List of Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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1. 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

2. Madhumati (1958)

110 min | Fantasy, Musical, Mystery

While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand's car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house. He is let into the house by the servant, and he is permitted to stay until ... See full summary »

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Johnny Walker, Pran

Votes: 1,111

3. The World of Apu (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 10,520 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Musical

A lowly servant, Bhognath gets close to the wife of his employer and narrates her story through his eyes and perspective.

Director: Abrar Alvi | Stars: Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman

Votes: 1,393

5. The Big City (1963)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bachchan, Haren Chatterjee

Votes: 3,019

6. Guide (1965)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

When mistaken to be a sage by some villagers, an ex-tour guide reflects on his past and lost love to search for spiritual wisdom to guide the villagers.

Director: Vijay Anand | Stars: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Leela Chitnis, Anwar Hussain

Votes: 6,851

7. 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: 159

8. Aakhri Khat (1966)

153 min | Drama

The illegitimate toddler son of a poor village woman and a city-based artist is lost on the streets of Bombay after his mother's untimely demise.

Director: Chetan Anand | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Indrani Mukherjee, Master Bunty, Manvendra Chitnis

Votes: 111

9. Majhli Didi (1967)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

Bipinchandra breaks family tradition by marrying a city girl, Hemangini, much to the chagrin of his sister-in-law, Kadambini, and her husband, Navinchandra. Things are delicate even after ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Meena Kumari, Dharmendra, Lalita Pawar, Sachin Pilgaonkar

Votes: 75

10. Deiva Magan (1969)

166 min | Drama

Story is about a Father and His Sons . Triple roles portrayed By Sivaji Ganesan. Where One Son who was missed since from the birth re-unites and Spends time with His Father and Solves the ... See full summary »

Director: A.C. Trilogchander | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Jayalalitha J, Chittor V. Nagaiah, M.N. Nambiar

Votes: 106

11. Reshma and Shera (1971)

158 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Reshma and Shera belong to rival families.They fall in love even after knowing rivalry among their families.Sagat Singh ,Shera's father doesn't accept this and forces his younger son Chotu ... See full summary »

Director: Sunil Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Sunil Dutt, Rakhee Gulzar, Vinod Khanna

Votes: 175

12. Uphaar (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Family

Anoop studies law in Calcutta, while his widowed mom in a small town in West Bengal. He has a sister, Sudha, who is married to Anil and lives in Calcutta. Since Anoop is of marriageable age... See full summary »

Director: Sudhendu Roy | Stars: Swarup Dutt, Jaya Bachchan, Suresh Chatwal, Nandita Thakur

Votes: 54

13. Saudagar (1973)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama, Family

A calculative man schemes to deceit a poor but young widow for his personal monetary gains.

Director: Sudhendu Roy | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Nutan, Trilok Kapoor, Padma Khanna

Votes: 669

14. Garm Hava (1974)

146 min | Drama

In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own.

Director: M.S. Sathyu | Stars: Balraj Sahni, A.K. Hangal, Gita Siddharth, Jamal Hashmi

Votes: 603

15. The Churning (1976)

134 min | Drama

Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative society for the welfare of the villagers. But the wealthy businessman ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Girish Karnad, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri

Votes: 402

16. The Chess Players (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent General Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,847

17. Payal Ki Jhankaar (1980)

Not Rated | 114 min | Romance

Shyama is an orphaned young woman who lives with her aunt, uncle and several cousins, two of who are girls of marriageable age. Her passion is dancing, which is frowned upon by her uncle ... See full summary »

Director: Satyen Bose | Stars: Alankar Joshi, Roobini, Surinder Kaur, Veena

Votes: 17

18. Saaransh (1984)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan, Madan Jain

Votes: 1,595

19. Saagar (1985)

186 min | Drama, Romance

Raja, a fisherman is secretly in love with Mona. When wealthy Ravi comes to live with his grandmother, Kamladevi, he sees Mona and falls in love with her. Mona also reciprocates his love. ... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan, Dimple Kapadia, Nadira

Votes: 801

20. Swathi Muthyam (1986)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The story is of mentally slow man, whose life is recapped to his grand-daughter. How he meets his wife (who was a widow), earns his living and fights the injustice he and his wife face.

