Top 20 Indian Movies to Watch at least Once in Your Life

India is a land of rich culture and diverse traditions, and its cinema is no different. From the vibrant masala films of Bollywood to the poignant dramas of regional cinema, Indian movies offer something for everyone.

In this blog post, we’ll be counting down the top 20 Indian Hindi-language movies that you absolutely must watch. We’ll cover a variety of genres, from action and comedy to romance and drama, so you’re sure to find something that you’ll enjoy.

1. Taare Zameen Par

Ishaan (Darsheel Safary) is a boy who struggles in school due to dyslexia. He feels lonely and misunderstood until a new art teacher, Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan), helps him discover his hidden talent for art, changing his life forever.

2. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

The film tells the life story of Milkha Singh (Farhan Akhtar), an Indian athlete who overcomes the horrors of the partition of India, family tragedies, and personal challenges to become a world champion runner.

3. Andhadhun

Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana), a talented pianist, pretends to be blind. He gets entangled in a murder mystery involving Simi (Tabu) and others. The plot twists as secrets unravel, revealing Akash’s true nature.

4. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Three friends, Arjun (Hrithik Roshan), Kabir (Abhay Deol), and Imran (Farhan Akhtar), go on a road trip to Spain. They face their fears, confront their pasts, and strengthen their friendship while experiencing new adventures.

5. 3 Idiots

Three engineering students, Rancho (Aamir Khan), Farhan (R. Madhavan), and Raju (Sharman Joshi), challenge the outdated education system. Years later, they reunite to find Rancho, who taught them to follow their passions.

6. A Wednesday

A man (Naseeruddin Shah) threatens to set off bombs in Mumbai. The police, led by Prakash Rathod (Anupam Kher), scramble to find him. The suspenseful cat-and-mouse game keeps everyone on edge.

7. Pink

Three women, Minal (Taapsee Pannu), Falak (Kirti Kulhari), and Andrea (Andrea Tariang), are accused of assaulting a powerful man. Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan), a retired lawyer, takes up their case, challenging societal norms.

8. Maqbool

Maqbool (Irrfan Khan) works for underworld don Jahangir Khan (Pankaj Kapur) and is in love with Nimmi (Tabu), Jahangir’s mistress. Betrayal and ambition lead Maqbool to plot against Jahangir, with tragic consequences.

9. Lagaan

Bhuvan (Aamir Khan) is a villager who challenges British officers to a cricket match to avoid paying oppressive taxes. With the help of Elizabeth (Rachel Shelley), an Englishwoman sympathetic to their cause, they prepare for the game.

10. Swades

Mohammed (Shah Rukh Khan), an NRI scientist, returns to India and becomes involved in a project to bring electricity to a rural village. He discovers the joys of community and belonging, questioning his own identity.

11. Rang De Basanti

A group of friends, including DJ (Aamir Khan) and Karan (Siddharth), reenact the lives of Indian freedom fighters for a documentary. Their involvement leads to real-world activism and sacrifices.

12. Shahid

Shahid Azmi (Rajkummar Rao) becomes a human rights lawyer after being wrongfully imprisoned. He faces threats but continues his fight for justice, making a lasting impact before his tragic death.

13. Dil Chahta Hai

Three friends, Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan), and Siddharth (Akshaye Khanna), navigate love and friendship while dealing with life’s challenges. Their bonds are tested but ultimately endure.

14. RRR

Set in the 1920s, it follows freedom fighters Komaram Bheem (Jr. NTR) and Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan). Their bravery and sacrifices contribute to India’s fight for independence from British rule.

15. Barfi

Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor), a deaf-mute boy, falls in love with Shruti (Ileana D’Cruz) and later with Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra), an autistic girl. Their unique relationships and adventures form the heartwarming story.

16. Dangal

Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) trains his daughters Geeta and Babita to become champion wrestlers, challenging societal expectations and prejudices. The girls’ journey to success is both inspiring and groundbreaking.

17. Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Pawan (Salman Khan) helps Munni, a lost Pakistani girl, reunite with her family despite political tensions. He faces numerous challenges but remains determined, showing the power of love and humanity.

18. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

Four friends, Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Naina (Deepika Padukone), Aditi (Kalki Koechlin), and Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur), reunite for a wedding. They confront past relationships and future aspirations, leading to personal growth.

19. Sholay

Two ex-convicts, Veeru (Dharmendra) and Jai (Amitabh Bachchan), help a village fight the notorious bandit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). The iconic film is a classic tale of friendship, sacrifice, and justice.

20. Gangs of Wasseypur

The film spans generations in the coal mafia wars of Wasseypur. It follows the power struggles between the Khan and Qureshi families, led by Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) and Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia), respectively.

These are the best Bollywood movies that must be on your watchlist. Even if you don’t understand Hindi, watch them with subtitles. They will surely entertain you.

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