Greatest Bollywood Movies Of All Time

by muzabhai | created - 08 May 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Highly plagiarized movies like Sholay which are otherwise considered great have been omitted. If you find any other movie in the list which is Mahesh Bhattized then kindly bring it to notice as every Bollywood movie can very well be a copy of some movie which came out in Hong Kong in the 40s. Many so called critically acclaimed 'Art' movies have been excluded as well.

While watching an Indian movie keep in mind that the Indian audience is not as evolved as the audience in US or some other first world country. Think about the kind of passion for cinema some directors and producers must have had when they made movies which had negligible odds of even breaking even at the box office, a good example would be Kaagaz Ke Phool. So be a bit partial with the movies in this list otherwise a movie like Pakeezah might appear to you a bland and inferior movie, which to a good extent it is but a milestone for Indian Cinema notwithstanding.

And why is it a problem when scenes or complete stories are copied in Bollywood while as you might argue that it happens in Hollywood and elsewhere as well. In Hollywood when there is a scene or script that has similarities to an earlier movie, the audience knows it most or maybe all the times. Many a times it is an ode to someone or something great which came before but on the other hand in Bollywood the intent is to steal an idea and then pass it off as your own ingenuity(as outside the metros the audience has negligible exposure to World Cinema) and then be considered greats or legends(only in India) on the very basis of that loot and thus also creating barriers for genuine people.

*Most movies in this list could have been an hour or more shorter, because in Bollywood distributers, producers and actors decide the length of a movie. "You say Walter Murch one more time, I dare you, I double dare you." *Songs are an intrinsic part of Bollywood movies, just the way it was in the Hollywood through 30s till 50s. When you hear a song whose melody seems copied, don't lose your mind only that it is a cover version and the music director forgot to tell you that because 'Dekho Ab To Kisiko Nahi Hai Khabar'(the lyrics of this song give a new meaning to the word appropriate).

You might be wondering as to why the quality of Bollywood movies has been falling. More and more Indians are watching Hollywood movies, especially in the metros. Now the directors and producers in Bombay who are blessed with prodigal talent and fast internet connections are smart enough to realize that they can not make this bracket of cinegoers watch there movies no matter how good they try to make their movies. Therefore they don't have to make their movies even half as good for this audience as they would have had to. So there only audience is the people whose favourite movie is Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and who still call Leonardo Dicaprio, Titanic wala hero.

The movies are not listed in any order. If you have watched all the movies in this list then you must consider checking my other list 'Must Watch Bollywood Movies'.

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1. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Not Rated | 183 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta

Votes: 61,143 | Gross: $0.30M

Editing is very poor. Skip all the songs and Dimple Kapadia's scenes, as they are basically boring, useless and add nothing to the story. Did Australian government pay Farhan Akhtar to keep that brain numbing, sleep inducing, intolerably boring opera scene?

2. Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 16,375 | Gross: $0.03M

Epitome of guerrilla filmmaking.

3. 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: 1,772

Use of lighting in this movie is a class apart.

4. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, Romance

When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt.

Director: Aditya Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal

Votes: 58,275

Quintessential Bollywood masala movie. Atleast one scene is copied. A scene is lifted from In The Line Of Fire (1993). The movie stereotypes India to the hilt.

5. Satya (1998)

Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An innocent man is embroiled in underworld after being falsely charged and sets out to punish the perpetrators who subjected his life to misery.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Bajpayee

Votes: 11,792

Mumbai ka king kaun? [Who's the king of Bombay?] Bhiku Mhatre

6. Jab We Met (2007)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and care-free young woman.

Director: Imtiaz Ali | Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Tarun Arora, Dara Singh

Votes: 42,670 | Gross: $0.41M

This movie is awesome.period.

7. Haider (2014)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young man returns to Kashmir after his father's disappearance to confront his uncle - the man he suspects of playing a role in his father's fate.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon

Votes: 46,253 | Gross: $0.90M

Cinematography, Kashmir and Shahid's monologue. Shraddha Kapoor was miscast, well she is miscast in Bollywood, ignore her.

8. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Not Rated | 321 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

89 Metascore

A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Votes: 69,632

Vidhayak jp singh ko koot diye, sp office mein [Whupped jp singh's ass, in sp office] Vo bhi uske baap ke saamne [In front of his old man] Sardar Khan naam hai hamara, bataa dijiyega sabko [The name is Sardar Khan, kindly tell everyone]

9. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 303,366 | Gross: $6.53M

Characters and situations in this movie are very unrealistic. At least one scene was copied from an advertisement. Pathetic songs.

