Best Hindi Movies To See Before You Die

by budhrajavishal | created - 19 Jan 2013 | updated - 21 Jan 2013 | Public

These movies have defined Indian Cinema...Must Watch List is not in any order...

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1. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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: 56,833

Great Movie, Good thriller and always maintains the intensity of script. A great eye opener

2. 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: 28,321 | Gross: $0.73M

A tale of Girl through a word of dark shadows to light...An extraordinary story of an ordinary life.

3. Omkara (2006)

155 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Othello'.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma

Votes: 15,375 | Gross: $0.79M

Vishal Bharadwaj has done the unthinkable in this modern India's Othello

4. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.

Director: Kundan Shah | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Votes: 9,903

Just mesmerizing performances by whole star cast...if you have not watched it.. go and watch it.. you don't know what you are missing...

5. Saaransh (1984)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple lend a room on rent after recent death of the bread earner of the family, their only son. A budding actress starts living with them, who is in love with a local politician's only son. The movie shows what later ensues.

Director: Mahesh Bhatt | Stars: Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher, Soni Razdan, Madan Jain

Votes: 1,398

'Saaransh' is an enlightening and satisfying film experience. It is easily one of Bhatt's best.

6. Anand (1971)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.9
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The story of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the full before the inevitable occurs, as told by his best friend.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo

Votes: 18,328

One of the best Hindi movie ever made....

7. Thanks Maa (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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A homeless petty thief attempts to find the biological mother of an abandoned baby.

Director: Irfan Kamal | Stars: Master Shams, Master Salman, Master Jaffer, Master Fayaaz

Votes: 646

A painful journey of a child to search biological mother..

8. Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986 TV Movie)

Drama

8.3
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One dissenting juror in a murder trial tries to influence the verdict with his personal prejudices and biases

Director: Basu Chatterjee | Stars: Deepak Kejriwal, Amitabh Srivastava, Pankaj Kapur, S.M. Zaheer

Votes: 1,135

Best court room drama without a court room....

9. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Biography, Crime

8.3
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The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Ravi Bhushan Bhartiya, Hemendra Dandotiya, Mahie Gill

Votes: 26,613 | Gross: $0.04M

A true story of Sportsmanship....

10. Gulaal (2009)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A law student witnesses deception, homicide, and crime after being elected as General Secretary of his college.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Deepak Dobriyal

Votes: 11,008

Watch it for a sensible cinema & very mature songs

11. Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal.

Director: Anurag Basu | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla

Votes: 62,824 | Gross: $2.80M

Real characters, genuine relationships, a simple yet a soulful story.

12. Udaan (2010)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Expelled from his school, a 16-year old boy returns home to his abusive and oppressive father.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Rajat Barmecha, Sanjay Gandhi, Ronit Roy, Manjot Singh

Votes: 35,888 | Gross: $0.01M

Adolescence is one of those rare subjects on which we haven't witnessed many movies made in Bollywood.

13. Johnny Gaddaar (2007)

135 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Police officers recount a tale of missing money which results in lies, deceit, betrayal and death.

Director: Sriram Raghavan | Stars: Dharmendra, Rimi Sen, Ashwini Kalsekar, Neil Nitin Mukesh

Votes: 8,933

A perfect thriller...because it is a genuinely Unpredictable.

14. Socha Na Tha (2005)

137 min | Romance, Comedy

7.6
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A boy is forced meet a girl for an arranged marriage but even though he refuses the match, they secretly become friends. As things get complicated and both get engaged to different people they realize they've fallen in love with each other.

Director: Imtiaz Ali | Stars: Abhay Deol, Ayesha Takia, Ayesha Jhulka, Apoorva Jha

Votes: 5,980

A light hearted and straight forward love story.

15. Shaurya: It Takes Courage to Make Right... Right (2008)

149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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A army lawyer goes out of his way to defend an army officer charged with the homicide of a decorated officer.

Director: Samar Khan | Stars: Rahul Bose, Javed Jaffrey, Minissha Lamba, Seema Biswas

Votes: 2,875

A Thoughtful, Polished, Inspired Thriller about a Court Martial.

16. Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy. The news is flashed over television and overnight, an ... See full summary »

Director: Tapan Sinha | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Pankaj Kapur, Irrfan Khan, Deepa Sahi

Votes: 860

Its a movie made from the heart. Don't miss it !!

17. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

224 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Raju is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. As his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets, he must always make ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Kapoor | Stars: Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Achala Sachdev, Rishi Kapoor

Votes: 3,903

I salute the thinker, director and brave producer...Late Raj Kapoor.

18. Shool (1999)

138 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Police Inspector Samar Pratap Singh is transferred to Motihari, in the Indian state of Bihar, along with his wife, Manjari and a daughter. He is honest and diligent and these attributes ... See full summary »

Director: Eeshwar Nivas | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Raveena Tandon, Sayaji Shinde, Yashpal Sharma

Votes: 2,028

A mature eye opening film intended for a mature audience.

19. 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: 114,725 | Gross: $1.20M

A movie which you all can relate to your life.

20. English Vinglish (2012)

Not Rated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English.

Director: Gauri Shinde | Stars: Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou, Priya Anand

Votes: 26,683 | Gross: $1.67M

A movie about the Family, the children & their attitude towards their parents, the husband who does not see his wife skills and potential.

21. 404: Error Not Found (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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A brilliant student starts hallucinating after moving into a room that was occupied by another who committed suicide.

Director: Prawaal Raman | Stars: Sara Arjun, Rajvvir Aroraa, Aditya Banerjee, Mukesh Bhatt

Votes: 1,521

It is one of the rarest intelligent Indian film that balances science and paranormal activities.

22. OMG: Oh My God! (2012)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.2
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A shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake.

Director: Umesh Shukla | Stars: Paresh Rawal, Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar, Om Puri

Votes: 37,482 | Gross: $0.92M

Even God will watch this movie and say OH MY GOD what a movie.

23. Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991)

166 min | Drama, Thriller, Action

8.0
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Prahaar is the story of Major Chavan, a tough and stern soldier, trained to destroy the enemy. He can see the enemy on our borders but is unaware of the invisible enemy within ourselves. ... See full summary »

Directors: Subhankar Ghosh, Nana Patekar | Stars: Makrand Deshpande, Madhuri Dixit, Gautam Joglekar, Dimple Kapadia

Votes: 1,607

Brilliant performance. A must watch for every true Indian.

24. Ardh Satya (1983)

130 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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A newly appointed police rookie deals with corruption, romance, and brutality.

Director: Govind Nihalani | Stars: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Shafi Inamdar

Votes: 1,280

I have not seen another movie like this. It is one whole, each piece so nicely fit in the plot.

25. Ankush (1986)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

7.7
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Four unemployed young men befriend their new neighbors, but soon tragedy strikes and everything is shattered.

Director: N. Chandra | Stars: Nana Patekar, Rabia Amin, Raja Bundela, Arjun Chakraborty

Votes: 339

The storyline is simple, but told in a bold fashion.