Baber's Favorite Bollywood Movies

Movies that belong to a series have been grouped together, although in order of preference rather than chronology. Like all lists, this is a list that flows in accordance with the list maker. Thus, I do not claim that all the movies in the list are great movies or even good movies, but I do say that I found them to be quite enjoyable, whether it was through their magic of storytelling, the emotions they elicited, the laughs they brought out, the ideas they conveyed, or the mere escapism they provided.
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1.
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
 
2.
Rang De Basanti (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
This story is about six friends who help an English filmmaker create a documentary about Indian freedom struggle. During filming, this group of friends learn about those before them and the importance of fighting for their rights. (157 mins.)
 
3.
Jab We Met (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and care-free young woman. (138 mins.)
Director: Imtiaz Ali
 
4.
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 a lazy 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
 
5.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt. (189 mins.)
Director: Aditya Chopra
 
6.
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor. (156 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
 
7.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer. (144 mins.)
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
 
8.
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
 
9.
Shahid (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The account of Human Rights lawyer Shahid Azmi, an ordinary citizen with an extraordinary commitment to justice. (129 mins.)
Director: Hansal Mehta
 
10.
Barfi! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal. (151 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
 
11.
Kahaani (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him. (122 mins.)
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
 
12.
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
 
13.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers. (224 mins.)
 
14.
Chak de! India (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds. (153 mins.)
Director: Shimit Amin
 
15.
Queen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A Delhi girl from a traditional family sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled. (146 mins.)
Director: Vikas Bahl
 
16.
Rock On!! (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Four friends reunite to relive their moments of glory as a rock band. (145 mins.)
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
Luck by Chance (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Vikram gets tapped to play the male lead in a Bollywood film, he can't believe his luck. But it may ruin his relationship with his girlfriend. (156 mins.)
Director: Zoya Akhtar
 
20.
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A story of a fresh graduate trying to find a balance between the maddening demands of the 'professional' way, and the way of his heart. (150 mins.)
Director: Shimit Amin
 
21.
Udaan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father. (134 mins.)
 
22.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan... (210 mins.)
Director: Karan Johar
 
23.
Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress, inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal. (160 mins.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
Go Goa Gone (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A group of friends, just looking to have a good time in a rave party on a remote island in Goa, find out that the island is infested with Zombies. (108 mins.)
 
26.
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three brothers are separated and united after many years - one is brought up a Hindu, another a Muslim and the last (and most memorable) a Christian. Hilarity and adventure ensues. (184 mins.)
Director: Manmohan Desai
 
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.
Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Shruti and Bittoo become partners in their very own "Wedding planning ka bijness" in Delhi and in the process discover friendship, love and one another. (139 mins.)
Director: Maneesh Sharma
 
29.
Kaminey (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The desperate lives of two estranged twin brothers converge over missing drugs, politics, racial prejudice, corrupt cops and an unplanned pregnancy. (130 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
 
30.
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
 
31.
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
 
32.
Deewaar (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Vijay struggles as a dockworker. Eventually, he becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother, Ravi, is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship. (174 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra
 
33.
Kai po che! (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Three friends growing up in India at the turn of the millennium set out to open a training academy to produce the country's next cricket stars. (120 mins.)
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
 
34.
The Lunchbox (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. (104 mins.)
Director: Ritesh Batra
 
35.
Finding Fanny (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A man embarks on a road trip to find his lost love. (102 mins.)
Director: Homi Adajania
 
36.
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A rich brat and a poor chap try to woo a girl, with their rivalry culminating in the most prestigious college event - the marathon cycle race. (174 mins.)
Director: Mansoor Khan
 
37.
Jolly LLB (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A small time lawyer files a PIL in court against his own idols case. (135 mins.)
Director: Subhash Kapoor
 
38.
Main Hoon Na (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An army major goes undercover as a college student. His mission is both professional and personal: to protect his general's daughter from a radical militant, and to find his estranged half-brother. (179 mins.)
Director: Farah Khan
 
39.
Sarfarosh (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
 
40.
OMG: Oh My God! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake. (125 mins.)
Director: Umesh Shukla
 
41.
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
 
42.
Raanjhanaa (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A small-town boy needs to break through the class divide to gain acceptance from his childhood sweetheart who is in love with big city ideals. (140 mins.)
Director: Aanand L. Rai
 
43.
Iqbal (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Iqbal, the deaf and mute son of a farmer, has a passion for the game of cricket and seeks the tutelage of a washed-up, alcoholic ex-player. (132 mins.)
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
 
44.
Hera Pheri (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
 
45.
Dabangg (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A corrupt police officer faces challenges from his family, gangsters and politicians. (126 mins.)
 
46.
Madras Cafe (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An Indian intelligence agent journeys to a war-torn coastal island to break a resolute rebel group and meets a passionate journalist. (130 mins.)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
 
47.
Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Ramkishen and Mamta have three sons Vivek , Prem and Vinod and a daughter Sangeeta. This family is part of a joint family whose close knit bond is challenged by a misunderstanding. (177 mins.)
 
48.
Lootera (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An aristocrat's daughter falls in love with a visiting archaeologist, but he holds a secret that could drive them apart. (136 mins.)
 
49.
Dedh Ishqiya (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two lousy crooks find paradise in the seven stages of love. (152 mins.)
 
50.
Haider (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young man returns to Kashmir after his father's disappearance to confront his uncle - the man he suspects of playing a role in his father's fate. (160 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
 
51.
Ugly (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The case of a missing girl takes us through a journey of human greed and brushes upon the egos and repressed emotions of the characters. (128 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
52.
Piku (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A quirky comedy about the relationship between a daughter and her aging father, whose eccentricities drive everyone crazy. (123 mins.)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
 
53.
Black Friday (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen. (143 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
 
54.
Talvar (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An experienced investigator confronts several conflicting theories about the perpetrators of a violent double homicide. (132 mins.)
Director: Meghna Gulzar
 
55.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After falling in love, three roommates experience changes in their lives. (137 mins.)
Director: Luv Ranjan
 
56.
Masaan (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy... (109 mins.)
Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
 
57.
Kapoor & Sons (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of 2 brothers who visit their family and discover that their parents marriage is on the verge of collapse,the family is undergoing a financial crunch and much more as the drama unfolds. (132 mins.)
Director: Shakun Batra
 
58.
Airlift (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Iraq invades Kuwait in August, 1990, a callous Indian businessman becomes the spokesperson for more than 170,000 stranded countrymen. (130 mins.)
Director: Raja Menon
 
59.
Sultan (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Sultan is a classic underdog tale about a wrestler's journey, looking for a comeback by defeating all odds. Will he emerge victorious? (170 mins.)
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
 
60.
Udta Punjab (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A story that revolves around drug abuse in the affluent north Indian State of Punjab and how the youth there have succumbed to it en-masse resulting in a socio-economic decline. (148 mins.)
 
61.
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.)
 
62.
Dangal (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression. (161 mins.)
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
 
63.
Raees (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Criticizing the prohibition of alcohol in Gujarat, this film unfolds the story of a clever bootlegger, whose business is challenged by a tough cop. (143 mins.)
Director: Rahul Dholakia