Top 120 Hindi Movies

by wankash17 | created - 03 Jan 2011 | updated - 20 May 2013 | Public

My list of must see "Top 120 Hindi Movies" (not in that Order) of all time. Your opinions might differ. Please comment if you want to recommend any movies to be added.

Also, please check my "Other Lists" of movies too. I have other list of Movies as - "Top 100 English Movies", "Top 30 Classic English Movies" for movies before mid-60's, "Other" Very Good English Movies list for movies after mid-60's and 70's onwards and "Top 30 Animation Movies".

Note: I could not add a few movies to my "Top 120 Hindi Movies" list, because they would not show up in the 'Search' on IMDB. The movies are as below:

1) The Angrez

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1. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Not Rated | 183 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta

Votes: 57,338 | Gross: $0.30M

2. Iqbal (2005)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Sport

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.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad, Shreyas Talpade, Shweta Prasad

Votes: 13,178

3. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepal Shaw

Votes: 62,708

4. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 272,486 | Gross: $6.53M

5. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rajasthan-based Satyaveer Singh Randhawa works as a Junior Engineer with Lahkot Municipality's Public Works Department and lives a middle-class lifestyle with his wife, Nimmi, and son, Raju... See full summary »

Director: Navdeep Singh | Stars: Abhay Deol, Gul Panag, Raima Sen, Sarika

Votes: 4,975

6. Hey Ram (2000)

Not Rated | 186 min | Crime, Drama, History

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: 9,306 | Gross: $0.27M

7. Sarfarosh (1999)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 20,585

8. Swades (2004)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama

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: 69,321 | Gross: $1.22M

9. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)

PG | 174 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Mansoor Khan | Stars: Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi

Votes: 17,913

10. Pukar (2000)

176 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Major Jaidev Rajvansh and his fellow officer Hussein manage to rescue a leading politician as well as capture his kidnapper, Abhrush. The terrorist has been searched for years and he is ... See full summary »

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Namrata Shirodkar, Om Puri

Votes: 1,913 | Gross: $0.36M

11. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 92,906 | Gross: $2.20M

12. Chak de! India (2007)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Family, Sport

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Shimit Amin | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, Shilpa Shukla

Votes: 61,238 | Gross: $1.11M

13. Chashme Buddoor (1981)

Not Rated | 145 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

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: 1,881

14. Chandni Bar (2001)

150 min | Crime, Drama

A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav, Shri Vallabh Vyas

Votes: 2,119

15. Rangeela (1995)

142 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A middle class young woman, who dreams of Bollywood fame, is caught in a love triangle between her childhood friend and a famous actor.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Jackie Shroff, Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Gulshan Grover

Votes: 7,346

*Rangeela (Hindi)

16. Gol Maal (1979)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

A man's simple lie to secure his job escalates into more complex lies when his orthodox boss gets suspicious.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma, Shubha Khote

Votes: 13,691

17. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)

Not Rated | 156 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A gangster sets out to fulfill his father's dream of becoming a doctor.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Gracy Singh

Votes: 58,833

18. Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)

PG-13 | 144 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Jimmy Sheirgill

Votes: 35,052

19. 1942: A Love Story (1994)

Not Rated | 157 min | Romance, Action, Drama

A young Indian couple, both from wealthy backgrounds, find themselves caught up in the 1940's Indian revolutionary movement against their families whom are under the thumb a sadistic British general.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Anupam Kher

Votes: 2,816

20. Maqbool (2003)

132 min | Crime, Drama

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: 6,811

21. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)

143 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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: 1,426

22. Mission Kashmir (2000)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A police officer adopts the son and sole survivor of a family he has massacred while pursuing a terrorist. After some time the foster son finds out what the stepfather did.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni

Votes: 5,472

23. Black (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

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.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

Votes: 29,092 | Gross: $0.73M

24. Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A Delhi based retired middle class man tries half-heartedly to get his land back from a swindling property dealer with the help of his sons and their friends.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Parvin Dabas, Tara Sharma

Votes: 17,739 | Gross: $0.03M

*Khosla Ka Ghosla (Hindi)

25. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Rajat Barmecha, Sanjay Gandhi, Ronit Roy, Manjot Singh

Votes: 36,640 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Page 3 (2005)

139 min | Drama

A look at Mumbai's socialite party circle world through the eyes of a Page 3 journalist.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Konkona Sen Sharma, Atul Kulkarni, Sandhya Mridul, Tara Sharma

Votes: 5,901

27. Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005)

