Highest Grossing Hindi Movies of 1971

by shrikant-narayanan | created - 19 Feb 2011 | updated - 10 Apr 2018 | Public

This list is as per the film's performance money wise at the box office in the particular year. The order is as per revenue collected. There are some years in which films which are regarded as classics post their release or have developed cult following among public over the years, have become box office flop at the time of their release

The first 36 were hits and rest in list were declared box office flops of year 1971, the first 20 were declared as superhits and the rest average grossers although all the films in the below list are regarded as good classic films.

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1. Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)

Not Rated | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

Orphaned Raju, in the company of four elephants, has to perform with them at street corners, in order to keep alive. Slowly he amasses a fortune, and is able to build his own private zoo, ... See full summary »

Director: M.A. Thirumugham | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Tanuja, David Abraham, Sujit Kumar

Votes: 1,002

2. Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971)

Not Rated | 151 min | Action, Drama

Ajit saves the village from the dakus (bandits); whilst having romance with Anju.

Director: Raj Khosla | Stars: Asha Parekh, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Laxmi Chhaya

Votes: 260

3. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Musical

The story of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the full before the inevitable occurs, as told by his best friend.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo

Votes: 24,002

4. Andaz (1971)

166 min | Drama, Romance

Rajoo (Rajesh Khanna) and Sheetal (Hema Malini) are in love, and expecting some opposition from Rajoo's dad (Ajit), they marry in a simple temple ceremony. But Rajoo's dad vehemently ... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Simi Garewal

Votes: 232

5. Kati Patang (1970)

Not Rated | 167 min | Drama, Family, Musical

A runaway bride promises her dying widowed friend that she will assume her identity and look after her infant child.

Director: Shakti Samanta | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Asha Parekh, Prem Chopra, Bindu

Votes: 792

6. Haré Rama Haré Krishna (1971)

149 min | Drama, Musical

In the background of the rise of the International Hare Krishna movement in the 1970s, is a Montreal-based family of the Jaiswals, consisting of mom, dad, son, Prashant, and daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Dev Anand | Stars: Zeenat Aman, Dev Anand, Mumtaz, Baby Guddi

Votes: 709

7. Caravan (1971)

161 min | Action, Comedy, Musical

Sunita is a young woman who ends up married to the wrong man, Rajan. Thinking that he has conspired with his girlfriend, Monica to murder her, she runs away to find an old friend of her ... See full summary »

Director: Nasir Hussain | Stars: Asha Parekh, Jeetendra, Aruna Irani, Mehmood Jr.

Votes: 233

8. Mela (1971)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Family

In rural India a small village is ruled by a Panchayat, a group of right-wing Hindu men who run the lives of the villagers dictatorially. There are three men who challenge their authority, ... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Sanjay Khan, Feroz Khan, Mumtaz, Rajendra Nath

Votes: 37

9. Mehboob Ki Mehndi (1971)

151 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Yusuf lives a wealthy lifestyle with his businessman dad, Safdarjang, who is confined to a wheel-chair. When Yusuf's precocious nephew, Khalid alias Phirangi's tutor, Mrs. Albert complains ... See full summary »

Director: Harnam Singh Rawail | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Leena Chandavarkar, Pradeep Kumar, Baby Sonu

Votes: 107

10. Sharmeelee (1971)

164 min | Mystery, Musical, Romance

An army captain falls for an outgoing young woman, but unknowingly weds her shy twin sister.

Director: Samir Ganguly | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Rakhee Gulzar, Nasir Hussain, Narendra Nath

Votes: 129

11. Main Sunder Hoon (1971)

Not Rated | 147 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Plain-looking, buck-toothed Sundar works as a waiter in the Rasraj Hotel. One day he meets with Radha, the daughter of the hotel owner and falls in love with her. She indicates that she ... See full summary »

Directors: R. Krishnan, S. Panju | Stars: Mehmood, Biswajit Chatterjee, Leena Chandavarkar, Sulochana Latkar

Votes: 44

12. Nadaan (1971)

156 min | Drama

Rivalry has existed between Ranimaa and a small and hostile community. The passage of time has only widened the gap between the two. When Ranimaa's heir apparent, Seema, attempts to make ... See full summary »

Director: Deven Verma | Stars: Asha Parekh, Navin Nischol, Nirupa Roy, Helen

Votes: 11

13. Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971)

156 min | Family, Musical, Romance

Widower Ram Kapoor lives a very wealthy lifestyle in Bombay, but is very lonely, as his only child, a son named Rajesh, lives abroad, and his aged dad, Diwan Bahadur, lives in the village. ... See full summary »

Director: Randhir Kapoor | Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Babita Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor

Votes: 271

14. Guddi (1971)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, Comedy, Family

A teenage girl will not accept her family's attempt to arrange a marriage for her, as her heart is currently too full of love for the movies and heartthrob actor "Dharmendra."

