Movies for Appreciating Amitabh Bachchanby RRHowell41 | created - 03 Oct 2010 | updated - 27 Nov 2010 | Public
Amitabh Bachchan is one of the great stars of Indian cinema. However, he has very rarely said "no" to someone approaching him with a job, and so some of the movies he has starred in have been less than wonderful. I have yet to see a poor performance by him, but I have watched some pretty pathetic movies in which his good work was not enough to overcome the other problems. These are some of the movies that Amitabh Bachchan has been in that I like the best.
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1. Sholay (1975)
Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit.
Amitabh as a young, tall, dark and taciturn hero. One of his first big hits.
2. Deewaar (1975)
174 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Vijay struggles as a dockworker. Eventually, he becomes a leading figure of the underworld, while his younger brother, Ravi, is an educated, upright policeman. This divide causes problems in their relationship.
In this one Amitabh is the bad son, driven by childhood poverty and injustice to a life of crime, while his brother sticks to legitimate means of making money and becomes a policeman with integrity.
3. Don (1978)
Not Rated | 166 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Don, a wanted criminal, dies in a police chase. DSP D'Silva is the only one who knows about his death, and to get hold of the gang he trains Don-lookalike Vijay. But Vijay faces danger from the police and from within the gang.
Don has been remade with Shah Rukh Khan as the lead--but Amitabh created the role.
4. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
184 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Three brothers are separated and united after many years - one is brought up a Hindu, another a Muslim and the last (and most memorable) a Christian. Hilarity and adventure ensues.
Three young brothers get separated and are raised as a Hindu, a Muslim and a Christian. Then things get complicated in very silly ways. This is a classic farce, and Amitabh is priceless as a fast-talking con artist.
5. Namak Halaal (1982)
171 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
Brought up by his grandfather, Arjun Singh moves to the city in search of a new job and life. While in the city he meets Bhairon who helps him find a job as a singer in a 5-star hotel owned by Raja.
Amitabh is a rich young man whose father is taking him into the business, and whose best friend volunteers to help by giving him insight into the concerns of the workers. He learns more than he expects to about their lives.
6. Inquilaab (1984)
152 min | Action, Drama
Street-wise and poor, Amar Nath makes a living selling cinema tickets and fast-food snacks (Bhel Puri) outside cinema halls. He is taken under the wing of a politician and Chair of the "... See full summary »
A classic "angry young man" sort of movie. This has some absurd picturizations and comedy routines, but it also has lovely outrage against corrupt politicians.
7. Main Azaad Hoon (1989)
Not Rated | 160 min | Drama
A newspaper reporter exploits an ordinary man for few rupees to pose as a man who is fighting against the corrupt politicians and prints imaginary stories in his name to improve the ... See full summary »
Amitabh as a drifter who is turned into a crusader for justice by a newspaper reporter looking for a story.
8. Khuda Gawah (1992)
Not Rated | 193 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Baadshah Khan falls in love with Benazir, a member of a rival clan who has defeated him in a game of buzkashi. Benazir will not marry him unless he brings back the head of her father's ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,432 | Gross: $0.00M
Amitabh as an Afghan chieftain whose ferocious commitment to honor and to his word results in his spending the bulk of his life in prison, suffering for a crime he did not commit.
9. Sooryavansham (1999)
168 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Heera fails to live up to expectations of his father Thakur Bhanupratap Singh, a powerful and respected man of his community. Despite all odds Heera struggles to keep his father's pride.
Amitabh plays a double role in this, both as a narrow-minded but noble Thakur father and as a noble but illiterate and somewhat ne'er-do-well son of said father. This is not great cinema, but Amitabh's performances are good, and it's a fun watch.
10. Mohabbatein (2000)
Not Rated | 216 min | Musical, Drama, Romance
Two stubborn men with opposing beliefs battle each other - three love stories are at stake.
Amitabh as a crusty old head of a school, fierce and bitter. Then along comes an amazing music teacher, determined to introduce love to the school...
11. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
Not Rated | 210 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Yashvardhan Raichand lives a very wealthy lifestyle along with his wife, Nandini, and two sons, Rahul and Rohan. While Rahul has been adopted, Yashvardhan and Nandini treat him as their own... See full summary »
Votes: 35,673 | Gross: $2.90M
A father who has difficulty bending when his son does not fulfill his expectations in the area of marriage.
12. Baghban (2003)
181 min | Drama, Romance
An elderly couple wish their children to care for them in their old age. But their children see and treat them as a burden, and they must struggle to regain their worth and dignity to themselves and others.
Votes: 11,816 | Gross: $1.10M
A father who sacrifices everything for his children, but who has always expected that they would return the favor when he grew older.
13. Veer-Zaara (2004)
Not Rated | 192 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A guy is forced to withheld his identity for the love of his life.
Votes: 40,807 | Gross: $2.92M
Amitabh has a bit role, but a lovely one, as Veer's father, the leader of a village that is in the process of modernizing and improving.
