Movies for Appreciating Amitabh Bachchan

by 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

8.2
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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.

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan

Votes: 42,390

Amitabh as a young, tall, dark and taciturn hero. One of his first big hits.

2. Deewaar (1975)

174 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy

Votes: 7,892

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

7.8
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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.

Director: Chandra Barot | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Iftekhar

Votes: 8,567

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

7.6
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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.

Director: Manmohan Desai | Stars: Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh

Votes: 4,887

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

7.4
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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.

Director: Prakash Mehra | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Smita Patil

Votes: 1,808

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

6.0
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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 »

Director: Rama Rao Tatineni | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, C.S. Dubey, Utpal Dutt, Iftekhar

Votes: 195

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

7.3
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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 »

Director: Tinnu Anand | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ram Gopal Bajaj, Arun Bakshi

Votes: 597

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

6.6
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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 »

Director: Mukul Anand | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Shilpa Shirodkar

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

6.2
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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.

Directors: Satyanarayana E.V.V., Pranavanand | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Soundarya, Rachana Banerjee, Jayasudha

Votes: 1,994

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

7.1
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Two stubborn men with opposing beliefs battle each other - three love stories are at stake.

Director: Aditya Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Uday Chopra, Jugal Hansraj

Votes: 22,483

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

7.5
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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 »

Director: Karan Johar | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan

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

7.5
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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.

Director: Ravi Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Aman Verma, Samir Soni

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

7.9
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67 Metascore

A guy is forced to withheld his identity for the love of his life.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Kiron Kher

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

6.2
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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.

Director: Milan Luthria | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Amrita Rao

Votes: 1,152

Amitabh is a soldier who is a prisoner of war in Pakistan, a leader of men.

15. Dev (2004)

172 min | Drama

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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 »

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, Fardeen Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan

Votes: 1,171

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

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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.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Votes: 12,582

Amitabh as a righteous policeman, given an assignment that his superiors think will result in his death.

17. Sarkar (2005)

124 min | Crime, Drama

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The authority of a man, who runs a parallel government in Mumbai, is challenged. His son rises to face his enemies.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak

Votes: 12,863

Bollywood's remapping of the Godfather onto the Indian landscape.

18. Black (2005)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Shernaz Patel, Ayesha Kapoor

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

7.0
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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 »

Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah

Votes: 8,470

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

7.1
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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.

Director: Mahesh Manjrekar | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, John Abraham, Sanjay Dutt

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

5.4
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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.

Director: Ravi Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Hema Malini, John Abraham

Votes: 2,461

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

6.2
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan

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

6.8
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An egotistical 64-year-old chef and confirmed bachelor falls for a woman 30 years his junior.

Director: R. Balki | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Zohra Sehgal

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

7.1
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An aging Shakespearean actor takes on one of the bard's most challenging roles. Based on Utpal Dutt's play "Aajker Shahjahan".

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, Shefali Shah

Votes: 946

A crotchety aging actor is offered a job in a movie.

25. Bhoothnath (2008)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.3
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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.

Director: Vivek Sharma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Satish Shah, Rajpal Yadav

Votes: 5,600

Amitabh as a bitter (and then charming) ghost.

26. Sarkar Raj (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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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 »

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ravi Kale

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

4.6
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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.

Director: Sujoy Ghosh | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez

Votes: 2,160

The genie himself, in a different remake of this story.

28. Paa (2009)

133 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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30 Metascore

A father tries to help his son cope with a rare condition that causes the young boy to age beyond his years.

Director: R. Balki | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal

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

7.0
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Unfolds the story behind the news industry and its political conspiracies.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Gul Panag, Paresh Rawal

Votes: 1,972

Amitabh runs a news network, but is horrified when he learns that the lines between reporting and creating the news are being blurred.