Which is the greatest Bollywood film ever?

May 2, 2013

It’s been a hundred years since the first Indian feature film “Raja Harishchandra” in 1913. Since then, Bollywood has made tens of thousands of films – good, bad and middling.

Tell us the movie that you feel is Bollywoods best. To help you make that choice, we have compiled a list of 100 films we have seen and loved, films that are sensitive and sensible in their own way and films that brought ‘larger than life’ into our living rooms.

Of course, lists like this are always subjective and biased and we’re sure many impressive films have been missed. In case we have not included the movie that you treasure the most, do share your views in the comments below.

(With inputs from the India Online team)


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the list is almost complete.
however it gives credit only to the commercial cinema.

not to mention, parallel movies have contributed substantially if not financially to the bollywood industry.

two such movies which any art lover must watch are: 1)Thodasa Roomani Ho Jayen(1990)
2)Shadows of Time(2004)

though shadow of time is a german bengoli movie, artists and art should not be classified by their homeland.

Posted by dipakkumardas | Report as abusive

This is an excellent list.

Covers some of the most beautiful movies ever made in India.

There are a few other movies that are worth a mention which i feel are absolutely brilliant:

(i) Saaransh (1984)
(ii) Mirch Masala (1985)
(iii) Angoor (1983)
(iv) Maachis (1996)
(v) Rudaali (1993)

Compiling this list is a job very well done :-)

Posted by madmirani | Report as abusive

I love all Aamir Khan movies. They are excellent, so entertaining and many times comes with a beautiful social message. I will vote for Rang de Basanti, which had so much of impact on our lives. :)

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Posted by Rushadev | Report as abusive

Nice list, But you missed a lot of movies from modern Bollywood era, movies like what i mentioned here in my blog-

Posted by ShubhamVerma | Report as abusive