The Greatest Indian films (not Musicals or 3 hours in length)

*unranked*

A short list of Indian films that are neither musicals nor exceed three hours in runtime.
This list was made in hardly 10 minutes for some friends. There are obviously more movies like these.
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1.
Garm Hava (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own. (146 mins.)
Director: M.S. Sathyu
 
2.
Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the hope of earning enough money to pay off his debts and save his land, a poor farmer becomes a rickshaw puller in the Calcutta and faces many difficulties. (131 mins.)
Director: Bimal Roy
 
3.
Ankur: The Seedling (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Laxmi lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya, who is a deaf-mute... (131 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
4.
Arth (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A film-maker who is having an extra-marital affair with an actress decides to leave his wife. Arth is the story of this women's search for her identity. (138 mins.)
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
 
5.
Ardh Satya (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality. (130 mins.)
Director: Govind Nihalani
 
6.
Pather Panchali (1955)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
7.
Aparajito (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
8.
The World of Apu (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer. (105 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
9.
Distant Thunder (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions, Gangacharan attempts to preserve his privileged situation, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community. (101 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
10.
The Chess Players (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country... (129 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
11.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light. (132 mins.)
Director: Kundan Shah
 
12.
The Big City (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman. (136 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
13.
Charulata (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature. (117 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
14.
The Music Room (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity. (100 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
15.
Bhuvan Shome (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Bhuvan Shome is a lonely widower, a proud old man and a strict disciplinarian. Looking back on the trodden path... (96 mins.)
Director: Mrinal Sen
 
16.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return... (113 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
17.
Uski Roti (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A woman waits for her truck driver husband, everyday, with his daily bread. Her concern for their dying relationship and her sister grows fast as she starts to doubt his loyalty. (110 mins.)
Director: Mani Kaul
 
18.
Aakrosh (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A public prosecutor discovers the harsh realities about life of the scheduled tribes in India during 1980s while defending a case of a tribesman charged of murdering his wife. (144 mins.)
Director: Govind Nihalani
 
19.
Bandit Queen (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994... (119 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
20.
Saaransh (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues. (137 mins.)
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
 
21.
Daddy (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Pooja has been brought up by her grandparents, and has no recollection of her mom and dad. She is told by her grandpa...
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
 
22.
Bhumika (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Coming from a poor and destitute family, Urvashi is encouraged by her mother, Shanta (Sualbha Deshpande)... (142 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
23.
Jagte Raho (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In hopes of improving his lifestyle, a poor peasant re-locates to Bombay virtually penniless. It is late at night and he is thirsty... (153 mins.)
 
24.
Kanoon (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A lawyer holds the eyewitness evidence to catch a killer, but the identified criminal is the lawyer's own mentor, prospective father-in-law, and also the judge who presides over the case. (150 mins.)
Director: B.R. Chopra
 
25.
Mirch Masala (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes... (128 mins.)
Director: Ketan Mehta
 
26.
Nishant (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri)... (140 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
27.
The Seventh Horse of the Sun (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man shares some lazy memories about his friend, Manek Mulla, who had a knack for telling stories. On this particular afternoon... (130 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
28.
Days and Nights in the Forest (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of Calcutta city slickers, including the well-off Asim (Soumitra Chatterjee), the meek Sanjoy (Subhendu Chatterjee) and the brutish Hari (Samit Bhanja), head out for a weekend in the wilderness. (115 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
29.
Teen Kanya (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Based on popular Indian stories of great writer Rabindra Nath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls. (173 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
30.
The Goddess (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali. (93 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
31.
The Stranger (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle... (120 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
32.
The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family. (126 mins.)
 
33.
A River Called Titas (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A 1973 Bangladeshi film it describes the life of the fishermen on the bank of the Titas River in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh. (159 mins.)
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
 
34.
A Soft Note on a Sharp Scale (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A highly critical look at the role of "progressive" art and artists in a changing society. (134 mins.)
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
 
35.
Report to Mother (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story revolves around the incidents following the death of a young Naxalite, upon whose death his friends travel to the village where his mother lives to inform her of the death of her only son. (115 mins.)
Director: John Abraham
 
36.
Pathetic Fallacy (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bimal is a taxi-driver in a small town. His taxi is his only companion and, although very battered, it is the apple of Bimal's eye. The film shows the love of taxi driver Bimal and his pathetic vehicle Jagaddal. (102 mins.)
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
 
37.
Maya Darpan (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(107 mins.)
Director: Kumar Shahani
 
38.
The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Goopy wants to sing, and Bagha wants to play the dhol. They meet accidentally and are helped by King of Ghosts... (132 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
39.
Rat-Trap (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him. (121 mins.)
 
