Bollywood is always a roller coaster ride of emotions. Many of its movies have created milestones. Indian cinemas have not only gained its popularity in the country, it is also appreciated globally. In this article we shall witness top 50 Bollywood movies.
An average 100 movies are released on box office every year. From Bollywood’s birth with first movie Raja Harishchandra in 1913, many blockbusters have entertained us and the show goes on by getting bigger and better.
A panel of Bollywood experts has crafted a list of Top 50 Bollywood Movies Of All Time. Let’s check it out and find your favorite on the list.
Top 50 Bollywood Movies
50 JAB WE MET
Another romantic drama from Bollywood, but the presentation, story and narration makes Jab We Met a special movie. A story which makes you believes that it is never an end; a new beginning always awaits you. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, it is a lovable story of a feisty Punjabi girl and a young bachelor businessman.
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor
49 VEER ZAARA
Love saga comes and goes, but eternal romantic stories carve their presence forever. VEER ZAARA, one of the most majestic tales of love where the couple is divided by the wrath of religion and in the end their devotion for each-other brings them together. Directed by Yash Chopra, It is one of the best love stories of Bollywood. In 2004, Veer Zaara became the highest earning movie in both national and international market.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Priety Zinta and Rani Mukherji
Awara is one of those first movies which made Indian cinema popular worldwide. A story of poor man who turns criminal and later falls in love with a rich and privileged girl. It portrays a big picture of poverty, millions of poor children turn into criminal because high and rich society doesn’t cares about them. Awara is highly appreciated throughout the nation and many other countries like Soviet Union, China, Afghanistan, Turkey and others.
Cast: Raj Kapoor, Prithviraj Kapoor and Nargis
47 ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOOBARA
A beautiful story of friendship and love, where three friends goes-off to a bachelor trip and how their lives gets a new meaning. It is both a commercial and critics success movie loved throughout the nation.
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin
46 PAN SINGH TOMAR
Based on a true story of a soldier, an International athlete who was forced to become a dacoit. Directed by Tigmashu Dhulia, Pan Singh Tomar has won Best Feature Film and Best Actor in 60th National Film Awards 2012.
Cast: Irfan khan, Mahie Gill and Vipin Sharma.
45 MADRAS CAFE
Movie based on Indian intervention in Sri Lankan Civil War and assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Film is about an Indian Army officer, appointed by the intelligence agency RAW.
Cast: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri
44 THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH
A grand historical biographical film about Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh who fought for Indian Independence. Movie portrays a detailed picture of how Bhagat Singh developed from a child to a freedom fighter. It has won two National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards.
Cast: Ajay Devgan, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Akhilendra Mishra and Raj Babbar.
43 KAL HO NA HO
A story of a terminally ill patient who is also love-interest of his neighbor. This movie is much appreciated for the acting done by actors of the movie. Loaded with several awards from IIFA, Filmfare, Zeecine Awards, Star Screen Awards and others it is a journey of emotions. A must watch movie for Indian cinema fans.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Priety Zinta and Saif Ali khan.
Darr is a story of an obsessive lover. It is a psychological thriller directed by Yash Chopra. With mind blowing performances by the star cast of Darr, it stood out as blockbuster of early 90s. Darr’s music is also one of the best selling soundtracks of the year. It is also the movie which gave Bollywood its Badshah Shah Rukh Khan.
Cast: Juhi Chawla, Sunny Deol, Shah Rukh Khan and Anupam Kher
41 UDTA PUNJAB
There are very less movies that stand tall and show courage to show the truth. Udta Punjab is a movie based on the youth population which is in arms of drug addiction in Punjab, India. It shouts a loud ant-drug message and calls for an immediate solution for the disastrous problem. Udta Punjab is a movie for all age people, there is something for everyone to learn and follow. It is a marvelous piece of reel by Director Abhishek Chaubey.
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh, Kareena Kapoor and Satish Kaushik
It is a nail biting suspense movie with roaring performances of Tabu and Ajay Devgan. It is a thrilling experience for the viewers as the story line is perfectly shaped to give you goose-bumps.
