Indian cinema on War (from WWII 1965, 1971, 1999 Conflicts to present war on terror)

by samratnigam | created - 21 Jun 2011 | updated - 22 Aug 2011 | Public

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1. Samadhi (1950)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama

The story is based on the true incident at INA. Shekhar (Ashok Kumar) falls in love with Lilly D'Souza (Nalini Jayawant). She cheats him and they break up. Freedom struggle is going on and ... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Saigal | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Nalini Jaywant, Kuldip Kaur, Shyam

Votes: 20

WWII Burma Campaign fought with Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Ashok Kumar gives a great performance as a member of Azad hind fauj.

2. Lalkar (The Challenge) (1972)

Action, Drama, Romance

India is in a state of war with Japan and former Colonel Kapoor's sons, Rajan and Ram are both with the Indian Armed Forces. While Rajan is a Wing Commander with the Indian Air Force, Ram ... See full summary »

Director: Ramanand Sagar | Stars: Rajendra Kumar, Dharmendra, Mala Sinha, Dara Singh

Votes: 100

WWII Burma Campaign drama

3. Haqeeqat (1964)

184 min | Action, Musical, War

A platoon of Indian soldiers encounters harsh realities while fighting in the Sino-Indian War of 1962.

Director: Chetan Anand | Stars: Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra, Vijay Anand, Indrani Mukherjee

Votes: 403

4. Upkar (1967)

175 min | Drama, Romance, War

Cult classic highlighting the contrast between Indian and Western values in the newly independent state.

Director: Manoj Kumar | Stars: Asha Parekh, Manoj Kumar, Prem Chopra, Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi

Votes: 492

5. Prem Pujari (1970)

192 min | Action, Drama, Musical

Ramdev Bakshi is the only son of widower and former Indian Army General Durgaprasad, who has been decorated several times with various medals for bravery shown in the line of duty. Alas ... See full summary »

Director: Dev Anand | Stars: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Shatrughan Sinha, Zaheeda

Votes: 178

6. Hum Dono (1961)

164 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

When an army officer is presumed dead in battle, his lookalike is tasked with breaking the news to his family. However, circumstances force him to impersonate the dead man.

Director: Amarjeet | Stars: Dev Anand, Nanda, Sadhana, Lalita Pawar

Votes: 348

War story of two look alike's during Burma Campaign of World War II and their romances.

7. Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973)

152 min | Action, Drama, War

War movie based on Operation Cactus Lilly in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Director: Chetan Anand | Stars: Raaj Kumar, Priya Rajvansh, Balraj Sahni, Padma Khanna

Votes: 111

8. Vijeta (1982)

151 min | Drama

Vijeta (The Victor) is the coming of age story of Angad (Kunal Kapoor). Confused like any other teenager trying to find himself and caught in between the marital problems of his mother ... See full summary »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Supriya Pathak, Kunal Kapoor

Votes: 237

9. Border (I) (1997)

R | 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, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna

Votes: 12,339

10. Mission Kashmir (2000)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A police officer adopts the son and sole survivor of a family he has massacred while pursuing a terrorist. After some time the foster son finds out what the stepfather did.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni

Votes: 5,924

11. LOC: Kargil (2003)

255 min | Drama, History, War

Based on the real story during Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan in 1999.

Director: J.P. Dutta | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Shetty

Votes: 2,262

12. Lakshya (2004)

Not Rated | 186 min | Action, Drama, Romance

An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri

Votes: 18,529 | Gross: $0.75M

13. Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004)

193 min | Action, Drama, War

Major General Amarjeet Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) is a dedicated officer for the Indian army. His son Lieutenant Commander Vikramjeet Singh (Bobby Deol) follows in his footsteps and joins the... See full summary »

Directors: Anil Sharma, Sanjay Sharma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Divya Khosla Kumar

Votes: 1,304

14. Tango Charlie (2005)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Tarun Chauhan, a rookie army officer undergoes ups and downs in his mission and learns the true meaning of 'war' to overcome his weaknesses.

