Amitabh Bachchan's Greatest Movies

by Abdullah | created - 20 Mar 2011 | updated - 20 Mar 2011 | Public

I know it's very difficult to rate his awesome work in a particular order and i am trying my best here...Some of his movies just cannot be compared with each other...so being 3-4 places down from a particular movie does not mean that it's rated low. All your FEEDBACK and CRITICISM is HIGHLY APPRECIATED. i need it to get my list right. Thank you.

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1. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.9
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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: 18,329

Amitabh Bachchan is fantastic as babumoshai. He showed the world that the next superstar was coming

2. Deewaar (1975)

174 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy

Votes: 7,878

From start to end, the movie is unrelentingly tense, tight, somber and serious but the seriousness of the film works for two vital reasons: the absolutely amazing, scorching and explosive under-acting by Amitabh Bachchan; and the screenplay and dialogs by Salim-Javed

3. Chupke Chupke (1975)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.5
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A newly wedded husband plays a practical joke on his wife's family with full support from his wife and friends.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri

Votes: 8,529

The performance of Amitabh Bachchan stands out amongst some of the greatest names of the 70s.

4. Sholay (1975)

Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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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.

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan

Votes: 42,343

Can't find a single flaw in the movie. Probably one of the best ever made in Hindi. The camera work is flawless and grips you. The acting is inspired. The music is memorable. One of the movies you remember for life.

5. Sharaabi (1984)

180 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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In lieu of love and affections from his multi-millionaire father, Amarnath Kapoor; Vicky is instead serve brandy. Amarnath is interested in materializing his businesses to greater heights ... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Bharat Bhushan, Chandrashekhar, C.S. Dubey

Votes: 2,123

Amitabh's performance as a drunken person in the film had proven that he is the king of indian film industry. The way he walked and delivered his dialogues were perfect. He made us feel that he really was drunken.

6. Black (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

Votes: 28,322 | Gross: $0.73M

Obviously, Amitabh Bachchan plays the lead in it...who else can?

7. Sarkar (2005)

124 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak

Votes: 12,846

I read a post saying "a bad adaptation of godfather" lets get this one clear that this is not Godfather.

8. Abhimaan (1973)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Musical

8.0
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A popular singer convinces his new wife to enter show-business, but his pride is wounded when she outshines him.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Asrani, Bindu

Votes: 2,138

Amitabh and Jaya share an envious chemistry in the flick and it does wonders to what the film tried depicting.

9. Don (1978)

Not Rated | 166 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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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.

Director: Chandra Barot | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Iftekhar

Votes: 8,542

This movie is one of the earliest blockbusters of the 1970s that firmly launched Amitabh Bachchan in the superstar orbit.

10. Namak Haraam (1973)

Unrated | 146 min | Drama

7.4
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Somnath (Somu) lives in a shanty house in a Delhi slum with his widowed mom, and unmarried sister, Sarla. He is friendly with Calcutta-based wealthy Vikram (Vicky) Maharaj. When Vicky's dad... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Simi Garewal, Rekha

Votes: 1,208

Amitabh had a small role here he has a parallel role against the Super Star Rajesh Khanna and both have done their role well.

11. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

184 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Manmohan Desai | Stars: Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh

Votes: 4,885

Amar Akbar Anthony is a wild, delirious roller coaster of a movie that rushes from pathos to comedy to action to thriller to pathos again and somehow manages to work perfectly.

12. Agneepath (1990)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A young boy's quest for revenge leads him to become a gangster as an adult, and with each day he becomes more and more like his enemies. Can he find vengeance and redemption?

Director: Mukul Anand | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, Neelam Kothari

Votes: 6,566

Even though the music score is not up to the mark, one gets to watch Amitabh's sterling performance as the "angry young man" of Bollywood. The background score adds to the intensity of the film. Its well worth giving 10+.

13. Baghban (2003)

181 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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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.

Director: Ravi Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Aman Verma, Samir Soni

Votes: 11,787 | Gross: $1.10M

After a long time I have enjoyed watching Amitabh Bachchan, and Hema Malini's performance was so subtle and yet she gave a powerful performance. There is one scene in particular, where she tells Amitabh to have his medicine (right before they get separated) and one moment she has her eyes shut and the next moment her eyes are filled with tears.

