Best Ever Indian (Hindi) Films

The best Hindi films spanning six decades and covering a wide array of genres.
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1.
Anand (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
“ A Rajesh Khanna-Amitabh Bachchan starrer that is remembered more for its touching story and melodious music than the star power of its leading cast. A great watch! ” - digitalcolors
 
2.
Guide (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A tour guide falls in love with a married woman, and helps her rediscover her love for dance. (183 mins.)
Director: Vijay Anand
“ A Vijay Anand film adapted from R.K.Narayan's book of the same title. Initially panned by audiences and critics, the film is now regarded as a classic. With soulful melodies composed by maestro S.D.Burman and some top-class acting by its leading cast, Guide is a must-watch for its uncommon story and "treatment". ” - digitalcolors
 
3.
Satya (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An innocent man is embroiled in underworld after being falsely charged and sets out to punish the perpetrators who subjected his life to misery. (170 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
“ A grim and grimy take on the Mumbai underworld. The film succeeds at many levels -- characterization, screenplay, music, acting and of course, direction. ” - digitalcolors
 
4.
Sholay (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ If punchy dialogue, memorable characters, good music and deft direction is your kind of thing, then 'Sholay' is a must-watch. Regarded by many as "quintessential Bollywood," Sholay and its characters will stay with you long after you have finished seeing the movie -- a hallmark of a good movie. ” - digitalcolors
 
5.
Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career. (148 mins.)
Director: Guru Dutt
“ A true classic! ” - digitalcolors
 
6.
Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father. (197 mins.)
Director: K. Asif
“ A larger-than-life depiction of the Mughal era. The story centers around Emperor Akbar and his rebellious son Salim, who falls in love with a courtesan. Watch it for the grand sets, superb acting and some unforgettable music. ” - digitalcolors
 
7.
Chupke Chupke (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A newly wedded husband plays a practical joke on his wife's family with full support from his wife and friends. (146 mins.)
“ A comedy classic released in the 1970s, Chupke Chupke is a film that is hilarious and endearing at the same time. ” - digitalcolors
 
8.
Baton Baton Mein (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Rosie Perreira is an overly anxious widow, living with her guitar-obsessed son, Sabhi, and a lovely daughter... (112 mins.)
Director: Basu Chatterjee
“ A Basu Chatterjee film that tells the story of a middle class Christian family based in Bombay. Watch it for its simplicity, hummable tunes and down-to-earth characters. ” - digitalcolors
 
9.
Parinda (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two brothers are caught on the different sides of a gang war. (154 mins.)
“ A serious tale of the underworld, friendship, love, and violence. What you can expect is an award-winning performance by Nana Patekar, a couple of lilting melodies by R.D.Burman, and a story with depth. ” - digitalcolors
 
10.
Madhumati (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand's car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house... (110 mins.)
Director: Bimal Roy
“ A reincarnation saga that has some memorable performances and haunting music; Bimal Roy at his best. ” - digitalcolors
 
11.
Masoom (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A happy family goes through turbulent times because of a big mistake by one of the family members. (165 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
“ Masoom tells the story of a couple played by Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. What initially seems like a happy marriage is rocked when wife learns that her husband has a son outside marriage. How she adapts and then adopts the son forms the rest of the story. Considering that the film released in the 1980s, when the Hindi film industry touched new lows, special mention must be made of Shekhar kapoor's sensitive handling of what is a delicate story. ” - digitalcolors
 
12.
Khubsoorat (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Nirmala Gupta runs her household and family in a very strict and authoritarian manner. While most of her family resent this... (126 mins.)
“ An endearing story of a spunky character played by Rekha who finds that her sister's in-laws are too uptight and decides to loosen them up. A must-watch if you are a Rekha fan. ” - digitalcolors
 
13.
Swades (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots. (210 mins.)
“ A "back-to-roots" tale that will leave a smile on your face. And the Madras Mozart is at his best. ” - digitalcolors
 
14.
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
“ A Mahesh Bhatt flick that has some hard-hitting performances by Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi. ” - digitalcolors
 
15.
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
“ A funny flick that has become a cult classic! ” - digitalcolors
 
16.
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
“ Watch it for explosive performances and its earthy flavour! ” - digitalcolors
 
17.
Tezaab (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A college student, who has decided to serve for his country, turns a criminal. (173 mins.)
Director: N. Chandra
“ A violent love story! -- that's the caption of this Anil Kapoor-Madhuri Dixit flick that is certainly one of the better "Masala" films you will get to see. With some chart-topping, foot-tapping numbers and good performances, Tezaab succeeds in entertaining you. ” - digitalcolors