IFFI's Top 20 Indian Films

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1.
The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family. (126 mins.)
 
2.
Charulata (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature. (117 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
3.
Pather Panchali (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
 
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
 
5.
Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the hope of earning enough money to pay off his debts and save his land, a poor farmer becomes a rickshaw puller in the Calcutta and faces many difficulties. (131 mins.)
Director: Bimal Roy
 
6.
Pyaasa (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world. (146 mins.)
Director: Guru Dutt
 
7.
Bhuvan Shome (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Bhuvan Shome is a lonely widower, a proud old man and a strict disciplinarian. Looking back on the trodden path... (96 mins.)
Director: Mrinal Sen
 
8.
Garm Hava (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own. (146 mins.)
Director: M.S. Sathyu
 
9.
Mother India (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code. (172 mins.)
Director: Mehboob
 
10.
The Ritual (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young Brahmin Vedic school student, who is from an aristocratic family, befriends his school master's daughter who is a pregnant widow... (144 mins.)
 
11.
Rat-Trap (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him. (121 mins.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
Nayakan (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Aparajito (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
16.
The World of Apu (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
17.
Sant Tukaram (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
This classic film chronicles the life of Tukaram (17th C.), one of Maharashtra's most popular saint poets... (131 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Guide (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A tour guide falls in love with a married woman, and helps her rediscover her love for dance. (183 mins.)
Director: Vijay Anand
 
20.
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
 
21.
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.)