Best Hindi Movies To See Before You Die

These movies have defined Indian Cinema...Must Watch
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1.
A Wednesday (2008)
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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
“ Great Movie, Good thriller and always maintains the intensity of script.
A great eye opener ” - budhrajavishal
 
2.
Black (2005)
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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. (122 mins.)
“ A tale of Girl through a word of dark shadows to light...An extraordinary story of an ordinary life. ” - budhrajavishal
 
3.
Omkara (2006)
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A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Othello'. (155 mins.)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
“ Vishal Bharadwaj has done the unthinkable in this modern India's Othello ” - budhrajavishal
 
4.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
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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. (132 mins.)
Director: Kundan Shah
“ Just mesmerizing performances by whole star cast...if you have not watched it.. go and watch it.. you don't know what you are missing... ” - budhrajavishal
 
5.
Saaransh (1984)
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An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues. (137 mins.)
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
“ 'Saaransh' is an enlightening and satisfying film experience. It is easily one of Bhatt's best. ” - budhrajavishal
 
6.
Anand (1971)
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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.)
“ One of the best Hindi movie ever made.... ” - budhrajavishal
 
7.
Thanks Maa (2009)
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A homeless petty thief attempts to find the biological mother of an abandoned baby. (120 mins.)
Director: Irfan Kamal
“ A painful journey of a child to search biological mother.. ” - budhrajavishal
 
8.
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986 TV Movie)
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One dissenting juror in a murder trial tries to influence the verdict with his personal prejudices and biases
Director: Basu Chatterjee
“ Best court room drama without a court room.... ” - budhrajavishal
 
9.
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
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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.)
“ A true story of Sportsmanship.... ” - budhrajavishal
 
10.
Gulaal (2009)
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A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college. (140 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
“ Watch it for a sensible cinema & very mature songs ” - budhrajavishal
 
11.
Barfi! (2012)
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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
“ Real characters, genuine relationships, a simple yet a soulful story. ” - budhrajavishal
 
12.
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.)
“ Adolescence is one of those rare subjects on which we haven't witnessed many movies made in Bollywood. ” - budhrajavishal
 
13.
Johnny Gaddaar (2007)
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Police officers recount a tale of missing money which results in lies, deceit, betrayal and death. (135 mins.)
Director: Sriram Raghavan
“ A perfect thriller...because it is a genuinely Unpredictable. ” - budhrajavishal
 
14.
Socha Na Tha (2005)
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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
“ A light hearted and straight forward love story. ” - budhrajavishal
 
15.
Shaurya: It Takes Courage to Make Right... Right (2008)
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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
“ A Thoughtful, Polished, Inspired Thriller about a Court Martial. ” - budhrajavishal
 
16.
Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990)
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After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy... (122 mins.)
Director: Tapan Sinha
“ Its a movie made from the heart. Don't miss it !! ” - budhrajavishal
 
17.
Mera Naam Joker (1970)
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Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters... (224 mins.)
Director: Raj Kapoor
“ I salute the thinker, director and brave producer...Late Raj Kapoor. ” - budhrajavishal
 
18.
Shool (1999)
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Police Inspector Samar Pratap Singh is transferred to Motihari, in the Indian state of Bihar, along with his wife... (138 mins.)
Director: E. Nivas
“ A mature eye opening film intended for a mature audience. ” - budhrajavishal
 
19.
Like Stars on Earth (2007)
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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. (165 mins.)
Director: Aamir Khan
“ A movie which you all can relate to your life. ” - budhrajavishal
 
20.
English Vinglish (2012)
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A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English. (134 mins.)
Director: Gauri Shinde
“ A movie about the Family, the children & their attitude towards their parents, the husband who does not see his wife skills and potential. ” - budhrajavishal
 
21.
404: Error Not Found (2011)
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A brilliant student starts hallucinating after moving into a room that was occupied by another who committed suicide. (121 mins.)
Director: Prawaal Raman
“ It is one of the rarest intelligent Indian film that balances science and paranormal activities. ” - budhrajavishal
 
22.
OMG: Oh My God! (2012)
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A shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake. (125 mins.)
Director: Umesh Shukla
“ Even God will watch this movie and say OH MY GOD what a movie. ” - budhrajavishal
 
23.
Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991)
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Prahaar is the story of Major Chavan, a tough and stern soldier, trained to destroy the enemy. He can... (166 mins.)
“ Brilliant performance. A must watch for every true Indian. ” - budhrajavishal
 
24.
Ardh Satya (1983)
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A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality. (130 mins.)
Director: Govind Nihalani
“ I have not seen another movie like this. It is one whole, each piece so nicely fit in the plot. ” - budhrajavishal
 
25.
Ankush (1986)
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Four unemployed young men befriend their new neighbors, but soon tragedy strikes and everything is shattered. (149 mins.)
Director: N. Chandra
“ The storyline is simple, but told in a bold fashion. ” - budhrajavishal