Highest Grossing Hindi Movies of 1981

This list is as per the film's performance money wise at the box office in the particular year.
The order is as per revenue collected.
There are some years in which films which are regarded as classics post their release or have developed cult following among public over the years, have become box office flop at the time of their release.

The first 31 were superhits and rest films in this list below were declared as box office flops in India and in few as average grossers and the rest of the films from the beginning were Superhits.
Maan Gaye Ustad , Barsat Ki Ek Raat, Waqt Ki Deewar and Wardat are not regarded as classics
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1.
Kranti (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This is the story of India's Freedom Struggle between the years of 1825&1875. (187 mins.)
Director: Manoj Kumar
 
2.
Laawaris (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Left in the care of an alcoholic Gangu Ganpat (Shreeram Lagoo), young Heera, who named himself after a stray dog... (189 mins.)
Director: Prakash Mehra
 
3.
Kudrat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The setting is in scenic Simla, summer capital of the British Raj in the 1970's. Chandramukhi from Bombay... (164 mins.)
Director: Chetan Anand
 
4.
Meri Aawaz Suno (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Sushil Kumar lives a middle-class lifestyle in Riksapur in the District of Bhagalpur, located in a country called Mundustan... (153 mins.)
 
5.
Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Hindi-speaking collegian Sapna lives a wealthy lifestyle in Dona Paula, near Panaji, Goa, India, along with her Professor dad... (167 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
 
6.
Love Story (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Vijay Mehra loves Suman, but Suman is attracted to Ram, and marries Ram shortly thereafter. Vijay is angered by this... (161 mins.)
Director: Rajendra Kumar
 
7.
Katilon Ke Kaatil (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A wealthy woman faces trauma when her husband is killed, and both her young sons abducted. She spends years looking for them...
 
8.
Naseeb (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Naseeb, a story of destiny and fate, begins with a lottery ticket. A drunk who cannot pay his tab trades his 'winning' ticket to the waiter... (197 mins.)
Director: Manmohan Desai
 
9.
Dhanwan (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Vijay Kumar Saxena is a rich playboy who cares about nothing he falls in love with Asha Nath who she... (152 mins.)
Director: Surendra Mohan
 
10.
Yaarana (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Multi-millionaire Bishan Kumar and orphan Kishan are inseparable friends and live in the same house with Bishan's widowed mother and a maid servant... (138 mins.)
Director: Raakesh Kumar
 
11.
Dard (Conflict of Emotions) (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Prosecuting Attorney Seema proceeds with the criminal prosecution of Deepak Srivastav, who is accused of Murder...
Director: Ambrish Sangal
 
12.
Fiffty Fiffty (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Thakur Virendra Singh lives a wealthy lifestyle in India along with his wife and a son, Kumar. His relative Bihari is envious...
Director: Shomu Mukerji
 
13.
Rocky (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Shamlal is an educated young man who is employed in the construction business by Ratanlal. Shamlal is also the union leader... (151 mins.)
Director: Sunil Dutt
 
14.
Ek Hi Bhool (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Sadhana (Rekha) and Ramkumar (Jeetendra) are a married couple. Their marriage gets into troubled waters... (144 mins.)
Director: T. Rama Rao
 
15.
Pyaasa Sawan (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
While looking for employment, Chandrakant is mistaken for the son of a wealthy landlord by Prabhudas... (161 mins.)
 
16.
Bulundi (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A college professor agrees to teach the son of a gangster and becomes a pawn in a deadly game.
Director: Esmayeel Shroff
 
17.
Baseraa (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Sharda and her sister Poornima alias Nima live with their widowed father. Since both have come of age... (139 mins.)
Director: Ramesh Talwar
 
18.
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Its a fun masala romp with generous helpings of the recommended masala allowance. There is feisty Hirni... (153 mins.)
Director: Ashok Roy
 
19.
Maan Gaye Ustaad (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Chandan Singh is a farmer who lives in a village called Ramgarh along with his wife, Malti, and two children...
Director: Shibu Mitra
 
20.
Kaalia (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A simple man is forced to join the criminal world. (157 mins.)
Director: Tinnu Anand
 
21.
Wardaat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Large locusts attack the farmers and farmlands resulting in hefty damages. The Indian Government suspects...
 
22.
Hotel (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Suraj is separated from his love Seema and wants to build a hotel at the location where he met her,... (135 mins.)
 
23.
Itni Si Baat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
One day while travelling on the BEST bus in Bombay, Raja produces a 100 rupee note to buy a 50 paisa bus ticket...
Director: Madhu M.
 
