Hindi (Indian) movies: a Ranking

by myfamily1983 | created - 08 Jun 2015 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

I'm not Indian, but I like song and dance tearjerkers as much as next middle-eastern (or anybody). This is a highly subjective ranking, mostly based on how they've made me feel.

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1. Jab We Met (2007)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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, Tarun Arora, Dara Singh

Votes: 44,225 | Gross: $0.41M

2. Devdas (I) (2002)

Not Rated | 185 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff

Votes: 36,145 | Gross: $3.50M

3. 3 Idiots (2009)

PG-13 | 170 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 316,453 | Gross: $6.53M

4. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

Not Rated | 213 min | Action, Drama, History

69 Metascore

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Poonam Sinha

Votes: 27,975 | Gross: $3.44M

5. Dhoom 2 (2006)

Not Rated | 152 min | Action, Thriller

Mr A, a fearless thief, steals valuable artefacts and teams up with the girl he is attracted to but who cannot be trusted. Close on their heels are three police officers trying to apprehend them.

Director: Sanjay Gadhvi | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Uday Chopra

Votes: 22,290 | Gross: $2.64M

6. The Lunchbox (2013)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey

Votes: 44,524 | Gross: $4.23M

7. Talaash (2012)

Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Inspector Surjan Shekhawat, who is dealing with a depressing past, has to investigate a high profile murder case, deal with his crumbling marriage and use the help and solace of a prostitute by the name of Rosie.

Director: Reema Kagti | Stars: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 37,298 | Gross: $2.71M

8. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)

Not Rated | 210 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

After marrying a poor woman, rich Rahul is disowned by his father and moves to London to build a new life. Years later, his now grown up little brother Rohan embarks on a mission to bring Rahul back home and reunite the family again.

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

Votes: 41,739 | Gross: $2.90M

9. Fanaa (2006)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama, Romance

A sweet blind girl Zooni meets a flirty Rehan. She ignores her friends' warnings. It's her time to discover life. Is she making the right love choice?

Director: Kunal Kohli | Stars: Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor, Tabu

Votes: 29,485 | Gross: $2.10M

10. Kapoor & Sons (2016)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of 2 brothers who visit their family and discover that their parents marriage is on the verge of collapse,the family is undergoing a financial crunch and much more as the drama unfolds.

Director: Shakun Batra | Stars: Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rajat Kapoor

Votes: 20,962 | Gross: $2.61M

11. Salaam-E-Ishq (2007)

Not Rated | 216 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Six couples in love must face different problems caused by love itself. Do they resolve their issues and face life anew, or do they succumb under pressure ?

Director: Nikkhil Advani | Stars: Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla

Votes: 4,981 | Gross: $1.82M

12. Aashiqui 2 (2013)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Music, Musical

Rahul loses his fans and fame due to alcoholism. But he then decides to turn a small time singer into a rising star.

Director: Mohit Suri | Stars: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Shaad Randhawa, Salil Acharya

Votes: 25,161

13. Vivah (2006)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, Family, Musical

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: 8,401

14. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Not Rated | 188 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Nandini has to choose between Sameer, the man who taught her to fall in love; and Vanraj, the man from whom she learnt how to abide and fulfill promises of love.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Zohra Sehgal

Votes: 16,078

15. Rockstar (2011)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Music, Musical

Janardhan Jakhar chases his dreams of becoming a big Rock star, during which he falls in love with Heer.

Director: Imtiaz Ali | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri, Shammi Kapoor, Kumud Mishra

Votes: 36,406 | Gross: $0.99M

16. Queen (2013)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Drama

A Delhi girl from a traditional family sets out on a solo honeymoon after her marriage gets cancelled.

Director: Vikas Bahl | Stars: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon, Jeffrey Ho

Votes: 57,086 | Gross: $1.43M

17. Khoobsurat (2014)

130 min | Comedy, Romance

A hopelessly romantic physiotherapist meets a handsome young Rajput prince who is the complete opposite of her and engaged to someone else.

Director: Shashanka Ghosh | Stars: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kiron Kher

Votes: 7,070 | Gross: $0.71M

18. Raazi (2018)

Not Rated | 138 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A Kashmiri woman agrees to marry a Pakistani army officer in order to spy on Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

Director: Meghna Gulzar | Stars: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapoor, Shishir Sharma

Votes: 21,314

19. 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.

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

Votes: 31,963 | Gross: $0.73M

20. Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' with an Indian twist, the film focuses on the story of Ram and Leela, their love, lust and the drama afterwards.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak, Sharad Kelkar

Votes: 17,550 | Gross: $2.67M

21. Highway (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

40 Metascore

Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.

Director: Imtiaz Ali | Stars: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda, Durgesh Kumar, Pradeep Nagar

Votes: 24,409 | Gross: $0.53M

22. 2 States (2014)

Not Rated | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This movie chronicles how Chetan met his wife and the difficulties they faced due to their cultural differences.

