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1. Shala (2011)

108 min | Romance

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Set in the 70's in rural India, four 9th grade kids were writing their destiny. Joshi (14) is madly in love with Shirodkar (14) a beautiful Indian looking girl. Both study in the same class. The age old question "What is love anyway?"

Director: Sujay Dahake | Stars: Anshuman Joshi, Ketaki Mategaonkar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Nandu Madhav

Votes: 1,467

2. Dev.D (2009)

144 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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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?

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 23,946 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Rajat Barmecha, Sanjay Gandhi, Ronit Roy, Manjot Singh

Votes: 36,156 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.4
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In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra (1913), India's first feature-length B&W silent film.

Director: Paresh Mokashi | Stars: Nandu Madhav, Vibhawari Deshpande, Atharva Karve, Mohit Gokhale

Votes: 1,559

5. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,271 | Gross: $2.08M

6. Chandni Bar (2001)

150 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav, Shri Vallabh Vyas

Votes: 2,088

7. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)

120 min | Drama

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Geeta Rao has two admirers - one is Siddharth Tyabji and the other is Vikram Malhotra circa 1969 West Bengal that is witnessing it's struggle against the ruling Congress party, joining ... See full summary »

Director: Sudhir Mishra | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Shiney Ahuja, Chitrangda Singh, Ram Kapoor

Votes: 4,148

8. Black (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

Votes: 28,622 | Gross: $0.73M

9. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)

120 min | Drama

8.0
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50 Metascore

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni, Surekha Sikri

Votes: 4,303

10. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

8.5
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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.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer

Votes: 116,805 | Gross: $1.20M

11. Pyaasa (1957)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.5
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A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Mala Sinha, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman

Votes: 4,149

12. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

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Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,467

13. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

148 min | Musical, Romance

8.2
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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.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Kumari Naaz, Johnny Walker

Votes: 1,543

14. Apur Sansar (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 8,639 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi

Votes: 16,813 | Gross: $0.54M

16. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 8,419 | Gross: $0.17M

17. Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969)

132 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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Goopy wants to sing, and Bagha wants to play the dhol. They meet accidentally and are helped by King of Ghosts. With newly endowed abilities, they land in kingdom of Shundi, where their ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Tapan Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Ajoy Banerjee, Iva Banerjee

Votes: 1,580

18. Agantuk (1991)

97 min | Drama

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A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Dipankar Dey, Mamata Shankar, Bikram Bhattacharya, Utpal Dutt

Votes: 1,871

19. The Seventh Horse of the Sun (1992)

130 min | Drama, Romance

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A man shares some lazy memories about his friend, Manek Mulla, who had a knack for telling stories. On this particular afternoon, Manek narrates a 'unique' love affair with the help of ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Rajit Kapoor, Raghuvir Yadav, Siraj Ahmed, Rakesh Dhar

Votes: 565

20. Junoon (1979)

141 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Nafisa Ali, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 407

21. Nishant (1975)

140 min | Crime, Drama

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Vishwam (Naseeruddin Shah) is the youngest brother of the powerful and influential village Zamindar (Amrish Puri). The Zamindar will not hesitate to do anything for the welfare and ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Girish Karnad, Shabana Azmi, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri

Votes: 370

22. Ankush (1986)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

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Four unemployed young men befriend their new neighbors, but soon tragedy strikes and everything is shattered.

Director: N. Chandra | Stars: Nana Patekar, Rabia Amin, Gajanan Bangera, Raja Bundela

Votes: 341

23. Bandit Queen (1994)

119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a ... See full summary »

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Rajesh Vivek, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 3,701 | Gross: $0.40M

24. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

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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.

Director: Kundan Shah | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Votes: 10,051

25. Jagte Raho (1956)

153 min | Comedy, Drama

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In hopes of improving his lifestyle, a poor peasant re-locates to Bombay virtually penniless. It is late at night and he is thirsty, and he is unable to find water anywhere. A singing drunk... See full summary »

Directors: Amit Mitra, Sombhu Mitra | Stars: Pradeep Kumar, Sumitra Devi, Smriti Biswas, Pahadi Sanyal

Votes: 720

26. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,457 | Gross: $0.53M

27. Dhobi Ghat (2010)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama

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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Kiran Rao | Stars: Prateik, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra, Aamir Khan

Votes: 10,782 | Gross: $0.58M

28. Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (2003)

137 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Revolves around a hapless copywriter torn between his crazy police officer fiancee and his new best friend, a hit man who inadvertently involves him underworld.

Director: Shashanka Ghosh | Stars: Arshad Warsi, Prashant Narayanan, Sandhya Mridul, Pratima Kazmi

Votes: 634

29. Khamosh (1985)

101 min | Mystery, Thriller

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When a starlet is murdered on a film location, her detective brother arrives there to solve the mystery.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Amol Palekar, Sudhir Mishra, Soni Razdan

Votes: 747

30. Swades (2004)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Smit Sheth

Votes: 68,082 | Gross: $1.22M

31. Bhoot (2003)

113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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When a married couple moves into a flat that is haunted by a spirit, a series of inexplicable experiences drive the wife to near madness. Now, the husband must protect his wife to save their marriage.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Urmila Matondkar, Nana Patekar, Rekha

Votes: 2,706

32. Gulaal (2009)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Deepak Dobriyal

Votes: 11,140

33. 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)

137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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Susanna's quest for love leads to a series of marriages, each ending in the mysterious death of her latest husband.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Vivaan Shah, Manuj Bhaskar, Sanjay Verma

Votes: 4,543 | Gross: $0.27M

34. LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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A video camcorder, a store security camera, and concealed cameras candidly expose lives in three loosely-linked tales.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Nushrat Bharucha, Anshuman Jha, Neha Chauhan, Rajkummar Rao

Votes: 4,482

35. Mirch Masala (1987)

128 min | Drama, Thriller

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In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose ... See full summary »

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Ram Gopal Bajaj, Benjamin Gilani, Mohan Gokhale, Nina Kulkarni

Votes: 876

36. Ajantrik (1958)

102 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Kali Bannerjee, Gangapada Basu, Satindra Bhattacharya, Tulsi Chakraborty

Votes: 381

37. Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003)

99 min | Drama

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A disturbing saga about male chauvinism and mistreatment of women in India.

Director: Manish Jha | Stars: Tulip Joshi, Sudhir Pandey, Sushant Singh, Pankaj Jha

Votes: 1,699

38. Jogwa (2009)

114 min | Drama

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Two strangers are forced into a life of servitude to the local deity. They fall in love and want to start a new life but will the wrath of a highly superstitious community let them live in peace?

Director: Rajeev Patil | Stars: Upendra Limaye, Mukta Barve, Vinay Apte, Kishore Kadam

Votes: 435