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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Best of Hindi Cinema

Here's a listing of one hundred favorite Hindi films of mine:
[I have tried my level best to order them chronologically, based on the year of release - inadvertent historicity bloopers be excused]

1. Awara (1951)

2. Devdas (1955)

3. Jagte Raho (1956)

4. Naya Daur (1957)

5. Mother India (1957)

6. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1958)

7. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

8. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

9. Kanoon (1960)

10. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

11. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

12. Bandini (1963)

13. Yaadein (1964)

14. Guide (1965)

15. Teesri Kasam (1966)

16. Bhuvan Shome (1969)

17. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

18. Anand (1971)

19. Reshma Aur Shera (1972)

20. Pakeezah (1972)

21. Piya Ka Ghar (1972)

22. Saudagar (1973)

23. Achanak (1973)

24. Garm Hava (1973)

25. Ankur (1974)

26. Avishkaar (1974)

27. Deewar (1975)

28. Sholay (1975)

29. Chhoti Si Baat

30. Mrigaya (1976)

31. Manthan

32. Kinara (1977)

33. Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977)

34. Bhumika (1977)

35. Kitaab

36. Gaman (1978)

37. Junoon (1978)

38. Golmaal (1979)

39. Chakra (1981)

40. Chashme Buddoor (1981)

41. Umrao Jaan (1981)

42. Arth (1982)

43. Sadma (1983)

44. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

45. Katha (1983)

46. Mandi (1983)

47. Saaransh (1984)

48. Holi (1984)

49. Party (1984)

50. Utsav (1984)

51. Paar (1984)

52. Mirch Masala (1985)

53. Saagar

54. Damul (1985)

55. Ijaazat (1987)

56. Yateem (1988)

57. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)

58. Raakh (1989)

59. Nazar

60. Kasba (1990)

61. Prahaar (1991)

62. Rudaali (1993)

63. Maya Memsaab (1993)

64. Bandit Queen (1994)

65. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)

66. Daayra (1996)

67. Khamoshi: Sangeetmay (1996)

68. Dil Se (1998)

69. 1947: Earth (1998)

70. Satya (1998)

71. Rockford (1999)

72. Hera Pheri (2000)

73. Lagaan (2001)

74. Dil Chahta Hai

75. Chandni Bar (2001)

76. Jhankaar Beats

77. Black Friday (2004)

78. Maqbool (2004)

79. Raincoat (2004)

80. Iqbal (2005)

81. Sarkar (2005)

82. Main, Meri Patni... Aur Woh! (2005)

83. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005)

84. Rang De Basanti (2006)

85. Kabul Express (2006)

86. Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006)

87. Johnny Gaddar (2007)

88. Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd (2007)

89. Chak De! India (2007)

90. Jab We Met (2007)

91. Rock On!! (2008)

92. Firaaq

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

94. Wake Up Sid

95. Dev.D

96. 3 Idiots (2009)

97. Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)

98. Love, Sex Aur Dhokha

99. Udaan (2010)

100. Peepli Live


aryan rocks said...

This is yet another fantastic job, Ani! I must applaud you for your painstaking efforts. Would have loved to see many of my personal favorites which are amiss here, especially 'Gadar: Ek Prem Katha', 'Gupt', 'Ghaayal', 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar', 'Silsila', and 'Amar Akbar Anthony', but I accept the limitation that all the pathbreaking films cannot be accommodated in the top 100.

mehul said...

Finally! After the Bangla films, and after the best of Hollywood, here comes big bad Bollywood's very best..... or rather the personal favorites of yours..... hahaha!
Surprisingly missing from the list: 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak', 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander', 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai', 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna', 'Baiju Bawara', 'Mahal', 'BootPolish', 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun', 'Junglee', 'Gangster', 'Dabangg', and 'Ghajini'.
I had expected their inclusion amongst your favorites.

Imran said...

Loved your cool post, dude. Loved it as always, and more. It is a ready reckoner for me to catch up with the classics that I am yet to see.
Keep up the good work.

Krishh said...

Yaar, please throw light on the basis for choice, I would love to have you elaborate on that, especially on the early films that you have listed, and I am yet to see a great number of films from the Seventies and the Eighties.

Rachit said...

A wonderful effort, buddy. I love the manner in which you have included films from different era, and films from all genres. Needless to say that I am yet to watch several titles from here, looking forward to catch them though, it'd be helpful if you can inform whether they can be easily procured on home-video or through easy downloads.

inder said...

Happy to note that your preferences largely match with mine.

Prince J. said...

My favorites that are missing from your list are: Don (stg. Amitabh Bachchan), Dabangg, Ghajini, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin, and Murder (stg. Mallika Sherawat).

diya said...

This one's a gem of a post.
I'd like to thank you for recommending such good films.
I shall definitely try to see as many from this list as I can. But even without catching many of these titles, I can vouch that it'll be quite an enriching experience when I do watch them all. And I say so, because I know how finicky you are about the content or the quality.
I'd also like to request you to share your insight, as a film-buff, on these films, at least some of them, that'd be hundred times illuminating.

Joy said...

I am happy to see that you have included all kinds of eminently watchable films, from the romantic confections to the gritty, stimulating, art-house offerings..... and all the other kinds in between; the classics, the under-rated ones too, and the much touted popular top-grossers. Content, after all, is the king, and, at the end of the day, what matters most is the extent and the manner of influence the films have on us.

Raghav said...

Wonderful collection of titles; but I must say that once again some rather unusual names have cropped up amongst the much-expected ones. Please explain the reasons behind prominent omissions like 'Nagin', 'Ram Aur Shyam', 'Julie', 'Jai santoshi Maa', 'Gumnaam', 'Tezaab', 'Ram Lakhan', 'Lage Rahe Munnabhai', and 'Parineeta' among some such cult films.

Arunima said...

Wowwww!!! That's extensive! :)I was happy to see that I have seen almost all from the list after 2000!

Sayantan said...

Awesome List! :-)

I wrote many stuff earlier but they got all erased! :-@

Take care and keep blogging! :-)

Ronnit said...

My picks wouldn't have included so many vintage films, but naturally, as I haven't seen the oldies and may be I'm a bit partial to the recent hits. But I am happy to note that all my recent favorites are featured herein.
Impressive job indeed!

Deep said...

Fans of Hindi films will no doubt relish this post and seek out the odd titles they are yet to see - myself included!

aarav said...

One of the best posts! The listing is really wonderful. It will help many, I am sure.

Sassy said...

Superb listing, boss! A perfect tribute post for hundred years of Bollywood - even though technically the list does not include films from all of these hundred years I found it to be quite comprehensive and of representational value as well.

Manojj said...

A fascinating list! Keep up the good work.
I think the number of good films that produced in our country in recent years has increased significantly. In the last year itself, there were so many good films, although the total number films produced in Mumbai may have come down considerably (if you compare the output in the late eighties or nineties, most of which were banal).

Neeraj said...

A fantastic listing!!!!
I shall keep the printout of this post with me, for my private referencing, and with a view to augment my home-video collection with prized titles.

Miimzo said...

A lovely post. Love almost all the listed films, at least the ones I have seen...... and I have seen almost all, I don't think I have missed on the golden oldies as well.

Three favorites of mine which I wish had found place on your list, are: Musafir (1957), Anuradha (1960), Anupama (1966) - all directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
I also would have wanted in the list a 1989 film called Ek Din Achanak directed by Mrinal Sen.

Sunny said...

I have always considered myself a movie buff, but now I see that I had done so in vain.
I am yet to see many of the films listed here, but will be catching up for sure!