Greatest Art Films in Indian Cinema

by PurnenduSingh | created - 03 Jun 2014 | updated - 03 Jun 2014 | Public

Creating a list of the best Art Films in India Cinema, films which every cinema lover can consider watching.

The films are in no particular order.

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1. Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

8.4
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi

Votes: 16,636 | Gross: $0.54M

2. 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: 8,528 | Gross: $0.02M

3. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.2
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 8,331 | Gross: $0.17M

4. Charulata (1964)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

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The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Shyamal Ghoshal

Votes: 3,810 | Gross: $0.08M

5. Jalsaghar (1958)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Music

8.1
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Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu, Bismillah Khan

Votes: 4,049 | Gross: $0.09M

6. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

126 min | Drama, Musical

8.1
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A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 1,725

7. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

131 min | Drama

8.4
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In the hope of earning enough money to pay off his debts and save his land, a poor farmer becomes a rickshaw puller in the Calcutta and faces many difficulties.

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad

Votes: 1,344

8. Neecha Nagar (1946)

122 min | Drama

7.4
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The films takes an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in the society. The film centers on a wealthy and capacious landlord, Sarkar (Rafi Peer) who lives in a palatial ... See full summary »

Director: Chetan Anand | Stars: Rafiq Anwar, Uma Anand, Kamini Kaushal, Rafi Peer

Votes: 87

9. Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986 TV Movie)

Drama

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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 | Stars: Deepak Kejriwal, Amitabh Srivastava, Pankaj Kapur, S.M. Zaheer

Votes: 1,137

10. Pyaasa (1957)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.6
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A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Mala Sinha, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman

Votes: 4,130

11. Ankur: The Seedling (1974)

131 min | Drama

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Laxmi lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in India along with her husband, Kishtaya, who is a deaf-mute. Both husband and wife work for the wealthy landlord. The landlord's son, Surya... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Sadhu Meher, Anant Nag, Priya Tendulkar

Votes: 685

12. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

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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: 7,229 | Gross: $2.08M

13. Manthan (1976)

134 min | Drama

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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: Abha Dhulia, Rajendra Jaspal, Girish Karnad, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Votes: 321

14. Chakra (1981)

140 min

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Amma lives in Bijapur with her husband and son, Benwa. When a man attempts to sexually molest her, he is killed by her husband, the trio flee, but the husband is shot dead by the police. ... See full summary »

Director: Rabindra Dharmaraj | Stars: Savita Bajaj, Arun Bakshi, Suresh Bhagwat, Ranjit Chowdhry

Votes: 102

15. Garm Hava (1974)

146 min | Drama

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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: 487

16. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

148 min | Musical, Romance

8.2
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Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Kumari Naaz, Johnny Walker

Votes: 1,534

17. Junoon (1979)

141 min | Drama

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Set during the 1857 War of Independence, an obsessed Indian Nawab desires to wed a young Anglo-Indian woman, but the girl's obstinate mother stands between them.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Nafisa Ali, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 404

18. Masoom (1983)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Family, Musical

8.5
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A happy family goes through turbulent times because of a big mistake by one of the family members.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Tanuja, Jugal Hansraj

Votes: 2,876

19. Arth (1982)

138 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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A film-maker who is having an extra-marital affair with an actress decides to leave his wife. Arth is the story of this women's search for her identity.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran

Votes: 974

20. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

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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.

Director: Kundan Shah | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Votes: 9,924

21. Saaransh (1984)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

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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: 1,397

22. Savkari Pash (1925)

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A social film with high melodrama, concerning a peasant (Shantaram) who loses his land to a greedy money-lender and moves to the city where he becomes a mill worker. Taking its cue from the... See full summary »

Director: Baburao Painter | Stars: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, Zunzharrao Pawar, Kamaladevi, Kishabapu Bakre

23. Gaman (1978)

119 min | Drama

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In order to improve their lifestyle, Lucknow based Ghulam Hussain decides to re-locate to Bombay, leaving his ailing mother and wife, Khairun, behind. He arrives in Bombay, and looks up his... See full summary »

