Top 50 Bengali Films of All time

by 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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi

Votes: 19,693 | Gross: $0.54M

**

2. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

126 min | Drama, Musical

A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 1,967

**

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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 10,087 | 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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu, Bismillah Khan

Votes: 4,565 | Gross: $0.09M

**

5. Subarnarekha (1965)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

A man (Abhi Bhattacharya) opposes the love between his sister and the orphan (Satindra Bhattacharya) they adopted years earlier.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya, Abhi Bhattacharya, Indrani Chakrabarty

Votes: 734

**

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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 9,818 | 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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Shyamal Ghoshal

Votes: 4,387 | 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.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Kali Bannerjee, Gangapada Basu, Satindra Bhattacharya, Tulsi Chakraborty

Votes: 426

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.

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

Votes: 2,835

**

10. E-Flat (1961)

134 min | Drama, Musical

A highly critical look at the role of "progressive" art and artists in a changing society.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Abanish Banerjee, Anil Chatterjee, Satindra Bhattacharya

Votes: 195

**

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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Asgar Ali, Arabinda Banerjee, Soumitra Bannerjee

Votes: 1,246

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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Kaberi Bose, Simi Garewal, Soumitra Chatterjee

Votes: 2,015

**

13. And Quiet Rolls the Dawn (1979)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

The daughter of an economically middle-class family fails to return home one night.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Satya Bannerjee, Gita Sen, Mamata Shankar, Sreela Majumdar

Votes: 163

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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Bobita, Sandhya Roy, Chitra Banerjee

Votes: 1,081

**

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.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Tripti Mitra, Shaonli Mitra, Sugata Burman, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 308

16. In Search of Famine (1981)

115 min | Drama

A film crew comes to a village to make a film about a famine, which killed five million Bengalees in 1943.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Satya Banerjee, Radhamohan Bhattacharya, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Reba Roy Chowdhury

Votes: 187

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 »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Tapan Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Ajoy Banerjee, Iva Banerjee

Votes: 1,821

18. Company Limited (1971)

110 min | Drama

Chatterji is an ambitious and self-made young man who becomes the director of the company he works for.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Barun Chanda, Paromita Chowdhury, Ajoy Banerjee

Votes: 902

20. Nagarik (1952)

127 min | Drama

Ramu,eldest son a family of migrants to Calcutta,is a fresh graduate searching for a job like many others in post-Partition Calcutta.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Ajit Banerjee, Kali Bannerjee, Gangapada Basu, Satindra Bhattacharya

Votes: 159

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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pradip Mukherjee, Rafiq Ahmed, S. Bagchi, Ajit Banerjee

Votes: 1,138

22. The Case Is Closed (1982)

95 min | Drama

The servant boy, a minor, engaged in a middle class family dies mysteriously locked in a kitchen.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Anjan Dutt, Mamata Shankar, Sreela Majumdar, Indranil Moitra

Votes: 152

23. Chorus (1975)

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 »

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Utpal Dutt, Ajit Banerjee, Shekhar Chatterjee, Radhamohan Bhattacharya

Votes: 68

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 »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Victor Banerjee, Swatilekha Sengupta, Gopa Aich

Votes: 985

25. Kanchenjungha (I) (1962)

102 min | Drama

An upper-class Bengali family is on vacation in Darjeeling, a popular hill station and resort near Kanchenjungha.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee, Pahadi Sanyal, Anil Chatterjee

Votes: 825

27. Charachar (1994)

97 min | Drama

A bird catcher's empathy for the birds interferes with his livelihood.

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Shankar Chakraborty, Indrani Haldar, Rajit Kapoor, Sadhu Meher

Votes: 62

28. Nayak: The Hero (1966)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen, Somen Bose

Votes: 2,676

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.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Kiron Kher, Chiranjit, Sudiptaa Chakraborty, Surya Chatterjee

Votes: 239

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 »

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Samata Das, Rituparna Sengupta, Arpan Basar, Tapas Pal

Votes: 227

31. A River Called Titas (1973)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Family

A 1973 Bangladeshi film it describes the life of the fishermen on the bank of the Titas River in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Rosy Samad, Farid Ali, Fakrul Hasan Boiragi, Narayan Chakraborty

Votes: 804

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.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Gita Sen, Binota Roy, Ranjit Mallick

Votes: 165

33. Dahan (1998)

R | 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 »

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Shakuntala Barua, Chandni, Abhishek Chatterjee, Subhendu Chatterjee

Votes: 219

34. Interview (1971)

101 min | Drama

Ranjit cannot get a middle-class job just because he cannot get hold of a suit.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Karuna Bannerjee, Ranjit Mallick

Votes: 129

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 »

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Anjan Dutt, Mamata Shankar, Goutam Ghose, Sunil Mukherjee

Votes: 34

36. Bari Theke Paliye (1958)

124 min | Drama

A misbehaving boy who runs away from his village and goes to Calcutta.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Param Bhattaraka Lahiri, Padmadevi, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Kali Bannerjee

Votes: 164

37. Padatik (1974)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A political activist escapes the prison van and is sheltered in a posh apartment owned by a sensitive young woman.

Director: Mrinal Sen | Stars: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Simi Garewal, Pravas Sarkar, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 130

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 »

Director: Aparna Sen | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Aparna Sen, Rituparna Sengupta, Sumitra Mukherjee

Votes: 229

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 »

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Champa, Raisul Islam Asad, Sunetra Banerjee, Haradhan Bannerjee

Votes: 53

41. Kalpurush (2005)

120 min | Drama

A man struggles with his memories of his powerful father.

Director: Buddhadev Dasgupta | Stars: Mithun Chakraborty, Rahul Bose, Sameera Reddy, Sudiptaa Chakraborty

Votes: 210

42. Choker Bali: A Passion Play (2003)

167 min | Drama

The book, Binodini, is the story of a young woman, who is left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after they are married. She returns to her village and lives there for a ... See full summary »

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Lily Chakravarty

Votes: 1,192

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 »

Director: Kamaleswar Mukherjee | Stars: Saswata Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Rahul Banerjee

Votes: 589

44. Antarmahal: 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 »

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Jackie Shroff, Abhishek Bachchan, Rupa Ganguly, Soha Ali Khan

Votes: 429

46. Shob Charitro Kalponik (2009)

135 min | Drama

Indraneel's sudden death averts a possible divorce, and takes Radhika on a fantastic inward journey of discovery of her own roots through the language of poetry, and lost love. A publisher ... See full summary »

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Bipasha Basu, Jishu Sengupta, Sohag Sen

Votes: 342

47. Just Another Love Story (2010)

128 min | Drama

The movie is about a Delhi base trans gender documentary filmmaker Abhiroop Sen and his bisexual lover cinematographer. They wanted to make a documentary on the life of famous "Jatra" actor... See full summary »

Directors: Kaushik Ganguly, Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Rituparno Ghosh, Chapal Bhaduri, Indraneil Sengupta, Jishu Sengupta

Votes: 142

49. Unishe April (1994)

138 min | Drama

Potrays a sentimental mother daughter relation. How a female dancer sets her priority and became famous but loses her relationship with her daughter on the way .

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Aparna Sen, Debashree Roy, Dipankar Dey, Chitra Sen

Votes: 354

50. The Coward (1965)

70 min | Drama, Romance

7.8