What are the best Bollywood movies?

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    #13 Idiots

    3 Idiots

    3 Idiots is an Indian comedy-drama directed by Rajkumar Hirani. It was released in 2009 and starred Aamir Khan, Ranganathan Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi. It is also considered as a satire about the stressful Indian educational system.

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    Rachel Banks
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "If you like Bollywood type movies this film fits the bill. Its enjoyable even with the subtitles which are typical of foreign films. It is funny and engaging and a great way to spend a date night. For a change of pace try a Bollywood move and this title in particular you will be glad you did."
  2. 509

    #2Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India

    Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India

    One of the most epic films in Bollywood history. Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India tells the story of the habitants of a small village in Victorian India that stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

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    Kimberly Aguilar
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "As far as movies go, this isn't terrible. I understand that Indian movies don't have quite as high a production value as a lot of Hollywood movies, but they're still very impressive. I was able to follow along with the plot fairly well, but there's no denying the fact that it's very foreign."
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    #3Drishyam

    Drishyam

    Drishyam is an Indian drama mystery film directed by Nishikant Kamat and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Ajit Andhare, and Abhishek Pathak. It stars actors Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta, and Mrunal Jadhav.

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    Gary Delgado
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This movie about a self made orphan who succeeds in running his own cable outfit is okay but not acknowledged to be one of the best Bollywood movies. Then there is the disappearance of a boy who is the son of the chief police officer and her wealthy husband. Vigjay who is the protagonist and his family are suspected. Better movies would include the list found at http://filmschoolwtf.com/best-bollywood-movies/ "

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Bollywood's top-grossing film of all time is a Disney production? The movie is entitled Dangal (it is the Hindi word for wrestling competition), which was released in India in December of 2016. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, this biographical and sports film was produced by Aamir Khan Productions, in collaboration with Walt Disney Pictures India, starring Aamir Khan himself. The movie revolves around an aging former wrestler and the biopic story of the Phogat sisters. Interestingly, the movie earned more than 50 million dollars in box office collections in just three weeks. Overseas, it also did well in the box office. It has collected a total earning of $217 million US dollars on its screenings abroad. It has solidified its status as one of the best Bollywood movies.

The success that Dangal has had solidifies Aamir Khan's status as one of India's top actors. China is the biggest overseas earner for Dangal at $178.3 million. Aamir's films have done well in China before this as well, with PK making $19.3 million and 3 Idiots making $3 million. However, Dangal took Bollywood to heights exceeding the previous achievements of Indian cinema. After a string of under-performing local films, Disney announced that it would halt production of movies in India. Disney paid $494 million in 2012 to acquire an outstanding 49% stake in the business. Despite this move by Disney, Bollywood continues to thrive both in India and overseas. 

If you haven't watched Dangal yet, you might want to browse through the websites to watch Bollywood movies online.

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    #4 A Wednesday!

     A Wednesday!

    A Wednesday! is an Indian thriller movie directed by Neeraj Pandey and starring Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in 2008. This film won at the National Awards and Star Screen Awards while it was nominated at the Filmfare Awards. 

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    Theresa Hart
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I wasn't interested in what was coming out of Bollywood at all until I came across this gem of a story, A Wednesday. Its got intrigue, action, and quiet moments of dialogue that really drive the story forward in a very human way. I can't compliment the director enough on his ability to ring poignant excellence from such small moments. The cinematography is excellent, too."
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    #5Special 26

    Special 26

    Based on true events, Special 26 tells the story of a gang of con-men that rob prominent rich businessmen and politicians by posing as C.B.I and income tax officers. If you liked The Usual Suspects, you are gonna love Special 26.

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    Keith Henderson
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "A gritty look at the gang life in India. Non stop action and thrills will keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch this movie. One of the most exciting movies I have ever seen. Based on true events, which will truly blow you away."
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    #6Baby

    Baby

    Baby is about an elite counter-intelligence unit who discovered a horrible plan masterminded by a maniac. They run out of time while tracking a group of terrorist that is about to attack the heart of India.

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    Austin Medina
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I like this site as it gives me the option of either renting the movie for 30 days so I have the choice of watching it now or sometime later or watching it a couple times, something you can't do with normal pay-per-view, it also gives me the choice of buying the movie at a reasonable price. The site gives me recommendations in the same vein of the movie which is nice as I haven't heard of some of them that show up. There's also a good review section that is easy to understand and go through quickly that is a big help for me if I haven't heard of the movie before."
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    #7My Name is Khan

    My Name is Khan

    My Name is Khan is a 2010 movie directed by Karan Johar and written by Shibani Bathija. It is about a Muslim man from India with Asperger's syndrome who traveled across the country with one goal in mind: have a conversation with the President. 

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    Devansh Jindal
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "Bollywood has been putting out quality movies for many years now. One of the best I have ever seen was, My name is Khan. It's about a man with Asperger's syndrome going on a journey to meet the President. This movie is a shining example of the best Bollywood has to offer."
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    #8Gangs of Wasseypur

    Gangs of Wasseypur

    Gangs of Wasseypur is a 2011 Bollywood film that narrates the clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan that leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur. It was directed by Anurag Kashyap based on Zeishan Quadri's story.