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran and Ishita Dutta
It is a film based on feminism and motherhood in male-dominated Indian society. A mystery thriller film which focuses on a pregnant woman searching for her missing husband.
Cast: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
38 MR. INDIA
A sci-fi Indian film in 1980s where a man goes invisible by wearing a gadget is an unbelievable experience for the audience. It is one of the most iconic films of Indian cinema. Spell-bounded character performances of Mogambo, Miss Hawa Hawai and invisible Mr. India make it a complete package of entertainment.
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Sri Devi, Amrish Puri, Satish Kaushik and Anu Kapoor
37 MY NAME IS KHAN
Another epic by Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar duo, My Name Is Khan is a movie about global issue of discrimination and intolerance towards a race of people. It is one of the most meaningful and humanism film rolled out of Bollywood. It is a perfect blend of gentle and heart-warming film that makes you smile.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol
36 CHAK DE INDIA
A sports film which also gives a best feminist films of all time, Chak De India is a story of transformation of ‘so called hopeless girls’ to world champions. This movie broke many awards and for the 1st times the best supporting actress to chak de girls. Its soundtrack Chak de has almost become the sports anthem of India.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan and Chak De Girls.
First movie based on Indian gangster is also the best gangster film of all time in Indian cinema. It was a record-breaking movie which made a handsome business. It is a bounded film to provide you with an unforgettable experience.
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, JD Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Saurabh Shukla and others
34 HERA PHERI
Indian cinema was missing a hilarious ride from a long time until Hera Pheri arrived. It is one of the best comedy movies of Indian cinema. Story of Hera Pheri makes you feel that it is a part of your own life. It magnificently portrays day to day lives of Indian man full of hilarious events. Whether you are comic movie lover or not it is a must watch.
It is also on top of our list of Top 15 Best Bollywood Comedy Movies
Cast: Paresh Rawal, Akshay kumar, Sunil Shetty and Tabu
Masoom is based on famous Novel by Erich Segal; Man, Woman and Child. It is an Indian drama film which depicts relationship between a boy, his father and step mother. It was not only a big commercial hit, it also bagged many Filmfare awards.
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Jugal Hansraj and Urmila Matondkar
Black is a movie about a deaf-blind girl and her teacher. Movie portrays the relationship between the two. Movie helped the two actors to win various acting awards. For Indian cinematic fan, it is on the list.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee and Ayesha Kapoor
31 BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG
It is a story of Flying Sikh Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete and an Olympian. People from India and around the Globe happily accepted the movie. Transformation of Farhan Akhtar who plays Milkha Singh in the movie was phenomenal. It was a huge success.
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Meesha Shafi and others
30 Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a movie about a mute girl and her rescue to her home by Bajrangi Pawan. It is Salman’s one of the best performances. It is huge commercial success which makes it second highest –grossing Bollywood film of all time in domestic markets and second-grossing Bollywood film of all time in International markets.
Cast: Salman Khan, Harshaali Malhotra, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
29 Oh My God!
A thought provoking movie with a solid message makes you to re-think on some religious practices. Oh My God is a comedy-drama movie based on Australian film; The Man Who Sued God. It is a story about Kanji Lalji Mehta who sued God for destroying his shop via earthquake. It is a fearless concept with some flawless performances.
Cast: Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Mahesh Manjrekar
28 HUM AAPKE HAI KOUN
It is a wholesome family entertainer. It is a story about Indian traditions, sacrifice, love and relationship. Hum Aapke Hain Koun is one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time.
Cast: Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Anupam Kher, Mohnish Bahl and Renuka Shahane.
27 BANDIT QUEEN
It is a biographical film based on the life of Phoolan Devi who is also known as India’s Bandit Queen. He film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year.
Cast: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey and others.
