Bollywood with brains and a heart

by in-amongst | created - 27 May 2012 | updated - 19 Oct 2014 | Public

some sensible and sensitive films.

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1. Ankush (1986)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

Four unemployed young men befriend their new neighbors, but soon tragedy strikes and everything is shattered.

Director: N. Chandra | Stars: Nana Patekar, Rabia Amin, Gajanan Bangera, Raja Bundela

Votes: 351

2. Ardh Satya (1983)

130 min | Crime, Drama

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

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

Votes: 1,356

3. Satya (1998)

Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An innocent man is embroiled in underworld after being falsely charged and sets out to punish the perpetrators who subjected his life to misery.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: J.D. Chakravarthi, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Bajpayee

Votes: 11,152

4. Company (2002)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-time gangster named Chandu teams up with Malik, a low-level enforcer for a criminal syndicate. Together they eliminate all their enemies, becoming the most feared gangsters in Mumbai.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala, Seema Biswas

Votes: 12,684

5. Ab Tak Chhappan (2004)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An honest cop named Sadhu Agashe makes a name for himself by killing criminals in sting operations instead of locking them up in prison. The film follows his method of working, gives an ... See full summary »

Director: Shimit Amin | Stars: Nana Patekar, Revathy, Yashpal Sharma, Mohan Agashe

Votes: 6,903

6. Anjali (1990)

Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama

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: 2,242

7. Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama

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: 12,377

8. Disha (1990)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The Sarpat family, who live in Bhukari, consist of Parsaram, who has been involved in digging a well for the past over 12 years and is now called 'Pagal Parsa'; his brother, Soma, who gets ... See full summary »

Director: Sai Paranjape | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nana Patekar, Raghuvir Yadav, Rajshree Sawant

Votes: 134

9. Diksha (1991)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

Circa British Rule in India, a man vows to make his only surviving son, Narayan, alias Nani, a Brahmachari to atone for the deaths of five of his children. He takes this child to a remote ... See full summary »

Director: Arun Kaul | Stars: Sulabha Arya, Vijay Kashyap, Anubhav Mishra, Nana Patekar

Votes: 141

10. 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: 322

11. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

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: 7,595 | Gross: $2.08M

12. Holi (1985)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

In a typical college in a typical Indian city, the hostel boys Madan Sharma (Aamir Khan) and his friend are a rowdy lot. The teaching staff suffer from the common apathy of most teachers in... See full summary »

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Ashutosh Gowariker, Aamir Khan, Rahul Ranade, Sanjeev Gandhi

Votes: 491

13. Vijeta (1982)

151 min | Drama

Vijeta (The Victor) is the coming of age story of Angad (Kunal Kapoor). Confused like any other teenager trying to find himself and caught in between the marital problems of his mother ... See full summary »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Supriya Pathak, Kunal Kapoor

Votes: 224

14. Masoom (1983)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Family, Musical

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, Jugal Hansraj, Urmila Matondkar

Votes: 3,027

15. Utsav (1984)

145 min | Drama, History

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: 296

16. New Delhi Times (1986)

123 min | Drama, Mystery

When a politician is killed, a journalist discovers that a member of parliament had the man assassinated. As his editor digs deeper, the complicity of higher-placed politicians comes to the... See full summary »

Director: Romesh Sharma | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Votes: 131

17. Gulaal (2009)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Deepak Dobriyal

Votes: 11,990

18. Bandit Queen (1994)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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: 3,861 | Gross: $0.40M

19. Rockford (1999)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

The movie chronicles the arrival of a (Hindu) student to a strict all-boys Christian boarding school in India and his assimilation into the school. The change is quite dramatic to the ... See full summary »

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Rohan Dey, Jayant Kripalani, Nandita Das, Ulrika Krishnamurti

Votes: 1,260

20. Hip Hip Hurray (1984)

Drama, Sport

Sports is no for Jamnadas School in Ranchi so the boys out there pass their time by doing rebellious pastimes.Raghu is a smart looking boy on whom many girls have crush. But he is having a ... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Raj Kiran, Deepti Naval, Satish Anand, Ram Gopal Bajaj

Votes: 68

21. Mirch Masala (1987)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

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: Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Ratna Pathak Shah

Votes: 951

22. Maachis (1996)

Not Rated | 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: 1,699

23. Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)

130 min | Drama

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: 123

24. Saaransh (1984)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

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: 1,469

25. Parinda (1989)

Not Rated | 154 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 2,669

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

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 340

27. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 11,029

28. Damul (1985)

106 min | Drama

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: 94

29. The Seventh Horse of the Sun (1992)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Romance

On a lazy afternoon, a man shares his memories of a storyteller friend who once narrated a convoluted love story with intertwined plots. As these plots unravel, reality mixes with fiction.

Director: Shyam Benegal | Stars: Rajit Kapoor, Raghuvir Yadav, Siraj Ahmed, Rakesh Dhar

Votes: 600

30. Godhuli (1977)

Drama

Set in an underdeveloped village in the vast rural hinterland, the story opens with Public Works Department workers taking measurements for construction of a road that is to pass through ... See full summary »

Directors: B.V. Karanth, Girish Karnad | Stars: Sita Kadlekop, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Lakshmi Krishnamurthy, Paula Lindsay

Votes: 23



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