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Utpal Dutt

Votes: 872

15. Tere Mere Sapne (1971)

175 min | Drama, Romance

Dr. Anand Kumar attains his degree in medicine and re-locates to a small village to assist the local doctors there. Upon arrival, he is met by the ailing Dr. Prasad and his wife, and hired ... See full summary »

Director: Vijay Anand | Stars: Dev Anand, Mumtaz, Mahesh Kaul, Vijay Anand

Votes: 202

16. Maryada (1971)

154 min | Family, Romance

Lalita lives with her widowed mother in a small village in India. One day while traveling by road, she is stranded, and a young man named Raja Babu comes to her assistance. Both fall in ... See full summary »

Director: Aravind Sen | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Raaj Kumar, Mala Sinha, Pran

Votes: 50

17. Rakhwala (1971)

Action, Musical, Thriller

Dharmendra plays Deepak, an honest, hard working son. His family consists of his widowed mother and younger brother Suresh. By luck, he stumbles on a good job, but with the wrong man, Mr. ... See full summary »

Director: Adurthi Subba Rao | Stars: Dharmendra, Leena Chandavarkar, Vinod Khanna, Madan Puri

Votes: 34

18. Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee (1971)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rohit, Whiskey, and Kumar (Rajendra Kumar, Rajendra Nath, and Prem Chopra respectively) are childhood friends. While travelling to his estate in the company of Whiskey, Rohit meets with ... See full summary »

Director: Mohan Kumar | Stars: Rajendra Kumar, Sadhana, Prem Chopra, Rajendra Nath

Votes: 70

19. Gambler (1971)

Not Rated | 154 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

Raja has been abandoned by his biological mother at a very young age, and grows up with Master, a criminal don and card-sharp, who would like Raja to continue working with him on a ... See full summary »

Director: Amarjeet | Stars: Dev Anand, Zaheeda, Kishore Sahu, Shatrughan Sinha

Votes: 129

20. Paraya Dhan (1971)

Drama, Thriller

Rajjoo alias Rajni lives in a small village in rural India with her father, Govindram, who is a respected gentleman as well as the village Sarpanch. When Rajni comes of age, Govindram ... See full summary »

Director: Rajendra Bhatia | Stars: Hema Malini, Rakesh Roshan, Balraj Sahni, Abhi Bhattacharya

Votes: 49

21. Paras (1971)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, Family

Dharam Singh and his sister Bela's destinies gets re-shaped when they make enemy with the powerful and influential Thakur Arjun Singh. Even after moving to the city things are still not ... See full summary »

Director: C.P. Dixit | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Rakhee Gulzar, Shatrughan Sinha, Mehmood

Votes: 24

22. Lakhon Me Ek (1971)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, Drama

An abused homeless male and a mentally-challenged woman become friends.

Director: S.S. Balan | Stars: Mehmood, Pran, Ramesh Deo, Nasir Hussain

Votes: 56

23. Lal Patthar (1971)

148 min | Drama

Raja Kumar Bahadur alias Gyan Shankar Rai has been a total abstainer all his life, never touching a drop of alcohol, and keeping away from women and all known vices all his life. Then one ... See full summary »

Director: Sushil Majumdar | Stars: Raaj Kumar, Hema Malini, Rakhee Gulzar, Vinod Mehra

Votes: 101

24. Mere Apne (1971)

Not Rated | 164 min | Drama

Anandi Devi is an old widow living in her village she is bought to the city by her distant relative Arun. Anandi Devi realizes that Arun and his wife wanted to keep her as a maid following ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Meena Kumari, Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Sumita Sanyal

Votes: 448

25. Kangan (1971)

139 min | Drama

Sunil lives a middle-classed lifestyle in a village in India along with his widowed mom, Janki. He is studying Medicine in the city, is in love with his childhood sweetheart, Shanta, and ... See full summary »

Director: K.B. Tilak | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Mala Sinha, Sanjeev Kumar, Shyama

Votes: 14

26. Naya Zamana (1971)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama, Musical

Anoop (Dharmendra) is a struggling writer. One day he meets with wealthy and beautiful Seema (Hema Malini) and both fall in love. When Seema's brother Rajan Choudhury (Pran) finds out, he ... See full summary »

Director: Pramod Chakravorty | Stars: Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Ashok Kumar, Mehmood

Votes: 87

27. Buddha Mil Gaya (1971)

Musical, Mystery, Drama

Two unemployed slackers, Bhola and Ajay come across a newspaper advertisement about a missing elderly gentleman, whose estate is worth millions. They come across this male in the Hanging ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Navin Nischol, Om Prakash, Archana, Deven Verma

Votes: 192

28. Adhikar (I) (1971)


Shyam & Radha meet in college, fall in love and get into clandestine marriage when things get very intimate. But Shyam's family coerce him to marry Meera. Radha has an evil aunt who ... See full summary »

Director: S.M. Sagar | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Nanda, Deb Mukherjee, Nazima

Votes: 13

29. Chhoti Bahu (1971)

Drama, Family

Radha lives with her widowed dad and is of marriageable age. Accordingly her details her provided to a marriage-broker, Avtar, who also doubles as a Ved (Village Doctor). He brings the ... See full summary »

Director: K.B. Tilak | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Nirupa Roy, Mehmood Jr.

