Indian Movies I strongly recommend

by imemadhu | created - 31 Dec 2010 | updated - 08 Mar 2013 | Public

The following are Indian movies I strongly recommend. They do not belong to one particular genre of films!

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1. Hey Ram (2000)

186 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.0
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Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini

Votes: 9,092 | Gross: $0.27M

2. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Not Rated | 181 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.2
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When Raj meets Simran in Europe, it isn't love at first sight but when Simran moves to India for an arranged marriage, love makes its presence felt.

Director: Aditya Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal

Votes: 52,839

3. Dil Se.. (1998)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 22,461

4. Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989)

157 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Two brothers separated at birth meet as adults and settle old scores.

Director: Sigitham Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Nagesh, Srividya, Gautami

Votes: 2,206

Appu Raja in Hindi - The Legend as a Dwarf - youtube is helpful

5. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

8.5
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer

Votes: 116,519 | Gross: $1.20M

6. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

PG | 224 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

8.2
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84 Metascore

The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Aamir Khan, Raghuvir Yadav, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley

Votes: 84,793 | Gross: $0.07M

7. Aalavandhan (2001)

178 min | Action, Thriller

7.2
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Nandu and Vijay are brothers, who were abused by their stepmother during their younger days. Nandhu, who is mentally ill, decides to kill Vijay's fiancee as he visualizes her as his stepmother.

Director: Suresh Krishna | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Shri Vallabh Vyas

Votes: 1,493

Abhay,Hindi version had some edits and Tamil had Dvd problems

8. Virumandi (2004)

175 min | Action, Drama, Romance

8.3
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A temperamental farmer gets embroiled in a bloody clan feud in a southern Tamil Nadu village.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Abhirami, Pasupathy, Napolean

Votes: 3,092

Kamal Hassan - tamil masterpiece

9. Pushpak (1987)

125 min | Comedy, Romance

8.7
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A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

Director: Sigitham Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amala Akkineni, Tinnu Anand, Narayana P.L.

Votes: 2,716

10. Peepli (Live) (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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69 Metascore

An impoverished farmer's threat to end his life invites attention from politicians and media.

Directors: Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui | Stars: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar

Votes: 10,050 | Gross: $0.75M

11. Kaakha..Kaakha: The Police (2003)

153 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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After a police team kills his brother, a drug-dealing gangster vows to kill the entire team and their respective families.

Director: Gautham Menon | Stars: Suriya, Jyothika, 'University' Jeevan, Daniel Balaji

Votes: 3,708

12. Kuruthipunal (1995)

143 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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Two brave police officers infiltrate a terror group in order to bring it down.

Director: P.C. Sreeram | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Arjun, Nassar, Gautami

Votes: 2,727

Youtube but find 1 with subtitles

13. Pithamagan (2003)

139 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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A boy raised in a cemetery grows up with no social skills, and leads a turbulent life readjusting once he moves out of the cemetery.

Director: Bala | Stars: Vikram, Suriya, Laila, Sangeetha

Votes: 3,600

14. Aamir (2008)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A doctor of Indian origin returning to Mumbai from London is forced to participate in a terrorist plot.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta | Stars: Rajeev Khandelwal, Aishwarya, Vasan Bala, Chinkal

Votes: 8,687

15. Thevar Magan (1992)

145 min | Drama

8.8
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The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shivaji Ganesan, Nassar, Revathy

Votes: 3,464

Virasat's Original

16. Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004)

PG-13 | 160 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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Three men and their accidental meeting on Napier Bridge will change their lives forever.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Suriya, Madhavan, Siddharth, Meera Jasmine

Votes: 2,477

17. Bombay (1995)

130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.1
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A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Tinnu Anand, Akash Khurana

Votes: 8,776

18. Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Delhi Ganesh, Janagaraj

Votes: 10,816

19. Guna (1991)

167 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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A neurodivergent individual escapes the family he despises and the asylum he is kept in by creating fantasies.

