjay Gadhvi | Stars: Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Uday Chopra, Esha Deol

Votes: 17,125 | Gross: $0.25M

24. I'm Always Here (2004)

Not Rated | 179 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

An army major goes undercover as a college student. His mission is both professional and personal: to protect his general's daughter from a radical militant, and to find his estranged half-brother.

Director: Farah Khan | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Sunil Shetty, Zayed Khan

Votes: 30,446 | Gross: $1.72M

25. Saathiya (2002)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A couple elopes to get married and set up home hoping that just love will do the trick - but that's just the beginning of their story.

Director: Shaad Ali | Stars: Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu

Votes: 6,326 | Gross: $0.07M

26. No One Killed Jessica (2011)

136 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta | Stars: Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Myra Karn, Neil Bhoopalam

Votes: 10,368 | Gross: $0.44M

27. Salaam Namaste (2005)

Not Rated | 158 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A quirky take on life and relationships as it looks at a fairy tale with a bit of a squint and an endearing look at what being in love really means.

Director: Siddharth Anand | Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey

Votes: 6,409 | Gross: $1.41M

28. Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008)

155 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two best friends being convinced that they are not in love search for each other's love.

Director: Abbas Tyrewala | Stars: Imran Khan, Genelia D'Souza, Manjari Fadnnis, Ayaz Khan

Votes: 24,136 | Gross: $0.60M

29. Aankhen (2002)

TV-14 | 165 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After a temperamental man is unceremoniously stripped of his duties as a bank manager, he decides to seek revenge by robbing the bank. He trains three blind men to do this risky task for him.

Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Arjun Rampal

Votes: 11,729

30. Bhoothnath (2008)

TV-Y7 | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Moving into a new house, a family witnesses an unfriendly ghost who wants to drive them away from the house. However, he befriends a little boy who changes his outlook forever.

Director: Vivek Sharma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Satish Shah, Rajpal Yadav

Votes: 7,361

31. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)

Not Rated | 210 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

After marrying a poor woman, rich Rahul is disowned by his father and moves to London to build a new life. Years later, his now grown up little brother Rohan embarks on a mission to bring Rahul back home and reunite the family again.

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan

Votes: 42,005 | Gross: $2.90M

32. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)

120 min | Drama

50 Metascore

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni, Surekha Sikri

Votes: 4,562



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