Top 50 Old Hindi Movies (till1980)by gleeshrish | created - 23 Jan 2017 | updated - 28 Jan 2017 | Public
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1. Pyaasa (1957)
Not Rated | 146 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world.
A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world. Director: Guru Dutt Writer: Abrar Alvi (dialogues) Stars: Mala Sinha, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman
2. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
131 min | Drama
In the hope of earning enough money to pay off his debts and save his land, a poor farmer becomes a rickshaw puller in the Calcutta and faces many difficulties.
The story revolves around a farmer Shambu Mahato (Balraj Sahni), who lives with his wife Parvati 'Paro' (Nirupa Roy) and son Kanhaiya (Rattan Kumar) in a small village that has been hit badly by a famine.
Director: Bimal Roy Writer: Salil Chaudhary, Paul Mahendra Stars: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar
3. Awaara (1951)
193 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A poor young man named Raj joins a criminal gang to feed his mother. But when he falls in love with Rita, he decides to reform himself for her.
Raj, a small-time crook, kills his boss when he learns about his true identity. He is arrested for the crime and must now defend himself in front of his father, the judge of the court.
Director: Raj Kapoor Writer: Khwaja Ahmed Abbas Stars: Prithviraj Kapoor, Nargis, Leela Chitnis and Raj Kapoor
4. Stay Alert (1956)
153 min | Comedy, Drama
An innocent guy who has arrived from a village to Kolkata gets himself involved into trouble in search of water after he gets thirsty in the middle of the night.
Entering an apartment block in search of a drink of water, a naive peasant finds himself mistaken for a thief and is chased by the residents.
Director: Sombhu Mitra, Amit Maitra Writer: Sombhu Mitra, Amit Maitra Stars: Raj Kapoor
5. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
Unrated | 148 min | 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.
A film director's marriage is on the rocks as his wife's rich family disapproves of his career in the film industry. He falls in love with an orphaned woman and transforms her into a famous star.
Director: Guru Dutt Writer: Abrar Alvi Stars: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rahman, Johny Walker, Mehmood
6. Usne Kaha Tha (1960)
150 min | Drama, Romance, War
Nandu lives in a small town with his widowed mom, Paro. He is friendly with two young girls, Farida and Kamli. He is depressed when Kamli's dad becomes ill and she and her mom re-locate to ... See full summary »
Nandu who lives with his widowed mom Paro, is friendly with two young girls, Farida and Kamli. Years later, Kamli returns and Nandu falls in love with her.
Director: Moni Bhattacherjee Writer: Chandradhar Sharma Guleri Stars: Sunil Dutt, Nanda
7. Neecha Nagar (1946)
122 min | Drama
The films takes an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in the society. The film centers on a wealthy and capacious landlord, Sarkar (Rafi Peer) who lives in a palatial ... See full summary »
The films takes an expressionist look at the gulf between the rich and poor in the society.
Director: Chetan Anand Writer: Hayatulla Ansari Stars: Kamini Kaushal, Uma Anand
8. Dastak (1970)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama
Tells the story of newly weds Hamid and Salma. They move into a rental flat next door to the local red light district. The flat had been the former home of a well known mujra and qawali ... See full summary »
Dastak presents an expanded version of Rajinder Singh Bedi's radio play, Naql-e-Makaani (Moving to a New House), first performed on All India Radio, Lahore in 1944.
Director: Rajinder Singh Bedi Writer: Rajinder Singh Bedi Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Rehana Sultana
9. Devdas (1955)
159 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
The scion of a wealthy landowner family turns to alcohol and self-pity and slowly self-destructs after class differences force him to break off his relationship with his childhood sweetheart.
Devdas's father disapproves of his relationship with his childhood sweetheart Paro. Later, she is married off to a rich man. Devastated with the turn of events, Devdas drowns his sorrows in alcohol.
Director: Bimal Roy Writer: Sharat Chandrachattopadhaya Stars: Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Vaijyanti Mala
10. Bombai Ka Babu (1960)
Not Rated | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Babu and Malik are two inseparable friends who live in a small town in India. One day they decide to play a prank and steal something. They get caught, while Malik's dad come to bail out ... See full summary »
When Babu tries to leave crime, he accidentally kills his partner in the fight that follows. He flees town but is recognised by a man who forces him to masquerade as the sole heir of a wealthy man.
