20 Best Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009

The top 20 Bollywood movies of last 10 years

Aishvarya and Madhuri in Devdas
Aishvarya and Madhuri in Devdas

The taste varies; the likes, the dislikes – the opinion varies. However, there are some films we all adore.Here are some of the great Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009.

1. Lagaan (2001): A refreshing drama, it is a well told story of modern Bollywood days. Set in the Victorian period of the British Empire, the movie is critically acclaimed all around the world. It became the selected few Hindi film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Produced by Aamir Khan, also in the lead role.

2. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham(2001): Very successful romantic and emotional drama. The cinematography, music and costumes are brilliant. A musical blockbuster, the movie is well received at home and abroad. The star-studded cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor.

3. Rang de Basanti(2006): A movie with great acting and direction. Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and British actress Alice Patten is the main cast. A.R. Rahman music adds to the appeal of this light-hearted flick.

4. Devdas (2002): A love story, it is a beautiful remake of old Devdas, based on a famous short novel by the same name. Acting, direction and music are equally admirable. Devdas is one of the most expensive Bollywood films ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 50 crores. Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai star in the leading roles.

5. Veer Zaara (2004): Directed by Yash Chopra – a refreshing acting combines with good story telling and a tasteful direction. It is set in the background of India and Pakistan conflict; the romantic film tells an unfortunate love story across the borders. . This popular movie stars Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji in the leading roles.

6. Singh is Kinng (2008): Another light hearted drama set in Australia for the better part of the story. Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif star in the lead role. The movie has nice comic scenes and good dance numbers. It is a Punjabi style comedy, at the cost of a Singh!

7. Slumdog Millionaire (2008): A combination of Hollywood and Bollywood collaboration. A well directed and well told story that captures the attention of local and foreign audience equally. The movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film of 2008.

8. Monsoon Wedding (2001): A Mira Nair movie, rich of Indian culture and traditions. A very realistic story based on the complicated life of NRIs at home and abroad; the Indian wedding extravaganza is at full display with a touch of folk music.

9. Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006): A musical Comedy. It is the second film in the popular Munna Bhai series starring Sanjay Dutt as Munna Bhai, a Mumbai underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi.

10. Ghajini (2008): This popular award winning movie is an action-thriller, combined with strong elements of romance. The plot of Ghajini is based on the Hollywood film Memento. It stars Aamir Khan, Asin Thottumkal and Jiah Khan in lead roles.

11. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001): Set in 1947, during the Partition of India, the film tells the story of a truck driver, a Sikh, who falls in love with a Muslim girl. A drama based on historical events that touches on human emotions of romance and hate at the same time. Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel, and Amrish Puri star in the lead roles.

12. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008): Another Yash Raj film. It is a romantic comedy with Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead. It is a nice combination of good acting and comic scenes.

13. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006): Mostly filmed in New York, it is a romantic drama exploring the themes of adultery and extramarital affairs. It depicts some very complicated relationships and complex human nature. The film is beautifully shot. Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Abhishek Bachchan lead the cast.

14. Black (2005): This drama revolves around a blind, deaf and mute girl, and her relationship with her teacher who himself later develops Alzheimer’s disease. The first half of the film is an adaptation of Helen Keller’s autobiography – The Story of My Life. Rani Mukerji and Amitabh Bachchan deliver memorable performance in the lead role.

15. Taare Zameen Par (2007): This award winning drama flick depicts a touching story of an eight year old dyslexic boy. An international version DVD, ‘Like Stars on Earth’, released in January 2010. The Walt Disney Company has bought the home video rights for its distribution in North America, England, and Australia.

16. Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000): A very romantic flick. It is Hrithik Roshan and Amisha Patel’s debut film and made Hrithik into an overnight superstar of Bollywood. The movie features very refreshing music and crowd pleasing dance sequences.

17. Om Shanti Om (2007): It is somewhat different movie, in a nice way – a musical darama, combined with a parody on Bollywood. This star-studded flick has more than 40 famous Bollywood stars appearing in the film, for no particular reason in many cases. The fans of serious storyline should look elsewhere.

18. Love Aaj Kal(2009): A very well directed drama revolving around the complicated emotions of love – today and yesterday. Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone lead the cast along with Rahul Khanna and Rishi Kapoor in supporting roles. The music has a touch of folk and is very refreshing; the dance sequences are great.

19. Koi… Mil Gaya (2003): A Bollywood science fiction about aliens. The lead actors include Hrithik Roshan, Rekha and Preity Zinta. The movie has won many awards and is popular among kids and grown-ups alike.

20. Doom and Doom 2: For the fans of Bollywood style action, motorbike racing and commuter games, these two actions movies may be worth the time. Great cast and captivating action sequences are the main appeal here.

Share your thoughts on any other movies that you consider among the top 20 from last 10 years.

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25 Replies to “20 Best Bollywood movies from 2000 to 2009”

  1. I disagree about k3g,dhoom1n2 ,KANK and LAK.Instead should be Tere naam,Yuva,Gangajail,Fanaa,Chake De India,Jab we met and London Dreams

  2. Also Baghban,Waqt and Namaste London should be in the list and if Ghajini and OSO in the list then Wanted should be there also

  3. gadar is no 1 movie of the decade and easily in top 5 of all time . this is really bad gadar rules today also. after sholay there is gadar which is a great cinema . improve

  4. Except for a few that everyone agrees.. this list is a joke… Personally, I find Tum Bin missing from this list unacceptable.