100 min | Drama

Widowed Uttam Chaudhary lives a comfortable lifestyle with his college-going son, Karan, a daughter, Trisha, who is in love with a South-Indian youth named Ashish Reddy, and an elder son ... See full summary »

Director: Jahnu Barua | Stars: Anupam Kher, Urmila Matondkar, Parvin Dabas, Rajit Kapoor

Votes: 659

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

PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

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: 86,758 | Gross: $0.07M

29. Yuva (2004)

Not Rated | 161 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

63 Metascore

Michael, Arjun and Lallan, three men from three different stratas of society, cross paths one morning in Calcutta and change one another's lives forever.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Vivek Oberoi

Votes: 7,168 | Gross: $0.28M

30. Devdas (1955)

159 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Childhood sweethearts, Devdas and Paro grow up in a small village with a love-hate relationship which changes to love when they mature. Devdas' dad does not approve of his marriage or even any friendship with Paro, and sends him away to Calcutta where he is introduced to a dancer, Chandramukhi, who adores him and falls hopelessly in love with him. Devdas in not aware of Chandramukhi's affection ... See full summary »

Director: Bimal Roy | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Motilal, Suchitra Sen

Votes: 1,484

31. Devdas (I) (2002)

185 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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: 31,682 | Gross: $3.50M

32. Bombay (1995)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Tinnu Anand, Akash Khurana

Votes: 9,060

33. Mirza Ghalib (1954)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, History, Musical

This movie depicts the life of once wealthy poet and nobleman Mirza Ghalib. This story portrays his trials, tribulations, triumphs, and utlimate descent to poverty, and then to prison; and ... See full summary »

Director: Sohrab Modi | Stars: Bharat Bhushan, Suraiya, Nigar Sultana, Durga Khote

Votes: 85

34. Darr (1993)

Not Rated | 178 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Darr is a girl's (Kiran) story caught between one man's (Sunil) love and another man's (Rahul) obsession.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Sunny Deol, Anupam Kher

Votes: 18,869

35. Tere Bin Laden (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A reporter casts a fake Bin Laden to act in his video message to America, so he can immigrate there.

Director: Abhishek Sharma | Stars: Ali Zafar, Pradhuman Singh, Piyush Mishra, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi

Votes: 9,141

36. Pushpak (1987)

125 min | Comedy, Romance

A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

Director: Sigitham Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amala Akkineni, Tinnu Anand, Narayana P.L.

Votes: 2,745

*Pushpak (Hindi)

37. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)

120 min | Drama

50 Metascore

During a bus journey, a devout Hindu Brahmin woman protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out.

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bhisham Sahni, Surekha Sikri

Votes: 4,355

38. Dev.D (2009)

Not Rated | 144 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, a young man finds solace in drugs. Meanwhile, a teenage girl is caught in the world of prostitution. Will they be destroyed, or will they find redemption?

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 24,291 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Dil Se.. (1998)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance

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: 22,884

40. Hera Pheri (2000)

Not Rated | 156 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Sunil Shetty, Tabu

Votes: 44,174

41. Border (I) (1997)

R | 176 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers goes up against a large Pakistani strike force.

Director: J.P. Dutta | Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty

Votes: 10,534

42. Sadma (1983)

141 min | Romance

A head injury causes a woman to regresses to childhood. Lost and confused, she is eventually befriended by a school teacher.

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Gulshan Grover, Silk Smitha

Votes: 2,474

43. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama

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: 300

44. 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)

122 min | Drama, Romance

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: 321

45. Roja (1992)

137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar

Votes: 8,999

46. Maachis (1996)

160 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A realistic, hard-hitting portrayal of terrorism and youth in the Punjab after the 1984 riots.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Om Puri, Tabu, Chandrachur Singh, Kanwaljit Singh

Votes: 1,645

47. The Blue Umbrella (2005)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Young Biniya lives a poor lifestyle in a small village in the mountainous and snowy region of Himachal Pradesh in India along with her widowed mom and wrestler brother. She entertains ... See full summary »

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal, Rahul Kumar

Votes: 1,493

48. Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008)

125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A burglar reflects on his life and loves; while the media speculates how he managed to pull off so many heists.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra, Archana Puran Singh

Votes: 13,393 | Gross: $0.08M

49. Paa (2009)

133 min | Comedy, Drama

30 Metascore

A father tries to help his son cope with a rare condition that causes the young boy to age beyond his years.

Director: R. Balki | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal

Votes: 9,869 | Gross: $0.20M

50. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance