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Poll: 35 Films from the Golden Age of Indian Cinema

Following India's independence, the period from the late 1940s to the 1960s are regarded by film historians as the 'Golden Age' of Indian cinema. Some of the most critically acclaimed Indian films of all time were produced during this period.

These are the top 35 most popular films from the Golden Age of Indian Cinema. Which one is your favorite? If you haven't seen any, then which one would you most like to discover first?

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    Pather Panchali (1955)

    Nominated for Best Film at the 1958 BAFTA Awards.

    Nominated for Best Human Document Award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

    The 'Apu' trilogy is included in "Greatest Films of All Time" lists published by Sight & Sound, British Film Institute's (BFI), Time Out, Rolling Stone etc.

    The Academy Film Archive preserved the entire 'Apu' trilogy in 1996.

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    Aparajito (1956)

    Nominated for Best Film and Best Foreign Actress (Karuna Bannerjee) at the 1959 BAFTA Awards.
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    Apur Sansar (1959)

    Nominated for Best Film at the 1962 BAFTA Awards.
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    Mother India (1957)

    Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1958 Oscars.

    The film is included in "Greatest Films of All Time" list published by Empire magazine.

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    Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

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    Pyaasa (1957)

    The film is included in "Greatest Films of All Time" lists published by Sight & Sound and TIME magazine.
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    Jalsaghar (1958)

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    Awaara (1951)

    Nominated for Grand Prize at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.

    The film is included in "Greatest Films of All Time" list published by TIME magazine.

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    Shree 420 (1955)

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    The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

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    Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

    The film is included in "Greatest Films of All Time" list published by Sight & Sound.
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    Devdas (1955)

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    Devi (1960)

    Nominated for Golden Palm at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.
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    Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957)

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    Maya Bazaar (1957)

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    Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

    Won International Prize and nominated for Grand Prize at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival.
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    Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

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    Madhumati (1958)

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    Naya Daur (1957)

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    Paras-Pathar (1958)

    Nominated for Palme d'Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.
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    Jagte Raho (1956)

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    Boot Polish (1954)

    Nominated for Special Mention to a Child Actress (Kumari Naaz) at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.
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    Anari (1959)

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    C.I.D. (1956)

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    Barsaat (1949)

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    Patala Bhairavi (1951)

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    Missamma (1955)

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    Chori Chori (1956)

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    Ajantrik (1958)

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    Andaz (1949)

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    Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960)

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    Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955)

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    Aag (1948)

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    Mahal (1949)

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    Baiju Bawra (1952)


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