Director: Muzaffar Ali | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil, Gita Siddharth, Jalal Agha

Votes: 111

24. Khandhar (1984)

106 min | Drama

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Subhash is a photographer from the city, who has come to take pictures of some old temples and ruins in a village. Ruins fascinate him. While in the village, he gets acquainted with a young... See full summary »

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Annu Kapoor, Pankaj Kapur, Sreela Majumdar

Votes: 174

25. Bhuvan Shome (1969)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

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Bhuvan Shome is a lonely widower, a proud old man and a strict disciplinarian. Looking back on the trodden path, strewn with staunch determination and drab attitudes, Bhuvan Shome, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Utpal Dutt, Suhasini Mulay, Shekhar Chatterjee, Sadhu Meher

Votes: 253

26. Om Dar-B-Dar (1988)

101 min | Drama

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A carefully constructed nonsense about a teenage boy named Om in a small Indian village.

Director: Kamal Swaroop | Stars: Gopi Desai, Manish Gupta, Anita Kanwar, Aditya Lakhia

Votes: 229

27. Ardh Satya (1983)

130 min | Crime, Drama

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A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar

Votes: 1,280

28. Party (1984)

110 min | Drama

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A planned social gathering is held to commemorate Divakar Barve for the award he receive pertaining his contributions to Indian Arts and films. The social event is greeted by some important... See full summary »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Deepa Sahi, Ila Arun, Raju Barot, Mohan Bhandari

Votes: 159

29. Trikal (Past, Present, Future) (1985)

137 min | Drama

7.1
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Set in 1961 Goa, this is a story of a rich and influential Goan family and what happens to them over a period of time. The movie is narrated in past-tense by one of the friends of the ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Leela Naidu, Neena Gupta, Anita Kanwar, Soni Razdan

Votes: 143

30. Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A man from Mumbai (then Bombay) is angry about various issues in different circumstances.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Dilip Dhawan

Votes: 308

31. Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)

130 min | Drama

7.2
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An old couple, Mohan Joshi (Bhisham Sahni) and his wife (Dina Pathak), sues their landlord (Amjad Khan) for not maintaining their 'collapsing' apartment building. For this, they hire two ... See full summary »

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Bhisham Sahni, Dina Pathak, Mohan Gokhale, Deepti Naval

Votes: 110

32. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)

111 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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A tapori's dream to become a bigshot, but after the reality-check; dose of education opened his eyes and he begins to question his own existence.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Pavan Malhotra, Makrand Deshpande, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rajendra Gupta

Votes: 285

33. Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

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After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy. The news is flashed over television and overnight, an ... See full summary »

Director: Tapan Sinha | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Pankaj Kapur, Irrfan Khan, Deepa Sahi

Votes: 860

34. Damul (1985)

106 min | Drama

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Damul (Bonded Until Death) highlights the ill effects of Bonded Labour System while narrating the story of a bonded labour who is left with no choice but to steal by his landlord.

Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Annu Kapoor, Sreela Majumdar, Deepti Naval, Manohar Singh

Votes: 89

35. Aakrosh (1980)

144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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A public prosecutor discovers the harsh realities about life of the scheduled tribes in India during 1980s while defending a case of a tribesman charged of murdering his wife.

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Om Puri

Votes: 571

36. Ship of Theseus (2012)

140 min | Drama

8.1
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The film explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker.