India’s official entry for the 1985 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Saaransh is a Hindi drama film directed by Mahesh Bhatt. It also won three Filmfare Awards: Best actor, Best Story and Best Art Direction
Cast: Anupam Kher, Rohini Hattangadi, Soni Razdan and others
25 HINDI MEDIUM
A comedy yet impacting film with a beautiful message, that the main purpose of education is to make good human beings. It is a fun ride in which a couple is desperate to get admission for their daughter.
Cast: Irfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Dishita and Deepak Dobriyal
24 DIL CHAHTA HAI
A beautiful story which is a mixture of humour, emotion, sincerity and wisdom of three young friends makes Dil Chahta Hai. Movie won a handful of awards comprising Filmfare, National Awards, IIFA, Zee Cine and others. It is a pure treat for youngsters.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Priety Zinta and Dimple Kapadia.
The best thing about movie is the performances, the direction, the screenplay, the cinematography, the music and BARFI. It is one of the lifetime performances by Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. With numerous awards including entry in Academy Awards as Best Foreign Language, it is one of the finest movies ever in Bollywood.
Cast: Ranbir kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz
22 MUNNA BHAI MBBS
It is a hilarious journey of a goon who attends a medical college to become a Doctor. Munna Bhai MBBS is a National Award winning film. An healthy dose of laughter to make your day calm and relaxed.
Udaan is a story of a 17-year-old boy expelled from his school who has to live his father. The relations between the two doesn’t works fine and boy along with his younger brother runs away. Movie is highly appreciated and stated as best from the Bollywood.
Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia, Ram Kapoor and others.
20 BLACK FRIDAY
For every Indian the Bombay Bomb Blast is one of the severe scratch marks given to the Nation by the Terrorists. Black Friday is an attempt by Anurag Kashyap to let India knows what and how exactly happened in ‘93 Bombay Blast. It is a masterpiece which will leave you stunned and speechless. A must watch movie.
Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Aditya Srivastava, Pavan Malhotra, Kishor Kadam, Imtiaz Ali and Others.
PK is one of the highest grossing Indian films of all time with a whooping sum of over 7 billion. A sci-fi comedy film, which is a story of an alien, that comes to earth to explore about the planet and mistakenly misses to get back to his spaceship. Movie despite of being a comic bomb it also gives some strong message on superstitions and religious practices.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjay Dutt and Boman Irani.
A romantic drama from 1965, directed by Vijay Anand, Guide is one of the most loved movies of Bollywood. Some spectacular performance from Dev Anand and Waheeda Reahman adds stars to the story of the movie.
Cast: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman and Leela Chitnis
17 ANDAZ APNA APNA
Think about Indian comedy movies the list tops with Andaz Apna Apna. Despite its failure on box office, it is a must watch movie in Bollywood. Every character and each dialogue will make a memory of it in your mind.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor and Paresh Rawal
A true patriotic film by JP Dutta, based on Indo-Pak war of 1971. It is an adaptation of real life events that happened at Battle of Longewala. ‘Border’ also makes an appeal against the war.
Cast: Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty, Akshay Khanna and others
15 A WEDNESDAY
Movie was inspired by post 2006 Mumbai train bombings. It is a pure payback movie shall give you an exciting and enriching experience.
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergil and others
What would you do when you have a planned honeymoon and prior to it your fiancé calls off wedding. The story of Queen is about a girl who travels alone on her pre-planned honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam after her fiance’s no to marriage.
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkumar Rao and Lisa Haydon
13 GANGS OF WASSEYPUR
Indian crime film cannot get better than this. Based on the coal mafia of Dhanbad, Gangs of Wasseypur is a masterpiece by Anurag Kashyap. Divided in two parts movie is shot as single film of total 319 min. Do not think of missing it.
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Tripathi, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Reema Sen and others
Pyaasa is a story about a struggling poet who tries to make his work worth. Despite several attempts, his work is not recognized by the publisher. Later, his poem publishes after a help from a prostitute.
Cast: Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman and Johhny Walker.
