Movies for Appreciating Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan is one of the great stars of Indian cinema. However, he has very rarely said "no" to someone approaching him with a job, and so some of the movies he has starred in have been less than wonderful. I have yet to see a poor performance by him, but I have watched some pretty pathetic movies in which his good work was not enough to overcome the other problems. These are some of the movies that Amitabh Bachchan has been in that I like the best.
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1.
Sholay (1975)
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After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit. (198 mins.)
Director: Ramesh Sippy
“ Amitabh as a young, tall, dark and taciturn hero. One of his first big hits. ” - RRHowell41
 
2.
Deewaar (1975)
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Vijay struggles as a dockworker. Eventually, he becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother, Ravi, is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship. (174 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra
“ In this one Amitabh is the bad son, driven by childhood poverty and injustice to a life of crime, while his brother sticks to legitimate means of making money and becomes a policeman with integrity. ” - RRHowell41
 
3.
Don (1978)
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Don, a wanted criminal, dies in a police chase. DSP D'Silva is the only one who knows about his death, and to get hold of the gang he trains Don-lookalike Vijay. But Vijay faces danger from the police and from within the gang. (175 mins.)
Director: Chandra Barot
“ Don has been remade with Shah Rukh Khan as the lead--but Amitabh created the role. ” - RRHowell41
 
4.
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
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Three brothers are separated and united after many years - one is brought up a Hindu, another a Muslim and the last (and most memorable) a Christian. Hilarity and adventure ensues. (184 mins.)
Director: Manmohan Desai
“ Three young brothers get separated and are raised as a Hindu, a Muslim and a Christian. Then things get complicated in very silly ways. This is a classic farce, and Amitabh is priceless as a fast-talking con artist. ” - RRHowell41
 
5.
Namak Halaal (1982)
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Brought up by his grandfather, Arjun Singh moves to the city in search of a new job and life. While in the city he meets Bhairon who helps him find a job as a singer in a 5-star hotel owned by Raja. (171 mins.)
Director: Prakash Mehra
“ Amitabh is a rich young man whose father is taking him into the business, and whose best friend volunteers to help by giving him insight into the concerns of the workers. He learns more than he expects to about their lives. ” - RRHowell41
 
6.
Inquilaab (1984)
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Street-wise and poor, Amar Nath makes a living selling cinema tickets and fast-food snacks (Bhel Puri) outside cinema halls... (152 mins.)
Director: T. Rama Rao
“ A classic "angry young man" sort of movie. This has some absurd picturizations and comedy routines, but it also has lovely outrage against corrupt politicians. ” - RRHowell41
 
7.
Main Azaad Hoon (1989)
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A newspaper reporter exploits an ordinary man for few rupees to pose as a man who is fighting against...
Director: Tinnu Anand
“ Amitabh as a drifter who is turned into a crusader for justice by a newspaper reporter looking for a story. ” - RRHowell41
 
8.
Khuda Gawah (1992)
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Baadshah Khan falls in love with Benazir, a member of a rival clan who has defeated him in a game of buzkashi... (193 mins.)
Director: Mukul S. Anand
“ Amitabh as an Afghan chieftain whose ferocious commitment to honor and to his word results in his spending the bulk of his life in prison, suffering for a crime he did not commit. ” - RRHowell41
 
9.
Sooryavansham (1999)
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Heera fails to live up to expectations of his father Thakur Bhanupratap Singh, a powerful and respected man of his community. Despite all odds Heera struggles to keep his father's pride. (168 mins.)
“ Amitabh plays a double role in this, both as a narrow-minded but noble Thakur father and as a noble but illiterate and somewhat ne'er-do-well son of said father. This is not great cinema, but Amitabh's performances are good, and it's a fun watch. ” - RRHowell41
 
10.
Mohabbatein (2000)
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Two stubborn men with opposing beliefs battle each other - three love stories are at stake. (216 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
“ Amitabh as a crusty old head of a school, fierce and bitter. Then along comes an amazing music teacher, determined to introduce love to the school... ” - RRHowell41
 
11.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
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Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan... (210 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
“ A father who has difficulty bending when his son does not fulfill his expectations in the area of marriage. ” - RRHowell41
 
12.
Baghban (2003)
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An elderly couple wish their children to care for them in their old age. But their children see and treat them as a burden, and they must struggle to regain their worth and dignity to themselves and others. (181 mins.)
Director: Ravi Chopra
“ A father who sacrifices everything for his children, but who has always expected that they would return the favor when he grew older. ” - RRHowell41
 
13.
Veer-Zaara (2004)
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Veer-Zaara is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. A love story that is an inspiration and will remain a legend forever. (192 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra
“ Amitabh has a bit role, but a lovely one, as Veer's father, the leader of a village that is in the process of modernizing and improving. ” - RRHowell41
 