Director: Mani Shankar | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Bobby Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty

Votes: 1,467

15. Param Vir Chakra (1995)

170 min | War

Three friends at the national defense academy fall in love with one girl.. They pass out as officers of the Indian defense services, one becomes an army officer second the naval officers ... See full summary »

Director: Ashok Kaul | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Hema Malini, Raza Murad

Votes: 50

16. 1971 (2007)

PG-13 | 160 min | Action, Drama, War

Based on true facts, the film revolves around 6 brave soldiers who escape from the clutches of the Pakistan Army and risk death with honour and courage with sacrifice towards their journey home.

Director: Amrit Sagar | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Ravi Kishan, Deepak Dobriyal, Sunil Chavan

Votes: 1,114

17. Sarhad Paar (2006)

117 min | Action, Drama, Romance

An Indian soldier tries to exact revenge on those who had wronged him is backed by the emotional support of two women.

Director: Raman Kumar | Stars: Mahima Chaudhry, Tabu, Sanjay Dutt, Chandrachur Singh

Votes: 100

18. Red Alert: The War Within (2009)

120 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

An impoverished cook is forced to join a band of Naxalites.

Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan | Stars: Sunil Shetty, Sameera Reddy, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vinod Khanna

Votes: 316

19. Silsila (1981)

Not Rated | 182 min | Drama, Family, Romance

SILSILA is a love story, thwarted by society's demands, which reappears as adultery but can it survive in the face of society?

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Jaya Bhaduri, Rekha

Votes: 2,320

20. Refugee (2000)

207 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Bihar-based Manzur Ahmed, his wife, his mother, and his daughter, decide to re-locate to East Pakistan after the partitioning of Hindustan during 1948, following the tussle between Sheikh ... See full summary »

Director: J.P. Dutta | Stars: Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor

Votes: 1,723 | Gross: $0.54M

21. 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: 22,581

22. Aradhana (1969)

Not Rated | 169 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Arun meets Vandana during a vacation and very soon they secretly get married.Arun is a air force pilot an dies in a crash leaving pregnant Vandana heartbroken.As her marriage was never ... See full summary »

Director: Shakti Samanta | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Sujit Kumar, Farida Jalal

Votes: 1,441

23. The Terrorist (1998)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test.

Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Ayesha Dharker, K. Krishna, Sonu Sisupal, Vishwas

Votes: 1,862 | Gross: $0.14M

25. Saat Hindustani (1969)

144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A woman awaiting surgery recalls her life as a revolutionary along with seven other countrymen.

Director: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas | Stars: Utpal Dutt, Jalal Agha, Anwar Ali, Madhu

Votes: 185

26. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

This is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens, Coral Beed

Votes: 8,827 | Gross: $0.87M

27. War & Love (2003)

Action, Romance, Thriller

The Indian army is at the Indo-Pak border to rescue the people of a Pak captured village. The troup has Lt. Col. Sarathchandran, Capt. Gopinath, Capt Vijayn and Capt Kabir in it. The Pak ... See full summary »

Director: Vinayan | Stars: Dileep, Prabhu, Laila, Vijayaraghavan

Votes: 142

28. Heroes (2008)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Havaldar Balkar Singh, Captain Dhananjay Shergill and Lieutenant Sahil Naqvi are amongst numerous fatalities on India's side in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan. All 3 men had written ... See full summary »

Director: Samir Karnik | Stars: Sohail Khan, Vatsal Sheth, Amrita Arora, Riya Sen

Votes: 1,886 | Gross: $0.59M

29. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 10,281

30. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005)

208 min | Biography, Drama, History

The film, which is about the last five years of the Indian leader Subhas Chandra's life, also includes his life's story in flashback sequences. However, it does not cover the controversy surrounding Bose's death.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Vinay Anand, Ila Arun, Pankaj Berry, Nicolas Chagrin

Votes: 900

31. Keerthi Chakra (2006)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama, War

Based on a real life incident that happened during the Kargil War.

