South Asian / Central Asian :: 1900 - present

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1. Prem Sanyas (1925)

97 min | Drama

This adaptation of Arnold's 1861 Orientalist epic opens with documentary shots of tourists in Bombay watching street performers. Then a white-bearded old man sitting under the bodhi tree ... See full summary »

Directors: Franz Osten, Himanshu Rai | Stars: Seeta Devi, Himanshu Rai, Sarada Ukil, Ranibala

Votes: 124

2. Sant Tukaram (1936)

131 min | Biography

This classic film chronicles the life of Tukaram (17th C.), one of Maharashtra's most popular saint poets, activating the 20th-C. resonances of his turning away from courtly Sanskrit ... See full summary »

Directors: Vishnupant Govind Damle, Sheikh Fattelal | Stars: Vishnupant Pagnis, Gauri, B. Nandrekar, Shankar Kulkarni

Votes: 209

3. Takhir i Zukhra (1945)

92 min | History, Romance

Shot in Uzbekistan during WWII, Takhir (Aglayev) is betrothed to Zukhra (Rysayeva) on their birth days by her father, Babakhan (Ismatov). They grow up together in the Kahn's palace, but at ... See full summary »

Director: Nabi Ganiyev | Stars: Yuldus Rysayeva, Gulyam Aglayev, Asad Ismatov, Shukur Burkhanov

Votes: 16

4. Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi

Votes: 20,389 | Gross: $0.54M

5. Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa

Votes: 5,182

6. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 10,186 | Gross: $0.17M

7. Pyaasa (1957)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, Rehman

Votes: 4,873

8. The Music Room (1958)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Music

Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu, Bismillah Khan

Votes: 4,708 | Gross: $0.09M

9. Paras-Pathar (1958)

111 min | Comedy

An underpaid middle-aged clerk finds a 'parash pathar', a stone that changes iron to gold on touch.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Tulsi Chakraborty, Kali Bannerjee, Ranibala, Gangapada Basu

Votes: 897

10. The Stranger (1991)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Utpal Dutt, Dipankar Dey, Mamata Shankar, Bikram Bhattacharya

Votes: 2,471

11. Abhijaan (1962)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama

A taxi driver attempts to introduce his cab service in rural Bengal against many odds.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Gyanesh Mukherjee

Votes: 923

12. Kanchenjungha (I) (1962)

102 min | Drama

An upper-class Bengali family is on vacation in Darjeeling, a popular hill station and resort near Kanchenjungha.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee, Pahadi Sanyal, Anil Chatterjee

Votes: 846

13. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

148 min | Musical, Romance

Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Kumari Naaz, Johnny Walker

Votes: 1,852

14. The World of Apu (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 10,446 | Gross: $0.02M

15. The Great Mughal (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: 6,617 | Gross: $0.16M

16. Guide (1965)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

When mistaken to be a sage by some villagers, an ex-tour guide reflects on his past and lost love to search for spiritual wisdom to guide the villagers.

Director: Vijay Anand | Stars: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Leela Chitnis, Anwar Hussain

Votes: 6,810

17. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

224 min | Comedy, Drama

Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Rishi Kapoor

Votes: 4,347

18. Pakeezah (1972)

147 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

The story of a prostitute, with a pure heart (PAKEEZAH), and grand dreams...

Director: Kamal Amrohi | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar, Veena

Votes: 1,336

19. Naya Daur (1957)

173 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Shankar lives in a remote village in rural India with his mother and sister, Manju, and drives a horse-carriage for a living. The main employer in the region is a kind-hearted businessman ... See full summary »

Director: B.R. Chopra | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Ajit, Chand Usmani

Votes: 989

20. Awaara (1951)

82 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Raju lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raju's mother out of the house years ago. Raju shacks up with a Dacoit (... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Prithviraj Kapoor, K.N. Singh

Votes: 3,254

21. Madhumati (1958)

110 min | Fantasy, Musical, Mystery

While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand's car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house. He is let into the house by the servant, and he is permitted to stay until ... See full summary »

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Johnny Walker, Pran

Votes: 1,096

22. Devdas (1955)

159 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Childhood sweethearts, Devdas and Paro grow up in a small village with a love-hate relationship which changes to love when they mature. Devdas' dad does not approve of his marriage or even any friendship with Paro, and sends him away to Calcutta where he is introduced to a dancer, Chandramukhi, who adores him and falls hopelessly in love with him. Devdas in not aware of Chandramukhi's affection ... See full summary »

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Vyjayanthimala, Motilal

Votes: 1,600

23. Shree 420 (1955)

168 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, orphaned Ranbir Raj comes to Bombay to make his fortune. He pawns his gold medal, gambles with the ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Nadira, Nemo

Votes: 2,328

24. Padosan (1968)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A simple man from a village falls in love with his new neighbor. He enlists the help of his musical-theater friends to woo the lovely girl-next-door away from her music teacher.