Director: Santhana Bharathi | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Varalakshmi S., Rekha Mallick, Roshini

Votes: 1,844

20. Sethu (1999)

130 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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A violent youngster and a shy Brahmin girl fall in love but tragedy intervenes when the youngster is brain-damaged following a fight.

Director: Bala | Stars: Vikram, Abitha, Sivakumar, Sriman

Votes: 1,875

21. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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67 Metascore

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 262,078 | Gross: $6.53M

22. Chachi 420 (1997)

155 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.4
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Desperation to be with his only child forces a divorced man to take the guise of the child's nanny. Situations get really messy when the child's grandfather (the man's ex-father-in-law) falls in love with his disguised ex-son-in-law.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Tabu

Votes: 10,036

23. Anbe Sivam (2003)

Not Rated | 160 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.9
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Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate.

Director: Sundar C. | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Madhavan, Kiran Rathod, Nassar

Votes: 10,600

Anbe Sivam - tamil - youtube has sub

24. Minsaara Kanavu (1997)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.0
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This is the story of Priya (Kajol) and her life. She is friendly, outspoken, sensitive, yet precocious and apt to get into trouble, and is brought up by her dad, Amal Raj (Girish Karnad). ... See full summary »

Director: Rajiv Menon | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Prabhudheva, Kajol, Nassar

Votes: 839

25. Darr (1993)

Not Rated | 178 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.9
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Darr is a girl's (Kiran) story caught between one man's (Sunil) love and another man's (Rahul) obsession.

Director: Yash Chopra | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Sunny Deol, Anupam Kher

Votes: 18,609

26. Chandni Bar (2001)

150 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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A displaced woman is forced to become a beer-bar dancer, and sire children of a gangster.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Tabu, Atul Kulkarni, Rajpal Yadav, Shri Vallabh Vyas

Votes: 2,086

27. Kadhal Kottai (1996)

Drama, Romance

7.4
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Kamali (Devayani) lives with her sister and brother-in-law in Ooty and is searching for a job. While in Madras, her purse is stolen and she fears she has lost her university certificates. ... See full summary »

Director: Ahathian | Stars: Ajith Kumar, Devayani, Sabitha Anand, Karan

Votes: 773

28. Amarkalam (1999)

148 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Vasu is a tough street crook who lives at a movie theater. One day while transporting the reels of a new film, he clashes with a music student Mohana. Mohana is the daughter of the Police ... See full summary »

Director: Saran | Stars: Ajith Kumar, Shalini, Raghuvaran, Nassar

Votes: 1,137

29. Page 3 (2005)

139 min | Drama

7.4
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A look at Mumbai's socialite party circle world through the eyes of a Page 3 journalist.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Konkona Sen Sharma, Atul Kulkarni, Sandhya Mridul, Tara Sharma

Votes: 5,800

30. Anjali (1990)

Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama

8.3
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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Revathy, Raghuvaran, Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 2,027

31. Agni Natchathiram (1988)

146 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Two men having the same father , but different mothers hate each other and often get into fights. But they are forced to join hands when their father's life is endangered.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Karthik, Prabhu, Vijayakumar, Amala Akkineni

Votes: 1,002

32. Iruvar (1997)

140 min | Biography, Drama

8.6
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The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Gautami

Votes: 3,210

A must watch film to understand the foundation of Tamil nadu politics and two great leaders! Almost but 90% a true story! Maniratnam's original and mature, rich film!

33. Punnagai Mannan (1986)

8.0
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After a failed suicide attempt that ultimately leaves his lover dead, a dancer changes his life.

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Revathy, Rekha Mallick, Srividya

Votes: 627

34. Dasavatharam (2008)

Not Rated | 189 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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After realizing the danger of a bio-weapon, a scientist wants to protect it from being misused. The vial accidentally reaches India, and he must race against time to prevent a potential disaster.