24.
Saajan Ki Saheli (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Young and attractive Kunti has fallen in love with a young man by the name of Anil, and both intend to marry...
Director: Saawan Kumar
 
25.
Hum Se Badkar Kaun (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Four young boys tragically separated from their parents and each other grow up to become four different men with divergent values and conflicting methods. Fate eventually sets their paths for a head on collision.
Director: Deepak Bahry
 
26.
Harjaee (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Ajay Nath comes from a wealthy family, and is prone to playing practical jokes and pranks in order to get his way with this mother and father...
Director: Ramesh Behl
 
27.
Jail Yatra (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Raju comes from a middle-class family, and lives with his mother. He meets with nurse Shobha, and both fall in love...
Director: Bhappi Sonie
 
28.
Nakhuda (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A story about choices to be made between relationships - relationships with one's mentor, one's love and family. (117 mins.)
Director: Dilip Naik
 
29.
Kalyug (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This movie tells story of fierce and total competition of two related business families in the days... (152 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
30.
Chashme Buddoor (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two womanizing slackers, Omi and Jai (Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani respectively) attempt to woo the new girl in the neighbourhood... (145 mins.)
Director: Sai Paranjape
 
31.
Biwi O Biwi (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Singer Chandermohan is born in a well-off family and is the only child. Since he is of marriageable age...
Director: Rahul Rawail
 
32.
Shradhanjali (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Shraddha lives in Mahim, Bombay, with her widowed dad, younger school-going brother, Bittu; a step-brother and his wife... (139 mins.)
Director: Anil Sharma
 
33.
Ahista Ahista (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Courtesan Madame Subbalaxmi heads a household where men are not born, but are welcome. Women are not welcome...
Director: Esmayeel Shroff
 
34.
Waqt Ki Deewar (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Cruel and lustful Thakur Dayal Singh (Amjad Singh) brutally rapes Sarla (Nazneen), forcing her to commit suicide...
Director: Ravi Tandon
 
35.
Umrao Jaan (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Faizabad, British India, Daroga Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran's dad testifies against him... (145 mins.)
Director: Muzaffar Ali
 
36.
Jyoti (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Niranjan Pratap Singh is the stepson of Zamindar and real son of Ranimaa Sunanda. He is also the sole heir to the property of the Zamindar... (144 mins.)
 
37.
Gehra Zakhm (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Deepak Bahry
 
38.
Naram Garam (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An impoverished employee tries to prevent his superiors and employers from marrying his sweetheart. (122 mins.)
 
39.
Professor Pyarelal (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Kishinchand has taken to a life of crime, namely that of forging passports, and for that is under surveillance by the police... (133 mins.)
Director: Brij
 
40.
Prem Geet (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Raj Babbar is a poet & good singer, with whom Anita Raj falls in love. However, Anita is diagnosed to have Brain Cancer; nonetheless Raj decides to marry Anita with the knowledge of his Dad (150 mins.)
Director: Sudesh Issar
 
41.
Mangalsutra (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Vijay lives a wealthy lifestyle with his widowed dad, Mohan, and is betrothed to Gayetri Prasad when they were still children...
Director: Vijay B.
 
42.
Chehre Pe Chehra (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Dr Wilson is well respected person in a small Goan village, soon one of his experiments will turn him into a monster. (140 mins.)
Director: Raj Tilak
 
43.
Yeh Rishta Na Tootay (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ram Kapoor comes from a poor family, while Kiran comes from a middle-class family. Ram and his brother...
Director: K. Vijayan
 
44.
Sannata (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Girdharilal a wealthy business man is murdered by his cousin Dhanpat Rai for his wealth.Sapna daughter...
 
45.
Khuda Kasam (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Ranvir Singh is in the employ of Raiszada Hukamchand, who is involved in criminal activities. One day Raiszada kills a man named Victor...
Director: Lekh Tandon
 
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47.
Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Industrialist SK Nanda had thrown his son Ramesh out of the house as he wanted to marry a poor girl... (175 mins.)
Director: Nasir Husain
 
48.
Barsaat Ki Ek Raat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young blind woman named Rajni lives in India with her dad, Suresh, who is employed as a Manager with a business marketing tea leaves... (142 mins.)
Director: Shakti Samanta
 
49.
Sansani: The Sensation (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
On a chilly foggy night two men alight from a train at an isolated railway station, and stay for a night at the Dak Bangla...
Director: Irshad
 
50.
Shama (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Widower Nawab Yusuf Khan lives a wealthy lifestyle in Sultanpur, British India, along with his school-going son...
Director: Naeem Basit
 
51.
Chakra (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband... (140 mins.)
 
52.
Krodhi (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Unaware of his parents, as he was abandoned as a young child, Vikramjit Singh alias Vicky grows up amidst hatred... (159 mins.)
Director: Subhash Ghai
 
53.
Silsila (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Can an unconventional love that runs afoul of societal expectations survive? (182 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra