100 Essential Indian Moviesby Greenidge_Lewis | created - 13 May 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
100 must watch Indian movies
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1. Hello Bombay! (1988)
Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,320 | Gross: $2.08M
2. 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.
Votes: 159,496 | Gross: $1.22M
3. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama
Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.
5. 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: 21,555 | Gross: $0.54M
6. Dev.D (2009)
Not Rated | 144 min | 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?
Votes: 27,916 | Gross: $0.01M
7. Vikram Vedha (2017)
Not Rated | 147 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Vikram, a no-nonsense police officer, accompanied by Simon, his partner, is on the hunt to capture Vedha, a smuggler and a murderer. Vedha tries to change Vikram's life, which leads to a conflict.
12. 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.
Votes: 107,817 | Gross: $2.20M
13. 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.
14. Aruvi (2016)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama
A gentle girl born and brought up amidst the ever growing eco-social-consumeristic environment finds it difficult to fit in the society. She decides to take it hard on the people. What she does is the rest of the story.
15. Andhadhun (2018)
Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Thriller
A series of mysterious events change the life of a blind pianist, who must now report a crime that he should technically know nothing of.
Votes: 63,257 | Gross: $1.37M
16. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical
The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.
Votes: 101,529 | Gross: $0.07M
17. 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.
Votes: 80,113 | Gross: $1.22M
18. Go Goa Gone (2013)
Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of friends, just looking to have a good time in a rave party on a remote island in Goa, find out that the island is infested with Zombies.
Votes: 10,950 | Gross: $0.30M
20. Rangasthalam 1985 (2018)
Not Rated | 170 min | Action, Drama
The fear of his elder brother's death starts to haunt an innocent, hearing impaired guy after they both join forces to overthrow the unlawful 30 year long regime of their village's president.
Votes: 17,603 | Gross: $3.51M
21. Ratra Aarambh (1999)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The story revolves around the two worlds inhabited by Prabhakar Phadke / Vasudeo Balwant Thombre - Dilip Prabhavalkar - an ordinary senior citizen who is an avid reader of crime fiction. ... See full summary »
22. Tumbbad (2018)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A mythological story about a goddess who created the entire universe. The plot revolves around the consequences when humans build a temple for her first-born.
24. Jibon Theke Neya (1970)
150 min | Drama, Family, War
A political satire of Bangladesh under the rule of Pakistan metaphorically, where an autocratic woman in one family symbolizes the political dictatorship of Ayub Khan in East Pakistan.
25. 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: 4,782 | Gross: $0.08M
26. The Lunchbox (2013)
PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
Votes: 48,237 | Gross: $4.23M
27. 3 Idiots (2009)
PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama
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".
Votes: 328,415 | Gross: $6.53M
29. 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.
32. A Wednesday (2008)
Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.
33. Ulidavaru Kandanthe (2014)
Not Rated | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A journalist sets out to uncover the truth behind an incident, through the perspectives of different people, unraveling how they and their lives are intertwined with it.
34. Ustad Hotel (2012)
151 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
An urbane chef from a well-to-do family with very high ambitions goes on to find approval from his conservative father, true love and the real purpose of his life.
35. Black Friday (2004)
Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 17,803 | Gross: $0.03M
36. 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.
37. Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra (1913), India's first feature-length B&W silent film.
39. Take Off (2017)
139 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
In 2014, a group of Malayali nurses was captured when terrorists took over the city of Tikrit in Iraq. This movie recounts the ordeal suffered by the nurses following their capture.
40. 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.
41. Khosla's Nest (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.
Votes: 21,597 | Gross: $0.03M
43. Shwaas (2004)
107 min | Drama
This story is about how an old man tried to show his grandson the preciousness and beauty of life in a no win situation such as cancer. It is about keeping a positive attitude towards life.
Votes: 1,383 | Gross: $0.00M
45. 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: 11,079 | Gross: $0.02M
46. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Not Rated | 183 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance