100 All Time Best Bollywood Movies.

by careyrajan | created - 28 Nov 2011 | updated - 16 Jan 2017 | Public

A list of 100 bollywood movies of all time. Rankings are given according to the reviews of indian critics combined with IMDB ratings. Special Care has been given to the acting performances, trendsetting, path breaking approaches and differences in subject. Also cinematic liberties are somewhat excused . [still building..suggestion welcome]

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1. 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: 69,030 | Gross: $1.22M

2. Pyaasa (1957)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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: 4,202

3. 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: 1,419

4. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

131 min | Drama

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: 1,376

5. Sholay (1975)

Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit.

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan

Votes: 43,175

6. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

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: 19,277

7. Dangal (2016)

Not Rated | 161 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.

Director: Nitesh Tiwari | Stars: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra

Votes: 92,804 | Gross: $12.39M

8. 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: 36,491 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Not Rated | 181 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt.

Director: Aditya Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal

Votes: 53,452

10. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Crime

The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Ravi Bhushan Bhartiya, Hemendra Dandotiya, Mahie Gill

Votes: 27,187 | Gross: $0.04M

11. Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 14,165 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Not Rated | 155 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.

Director: Zoya Akhtar | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol

Votes: 53,163 | Gross: $3.08M

13. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

321 min | Action, Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Votes: 61,206

14. Gol Maal (1979)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

Ramprasad is a recent college graduate who finds a job with a finicky man, Bhavani Shankar, who believes that a man without a mustache is a man without a character. Bhavani Shankar is also ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 13,581

15. 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: 92,129 | Gross: $2.20M

16. Mother India (1957)

172 min | Drama, Musical, Family

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: 6,932

17. Kahaani (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Mystery, Thriller

A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him.

Director: Sujoy Ghosh | Stars: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee

Votes: 47,693 | Gross: $1.04M

18. 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: 10,236

19. Company (2002)

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: 11,987

20. Queen (2013)

Not Rated | 146 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A Delhi girl from a traditional family sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled.

Director: Vikas Bahl | Stars: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon, Jeffrey Ho

Votes: 50,613 | Gross: $1.43M

21. 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: 57,020 | Gross: $0.30M

22. Angoor (1982)

Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy

Based on Shakespeare's 'A Comedy of Errors', this is a story of identical twins (2 pairs) and mistaken identities.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Moushumi Chatterjee, Deven Verma, Aruna Irani

Votes: 4,042

23. Zanjeer (1973)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough and honest police officer clashes with a crime boss who, unbeknownst to him, happens to be his parents' murderer.

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Pran, Om Prakash

Votes: 3,096

24. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

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: 2,503

25. 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: 10,349

26. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

PG | 160 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Two slackers competing for the affections of an heiress, inadvertently become her protectors from an evil criminal.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor

Votes: 42,431

27. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

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: 122,585 | Gross: $1.20M

28. Pinjar (2003)

188 min | Drama

In the days leading up to Partition, a Hindu woman is abducted by a Muslim man. Soon, she finds herself not only forced into marriage, but living in a new country as the borders between India and Pakistan are drawn.

Director: Chandra Prakash Dwivedi | Stars: Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, Sanjay Suri, Sandali Sinha

Votes: 2,222

29. 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: 1,638

30. 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: 20,450

31. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Musical

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: 1,255

32. Stanley Ka Dabba (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box.

Director: Amole Gupte | Stars: Partho A. Gupte, Numaan Sheikh, Abhishek Reddy, Sai Shara Shetty

Votes: 4,728

33. Deewaar (1975)

174 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Vijay struggles as a dockworker. Eventually, he becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother, Ravi, is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy

Votes: 8,113

34. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)

120 min | Drama

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: 4,172

35. 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 Shergill, Deepal Shaw

Votes: 61,998

36. Gangaajal (2003)

157 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An IPS officer motivates and leads a dysfunctional, corrupt police force of Tezpur to fight against the corrupt politician.

Director: Prakash Jha | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Gracy Singh, Mohan Joshi, Yashpal Sharma

Votes: 12,401

37. Chupke Chupke (1975)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newly wedded husband plays a practical joke on his wife's family with full support from his wife and friends.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri

Votes: 8,866

38. 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: 60,815 | Gross: $1.11M

39. Aamir (2008)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A doctor of Indian origin returning to Mumbai from London is forced to participate in a terrorist plot.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta | Stars: Rajeev Khandelwal, Aishwarya, Vasan Bala, Chinkal

Votes: 8,794

40. Shree 420 (1955)

168 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Wearing torn Japanese shoes, English trousers, a red Russian cap, and a Hindustani heart, orphaned Ranbir Raj comes to Bombay to make his fortune. He pawns his gold medal, gambles with the ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Nadira, Nemo

Votes: 2,080

41. 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: 7,356 | Gross: $2.08M

42. Naya Daur (1957)

173 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Shankar lives in a remote village in rural India with his mother and sister, Manju, and drives a horse-carriage for a living. The main employer in the region is a kind-hearted businessman ... See full summary »

Director: B.R. Chopra | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Ajit, Chand Usmani

Votes: 870

43. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

A 16th century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.

Director: K. Asif | Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Durga Khote

Votes: 5,082 | Gross: $0.16M

44. OMG: Oh My God! (2012)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake.

Director: Umesh Shukla | Stars: Paresh Rawal, Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar, Om Puri

Votes: 38,649 | Gross: $0.92M

45. 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, Tanuja, Jugal Hansraj

Votes: 2,916

46. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

224 min | Comedy, Drama

Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Achala Sachdev, Rishi Kapoor

Votes: 3,952

47. 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: 58,370

48. 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: 86,171 | Gross: $0.07M

49. Vaastav: The Reality (1999)

145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Consequences force an innocent man to get involved in crime after making an error.

Director: Mahesh Manjrekar | Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Shirodkar, Mohnish Bahl, Ekta Sohini

Votes: 9,820

50. 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: 43,875

51. Iqbal (2005)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.2