14.
Deewaar: Let's Bring Our Heroes Home (2004)
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Major Ranvir Kaul (Amitabh Bachchan) is a POW who was captured along with over 30 soldiers by Pakistani... (163 mins.)
Director: Milan Luthria
“ Amitabh is a soldier who is a prisoner of war in Pakistan, a leader of men. ” - RRHowell41
 
15.
Dev (2004)
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Joint Commissioner of Police Dev Pratap Singh, a duty-bound, self-righteous officer, and Special Commissioner Tejinder Khosla... (172 mins.)
Director: Govind Nihalani
“ Amitabh is a policeman who is concerned that the truth about riots be uncovered, regardless of the political fallout. ” - RRHowell41
 
16.
Khakee (2004)
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A team of police force escorts an alleged terrorist from Chandangarh to Mumbai. However their trip turns into a deadly survival when an ex-cop tries to stop them to reach Mumbai. (174 mins.)
“ Amitabh as a righteous policeman, given an assignment that his superiors think will result in his death. ” - RRHowell41
 
17.
Sarkar (2005)
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The authority of a man, who runs a parallel government in Mumbai, is challenged. His son rises to face his enemies. (124 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
“ Bollywood's remapping of the Godfather onto the Indian landscape. ” - RRHowell41
 
18.
Black (2005)
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The cathartic tale of a young woman who can't see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world. (122 mins.)
“ This is an Indian version of the Miracle Worker, about Helen Keller, but includes a number of different artistic twists to the story. Amitabh is the man who helps a girl who is deaf and blind learn to communicate with the world. ” - RRHowell41
 
19.
Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005)
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Waqt the race against time is the story of a father and a son between whom there is a special bond.... (153 mins.)
“ The father of a wastrel son fights for his transformation, even as he is also fighting against the cancer that he knows will be his death. ” - RRHowell41
 
20.
Viruddh... Family Comes First (2005)
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An ordinary 60 plus couple - Vidhyadhar Patwardhan and his wife are forced to search for their faith in human values and society after the death of their only son Amar. In the process they undergo the most testing struggle of their lives. (132 mins.)
“ Amitabh plays a man whose son has been murdered, with the murder covered up by the police. ” - RRHowell41
 
21.
Baabul (2006)
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Babul tells the tale of a man (Bachchan) who tries to bring happiness back into his daughter-in-law (Mukherjee)'s life after his son (Salman)'s death. (169 mins.)
Director: Ravi Chopra
“ A father-in-law of a young widow bucks tradition to see her happily remarried. ” - RRHowell41
 
22.
Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)
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As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light. (105 mins.)
“ Amitabh as an aging palace guard to the royal family of a princely state that is still living with a sense of royalty in modern India. Dark family secrets are slowly revealed, and Eklavya's understanding of ultimate duty is put to the test. This is a beautiful movie, and one of my favorites. ” - RRHowell41
 
23.
Cheeni Kum (2007)
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An egotistical 64-year-old chef and confirmed bachelor falls for a woman 30 years his junior. (140 mins.)
Director: R. Balki
“ The sixty-year old owner of a top Indian restaurant in London slowly warms up to the possibility of romance in his life. ” - RRHowell41
 
24.
The Last Lear (2007)
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An aging Shakespearean actor takes on one of the bard's most challenging roles. Based on Utpal Dutt's play "Aajker Shahjahan". (130 mins.)
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
“ A crotchety aging actor is offered a job in a movie. ” - RRHowell41
 
25.
Bhoothnath (2008)
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Moving into a new house, a family witnesses an unfriendly ghost who wants to drive them away from the house. However, he befriends a little boy who changes his outlook forever. (150 mins.)
Director: Vivek Sharma
“ Amitabh as a bitter (and then charming) ghost. ” - RRHowell41
 
26.
Sarkar Raj (2008)
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When Anita Rajan, CEO of Sheppard power plant, an international Company, brings a power plant proposal... (125 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
“ A sequel to Sarkar, Amitabh as a criminal warlord/politician who nonetheless cares about his people (and of course, cares about his family). ” - RRHowell41
 
27.
Aladin (2009)
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Since he was a child, Aladin Chatterjee has been teased for his fairytale name. As a college student he follows his namesake's footsteps; unleashing genie Genius and wooing exchange student Jasmine. But the evil Ringmaster approaches. (132 mins.)
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
“ The genie himself, in a different remake of this story. ” - RRHowell41
 
28.
Paa (2009)
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A father tries to help his son cope with a rare condition that causes the young boy to age beyond his years. (133 mins.)
Director: R. Balki
“ "Introducing" child actor Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh plays a child suffering from progeria, whose father is played by Amitabh's real son, Abhishek. The movie is excellent. ” - RRHowell41
 
29.
Rann (2010)
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Unfolds the story behind the news industry and its political conspiracies. (137 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
“ Amitabh runs a news network, but is horrified when he learns that the lines between reporting and creating the news are being blurred. ” - RRHowell41