Top 10 Bollywood Movies you Should Watch Before you Die
Top 10 Bollywood Movies: What does Bollywood mean to you? India, music, romance, song, drama, dance, comedy, action! All of the above? But there is more to Hindi cinema that meets the eye. From the very first Hindi movie, ‘Raja Harishchandra’, to the latest films of today, Indian cinema has produced many world-class films that have received not only national but also international fame. Indian movies are usually ‘masala movies’ because they are a “full entertainment package.” They will keep you entertained even if they make no sense in terms of plot or theme.
But still, there are films that are outstanding, have been praised for their excellence, grossed large amounts at the box office, and created milestones. While ‘Bollywood’ instantly evokes a sense of grandeur, color and vibrancy — all of which have come to define the term over the years; from current releases to the classics, here you’ll find the ‘Top 10 Bollywood Movies’ of all time.
And if you’re still wondering what Bollywood is about, why don’t you listen to superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who has a simple definition of what Bollywood is: ‘Poetic justice in two and a half hours.’
Here is presenting you the list of Top 10 Bollywood Movies:-
You have started humming ‘Jab Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’ already…Ain’t it?
This love saga was a landmark film in the history of Hindi cinema and is perfect to begin our ‘Top 10 Movies’ list for sure!
The tickets to this movie, if kept for all these years, are now a collector’s item – the most expensive for that time.
The plot revolves around ‘Prince Salim’ (Dilip Kumar) and Anarkali’s (Madhubala) lovestory and how they fought for their love against Mughal emperor ‘Akbar’ (Prithviraj Kapoor). The story is introduced and concluded by a booming voice-over representing Hindustan itself: a land divulging its legends. Meanwhile, the characters’ dialogue is deeply florid throughout.
The magnum opus ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ is considered as one of the milestone films in the history of Indian cinema.
“Kitne Aadmi Thay?”
But it was never ‘Do’ and eventually the crowd turned into a humongous number to witness such a classic!
‘Sholay’ was the highest grossing film of all time. And ran over five years at the theatres. The classic, that set a benchmark for masala potboilers to come, gave India some of the most iconic screen characters – ‘Gabbar’ (Amjad Khan), ‘Thakur’ (Sanjeev Kumar), ‘Jai’ (Amitabh Bachchan), ‘Veeru’ (Dharmendra).
It’s the story of two convicts who team up to protect a remote village from marauding bandits. The impact of the movie was such that every single character is remembered till date and still is fresh and entertaining. And it was the first time in the history of Indian cinema, people loved the villain ‘Gabbar Singh’.
In the words of director Shekhar Kapur, “Indian film history can be divided into Sholay BC and Sholay AD.”
“Bade bade desho mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai…”
The ‘SRK-Kajol’ magic has never failed at the box office, and this ‘rom-com’ was not just a film but a love-saga! The film brought back the era of love stories and introduced Indian audiences to the scenic beauty of Europe and ‘desi’ land. Every Indian boy and girl relates his or her love story to DDLJ in one way or another.
‘DDLJ’ is the second of the two movies that are included in the Steven Jay Schneider’s book, ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’.
Hum Aapke Hai Koun..!
“Kyun … Hum Aapke Hain Kaun?”
Madhuri swept our hearts with this dialogue. It’s the most appealing treat for die-hard romantics.
We can never skip this movie when we are enlisting ‘Top 10 Bollywood Movies’.
It’s been 2 decades since the family-film released. It was the first romantic family drama of the 90s that saw the mushrooming of the genre in later years. Directed by ‘Barjatya’ and starring a hit pair of the 90s — ‘Salman Khan’ and ‘Madhuri Dixit’ — the film became a benchmark for family dramas to come.
‘3 Idiots’ holds a remarkable position when we are scribbling the ‘Top 10 Bollywood Movies’ list.
Based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller, ‘3 Idiots’ was the biggest blockbusters of 2009. Discerning Bollywood fans are in for a treat: a comedy we can laugh with rather than at.
‘Farhan’ (Madhavan) and ‘Raju’ (Sharman) embark on a road trip to ‘Ladakh’, in the Himalayas, to track down long-lost buddy’ Rancho’ (Aamir). The latter is introduced via lengthy flashbacks detailing the antics of the ‘three idiots’ during their college engineering days. But why did Rancho disappear mysteriously after graduating?
