Best Bollywood Drama Movies

by harshalpagare-iitb | created - 01 Sep 2013 | updated - 02 Sep 2013 | Public

It is a list of my favorite drama movies in bollywood. Sequence is random.

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1. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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67 Metascore

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".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 259,116 | Gross: $6.53M

2. Swades (2004)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama

8.3
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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: 67,525 | Gross: $1.22M

3. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama, History

8.3
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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.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 86,696 | Gross: $2.20M

4. Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.6
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 13,665 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001)

160 min | Musical, Romance

7.5
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A young girl is torn between an obsessive lover and a mild-mannered suitor.

Director: Gautham Menon | Stars: Madhavan, Saif Ali Khan, Dia Mirza, Vrajesh Hirjee

Votes: 4,712

6. Aradhana (1969)

Not Rated | 169 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.7
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Dashing pilot Arun romances Vandana Tripathi, and both in love with each other, become very intimate, and as a result Vandana gets pregnant. Arun and Vandana have a quiet temple wedding ... See full summary »

Director: Shakti Samanta | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Sujit Kumar, Farida Jalal

Votes: 1,262

7. Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)

187 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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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.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Amrish Puri, Johnny Lever

Votes: 9,665

8. Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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An estranged couple battle for the custody of their only son.

Director: Mansoor Khan | Stars: Aamir Khan, Manisha Koirala, Master Adil, Deven Verma

Votes: 3,732

9. Sarfarosh (1999)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: John Mathew Matthan | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan, Sonali Bendre, Mukesh Rishi

Votes: 19,959

10. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.9
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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.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo

Votes: 18,335

11. Wake Up Sid (2009)

138 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A spoiled young adult living in Mumbai experiences a change in his lazy ways when he meets a woman at a party, who inspires him to "wake up".

Director: Ayan Mukherjee | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Supriya Pathak, Anupam Kher

Votes: 22,121 | Gross: $0.72M

12. Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

122 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.1
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An account of the gangster Mahindra Dolas and his gang, which terrorized Mumbai City, and a massive war between Mumbai Police and gangs during 16 November 1991.

Director: Apoorva Lakhia | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Arbaaz Khan

Votes: 7,540 | Gross: $0.29M

13. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

Not Rated | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.0
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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is the story of the relationship between two characters, Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) & Naina (Deepika Padukone), at two separate but defining times in their lives... first... See full summary »

Director: Ayan Mukherjee | Stars: Deepika Padukone, Poorna Jagannathan, Ranbir Kapoor, Rana Daggubati

Votes: 30,434 | Gross: $3.83M

14. Raanjhanaa (2013)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Kundan, the son of a Hindu pundit, discovers that his childhood sweetheart Zoya loves city-bred Akram and wants to marry him. However, he persistently seeks to win her heart.

Director: Anand L. Rai | Stars: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Swara Bhaskar

Votes: 24,192 | Gross: $0.88M

15. Baghban (2003)

181 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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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.

Director: Ravi Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Aman Verma, Samir Soni

Votes: 11,788 | Gross: $1.10M

16. Dil Se.. (1998)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 22,325

17. Armaan (2003)

158 min | Drama, Family, Romance

5.3
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Dr. Siddharth Sinha is a dedicated selfless doctor who dreams of building a state-of-the-art hospital with all the modern instruments and amenities for patient care . His foster son Akash ... See full summary »

Director: Honey Irani | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Gracy Singh

Votes: 969 | Gross: $0.30M

18. Laadla (1994)

169 min | Drama, Family

5.8
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Laadla (The Beloved Son) is the story of Raju (Anil Kapoor) who lives with his disabled mom (Farida Jalal). One day Raju on his way to a job interview saves the life of a rich textile mill ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kanwar | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Raveena Tandon, Farida Jalal

Votes: 834

19. Guru (2007)

Not Rated | 166 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.8
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70 Metascore

A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Mithun Chakraborty, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhavan

Votes: 17,819 | Gross: $2.09M

20. Apaharan (2005)

173 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Bipasha Basu, Ayub Khan

Votes: 3,457

21. Beta (1992)

171 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Beta is the story of Raju, the only child of a widowed multi millionaire. Raju's father can provide him anything he wants but Raju's only desire is to get mother's love, in order to please ... See full summary »

Director: Indra Kumar | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Aruna Irani, Laxmikant Berde

Votes: 1,436

22. Baadshah (1999)

175 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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A small time detective is mistaken as a CBI agent and gets embroiled in a deadly mission to save the Chief Minister from an assassination attempt.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla | Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Shah Rukh Khan, Twinkle Khanna, Amrish Puri

Votes: 14,046