Director: Major Ravi | Stars: Mohanlal, Jiiva, Ramesh Khanna, Biju Menon

Votes: 785

32. Zameen (2003)

154 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

Colonel Ranvir and ACP Jaideep joins forces to fight against Pakistani terrorists, who hijacks an Indian airplane and demands to free their militant leader in return.

Director: Rohit Shetty | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Mukesh Tiwari

Votes: 1,308

33. Deewaar: Let's Bring Our Heroes Home (2004)

163 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A group of Indian POW (Prisoners Of War) rebels against Pakistani army and tries to escape from their captivity during India-Pakistan war in 1971.

Director: Milan Luthria | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Amrita Rao

Votes: 1,260

34. Ashoka the Great (2001)

R | 176 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The epic tale of King Asoka's life is recounted here.

Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Danny Denzongpa, Rahul Dev

Votes: 12,554 | Gross: $0.70M

35. Maachis (1996)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A realistic, hard-hitting portrayal of terrorism and youth in the Punjab after the 1984 riots.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Om Puri, Tabu, Chandrachur Singh, Kanwaljit Singh

Votes: 1,777

36. Train to Pakistan (1998)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

Seen from the eyes of Hukum Chand the District Magistrate it is an account of the turmoil faced by the inhabitants of village Mano Majra in Punjab on the Indo-Pak border during the period of partition after India attained independence.

Director: Pamela Rooks | Stars: Mohan Agashe, Nirmal Pandey, Rajit Kapoor, Smriti Mishra

Votes: 224

37. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

A 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.

Director: K. Asif | Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Durga Khote

Votes: 6,385 | Gross: $0.16M

38. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Not Rated | 213 min | Action, Drama, History

69 Metascore

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Poonam Sinha

Votes: 27,274 | Gross: $3.44M

39. Chanakya Chandragupta (1977)

178 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of the courageous king ' Chandragupta ' of the mourya dynasty.

Director: Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri | Stars: Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri, Jaya Prada, Shivaji Ganesan

Votes: 52

40. Humsaya (1968)

Action, Drama, Mystery

A disgraced Indian air force officer impersonates a look-alike Chinese spy.

Director: Joy Mukherjee | Stars: Mala Sinha, Joy Mukherjee, Sharmila Tagore, Rehman

Votes: 15

41. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Akhilendra Mishra

Votes: 13,325

42. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 209,202 | Gross: $52.77M

43. Veer-Zaara (2004)

Not Rated | 192 min | Drama, Family, Musical

67 Metascore

Veer-Zaara is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. A love story that is an inspiration and will remain a legend forever.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Kiron Kher

Votes: 45,586 | Gross: $2.92M

44. Dil Se.. (1998)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance

The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary

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

Votes: 24,857

45. My Name Is Khan (2010)

PG-13 | 165 min | Drama

50 Metascore

An Indian Muslim man with Asperger's syndrome takes a challenge to speak to the President of the United States seriously and embarks on a cross-country journey.

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Sheetal Menon, Katie A. Keane

Votes: 92,106 | Gross: $4.02M

46. Kurbaan (2009)

161 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A woman finds that her neighbors are terrorists, and her husband is not who he claims to be.

Director: Renzil D'Silva | Stars: Lewis Tan, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Om Puri

Votes: 4,329 | Gross: $0.75M

47. In the Name of God (2007)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama

The movie deals with the difference of opinion between the westernized, educated, modern Muslims and their counterparts who follow their religion and live life in the name of 'God'.

Director: Shoaib Mansoor | Stars: Shaan Shahid, Fawad Khan, Iman Ali, Austin Marie Sayre

Votes: 8,816

48. New York (2009)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

35 Metascore

A contemporary story of 3 friends discovering a new world set against the larger than life New York City. But one day the world around them changed.

Director: Kabir Khan | Stars: John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 9,614 | Gross: $0.98M

49. Fanaa (2006)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama, Romance

A sweet blind girl Zooni meets a flirty Rehan. She ignores her friends' warnings. It's her time to discover life. Is she making the right love choice?

Director: Kunal Kohli | Stars: Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor, Tabu

Votes: 29,059 | Gross: $2.10M