100 Best Bollywood Movies Ever!

There are lots of very good Hindi movies, and then there are some great ones, the unforgettable ones! Here is a compilation of those memorable films – the top 100 Bollywood films from Indian cinema…

Best Bollywood films of all times!
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When it comes to the best Bollywood movies, the tastes differ and the favorites vary.Some like a well told story, others prefer comedy and yet others enjoy action packed flicks.

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 subject-matter, 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 lasting impression, the films that you love without effort.

Now, here is the list of those great movies:

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

6. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha: Gadar redefined Box-office success in hindi Cinema. A great script, brilliant dialogues, remarkable acting and very entertaining…. Set in 1947, during the Partition of India, the film tells the story of a truck driver, Tara Singh (Sunny Deol), a Jatt Sikh, who falls in love with a Muslim girl, Sakina (Amisha Patel).

7. Bobby (1973): The movie is a brilliant combination of romance, music and social conflicts. This blockbuster is known to be a trend-setter in its own rights. Raj Kapoor introduced the genre of teenage romance with a rich-vs.-poor clash as a backdrop. Some of the romance scenes were simply too bold for its time. This popular flick was a debut film for Dimple Kapadia and the first leading role for Rishi Kapoor.

8. Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge (1995): Winner of all kinds of major Filmfare Awards, this romantic flick is one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time. Supported by the cast of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, the movie is a joy to watch.

9. Lagaan (2001): Aamir Khan, the lead actor, produced this super-hit because no-one else was willing to put their money on the plot. Lagaan was nominated for the best foreign language film for the 2002 Academy Award. A R Rahman´s background score, combined with great acting and brilliant direction, the movie keeps you entertained for 4 hours!

10. Hum Aapke Hai koun? (1994):This film with 14 songs is a great success story of modern days Bollywood. Starring Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit, the movie has a great combo of acting, direction and music – all in one. It has some of the most extravagant North Indian wedding scenes.

11. Deewaar (1975):Directed by Yash Chopra, starring Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, Deewaar tells the story of two impoverished brothers; and their struggle to survive the streets of Bombay/Mumbai. It was one of the films which established ‘Big B’ as the “angry young man” of Bollywood.

12. Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974): Written, produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, this super hit and a popular film is fun to watch. It stars Manoj Kumar alongside Shashi Kapoor, Zeenat Aman, Amitabh Bachchan, Moushmi Chatterjee, Prem Nath and Madan Puri in lead roles. It has a very refreshing and inspiring soundtrack, fine tunes coming from Laxmikant Pyarelal.

13. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988): Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’s music, romantic storyline, and young actors deliver much needed refreshing looks in the 80s. This is one the most popular flicks of its time starring Amir Khan and Juhi Chawla – the pair went on to deliver many more memorable movies after this.

14. Salaam Bombay! (1988): This is one of the critically acclaimed films from Mira Nair. The story revolves around the day-to-day life of children living on the streets of Mumbai. A touching display of human dreams lost in the world of drug-pushers, pimps and prostitutes.

15. Kranti (1981): “Bolo Kranti, Kab Aayegi Krant?” This movie about India’s freedom fight is among the most popular films of the 80s. Produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, it stars Manoj Kumar along with a mega cast of Dilip Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Parveen Babi, Sarika, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri and Paintlal.

16. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989): One of the super-hits of 80s, the movie was a breakthrough for Salmaan khan. It has some of the most memorable songs of late 80s. Salmaan Khan, Bhagyashree, Laxmikant Berde and Alok Nath are the main actors.

17. Mera Naam Joker: Raj Kapoor spent every penny he had on this movie, and it flopped during the first release – it was just too long with run time over 5 hours. The second release, the re-edited and compressed version, ended up as one of the most successful film of all times. This comic but sad story has something for every type of audience. The key cast includes Raj Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Manoj Kumar, Rishi Kapoor and Dharmendra.

18. Pyaasa (1957): Produced by, directed by, and starring Guru Dutt, the film tells the story of a struggling poet trying to make his works known in post-independence India, and a prostitute with a heart of gold who eventually helps him get his poems published. The soulful music was composed by S.D. Burman. This is one of the all-time great movies and portrays the typical sad but romantic tale that Guru Dutt was famous for. The sad stories of Guru Dutt are hard to gulp, but the artistic and realistic values of its time are depicted so vividly in his movies.

19. 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.