Director: Jyoti Swaroop | Stars: Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Mehmood, Kishore Kumar

Votes: 5,627

25. Deewaar (1975)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Vijay struggles as a dockworker and eventually becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother Ravi is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi

Votes: 9,437

26. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Musical

A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 2,091

27. The Goddess (1960)

93 min | Drama

A young woman is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee

Votes: 1,732 | Gross: $0.09M

28. Teen Kanya (1961)

Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

Based on popular Indian stories of the great writer Rabindranath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Chandana Banerjee, Aparna Sen, Sita Mukherjee

Votes: 1,208 | Gross: $0.08M

29. Dry Summer (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A tobacco farmer tries to ruin his competitors crops by diverting water to his property.

Director: Metin Erksan | Stars: Erol Tas, Hülya Koçyigit, Ulvi Dogan, Alaettin Altiok

Votes: 3,412

30. The Big City (1963)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bachchan, Haren Chatterjee

Votes: 2,965

31. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad | Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri

Votes: 3,741

32. Charulata (1964)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Shyamal Ghoshal

Votes: 4,526 | Gross: $0.08M

34. Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 1,672

35. Khesht va Ayeneh (1965)

126 min | Drama

Hashem (Zakariya Hashemi) is a cab driver who finds an infant child in the back seat of his cab one night after he gives a ride to a young woman. He and his girlfriend, Taji (Taji Ahmadi), ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Golestan | Stars: Taji Ahmadi, Zackaria Hashemi, Goli Bozorgmehr, Masoud Faghih

Votes: 415

36. The Report (1977)

112 min | Drama

The life of a tax collector who is accused of taking bribes, and also has to deal with other problems at home, including the suicide attempt of his wife.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kurosh Afsharpanah, Mehdi Montazar, Mostafa Tari

Votes: 646

37. Downpour (1972)

128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A well educated and humble teacher arrives in a new city and at a new job in the pre-revolutionary Iran. He falls in love with a hardworking underprivileged young woman that nurses her very... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Parviz Fanizadeh, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Jamshid Layegh, Parvaneh Massoumi

Votes: 394

38. A Simple Event (1974)

80 min | Drama

A small schoolboy lives an austere life with his family in Northern coasts of Iran.

Director: Sohrab Shahid Saless | Stars: Hedayatollah Navid, Hibibollah Safarian, Ane Mohammad Tarikhi, Mohammed Zamani

Votes: 345

39. The Traveler (1974)

83 min | Drama

A grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hassan Darabi, Pare Gol Atashjameh, Masud Zandbegleh, Mostafa Tari

Votes: 1,184

40. Killing Mad Dogs (2001)

135 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

While the post-revolution frenzy is at its peak in Iran, a woman attempts to help her secretive husband out of jail by settling his debts for him on her own.

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Mozhdeh Shamsai, Majid Mozaffari, Reza Kianian, Mitra Hajjar

Votes: 2,102

41. Ballad of Tara (1979)

110 min | Drama, Fantasy

Tara, the young beautiful widow, returns with her two little kids from country to her village. In her way home, she finds out that her grandfather has passed away. She distributes grandpa's... See full summary »

Director: Bahram Beizai | Stars: Susan Taslimi, Manuchehr Farid, Reza Babak, Siamak Atlassi

Votes: 412

42. The Deer (1974)

120 min | Drama

Wounded by the police, a thief looks up his old friend in order to leave the proceeds of his theft with him. Instead, he finds that his friend is a drug addict. He sticks around to try and ... See full summary »

Director: Masud Kimiai | Stars: Behrouz Vossoughi, Faramarz Gharibian, Nosrat Partovi, Garshasb Raoufi

Votes: 1,842

43. Nayak: The Hero (1966)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen, Somen Bose

Votes: 2,841