14. Zanjeer (1973)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A tough and honest police officer clashes with a crime boss who, unbeknownst to him, happens to be his parents' murderer.

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Pran, Om Prakash

Votes: 3,056

This movie is lots of fun. It has EVERYthing in it - car chases, dance numbers, action, crime, revenge - like many Bollywood films - there's something for everyone.

15. Satte Pe Satta (1982)

160 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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After the death of their parents; Ravi Anand the eldest of seven brothers becomes the guardian to his other six siblings. His dictatorship and measures to get things done are frustrated by ... See full summary »

Director: Raj N. Sippy | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Ranjeeta Kaur, Amjad Khan

Votes: 2,403

Amitabh excels in both roles as always, He brings a distinct characteristic to both the roles.

16. Namak Halaal (1982)

171 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Smita Patil

Votes: 1,806

This plot is ridiculous, and really makes no sense. It's full of cliched situations, hackneyed lines, melodrama, comedy but only Amitabh could pull this one off.

17. Lakshya (2004)

Not Rated | 186 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Om Puri

Votes: 15,565 | Gross: $0.75M

Amitabh Bachchan: Great performance, His eyes and silence in the movie say a lot more than words.

18. Khakee (2004)

174 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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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.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Votes: 12,561

The best man in the film was Amitabh B. but other performers were surely upto Bachchan's calibre. Ajay D. in a negative role was smashing.

19. Aankhen (2002)

165 min | Comedy, Thriller, Crime

7.6
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After a temperamental man is unceremoniously stripped of his duties as a bank manager, he decides to seek revenge by robbing the bank. He trains three blind men to do this risky task for him.

Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Arjun Rampal

Votes: 9,778

Amitabh Bachchan as the bank manager excels in his role.

20. Silsila (1981)

Not Rated | 182 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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Can an unconventional love that runs afoul of societal expectations survive?

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Jaya Bhaduri, Rekha

Votes: 2,129

Silsila is the best Bollywood movie based on adultery and is much better than Karan Johar's KANK.

21. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)

189 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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As an orphan on the streets in Shimla, young Sikandar (Amitabh Batchchan) has no one to care of him. For a short while he works for Mr. Ramnath, Little Kamna Ramnath (Rakhee Gulzar) gives ... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rakhee Gulzar, Rekha

Votes: 2,068

This movie is simply unmissable Bollywood. Watch it, and I guarantee you'll be hearing 'O Saathi Re' in your head for a few days afterwards.

22. Dev (2004)

172 min | Drama

7.1
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Joint Commissioner of Police Dev Pratap Singh, a duty-bound, self-righteous officer, and Special Commissioner Tejinder Khosla, the balancing force between the political interests of Chief ... See full summary »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, Fardeen Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan

Votes: 1,169

Amitabh comes across as just another guy, dwarfed by the system yet refusing to give in to it. He carries on from where he left off with 'Khakee'

23. Sarkar Raj (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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When Anita Rajan, CEO of Sheppard power plant, an international Company, brings a power plant proposal to set up in rural Maharashtra before the Nagres, insightful Shankar is quick to ... See full summary »

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ravi Kale

Votes: 6,355 | Gross: $1.01M

A Good Sequel

24. Bawarchi (1972)

130 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

8.0
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Squabbling Sharma family has a dubious reputation of not having any cook last there for more than a few months. Word spreads out about this family to such an extent that no person wants to ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Bhaduri, Usha Kiran, Harindranath Chattopadhyay

Votes: 2,793

It is simple to be happy but so difficult to be simple...

25. Laawaris (1981)

189 min | Drama, Action, Musical

7.2
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Left in the care of an alcoholic Gangu Ganpat (Shreeram Lagoo), young Heera, who named himself after a stray dog, wrestles with life in his young age. Years later, now a young man (Amitabh ... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Zeenat Aman, Vikas Anand, Amitabh Bachchan, Mumtaz Begum

Votes: 1,776

A boy, abandoned at birth, sent to be raised by a drunken bum. He grows to be a man who cares for others, while trying to find out his meaning in life.