14. Deewaar: Let's Bring Our Heroes Home (2004)
163 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A group of Indian POW (Prisoners Of War) rebels against Pakistani army and tries to escape from their captivity during India-Pakistan war in 1971.
Amitabh is a soldier who is a prisoner of war in Pakistan, a leader of men.
15. Dev (2004)
172 min | Drama
Joint Commissioner of Police Dev Pratap Singh, a duty-bound, self-righteous officer, and Special Commissioner Tejinder Khosla, the balancing force between the political interests of Chief ... See full summary »
Amitabh is a policeman who is concerned that the truth about riots be uncovered, regardless of the political fallout.
16. Khakee (2004)
174 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A team of police force escorts an alleged terrorist from Chandangarh to Mumbai. However their trip turns into a deadly survival when an ex-cop tries to stop them to reach Mumbai.
Amitabh as a righteous policeman, given an assignment that his superiors think will result in his death.
17. Sarkar (2005)
124 min | Crime, Drama
The authority of a man, who runs a parallel government in Mumbai, is challenged. His son rises to face his enemies.
Bollywood's remapping of the Godfather onto the Indian landscape.
18. Black (2005)
Not Rated | 122 min | Drama
The cathartic tale of a young woman who can't see, hear or talk and the teacher who brings a ray of light into her dark world.
Votes: 28,364 | Gross: $0.73M
This is an Indian version of the Miracle Worker, about Helen Keller, but includes a number of different artistic twists to the story. Amitabh is the man who helps a girl who is deaf and blind learn to communicate with the world.
19. Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005)
153 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Waqt the race against time is the story of a father and a son between whom there is a special bond. Ishwarchand Thakur (Amitabh Bachchan) and Sumitra Thakur (Shefali Shah) are a married ... See full summary »
The father of a wastrel son fights for his transformation, even as he is also fighting against the cancer that he knows will be his death.
20. Viruddh... Family Comes First (2005)
132 min | Drama, Family
An ordinary 60 plus couple - Vidhyadhar Patwardhan and his wife are forced to search for their faith in human values and society after the death of their only son Amar. In the process they undergo the most testing struggle of their lives.
Votes: 1,830 | Gross: $0.32M
Amitabh plays a man whose son has been murdered, with the murder covered up by the police.
21. Baabul (2006)
Unrated | 169 min | Drama, Family, Romance
Babul tells the tale of a man (Bachchan) who tries to bring happiness back into his daughter-in-law (Mukherjee)'s life after his son (Salman)'s death.
A father-in-law of a young widow bucks tradition to see her happily remarried.
22. Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)
105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light.
Votes: 2,799 | Gross: $1.10M
Amitabh as an aging palace guard to the royal family of a princely state that is still living with a sense of royalty in modern India. Dark family secrets are slowly revealed, and Eklavya's understanding of ultimate duty is put to the test. This is a beautiful movie, and one of my favorites.
23. Cheeni Kum (2007)
140 min | Comedy, Romance
An egotistical 64-year-old chef and confirmed bachelor falls for a woman 30 years his junior.
Votes: 4,175 | Gross: $0.66M
The sixty-year old owner of a top Indian restaurant in London slowly warms up to the possibility of romance in his life.
24. The Last Lear (2007)
130 min | Drama
An aging Shakespearean actor takes on one of the bard's most challenging roles. Based on Utpal Dutt's play "Aajker Shahjahan".
A crotchety aging actor is offered a job in a movie.
25. Bhoothnath (2008)
Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Moving into a new house, a family witnesses an unfriendly ghost who wants to drive them away from the house. However, he befriends a little boy who changes his outlook forever.
Amitabh as a bitter (and then charming) ghost.
26. Sarkar Raj (2008)
Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama
When Anita Rajan, CEO of Sheppard power plant, an international Company, brings a power plant proposal to set up in rural Maharashtra before the Nagres, insightful Shankar is quick to ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,355 | Gross: $1.01M
A sequel to Sarkar, Amitabh as a criminal warlord/politician who nonetheless cares about his people (and of course, cares about his family).
27. Aladin (2009)
Unrated | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Since he was a child, Aladin Chatterjee has been teased for his fairytale name. As a college student he follows his namesake's footsteps; unleashing genie Genius and wooing exchange student Jasmine. But the evil Ringmaster approaches.
The genie himself, in a different remake of this story.
28. Paa (2009)
133 min | Comedy, Drama
A father tries to help his son cope with a rare condition that causes the young boy to age beyond his years.
Votes: 9,521 | Gross: $0.20M
"Introducing" child actor Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh plays a child suffering from progeria, whose father is played by Amitabh's real son, Abhishek. The movie is excellent.
29. Rann (2010)
Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Unfolds the story behind the news industry and its political conspiracies.
Amitabh runs a news network, but is horrified when he learns that the lines between reporting and creating the news are being blurred.