51 Popular Hindi Language Films Worth Your Time

In 2010, I compiled a quick and dirty list of good Bollywood / Hindi movies as a decent entry point into Bollywood. Although later I went on to create better lists that introduce Indian cinema overall instead of just Hindi cinema, here is the first draft of that list. I think it is still a decent way to introduce Hindi cinema to people who don’t have any knowledge or background in it. I included a few non-Hindi or Hindi-dubbed films as well, because I think they were widely embraced as a part of Hindi cinema around that time. So, here is a list of popular Hindi language films that are worth a watch.

A still from Naya Daur (1957)

A still from Naya Daur (1957) – #11 on this list   *source – bollywoodfoodclub.com

  1. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (a.k.a. Land tax) – 2001
  2. Sholay (a.k.a Embers) – 1975
  3. Mother India – 1957
  4. Pyaasa (a.k.a Thirst)- 1957
  5. Mughal-e-Azam (a.k.a The Emperor of the Mughals)- 1960
  6. Guide – 1965
  7. Do Bheega Zameen – 1953
  8. Anand – 1970
  9. Kaagaz ke phool (a.k.a Paper Flowers) – 1959
  10. Bandini – 1963
  11. Naya Daur (a.k.a New Trends)- 1957
  12. Satya – 1998
  13. Jaane bhi do Yaaro (a.k.a Who pays the piper)- 1983
  14. Deewar (a.k.a I’ll die for Mama)- 1975
  15. Salaam Bombay – 1988
  16. Aandhi (a.k.a. Storm)- 1975
  17. Sarfarosh (a.k.a Martyrs) – 1999
  18. Gol Maal (a.k.a Hanky Panky) – 1979
  19. Akrosh (a.k.a Cry of the Wounded) – 1980
  20. Bandit Queen – 1994
  21. Bumbai (a.k.a Bombay) – 1995
  22. Masoom (a.k.a Innocent)- 1983
  23. Rang de Basanti (a.k.a Paint it Yellow)- 2006
  24. Lamhe (a.k.a Moments)- 1991
  25. Pakeezah (a.k.a Pure Heart) – 1972
  26. Taare Zameen Par (a.k.a Like Stars on Earth) – 2007
  27. Jaagte raho (a.k.a A Night in the City)- 1956
  28. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (a.k.a Bravehearts will take the Bride)- 1995
  29. Hum Aapke hai Kaun (a.k.a Who am I for you)- 1994
  30. Dev.D (2009)
  31. Namak Haraam (a.k.a The Ungrateful) – 1973
  32. Saheb Bibi aur Ghulam (a.k.a King, Queen and Knave) – 1962
  33. Saaransh (a.k.a The Gist)- 1984
  34. Arth (a.k.a The Meaning) – 1982
  35. Darr (a.k.a Fear) – 1993
  36. Waqt (a.k.a Time) – 1965
  37. Shatranj ke Khiladi (a.k.a Chess Players) – 1977
  38. Qurbaani (a.k.a Sacrifice) – 1980
  39. Umrao Jaan – 1981
  40. Amar Akbar Anthony – 1977
  41. Pushpak (a.k.a The Love Chariot)- 1988
  42. Daddy – 1989
  43. Yaadon ki Baarat – 1973
  44. Don – 1978
  45. Page 3 – 2005
  46. Suraj ka Satva Ghoda (a.k.a Seventh Horse of the Sun) – 1993
  47. Madhumati – 1958
  48. Ardh Satya (a.k.a. Half truth) – 1983
  49. Chashme Buddoor – 1981
  50. Roja – 1992
  51. Black Friday – 2004