IMDb 30th Anniversary: Top Rated 90s Indian Movies

by IMDb-Editors | created - 8 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public

To celebrate IMDb's 30th anniversary, we remember the decade with a ranked list of 1990s movies in IMDb's Top Rated Indian Movies chart: https://www.imdb.com/india/top-rated-indian-movies/. Our list is based on chart data from Oct. 13, 2020

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1. Manichitrathazhu (1993)

Not Rated | 169 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Vinaya Prasad

Votes: 9,406

2. Thalapathi (1991)

Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An orphan named Surya raised in a slum befriends a good crime boss named Devaraj and works for him. Their existence is threatened when a new honest district collector arrives.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana, Arvind Swamy

Votes: 10,857

3. Satya (1998)

Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An innocent man is embroiled in underworld after being falsely charged and sets out to punish the perpetrators who subjected his life to misery.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: J.D. Chakravarthi, Manoj Bajpayee, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal

Votes: 13,946

4. Mudhalvan (1999)

Not Rated | 169 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A man accepts a challenge to act as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day only, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Arjun Sarja, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran, Vadivelu

Votes: 6,954

5. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A rich brat and a poor chap try to woo a girl, with their rivalry culminating in the most prestigious college event - the marathon cycle race.

Director: Mansoor Khan | Stars: Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi

Votes: 22,166

6. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor

Votes: 50,845

7. Sarfarosh (1999)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Drama

After his brother is killed and father severely injured by terrorists, a young med student quits his studies to join the Indian Police Service to wipe out the terrorists.

Director: John Mathew Matthan | Stars: Aamir Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Sonali Bendre, Mukesh Rishi

Votes: 24,475

8. Roja (1992)

137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar

Votes: 12,141

9. Baasha (1995)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An auto driver, Manikam, desperately tries to hide his dark underworld side to keep his promise to his father.

Director: Suresh Krishna | Stars: Rajinikanth, Nagma, Raghuvaran, Vijayakumar

Votes: 9,393

10. Bombay (1995)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Romance

A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Nassar, Kitty

Votes: 11,773

11. 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: 11,343

12. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, Romance

When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt.

Director: Aditya Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal

Votes: 65,192

13. Padayappa (1999)

181 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The death of Padaiyappa's father destroys his family. But his luck changes, and he is able to lead a prosperous life, until his nemesis plots to ruin his happiness once more.

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Ramya Krishnan, Soundarya

Votes: 6,118

14. Vaastav: The Reality (1999)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Consequences force an innocent man to get involved in crime after making an error.

Director: Mahesh Manjrekar | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Shirodkar, Reema Lagoo, Shivaji Satam

Votes: 13,007

15. Border (I) (1997)

Not Rated | 176 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers goes up against a large Pakistani strike force.

Director: J.P. Dutta | Stars: Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie Shroff

Votes: 14,416

16. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994)

158 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A dreamer falls for a girl who is in love with someone else and tries to create a rift between her and the man she loves.

Director: Kundan Shah | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Deepak Tijori, Rita Bhaduri

Votes: 17,577

17. Darr (1993)

178 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A woman plans to marry a navy officer but she is also the object of another man's obsession.

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

Votes: 22,654

18. Earth (1998)

Not Rated | 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: 7,526 | Gross: $0.53M

19. Agneepath (1990)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young boy's quest for revenge leads him to become a gangster as an adult, and with each day he becomes more and more like his enemies. Can he find vengeance and redemption?

Director: Mukul Anand | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Neelam Kothari

Votes: 8,503

20. Baazigar (1993)

Not Rated | 175 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

A young man with a vendetta against a business tycoon seduces his younger daughter, but she begins to suspect her new lover's connection with her elder sister and his ulterior motive.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Dalip Tahil, Rakhee Gulzar

Votes: 26,601

21. 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: 49,371 | Gross: $2.10M

22. Dil Se.. (1998)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance

A radio broadcaster's intense attraction to a mysterious woman opens the door to a tidal wave of powerful emotions and desires.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 27,412

23. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994)

Not Rated | 206 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Prem and Nisha meet and fall in love at the wedding of their elder siblings, but their plans to be together are put in jeopardy when Nisha's sister dies, leaving behind a baby.

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya | Stars: Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Mohnish Bahl, Renuka Shahane

Votes: 19,691

24. Rangeela (1995)

Not Rated | 142 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A middle class young woman, who dreams of Bollywood fame, is caught in a love triangle between her childhood friend and a famous actor.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Urmila Matondkar, Aamir Khan, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover

Votes: 9,375

25. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Not Rated | 177 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: 17,539



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