Must Watch Bollywood movies 1990's onwards

A list containing the best bollywood movies of the modern era. Must watch list in descending order. (Have included only those popular movies, who are actually worth watching)
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1.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
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The story of six young Indians who assist an English Woman to film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long forgotten saga of freedom. (157 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
Chak de! India (2007)
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A disgraced hockey player coaches the women's national team to win back his honor and dignity. (153 mins.)
Director: Shimit Amin
 
4.
Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
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Kishen Kumar Chaudhary and Karan are family like friends, when Kishen's wife Mrs. Kaushalya gives birth to a baby boy Prem... (192 mins.)
 
5.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
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Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress, inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal. (160 mins.)
 
6.
Devdas (2002)
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After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain. (185 mins.)
 
7.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Prem, a top student, is learning the ropes of business under his elder brother Rajesh and his uncle Kailashnath... (206 mins.)
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
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Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer. (144 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
 
11.
Sarfarosh (1999)
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After his brother is killed and father severly injured by terrorists, a young med student quits his studies to join the Indian Police Service to wipe out the terrorists. (174 mins.)
 
12.
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An eight-year-old boy is thought to be lazy and a 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
 
13.
Hera Pheri (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Three unemployed men find the answer to all their money problems when they recieve a call from a kidnapper. However, things do not go as planned... (156 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
14.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Nandini has to choose between Sameer, the man who taught her to fall in love; and Vanraj, the man from whom she learnt how to abide and fulfill promises of love. (188 mins.)
 
15.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
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A young man and woman - both of Indian descent but born and raised in Britain - fall in love during a trip to Switzerland. However, the girl's traditional father takes her back to India to fulfill a betrothal promise. (189 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
 
16.
3 Idiots (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
 
17.
Black (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The cathartic tale of a deaf, mute and blind girl, and her teacher who brings a ray of light into her world of BLACK. (122 mins.)
 
18.
Swades (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
 
19.
Taal (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
On a sight-seeing road trip of India, U.K. based Manav Mehta meets Mansi, the daughter of a singer, Tarababu... (179 mins.)
Director: Subhash Ghai
 
20.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India. (114 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
21.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During their college years, Anjali was in love with her best-friend Rahul, but he had eyes only for Tina. Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina's eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali. (177 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
 
22.
Yuva (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Michael, Arjun and Lallan, three men from three different stratas of society, cross paths one morning in Calcutta and change one another's lives forever. (161 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
23.
Rockstar (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Janardhan Jakhar chases his dreams of becoming a big Rock star, during which he falls in love with Heer. (159 mins.)
Director: Imtiaz Ali
 
24.
Page 3 (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
'Page 3' takes a behind-the-scenes look at A-list celebrity lifestyles through the eyes of a female entertainment journalist... (139 mins.)
 
25.
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Naina, an introverted, perpetually depressed girl's life changes when she meets Aman. But Aman has a secret of his own which changes their lives forever. Embroiled in all this is Rohit, Naina's best friend who conceals his love for her. (186 mins.)
Director: Nikhil Advani
 
26.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. (320 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
27.
Haasil (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Anirudhh, 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 friends turn into foes. (160 mins.)
 
28.
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement. (135 mins.)
 
29.
A Wednesday (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
 
30.
Hera Pheri (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Three unemployed men find the answer to all their money problems when they recieve a call from a kidnapper. However, things do not go as planned... (156 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
31.
Saajan (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Aman (Sanjay Dutt) is a poor, handicapped orphan who is befriended by wealthy Akash Verma (Salman Khan) during his childhood... (181 mins.)
 
32.
Mohabbatein (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
At a prestigious university, three lovelorn pupils defy their strict principal with the help of their new music teacher. (216 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
 
33.
Baghban (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An elderly couple wish their children to care for them in their old age. But their children see and treat them as a burden, and they must struggle to regain their worth and dignity to themselves and others. (181 mins.)
Director: Ravi Chopra
 
34.
Sarkar (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The authority of a man, who runs a parallel government in Mumbai, is challenged. His son rises to face his enemies. (124 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
 
35.
Dulhe Raja (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Poor Raja opens a fast foot restaurant right opposite a five star hotel run by it's owner Singhania... (143 mins.)
 