Director: Anand Gandhi | Stars: Aida Elkashef, Yogesh Shah, Faraz Khan, Hannan Youssef

Votes: 4,923

37. Genesis (1986)

105 min | Drama

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A parable of man's exploitation of his fellow man. A weaver and a farmer live peacefully on the edge of a desert until, one day, a woman wanders into their world, and her presence slowly disrupts their routine existence.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, M.K. Raina

Votes: 81

38. Ajantrik (1958)

102 min | Drama

7.8
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Bimal is a taxi-driver in a small town. His taxi is his only companion and, although very battered, it is the apple of Bimal's eye. The film shows the love of taxi driver Bimal and his pathetic vehicle Jagaddal.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Kali Bannerjee, Gangapada Basu, Satindra Bhattacharya, Tulsi Chakraborty

Votes: 380

39. Nagarik (1952)

127 min | Drama

7.6
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Ramu,eldest son a family of migrants to Calcutta,is a fresh graduate searching for a job like many others in post-Partition Calcutta.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Ajit Banerjee, Kali Bannerjee, Gangapada Basu, Satindra Bhattacharya

Votes: 142

40. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)

122 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely life in her single room flat located at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, with only a ... See full summary »

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Jennifer Kendal, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Debashree Roy, Geoffrey Kendal

Votes: 313

41. Aranyer Din Ratri (1970)

115 min | Drama

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A group of Calcutta city slickers, including the well-off Asim (Soumitra Chatterjee), the meek Sanjoy (Subhendu Chatterjee) and the brutish Hari (Samit Bhanja), head out for a weekend in the wilderness.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Kaberi Bose, Simi Garewal, Soumitra Chatterjee

Votes: 1,779

42. Antarjali Jatra (1989)

130 min

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A father encourages his daughter to marry a dying man in order to inherit his wealth.

Director: Goutam Ghose | Stars: Vasant Choudhury, Promode Ganguly, Rabi Ghosh, Shampa Ghosh

Votes: 85

43. Calcutta 71 (1971)

132 min

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An angry young man on trial in 1971,a rainstorm in a slum in 1933,a lower-middle-class family during the 1943 famine,teenage smugglers in 1953 and a middle-class group in a posh hotel in 1971.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Gita Sen, Binota Roy, Ranjit Mallick

Votes: 131

44. Swayamvaram (1973)

131 min | Drama

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Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Adoor Bhawani, Gopi, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Madhu

Votes: 62

45. Rat-Trap (1982)

121 min | Drama

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The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Jalaja, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Rajam K. Nair, Sharada

Votes: 346

46. Mathilukal (1990)

120 min

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Confined to the narrow space of a prison cell, Bashir falls in love with a woman in the neighbouring prison compound. They are separated by a high wall so that they never see each other and... See full summary »

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Mammootty, Thilakan, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Murali

Votes: 371

47. Swaham (1994)

141 min | Drama

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The owner of a little tea house in a remote Indian village dies in an accident. The family, wife, son and daughter, get into financial troubles. Their only hope, it seems, is getting the ... See full summary »

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Aswani, Hari Dass, Gopi, Mullanezhi

Votes: 53

48. Piravi (1988)

110 min | Drama

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Raghu, the only son of Raghava Chakyar was born late for him. So he poured his entire love and affection on him. Raghu, studying in an engineering college in a far away city has to arrive ... See full summary »

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Premji, Archana, Lakshmi Krishnamurthy, V.K. Sriraman

Votes: 188

49. Vanaprastham (1999)

119 min | Drama

8.1
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A depressed Kathakali artist falls in love with a member of an aristocratic family.

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Mohanlal, Suhasini, Mattanoor Shankara Marar, Kalamandalam Gopi

Votes: 1,152

50. Shwaas (2004)

107 min | Drama

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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: 1,153 | Gross: $0.00M

51. Jait Re Jait (1977)

Drama, Family

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Jait Re Jait(win) is story revolving tribal caste called Thakkar. The plot depicts the aspirations, desires and relationship of Nagya and Chindi. Nagya is a honey gatherer who climbs tress ... See full summary »

Director: Jabbar Patel | Stars: Mohan Agashe, Smita Patil, Sulabha Deshpande, Nilu Phule

Votes: 98

52. Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)

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: 1,549

53. Umbartha (1982)

151 min | Drama

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After the passing of her husband, Mrs. Mahajan takes care of four institutions, and lives a comfortable lifestyle with her two sons - Dr. Mohan and his wife, Maya; and Advocate Subhash ... See full summary »

