It is not easy to pick only 100 films as India produces more films than what other countries do. It has many film industries in many languages like Kollywood, Bollywood, Malayalam ...the list goes on. I have picked many great Indian films i have some across.
Films are based Cultural/Artistic Impact, critical acclaim, Films which shows Indian values,family sentiments , melodrama ( yes some elements are part of Indian cinema), also some great comedies, romantic drama/comedy, art house movies. Some film genre may be popular in Hollywood but when it is made for first time in India as a bold experimentation needs some credit.
Not rated yet as list is still under development. Need to add more movies. But you will find more 100 movies that are worth your time.
After an engineer is shot dead, several people around him relate different versions and the related incidents that may have led to the murder. (130 mins.)
“ Big misconception about it to be based on Rashoman but the film has nothing to with Rashoman apart from being police procedural. I always consider this one of the greatest movies for its style and technical aspects which no other Indian movies did at that time. The film was made without any song and dance as it was a bold move was an Indian cinema at that time. ” - ganeshiyer3000
The two brothers named Veerasimhan and Sasankan, who fight with each other over ruling their father's kingdom and for marrying the village dancer Chandralekha.
“ Always been considered as one of the greatest Indian films. It was one those epic film with grand sets and huge budget which was rare in India at that time. Film is bit long (207-210min). that is how Indian films are at that time. ” - ganeshiyer3000
Mani Rathnam's take on the real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi. (140 mins.)
Surya (Rajnikanth) is an orphan raised in a slum. He finds a friend in the local Godfather (Mamooty)... (157 mins.)
The aging patriarch of an organized mafia dynasty looks out for a way to die with minimum pain and maximum repletion. (145 mins.)
“ Yes this film is inspired from Godfather so does Star wars from Hiden fortress but it has its own uniqueness. So does this movie. When comparing it with Godfather Here it is about how a man survives in an alien city and has his own reason of justice and more of a savior to public which was not in GF case but it was hinted during vito's young days. Film also has some amazing scenes and dialogues which are original. While talking about Godfather, it was mostly driven by a problem and how they solve it like getting johnny his role, saving his father in hospital even a step ahead and murdering Police captain. It is always about who never wanted to be gangster but became one. ” - ganeshiyer3000
A Peck on the Cheek
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.)
Roja lives in a Tamil village, and her sister is about to marry a man from the city, who decides to marry Roja instead and gets a job assignment in Kashmir, where some militants decide to kidnap them. (137 mins.)
Three men and their accidental meeting on Napier Bridge will change their lives forever. (160 mins.)
Story about a how high school kid enter into gang as drug dealer slowly rising into gang leader and entering into political world. (168 mins.)
The story is set in a rural area around Madurai, in the village called Parithiyur. Paruthiveeran (Karthi) is a country brash... (162 mins.)
A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where the have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart. (141 mins.)
Anima and Persona
A drama that unfolds between two rival mafia gang on a single day when a bag of cocaine gets stolen by two innocent people. (153 mins.)
Senapathy, a veteran freedom fighter, is angry. He is angry against the rampant corruption at every level of the bureaucracy. He will clean it up at any cost. (185 mins.)
The Chieftain's Son
The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family. (145 mins.)
Nalla Sivam and Anbarasu meet under different circumstances and their lives are changed as they take the journey of their life. (160 mins.)
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.)
After a difficult romance in a class-divided society, the love birds find out marriage is not what they thought it would be. (156 mins.)
I Have Found It
An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" focusing on two sisters of opposing temperaments. (151 mins.)
A temperamental farmer gets embroiled in a bloody clan feud in a southern Tamil Nadu village. (175 mins.)
Kamal Haasan, the central character, is a man terribly soured by his unvaryingly devastating encounters with the opposite sex...
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.)
A musician's love towards a stubborn deaf woman makes her eventually realize that there is more to her life than she previously thought. (152 mins.)
Follow Senthil's life through vignettes of his past presented by the people he visits while distributing his marriage invitations. His love life is the aspect in prime focus -- while we are presented with nuggets of other development also.
A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test. (95 mins.)
Police officers fight a terror group in India. (143 mins.)
The Love Chariot
A silent movie about an unemployed young man. (125 mins.)
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 Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there. (178 mins.)
The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him. (121 mins.)
Two brothers separated at birth meet as adults and settle old scores. (157 mins.)
Poor Ashok loves Nirmala, daughter of industrialist Vishwanathan who is determined to get his daughters married off to a rich groom. Ashok seeks his affluent friend Vasu's help, who disguises as Ashok's father. (159 mins.)
Brave and loyal warrior-archer Karna joins the Kauravas to battle the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra. (177 mins.)
Divya, a woman grieving over the death of her lover, is convinced into an arranged marriage with Chandra Kumar. Over a year the couple attempt to adjust to each other's presence and live with each other. (146 mins.)
An aging man named Vengadam (Prakash Raj) is being released from jail in 1948. He is only being escorted... (117 mins.)
Story of two brothers told from the perspective of older brother who recalls his childhood memories...
Kamali (Devayani) lives with her sister and brother-in-law in Ooty and is searching for a job. While in Madras...
Drama and melodrama follow two relationships involving single parents. (144 mins.)
Rules are broken in the traditional village society where an upper- caste orphaned boy is brought up by the village Chieftain. (144 mins.)
