10 Indian Movies That You Must Watch Before Dying

Before people start on ranting in the comments section below on the movie that I missed on. If this article does well then this might be a series, we’ll come up with more articles featuring many other great Indian movies that we missed. So be patient and wait for more lists to come. Anyways welcome to Humor Nation! Indian film industry is one of the biggest film industries in the world. Bollywood, an informal name given to the “Hindi Cinema”. However Indian film industry is very big, Bollywood is only a part of it. Most of the non-Indians use the term Bollywood as a synecdoche referring to the whole Indian Cinema which is wrong. Like I said the Indian film industry is enormous, it has many production centres which produce films of various genres in various languages.

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Bollywood is a very interesting place where somehow movies with top star cast, but absolutely no sense of logic generate millions whereas sheer brilliance and great films are somehow left ignored. There are many such great films that restore our faith in the Indian cinema, films that touch our lives and make great sense. Let me tell you there’s no scarcity of great quality films made in India, the thing is that most people don’t hear about them because these movies are not promoted on the Internet or on some TV shows. They don’t put up huge billboards or use any smart marketing strategy to promote them like the commercial films. After doing some research, we have collected some brilliant films ever made in the history of Indian Cinema.

So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Indian Movies That You Must Watch Before Dying

1. Gol Maal (1979)

It is a comedy movie directed by the legendary director Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Ramprasad (Amol Palekar) is a recent college graduate who is desperately searching for a job. He finds a job under a perfectionist, Bhavani Shankar, his finicky boss who believes that a man who doesn’t have a moustache doesn’t have a character. His boss is also against employees indulging in recreation of any kind so when Ramprasad is caught red-handed by his boss, he has to invent his clean-shaven, twin brother Laxman Prasad to save his job.

2. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Aamir Khan’s debut as a filmmaker showcases a magnificent performance by Darsheel Safary who himself makes one of the greatest debuts in the Bollywood history. More than just dyslexia. The film tells a relatable tale of the childhood dreamers who often feel shunned out by society. Darsheel makes the audience feel connected from the word go and makes them feel his pained confusion. After languishing in boarding school to the point of losing his passion, he discovers his savior in the form of his art teacher Aamir Khan who charms him out of his disease culminating the movie in an art competition which complemented by the background music spells perfection.

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3. Chak De! India (2007)

Shah Rukh Khan at his very best! After being labeled traded by the masses due to sharing a brief moment of sportsmanship with a member of his arch rival team Pakistan. He finally redeems himself by guiding the women’s hockey team to a truly memorable World Cup victory. Like many movies it is not about the destination, but the journey and to truly appreciate the acting genius of Shah Rukh Khan you must watch the film. Also the scene where he wordlessly communicates with the team’s keeper and gets overwhelmed by the feeling of triumph and redemption in the end is the best piece of acting I’ve seen from him lately.

4. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Well scripted, skillfully crafted, thought provoking entertainer. The transformation of the youngsters played by one of the most perfectly assembled casts into heroes is absolutely poetic. Ultimately an Aamir Khan film and the actor playing a character 15 years younger than him lives the role. Conveying the right amount of mischief, carefree, silliness, earnestness, insecurity, even breaking down on screen and keeping his infectious laughter till the heartbreaking end.

5. OMG – Oh My God! (2012)

I really like how this movie deftly brings one’s attention to the sheer misuse and commercialization of something as sensitive as religion. Paresh Rawal, one of my favorite actors of all time who often play second fiddle to the prototype mega stars absolutely owns this film. With this powerful deconstruction of absurd religious fanaticism, the god sequences are very entertaining. Akshay Kumar’s performance is fine, it’s okay and although the ending is a tad bit lackluster, but it still stands out as an awesome movie.

6. The Lunchbox (2013)

Cut from a completely different cloth, fairly simple on paper yet complicated in actuality. The Lunchbox is a work of art. My fondness for this movie comes from various places, it’s directed with surgical precision, has impeccable performances from all actors. Unlike the archetype Bollywood romance, it is incredibly complex somewhat hard to digest and remains proudly morally ambiguous right till the very end.

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7. 3 Idiots (2009)

What can I possibly say about this movie that hasn’t been already said before. From rib-tickling hilarious comedy who could forget Chatur’s speech to Rancho shuffling the papers to tear inducing hear wrenching drama to life changing lessons. This movie is a complete and total package from topnotch direction to some of the finest actors in the industry enhancing their reputation to the background score. It is just perfect and arguably the most lovable Indian film of the century.

8. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

This is considered to be one of the greatest Indian movies ever made. Directed by K.Asif, the film stars the legendary Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, and Prithviraj Kapoor in the lead roles. The film tells the story of eternal love story of the Mughal Prince Salim and the court room dance Anarkali. Salim’s father Akbar disapproves the illicit relationship between his prince son and the dancer. And this leads to an epic war between the son and the father.

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9. Mother India (1957)

This was the most expensive Hindi film of that time and to this very day it’s considered one of the greatest Indian movies of all time. The film tells the story of a woman named Radha living in a poverty-stricken village, her husband loses his arms and feeling he’s no use to the family and is just a liability, leaves the family. The film depicts the struggles of the woman, how he raises his two sons and survives a selfish, cunning money-lender. Despite of all this, she sets the example of an Indian woman and mother.

10. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

The film was directed by Kundan Shah and was Released in 1983, the film is a dark satire on the builder administrative mafia widespread, politics, and news media. The film has an assembled cast of many talented actors like Om Puri, Satish Shah, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, and Ravi Baswani. Here’s a fun fact, when the movie was released, it was a box-office failure, but over the time it has become a cult classic due to its satirical depiction of the human condition, corruption, selfishness in human behavior which is still relevant to this very day.

Did we miss your favorite? Comment your list of greatest Indian movies and we’ll feature it. Don’t forget to watch these Indian movies if you still haven’t.

Anshay Tomar
A movie buff, an Otaku, huge MMA and pro-wrestling follower. I'm a tumblr addict, have many fandoms and I'm also an aspiring artist. Works as a Content Writer.