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Asin, Mallika Sherawat, Napolean

Votes: 7,229

Its one of a kind attempt...torn apart for some obvious reasons..nevertheless a must-watch!

35. Swades (2004)

Not Rated | 189 min | Drama

8.3
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A successful Indian scientist returns to an Indian village to take his nanny to America with him and in the process rediscovers his roots.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Smit Sheth

Votes: 67,998 | Gross: $1.22M

36. Chak de! India (2007)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Family, Sport

8.3
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68 Metascore

Kabir Khan is the coach of the Indian Women's National Hockey Team and his dream is to make his all girls team emerge victorious against all odds.

Director: Shimit Amin | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, Shilpa Shukla

Votes: 59,880 | Gross: $1.11M

37. Om Shanti Om (2007)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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In the 1970s, Om, an aspiring actor, is murdered, but is immediately reincarnated into the present day. He attempts to discover the mystery of his demise and find Shanti, the love of his previous life.

Director: Farah Khan | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Kiron Kher

Votes: 32,479 | Gross: $3.60M

If u are vulnerable to SRK magic, take a bite!

38. Fashion (2008)

167 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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A small-town girl finally realizes her dream of becoming a famous supermodel but soon finds out that there's a price for her glamorous new life.

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar | Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Mugdha Godse, Arbaaz Khan

Votes: 10,353 | Gross: $0.19M

39. Pudhu Pettai (2006)

168 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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A high school kid joins a gang and becomes a drug dealer, then a politician.

Director: K. Selvaraghavan | Stars: Dhanush, Sneha, Sonia Agarwal, Azhagam Perumal

Votes: 2,616

Tamil mafia film

40. Vivah (2006)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, Family, Musical

6.6
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Poonam, a traditionally brought-up young woman, is to marry Prem, a groom chosen by her uncle. Poonam and Prem's faith and love are to be tested however, when an accident occurs and Poonam might be scarred for life.

Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya | Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Anupam Kher, Alok Nath

Votes: 7,560

41. Jab We Met (2007)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A depressed wealthy businessman finds his life changing after he meets a spunky and care-free young woman.

Director: Imtiaz Ali | Stars: Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tarun Arora, Dara Singh

Votes: 37,821 | Gross: $0.41M

42. Company (2002)

155 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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A small-time gangster named Chandu teams up with Malik, a low-level enforcer for a criminal syndicate. Together they eliminate all their enemies, becoming the most feared gangsters in Mumbai.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala, Seema Biswas

Votes: 11,782

43. Shiva (1989)

145 min | Action

8.2
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Shiva is a new student in the community college. He is welcomed by a group of collegians, including the lovely Asha, to whom Shiva is instantly attracted. Shiva notices that there is ... See full summary »

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Stars: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Amala Akkineni, Raghuvaran, J.D. Chakravarthi

Votes: 2,077

RGV - 1st film - Producer - Maniratnam

44. Bommarillu (2006)

170 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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A young man realizes that he has to push back against his domineering father if he wants to find true happiness and love.

Director: Bhaskar | Stars: Siddharth, Genelia D'Souza, Prakash Raj, Srinivasa Rao Kota

Votes: 5,958 | Gross: $0.65M

45. Sagara Sangamam (1983)

160 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

8.8
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A classical dancer, Balakrishna, (Kamal Haasan) faces many struggles, but is eventually redeemed.

Director: K. Viswanath | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Jaya Prada, Sarath Babu, Sailaja S.P.

Votes: 1,853

Dance movie

46. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War

8.5
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A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan, Nandita Das

Votes: 5,360

47. Swathi Muthyam (1985)

160 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.2
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The story is of mentally slow man, whose life is recapped to his grand-daughter. How he meets his wife (who was a widow), earns his living and fights the injustice he and his wife face.

