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Top 10 Indian Films

in: Movies

This list is created on the basis of the views of experts, critics, academics and practitioners. The list features the top ten films released up to the end of 2001 in India. BBC also asked its users to vote for their favourite films in each category. Actually this list is part of the 50 essential South Asian films list. It was used for the bfi’s critical poll and is divided into a number of different sections. The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television in the United Kingdom. Let’s see the list of top 10 Indian films.

Top 10 Indian Films, according to BBC Experts Ratings ::

Film Director Year

1

Sholay

Ramesh Sippy

1975

2

Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray

1955

3

Mother India

Mehboob Khan

1957

4

Pyaasa

Guru Dutt

1957

5

Meghe Dhaka Tara

R. Ghatak

1960

6

Charulata

Satyajit Ray

1964

7

Subaranarekha

Ritwik Ghatak

1962

8

Mughal-e-Azam

K. Asif

1960

9

Amma Ariyan

John Abraham

1986

10

Awaara

Raj Kapoor

1951

The next 10…

11

Kaagaz Ke Phool

Guru Dutt

1957

12

DDLJ

A. Chopra

1995

13

Baiju Bawra

Vijay Bhatt

1952

14

Bombay

Mani Rathman

1995

15

Do Bigha Zameen

Bimal Roy

1953

16

Lagaan

Ashutosh Gowarikar

2001

17

Guide

Vijay Anand

1965

18

Deewar

Yash Chopra

1975

19

Amar Akbar Anthony

Manmohan Desai

1977

20

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

Kundan Shah

1983

Top Ten Indian Films on the basis of User Ratings ::

Film Director Year

1

Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray

1955

2

Sholay

Ramesh Sippy

1975

3

DDLJ

Aditya Chopra

1995

4

Lagaan

Ashutosh Gowarikar

2001

5

Mother India

Mehboob Khan

1957

6

Pakeezah

Kamal Amrohi

1971

7

Charaluta

Satyajit Ray

1964

8

Pyaasa

Guru Dutt

1957

9

Dil Se

Mani Rathnam

1998

10

Mughal-E-Azam

K. Asif

1960

This list includes the films that were suggested to BBC panel of film experts, but which did not make the final top ten.