40.
Nayak: The Hero (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences. (120 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
41.
Kanchenjungha (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An upper-class Bengali family is on vacation in Darjeeling, a popular hill station and resort near Kanchenjungha. (102 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
42.
The Adversary (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
43.
Deliverance (1981 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Untouchable shoemender Dukhi comes to the Brahmin's and asks him to arrange his daughter's engagement... (45 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
44.
Company Limited (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Chatterji is an ambitious and self-made young man who becomes the director of the company he works for. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
45.
The Golden Fortress (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A young boy becomes a target for crooks, after he claims to remember his past life and mentions precious jewels in a golden fortress. (120 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
46.
Heerak Rajar Deshe (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The musical duo of Goopi and Bagha make a comeback when they are invited to play for a king. (118 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
47.
Subarnarekha (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man (Abhi Bhattacharya) opposes the love between his sister and the orphan (Satindra Bhattacharya) they adopted years earlier. (143 mins.)
Director: Ritwik Ghatak
 
48.
Raakh (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A poor, young man teams up with a burnt out cop to avenge the humiliation of his former girlfriend by a gang of goons. (153 mins.)
 
49.
Earth (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence. (110 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
50.
Fire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side... (108 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
51.
Water (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents... (117 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
52.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (114 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
53.
Pushpak (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A silent movie about an unemployed young man. (125 mins.)
 
54.
Anbe Sivam (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate. (160 mins.)
Director: Sundar C.
 
55.
Dhobi Ghat (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The lives of four people intersect in Mumbai: a washer-man who wants to become an actor, a banker-turned-photographer, a painter looking for inspiration, and a newly-married immigrant who journals her experiences on home video. (100 mins.)
Director: Kiran Rao
 
56.
Udaan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
 
57.
Neecha Nagar (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The films takes an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in the society. The film centers on a wealthy and capacious landlord... (122 mins.)
Director: Chetan Anand
 
58.
The Namesake (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. (122 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
59.
Dev D (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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? (144 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
60.
Semshook (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of Tenzin, a restless young poet and a second generation Tibetan born and brought up in India... (96 mins.)
 
61.
And Quiet Rolls the Dawn (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The daughter of an economically middle-class family fails to return home one night. (95 mins.)
Director: Mrinal Sen
 
62.
Raincoat (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
All he wanted was to see her just once. Manu was from a village in the backwoods. Neeru was the girl next door, his lost love. (117 mins.)
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
 
63.
Junoon (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set during the 1857 War of Independence, an obsessed Indian Nawab desires to wed a young Anglo-Indian woman, but the girl's obstinate mother stands between them. (141 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
64.
Chandni Bar (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster. (150 mins.)
 
65.
Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Rajasthan-based Satyaveer Singh Randhawa works as a Junior Engineer with Lahkot Municipality's Public... (137 mins.)
Director: Navdeep Singh
 
66.
Sara Akash (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A collegian becomes embittered after being forced to marry. (100 mins.)
Director: Basu Chatterjee
 
67.
The Home and the World (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When the movie opens, a woman is recalling the events that molded her perspective on the world. Years ago... (140 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
68.
The River (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This is one of the best films of great director Rajen Tarafdar. He has beautifully portrayed the life of fishermen and their relation with the river... (151 mins.)
Director: Rajen Tarafder
 
69.
Tarang (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sethji is a widowed, a businessman and lives a comfortable life with his only daughter, Hansa, his son-in-law... (171 mins.)
Director: Kumar Shahani
 
70.
Manthan (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative... (134 mins.)
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
71.
Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A Delhi based retired middle class man tries half-heartedly to get his land back from a swindling property dealer with the help of his sons and their friends. (135 mins.)
 
72.
Siddeshwari (1990 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(123 mins.)
Director: Mani Kaul