Director: K. Viswanath | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Radhika Sarathkumar, Sarath Babu, SriRam Edida

Votes: 450

won accolades at the International Asian Film Festival in both "Best Film" and "Best Actor" categories

48. Paruthiveeran (2007)

Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Drama, Romance

8.2
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A village tough finally succumbs to the unconditional love of his angelic cousin, but his romance faces insurmountable challenges, including family opposition and his own delinquent personality.

Director: Ameer Sultan | Stars: Karthi, Priyamani, Saravanan, Ponvannan

Votes: 2,154

49. Chanakyan (1989)

Thriller

7.6
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A man seeks the help of a mimicry artist to take revenge on a politician who has wronged him.

Director: Rajeev Kumar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Thilakan, Jayaram, Madhu

Votes: 235

The only Malayalam film Kamal Hassan did as pure main hero, it remains etched in every keralites heart forever!

50. Thalapathi (1991)

Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.6
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An orphan named surya raised in a slum befriends a good don named devaraj and both become vigilantes . Things get complicated when a new collector arrives .

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana, Arvind Swamy

Votes: 6,417

Thalapathi - Rajini- Mamooty - Maniratnam!

51. Indian (1996)

185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A veteran freedom fighter enraged with the rising crime and corruption in the society murders all the wrong doers one by one using an ancient martial arts technique.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Nedumudi Venu, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar

Votes: 7,487

A commercial movie with good acting

52. Mudhalvan (1999)

169 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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A man accepts a challenge to act as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day only, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Arjun, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran, Vadivelu

Votes: 4,305

53. Zara Si Zindagi (1983)

Drama, Family

7.7
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Remake of Balachander's Tamil hit Varumayin Niram Sivappu, Kamal Haasan reprises his role as Raja, a graduate looking for work in capital, sharing a small home with two other unemployed ... See full summary »

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Arjun Chakraborty, Anita Raj, Nilu Phule, Arun Bakshi

Votes: 71

India - Struggles of Indian youths in a sleeping, lazy, poor country in the 80s

54. Kushi (2000)

178 min | Romance

7.4
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College friends Jenny and Shiva part ways due to a misunderstanding. Although they are in love and realize they cannot live without each other, their egos prevent them from uniting.

Director: Surya S.J. | Stars: Joseph Vijay, Jyothika, Mumtaj, Shilpa Shetty

Votes: 1,721

Tamil version remains the best!

55. Alai Payuthey (2000)

156 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.3
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After a difficult romance in a class-divided society, the love birds find out marriage is not what they thought it would be.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Shalini, Swarnamalya, V. Natarajan

Votes: 3,467

A lovely love story

56. Mouna Ragam (1986)

146 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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Divya, a woman grieving over the death of her lover, is convinced into an arranged marriage with Chandra Kumar. Over a year the couple attempt to adjust to each other's presence and live with each other.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Karthik, Mohan, V.K. Ramasami, Revathy

Votes: 2,285

A another diff love/marriage story

57. Sathyaa (1988)

Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Sathya (Kamal Hassan) is a young man who wants to make a difference and ends up becoming a henchman to a political leader who has his own agenda.

Director: Suresh Krishna | Stars: Amala Akkineni, Anand, Bahadur, Kamal Haasan

Votes: 457

The master strikes back

58. Bharathi (2000)

Drama

7.3
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Based on a true story of a Tamil poet who struggled hard in his life for freedom of india

Director: Gnana Rajasekaran | Stars: Sayaji Shinde, Devayani, Amarasigamani, Pushpaak Ramesh

Votes: 165

Story of a Legendary Freedom fighter tamil poet

59. Raam (2005)

154 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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The movie begins with Rama Krishna (Jeeva) being arrested by police on charges of murdering his mother Saratha (Saranya), a school teacher. The rest is a flashback. Rama Krishna is a ... See full summary »

Director: Ameer Sultan | Stars: Gajala, Jiiva, Saranya Ponvannan, Prathap Pothen

Votes: 867

60. Gentleman (1993)

155 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.0
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Due to a past tragedy , a small business owner by day becomes modern day Robin Hood by night takes from the rich to provide education for the poor.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Arjun, Rajan P. Dev, Gautami, Goundamani

Votes: 1,656

61. Unnal Mudiyum Thambi (1988)

7.9
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Udhayamoorthi (Kamal Haasan), son of an orthodox Carnatic Musician, Marthandam Pillai, voices for social causes against his father's will and in a way gains the trust of local people and brings self-awareness in neighboring villages.