Film

Director

Year

27 Down

Avtaur Kaul

1973

36 Chowringhee Lane

Aparna Sen

1981

Aakrosh

Govind Nihalani

1980

Aandhi

Gulzar

1975

Aavishkar

Basu Bhattacharya

1974

Achhut Kanya

Franz Osten

1936

Adaminte Variyellu

KG George

1983

Agni Nakshatram

Mani Rathnam

1988

Agraharathil Kazhuthai

John Abraham

1977

Ajantrik

Ritwik Ghatak

1957

Akaler Sandhaney

Mrinal Sen

1980

Amaidhi Padai

Manivannan

1994

Amanush

Shakti Samanta

1974

Ammoru

Kodi Ramakrishna

1995

Amritmanthan

V Shantaram

1934

Anand

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

1970

Anarkali

Nandlal Jaswantlal

1953

Andaz

Mehboob Khan

1949

Ankur

Shyam Benegal

1973

Ankush

N Chandra

1985

Anmol Ghadi

Mehboob Khan

1946

Annamaya

K Raghavendra Rao

1997

Antha

SV Rajendra Singh

1981

Aparajito

Satyajit Ray

1956

Apathbandhavudu

K Vishwanath

1992

Apoorva Sahodarargal

Singeetham Srinivasa Rao

1992

Aradhana

Shakti Samanta

1969

Aranyer Din Ratri

Satyajit Ray

1969

Ardh Satya

Govind Nihalani

1983

Arth

Mahesh Bhatt

1982

Arzoo

Ramanand Sagar

1960

Asoka

Santosh Sivan

2001

Aurat

Mehboob Khan

1940

Aye Auto

Venu Nagavalli

1990

Baas Yaari Rakho

Gopi Desai

2000

Baazi

Guru Dutt

1951

Baba Keno Chakar

Swapan Saha

1997

Badsha

Suresh Krishna

1994

Bandini

Bimal Roy

1963

Bandit Queen

Shekhar Kapur

1994

Bangarada Manushya

Siddalingaiah

1972

Banker Margayya

TS Nagabharana

1983

Bara

MS Sathyu

1980

Bedara Kannappa

HLN Simha

1954

Bellimoda

SR Puttanna Kanagal

1967

Bharatham

Sibi Malayil

1991

Bhargavi Nilayam

A Vincent

1964

Bhavni Bhavai/Andher Nagari

Ketan Mehta

1980

Bhoodana

GV Iyer

1962

Bhopal Express

Mahesh Mathai

1999

Bhumika ,

Shyam Benegal

1976

Bhuvan Shome

Mrinal Sen

1969

Bidyapati

Debaki Bose

1937

Bobby

Raj Kapoor

1973

Calcutta ’71

Mrinal Sen

1971

Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

Satyen Bose

1958

Chandidas

Debaki Bose

1932

Chandralekha

SS Vasan

1948

Chann Pardesi

Chitranath Singh

1980

Char Adhyay

Kumar Shahini

1995

Charachar

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

1993

Chasme Buddoor

Sai Paranjpye

1981

Chaudhuin Ke Chand

Ismadiq

1960

Chemmeen

Ramu Kariat

1965

Cheriyachente Kroora Krithyangal

John Abraham

1979

Chhatrapati Shivaji

Bhalji Pendharkar

1952

Chhinnamul

Nemai Ghosh

1950

Chidambaram

G Aravindan

1985

Chithegu Chinthe

MS Sathyu

1978

Chomana Dudi

BV Karanth

1975

Daana Veera Shura Karna

NT Rama Rao

1977

Daasi

B Narasinga Rao

1988

Dahan

Rituparno Ghosh

1997

Dastak

Rajinder Singh Bedi

1970

Deedar

Nitin Bose

1951

Devdas

PC Barua

1935

Devdas

PC Barua

1935

Devdas

Bimal Roy

1954

Devi

Satyajit Ray

1960

Dharti Ke Lal

KA Abbas

1946

Dil Chahta Hai

Farhan Akhtar

2001

Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar

Hansal Mehta

2000

Dil Se

Mani Rathnam

1998

Diler Jigar

GP Pawar

1931

Disco Dancer

B Subhash

1982

Do Aankhen Bara Haath

V Shantaram

1957

Don

Chandra Barot

1978

Dooratwa

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

1978

Duvidha

Mani Kaul

1973

Eenadu

IV Sasi

1982

Ek Din Pratidin

Mrinal Sen

1979

Elipathayam

Adoor Gopalakrishnan

1981

English, August

Dev Benegal

1994

Enippadikal

Thoppil Bhasi

1973

Gadar

Anil Sharma

2001

Ganeshana Madhuve

HS Phani Ramchandra

1990

Ganga Jumna

Nitin Bose

1961

Garam Hawa

MS Sathyu

1973

Gejje Pooje

SR Puttanna Kanagal

1970

Gharana Mogudu

K Raghavendra Rao

1992

Ghasiram Kotwal

K Hariharan, Mani Kaul, Kamal Swaroop, saeed Mirza

1976

Ghattashraddha

Girish Kasaravalli

1977

Ghayal

Raj Kumar Santoshi

1990

Ghulam

Vikram Bhatt

1998

Golmaal

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

1979

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne

Satyajit Ray

1968

Grahana

TS Nagabharana

1978

Halodiya Choraye Baodhon Khaye

Jahnu Barua

1987

Hamsa Geethe

GV Iyer

1975

Haqeeqat

Chetan Anand

1964

Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Dev Anand

1971

Haridas

Sundarrao Nadkarni

1944

Hero

Subhash Ghai

1983

Himmatwala

K. Raghavendra Rao

1983

Hkhgoroloi Bohu Door

Jahnu Barua

1988

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…!