10. Haasil (2003)

PG-13 | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Aniruddh, a law-abiding college student, in love with Niharika, gets caught up in college politics and crime and must fight it out for himself when his friend becomes his foe.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Jimmy Sheirgill, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Irrfan Khan, Ashutosh Rana

Votes: 2,375

-Dekh leo beta, ee bambaiya bakiti hai [Look son, this is Bombay badassery] -Abey unke paas bandookein hain english type wali [That's because they have got imported guns] Gaadi aise hawa mein ud jaati hai [Vehicles fly in the air, just like that] Yahaan sala chahe jitna bam maro [Here you keep throwing the bombs] Kabhi gaadi udegi aise hawa mein [Would the vehicles ever fly like that?]

11. Om Dar-B-Dar (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A carefully constructed nonsense about a teenage boy named Om in a small Indian village.

Director: Kamal Swaroop | Stars: Gopi Desai, Manish Gupta, Anita Kanwar, Aditya Lakhia

Votes: 272

Before anything else, just watch the song Meri Jaan A A A

12. 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: Mala Sinha, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman

Votes: 4,686

Rudade gume ulfat unse hum kya kehte kyu kar kehte [What melancholy love stories shall I tell her, and why should I tell her?] Ik harf na nikla hothon se, aur aankh mein aansu aa bhi gaye [Not a word out of my lips, still her eyes got filled with tears.] Is mehfile kaifo masti mein, is anjumane irfani mein [In this party of inebriation, in this party of wisdom] Sab jaam bakaf baithe hi rahe, hum pee bhi gaye chalka bhi gaye. [Everyone held on to their glasses while I drank and spilled.]

13. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

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: 23,267

Only good movie of the only superstar of India.

14. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of six young Indians who assist an English woman to film a documentary on the freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long-forgotten saga of freedom.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 101,334 | Gross: $2.20M

Lose Control.

15. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,802 | Gross: $2.08M

16. Gulaal (2009)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Deepak Dobriyal

Votes: 12,556

Cult Classic.

17. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Crime

The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Hemendra Dandotiya, Navneet Gairola, Mahie Gill

Votes: 29,575 | Gross: $0.04M

Beehad mein baaghi hote hain, dacait milte hain parliament mein. [The hinterlands have rebels, dacoits are found in parliament]

18. Dev.D (2009)

Not Rated | 144 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, a young man finds solace in drugs. Meanwhile, a teenage girl is caught in the world of prostitution. Will they be destroyed, or will they find redemption?

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 26,273 | Gross: $0.01M

Martin Scorsese sent a letter of appreciation to Anurag Kashyap after watching this movie.

19. Rockstar (2011)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Music, Musical

Janardhan Jakhar chases his dreams of becoming a big Rock star, during which he falls in love with Heer.

Director: Imtiaz Ali | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shammi Kapoor, Kumud Mishra

Votes: 35,009 | Gross: $0.99M

Watch it for Rahman's music, Rumi's poetry and Nargis Fakhri's lips.

20. Gol Maal (1979)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

A man's simple lie to secure his job escalates into more complex lies when his orthodox boss gets suspicious.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma, Shubha Khote

Votes: 15,719

There is a genre in Bollywood, the Amol Palekar genre and this movie is its highlight.

21. Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008)

125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A burglar reflects on his life and loves; while the media speculates how he managed to pull off so many heists.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra, Archana Puran Singh

Votes: 14,737 | Gross: $0.08M

Every scene of this movie can be an inspiration for entire full length movies.

22. 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: 24,673

This was a first as far as shooting locations are concerned.

23. Chandni Bar (2001)

150 min | Crime, Drama

A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav, Shri Vallabh Vyas

Votes: 2,264

4 National Awards.

24. 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: 1,303

Indian classical music,Meena and the legend that surrounds this movie.

25. Paanch (2003)

130 min | Crime, Thriller

Four friends (Luke, Murgi, Joy and Pondy) wasted by youth and self destruction play together in a band along with a fifth female member (Shiuli). Luke the lead singer and self-imposed ... See full summary »

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Joy Fernandes, Vijay Maurya

Votes: 1,950

Inspired by events surrounding Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders.

26. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Musical

A lowly servant, Bhootnath gets close to the wife of his employer, and narrates her story through his eyes and perspective.

Director: Abrar Alvi | Stars: Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman

Votes: 1,352

Meena Kumari's subtleties. A character suffering from OCD, in 1962, in an Indian movie.

27. Bandit Queen (1994)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a ... See full summary »

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Rajesh Vivek, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 3,975 | Gross: $0.40M

National Award Winner. Indian entry at the 67th Academy Awards.

28. 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: 1,051

Inspired many movies in Hollywood. First Indian movie to be released abroad.

29. No Smoking (2007)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A surreal story about a man, his addiction of smoking, and a mysterious and powerful organisation, which claims to cure such addictions, though through very unusual ways.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 5,689

Wait for the day you realize that this movie has nothing to do with smoking whatsoever.

Kafkaesque.



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