Director: Raj Khosla Writer: Rajinder Singh Bedi Stars: Dev Anand, Suchitra Sen
11. Guide (1965)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
When mistaken to be a sage by some villagers, an ex-tour guide reflects on his past and lost love to search for spiritual wisdom to guide the villagers.
A tourist guide meets an unhappy married woman who wants to take up dancing. With his motivation, she becomes a successful dancer but success corrupts the man's mind.
Director: Vijay Anand Writer: R.K Narayan Stars: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rahman, Kishore Sahu
12. Sangam (I) (1964)
238 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Returning home from war after being assumed dead, a pilot weds the woman he has long loved, unaware that she had been planning to marry his best friend.
When Sunder gets rejected by Radha, he sets out to prove his worth to her. He eventually manages to get married to her but is in for a rude shock when he comes across a love letter.
Director: Raj Kapoor Writer: Inder Raj Anand Stars: Raj Kapoor, Vaijyanti Mala, Rajendra Kumar
13. Anupama (1966)
Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Romance
Mohan Sharma (Tarun Bose) is a workaholic, whose life changes dramatically after his wife dies upon giving birth to their daughter Uma (Sharmila Tagore). He despises the daughter by day, ... See full summary »
Coming of age tale of a painfully shy girl, whose workaholic father has despised her since her mother died in childbirth. She meets a sensitive poet who slowly draws her out of her shell.
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Story: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Stars: Tarun Bose, Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Durga Khote, Deven Varma
14. Jewel Thief (1967)
186 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
A Police Commissioner's son comes under suspicion for being a jewel thief.
Vinay, finds himself constantly mistaken for a look-alike jewel thief, Amar. To clear his name, he joins hands with the police to impersonate the thief, and crack the crime ring. Does he succeed?
Director: Vijay Anand Story: K.A Narayan Stars: Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Vaijyanti Mala, Tanuja
15. Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)
149 min | Romance, Musical, Comedy
Children of two life-long rivals fall in love and try to make their fathers see the error of their ways.
An architect falls in love with a girl whose father is his father's business rival. Her father unknowingly assigns him the contract of building his house. Will both the families accept their love?
Director: Vijay Anand Story: Vijay Anand Stars: Dev Anand, Nutan, Om Prakash, Harindranath Chattopadhaya
16. Anand (1971)
Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Musical
The story of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the fullest before the inevitable occurs, as told by his best friend.
Anand, a cancer patient lives his life to the fullest. He fills everyone's life with happiness, which inspires his doctor, Bhaskar, to write a book on Anand's life.
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Story: Bimal Dutta, Gulzar, D.N. Mukherjee, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Biren Tripathy Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Lalita Powar, Ramesh Dev
17. Namak Haraam (1973)
Not Rated | 146 min | Drama
Somnath (Somu) lives in a shanty house in a Delhi slum with his widowed mom, and unmarried sister, Sarla. He is friendly with Calcutta-based wealthy Vikram (Vicky) Maharaj. When Vicky's dad... See full summary »
Two friends from different backgrounds unite to seek revenge from a union leader. But parental pressure and a difference in perspective force them to confront the true nature of their friendship. Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Story: Sampooran Singh, Gulzar, D.N. Mukherjee, Hrishikesh Mukherjee Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Om Shivpuri
18. Waqt (1965)
178 min | Drama, Romance
Members of a family are separated in a natural disaster. Several years down the line, they aren't united but their lives are strangely interconnected.
A businessman's family is torn apart by an earthquake and reunited years later in a courtroom trial where father and sons stand opposed in the roles of accused, lawyer and testifying witness.
Director: Yash Chopra Story: Akhtar Mirza Stars: Balraj Sahni, Achala Sachdev, Raj Kumar, Suniel Dutt, Shahsi Kapoor, Saadhna, Sharmila Tagore, Madan Puri
19. Hum Dono (1961)
164 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
When an army officer is presumed dead in battle, his lookalike is tasked with breaking the news to his family. However, circumstances force him to impersonate the dead man.