The movie was a huge hit and the whole cast was highly appreciated for their performances in the film.
There are two things people go crazy for in India.
One is ‘cricket’ and the other is ‘movies’. Am I right?
Just mix them together with a blend of drama and romance, and you’ll get a film that becomes favorite of every Indian fanatic. From a director who dared to tread the path less traveled, came an epic sports drama that not only received worldwide acclaim but also went on to get nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language film category).
‘Lagaan’ was based on the story of a team of Indian villagers take, on their imperialist overlords in a game of cricket against the British rule and achieve freedom from paying tax.
One of the movies that re-introduced Indian cinema to the west, it was also voted in the top five films for the Oscars.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Seize the day, my friend!
If you’re a travel buff, then this is your go-to movie.
Bollywood heads to Spain with this ‘buddies with issues’ road trip flick. Middle-class, Indian, middle-aged ‘lads’, ‘Kabir’ (Abhay Deol), ‘Imraan’ (Faran Akhtar) and ‘Arjun’ (Hrithik Roshan), hook up in Barcelona intent on ‘painting it red’ before Kabir’s upcoming nuptials. Predictably, this stag holiday changes their lives forever.
It’s ought to be counted in ‘Top 10 Bollywood Movies’. Isn’t it?
“Vo Khamoshi bhi pyaar ki zubaan hoti hai”.
Ranbir Kapoor has shown his versatile acting in movies, but his performance in the title role of ‘Barfi’ was next to perfection. The film might have been a one-man show if not for Priyanka Chopra’s jaw-dropping performance as an autistic girl.
‘Barfi’ is directed by ‘Anurag Basu’ and tells the story of a mute man who falls in love with a beautiful lady. But his friendship with an autistic girl leads him to find the true meaning of companionship and love. And from this point, the destinies of this diverse trio are entwined.
Devoid of melodrama and largely dialogue-free, it speaks volumes about unconditional love. Recommended.
The latest entry to the Top 10 Bollywood Movies list is The Lunchbox. A rare love story to have come out of Indian cinema, ‘Lunchbox’ is a film connoisseur’s delight indeed!
It’s ‘84 Charing Cross Road’ with extra chutney in this enormously likable Indian romantic comedy-drama. ‘Irrfan Khan’ plays the grouchy, widowed claims adjuster who discovers that his lunch has-been accidentally switched with a co-worker’s. Instead of notifying the delivery service he tucks in and is transported to culinary heaven in the magical hands of Isolated housewife ‘Ila’ (Nimrat Kaur). It’s not long before this mismatched pair is exchanging furtive letters tucked into folded chapattis.
There’s nothing wildly original here, but it’s carried Off with charm and wit, and a pair of very enjoyable central performances. The sense of place – bustling, teeming modern Mumbai – is superbly realized, and there’s an air of wistfulness and melancholy which feels pleasingly out of step with many of the film’s Western forebears.
The film definitely paved its way into the ‘Top 10 Bollywood Movies’ list.
Watch it once and you’ll thank me later!
“Mera haal na Gupta uncle ke jaise ho gaya hai. Gupta uncle ko na cancer ho gaya tha. Unhone kabhi sharab nahin pi, cigarette nahin pi, phir bhi cancer ho gaya. Isse achcha toh pi hi lete.”
I know you’re already laughing your hearts out!
‘Queen’ was a winner in every way. Woman-centric films-in Bollywood have mostly explored bold, serious and message-ridden themes. But there was a light-hearted entertainer that not only made a statement but did it with a subtle panache.
A 2014 Bollywood smash hit, Kangana Ranaut stars a woman who heads to Europe on her honeymoon alone after being jilted at the altar. The movie attempted to break the traditional psyche of how women are perceived in our society and did it with aplomb.
‘Queen’ is undoubtedly one of the best movies that Bollywood has ever made. And Kangana Ranaut’s performance in it is one of the best of her career so far. So it ought to be in our ‘Top 10 Movies’ list.
The movie that officially gave Kangana the title of “the queen of Bollywood” was beyond hilarious and its dialogues were something that we will remember for a lifetime.
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