INDIAN Movies That Should be in IMDb TOP 250

by mainak-chakra123 | created - 07 Aug 2012 | updated - 03 Oct 2012 | Public

there are several Indian movies that do not get to be a part of the top-250 list just due to lacuna in the required number of votes to make it qualify for top 250.

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1. 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: 123,767 | Gross: $1.20M

Taare zameen par.. amole gupte's remarkable script. this teary tale is amazing from start to end.

2. Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

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: 17,227 | Gross: $0.54M

Satyajit Ray's gem... this features in TIME magazine's best 100 movies of all time. The Legion of Honor is the highest civilian award in France. When Satyajit Ray refused to go to France due to ill-health, French president Francois Mitterrand personally went to Ray's doorstep in Calcutta to present him with the honor. this movie was the reason that brought the French President to him.

3. Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.

Director: Anurag Basu | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 64,216 | Gross: $2.80M

4. 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: 61,619

finest gritty tale told by an indian movie.

5. 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: 19,446

Hrishikesh Mukherjee's direction along with Rajesh Khanna's heart-rending performance makes Anand one of india's most awesome movies ever.

6. 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: 47,930 | Gross: $1.04M

Far better than most movies that feature within ranks of 150 and 250 in IMDb's top-250.

7. 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: 36,603 | Gross: $0.01M

the saga that attaches any viewer to root for the protagonist.

8. 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: 4,220

Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehmaan at their best. a must watch.

9. Apur Sansar (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

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: 8,830 | Gross: $0.02M

another masterpiece by Satyajit Ray, the Apu trilogy is considered to be one of the best in the world and is a part of the curriculum for students who take the Art of Film-Making course in both Boston and New York universities. plus, it is the Sharmila Tagore's best acting performance, who was in her 20s then.

10. 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: 10,411

its a little known fact that Anurag Kashyap wrote the script for this movie.

11. 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: 57,278 | Gross: $0.30M

a milestone of indian cinema industry.

12. 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: 11,263

Directed by Mani Ratnam. it is in tamil.

13. Bhooter Bhabishyat (2012)

123 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A rib-tickling comedy about a group of spirits who, in their various idiosyncrasies, try and save their only haunt, their resting place, when some unscrupulous builders try and break it down to build a modern monstrosity.

Director: Anik Datta | Stars: Swastika Mukherjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Samadarshi Dutta

Votes: 2,536

a bengali movie that is loved by both critics and is great fun too.

14. 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: 69,248 | Gross: $1.22M

Gowarikar had lost the Oscar for Lagaan. he could have bagged it with Swadesh.

15. 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: 27,287 | Gross: $0.04M

this movie has great performances both behind and in front of the camera.

16. 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: 14,272 | Gross: $0.03M

the plot is hatched for the 1993 mumbai blasts, and the CBI enquiry is tracked down affluently.

17. Charulata (1964)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

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: 3,931 | Gross: $0.08M

again, by Satyajit Ray. Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa, who made movies like Seven Samurai (ranked 18 in imdb) and Rashomon (ranked 90), was a big fan of Satyajit Ray. Kurosawa said of Ray's work, "To have not seen the films of Ray is to have lived in the world without ever having seen the moon and the sun.".

18. 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: 58,738

Rajkumar Hirani's best.

19. 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: 8,981

mani ratnam tells the tale with exquisite views in kashmir with the turmoil of terrorism.

20. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,534 | Gross: $0.53M

Deepa Mehta's best... better than even Water.

21. 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: 61,141 | Gross: $1.11M

who knew SRK could deliver so well? we were all pleasantly surprised.

22. The Big City (1963)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bhaduri, Haren Chatterjee

Votes: 2,518

Satyajit Ray once more. he was voted as the 25th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly not without reason.

23. 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: 4,741

a heart warming story that left a message without you ever noticing...

24. 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: 86,655 | Gross: $0.07M

a very difficult movie to make, but both Asutosh Gowarikar and Aamir Khan delivered.

25. 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: 13,157

the legendary small-town wannabe cricketer with speech-impairedness that we all fell in love with.

26. 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: 17,711 | Gross: $0.03M

Khosla ka Ghosla Dibakar Banerjee showed in his debut itself what he was capable of. a simple tale told in a refreshing take on the Great Indian Middle-Class.