Identical soldiers become entangled in each other's lives after one of them falls in battle. When one is presumed dead, the other goes to inform the family but confusions arise as he looks identical.
Director: Vijay Anand, Amarjeet Story: Nirmal Sircar Stars: Dev Anand, Lila Chitnis, Saadhna, Nanda
20. Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965)
102 min | Drama, Romance
Vijay and Rajni have been childhood sweethearts in a small town called Rajgarh. They did separate for a few years when Rajni and her maternal grandma, Leela, went to live in Calcutta. When ... See full summary »
Vijay and Rajni have been childhood sweethearts in a small town called Rajgarh. They did separate for a few years when Rajni and her maternal grandma, Leela, went to live in Calcutta.
Director: Akhtar Mirza Story: Akhtar Mirza Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Nanda
21. Mamta (1966)
150 min | Drama, Romance
Monish Rai comes from a wealthy family, and is in love with Deviyani, who is poor. Monish has to travel abroad to further his education in law, but promises to stay in touch with Deviyani. ... See full summary »
Monish Rai comes from a wealthy family, and is in love with Deviyani, who is poor. Monish has to travel abroad to further his education in law, but promises to stay in touch with Deviyani.
Director: Asit Sen Story: Nihar Ranjan Gupta Stars: Suchitra Sen, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra
22. Pakeezah (1972)
147 min | Musical, Romance, Drama
In Lucknow at the turn of the century, a dancer and courtesan believes that her pure soul and body will enable her to find true love and honor.
Story of a pure-hearted singer-dancer who is raised in a brothel and who falls in love and elopes with a noble man,her unforgiving past keeps haunting her,forcing her to return to her brothel.
Director: Kamal Amrohi Story: Kamal Amrohi Stars: Meena Kumari, Rajkumar, Ashok Kumar
23. Naya Daur (1957)
173 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
When the son of a landlord decides to modernize his business by replacing the horse carts with buses, a horse cart rider decides to challenge him.
A man brings turmoil to a peaceful village by disturbing the livelihood of the local farmers and workers. He does this by introducing new machinery in an attempt to make quicker profits.
Director: B.R Chopra Story: Akhtar Mirza Stars: Dilip Kumar, Vaijyanti Mala, Ajit
24. 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.
A progressive reform-minded young warden gets permission to take six surly murderers from prison to a dilapidated country farm, to rehabilitate it and themselves through hard work and kindly guidance.
Director: V. Shantaram Story: G.D Madhulkar Stars: V. Shantaram, Sandhya
25. Bandini (1963)
157 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
During the British Raj of the 1930s, a prison-doctor falls in love with a convict who eventually reveals the story of her past and her connection to a freedom fighter.
An eligible doctor who works at a prison for women falls in love with an inmate and wants to marry her. But she has a dark secret that even his love may not be able to overcome.
Director: Bimal Roy Story: Jarasandh Stars: Ashok Kumar, Nutan, Dharmendra
26. Sujata (1960)
161 min | Drama, Romance
A high caste Brahmin household adopts an orphaned lower caste girl, but when a young man from their caste wishes to marry her without knowing her lineage, caste differences flare up again.
This film touches the issue of untouchability. It about an untouchable girl being raised in an affluent high caste family. In spite of being raised in such a family she is often exposed to segregation and discrimination. Her life takes a turn when an upper class boy comes into her life and falls for her.
Director: Bimal Roy Story: Nabendu Ghosh Stars: Nutan, Sunil Dutt, Tarun Bose, Sulochna, Shashikala
27. Anuradha (1960)
141 min | Drama, Romance
A lonely housewife, who gave up her promising singing career to marry an idealistic village-doctor, begins to regret her decision.
Although she had married him against her father's wishes, ten years after their marriage, Anuradha begins to feel neglected by her doctor husband. The return of her former beau adds fuel to the fire.