Varumayin Niram Sigappu
Poetical forces play in the life of an unemployed yet well educated young man.He finds the depth and the beauty of his principles yet fate leaves him in destitution (138 mins.)
A poor server at a restaurant, goes on to become a film actor so that he can afford to marry the woman he loves... (165 mins.)
A boorish villager butts heads with a newly appointed engineer from the city. (143 mins.)
The movie revolves around the struggle and vulnerability of 16-year old Mayil (Sridevi) when in love. (139 mins.)
A hindu born boy loves a christian born girl. Both families are opposing their love. And the hero threatened by girl's brother
A friendship between a middle-aged upper-caste man in a village and a boatman's daughter raises eyebrows. (163 mins.)
A parsimonious Barbar must flee from the Police after meeting with a look-alike gangster.
When a Brahmin family finds diminishing monetary opportunities in traditional priestly functions, the daughter must go out and work. (152 mins.)
The movie revolves around the trials and tribulations of Anu (Sujatha). Anu is a happy-go-lucky girl who is in love with her boyfriend... (167 mins.)
The whole idea behind this movie is to tie the audience up into knots - three times over. And Rajini being Rajini... (131 mins.)
A simple film that centers on the lives of 5 educated youngsters in Madurai during 1980 in Madurai, their joys and sorrows. Subramaniapuram not just marks the beginning is a birth of new streamline of extraordinary film. (145 mins.)
Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
A singer (Bharathi) who is tricked into marriage by his mother-in-law, his wife (Gowri )is enormously possessive about his fame and his female fans...
The plot of the film revolves around the three lead characters J. K. Balaganapathi (JKB), Sindhamani aka Sindhu and Bhairavi... (159 mins.)
An orphan who lives by doing odd jobs in a building complex falls in love with one of the residents (167 mins.)
Two unemployed college graduates from Madras, Rao and Mary act as if they are a married couple to get... (181 mins.)
A college sophomore, on a visit to his friend's village, explores a dilapidated and haunted villa, falls unconscious and learns completely about his past life of love and sorrow.
Ooty Varai Uravu
Ravi, the only son of Vedachalam (Baliah), has traveled on business. Returning home, he meets a young...
Antha Ezhu Natkal
A poor musician enters the city dreaming to become a music director finds his lady- love as the wife of his producer. (137 mins.)
Story is about a Father and His Sons . Triple roles portrayed By Sivaji Ganesan. Where One Son who was... (166 mins.)
A young mentally challenged women with an awful past and her new beginning in life. (177 mins.)
Kalyana Parisu, director C.V.Sridhar's debut film, deals with triangle love, two women vying for the same man... (194 mins.)
"Parasakthi" narrates the misfortunes that befall the members of a Tamil family. The youngest sister... (188 mins.)
The story revolves around Mohanasundaram, a returned-from-abroad, westernized, rich man who shows arrogance and contempt towards anything part of Indian culture and anyone below his social standards.
Love between a Danseuse and a Musician brought under attack from various sources. will their love survive,amidst treachery and competition? (175 mins.)
The film revolves around a solitary women, her plight and ordeal against evil society. (114 mins.)
Follows Rajasekhar and his relationship with his younger sister. She falls in love with his friend. (197 mins.)
Siva (Dhanush) is asked to help a friend in a love marriage. Siva kidnaps Pooja (Genelia D'Souza) on a mistaken identity from the marriage hall... (169 mins.)
Its a story about a simple poor girl who manages to change a rich spoilt brat, making him a responsible person.
When the British East India Company forces polygar Kattabomman to pay taxes, levies and be their subsidiary ruler, he openly defies their policy and battles them until his arrest and hanging. (201 mins.)
Bale Pandiya (Sivaji Ganesan) is a young man who leads a troubled life. He is continuously being chased by Marudhu (also Sivaji Ganesan)... (156 mins.)
The film is based on the biography of V.O.Chidambaram Pillai written by Ma. Po. Si.(M.P.Sivagnanam). V. O. C , founded the Swadeshi Stream Navigation Company to break the monopoly of the British over maritime trade out of India. (197 mins.)
Three children adopted from their by birth homes and raised by foster parents grow up in Muslim, Christian and Hindu households. But will they ever reunite with their original families? (196 mins.)
Parthal Pasi Theerum
Believing his wife to be dead, a soldier with the British-Indian army marries another woman and moves on. But what happens when he discovers that his wife is actually alive? (159 mins.)
Padithal Mattum Podhuma
Raju (Balaji) the brother of Gopal (Sivaji) plays foul and gets married to Sita (Savitri), the girl originally earmarked for Gopal... (155 mins.)
Most memorable movie by P.Madhavan and Sivaji dominant hero will show how gnana oli will impact your life. (158 mins.)
Navarathri traces Nalina's (Savitri) experience of nine emotions on nine consecutive nights.
Devrishi Narad visits Bhagwan Shri Shivji, Devi Maa Parvati, and their sons, Bhagwan Shri Ganesh, and Bhagwan Shri Kartikeya... (154 mins.)
A violent youngster and a shy Brahmin girl fall in love but tragedy intervenes when the youngster is brain-damaged following a fight. (180 mins.)
Gopal Sivaji Ganesan and Gowri KR Vijaya are salespeople in competing organisations. They are professional... (144 mins.)
Typical family melodrama of the 60s with Sivaji playing a simpleton devoted to the family that raised him... (165 mins.)