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Seetha Parthiban, Gemini Ganesan, Janagaraj

Votes: 548

Another Master's classic

62. Baazigar (1993)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.8
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A young man with a vendetta against a business tycoon seduces and kills his eldest daughter and then proceeds to his younger daughter but she begins to suspect her new lover's ulterior motive.

Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Rakhee Gulzar, Kajol, Siddharth

Votes: 21,057

Based on Ira Levin's 1953 novel A Kiss Before Dying- The performance Actor SRK days

63. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Not Rated | 183 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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Three inseparable childhood friends are just out of college. Nothing comes between them - until they each fall in love, and their wildly different approaches to relationships creates tension.

Director: Farhan Akhtar | Stars: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta

Votes: 56,260 | Gross: $0.30M

64. Dhool (2003)

180 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Arumugham (Vikram) is an uneducated, good hearted, helpful village hick. Easwari (Jyothika) is his childhood friend. A chemical factory in the village pollutes the local river and when all ... See full summary »

Director: Dharani | Stars: Vikram, Jyothika, Reema Sen, Sayaji Shinde

Votes: 825

65. Dasavatharam (2008)

Not Rated | 189 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.2
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After realizing the danger of a bio-weapon, a scientist wants to protect it from being misused. The vial accidentally reaches India, and he must race against time to prevent a potential disaster.

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Asin, Mallika Sherawat, Napolean

Votes: 7,229

66. Enthiran (2010)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.1
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Dr. Vasi, a brilliant scientist, builds Chitti, a unique robot, who is programmed to protect mankind and also feel human emotions. Problems arise when Chitti falls in love with Dr. Vasi's girlfriend.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam

Votes: 20,921 | Gross: $4.37M

67. Manichithrathazhu (1993)

169 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

8.9
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When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Vinaya Prasad

Votes: 4,722

68. Ramana (I) (2002)

140 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Ramana ,a college professor attempts to end corruption by creating a group called ACF.

Director: A.R. Murugadoss | Stars: Vijayakanth, Simran, Ashima Bhalla, Yugi Sethu

Votes: 1,428

69. Avvai Shanmugi (1996)

161 min | Comedy

7.9
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A comedy drama where a man disguises as a maid to be with his daughter after his wife files for divorce.

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Meena, Gemini Ganesan, Nassar

Votes: 1,535

70. 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: 28,582 | Gross: $0.73M

71. 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: 9,630 | Gross: $0.20M

72. Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.6
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76 Metascore

Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 13,852 | Gross: $0.03M

73. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw

Votes: 57,627

74. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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67 Metascore

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 262,078 | Gross: $6.53M

75. Kireedam (1989)

124 min | Action, Drama

8.9
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The life of a young man turns upside down when he intervenes in a dispute in order to rescue his father (a cop) from a ruthless local outlaw.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Parvathi

Votes: 3,289

76. Ramji Rav Speaking (1989)

150 min | Comedy, Crime

8.6
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Three unemployed men find answers to all their financial problems when they decide to get involved in a kidnapping scheme.

Directors: Lal, Siddique | Stars: Saikumar, Mukesh, Innocent Vareed Thekkethala, Rekha Mallick

Votes: 1,746

77. Happy Days (2007)

153 min | Drama

7.9
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The movie revolves around eight youngsters, who become good friends in their freshman years when they join the college for their Bachelors in Engineering (B.E.). The life of these young ... See full summary »

Director: Sekhar Kammula | Stars: Varun Sandesh, Tamannaah Bhatia, Raahul, Sonia

Votes: 3,304

78. Karnan (1964)

177 min | Action, Drama, War

7.8
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Brave and loyal warrior-archer Karna joins the Kauravas to battle the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra.