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Story: Shachin Bhowmik Stars: Balraj Sahni, Leela Naidu, Abhi Bhattacharya
28. Kabuliwala (1961)
95 min | Drama
A poor Afghani leaves his family behind to earn a living as a dried fruit vendor in India. Profoundly homesick, he befriends a young girl who reminds him of his own daughter. Meanwhile, the locals are distrustful of all foreigners.
Abdul Rehman Khan, an Afghani Pathan, owes money to a money-lender. He comes to India and sells dry fruits on the streets. He meets a young girl, Mini, who reminds him of his daughter.
Director: Hemen Gupta Story: Rabindranath Tagore
Stars: Balraj Sahni, Usha Kiran
29. Teesri Manzil (1966)
172 min | Comedy, Musical, Mystery
A woman blames a nightclub drummer for the suspicious death of her sister, and seeks revenge. However, the pair work together to solve the mystery and become romantically involved, after he introduces himself under another name.
After her sister commits suicide, Sunita blames a drummer for her death. She decides to seek revenge against him. Later, she finds out that her sister was murdered.
Director: Vijay Anand Story: Nasir Hussain Stars: Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh, Prem Nath
30. Amar Prem (1972)
Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A village woman abandoned by her husband is forced into prostitution in Kolkata and forms nameless yet strong relations with a wealthy patron as well as an abused boy in the neighbourhood.
An ill-treated child finds affection from his neighbour but soon moves to another town. When he comes back years later to look for her, he learns that she is known to have a dubious reputation.
Director: Shakti Samanta Story: Arabinda Mukherjee Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Sujit Kumar, Vinod Mehra
31. Mere Apne (1971)
Not Rated | 164 min | Drama
Anandi Devi is an old widow living in her village she is bought to the city by her distant relative Arun. Anandi Devi realizes that Arun and his wife wanted to keep her as a maid following ... See full summary »
A man meets a widow in a village and claims to be her relative. He takes her to the city and makes her work like a housemaid without any wages. She is rendered homeless when she brings an orphan home.
Director: Gulzar Story: Indra Mitra, Gulzar Stars: Meena Kumari, Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha
32. Guddi (1971)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, Comedy, Family
A teenage girl will not accept her family's attempt to arrange a marriage for her, as her heart is currently too full of love for the movies and heartthrob actor "Dharmendra."
A school girl is obsessed about a movie star and is unable to differentiate between movies and real life. Her uncle wants her to marry, but she considers that no man can compete with her superstar.
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Story:Gulzar Stars: Jaya Bhaduri, Dharmendra, Utpal Dutt
33. Parichay (1972)
145 min | Drama, Family, Musical
In desperate need of a job, unemployed Ravi (Jeetendra) goes to his maternal uncle (A.K. Hangal) and aunt (Leela Mishra) in their village for a few days. His uncle decides that he can be a ... See full summary »
Desperate for work, Ravi takes up the challenge of teaching five spoilt brats who have managed to drive away all previous tutors.
Director: Gulzar Story: Gulzar Stars: Pran, Jeetendra, Jaya Bhaduri
34. Naya Din Nai Raat (1974)
132 min | Drama, Family
Sushma believes that she is too young to get married, but her father, Lalla Banarsilal insists, and she runs away. Her adventures take her to a lonely wealthy widower with a cute daughter ... See full summary »
A young girl, running away from home to escape an arranged marriage, meets a number of people, who help her in difficulties, each one representing a distinct facet of human personality.
Director: A. Bhimsingh Story: A.P Nagarajan Stars: Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar
35. Aandhi (1975)
133 min | Drama, Romance
J.K. is a hotel Manager in a scenic location in India. One day he gallantly comes to the rescue of a drunk daughter, Aarti, of a politician, and chooses to be discrete about it. When she ... See full summary »
A hotel manager and a politician's daughter fall in love and get married. Due to certain differences, they get separated. Years later, they meet again and decide to give their relation another chance.
Director: Gulzar Story: Gulzar Stars: Suchitra Sen, Sanjeev Kumar
36. Deewaar (1975)
Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Vijay struggles as a dockworker and eventually becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother Ravi is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship.