20. 1942: A Love Story (1994): This super-hit film stars Anil Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa, and Pran. This is another musical hit with many of the songs popular to date. The movie is highly acclaimed for its music, cinematography and lyrics.

21. Dosti(1964): Dosti is a brilliantly told sad tale of human behavior in the face of adversity. This was Sanjay Khan’s debut film, with Sudhir Kumar and Sushil Kumar in lead roles. The film centers around the friendship between two boys – one blind and the other a cripple. The movie is also famous for its ever-green sound-track. The lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri and music by Laxmikant Pyarelal, Mohammad Rafi is the main vocalist for the songs. R. D. Burman played the harmonica throughout the film for the character of Ramu.

22. Do Bigha Zamin (1953): This is an old Hindi film directed by Bimal Roy starring Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy in the lead roles. The film is known for its socialist theme, and is an important film in the early parallel cinema of India and is considered a trend setter.

23. Nikaah (1982): B.R Chopra exposes the Sharia laws of divorce and its misuse among the Indian Muslim society. The film stars Raj Babbar, Deepak Parashar and Salma Agha.

24. 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.

25. Ankur (1974): This is not a flick that you should watch with little kids – there is some whipping involved and profanity is everywhere. Ankur is one of those ’art’ movies that is completely opposite to the typical Bollywood melodrama. Through a true story, the movie exposes the day-to-day living of rich vs. poor in a rural settings; the caste system is a prevalent theme. The movie is a beautiful take on human behavior based on the social classes in the society. It was the first feature film directed by Shyam Benegal and the debut of Shabana Azmi getting her the Filmfare and National awards for the Best Actress category.

26. Aaradhna(1969) This is a touching drama intertwined with the social taboos of unmarried mother, adoption and a lost love. The lead cast of Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna is supported by Sujit Kumar and Farida Jalal. This critically accailed movies touches on so many social issues surrounding love and acceptance. The romantic and soulful music is composed by S. D. Burman, with lyrics by Anand Bakshi, and has famous songs like ‘Roop Tera Mastana’, ‘Baghon Mein Bahar Hai’, ‘Chanda Hai Tu Mera Suraj Hai Tu’, ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’,’Gun Guna Rahe Hai Bhanvare’, ‘Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera’……a fantastic soundtrack by any measure.

27. Upkar (1967): Another great movie with nostalgic scenes of Indian rural life of yester years. Directed by Manoj Kumar, the film portrays a story of patriotism and courage. The main cast includes Asha Parekh, Manoj Kumar and Prem Chopra supported by Pran in a character role. This popular films has some of the best ever-green songs of all times; songs like ‘Kasme Waade Pyar Wafa’ and ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti’ are among the all time greats.

28. Garam Hawa (1973): This is probably one of the most sensitive and poignant films based on the 1947 Indo-Pak partition. Directing by M.S. Sathyu, the film is about a Muslim family that decides to remain in India after the partition. This art film was India’s official entry to the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Film category, also nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. This masterpiece won a National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards as well.

29. Lamhe (1991): This is a classic Yash Chopra film. It stars Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Waheeda Rehman and Anupam Kher in the main cast. The film is critically acclaimed, with exceptionally great music. This romantic drama received the well deserved ‘Best Movie’ Filmfare award.

30. Anand (1971): Beautiful songs, touching story, dialogues by Gulzar and great acting are the hallmark of this award winning movie. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the movie stars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead. Rajesh Khanna beautifully plays Anand, a man suffering from cancer, but never seen unhappy or sad.

31. Do Raaste (1969): This is a beautiful drama movie directed by Raj Khosla. It is based on a joint family dynamics and the daily frictions in a lower middle class society. The film has the star cast of Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Balraj Sahni, Kamini Kaushal, Prem Chopra and Bindu. The lovely music includes all time famous songs like ‘Bindiya Chamkegi’, ‘Yeh Reshmi Zulfen’ and ‘Chup Gaye Sare Nazare (Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara)’….

32. Ardh Satya (1983): Om Puri delivers one of the best performances of his life in this acclaimed cop-drama. It is a story of a policeman struggling with the evils around him and with his own weaknesses. The film also stars Amrish Puri, Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah.

33. Barsaat Ki Raat (1960): This is beautifully told love-story; another classic B/W of the 60s. The film starring Bharat Bhushan, Madhubala, Shyama, Mumtaz Begum and K.N. Singh in the lead roles. With lyrics from Sahir, the film is also popular for its qawwali songs, the likes of ‘Yeh ishaq ishaq’.

