Top 50 Bengali Films of All timeby s-ganguly1288 | created - 25 Nov 2013 | updated - 13 Mar 2014 | Public
Films are adjudged on Global impact,Critics Collective evaluation, Film Journal Rankings and Personal evaluation.
14th Jan 2014- Updated to Top 50 list from the original Top 30.
Director's Share: Ray-17 Ghatak-8 Budhhadeb Dasgupta-7 Rituparno Ghosh-7 Mrinal Sen-6 Aparna Sen, Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Kaushik Ganguly, Barin Saha, Utpalendu Chakrborty-1.
Films After 2000: 10
Index- **: Included in either of TIMES/Sights & Sounds/ New York Times/ Cahiers du Cinema/BFI /Cinemaya Best Film of all Time List
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1. 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.
Votes: 23,005 | Gross: $0.54M
2. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Musical
A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.
3. The World of Apu (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.
Votes: 11,792 | Gross: $0.02M
4. The Music Room (1958)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Music
Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.
Votes: 5,074 | Gross: $0.09M
5. Subarnarekha (1965)
Not Rated | 143 min | Drama
6. Aparajito (1956)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.
Votes: 11,402 | Gross: $0.17M
7. 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.
Votes: 5,018 | Gross: $0.08M
8. Pathetic Fallacy (1958)
102 min | Drama
Bimal is a taxi-driver in a small town. His taxi is his only companion and, although very battered, it is the apple of Bimal's eye. The film shows the love of taxi driver Bimal and his pathetic vehicle Jagaddal.
9. 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.
10. E-Flat (1961)
134 min | Drama, Musical
A highly critical look at the role of "progressive" art and artists in a changing society.
11. The Adversary (1970)
110 min | Drama
A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate.
12. Days and Nights in the Forest (1970)
115 min | Drama
A group of Calcutta city slickers, including the well-off Asim (Soumitra Chatterjee), the meek Sanjoy (Subhendu Chatterjee) and the brutish Hari (Samit Bhanja), head out for a weekend in the wilderness.
14. Distant Thunder (1973)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama
As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions, Gangacharan attempts to preserve his privileged situation, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community.
15. Reason, Debate and a Story (1974)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama
In this quest narrative that makes the Odyssey look like a trip to the mall, four men, each peculiar in his own way, embark on a quest to reason with the estranged wife of the protagonist.
17. The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1969)
132 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Goopy wants to sing, and Bagha wants to play the dhol. They meet accidentally and are helped by King of Ghosts. With newly endowed abilities, they land in kingdom of Shundi, where their ... See full summary »
21. The Middleman (1975)
131 min | Drama
A bright and idealistic young man steels himself for the dog-eat-dog business world, only to flounder in a job market packed with thousands of other hopefuls.
23. Chorus (1975)
Not Rated | 124 min | Fantasy, Drama
It begins like a fairy tale. It starts with a ritual. A bard appears on the screen and sings.Glory be the new gods who have descended to the Earth.The chairman of the gods, concerned over ... See full summary »
24. The Home and the World (1984)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama
When the movie opens, a woman is recalling the events that molded her perspective on the world. Years ago, her husband, a wealthy Western-educated landowner, challenged tradition by ... See full summary »
29. The Lady of the House (2000)
150 min | Drama
A lonely middle-aged woman is forced by circumstance to let out her house to a film crew. She is attracted to the charming director and he exploits this fact to suit his purposes.
30. A Tale of a Naughty Girl (2002)
90 min | Drama
Based on a short story by Bengali writer Prafulla Roy, the central idea developed by director Dasgupta, tells the story of a girl, Lati, whose mother Rajani is a prostitute living and ... See full summary »
32. Calcutta 71 (1971)
132 min | Drama
An angry young man on trial in 1971,a rainstorm in a slum in 1933,a lower-middle-class family during the 1943 famine,teenage smugglers in 1953 and a middle-class group in a posh hotel in 1971.
33. Dahan (1998)
145 min | Drama
On her way home the newly wed Romita is molested by five men. The only one who has the courage to help is the young female teacher Jhinuk. Because of that she becomes a heroine and is on ... See full summary »
35. Grihajuddha (1982)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
"The Chief labour officer of a private steel company in Barrackpur senses corruption in the management. An idealist he resigns and is murdered. The secretary of the trade union, Probir gets... See full summary »
38. House of Memories (2000)
130 min | Drama, Family
This film is exploring the dual themes of friendship and loneliness. Sanaka and Paromita are mother and daughter-in-law who, despite differences in age, backgrounds and temperaments, build ... See full summary »
40. Red Door (1997)
95 min | Drama, Mystery
Dr. Nabin Datta is a prominent dentist in Calcutta, 47, disengaged, with little affect, and fearful that his hands and feet are turning to metal. His wife leaves him to live alone. His son,... See full summary »
42. Choker Bali: A Passion Play (2003)
167 min | Drama
Binodini is a young widow who lives with a woman and her son, Mahendra, who had once refused to marry her. Their lives are thrown into disarray when there is deceit and adultery between Binodini, Mahendra, his wife and his friend.
43. Cloud Capped Star (2013)
Unrated | 154 min | Biography, Drama
To Ritwik Ghatak film was not merely a form of entertainment, but a weapon, a medium to portray struggle of common men. He was successful neither in his career nor he could he become a good... See full summary »
44. Views of the Inner Chamber (2005)
118 min | Drama
In late 19th Century, Bengal Bhubaneswar Chowdhury (Jackie Shroff) is a wealthy and tyrannical Zamidar (Squire). He has two main obsessions: his desperate attempts for an heir, which even ... See full summary »
46. Shob Charitro Kalponik (2009)
135 min | Drama