The Screening Room Blog
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Top 10 Bollywood movies
Hi everyone,

This month, we're celebrating the Indian Film Awards by picking our top 10 Bollywood movies.

From the best of the Big B to the hottest routines, spice up your life with these all-singing, all-dancing spectaculars.

The Screening Room's Top 10 Bollywood films

Do you agree? Which favorites of yours have we missed out? Share your thoughts!
the films that you listed with the exception of Devdas, Lagaan and perhaps Sholay are not classics.
The real classics and all time finest are Mother India, Do Bigha Zameen, Gunga Jumna, Naya Daur, Mughale Azam. Not to mention Awaara, Andaz & Deedar.
What were you thinking?
Hey! What about Apun Sansar, Mother India, Ganga Jamna, Mughale Azam?

Sholay was a lift from many Hollywood movies.

your list appears more like a Bachchan films list.
Excellent list... I wish these two movies made it to the top ten list as well - Mother India and Pyaasa.
This list must have been prepared by Big 'B's'PR people. If only his hits are the best that bollywood has then what about Rajesh Khann's super hits or Dil Waalay D.Lau Jaayngay' or Hum Apkay Hain Kaun'.
The real pride of Bollywood are:
Mughal-e-Azam, Mother India,Guide, Ganga Jamna and others of their class.
I am a non-asian fan of Bollywood. To me classics list must also mention Raj Kapoor movies. I learned a great deal about Indian culture from them. Not to mention that he's considered one of the forefathers of Bollywood industry. As to the modern movies, the film that made an impression on me recently was "Veer-Zara" - it depicts a complicated relations between Pakistan and India yet in such a beatiful and positive way.
The 10 greatest movies are

Mother India
Ganga Jamna
Naya Daur
Sahib Bibi Ghulam
Do Beegha Zameen

Enjoy these classics.
We saw your choices.Lagaan,Devdas & Sholay are O.K. But the real all time greats like Mughale Azam,Mother India,Pyaasa, naya daur, Gunga Jumna, Madhumati, Bandini should have been on the top.
i agree....this list is more of a amitabh bachchan list.......u cant ignore films lke Mother india and Mughale azam.....and if at all any Shahrukh khan movie deserve to be there, then it must be DDLJ (dilwale dulanhiya le jayenge) and not Kabhi khushi kabhi ok with lagaan but Qayamat se Qayamat should not have been there........Sholay, Maqaddar ka sikandar and kabhi kabhi are good commercial films but they are not true indian classic..... Hum aapke hain kaun and guru datt's Pyasa are better movies...... lagaan is concept out of dilip kumar's Naya Daur as this is definitely not the list to trust.....this does not represent true Indian Cinema........
Without mention of following movies top ten rating can not be completed.Some land marks......From : C G PUROHIT

Im missing some major and important movies!! Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is the longest running movie ever in India and probaly even in the world. It has been running in theatre's for over 600 weeks and still people wait in line every day to see it. This movie is more then entertainment as it's refuge for some people to forget their own sorrows, poverty or problems. Also Mother India should have been in the list. This was one of the first movies in which it wasn't all about the glamour and dancing. This movie was about the real people. Then Dil Chata Hai for bringing a whole new vibe to Hindi cinema. And ofcourse Black by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and in my opinion also Dor with Ayesha Takia.
nice work CNN,
but,should have considered all the indian language movies...its bad to know that out side world got some impression that indian cinema means just Bollywood one has to be blamed for that notion,but Bollywood. There are legends in another languages like Bengali, Malayalam,Tamil , Teleugu etc ...Satyajith Ray , Mani Ratnam ,AR Rahmaan are few to name.
Hope at least,next time you will consider all the indian language movies ...
your list is accurate to an extent for example Pakeeza is one of the finest movies of all time alongwith Mugh.Azam,Mother India, Ganga Jamna & AAn(the first full color bblockbuster of India).
In b/w films we choose Devdas, Teesri Kssam, madhumati, Pyaasaa, Naya Daur & Andaz ( the first trendsetter multi starrer).
Definitely an interesting list but, besides Mother India, Mughal-e-azam and Umrao Jaan are must-have's on the list.

Further, I would say Anand should be there. Certainly one of the more poignant movies from Bollywood in the last several decades and a perfect showcase of how to make a great movie in a limited setting.
I agree with some of the comments that Mother India is a great film, but I woudn't consider it a Bollywood Film, just a great Indian Film. Bollywood to me has to have song and dance, otherwise it's just an Indian film. So for great Bollywood films, I'd have to include Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. It's been playing in India for the past 14 years or so.
How can a list showing the best of Indian cinema be accepted without Ganga Jamna, Pyaasa, Mughal Azam,Naya Daur,Devdas (b/w)Mother India & perhaps Dil W.D.Layjaayngay.