26. Kaala Patthar (1979)

Not Rated | 176 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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Inspired by a true mining tragedy the film is about people from all walks of life showing courage and character to fight the forces of nature.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Rakhee Gulzar

Votes: 1,672

The tea-stall confrontation between Bachchan and Sinha is probably the most explosive encounter between two heroes ever in Indian cinema; and Bachchan comes out with a subdued, yet strong performance.

27. Shakti (1982)

166 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A scrupulously honest cop refuses kidnappers' demands at grave risk to the life of his son. The son is rescued but lives forever scarred by his father's willingness to sacrifice his own son... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Smita Patil

Votes: 1,568

Amitabh was becoming the Superstar of Bollywood. Dilip Kumar was the ex King of Bollywood.

28. Trishul (1978)

167 min | Action, Drama, Musical

7.8
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Vijay Kumar is the illegitimate son of a construction baron, Raj Kumar Gupta and his first love, Shanti, whom he gives up in order to marry a wealthy heiress. Raj does not know of this son,... See full summary »

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini

Votes: 1,600

Amitabh and Sanjeev Kumar were excellent but I felt they were even better in Sholay together.

29. Aakhree Raasta (1986)

164 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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An ex-convict is bent on revenge against the people responsible for his wrongful imprisonment but is pit against his estranged son who is now a police officer.

Director: Bhagyaraj | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Jaya Prada, Om Shivpuri

Votes: 939

Amitabh always outperforms in angry, emotionally charged and frantically suspenseful roles. While portraying anguished roles in tough situations ridden with crises and brazen suspense, Amitabh is second to none.

30. Cheeni Kum (2007)

140 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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An egotistical 64-year-old chef and confirmed bachelor falls for a woman 30 years his junior.

Director: R. Balki | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Zohra Sehgal

Votes: 4,173 | Gross: $0.66M

Amitabh is calm and composed. The role doesn't challenge him much, but he plays it with conviction.

31. Sooryavansham (1999)

168 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.2
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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.

Directors: Satyanarayana E.V.V., Pranavanand | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Soundarya, Rachana Banerjee, Jayasudha

Votes: 1,993

The acting by Amitabh in his dual role is superb...OUTSTANDING.

32. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)

Not Rated | 210 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.5
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Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan. While Rahul has been adopted, Yashvardhan and Nandini treat him as their own... See full summary »

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan

Votes: 35,612 | Gross: $2.90M

Amitabh Bachchan is restrained and displays well the hidden pain and the visible pride.

33. Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

122 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.1
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An account of the gangster Mahindra Dolas and his gang, which terrorized Mumbai City, and a massive war between Mumbai Police and gangs during 16 November 1991.

Director: Apoorva Lakhia | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Arbaaz Khan

Votes: 7,540 | Gross: $0.29M

Amitabh is pretty cool as the lawyer and so are vivek obroi & sanjay dutt!!!They keep this film from falling flat.

34. Kaante (2002)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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41 Metascore

Six bank robbers trying to pull off the perfect heist discover one of them is an undercover cop.

Director: Sanjay Gupta | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar

Votes: 3,866 | Gross: $1.00M

Kaante is a good film if not an excellent one.

35. Coolie (I) (1983)

Not Rated | 177 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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A wealthy, but evil man named Zafar Khan, has fallen in love a girl named Salma and wants to marry her, but she and her father do not let him. Zafar is arrested for various crimes and is ... See full summary »

Directors: Manmohan Desai, Prayag Raj | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri

Votes: 1,516

Watch it just for Amitabh, and you won't be disappointed

36. Naseeb (1981)

197 min | Action, Musical, Romance

7.2
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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, Namdev (Pran), instead. Namdev decides to share ... See full summary »

Director: Manmohan Desai | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Rishi Kapoor, Hema Malini

Votes: 1,131

37. Kasme Vaade (1978)

Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Suman (Raakhee) and Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) love each other and plan to marry soon. Amit lives with his younger brother, Raju (Randhir Kapoor), and Raju already calls Suman "Bhabhi". Amit ... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Behl | Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Amitabh Bachchan, Randhir Kapoor, Neetu Singh

Votes: 342

38. Mili (1975)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, Romance, Family

7.6
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A reclusive, depressed man and a bubbly young woman fall in love but then find out that she has cancer.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Usha Kiran, Shubha Khote

Votes: 1,023