Director: Jabbar Patel | Stars: Smita Patil, Girish Karnad, Shrikant Moghe, Ashalata Wabgaonkar

Votes: 98

54. Simhasan (1979)

170 min | Crime, Drama

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When Chief Minister of Maharashtra gets an anonymous call to warn him against possible rebellion in his party, all is not well. The current government is being questioned by opposition on a... See full summary »

Director: Jabbar Patel | Stars: Mohan Agashe, Datta Bhatt, Satish Dubhashi, Reema Lagoo

Votes: 132

55. Maqbool (2003)

132 min | Crime, Drama

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The intrigue of the Shakespearean tragedy 'Macbeth' is transposed to the Mumbai underworld.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 6,506

56. Sonchidi (2011)

55 min | Sci-Fi

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Two travelers who are in search of a flying-craft, which they believe could possibly take them to the ultimate escape from the cycle of births. On their way they record their memories, dreams and fears in a sound-recorder and a notebook.

Director: Amit Dutta | Stars: Nitin Goel, Gagan Singh Sethi

Votes: 18

57. Anhey gorhey da daan (2011)

112 min | Drama

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A day in the life of a family in a village in Punjab as they deal with social and labor trials and inequities, leading to a night of a lunar eclipse.

Director: Gurvinder Singh | Stars: Samuel John, Mal Singh, Serbjeet Kaur, Dharminder Kaur

Votes: 173

58. Bagh Bahadur (1989)

91 min | Drama

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Bagh Bahadur is a 1989 Bengali drama film directed and written by Buddhadev Dasgupta. The film is about a man who paints himself as a tiger and dances in a village in Bengal. The movie ... See full summary »

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Archana, Pavan Malhotra, M.V. Vasudeva Rao, Archana Puran Singh

Votes: 50

59. Aparoopa (1982)

124 min

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Director: Jahnu Barua | Stars: Biju Phukan, Gopi Desai, Jagdeep, Girish Karnad

Votes: 8

60. Sandhya Raag (1977)

159 min

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Director: Bhabendra Nath Saikia | Stars: Ajit Baishya, Karuna Bannerjee, Hemen Barman, Shakuntala Barua

Votes: 8

61. Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door (1995)

106 min | Drama

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Powal is a boatman in Nemuguri village that is situated on the bank of the river Dihing. Since there is no bridge at that point of the river, Powal's job is assured. For some three ... See full summary »

Director: Jahnu Barua | Stars: Sushanta Barooah, Baruah, Jatin Bora, Bishnu Kharghoria

Votes: 57

62. Bandini (1963)

157 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.7
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During the British Raj of the 1930s, a prison-doctor falls in love with a convict who eventually reveals the story of her past and her connection to a freedom fighter.

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Ashok Kumar, Nutan, Dharmendra, Raja Paranjpe

Votes: 617

63. 27 Down (1974)

115 min | Drama

7.6
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Sanjay is on a pilgrimage journey to Varanasi and remembers his life in flashbacks.

Director: Awtar Krishna Kaul | Stars: Sudhir Dalvi, Rakhee Gulzar, Sadhu Meher, M.K. Raina

Votes: 74

64. Dharavi (1992)

120 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Dharavi - known as the biggest slums on Earth, has many people living in abject poverty and destitute conditions. One such person is Rajkaran a taxi driver by profession, who has bought a ... See full summary »

Director: Sudhir Mishra | Stars: Somesh Agarwal, Shabana Azmi, Pramod Bala, Madhuri Dixit

Votes: 239

65. Mirch Masala (1987)

128 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) went from village to village with soldiers, often demanding more than taxes. A subedar commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confident woman whose ... See full summary »

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Ram Gopal Bajaj, Benjamin Gilani, Mohan Gokhale, Nina Kulkarni

Votes: 873

66. Amma Ariyan (1986)

115 min

6.5
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The story revolves around the incidents following the death of a young Naxalite, upon whose death his friends travel to the village where his mother lives to inform her of the death of her only son.

Director: John Abraham | Stars: Kunhulakshmi Amma, Nilambur Balan, Harinarayan, Joy Mathew

Votes: 102

67. Maati Maay (2006)

98 min | Drama

7.9
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Great movie..! It should change in India especially in villages.

Director: Chitra Palekar | Stars: Mukta Barve, Nandita Das, Kshitij Gavande, Atul Kulkarni

Votes: 79

68. Duvidha (1973)

82 min | Drama

7.2
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Film is Based on Duvidha by Vijayadan Detha, it's about merchant's son, whose relationship with his young bride, Lachhi is thwarted by his work and a ghost who falls in love with her, resulting in the ghost soon impersonating the husband.

Director: Mani Kaul | Stars: Hardan, Manohar Lalas, Ravi Menon, Raisa Padamsee

Votes: 178

69. Sparsh (1980)

145 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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Anirudh Parmar is blind, but he does not let this impairment bind him down. He runs a school for the blind as a Principal. He meets with social worker, Kavita. Kavita is attracted to him, ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Sudha Chopra, Mohan Gokhale

Votes: 480

70. Chashme Buddoor (1981)

145 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

8.0
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Two womanizing slackers, Omi and Jai (Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani respectively) attempt to woo the new girl in the neighbourhood, and fail - miserably. Their third room-mate, shy, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey, Rakesh Bedi

Votes: 1,845

71. Mandi (1983)

167 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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This classic film is based on a classic Urdu short story 'Aanandi' by Pakistani writer Ghulam Abbas. It deals with a brothel at the heart of a city, in an area that some politicians want ... See full summary »

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri

Votes: 531

72. Koshish (1972)

125 min | Drama

8.7
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Romantic drama spaning nearly 20 years involving a deaf-mute couple, Haricharian and Aarti. Deaf and dumb bicycle messenger Haricharian meets equally deaf Aarti, and persuades her to go to ... See full summary »

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri, Asrani, Seema Deo

Votes: 1,168

73. The Namesake (2006)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Jacinda Barrett

Votes: 17,478 | Gross: $8.66M

74. Biswaprakash (1999)

148 min | Drama

7.5
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On his journey to self realization, Biswaparakash faces a changing value system in a new consumerist culture and that conflict with his beliefs, values and traditions.

Director: Sushant Misra | Stars: Binyaka, Anu Choudhury, Carman Cordwell, Nandita Das

Votes: 17

75. Anaahat (2003)

90 min | Drama

7.5
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A woman pushes against social mores by asserting her right to sexual fulfillment.

Director: Amol Palekar | Stars: Sonali Bendre, Anant Nag, Deepti Naval

Votes: 68

76. Adi Shankaracharya (1983)

130 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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The first and only Indian movie to be made in Sanskrit. The movie follows the life and times of Sankara - the founder of the non-duality (Advaita) school of Indian philosophy.

Director: G.V. Iyer | Stars: Sarvadaman D. Banerjee, M.V. Narayana Rao, Manjunath Bhatt, Leela Narayana Rao

Votes: 173

77. Oru Pennum Randaanum (2008)

Drama

6.8
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Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Asokan, Indrans, Jagadish, Manoj K. Jayan

Votes: 31

78. Kanchana Sita (1977)

90 min | Drama

7.9
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Director: Govindan Aravindan | Stars: Chinnapuliah, Ravindram Nair, Prem Nazir, Keshav Panicker

Votes: 37

79. Miss Lovely (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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52 Metascore

A Hindi feature film set in the lower depths of Bombay's "C" grade film industry. Miss Lovely follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sleazy horror films in the mid-1980s.

