List of Indian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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1. Mother India (1957)

172 min | Drama, Musical, Family

8.1
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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Mehboob Khan | Stars: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar

Votes: 6,804

2. Madhumati (1958)

110 min | Musical, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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While driving his car on a rainy night, Anand's car breaks down, and he goes to seek shelter in a nearby house. He is let into the house by the servant, and he is permitted to stay until ... See full summary »

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Johnny Walker, Pran

Votes: 935

3. Apur Sansar (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

8.3
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 8,617 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Musical

8.4
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A lowly servant, Bhootnath gets close to the wife of his employer, and narrates her story through his eyes and perspective.

Director: Abrar Alvi | Stars: Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman

Votes: 1,240

5. The Big City (1963)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.3
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Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri, Haren Chatterjee

Votes: 2,451

6. Guide (1965)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.5
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A tour guide falls in love with a married woman, and helps her rediscover her love for dance.

Director: Vijay Anand | Stars: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Leela Chitnis, Anwar Hussain

Votes: 5,302

7. Amrapali (1966)

119 min | Musical, Fantasy

6.8
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His hunger for conquest not satiated, even after repeated victories, Samrat Ajaatshatru of Magadh would like to continue on his winning spree, as the only unconquered city is that of ... See full summary »

Director: Lekh Tandon | Stars: Vyjayanthimala, Sunil Dutt, Prem Nath, Bipin Gupta

Votes: 124

8. Aakhri Khat (1966)

153 min | Drama, Family

7.5
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A wake up call to politicians in the Indian government

Director: Chetan Anand | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Indrani Mukherjee, Master Bunty, Manvendra Chitnis

Votes: 90

9. Majhli Didi (1967)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

7.7
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Bipinchandra breaks family tradition by marrying a city girl, Hemangini, much to the chagrin of his sister-in-law, Kadambini, and her husband, Navinchandra. Things are delicate even after ... See full summary »

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Meena Kumari, Dharmendra, Lalita Pawar, Sachin

Votes: 65

10. Deiva Magan (1969)

166 min | Drama

7.8
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Story is about a Father and His Sons . Triple roles portrayed By Sivaji Ganesan. Where One Son who was missed since from the birth re-unites and Spends time with His Father and Solves the ... See full summary »

Director: A.C. Trilogchander | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Jayalalitha J, Chittor V. Nagaiah, M.N. Nambiar

Votes: 81

11. Reshma Aur Shera (1971)

158 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.7
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Reshma and Shera love each other in the midst of a violent feudal conflict between their clans. When their families find out about their relationship, Chotu, Shera's sharp shooting kid ... See full summary »

Director: Sunil Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Sunil Dutt, Rakhee Gulzar, Vinod Khanna

Votes: 152

12. Uphaar (1971)

122 min | Family

7.4
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Anoop studies law in Calcutta, while his widowed mom in a small town in West Bengal. He has a sister, Sudha, who is married to Anil and lives in Calcutta. Since Anoop is of marriageable age... See full summary »

Director: Sudhendu Roy | Stars: Swarup Dutt, Jaya Bhaduri, Suresh Chatwal, Nandita Thakur

Votes: 39

13. Saudagar (1973)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama, Family

7.2
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Moti sells gurd in the market. He collects the raw material and takes them to an older woman, Mahjubhi, who makes exemplary gurd. Moti loves a village girl but is unable to afford to pay ... See full summary »

Director: Sudhendu Roy | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Nutan, Trilok Kapoor, Padma Khanna

Votes: 590

14. Garm Hava (1974)

146 min | Drama

8.1
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In post-partition India, a Muslim businessman and his family struggle for their rights in a country which was once their own.

Director: M.S. Sathyu | Stars: Balraj Sahni, A.K. Hangal, Gita Siddharth, Jamal Hashmi

Votes: 493

15. Manthan (1976)

134 min | Drama

7.7
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Dr.Rao (Girih Karnad) is a Vetinary doc, who comes to this village with the aim of starting a Milk Co-operative society for the welfare of the villagers. But the wealthy businessman ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Votes: 321

16. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.8
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Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,464

17. Payal Ki Jhankaar (1980)

Not Rated | 114 min | Romance

5.7
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Shyama is an orphaned young woman who lives with her aunt, uncle and several cousins, two of who are girls of marriageable age. Her passion is dancing, which is frowned upon by her uncle ... See full summary »

Director: Satyen Bose | Stars: Alankar Joshi, Roobini, Surinder Kaur, Veena

Votes: 14

18. Saaransh (1984)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan, Madan Jain

Votes: 1,400

19. Saagar (1985)

186 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Raja, a fisherman is secretly in love with Mona. When wealthy Ravi comes to live with his grandmother, Kamladevi, he sees Mona and falls in love with her. Mona also reciprocates his love. ... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan, Dimple Kapadia, Nadira

Votes: 709

20. Swathi Muthyam (1985)

160 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.2
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The story is of mentally slow man, whose life is recapped to his grand-daughter. How he meets his wife (who was a widow), earns his living and fights the injustice he and his wife face.