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

35. Dharmputra (1961): Directed by Yash Chopra, the film features Shashi Kapoor and Mala Sinha as the lead cast. The movie is based on the the partition of India and the Hindu fundamentalism at the time. The film deals with the issues of religious bigotry and fanaticism during the dark days of 1947. Film’s music is by N. Dutta with lyrics by the famous poet of the era – Sahir Ludhianvi.

36. Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971): This Raj Khosla creation has Dharmendra and Asha Parekh in the lead role, and Vinod Khanna as the villain. The movie features some of the most melodious songs of 70s and a lively rural settings with action packed storyline. This super hit is said to have many elements that inspired Sholay a few years later.

37. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962): Emotionally charged, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is a romantic and nostalgic tale of a bygone era. The story is a reference to the plot exploring a platonic friendship between a beautiful but a lonely wife (Bibi) of an aristocrat (Sahib) and a career-driven low-income part-time servant (Ghulam). The music is by Hemant Kumar and lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni. The film stars Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman and Nasir Hussain. Meena Kumari’s performance as Chhoti Bahu is regarded as one of the best performances of Hindi theater.

38. Phool Aur Patthar (1966): This film helped establish Dharmendra as a leading star in the Hindi Film Industry; his shirtless scenes and a he-man image finally arrived with this flick. It also stars Meena Kumari, Shashikala and Madan Puri. This is beautifully depicted and a touching story of a common criminal with a golden heart. The film was instrumental in making Dharmendra-Meena Kumari a popular leading couple for many more movies down the road.

39. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978): Another gem from Bollywood. Produced and directed by Prakash Mehra, it stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Raakhee Gulzar, Rekha and Amjad Khan. The film was one of the top grossing hits of entire 1970s decade. The ever popular soundtrack was composed by the brothers’ duo of Kalayanji Anandji, with the lyrics by Anjaan.

40. Ankhen (1968): This is romantic spy thriller with a big budget for its times, and it established this ‘spy’ genre of the Bollywood movies. Produced and directed by Ramanand Sagar, the film was shot in many international locations. The film stars Mala Sinha, Dharmendra, Mehmood, Lalita Pawar, Jeevan and Madan Puri. The music is by Ravi and the wonderful lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi. The soundtrack has many ever-green songs, like ‘Milti hai zindagi mein mohabbat’, ‘Gairon pe karam’.

41. Amar Prem (1973): This is a touching story with moral and social values at the center; a beautiful portrayal of a man’s innocent love for a neighborhood courtesan. The movie has a soulful music by R.D. Burman. There are many memorable songs with lovely lyrics, like Kishore Kumar’s ‘Chingari koi bhadke’ and ‘Yeh kya hua’. The movie won 1973 Filmfare Awards for Best Dialogue and Best Screenplay. The film is directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Sharmila Tagore, Rajesh Khanna and Vinod Mehra in the lead.

42. Kismet (1943) A very old Indian film, written and directed by Gyan Mukherjee and produced by Bombay Talkies during the second world war period. The film is one of the biggest hits in the early history of Hindi cinema. The movie is considered as the first blockbuster movie of Indian cinema.The movie came with some bold themes for the first time in Hindi films showing an anti-hero as the lead character, double role and an unmarried girl getting pregnant. It stars Ashok Kumar and Mumtaz Shanti in the lead role

43. Aakrosh (1980): This is an acclaimed art film. The star power comes from all around brilliant acting of Naseeruddin Shah, Samita Patil, Om Puri and Amrish Puri. The movie is a satire on the corruption in the Indian judicial system, and power abuse of the rich against the poor.

44. Khamoshi (1996): This musical drama features a story of a deaf and mute couple. Salman Khan, Manisha Koirala and Nana Patekar lead the cast. The movie is critically acclaimed for acting and the overall plot, though it was not a box office success.

45. Andhi (1975): This movie was not allowed a full release due to its similarity to Indira Gandhi’s life, then Prime Minister of India. After her loss in the 1977 elections, the ruling Janata party cleared the film. This is a romantic drama with politics in the background, and is supported by a fantastic soundtrack from RD Bruman. All the songs are very catchy and evergreen. Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar lead the cast.