Director: Ashim Ahluwalia | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh, Anil George, Zeena Bhatia

Votes: 2,581

80. Maya Darpan (1972)

107 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Kumar Shahani | Stars: Aditi, Iqbalnath Kaul, Anil Pandya, Kanta Vyas

Votes: 50

81. Bhavni Bhavai (1980)

135 min

7.5
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Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Mohan Gokhale, Om Puri

Votes: 86

82. The Lunchbox (2013)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey

Votes: 38,024 | Gross: $4.23M

83. 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: 2,451

84. Bari Theke Paliye (1958)

124 min | Drama

7.7
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A misbehaving boy who runs away from his village and goes to Calcutta.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Param Bharak Lahiri, Padmadevi, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Kali Bannerjee

Votes: 135

85. Komal Gandhar (1961)

134 min | Drama, Musical

7.1
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A highly critical look at the role of "progressive" art and artists in a changing society.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Abanish Banerjee, Anil Chatterjee, Satindra Bhattacharya

Votes: 165

86. Subarnarekha (1965)

143 min | Drama

7.8
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A man (Abhi Bhattacharya) opposes the love between his sister and the orphan (Satindra Bhattacharya) they adopted years earlier.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya, Abhi Bhattacharya, Indrani Chakrabarty

Votes: 622

87. 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: 13,686 | Gross: $0.03M

88. Utsav (1984)

145 min | Drama, History

7.0
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Based on the circa 2nd century BCE to 2nd Century CE, Sanskrit play "Daridra-Charudatta" by the famous Indian playwright Bhasa, "Utsav" faithfully follows Bhasa's story-line. Vasantasena, a... See full summary »

Director: Girish Karnad | Stars: Rekha, Amjad Khan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shankar Nag

Votes: 282

89. Mrigayaa (1977)

119 min

7.7
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Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Ajit Banerjee, Samit Bhanja, Mithun Chakraborty, Shekhar Chatterjee

Votes: 80

90. Donkey in a Brahmin Village (1977)

90 min | Drama

7.3
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A donkey strays into a village dominated by the upper caste Brahmins.

Director: John Abraham | Stars: S. Gopal, Krishnaraj, Sri Lalitha, Savithri Rajan

Votes: 94

91. 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: 10,629

92. 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: 1,397

93. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)

120 min | Drama

8.0
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Geeta Rao has two admirers - one is Siddharth Tyabji and the other is Vikram Malhotra circa 1969 West Bengal that is witnessing it's struggle against the ruling Congress party, joining ... See full summary »

Director: Sudhir Mishra | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Shiney Ahuja, Chitrangda Singh, Ram Kapoor

Votes: 4,136

94. Saath Saath (1982)

Drama

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Avinash, an M.A. student, is an idealistic young man with socialist views and stern principles. He is not affected by materialistic nature of his generation and strongly opposes acquiring ... See full summary »

Director: Raman Kumar | Stars: Deepti Naval, Farooq Shaikh, Satish Shah, Iftekhar

Votes: 156

95. Bandit Queen (1994)

119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994. During five years she was prosecuted by the Indian police and turned into a ... See full summary »

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Rajesh Vivek, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 3,676 | Gross: $0.40M

96. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)

143 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Progressive, reform-minded young warden gets permission to take six surly murderers from prison to dilapidated country farm, to rehabilitate it and themselves through hard work and kindly guidance.

Director: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre | Stars: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, Sandhya, Ulhas, B.M. Vyas

Votes: 1,400

97. 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: 5,222

98. Gandu (2010)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama

5.8
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Gandu is an angry young man who raps about his hatred of life, and of his mother. He and his rickshaw-puller friend enter the world of smack, rap, porn and horror. Reality and fiction, ... See full summary »

Director: Qaushiq Mukherjee | Stars: Anubrata Basu, Joyraj Bhattacharya, Rii, Kamalika Banerjee

Votes: 1,805

99. Kalpurush (2005)

120 min | Drama

7.1
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A man struggles with his memories of his powerful father.

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Mithun Chakraborty, Rahul Bose, Sameera Reddy, Sudiptaa Chakraborty

Votes: 187

100. Mouna Ragam (1986)

146 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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Divya, a woman grieving over the death of her lover, is convinced into an arranged marriage with Chandra Kumar. Over a year the couple attempt to adjust to each other's presence and live with each other.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Karthik, Mohan, Revathy, Ramasami V.K.

Votes: 2,245