Must Watch Bollywood Movies

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1. Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003)

99 min | Drama

A disturbing saga about male chauvinism and mistreatment of women in India.

Director: Manish Jha | Stars: Tulip Joshi, Sudhir Pandey, Sushant Singh, Pankaj Jha

Votes: 1,833

2. 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: 74,544 | Gross: $1.22M

3. 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: 6,938 | Gross: $0.53M

4. Like Stars on Earth (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, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma

Votes: 143,259 | Gross: $1.22M

5. 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: 16,264 | Gross: $0.03M

6. 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: 12,470

7. 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, Hemendra Dandotiya, Navneet Gairola, Mahie Gill

Votes: 29,440 | Gross: $0.04M

8. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Not Rated | 321 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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: 69,278

9. Omkara (2006)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Othello'.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor

Votes: 17,193 | Gross: $0.79M

10. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

148 min | Musical, Romance

Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Kumari Naaz, Johnny Walker

Votes: 1,764

11. Gangaajal (2003)

Not Rated | 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: 13,934

12. Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2011)

118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Hired to kill a nobleman, the assassin instead falls for the former's unstable wife.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill, Randeep Hooda, Shreya Narayan

Votes: 3,657

13. Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 69,101 | Gross: $2.80M

14. 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Susanna's quest for love leads to a series of marriages, each ending in the mysterious death of her latest husband.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Vivaan Shah, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham

Votes: 4,955 | Gross: $0.27M

15. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama

A story of a fresh graduate trying to find a balance between the maddening demands of the 'professional' way, and the way of his heart.

Director: Shimit Amin | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Mukesh Bhatt, D. Santosh

Votes: 16,460

16. Wake Up Sid (2009)

138 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A spoiled young adult living in Mumbai experiences a change in his lazy ways when he meets a woman at a party, who inspires him to "wake up".

Director: Ayan Mukherjee | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Supriya Pathak, Anupam Kher

Votes: 24,991 | Gross: $0.72M

17. 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: Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan

Votes: 46,461

18. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of six young Indians who assist an English woman to film a documentary on the 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: 100,878 | Gross: $2.20M

19. Mother India (1957)

Not Rated | 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: 7,651

20. 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: 1,756

21. 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: 26,134 | Gross: $0.01M

22. 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: 1,524

23. 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: 301,694 | Gross: $6.53M

24. 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: 5,778

25. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | 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: 38,903 | Gross: $0.01M

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: 45,603

27. Lakshya (2004)

Not Rated | 186 min | Action, Drama, Romance

An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Om Puri

Votes: 18,142 | Gross: $0.75M

28. Permission (1987)

137 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Meeting accidentally five years after their divorce, a couple reflects on how their marriage collapsed despite transparency.

Director: Gulzar | Stars: Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah, Anuradha Patel, Ram Mohan

Votes: 1,147

29. 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: 4,198

30. 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: Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna

Votes: 12,111

31. 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: 6,330

32. Y.M.I. Yeh Mera India (2008)

137 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lives of several people intertwine during an eventful day in Mumbai.

Director: N. Chandra | Stars: Anupam Kher, Atul Kulkarni, Milind Gunaji, Aakash Pandey

Votes: 856

33. 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: 92,991 | Gross: $0.07M

34. 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, Indraneil Sengupta, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 51,967 | Gross: $1.04M

35. Guru (2007)

Not Rated | 166 min | Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Mithun Chakraborty, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhavan

Votes: 19,965 | Gross: $2.09M

36. Water (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A thesis picture. In 1938, Gandhi's party is making inroads in women's rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Sarala Kariyawasam

Votes: 13,675 | Gross: $3.22M

37. Chachi 420 (1997)

155 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Desperation to be with his only child forces a divorced man to take the guise of the child's nanny. Situations get really messy when the child's grandfather (the man's ex-father-in-law) falls in love with his disguised ex-son-in-law.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Tabu

Votes: 11,338

38. Pushpak (1987)

125 min | Comedy, Romance

A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

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

Votes: 2,931

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: 9,601

40. Dor (2006)

147 min | Drama

Two woman --different backgrounds, miles apart, and strangers to each other-- are linked by tragedy. Their new-found friendship is tested as one holds the fate of the other's husband in her hands.

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor | Stars: Ayesha Takia, Shreyas Talpade, Gul Panag, Girish Karnad

Votes: 5,099

41. Peepli (Live) (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.

Directors: Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui | Stars: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar

Votes: 10,926 | Gross: $0.75M

42. Sehar (2005)

125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ajay Kumar the newly appointed, honest SSP of Lucknow police cracks down on the nefarious cop-mafia nexus in Uttar Pradesh, but finds a cunning and ruthless adversary in Gajraj. Can Ajay win this unjust war ?

Director: Kabeer Kaushik | Stars: Arshad Warsi, Pankaj Kapur, Mahima Chaudhry, Sushant Singh

Votes: 1,822

43. English Vinglish (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English.

Director: Gauri Shinde | Stars: Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou, Priya Anand

Votes: 30,403 | Gross: $1.67M



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