Haunted by the past, Vijay turns to crime, while Ravi, his younger brother, becomes an honest cop. Fate pits them against each other when Ravi is sent to nab Vijay.
Director: Yash Chopra Story: Salim-Javed Stars: Nirupa Rai, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan
37. Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
Not Rated | 177 min | Drama, Romance
Kabhi Kabhie is a movie about the love story of generations and how a chain of events brings together old lovers as friends.
Amit and Pooja part ways to marry as per their parents' wishes. Years later, Pooja is happily married but Amit, though married, carries a grudge. One day, they come face-to-face.
Director: Yash Chopra Story: Pamela Chopra Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Rakhi, Waheeda Rahman, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor
38. Mother India (1957)
Not Rated | 172 min | Drama, Musical, Family
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.
Radha, a poor but righteous woman, struggles to raise her kids while going up against Sukhilala, a greedy moneylender. Despite the many hurdles she faces, she refuses to sacrifice her integrity.
Director: Mehboob Khan Story: Mehboob Khan Stars: Nargis Dutt, Rajkumar, Sunil Dutt
39. Seema (1955)
140 min | Drama
An orphan gets in trouble with the law and is sent to a home for young women. There, for the first time, she finds friendship, compassion, and possibly love.
Gauri, an orphan, is falsely accused of theft and lands up in a reformatory run by Ashok. Due to her rebelliousness, she gets into trouble. But, gradually she comes into her own with Ashok's help.
Director: Amiya Chakravarty Story: Amiya Chakravarty Stars: Balraj Sahni, Nutan
40. Aakhri Khat (1966)
153 min | Drama
The illegitimate toddler son of a poor village woman and a city-based artist is lost on the streets of Bombay after his mother's untimely demise.
An estranged husband refuses to take up his son's responsibility after parting ways with his wife. But when he receives the news of his wife's death, he sets out in search of his son.
Director: Chetan Anand Story: Chetan Anand Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Indrani Mukherjee
41. 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.
Jai and Veeru, two small-time crooks, are hired by Thakur Baldev Singh, a retired policeman, to help him nab Gabbar Singh, a notorious dacoit, who has spread havoc in the village of Ramgarh.
Director: Ramesh Sippy Story: Salim Javed Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan, Hema Malini
42. Heer Raanjha (1970)
142 min | Musical, Romance, Drama
Tragic love story. Punjabi "Romeo and Juliet".
Heer and Ranjha are madly in love with each other. However, Heer's uncle comes up with a devious plan to separate them.
Director: Chetan Anand Story: Jaffar Arsh Stars: Rajkumar, Pran, Jayant, Priya Rajvansh
43. Aashirwad (1968)
146 min | Drama
Shivnath Choudhary lives a wealthy lifestyle in Chandanpur, India, along with his wife, Leela, and 8 year old daughter, Neena. He likes to mingle with poor folk much, especially Baiju, to ... See full summary »
A landlord's estranged wife separates him from his beloved daughter. Before they can reconcile, he's jailed for killing a would-be rapist. He spends his jail term dreaming of meeting his child again.
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Story: Anil Ghosh Stars: Ashok Kumar
44. Manzil (I) (1960)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance
An embittered music composer, estranged from his family, self-destructs after learning his sweetheart has married another male.
Set in Simla in 1929, Rajkumar Mehta (Dev Anand), or Raju as he is lovingly called, has just returned from England. He meets his childhood friend, Pushpa (Nutan), and tells her about the situation at home. Raju's father, Mehta (K.N. Singh) wanted him to continue with the family business, but Raju ended up learning music instead.
Director: Mandi Burman Story: Vrajendra Gaur Stars: Dev Anand, Nutan
45. Kaala Patthar (1979)
Not Rated | 176 min | Action, Drama, History
Inspired by a true mining tragedy the film is about people from all walks of life showing courage and character to fight the forces of nature.
After Vijay, a former navy officer, is disowned by his family, he starts working at a coal mine. Trouble ensues when the mine is flooded with water and he is trapped along with several other miners.
Director: Yash Chopra Story: Salim Javed Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Shashi Kapoor
46. Purab Aur Pachhim (1970)
142 min | Drama, Romance