Sholay is just a copy of many western films and was a huge success but is not a real classic. There are other films too like Dev Anand's Guide & Raj Kapoor's boot Polish.
It is difficult to compile such a list but some films are a must for any such list.CNN deserves praise for at least trying it.
Note the following films:
Sahib Bibi aur gulam
Mugal Azam
Mother India
Ganga Jamna
Sanghursh by H.S Rawail
Dilwalay Dulhania.
1. Jo jeeta woh hi sikander
2. Dil waale dulhaniya le jaye ge
3. Rang de Basanti.
4. Vastav
5. heer Rangha
6. Khilona (old)
7. Lamhe

There are so many . I think putting Indian film Indusrty into top Ten is Impossible.
Bravo CNN for focusing on Indian Film world. But in view of readers response you'll have to revise the list. Mugal Azam gets no 1 position. Followed by masterpieces of Mehboob Khan, Bimal Roy,Guru Dutt,BR Chopra, Dilip Kumar & Raj kapoor.
For modern cinema we can consider Yesh chpra,Yesh Raj,Subhash Ghai filma etc.
As a 90s college hostellite - which is probably the one real 'watch-all-and-every-movie buff' time of ones life - I do feel there are a few notable misses in your list.
1- Andaz Apna Apna - stupid, but brilliant comedy which till this date doesnt fail to stir long laughter filled conversations in beer parties!
2- Satya - Brought realism to a level not seen before in Hindi movies - and one of the most memorable and underappreciated characters in Indian cinema - Bhiku Mathrey and Manoj Bajpai's potrayal of him.
3- Jo Jeeta Wohi SIkandar - a remake but totally fresh and fun.
4- DDLJ - simply the most successful, most watched and rewatched, fantasy movie ever made and the most glaring miss in this list.
you should take the movies that the comments say are the best and research them then come out with a new list.

Sholay is definitely not number!. M-Azam is.
The others can be selected from the readers choice.
i think dilwalayd.l.jaayngay & sholay can be included in the list.but the top honors go to mughle azam-gunga jumna-devdas-naya daur-madhumati.
bobby,sanghursh(1960s) & shakti are also classics
Maybe I'm just too young...but what about
(in no particular order)

1. Dil Chahta Hai
2. Dhoom 2
3. Krrish
and of course let us not forget
4. Hum Tum

Maybe not "classics" in the traditional sense, but still modern classics perhaps?

Maybe we should make a Bollywood's best of the past 10 years !
I am just frustrated on using B word when referring to Hindi Cinema, it makes us look second-class, as if we are happy to bask in reflected glory. What happens if an Indian language started with S? Sollywood? Sillywood? Please. I watch hindi movies almost exclusively now. If I want sex, violence and women treated as sex objects, I would go see a hollywood movie. Indian movies are quite different, they revolve around family. Please let's not lower ourselves, let' grow up and come up with a name - how about filmistan?
It's hard to appreciate Aradhna (1969) without having been around when it was released. The movie had an astounding impact and belongs on any top movie list.
First off, Amitabh Bachchan is the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be...

May be 5 of his films shouldn't be in the list, but at the very least Sholay, Deewar, and Laawaris should be there.

I agree that Mother India, and Raj Kapoor's Sangam should be on the list.

Mughal-e-Azam should be there as well.

Shah Rukh Khan, in my opinion, hasn't made a film that people would watch over and over.

He's overrated, but may be Baazigar should be up there, I guess.
Sholay? Come on... I've seen this movie and it's nothing more than a piece of junk. What's with all you people?
Classics are Raj Kapoor films like Shree 420. A great actor and entertainer.
And how about `Dil Se`, `Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge`, `Darr`, `Veer-Zaara`?
And Shahrukh Khan is a great entertainer.

Your list is not perfect actually an such list cannot be perfect without having MUGHAL-E-AZAM, MOTHER INDIA, PYASA, DO BEEGHA ZAMEEN and PAKEEZAH on the list.

and u select any criteria for the list, be it dialogue dance song acting story sets costumes make up or whatever, MUGHAL-E-AZAM will rule the list. How can u make such a mistake not to include it in your list !!!!!!!!!!
I must say Dhoom 2 is quite entertaining!
Sholay is the greatest commercial movie ever prouced in the history of Indian cinema. The top ten hindi film of all time :

1. Sholay
2. Guide
3. Mother India
4. Sangam
5. Waqt
6. Mughal E Azam
7. Deewar
8. Purab aur Paschim
9. Pyasa
10.Jis desh mein ganga behti hain
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