  5. according to me the list should be like this
    1.inception
    2.the usual suspect
    3.the curious case of benjamin button
    4.avtar
    5.sherlock holmes(2009)
    6.shutter island
    7.king kong
    8.evil death
    9.outsourced
    10.spiderman 3

  6. Man, you are out of your mind or you have poor knowledge about Indian cinema. You have mentioned only those films which are so called “Box Office Hit”. But you have missed those movies which appreciated by the critics.
    I would like to add following movies:
    1) Khosla ka ghosla
    2) Black Friday
    3) A Wednesday
    4) Aaamir
    5) Bheja fry
    6) Gulaal
    7) Dev D
    8) Hazaaron Khawasi Aisi
    How can you add movies like Devdas, Love Aaj Kal, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Sing is King, Rab ne bana di Jodi, Om shanti om and Veer Zaara. Those craps are black mark of Bollywoods. Don’t go by big names (SRK and others). They are great but the qualities of the low budget films are far greater than those big budget films. What they lack is proper advertising and that cannot take away the credit of a good film. That’s why people will never remember those big budget films and never bother to watch second time.

  7. Hi my favorite 20 films from the year 2000 through 2009 are 2009 = 3 idiots & all the best, 2008 = ghajini & race, 2007 = om saanti om & partner, 2006 = faana & don, 2005 = no entry & sarkar, 2004 = khakke & dhoom, 2003 = Tere naam & kal ho na ho, 2002 = devdas & company, 2001 = lagaan & kabhi Khusi kabhi gaam, 2000 = mohabbatein & mission kasmir.

  8. ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL THAT K3G IS A BETTER MOVIE THAN RDB? REMADE DEVDAS, SINGH IS KING, DHOOM SERIES RAB NE BANADI JODI AND OM SHANTI OM ARE UNFIT TO BE IN THE LIST. THIS LIST HAS BEEN MADE KEEPING SHAH RUKH KHAN IN MIND. THE TOP 5 MOVIES ARE LAGAAN, RANG DE BASANTI, LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI, TARE ZAMEEN PAR AND 3 IDIOTS. THE NEXT TOP 5 ARE BLACK, PAGE 3, CORPORATE, GADAR AND JAB WE MET.

  9. I think Jab We Met should definitely be on the list – but otherwise yea those are pretty good!
    Hmm….other good ones are Yes Boss (very very funny) and I also liked Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

  10. Omg guys everyone like diff movies so chill out with what should be on thr list,
    There’s many bollywood movies that are great but a list of 20 is just not enough for all of them.
    Like the one that have been mentioned b4 along with
    Mujhse fraaandship karoge
    Mera pehla pehla pyaar
    Jane tu ya jaane naa
    – good movies for teens
    Baabul
    Mohabatein
    kal ho na ho
    Main hoon naa
    -nice family movies
    Raaz and raaz 2
    1920
    -good horror movies
    Bhagam bhag
    Hera pheri
    Phir Hera pheri
    Dhamaal
    Dhol
    -hilarious comedy movies
    N I can’t think of names of movies right now but for people in a relationship should deff watch this movie
    “tere sang”
    Not as awesome as 3 idiots or other great movies but it’s a movie u won’t forget 🙂

  11. 1. andaz apna apna
    2.deewana mastana
    3.jo jeeta wahi sikandar
    4.maqbool
    5.sahib biwi aur gangster
    6.jhonny gaddar
    7.barah aana
    8.socha na tha
    9.the emotional atyachar
    10.black and white
    11.vicky donor
    12.kal ho na ho
    13. anand
    14.omkara
    15.do dooni char
    16.khosla ka ghosla
    17.ishaqzaade
    18.wake up sid
    19.ek hasina thi
    20.kuch kuch hota hai
    21.dil chatha hai
    22.shor in the city
    23.vaastav
    24.paan singh tomar
    25.bubble gum
    26.kaun
    27.pyar ke side effects
    28.hum apke hai kaun
    29.kaminey
    30.udaan

  12. I am really disappointed with the list and with the comments that followed. I expect the new generation to forget all the lalala crap thats been dumped at us. Heroes holding guitars and drooling all around, heroines running in the desert, blah blah
    Heres my list. Note that its not in any particular order.
    1. Swades. Like it or not. these are the kind of movies we need. Truly inspirational
    2. Dil Chahta Hai
    3. Rang De Basanti
    4. Chak De India
    5. Aamer
    6. Johnny Gaddar
    7. Tare Zameen Par
    8. Munnabhai and sequel
    9. paan singh tomar
    10. Bhejafry
    11. Jab we met was a good attempt.
    12. Wednesday
    13. Company
    14. Shootout at Lokhandwala. I am a huge fan of movies inspired from real events. but they screwed up the ending though. too dramatic for me.

    Comic Relief:
    – No Entry
    – Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

    havent watched the following movies..but heard they are really good..so will sit on it soon.
    1. Gadar
    2. Mera Pehla pehla pyar
    3. Omkara
    4. Udaan

  13. Am assuming the writer wrote this compilation before the release of “3 IDIOTS”???Please I stand 2b corrected..Apart from that, yeah dat is a good list tho, hapy seeing films like K3G, Gadar, Veer-Zara, Koi..mil gaya, Dhoom1&2, etc…buh den special mention should be given 2 films like Kal ho na ho, Mohabattein, Kante, Company and Apne..

  14. Om Shanti Om !!!! Seriously best ???? The film was conceptual failure . If a baby is in a womb , it is already alive means it has a soul . But in the film Shahrukh dies right on the day when he was born again and more ironically by the same vehicle of his next birth’s father . How can one soul exist in two beings at the same time ?

  15. 1) Gadar
    2) Anand
    3) Wednesday
    4) Guide
    5) Jo jeetha wahi Sikandher
    6) Mughal e Azam
    7) Taare Zameen par
    8) Hum Apke Hein kaun
    9) kuch kuch hota hein
    10) Chak De india
    11) Laghe Raho Munna Bhai
    12) kahaani

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