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    Rosa María Muñoz
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "In terms of best Bollywood movies, Gangs of Wasseypur is the best movie I've seen in awhile. This is a gang movie that had me on the edge of my seat. It was one of the best movies I've seen in awhile, much better than typical Hollywood movies. "
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    #9Sholay: The Making of a Classic

    Sholay: The Making of a Classic

    Sholay: The Making of a Classic is a book written by Anupama Chopra. Sholay: The Making of a Classic was published on May 24, 2011 by Penguin India. Sholay: The Making of a Classic's paperback edition has 200 pages.

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    Vincent Reid
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Sholay: The Making of a Classic is a book. It is not a movie. Therefore, I cannot recommend it at all."
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    #10Haider

    Haider

    Haider is an Indian crime movie directed by Vishal Bhardwaj starring Tabu, Shahid Kapoor, and Shraddha Kapoor. It is the first Indian film to win several awards at the Rome Film Festival including Best Dialogue and Best Costume Design.

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    Douglas Arnold
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "I don't know if this particular movie fits into what I would expect of the Bollywood genre, but it is definitely a good looking movie of Hindi origin. So I would say this is a fitting result for this search, at least technically speaking."
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    #11Anand

    Anand

    Anand is an Indian drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and released in 1971. It stars Rajesh Khanna who plays the role of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the full before the inevitable occurs.

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    Ishan Rangan
    Written on August 20, 2018
    "I wasnt even born when Anand was released but i have heard all the hype about the movie so I finally took time to see it. I have watched other films by Hrishikesh Mukherjee but i really believe this is one of his best film. To make this short, Anand is too simple to narrate and too deep to express what I think og it. "
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    #12Padmaavat

    Padmaavat

    Padmaavat is an Indian epic period movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh. Released in January 2018, it is available in Hindi and Tamil languages.

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    Parakram Mehra
    Written on August 20, 2018
    "Padmaavat is a must watch movie! This unveiled the history of the Rajputs. Everything on it was perfect from cinematography, acting and the background music. Although i must say that the first part of the movie has skimmed through a lot of events so it was quite fast paced but it has maintained its premise which is about the Rajputs."
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    #13Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a 2011 Indian road trip adventure movie directed by Zoya Akhtar from a screenplay written by Farhan Akhtar and Reema Kagti. The comedy-drama stars Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, and Abhay Deol.

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    Akash Pandey
    Written on October 24, 2018
    "ZNMD tells us how to live the life beyond fears..how to overcome ur inner fearnd go ahead ..never compromise with happiness....that is a big thing...role of everybody is amazing,,,only movie which completely describes about.. problems.. friendship.. life.. love.. money.. family.. this is the best movie for everyone.. for the one who is sad or depressed should definitely watch dis movie your face will automatically get a smile.. 😊 .. i watched this movie more than 50 times.. if u doesn't like this movie u really have to work over your maturity u don't knew about life if u ignore this.. must watch guys.. atleast once..this is even better than Yeh Jawani hai deewani.."
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    #14Shahid

    Shahid

    Shahid is an Indian biopic directed by Hansal Mehta. It was released in 2013 and was based on the life of the human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated three years before the film. It starred Rajkummar Rao as the title character.

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    Trisha Khan
    Written on August 20, 2018
    "i commend director Hansal Mehta for his great work on Shahid, as well as all the actors (i would not name all of them anymore hahaha) Anyway, this film is a must wtach to those who are sick and tired of bollywood bakwas masala. "
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    #15Manorama Six Feet Under

    Manorama Six Feet Under

    Manorama Six Feet Under is a thriller movie directed by Navdeep Singh. It was released in September 2007 and stars Abhay Deol, Raima Sen, and Gul Panag. It is based on the 1974 hit film, Chinatown.

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    Vihaan Patel
    Written on August 20, 2018
    "A movie that is a great piece of work but i do think that it is not meant for the general public. Waht i like about this film is that it has too many plot twists and mysteries after mysteries. So i would definitely recommend this to anyone who are mystery film fans. "
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    #16Bollywood: A History

    Bollywood: A History
    Bollywood: A History is a book written by Mihir Bose. Bollywood: A History was published on March 1, 2007 by Tempus Publishing Limited. Bollywood: A History's hardcover edition have 380 pages.
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    Jose Schultz
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Rivaling Hollywood, maybe even exceeding in the world's eye, this book is a history of the Indian 'Bollywood' story. Did you know a billion more people buy tickets to these movies than Hollywood's creations ? Interesting read."
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    #17The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema

    The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema
    The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema is a book written by Madhu Jain. The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema was published on August 30, 2006 by Penguin Global.
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    Anna Long
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book will appeal to any Bollywood fan who has ever wanted a peek behind the scenes at the Kapoors. While much of what i covered is already preety well known, there are a few gems that had me raising my eyebrows."
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    #18Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance

    Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance

    Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance is a book written by Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti. Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance was published on June 16, 2008.

