Best Indian movies celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinemaby ganeshiyer3000 | created - 02 Dec 2011 | updated - 04 Jun 2015 | Public
It is not easy to pick only 100 films as India produces more films than what other countries do. It has many film industries in many languages like Kollywood, Bollywood, Malayalam ...the list goes on. I have picked many great Indian films i have some across.
Films are based Cultural/Artistic Impact, critical acclaim, Films which shows Indian values,family sentiments , melodrama ( yes some elements are part of Indian cinema), also some great comedies, romantic drama/comedy, art house movies. Some film genre may be popular in Hollywood but when it is made for first time in India as a bold experimentation needs some credit.
Not rated yet as list is still under development. Need to add more movies. But you will find more 100 movies that are worth your time.
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1. Andha Naal (1954)
130 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
After an engineer is shot dead, several people around him relate different versions and the related incidents that may have led to the murder.
Big misconception about it to be based on Rashoman but the film has nothing to with Rashoman apart from being police procedural. I always consider this one of the greatest movies for its style and technical aspects which no other Indian movies did at that time. The film was made without any song and dance as it was a bold move was an Indian cinema at that time.
2. Chandralekha (II) (1948)
193 min | Drama, History, Musical
The two brothers named Veerasimhan and Sasankan, who fight with each other over ruling their father's kingdom and for marrying the village dancer Chandralekha.
Always been considered as one of the greatest Indian films. It was one those epic film with grand sets and huge budget which was rare in India at that time. Film is bit long (207-210min). that is how Indian films are at that time.
4. Thalapathi (1991)
Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An orphan named Surya raised in a slum befriends a good crime boss named Devaraj and works for him. Their existence is threatened when a new honest district collector arrives.
5. 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.
Yes this film is inspired from Godfather so does Star wars from Hiden fortress but it has its own uniqueness. So does this movie. When comparing it with Godfather Here it is about how a man survives in an alien city and has his own reason of justice and more of a savior to public which was not in GF case but it was hinted during vito's young days. Film also has some amazing scenes and dialogues which are original. While talking about Godfather, it was mostly driven by a problem and how they solve it like getting johnny his role, saving his father in hospital even a step ahead and murdering Police captain. It is always about who never wanted to be gangster but became one.
6. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.
10. Paruthiveeran (2007)
Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A village tough finally succumbs to the unconditional love of his angelic cousin, but his romance faces insurmountable challenges, including family opposition and his own delinquent personality.
11. Bombay (1995)
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.
13. Indian (1996)
185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
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.
15. Anbe Sivam (2003)
Not Rated | 160 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate.
20. Sigappu Rojakkal (1978)
Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, Thriller
Kamal Haasan, the central character, is a man terribly soured by his unvaryingly devastating encounters with the opposite sex. He develops a pathological hatred for women and uses his charm... See full summary »
21. 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.
Votes: 9,243 | Gross: $0.27M
22. Mozhi (2007)
Not Rated | 152 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A musician's love towards a stubborn deaf woman makes her eventually realize that there is more to her life than she previously thought.
23. Autograph (2004)
Follow Senthil's life through vignettes of his past presented by the people he visits while distributing his marriage invitations. His love life is the aspect in prime focus -- while we are presented with nuggets of other development also.
27. Kala Pani (1996)
178 min | Action, Drama, History
Govardhan, a doctor by profession, is wrongly accused of bombing a train and is jailed by the British in Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses the sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there.
30. Kadalikka Neramillai (1964)
159 min | Comedy, Romance
Poor Ashok loves Nirmala, daughter of industrialist Vishwanathan who is determined to get his daughters married off to a rich groom. Ashok seeks his affluent friend Vasu's help, who disguises as Ashok's father.
31. Kasethan Kadavulada (1972)
Not Rated | 135 min
Parvathi dominates her husband Sivaswamy, while having control on all his money. However, when Sivaswamy's son Ramu needs some money for his sister's husband, Parvathi refuses bluntly.
33. Mouna Ragam (1986)
146 min | Drama, Romance
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.
34. Kanchivaram (2008)
117 min | Drama
An aging man named Vengadam (Prakash Raj) is being released from jail in 1948. He is only being escorted for two days (the reason not revealed) back to his hometown of Kanchipuram. He is ... See full summary »
35. Veyyil (2006)
136 min | Drama
Story of two brothers told from the perspective of older brother who recalls his childhood memories where he runs away from home and returns after 20 years. The rest of the film is all ... See full summary »
36. Kadhal Kottai (1996)
Kamali (Devayani) lives with her sister and brother-in-law in Ooty and is searching for a job. While in Madras, her purse is stolen and she fears she has lost her university certificates. ... See full summary »
41. Karuththamma (1995)
153 min | Drama, Romance
Set in rural villages in tamilnadu.The film looks at female infanticide and the hatred that surrounds the birth of a female child.infanticide was uncomplained in those days A father blames ... See full summary »
43. Varumayin Niram Sigappu (1980)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
Poetical forces play in the life of an unemployed yet well educated young man.He finds the depth and the beauty of his principles yet fate leaves him in destitution
44. Server Sundaram (1964)
165 min | Comedy, Drama
A poor server at a restaurant goes on to become a film actor so that he can afford to marry the woman he loves. However, when he comes to know that the woman he loves does not love him, and... See full summary »
51. Kizhakku Seemayile (1993)
147 min | Drama