Sooraj Barjatya

1994

Hun Hunshi Hunshilal

Sanjiv Shah

1992

Hunterwali

Homi Wadia

1936

In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones

Pradip Krishen

1988

Indradhanura Chhai

Sushant Misra

1993

Irutinte Atmavu

P Bhaskaran

1967

Ishanou

Aribam Syam Sharma

1990

Ito Sito Bohuto

Brojen Barua

1963

Jai Santoshi Maa

Vijay Sharma

1975

Jalsaghar

Satyajit Ray

1959

Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje

V Shantaram

1955

Jogan

Kidar Sharma

1950

Jotugriha

Tapan Sinha

1964

Jukil Takko Arr Gappo

Ritwik Ghatak

1974

Junglee

Subodh Mukherjee

1961

Junoon

Shyam Benegal

1978

Kaadu

Girish Karnad

1973

Kaadu Kudure

Chandrasekhar Kambhar

1978

Kabani Nadi Chuvannappol

PA Backer

1975

Kadhalan

Shankar

1994

Kahini

Malay Bhattacharya

1995

Kaliya Mardan

DG Phalke

1919

Kalpana

Uday Shankar

1948

Kandukondein Kandukondein

Rajiv Menon

2000

Kanku

Kantilal Rathod

1969

Kannagi

RS Mani

1942

Kappalotiya Thamizhan

BR Panthulu

1961

Kartavyam

A Mohan Gandhi

1990

Karuthamma

Bharathirajaa

1994

Kasba

Kumar Shahani

1990

Kathapurushan

Adoor Gopalakrishnan

1995

Khalnayak

Subhash Ghai

1993

Kismet

Gyan Mukherjee

1943

Klanta Aparanha

Manmohan Mahapatra

1985

Kodiyettam

Adoor Gopalakrishnan

1977

Kolahal

Bhabendranath Saikia

1988

Kummatty

G.Aravindran

1979

Kunku

V Shantaram

1937

Lal-e-Yaman

JBH Wadia

1933

Madhumati

Bimal Roy

1958

Madurai Veeran

Yoganand

1956

Mahal

Kamal Amrohi

1949

Mahanagar

Satyajit Ray

1963

Maine Pyar Kiya

Sooraj Barjatya

1989

Mane

Girish Kasaravalli

1989

Manichithratharazu

Fazil, Priyadarshan, Sibi Malayil, Siddique-Lal

1993

Manoos

V Shantaram

1939

Manthiri Kumari

Ellis R Duncan/TR Sundaram

1950

Marhi Da Deeva

Surinder Singh

1989

Maro Charithra

K Balachander

1978

Martanda Varma

PV Rao

1931

Massey Sahib

Pradip Krishen

1986

Mausam

Gulzar

1975

Maya

Digvijay Singh

2001

Maya Darpan

Kumar Shahani

1971

Meera

Ellis R Duncan

1945

Mera Naam Joker

Raj Kapoor

1971

Mere Mehboob

HS Rawail

1963

Michael Madhusudan

Modhu Bose

1950

Mirch Masala

Ketan Mehta

1985

Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!