36.
Baazigar (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide. (175 mins.)
 
37.
Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Governor Jaisingh Sinha is murdered and the needle of suspicion points towards his estranged son, Sahil Sinha who must prove his innocence. (173 mins.)
Director: Rajiv Rai
 
38.
Guru (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
39.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
40.
Vicky Donor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man is brought in by an infertility doctor to supply him with his sperm, where he becomes the biggest sperm donor for his clinic. (126 mins.)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
 
41.
Agneepath (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young boy's quest for revenge leads him to become a gangster as an adult, and with each day he becomes more and more like his enemies. Can he find vengeance and redemption? (174 mins.)
Director: Mukul S. Anand
 
42.
Damini - Lightning (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The theme revolves around the character Damini who represents truth and innocence. After her marriage in renowned wealthy family... (175 mins.)
 
43.
Pardes (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This film takes a serious look at the lives of Westernized Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in North America... (191 mins.)
Director: Subhash Ghai
 
44.
Krantiveer (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Disowned by his parents at a young age Pratap Narayan Tilak ended up in a small time village controlled... (159 mins.)
Director: Mehul Kumar
 
45.
Bombay (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
46.
Shaurya: It Takes Courage to Make Right... Right (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A army lawyer goes out of his way to defend an army officer charged with the homicide of a decorated officer. (149 mins.)
Director: Samar Khan
 
47.
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Amongst the communal riots that erupt in the city, Tara shelters a wayward Sakina from a crazed mob and a bond that blossoms into love is created... (170 mins.)
Director: Anil Sharma
 
48.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged. (155 mins.)
Director: Zoya Akhtar
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A Delhi based retired middle class man tries half-heartedly to get his land back from a swindling property dealer with the help of his sons and their friends. (135 mins.)
 
51.
Bheja Fry (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Ranjit, who makes fun of idiots, gets completely annoyed when he invites a tax inspector and a singer to his house. (95 mins.)
Director: Sagar Ballary
 
52.
Virasat (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After completing his studies in London, England, Shakti Thakur returns home to India in a small town where his family resides... (165 mins.)
Director: Priyadarsan
 
53.
Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man accepts a challenge by the chief minister of Maharashtra to run the state for one day, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue. (187 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
54.
Gangaajal (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An IPS officer motivates and leads a dysfunctional, corrupt police force of Tezpur to fight against the corrupt politician. (157 mins.)
Director: Prakash Jha
 
55.
Call (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Major Jaidev Rajvansh and his fellow officer Hussein manage to rescue a leading politician as well as capture his kidnapper... (176 mins.)
 
56.
Ram Lakhan (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sharda (Raakhee) vows vengeance when her husband is murdered by his two evil cousins, Bhishamber (Amrish Puri) and Bhanu (Paresh Rawal)... (174 mins.)
Director: Subhash Ghai
 
57.
Apaharan (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Story of a tumultuous and complex relationship between a father (Mohan Agashe) and son (Ajay Devgan), set against the backdrop of a thriving kidnapping industry in the Hindi heartland of Bihar. (173 mins.)
Director: Prakash Jha
 
58.
Vaastav: The Reality (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Consequences force an innocent man to get involved in crime after making an error. (145 mins.)
 
59.
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rich girl loves poor singer and vice versa. But fate has two surprises in store. (172 mins.)
Director: Rakesh Roshan
 
60.
Peepli (Live) (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media. (95 mins.)
 
61.
Rangeela (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A poor young woman, who dreams of Bollywood fame, is caught in a love triangle between her childhood friend and a famous actor. (142 mins.)
Director: Ramgopal Varma
 
62.
Ghayal (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ajay Mehra, an amateur boxer, takes revenge against Balwant Rai, a crooked businessman, after his elder brother is killed. (163 mins.)
 
63.
Hum (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A wealthy and cruel businessman, Bhaktawar lord over a dockyard making all the workers his slaves. All... (184 mins.)
Director: Mukul S. Anand
 
64.
Beta (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Beta is the story of Raju, the only child of a widowed multi millionaire. Raju's father can provide... (171 mins.)
Director: Indra Kumar
 
65.
Roja (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
66.
Coolie No. 1 (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In order to avenge his insult against wealthy Hoshiarchand Choudhary; Pandit Shaadiram Gharjodhe asks... (143 mins.)
Director: David Dhawan