Director: Abhishek Varman | Stars: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Revathy

Votes: 22,270 | Gross: $2.22M

23. Piku (2015)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

A quirky comedy about the relationship between a daughter and her aging father, whose eccentricities drive everyone crazy.

Director: Shoojit Sircar | Stars: Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Moushumi Chatterjee

Votes: 26,188

24. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

Not Rated | 163 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

An Indian man with a magnanimous heart takes a young mute Pakistani girl back to her homeland to reunite her with her family.

Director: Kabir Khan | Stars: Salman Khan, Harshaali Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kareena Kapoor

Votes: 67,016 | Gross: $8.18M

25. PK (2014)

Not Rated | 153 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An alien on Earth loses the only device he can use to communicate with his spaceship. His innocent nature and child-like questions force the country to evaluate the impact of religion on its people.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani | Stars: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani

Votes: 147,350 | Gross: $10.62M

26. Water (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Set in colonial India against Gandhi's rise to power, it's the story of 8-year-old Chuyia, who is widowed and sent to a home to live in penitence; once there, Chuyia's feisty presence deeply affects the lives of the other residents.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Sarala Kariyawasam

Votes: 13,886 | Gross: $3.22M

27. Lootera (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, Romance

An aristocrat's daughter falls in love with a visiting archaeologist, but he holds a secret that could drive them apart.

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane | Stars: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Barun Chanda, Adil Hussain

Votes: 13,975 | Gross: $0.38M

28. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, Romance

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: 59,856

29. U Me Aur Hum (2008)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama, Romance

Ajay's life turns upside down when he learns that his wife Piya has Alzheimer and he has no option, but to leave his wife in a mental hospital.

Director: Ajay Devgn | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Sumeet Raghvan, Divya Dutta

Votes: 2,338 | Gross: $1.03M

30. Veer-Zaara (2004)

Not Rated | 192 min | Drama, Family, Musical

67 Metascore

Veer-Zaara is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. A love story that is an inspiration and will remain a legend forever.

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

Votes: 46,412 | Gross: $2.92M

31. Om Shanti Om (2007)

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

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: 36,490 | Gross: $3.60M

32. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

Not Rated | 186 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The truth behind the ascension of Milkha Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra, Art Malik

Votes: 56,998 | Gross: $1.63M

33. Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008)

155 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two best friends being convinced that they are not in love search for each other's love.

Director: Abbas Tyrewala | Stars: Imran Khan, Genelia D'Souza, Manjari Fadnnis, Ayaz Khan

Votes: 24,021 | Gross: $0.60M

34. Like Stars on Earth (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

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, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma

Votes: 151,947 | Gross: $1.22M

35. Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)

Not Rated | 170 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Mehra family must contemplate over their way of living and their love lives while on a cruise celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.

Director: Zoya Akhtar | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh

Votes: 13,475

36. Bajirao Mastani (2015)

Not Rated | 158 min | Action, Drama, History

An account of the romance between the Maratha general, Baji Rao I and Mastani, princess of Bundelkhand.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali | Stars: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Tanvi Azmi

Votes: 29,646 | Gross: $6.56M

37. Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)

Not Rated | 171 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A developmentally disabled young man tries to continue the work his father did in communicating with extra-terrestrials from outer space, which leads to something miraculous and wonderful.

Director: Rakesh Roshan | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Rekha, Preity Zinta, Rakesh Roshan

Votes: 19,749 | Gross: $0.68M

38. Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

When you can't make it on your own, the best thing to do is to fake it. But, the question remains, how long can you fake true love?

Director: Nupur Asthana | Stars: Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D'Souza

Votes: 3,732

39. Yuva (2004)

Not Rated | 161 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

Michael, Arjun and Lallan, three men from three different strata of society, cross paths one morning in Calcutta and change one another's lives forever.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Vivek Oberoi

Votes: 8,162 | Gross: $0.28M

40. 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.

Director: Ramesh Sippy | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan

Votes: 48,523

41. Sanam Teri Kasam (2016)

Not Rated | 154 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

After being disowned by her family, an awkward librarian relies on the help of her brooding neighbour.

Directors: Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru | Stars: Harshvardhan Rane, Mawra Hocane, Vijay Raaz, Murli Sharma

Votes: 8,617 | Gross: $0.02M

42. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

Not Rated | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Kabir and Naina bond during a trekking trip. Before Naina can express herself, Kabir leaves India to pursue his career. They meet again years later, but he still cherishes his dreams more than bonds.

Director: Ayan Mukherjee | Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin

Votes: 35,588 | Gross: $3.83M

43. Barfi! (2012)

Not Rated | 151 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 71,303 | Gross: $2.80M

44. Dostana (2008)

Not Rated | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two straight guys pretend to be gay in order to secure a Miami apartment. When both of them fall for their roommate Neha, hilarity ensues as they strive to convince one and all that they're gay whilst secretly trying to win her heart.

Director: Tarun Mansukhani | Stars: Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Kiron Kher

Votes: 13,048 | Gross: $1.24M