Best Bollywood films of all times!
This is an on going work, publishing the list before it is final and complete. This may take a while; will not add any above average movies to make it 100. Also, the readers’ may have valuable feedback, recommendations and suggestions. So, this is a ‘live’ list, will keep updating it as we explore more movies. Please share your favorite Bollywood films that deserve to be in the top 100.
Please note that this is not a list of top grossing movies or most popular action films or films with the best music…. A good movie can be many things: a great work of art, a brilliant piece of entertainment, thought provoking, a great depiction of an era or a social aspect….. One way to select ‘great’ films is to look back and think of the movies that are unforgettable, the movies that leave a last impression, the films that you love without effort. You can also make additional suggestions to the criteria of selection.
Here is the list of great movies. As you can see, it is not complete yet. Share your comments. Your input and suggestions will be used to complete and finalize it, though it may never be final!
1. Mother India (1957): This films is the ultimate trend-setter of Hindi cinema and a legend in its own right. The first Indian movie to be nominated for Oscar, this is one of the highest ranked Hindi movies in the international film festivals. The cast of Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kumar delivers a brilliant acting. Superb music and an evolving storyline are the hallmarks of this classic gem.
2. Sholay (1975): This film needs no introduction. The dialogues, the story, the cast, the acting…everything is so refreshing. The story moves at its own natural pace. The mega cast includes Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan.
3. Pakeezah (1972): A legendary movie from the 70s; with a larger than life appeal. Beautifully directed by Kamal Amrohi, this movie is a combination of good artistic tastes, lovely costumes, a fluid story line and melodious music. The film is a story of a Lucknow tawaif (courtesan) played by actress Meena Kumari. Raaj Kumar and Ashok Kumar lead the cast.
4. Mughal-e-Azam :This is one of the most expensive Hindi movies ever made of its times. It took more than 9 years to complete this feature. The star cast is ultimate; the dance sets are unparalleled for its time. Some of the famous dance sequences of Madhubala are filmed in the Shish Mahal -The Palace of Mirrors- in Lahore Shahi Qila.
5. Guide (1965): This is another masterpieces of the Indian film industry. Based on the critically acclaimed novel, ‘The Guide’ by R. K. Narayan, this is a moving and memorable story. The acting from Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman is top-notch, as always. The melodious soundtrack is memorable highlight of this film
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