Votes: 54

30. Banphool (1971)


Haria lives with his widowed and elderly grandmother at a tea estate. He has no knowledge of his biological father, as his mother died at the time of his birth. He now works as a Mahout (... See full summary »

Director: Vijay Bhatt | Stars: Jeetendra, Babita Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Ramesh Deo

Votes: 22

31. Man Mandir (1971)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, Family

Orphaned at a very young age, Deepak and his sister, Laxmi, live a poor lifestyle. Deepak is introduced to Krishna and soon both get married and live together with Krishna's brother, Ramu. ... See full summary »

Director: Tapi Chanakya | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Sanjeev Kumar, Sudesh Kumar, David Abraham

Votes: 27

32. Elaan (1971)

144 min | Action, Drama, Musical

Journalist Naresh is hired to probe illegal activities on an island. When he's captured, a fellow prisoner gives him a ring with magic powers.

Director: K. Ramanlal | Stars: Vinod Mehra, Rekha, Vinod Khanna, Helen

Votes: 43

33. Upaasna (1971)

Drama, Romance

Two brothers battle against each other in court when their lady love Shalu is accused of murder.

Director: Mohan J. Bijlani | Stars: Sanjay Khan, Mumtaz, Feroz Khan, Helen

Votes: 26

34. Hulchul (1971)

149 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A man overhears a murder plot and telephones three different women, all who share the potential victim's name.

Director: O.P. Ralhan | Stars: O.P. Ralhan, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Gajanan Jagirdar

Votes: 62

35. Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari (1971)


Raisaheb Surajbhan Chaudhary lives a wealthy lifestyle in a palatial mansion with his wife of 30 years, Rajlaxmi, and two sons, Rajkumar, who has been married to Shyama for several years; ... See full summary »

Director: Kolli Pratyagatma | Stars: Mumtaz, Jeetendra, B.B. Bhalla, Birbal

Votes: 26

36. Door Ka Raahi (1971)

138 min | Drama

Door Ka Rahi is story of a person named "Prashant" who is on the travel for the wellness of society, and the end of Journey is to watch. The angle of the movie focused on expressing the internal feelings.

Director: Kishore Kumar | Stars: Kishore Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Tanuja, Abhi Bhattacharya

Votes: 38

37. 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: 53

38. Jaane-Anjaane (1971)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama

While on a religious pilgrimage, Laxmi Prasad finds an abandoned baby at a temple, when she sees no around, she decides to keep him. When her husband, Shankar, returns from jail, they name ... See full summary »

Director: Shakti Samanta | Stars: Shammi Kapoor, Leena Chandavarkar, Sandhya Roy, Vinod Khanna

Votes: 32

39. Jawan Muhabat (1971)

Drama, Romance

Dr. Sarin lives with his wife, Sunita, young daughter, Rekha, and his brother, Rajesh. Rajesh is an eligible bachelor, and on the lookout for a life-partner with a view of marriage. One day... See full summary »

Director: Bhappi Sonie | Stars: Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh, Balraj Sahni, Shashikala

Votes: 22

40. Kathputli (1971)

148 min | Family, Romance

Nisha (Mumtaz) loves Vishal (Jeetendra) and they get married. Ignoring basic driving safety rules they end up in an accident. Vishal needs serious surgical attention. Nisha tries to raise ... See full summary »

Director: Brij | Stars: Jeetendra, Mumtaz, Helen, Master Bhagwan

Votes: 29

42. Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong (1971)

Not Rated | 134 min | Comedy

Watch the full movie, Johar Mehmood In Hongkong online, only on Eros Now. Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong, is an intelligence satire, the basic of all I. S. Johar films, in which it is left to ... See full summary »

Director: S.A. Akbar | Stars: I.S. Johar, Mehmood, Sonia Sahni, Aruna Irani

Votes: 48

44. Preetam (1971)

137 min | Comedy, Romance

Rukmani gets married to Rana and faces endless abuse and beatings which do not end even when she gets pregnant. The Police arrest Rana for Robbery, try him in Court and sentence him to ... See full summary »

Director: Bhappi Sonie | Stars: Shammi Kapoor, Leena Chandavarkar, Helen, Vinod Khanna

Votes: 20

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