46. Bazaar (1982): This film highlights the tragedy and exploitation of young girls being sold by needy parents to affluent Indians in the Gulf. The movie delivers some of the best acting from a hand-picked cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil and Supriya Pathak.

47. Nishant (1975): This crime-drama film is directed by Shyam Benegal and stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Smita Patil in the lead role. Brilliant acting and superb direction carry this movie from beginning to end. The themes of social hierarchy and the sexual exploitation of women are poignantly depicted. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.

48. Ghayal (1990): Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, this popular thriller features Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri in the lead role. It was one of the blockbusters of the year and it also won the Filmfare ‘Best movie’ award.

49. Madhumati (1958): For the fans of old movies and old music, Madhumati is must watch. Produced and directed by Bimal Roy, the film stars Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala in the lead roles with Pran and Johnny Walker. Its music was composed by Salil Choudhury with lyrics written by Shailendra. Winner of many awards, the film deals with reincarnation and has a gothic noir feel to it.

50. Mere Apne (1971): The movie depicts the life of a widow in a small village but the story is ever evolving and fluid. She moves to the city and find many more surprises. The movie has everything ‘bad’ – gang fights, violence and child abuse. Directed by Gulzar, the film stars Meena Kumari, Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Danny Denzongpa and Mehmood.

51. Dil (1990): This is a lovable romantic comedy; it has some of the best music of its time. Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher and Saeed Jaffrey lead the cast and a very superior acting all around.

52. Border (1997): This is blockbuster war epic based on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. J. P. Dutta directed and produced the film. A well synchronized star studded cast includes Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Akshay Khanna, Pooja Bhatt, Sharbani Mukherjee and Tabu.

53. The Lunchbox (2013) : This artistic film is a romantic drama staring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. This unexpectedly refreshing and slow-developing love-story has a touch of loneliness, highlighting complicated human relations. The story is simple but supported by brilliant acting. The film was screened at International Critics’ Week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and later won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award also known as Grand Rail d’Or. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as well.

54. Trishul (1978): This Super Hit movie has excellent ’all in one’ combination: directed by Yash Chopra, written by Salim-Javed, music by Khayyam and lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi. It combines actions, drama and music with a natural flow. The cast includes Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Raakhee Gulzar, Waheeda Rehman and Prem Chopra.

55. Sparsh (1980): Not a movie for uplifting atmosphere, but if you are looking for a flick with realistic acting, this is the one for you. It stars Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi playing the characters of a blind principal and a teacher in a School of the Blind.

56. Virasat (1997) Starring Anil Kapoor, Tabu and Amrish Puri in the lead, the movie is a beautiful depiction of Indian rural culture and the village life. The film is praised by the critics for good acting and cinematography.

57. Mirch Masala (1985): Superb acting and brilliant cinematography separate this movie from rest of the pack. A very artistic film. Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Om Puri, Deepti Naval and Mohan Gokhale lead the cast.

58. 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.

59. Shakti (1982): An entertaining family movie with quality acting, great storyline depicting complex family relations and responsibilities. Directed by Ramesh Sippy, the flick stars Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Smita Patil and Amrish Puri.

60. Diksha (1991) Meaning ‘initiation, the Hindi film is based on a novel by famous Kannada writer U. R. Ananthamurthy. The film depicts a complicated story of a Guru and his widowed daughter; it is infused with Indian culture and local traditions. A well told story of human emotions and willpower.

61. Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985): Produced and directed by Raj Kapoor, the movie stars Mandakini and Rajiv Kapoor – Raj Kapoor’s youngest son. Great music and fluid storyline carries this mega-hit movie. It was Raj Kapoor’s last film.

62. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) Another movie from Yash Chopra, another memorable hit! Shahrukh Khan, Karisma Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit deliver a brilliant acting in this romantic flick. The film has won dozens of different awards including Filmfare winner of Best Film, Best Actor- Shah Rukh Khan and Best Actress – Madhuri Dixit.

63. 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.

64. Beta (1992): The movie featured the popular pair of its time – Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor. This is a very entertaining movie with many memorable music numbers, including popular song “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”.

65. Johnny Mera Naam (1970): This is a light and entertaining movie – funny, action-packed, great music and brilliant acting. Directed by Vijay Anand, it stars Dev Anand in the role of a pair of brothers separated in childhood. Hema Malini, Pran , Jeevan, Premnath, I. S. Johar and Iftekhar also star in this lively flick.

66. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992): This is Mansoor Khan directed movie; he is more famous for another hit ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. Aamir Khan and Pooja Bedi star in this romantic drama. It was a blockbuster flick of its time and a winner of ‘Best movie’ Filmfare award.

67. Earth (1998): This is a touching movie depicting the life in Lahore in the time period of 1947, just before the partition of India. Directed by Deepa Mehta, the film is based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel ‘Cracking India’, originally published as ‘Ice Candy Man’ in England. Narrated
by Shabana Azmi, the lead cast includes Aamir Khan, Nandita Das and Rahul Khanna.

68. 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.

69. Satya (1998): This is an interesting crime film directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The movie stars J. D. Chakravarthy, Manoj Bajpai, Urmila Matondkarand Shefali Shah. It unfolds a story of an immigrant in Mumbai seeking his fortune, but gets sucked into the underworld crime instead.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. Chakra (1981): This is very complicated movie with storyline revolving around the life in the slums, taking on lovers for money and testing the human willpower to survive in the real world. The film stars Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.

73. Silsila (1981): This is a romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra dealing with controversial issues of abandonment and adultery. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the lead. The movie is said to be loosely inspired by the alleged real-life love triangle of its three stars, Amitabh-Jaya-Rekha, the most talked about love affair back then.

74. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998): This is a better known romantic comedy of 90s.The movie stars the popular on-screen pair of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. It was standout for great acting and refreshing music. The film was very successful both in India and abroad, winning many Filmfare awards.

75. 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.

76. Masaan (2015): Also known as Fly Away Solo, this is a beautiful film with very engaging acting all around. Each character is unique, yet they all merge into a story that keeps you interested start to end. Complicated human emotions are conveyed with a superb and clear direction. Richa Chadda shines from the very beginning, as a determined single woman who outlives the social stigma and the corrupt police. The settings of Banaras against the Ganga River are poignant yet beautiful, just like the story-line.

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. Queen (2014) – Rani (the name translates to the ‘queen’) is an average girl with below-average self confidence. After her fiancé calls off their wedding, she embarks alone on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam. This comedy-drama film is beautifully directed by Vikas Bahl. The film stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role with Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles. This is a lively and a well-done movie, highly praised by the audience and the experts alike.

80. Mausam (1975): A beautiful but sad love story from Gulzar covering a variety of social and emotional aspects of blindly falling in love. This award winning film has a very intertwined storyline and brilliant acting. The cast includes Sharmila Tagore, Sanjeev Kumar and Dina Pathak.

81. Rockstar (2011): If you love Hindi musical films, this one may be literally ‘music to your ears’. The melodious tunes from A. R. Rahman and a sound acting from Ranbir Kapoor are the highlights of the movie. The Time of India praises Kapoor acting: “From a cute and simple college boy to a crazy lover to a successful but cynical singer, the young actor proved his mettle in every frame.” This is the first Bollywood film for American Pakistani model debutant Nargis Fakhri; the film also stars Shammi Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Moufid Aziz, Piyush Mishra, Shernaz Patel and Kumud Mishra.

82. Fire (1996) Fire is an Indian-Canadian romantic drama film written and directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das. It is the first installment of Mehta’s Elements trilogy; it is succeeded by Earth (1998) and Water (2005). It was one of the first mainstream films in India to explicitly show relationship between two women.

83. Kahaani (2012): This movie explores theme of feminism and motherhood in a male-dominated Indian society. This thriller is directed, co-written and co-produced by Sujoy Ghosh. The film features Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Balan portrays the role of Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman in search of her missing husband in Kolkata.

84. Awaara (1951): Directed and produced by Raj Kapoor, the film centers on the intertwining lives of poor Raj (Kapoor) and privileged Rita (Nargis). Kapoor’s poor and innocent “little tramp” character refer to Charlie Chaplin and was trend setter for his other films such as Shri 420. The ever-green songs by Mukesh and Lata round up to one of the best soundtracks of Bollywood films.

85. Padosan (1968): It is one of the best comedy movies of its time in Hindi film history. The movie stars Sunil Dutt and Saira Banu in lead roles. Kishore Kumar, Mukri, Raj Kishore and Keshto Mukherjee played the supporting roles. Mehmood as the South Indian musician and rival to Sunil Dutt is among the highlights of the film. The evergreen, light and memorable music of the film was composed by Rahul Dev Burman.

