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1. Bhuvan Shome (1969)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

Bhuvan Shome is a lonely widower, a proud old man and a strict disciplinarian. Looking back on the trodden path, strewn with staunch determination and drab attitudes, Bhuvan Shome, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Utpal Dutt, Suhasini Mulay, Shekhar Chatterjee, Sadhu Meher

Votes: 318

2. Dastak (1970)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama

Tells the story of newly weds Hamid and Salma. They move into a rental flat next door to the local red light district. The flat had been the former home of a well known mujra and qawali ... See full summary »

Director: Rajinder Singh Bedi | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Rehana Sultan, Shakeela Bano Bhopali, Anwar Hussain

Votes: 105

3. Anubhav (1971)

139 min | Drama

Meeta Sen (Tanuja) and Amar Sen (Sanjeev Kumar) have been married for several years. Due to Amar's hectic work schedule, the couple have not had children, as there was no time for intimacy.... See full summary »

Director: Basu Bhattacharya | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Tanuja, Dinesh Thakur, A.K. Hangal

Votes: 110

4. Garm Hava (1974)

146 min | Drama

In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own.

Director: M.S. Sathyu | Stars: Balraj Sahni, A.K. Hangal, Gita Siddharth, Jamal Hashmi

Votes: 581

5. 27 Down (1974)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

Sanjay is on a pilgrimage journey to Varanasi and remembers his life in flashbacks.

Director: Awtar Krishna Kaul | Stars: Sudhir Dalvi, Rakhee Gulzar, Sadhu Meher, M.K. Raina

Votes: 102

6. Charandas Chor (1975)

156 min | Drama

The film is derived from a classic folktale, originally narrated by Vijaydan Detha, and interpreted as a folk play by Habib Tanvir. The film charts the tumultuous life of a petty thief, ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Lalu Ram, Madan Lal, Babu Das, Bhakla Ram

Votes: 39

7. Alaap (1977)

160 min | Drama, Musical

Widowed Advocate Triloki Prasad lives a wealthy lifestyle in a small town in India with two sons, Advocate Ashok - who is married to Geeta, and Alok - who has yet to settle down in their ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Chhayadevi, Asrani

Votes: 288

8. Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Arvind Desai is the only son of a rich businessman who deals in luxury handicraft products. His feelings for his father are mixed. While he hates his dominating nature, he admires his power and lack of scruples.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Dilip Dhawan, Anjali Paigankar, Shreeram Lagoo, Sudha Shivpuri

Votes: 94

9. Cinema Cinema (1979)

Documentary

Director Shah Krishna compiled this compelling documentary of Indian cinema after spending two years searching through film archives from all over the world. Included are films from the ... See full summary »

Director: Krishna Shah | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Dharmendra, Hema Malini

Votes: 25

10. The Touch (1980)

145 min | Drama, Romance

Anirudh Parmar is blind, but he does not let this impairment bind him down. He runs a school for the blind as a Principal. He meets with social worker, Kavita. Kavita is attracted to him, ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Sudha Chopra, Mohan Gokhale

Votes: 575

11. In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989 TV Movie)

112 min | Comedy

Annie struggles to to clear his bachelor's degree with one final hurdle-The Thesis. It's his final attempt to clear it. Can he?

Director: Pradip Krishen | Stars: Roshan Seth, Arjun Raina, Arundhati Roy, Rituraj

Votes: 1,243

12. 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: 280

13. Figures of Thought (1990)

33 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary that captures the techniques and creations of three prominent artists in India.

Director: Arun Khopkar

Votes: 20

14. Ram Ke Naam (1992)

90 min | Documentary

Since gaining independence in 1947, India has been a secular state. But now, as religious fundamentalism grips much of India's population, the greatest danger to the nation's extremely ... See full summary »

Director: Anand Patwardhan

Votes: 320

15. Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! (2000)

148 min | Drama

Born in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, Ram Saran Pandey, relocates to Bombay, Maharashtra, to improve his lifestyle, leaving behind his mom and dad, Sudama, with a promise to call them to Bombay ... See full summary »

Director: Hansal Mehta | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu, Saurabh Shukla, Aditya Srivastava

Votes: 187 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Kaun? (1999)

90 min | Mystery, Thriller

While alone in the house, a woman hears news of serial killer on the loose. And then a stranger rings the doorbell...

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, Sushant Singh

Votes: 3,073

17. Such a Long Journey (1998)

113 min | Drama

74 Metascore

Circa 1971, Gustad Noble lives in a one bedroom hall rented apartment in Byculla, Bombay. He travels to work everyday by Central Railway to Victoria Terminus and walks to Flora Fountain to ... See full summary »

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson | Stars: Roshan Seth, Soni Razdan, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 432 | Gross: $0.09M

18. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah, Vijay Raaz

Votes: 22,421 | Gross: $13.88M

19. The Black Garment (2002)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

Sultana, a small town prostitute and her pimp Khudabaksh migrate to the metropolis, bringing with them their dreams and meagre belongings. Sultana goes about her bright and artful ... See full summary »

Director: Fareeda Mehta | Stars: Sadiya Siddiqui, Irrfan Khan, Surekha Sikri, Kay Kay Menon

Votes: 68

20. 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: 2,401

21. Deliverance (1981 TV Movie)

45 min | Action, Drama

Untouchable shoemender Dukhi comes to the Brahmin's and asks him to arrange his daughter's engagement. The Brahmin belongs to a higher caste. He wants Dukhi to work for him (and for free) ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Mohan Agashe, Gita Siddharth