Director: K. Viswanath | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Radhika Sarathkumar, Sarath Babu, SriRam Edida

Votes: 450

21. Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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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.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Delhi Ganesh, Janagaraj

Votes: 10,814

22. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,266 | Gross: $2.08M

23. Henna (1991)

180 min | Drama, Romance, Musical

6.3
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Orphan Chander Prakash is employed as a menial laborer in a timber mart; he meets with wealthy Chandni only to fall in love with her and the marriage is arranged with the blessings of ... See full summary »

Director: Randhir Kapoor | Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Zeba Bakhtiar, Ashwini Bhave, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 546

24. Anjali (1990)

Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama

8.3
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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Revathy, Raghuvaran, Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 2,026

25. Parinda (1989)

154 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Two brothers are caught on the different sides of a gang war.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Nana Patekar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Kamal Chopra, Suresh Oberoi

Votes: 2,534

26. Thevar Magan (1992)

145 min | Drama

8.8
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The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shivaji Ganesan, Nassar, Revathy

Votes: 3,463

27. Rudaali (1993)

128 min | Drama

7.2
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In a small village in Rajasthan, India, a woman named Shanichari was born - so named, as shortly after her birth her father died; & her mother, Peewli, ran away with a rich lover, the owner... See full summary »

Director: Kalpana Lajmi | Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 385

28. In Custody (1994)

PG | 126 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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An editor asks Deven, a teacher who loves Urdu poetry, to interview poet Nur Shahjehanabadi, an aging whale of a man. Deven goes to Bhopal from Mirpur to meet Nur, of whom he is in awe. He ... See full summary »

Director: Ismail Merchant | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Sushma Seth

Votes: 296 | Gross: $0.09M

29. Kuruthipunal (1995)

143 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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Two brave police officers infiltrate a terror group in order to bring it down.

Director: P.C. Sreeram | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Arjun, Nassar, Gautami

Votes: 2,726

30. Indian (1996)

185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A veteran freedom fighter enraged with the rising crime and corruption in the society murders all the wrong doers one by one using an ancient martial arts technique.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Nedumudi Venu, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar

Votes: 7,483

31. Guru (1997)

136 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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Situations turn a man who believes in secularism into an extremist. He plots to bomb a monastery where the survivors of a riot take refuge.

Director: Rajiv Anchal | Stars: Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Madhupal, Shivani Bhai

Votes: 1,528

32. Jeans (1998)

175 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Vishu and Ramu are a pair of Indian twins living in America with their father, Rajamani. When Madhumita (Aishwarya Rai) and her brother come to America to get medical treatment for their ... See full summary »

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Prashanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nassar, Senthil

Votes: 2,655

33. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,448 | Gross: $0.53M

34. Hey Ram (2000)

186 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.0
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Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini

Votes: 9,087 | Gross: $0.27M

35. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

8.2
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84 Metascore

The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Aamir Khan, Raghuvir Yadav, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley

Votes: 84,770 | Gross: $0.07M

36. Devdas (I) (2002)

185 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.6
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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.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jackie Shroff

Votes: 31,049 | Gross: $3.50M

37. Shwaas (2004)

107 min | Drama

8.3
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36 Metascore

This story is about how an old man tried to show his grandson the preciousness and beauty of life in a no win situation such as cancer. It is about keeping a positive attitude towards life.

Director: Sandeep Sawant | Stars: Arun Nalawade, Ashwin Chitale, Sandeep Kulkarni, Amruta Subhash

Votes: 1,159 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Paheli (2005)

140 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.7
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A folk tale - supernatural love story about a ghost who falls in love with a newlywed woman.

Director: Amol Palekar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Anupam Kher, Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan

Votes: 10,784 | Gross: $1.41M

39. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 87,513 | Gross: $2.20M

40. Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)

105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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69 Metascore

As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan

Votes: 2,805 | Gross: $1.10M

41. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

8.5
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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.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer

Votes: 116,443 | Gross: $1.20M

42. Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.4
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In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra (1913), India's first feature-length B&W silent film.

Director: Paresh Mokashi | Stars: Nandu Madhav, Vibhawari Deshpande, Atharva Karve, Mohit Gokhale

Votes: 1,556

43. Peepli (Live) (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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69 Metascore

An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.

Directors: Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui | Stars: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar

Votes: 10,048 | Gross: $0.75M

44. Adaminte Makan Abu (2011)

101 min | Drama

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Abu and Aisumma are an aging Muslim couple. Their aspiration is to go for Hajj and they make many sacrifices to achieve this aim. Now in their late 70s, they decide that they will go for ... See full summary »

Director: Salim Ahmed | Stars: Salim Kumar, M.R. Gopakumar, Jaffer Idukki, Sasi Kalinga

Votes: 991

45. Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.

Director: Anurag Basu | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 63,225 | Gross: $2.80M

46. The Good Road (2013)

92 min | Drama

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A family on vacation lose their son. A truck driver's last ride. A girl chasing hope. This is a life affirming journey, across a local highway, and into the heart of an unseen India, where acts of great compassion are shown to strangers.

Director: Gyan Correa | Stars: Ajay Gehi, Sonali Kulkarni, Shamji Dhana Kerasia, Priyank Upadhyay

Votes: 493

47. Liar's Dice (2013)

104 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.9
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A mother and her daughter embarks on a desperate journey to find her missing husband. She met an guy who promised to help her for money. With limited money it become difficult to continue the search which leads to anxiety and despair.

Director: Geethu Mohandas | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta, Vikram Bhagra

Votes: 412

48. Court (2014)

116 min | Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory ... See full summary »

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane | Stars: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi

Votes: 2,583

49. Visaaranai (2015)

117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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Four immigrants (Pandi, Murugan, Afsal and Kumar) are detained by the local state police, tortured and forced to admit to a crime they have no knowledge of. When all hope seems to be lost, ... See full summary »

Director: Vetrimaaran | Stars: Dinesh, Samuthirakani, Anandhi, Murugadass

Votes: 3,589