Hidden gems of Hindi/Bollywood Cinema

Here is a list of Hindi/Bollyowood movies which I beleive are underapriciated, forgotten or are not talked about on most of the forums despite being very engaging, thought provoking or entertaining movies. Please note that I have not included movies like "Andaz Apna Apna" and "Janne Bhi do Yaron" which over the years have found their due recognition.
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1.
Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Charandas lives a poor lifestyle in a small town in India along with his older brother, Bhajandas, and Bhabhi... (136 mins.)
Director: Basu Chatterjee
“ A light hearted comedy with excellent perormancex by Amrita Singh, Anil Kapur, Anu Kapur, Pankaj Kapur. ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
2.
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
“ A less appreciated Shyam Benegal Movie on relationships. ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
3.
Baadshah (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In order to settle personal scores with the Chief Minister Gayetri Bachchan; a wealthy business-man... (175 mins.)
“ A superb madcap comedy. Shahrukh and Jhoney Lever at their best. ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
4.
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Prakash (Saif Ali Khan) is a handsome gold digger who thinks he has made it when he woos and subsequently marries Sapna (Sonali Bendre) ... (131 mins.)
Director: E. Nivas
“ Another good comedy ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
5.
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 superb romantic comedy. ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
6.
Darna Mana Hai (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Seven friends, after their car breaks down in the middle of the night, find shelter and tell one another stories to kill time till dawn. (121 mins.)
Director: Prawaal Raman
“ One of the best physco thrillers I have ever seen ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
7.
Ittefaq (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Taking place almost entirely over the course of one stormy night, a woman is terrified when an accused murderer escapes from a mental hospital and seeks refuge in her home. (104 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra
“ Debut movie of celebrated director Yash Chopra. A superb physco thriller. ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
8.
Woh 7 Din (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Maya, coming from poor family, is married to the affluent Dr. Anand; but she tries to commit suicide on the nuptial night... (139 mins.)
Director: Bapu
“ Debut movie of Anil Kapur ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
9.
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
 
10.
404: Error Not Found (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A brilliant student starts hallucinating after moving into a room that was occupied by another who committed suicide. (121 mins.)
Director: Prawaal Raman
 
11.
Katha (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Rajaram P. Joshi (Naseeruddin Shah) is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor... (141 mins.)
Director: Sai Paranjape
 
12.
Road (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A couple decide to pick up a hitchhiker, but he ends up being a psychotic stalker who puts in them in danger. (134 mins.)
Director: Rajat Mukherjee
 
13.
Chhoti Si Baat (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Arun (Amol Palekar) is a shy accountant in Bombay who dreams of romancing Prabha (Vidya Sinha), but... (123 mins.)
Director: Basu Chatterjee
 
14.
Mere Apne (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Anandi has been a widow for several years, living all herself in a small village. One day out of the blue comes Arun Gupta... (164 mins.)
Director: Gulzar
 
15.
Raincoat (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 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
 
16.
Gardish (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Shiva is being groomed to become a policeman just like his father Purshottam Sathe. When his father...
Director: Priyadarshan
 
17.
Muskurahat (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Gopichand Verma is a retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He re-locates to scenic Ooty and decides to live there in a palatial home... (135 mins.)
Director: Priyadarsan
 
18.
Main, Meri Patni... Aur Woh! (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A short, nondescript man, Mithilesh Shukla marries a tall and beautiful woman. Now jealousy and Mithilesh's own insecurities threaten to wreck his happy home. (129 mins.)
Director: Chandan Arora
 
19.
Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ramanbhai is the criminal don of Bombay, and most criminal activities are linked indirectly to him. He has a rival in Vilas Pandey... (131 mins.)
Director: Sudhir Mishra
 
20.
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
 
21.
Rang Birangi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Sparkling comedy about a meddling friend whose attempt to rekindle the spark in his friend's relationship... (180 mins.)
 
22.
Droh Kaal (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Riveting suspense thriller about a dedicated cop who leads an under-cover squad against a group of terrorists... (162 mins.)
Director: Govind Nihalani
 
23.
Namkeen (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dhaniram brings a trucker named Gerulal to Jugni's house so that he can rent a room. Jugni lives in dilapidated house with three young daughters... (112 mins.)
Director: Gulzar
 
24.
Maya (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A frustrated housewife whose marriage to an average man does not meet her expectations enters into an affair with a younger man. Of course, there are no easy escapes from reality. (130 mins.)
Director: Ketan Mehta
 
25.
Aar Ya Paar (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Shekhar is an opportunist. He marries Veena, a multi-millionaire, while continuing his affair with her secretary...
Director: Ketan Mehta
 
26.
Three Walls (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a documentary movie-maker who films the reformation story of three hardened criminals within the prison walls - and in the process, finds redemption in her own life. (115 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
 
27.
Shor in the City (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Various residents and career-criminals face challenges in crime-laden Mumbai. (112 mins.)
 
