Best Indian Movies

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1.
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
 
2.
The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
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A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family. (126 mins.)
 
3.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
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The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. (224 mins.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
Aparajito (1956)
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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
 
6.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
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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
 
7.
Nayakan (1987)
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A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll. (145 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
8.
The World of Apu (1959)
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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.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
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This story is about six friends who help an English filmmaker create a documentary about Indian freedom struggle. During filming, this group of friends learn about those before them and the importance of fighting for their rights. (157 mins.)
 
10.
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school. (165 mins.)
Director: Aamir Khan
 
11.
Anbe Sivam (2003)
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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.
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Mahanadi (1993)
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A man tries to get his family back in shape after a stint in jail. (162 mins.)
 
14.
Hey Ram (2000)
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Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him. (186 mins.)
Director: Kamal Haasan
 
15.
Chak de! India (2007)
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Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds. (153 mins.)
Director: Shimit Amin
 
16.
Black Friday (2004)
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Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen. (143 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
17.
Gulaal (2009)
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A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college. (140 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
18.
Dev D (2009)
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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
 
19.
A Peck on the Cheek (2002)
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A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists. (123 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
20.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
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Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension. (183 mins.)
Director: Farhan Akhtar
 
21.
Swades (2004)
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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.)
 
22.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
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A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor. (156 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
 
23.
A Wednesday (2008)
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A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday. (104 mins.)
Director: Neeraj Pandey
 
24.
Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)
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Five people whose lives are affected by the 2006 Mumbai train bombings. (134 mins.)
Director: Nishikant Kamat
 
25.
Udaan (2010)
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Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
 
26.
Guru (2007)
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A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history. (166 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
27.
Dil Se.. (1998)
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The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary (163 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
28.
Company (2002)
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A small-time gangster named Chandu teams up with Malik, a low-level enforcer for a criminal syndicate. Together they eliminate all their enemies, becoming the most feared gangsters in Mumbai. (155 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
 
29.
Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)
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A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box. (96 mins.)
Director: Amole Gupte
 
30.
3 Idiots (2009)
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Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots". (170 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
 
31.
Hindustani (1996)
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Senapathy, a veteran freedom fighter, is angry. He is angry about the rampant corruption at every level of the bureaucracy. He will clean it up at any cost. (185 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
32.
The Terrorist (1998)
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A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test. (95 mins.)
Director: Santosh Sivan
 
33.
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
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During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out. (120 mins.)
Director: Aparna Sen
 
34.
Pushpak (1987)
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A silent movie about an unemployed young man. (125 mins.)
 
35.
Page 3 (2005)
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A look at Mumbai's socialite party circle world through the eyes of a Page 3 journalist. (139 mins.)
 
36.
Kuruthipunal (1995)
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Two brave police officers infiltrate a terror group in order to bring it down. (143 mins.)
Director: P.C. Sreeram
 
37.
Firaaq (2008)
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Chronicles the devastating impact on vulnerable Muslims in Gujarat after riots. (101 mins.)
Director: Nandita Das
 
38.
Shaitan (2011)
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Five substance-abusing friends decide to fake a kidnapping in order to bribe a police constable for covering-up a hit-and-run accident. (121 mins.)
Director: Bejoy Nambiar
 
39.
Anjathe (2008)
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Two friends become enemies when one, who wants to be a policeman, can't make it but the other gets that job by political influence. (185 mins.)
Director: Myshkin
 
40.
Sethu (1999)
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A violent youngster and a shy Brahmin girl fall in love but tragedy intervenes when the youngster is brain-damaged following a fight. (130 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
41.
Pithamagan (2003)
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A boy raised in a cemetery grows up with no social skills, and leads a turbulent life readjusting once he moves out of the cemetery. (139 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
42.
Virumandi (2004)
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A temperamental farmer gets embroiled in a bloody clan feud in a southern Tamil Nadu village. (175 mins.)
Director: Kamal Haasan
 
43.
Iruvar (1997)
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The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment. (140 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
44.
Thevar Magan (1992)
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The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
45.
Sagara Sangamam (1983)
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A classical dancer, Balakrishna, (Kamal Haasan) faces many struggles, but is eventually redeemed. (160 mins.)
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
46.
Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
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In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra, India's first feature-length B&W silent film. (96 mins.)
Director: Paresh Mokashi
 
47.
The Blue Umbrella (2005)
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Young Biniya lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in the mountainous and snowy region of Himachal... (90 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
 
48.
Michael Madana Kamarajan (1990)
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A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults. (162 mins.)
 
49.
Rat-Trap (1982)
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The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him. (121 mins.)
 
50.
Kattradhu Thamizh (2007)
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A young post-graduate faces difficulties with finding employment, and struggles against social inequalities. (147 mins.)
Director: Ram
 
51.
Aadukalam (2011)
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In a village in South India, rearing roosters, maintaining them and using them for fights are a way of life and a matter of honor and lifeline to many people. (160 mins.)
Director: Vetri Maaran
 
52.
Paruthiveeran (2007)
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A village tough finally succumbs to the unconditional love of his angelic cousin, but his romance faces insurmountable challenges, including family opposition and his own delinquent personality. (162 mins.)
Director: Ameer Sultan
 
53.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
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The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India. (155 mins.)
 
54.
Kala Pani (1996)
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Govardhan, a doctor by profession, is wrongly accused of bombing a train and is jailed by the British in Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses the sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there. (178 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
55.
Peepli (Live) (2010)
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An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media. (95 mins.)