With a tag line ‘Mhaari Choriyan Choron Se Kam He Ke’, Dangal is a story about Mahavir Singh Phogat, wrestler. Singh battles out against odds to train his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become World-class wrestlers. It is a true story of Commonwealth medal winner sister duo Geeta and Babita. It is a gem by director Nitesh tiwari which is equally supported by performances of all the actors. After conquring Indian box-office Dangal moved to China and became most successful foreign movie in Chinese market.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim, Sanya Malhotra and Suhani Bhatnagar
Lagaan is a movie based on the British Raj period. It is a story of a village which is burdened by high taxes and to overcome this taxes their only chance is to play a game of cricket and register a win against the Britishers. It is a lavish epic and a rocking adventure journey with a gorgeous love story.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raghubir Yadav and others
Critics say it is till date the best work of Shah Rukh Khan. A scientist from NASA, Mohan comes back to his native place to meet his maid Kaveri Amma. During his visits he finds that there are many basic problems in his nearby places. As a result, it makes Mohan to think and do something for his village.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Rajesh Vivek, Markand Deshpande and others
08 TAARE ZAMEEN PAR
Movie’s story is about an 8 year old dyslexic child Ishaan. His poor academics performances forced his parents to take a hard decision and send him to a boarding school. This decision of his parents pushes him into depression and forces him to think of suicide. Soon a teacher comes and helps Ishaan to survive and flourish well.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary, Tanay Chheda, Tisca Chopra and others.
‘Anand’ is a story about a cancer patient Anand who is a cheerful and jolly man. Despite of fatal disease, Anand wishes to spend his remaining time in helping everyone. Meanwhile, he becomes friend with Bhaskar who is also his doctor. The story of his journey to silent end is beautifully portrayed by the director Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Johnny Walker and others
06 RANG DE BASANTI
Strong screenplay, superb dialogue, impressive performances from all the actors makes Rang De Basanti a fantabulous movie. It is a story about a British documentary maker who wishes to make a documentary on Indian freedom fighters. Movie also depicts some hidden truths of Defence ministry of India. It is a modern day transformation of story of Bhagat Singh. It is a thought provoking entertainer which is skillfully crafted by the team of Rang De Basanti.
Cast: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Siddharth Narayan, Atul Kulkarni, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Alice Patten, Soha Ali Khan and others.
05 MUGHAL E AZAM
Big sets, big budget, big stars and a story larger than the life; Mughal E Azam is one of the biggest milestone of Indian cinema history. Its background music and songs are the soul of the film. In India many of the film experts names Mughal E Azam as the best Hindi film ever made. A perfect father-son drama with a strong love relationship it is a complete entertainer.
Cast: Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote, Nigar Sultana and others
04 MOTHER INDIA
It is an epic drama with a story that portrays poverty-stricken village woman who struggles hard to raise her children in absence of her husband. Movie spreads high moral values and strong nationalism. Mother India is one of the most expensive movie of Indian cinema.
Cast: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar and others.
03 DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE
Undoubtedly it is the most romantic movie of Indian cinema. A movie with strong family values and unconditional love, that wins everyone’s heart. It is the longest-running film in the history of Bollywood. DDLJ is a likeable movie for any age audience. It is one of the Biggest Blockbusters ever in Indian cinema and it remains in the list of must watch movies before you die.
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher and Farida Jalal
Indian cinema history remains blank without the introduction of SHOLAY. It is the greatest Bollywood story ever. It is a pure masala film by Ramesh Sippy. Legendary acting by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra with a ruthless performance of Gabbar by Amjad Khan which is also notes as the best villain role till date makes one of the marvel of Bollywood. It is a classic entertainer with an extraordinary mix of adventure, comedy, music and dance.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Amjad Khan, Sanjeev Kapoor, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and others
01 3 IDIOTS
Today, every individual who have watched 3 Idiots will agree that it is the best movie of Bollywood. It is the movie that made new records of huge box office collection. While, Its core theme and message is from Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone, still the movie is much way different from the book. 3 Idiots is a must watch movie as it brings the character resembling your own life. Being the best movies of Bollywood it is on the top of our list.
Cast: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Boman Irani and others