Director: B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri, Ashokan, R. Muthuraman

Votes: 293

79. Kanchivaram (2008)

117 min | Drama

7.9
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An aging man named Vengadam (Prakash Raj) is being released from jail in 1948. He is only being escorted for two days (the reason not revealed) back to his hometown of Kanchipuram. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Prakash Raj, Shreya Reddy, Shammu, Sreekumar

Votes: 443

80. Vishwaroopam (2013)

148 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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Vishwanathan, a Kathak dance teacher in New York, is in a rather happy marriage with Nirupama who is a nuclear oncologist. She hires a detective to keep a watch on her husband, who ... See full summary »

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Pooja Kumar, Miles Anderson, Kamal Haasan, Rahul Bose

Votes: 36,603

81. Vanaprastham (1999)

119 min | Drama

8.2
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A depressed Kathakali artist falls in love with a member of an aristocratic family.

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Mohanlal, Suhasini, Mattanoor Shankara Marar, Kalamandalam Gopi

Votes: 1,169

82. Chanakyan (1989)

Thriller

7.6
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A man seeks the help of a mimicry artist to take revenge on a politician who has wronged him.

Director: Rajeev Kumar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Thilakan, Jayaram, Madhu

Votes: 235

83. Apoorva Raagangal (1975)

Not Rated | 144 min | Romance

7.3
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Drama and melodrama follow two relationships involving single parents.

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Jayasudha, Nagesh, Rajinikanth

Votes: 252

84. Moondru Mudichu (1976)

Not Rated | 131 min

7.2
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The movie revolves around three people, a college going girl (Sridevi) and two men who fall in love with her (Hassan and Rajinikanth). The film was based on 1974 Telugu film O Seeta Katha ... See full summary »

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Sridevi, Vijaya Y.

Votes: 204

85. Avargal (1977)

167 min

6.6
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The movie revolves around the trials and tribulations of Anu (Sujatha). Anu is a happy-go-lucky girl who is in love with her boyfriend. Her life changes when her father gets transferred to ... See full summary »

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Ravi Kumar, Leelavathi, Rajinikanth

Votes: 116

86. Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959)

201 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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When the British East India Company forces polygar Kattabomman to pay taxes, levies and be their subsidiary ruler, he openly defies their policy and battles them until his arrest and hanging.

Director: B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Padmini, Varalakshmi S.

Votes: 143

87. Baasha (1995)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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An auto driver, Manikam, desperately tries to hide his dark underworld side to keep his promise to his father.

Director: Suresh Krishna | Stars: Rajinikanth, Nagma, Raghuvaran, Vijayakumar

Votes: 6,113

88. Mouna Ragam (1986)

146 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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Divya, a woman grieving over the death of her lover, is convinced into an arranged marriage with Chandra Kumar. Over a year the couple attempt to adjust to each other's presence and live with each other.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Karthik, Mohan, V.K. Ramasami, Revathy

Votes: 2,285

89. Michael Madana Kamarajan (1990)

Not Rated | 162 min | Comedy

8.5
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A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults.

Director: Sigitham Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Kushboo, Urvashi, Roobini

Votes: 2,593

90. Thalapathi (1991)

Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.6
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An orphan named surya raised in a slum befriends a good don named devaraj and both become vigilantes . Things get complicated when a new collector arrives .

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana, Arvind Swamy

Votes: 6,417

91. Sethu (1999)

130 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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A violent youngster and a shy Brahmin girl fall in love but tragedy intervenes when the youngster is brain-damaged following a fight.

Director: Bala | Stars: Vikram, Abitha, Sivakumar, Sriman

Votes: 1,875