28.
Pinjar (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the days leading up to Partition, a Hindu woman is abducted by a Muslim man. Soon, she finds herself not only forced into marriage, but living in a new country as the borders between India and Pakistan are drawn. (188 mins.)
 
29.
Lakhon Ki Baat (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Freelance photographer, Alok Prakash, while photographing women hockey players in action, is hit by the puck... (136 mins.)
Director: Basu Chatterji
 
30.
Gehrayee (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a successful manager decides to sell his plantation in his ancestral village to another company, his young daughter begins acting very strangely. (135 mins.)
 
31.
Kunwara Baap (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Born without any knowledge of his parentage, Mahesh drives a bicycle rickshaw for a living in a town in India... (137 mins.)
Director: Mehmood
 
32.
Gharaonda (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A story young, middle-class urban working couple wanting to get married and their tribulations in finding a house in the city of Mumbai. (141 mins.)
Director: Bhimsain
 
33.
Encounter: The Killing (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Inspector Sam Bharucha (Naseeruddin Shah) is an honest and diligent Police Inspector. He frequently comes across youth gangs...
Director: Ajay Phansekar
 
34.
Death Sentence (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a rural Indian village two corrupt villagers contractor Tirpat Singh and his colleague MLA Durga... (150 mins.)
Director: Prakash Jha
 
35.
Saaheb (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mr. Sharma (Utpal Dutt) lives with his four sons (Biswajeet, Vijay Arora, Dilip Dhawan) and a daughter... (150 mins.)
Director: Anil Ganguly
 
36.
Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Adam & Eve live a worry-free life in paradise. They are instructed not to eat an apple. One day they cannot resist the temptation... (141 mins.)
Director: B.R. Chopra
 
37.
Dhund (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A traveler decides to assist a woman involved in a murder. (130 mins.)
Director: B.R. Chopra
 
38.
Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Gangsters kidnap the prospective son-in-law of a politician in order to secure the release of an imprisoned gang-member. (130 mins.)
Director: Sudhir Mishra
 
39.
Dil Dosti Etc (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Delhi-based fellow-collegians-cum-hostelers, Sanjay Mishra, and Apurv, challenge each other to win the... (112 mins.)
Director: Manish Tiwary
 
40.
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
 
41.
Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A woman, attended by two midwives, is giving birth in a small village in India. When the child's cry rings... (99 mins.)
Director: Manish Jha
 
42.
Ankur: The Seedling (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
 
43.
The Web of the Witch (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a small North Indian village, Legend has it that a 100 years-old witch lives in an abandoned mansion on the village outskirts... (90 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
 
44.
Socha Na Tha (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A boy is forced meet a girl for an arranged marriage but even though he refuses the match, they secretly become friends. As things get complicated and both get engaged to different people they realize they've fallen in love with each other. (137 mins.)
Director: Imtiaz Ali
 
45.
Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A comic thriller about two people who miss the last local train at 1:40 am and how missing of their train changes their course of life forever. (143 mins.)
 
46.
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A burglar reflects on his life and loves; while the media speculates how he managed to pull off so many heists. (125 mins.)
 
47.
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
 
48.
Haasil (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Aniruddh, a law-abiding college student, in love with Niharika, gets caught up in college politics and crime and must fight it out for himself when his friend becomes his foe. (160 mins.)
 
49.
Sehar (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ajay Kumar the newly appointed, honest SSP of Lucknow police cracks down on the nefarious cop-mafia nexus in Uttar Pradesh, but finds a cunning and ruthless adversary in Gajraj. Can Ajay win this unjust war ? (125 mins.)
Director: Kabeer Kaushik
 
50.
Manoranjan (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An upright beat cop, working the most notorious area of the city - the 'red light district' - desperately... (158 mins.)
Director: Shammi Kapoor
“ A copy of a Hollywood Movie but a well made movie well ahead of its times. ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
51.
Ankush (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Four unemployed young men befriend their new neighbors, but soon tragedy strikes and everything is shattered. (149 mins.)
Director: N. Chandra
 
52.
Rajnigandha (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Delhi-based woman in a steady relationship with her boyfriend is forced to come to terms with her true feelings when a job interview in Mumbai brings an old flame back in her life. (110 mins.)
Director: Basu Chatterjee
 
53.
Raat (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Sharma family re-locate to a semi-urban locality in a house that has a "reputation". The Sharma family consists of Mr... (127 mins.)
Director: Ramgopal Varma
“ A quality horror movie ” - pankaj-m-agarwal
 
54.
City of Gold - Mumbai 1982: Ek Ankahee Kahani (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An impoverished family faces challenges and obstacles after strikes/shut-downs/arson shut down Mumbai's mills. (145 mins.)
 
55.
Lakhon Ki Baat (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Freelance photographer, Alok Prakash, while photographing women hockey players in action, is hit by the puck... (136 mins.)
Director: Basu Chatterji
“ A good remake of Hollywood movie The Fortune Cookie. Sanjiv Kumar steals the show. ” - pankaj-m-agarwal