Director: K. Viswanath | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Radhika Sarathkumar, Allu Arjun, Sarath Babu

Votes: 630

21. Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama

A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Delhi Ganesh, Janagaraj

Votes: 14,172

22. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 8,024 | Gross: $2.08M

23. Henna (1991)

180 min | Drama, Romance, Musical

Orphan Chander Prakash is employed as a menial laborer in a timber mart; he meets with wealthy Chandni only to fall in love with her and the marriage is arranged with the blessings of ... See full summary »

Director: Randhir Kapoor | Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Zeba Bakhtiar, Ashwini Bhave, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 612

24. Anjali (1990)

Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama

Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Revathy, Raghuvaran, Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 2,490

25. Parinda (1989)

Not Rated | 154 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two brothers are caught on the different sides of a gang war.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit

Votes: 2,859

26. Thevar Magan (1992)

145 min | Drama

The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shivaji Ganesan, Nassar, Revathy

Votes: 4,558

27. Rudaali (1993)

128 min | Drama

In a small village in Rajasthan, India, a woman named Shanichari was born - so named, as shortly after her birth her father died; & her mother, Peewli, ran away with a rich lover, the owner... See full summary »

Director: Kalpana Lajmi | Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 423

28. In Custody (1994)

PG | 126 min | Comedy, Drama

An editor asks Deven, a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi, an aging whale of a man. Deven goes to Bhopal from Mirpur to meet Nur, of whom he is in awe. He ... See full summary »

Director: Ismail Merchant | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Sushma Seth

Votes: 327 | Gross: $0.09M

29. Kuruthipunal (1995)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Suave and scintillating, this fast-paced action thriller follows the adventures and investigations of a group of honest police officers, who go undercover to bring down a terror network.

Director: P.C. Sreeram | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Arjun Sarja, Nassar, Gautami

Votes: 3,389

30. Indian (1996)

Not Rated | 185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A veteran freedom fighter enraged with the rising crime and corruption in the society murders all the wrong doers one by one using an ancient martial arts technique.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sukanya, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar

Votes: 9,711

31. Guru (1997)

136 min | Drama, Fantasy

Situations turn a man who believes in secularism into an extremist. He plots to bomb a monastery where the survivors of a riot take refuge.

Director: Rajiv Anchal | Stars: Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Madhupal, Kaveri

Votes: 2,378

32. Jeans (1998)

Not Rated | 175 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Vishu and Ramu are a pair of Indian twins living in America with their father, Rajamani. When Madhumita (Aishwarya Rai) and her brother come to America to get medical treatment for their ... See full summary »

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Prashanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nassar, Senthil

Votes: 3,061

33. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 7,143 | Gross: $0.53M

34. Hey Ram (2000)

Not Rated | 186 min | Crime, Drama, History

Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini

Votes: 10,799 | Gross: $0.27M

35. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

84 Metascore

The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Aamir Khan, Raghuvir Yadav, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley

Votes: 98,325 | Gross: $0.07M

36. Devdas (I) (2002)

Not Rated | 185 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff

Votes: 36,298 | Gross: $3.50M

37. Shwaas (2004)

107 min | Drama

36 Metascore

This story is about how an old man tried to show his grandson the preciousness and beauty of life in a no win situation such as cancer. It is about keeping a positive attitude towards life.

Director: Sandeep Sawant | Stars: Arun Nalawade, Ashwin Chitale, Sandeep Kulkarni, Amruta Subhash

Votes: 1,338 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Paheli (2005)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A folk tale - supernatural love story about a ghost who falls in love with a newlywed woman.

Director: Amol Palekar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 11,991 | Gross: $1.41M

39. 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: 105,071 | Gross: $2.20M

40. Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan

Votes: 3,037 | Gross: $1.10M

41. Like Stars on Earth (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma

Votes: 153,381 | Gross: $1.22M

42. Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra (1913), India's first feature-length B&W silent film.

Director: Paresh Mokashi | Stars: Nandu Madhav, Vibhawari Deshpande, Atharva Karve, Mohit Gokhale

Votes: 1,883

43. Peepli (Live) (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.

Directors: Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui | Stars: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar

Votes: 11,261 | Gross: $0.75M

44. Abu, Son of Adam (2011)

101 min | Drama

A poor aging couple struggle to fulfill their lifelong dream of going to Mecca for pilgrimage.

Director: Salim Ahmed | Stars: Salim Kumar, M.R. Gopakumar, Jaffer Idukki, Sasi Kalinga

Votes: 1,075

45. 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: 71,637 | Gross: $2.80M