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    Madison Riley
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "My coworker is big into Bollywood movies and songs, so she purchased this book called Global Bollywood. She loved reading it as it is a great compilation of Hindi songs and dances that is put together by author Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti. "
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    #19Kahaani

    Kahaani

    Kahaani is an Indian Hindi-language mystery movie written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh. The thriller film stars Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chatterjee, and Indraneil Sengupta. It was released in India on March 9, 2012.

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    Aishik Das
    Written on October 19, 2018
    "One of the best thriller movies ever made in Bollywood with the great actors like Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui"
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    #20Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City

    Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City

    Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City is a book written by Ranjani Mazumdar. Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City was published on April 23, 2007 by University of Minnesota Press.

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    Jessica Hamilton
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I THINK THIS BOOK WOULD BE INTERESTING TO READ BECAUSE IT IS BASED ON INDIA'S BELIEFS AND PRACTICES. SOME PRO'S ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THE FACT IT EXPLORES THE CHANGES INDIA WENT THROUGH TO BECOME A MODERNIZED COUNTRY. IT ALSO HELPS READERS UNDERSTAND INDIAN CULTURE AND MINDSET."
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    #21Censorship and Sexuality in Bombay Cinema

    Censorship and Sexuality in Bombay Cinema

    Censorship and Sexuality in Bombay Cinema is a book written by Monika Mehta. Censorship and Sexuality in Bombay Cinema was published on December 15, 2011 by University of Texas Press.

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    Mary Green
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was an interesting book, but definitely not what I would typically utilize my time reading. It is just a film maker Monika Mehta that studies how certain scenes, for example, sex, censorship, and debates in a movie effect peoples mentalities during the film."
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    #22Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking

    Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking
    Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking is a book written by Stephen Alter. Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking was published on August 6, 2007 by Mariner Books.
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    Jeremy Sanders
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I am not a fan of Bollywood in general, but this was a really informative an engaging book about the topic. Lots of inside info and first hand accounts of an intriguing world. "
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    #23The Art Of Bollywood

    The Art Of Bollywood

    The Art Of Bollywood is a book written by Rajesh Devraj and Edo Bouman, and edited by Paul Duncan. The Art Of Bollywood was published on March 1, 2010 by Taschen.

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    Adriana Cisneros
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I agree that The Art Of Bollywood is the best of Bollywood genre. I like the way the wording easily translates to images as a reader. I could read The Art Of Bollywood again and would like to recommend it to the open-minded reader."
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    #24Bollywood Boy

    Bollywood Boy

    Bollywood Boy is a book written by Justine Hardy. Bollywood Boy was published on April 1, 2003 by John Murray Publishers. Bollywood Boy's paperback edition has 264 pages.

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    Brian Banks
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "First off, Bollywood Boy is a book, not a movie. I wouldn't be surprised if it's turned to a movie soon, though; in addition to the colorful life of Bollywood that it displays, the novel moves into some mystery and suspense territory too, making it a fairly gripping read throughout. But not a movie!"
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    #25Secret Superstar

    Secret Superstar

    Secret Superstar is a Hindi-language musical film written and directed by Advait Chandan, starring Zaira Wasim, Mehir Vij, and Raj Arjun. It won three awards at the Filmfare Awards, and it was the highest-grossing Indian film in 2017.

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    #26Balham to Bollywood

    Balham to Bollywood
    Balham to Bollywood is a book written by Chris England. Balham to Bollywood was published on November 1, 2002 by Hodder & Stoughton. Balham to Bollywood's paperback edition has 352 pages.
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    David Peters
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "While this particular novel only has one review, I do think it could be interesting enough to hold my interest, and for some reason, I am getting a comedy vibe from this one. Also, it isn't too long, at just 352 pages, so I would not consider reading this to be a "Chore". Overall, I feel this could be an amusing read."
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    #27Maqbool

    Maqbool

    Maqbool is an Indian crime drama movie directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, written by Bhardwaj and Abbas Tyrewala for screenplay and starred by Irrfan Khan, Tabu, and Pankaj Kapur. Released in 2004.

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    melissa tomey
    Written on November 9, 2018
    "Maqbool has a great story line. Amazing actors - Pankaj Kapoor, Irffan Khan and Tabu. Written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj."
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    #28Munna Michael

    Munna Michael

    Munna Michael is an action drama musical Bollywood movie directed by Sabir Khan, written by Vimi Datta, and starred by Tiger Shroff, Nidhhi Agerwal, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. First released in 2017.

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    Aparajita Halder
    Written on April 14, 2019
    "I genuinely believed the list and was going to watch all of them but then saw MUNNA MICHAEL and dropped the idea 😂"

Summary

Best What are the best Bollywood movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
13 IdiotsMovies 518 Paid
2Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in IndiaMovies 509 Paid
3DrishyamMovies 403 Free
4 A Wednesday!Movies 375 Paid
5Special 26Movies 355 Paid
6BabyMovies 350 Paid
7My Name is KhanMovies 300 Paid
8Gangs of WasseypurMovies 287 Paid
9Sholay: The Making of a ClassicBooks 252 Paid
10HaiderMovies 225 Paid
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