Votes: 331

22. Namkeen (1982)

112 min | Drama, Family

Dhaniram brings a trucker named Gerulal to Jugni's house so that he can rent a room. Jugni lives in dilapidated house with three young daughters, all of whom are of marriage age. The eldest... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Vairale

Votes: 349

23. Arohan (1983)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama

Story of a poor farmer who suffers under a cunning and cruel landlord, amidst rising Naxalism in the 60s.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Victor Banerjee, Noni Ganguly, Pankaj Kapur, Sreela Majumdar

Votes: 71

24. Party (1984)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A planned social gathering is held to commemorate Divakar Barve for the award he receive pertaining his contributions to Indian Arts and films. The social event is greeted by some important... See full summary »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Deepa Sahi, Ila Arun, Raju Barot, Mohan Bhandari

Votes: 207

25. Mirch Masala (1987)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose ... See full summary »

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Ratna Pathak Shah

Votes: 998

26. New Delhi Times (1986)

123 min | Drama, Mystery

When a politician is killed, a journalist discovers that a member of parliament had the man assassinated. As his editor digs deeper, the complicity of higher-placed politicians comes to the... See full summary »

Director: Romesh Sharma | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Votes: 142

27. Khamosh (1986)

101 min | Mystery, Thriller

When a starlet is murdered on a film location, her detective brother arrives there to solve the mystery.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar, Sudhir Mishra, Soni Razdan

Votes: 845

28. Rudaali (1993)

128 min | Drama

In a small village in Rajasthan, India, a woman named Shanichari was born - so named, as shortly after her birth her father died; & her mother, Peewli, ran away with a rich lover, the owner... See full summary »

Director: Kalpana Lajmi | Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 415

29. Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One (1997)

130 min | Mystery

An urban contemporary film about adultery, murder and betrayal in the film noir style. A simple story to which the director imparts a feeling of unrest and disquiet, catching the city in ... See full summary »

Director: Rajat Kapoor | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shambhavi Kaul, Irrfan Khan, Alyy Khan

Votes: 48

30. Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996)

131 min | Thriller

Ramanbhai is the criminal don of Bombay, and most criminal activities are linked indirectly to him. He has a rival in Vilas Pandey, who is furious with Ramanbhai, and wants to get a larger ... See full summary »

Director: Sudhir Mishra | Stars: Murad Ali, Tara Deshpande, Kishore Kadam, Sandeep Kulkarni

Votes: 226

31. 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: 16,769 | Gross: $0.03M

32. The Blue Umbrella (2005)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In a small village when a little girl's prescious umbrella is stolen, things goes wrong for a greedy tea seller who was very much interested in buying that umbrella from her.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal, Rahul Kumar

Votes: 1,664

34. 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. For 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: 4,046 | Gross: $0.40M

35. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Satyaveer accepts money from Manorama, wife of an irrigation minister, to collect evidence against her husband for having an extra-marital affair. He accepts, unaware that he too is being deceived.

Director: Navdeep Singh | Stars: Abhay Deol, Gul Panag, Raima Sen, Sarika

Votes: 6,016

36. Supermen of Malegaon (2008)

66 min | Documentary

Malegaon, a small town tucked away near the heart of India geographically, is fraught with communal tension and under severe economic depression. To escape the harsh reality of their world,... See full summary »

Director: Faiza Ahmad Khan | Stars: Shakeel Bharati, Farogh Jafri, Akram Khan, Shafique

Votes: 593

37. 99 (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A gangster deputes two of his men to recover money from an out of town compulsive gambler.

Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru | Stars: Kunal Khemu, Boman Irani, Soha Ali Khan, Cyrus Broacha

Votes: 2,520

38. Miss Lovely (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A Hindi feature film set in the lower depths of Bombay's "C" grade film industry. Miss Lovely follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sleazy horror films in the mid-1980s.

Director: Ashim Ahluwalia | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh, Anil George, Zeena Bhatia

Votes: 2,700

39. Katiyabaaz (2013)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

In a city with 15 hour power cuts, hundreds of people risk their lives to steal electricity. With the first female chief of the electricity company vowing to eliminate all illegal ... See full summary »

Directors: Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa | Stars: Ritu Maheshwari, Loha Singh, Irfan Solanki

Votes: 456

40. Labour of Love (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

Set in the crumbling environs of Calcutta, Labour of Love is a lyrical unfolding of two ordinary lives suspended in the duress of a spiralling recession.

Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta | Stars: Ritwick Chakraborty, Basabdatta Chatterjee

Votes: 651

41. Soni (2018)

TV-MA | 97 min | Drama

68 Metascore

While fighting crimes against women in Delhi, a short-fused policewoman and her level-headed female boss grapple with gender issues in their own lives.

Director: Ivan Ayr | Stars: Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Saloni Batra, Vikas Shukla, Mohit Chauhan

Votes: 1,596

42. Gurgaon (2016)

107 min | Crime, Thriller

Based on true event this story revolves around kidnapping of Preeto which family has come to know from midnight call. The tales revolves as to how they family will be able to track Preeto..

Director: Shanker Raman | Stars: Akshay Oberoi, Pankaj Tripathi, Aamir Bashir, Ragini Khanna

Votes: 1,319

43. The Cinema Travellers (2016)

96 min | Documentary

Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become ... See full summary »

Directors: Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya

Votes: 94



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