Saeed Mirza

1984

Moondram Pirai

Balu Mahendra

1982

Mr India

Shekhar Kapur

1987

Muddula Mamaiah

Kodi Ramakrishna

1989

Mukha Mukham

Adoor Gopalakrishnan

1984

Mukti

PC Barua

1937

Musafir

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

1957

Muthu

KS Ravikumar

1995

Nagin

Nandlal Jaswantlal

1954

Nanak Naam Jahaz hai

Ram Maheshwari

1969

Naya Daur

BR Chopra

1957

Nayakan

Mani Rathnam

1987

Neelakuyil

P Bhaskaran,Ramu Kariat

1954

Newspaper Boy

P Ramadas

1955

Nirbachana

Biplab Roy Choudhury

1994

Nirmalayam

MT Vasudevan Nair

1973

Oka Oorie Katha

Mrinal Sen

1977

Olavum Theeravum

PN Menon

1969

Om

Upendra

1995

Om Dar-b-dar

Kamal Swaroop

1988

Ondanondu Kaladalli

Girish Karnad

1978

Oppol

KS Sethumadhavan

1980

Oru Cheru Punchiri

Vasudevan Nair

2001

Oru Vadakkan Veergatha

T Hariharan

1989

Paar

Gautam Ghose

1984

Padma Nadir Majhi

Gautam Ghose

1992

Padosan

Jyoti Swaroop

1968

Pakeezah

Kamal Amrohi

1971

Parasakthi

Krishnan-Panju

1952

Parinda

Vidhu Vinod Chopra

1989

Paroma

Aparna Sen

1985

Pasi

Durai

1979

Patala Bhairavi

KV Reddy

1951

Patanga

H.S Rawail

1949

Pathinaru Vayathinile

Bharathirajaa

1977

Peda Rayudu

Raviraja Pinisetty

1995

Pelli Chesi Choodu

LV Prasad

1952

Phaniyamma

Prema Karanth

1982

Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

Aziz Mirza

2000

Piravi

Shaji Karun

1988

Premaloka

V Ravichandran

1987

Pukar

Sohrab Modi

1939

Purab Aur Pachhim

Manoj Kumar

1970

Pushpak

Singeetham Srinivasa Rao

1987

Qurbani

Feroz Khan

1979

Raitu Bidda

Gudavalli Ramabrahmam

1939

Raja Babu

David Dhawan

1994

Raja Harischandra

D.G Phalke

1914

Raja Hindustani

Dharmesh Darshan

1996

Raksharekha

R Padmanabhan

1949

Ram ke Naam

Anand Patwardhan

1992

Ramshastri

Gajanan Jagirdar

1944

Randheera Kanteerava

NC Rajan

1960

Rangeela

Ram Gopal Varma

1995

Roja

Mani Rathnam

1992

Rojulu Marayi

Tapi Chanakya

1955

Saakshi

Bapu

1967

Saat Pake Bandha

Ajoy Kar

1963

Sahib Bibi Aur Gulam

Abrar Alvi

1962

Salaam Bombay

Mira Nair

1988

Samskara

Pattabhi Rama Reddy

1970

Sangtye Aika

Anant Mane

1959

Sansar Simantey

Tarun Majumdar

1975

Sant Tukaram

V Damle, S Fattelal

1936

Satya

Ram Gopal Varma

1998

School Master

BR Panthulu

1958

Seemabaddha

Satyajit Ray

1971

Shakti

Ramesh Sippy

1982

Shankarabharanam

K Vishwanath

1979

Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe

Satyadev Dube

1971

Shantham

Jayaraj

2000

Shatranj Ke Khiladi

Satyajit Ray

1977

Shavukaru

LV Prasad

1950

Shiraz

Franz Osten

1928

Shiva

Ram Gopal Varma

1989

Shri 420

Raj Kapoor

1955

Siddheshwari

Mani Kaul

1989

Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal

A Bhimsingh

1976

Songadya

Govind Kulkarani

1971

Split Wide Open

Dev Benegal

1999

Sujata

Bimal Roy

1959

Swargaseema

BN Reddi

1945

Tabarna Katha

Girish Kasaravalli

1986

Tarang

Kumar Shahani

1984

Taxi Driver

Chetan Anand

1954

Teesri Kasam

Basu Bhattacharya

1966

Teesri Manzil

Vijay Anand

1966

Tezaab

N Chandra

1988

Thampu

G Aravindan

1978

Thanner Thaneer

K Balachander

1981

Tharam Marindi

Singeetham Srinivasa Rao

1977

The Terrorist

Santosh Sivan

2000

Theerthadanam

GR Kannan

2001

Thillana Mohanambal

AP Nagarajan

1968

Thulabharam

A Vincent

1968

Thyagabhoomi

K Subramanyam

1939

Thyagayya

Chittor V Nagaiah

1946

Tunnu Ki Tina

Paresh Kamdar

1994

Udayer Pathey

Bimal Roy

1944

Umbartha

Jabbar Patel

1981

Umrao Jaan

Muzaffar Ali

1981

Upendra

Upendra

1999

Upkaar

Manoj Kumar

1967

Uttara

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

2000

Uski Roti

Mani Kaul

1970

Vande Mataram

BN Reddi

1939

Veerapandiya Kattabomman

BR Panthulu

1959

Velugu Needalu

Adurthi Subba Rao

1961

Waqt

Yash Chopra

1965

Yaadon Ki Baraat

Nasir Hussain

1973

Yamaleela

SV Krishna Reddy

1994

Yaro Oral

VK Pavithran

1978

Zanjeer

Prakash Mehra

1973



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  • 1

    I Request this topic to be changed.. This not Best indian movies… Its only Bollywood movies..

    BCC have to aware.. Indian movies consist of Tamil, telugu , marathi, bengali , oriya, kannada, hindi, malayalam etc… so from all this they have to choose the best one. i this site have to disclose the real heros first.

    BCC have to know India is not only belongs to hindi people. It is a combination of different culture, people , behavior, ethics, flow, life style. so please update them, there movies not only in bollywood… more like tollywood, kollywood etc…

    so change the topic for this…

    Vishaka Guru on October 19th, 2010
  • 2

    Hello Abhi,
    Great work on this page, i would like to knw from wre i can find most the movies on this page. And how does ur whole rating work?
    Coz some of these film have hardly any info on imdb.
    I have a huge collection of movies but lack in indian movies i only have Satyajit ray and gurudutt movies. I would love to get R Ghatak’s Movies. Could ya help me with that.
    I have a collection of 66(Increasing by day) different directors.

    Thank Ya

    Mayoor

    Mayoor on December 27th, 2010
  • 3

    What rating is this? Nonsense!

    Govind on February 19th, 2011