86. Jaane Bhi Do Yarro(1982): The flick is a satire on the widespread corruption in all walks of Indian life – politics, bureaucracy, news media and business alike. The superb acting comes from Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri; rest of the cast includes Ravi Baswani, Pankaj Kapur and Bhakti Barve.

87. Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957) This all time great is directed by V. Shantaram, who also starred in this film. It is considered one of the classics of Hindi cinema and is based on humanistic psychology. The film is also remembered for its song, ‘Aye maalik tere bande hum’. The film portrays a young jail warden, who rehabilitates six dangerous prisoners released on parole into persons of virtue.

88. 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.

89.3 Idiots (2009): 3 Idiots is beautiful comedy-drama and is highly acclaimed home and abroad. It was loosely adapted from the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. The film stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani.

90. Teesri Manzil (1966): This is a very popular and musical film from the 60s. It is a murder mystery, but continues to draw repeat audiences even though the identity of the murderer is no longer a secret. The main cast includes Shammi Kappor, Asha Parekh, Premnath, Prem Chopra, Helen and K. N. Singh. The sound track of the movie is equally popular; it has some of the best filmed dance songs of the era, including ‘O Mere Sona Re Sona Re’, ‘O Haseena Zulfonwali Jaane Jahan’ and ‘Aaja Aaja Mein Hoon Pyar Tera’.

91. Umrao Jaan (1981):Directed by Muzaffar Ali with Rekha, Farouque Shaikh and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead role, this is a captivating drama with soulful music. The story revolves around a courtesan called Umrao Jaan (Rekha) who fights to escape the profession she was kidnapped into by following the path of true love.

92. Shree 420 (1955):Directed and produced by Raj Kapoor, Shree 420 was one the most popular films of yester years. The song “Mera Joota Hai Japani” (“My Shoes are Japanese”), sung by Mukesh, became an instant patriotic symbol of the newly independent India. The film stars Raj Kapoor and Nargis in the lead role. “Mr. 420” in India is a derogatory term for a cheat. Kapoor’s character is heavily influenced by Charlie Chaplin. The evergreen music is soulful and melodious and in abundance throughout the film.

93. 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.

94. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959):Kaagaz Ke Phool (“Paper Flowers”) is soulful and sad love story that can only be produced and directed by Guru Dutt; he also played the lead role in it. The memorable music was composed by S. D. Burman and the lyrics by Kaifi Azmi, giving hits like “Waqt ne Kiya Kya Haseen Situm”, sung by Geeta Dutt and “Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari” by Mohammad Rafi. Many consider this film to be much ahead of its time. Kaagaz Ke Phool is said to an autobiographical account of Guru Dutt, his relationship with Waheeda and Geeta Dutt.

95. Waqt(1965): This is another memorable film directed by Yash Chopra. The movie stars an ensemble cast including Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Sadhana, Balraj Sahni, Madan Puri, Sharmila Tagore, Achala Sachdev and Rehman. Even though the plot is based on the concept of ‘the lost and reunite formula’ commonly used in Bollywood, the story is fluid and keeps you interested to the end. The melodious soundtrack is composed by Ravi, with some of the popular songs in the movie are ‘Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu’ and ‘Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen’.

96. Piku: This is not your typical Bollywood movie; this film belongs to the new crop of modern cinema. It is an artistic and entertaining comedy that revolves around an aging father and his street-smart cosmopolitan daughter. Amitabh Bachchan portrays a Bengali old man who speaks his mind and is overly obsessed with his non-existing health issues. The entertaining dialogues are short, sharp and mainly argumentative throughout the movie. The acting and direction has a very natural flow. Even though the characters cannot stand each other most of the times, the movie centers around love and the caring nature of average human beings. Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone are natural actors and this movie is no exception to their brilliant acting.

97. Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 and 2): If you are a fan of ‘Godfather’ type drama but Indian style, then you may want to watch these two movies. This is crime/gang film series co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. The movies centers around power struggles, politics and vengeance between three crime families. Part one cast includes Manoj Bajpai, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia in the major roles and its story spans from the early 1940s to mid 1990s. Part two casts Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Tripathi, Raj Kumar Yadav and the story spans from the 1990s to 2009.

Following films are still being considered for top 100, but not finalized

98. Jagte Raho (1956):
99. Gol Maal (1979):
100. Barfi! (2012):
101. Saaransh(1984):
102. Jewel Thief (1967):

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