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Greatest Hindi Movies (Year-Wise)


[Post re-opened on May 24, 2014 to insert ‘Nagin’ (1976).]

[Post re-opened on Oct.14, 2013 to insert movies of 2011 and 2012.]

I’d made a year-wise compilation of Greatest Bollywood movies. The such compilation — ‘Greatest Bollywood Movies‘ — is a largely circulated post over internet and is often referred to by film buffs, critics, journalists and friends. It remains one of my most visited as also most shared posts on this blog.

For quite some time, I’d been thinking to update this list with movies made in last few years. So lo, here’s the list. May you please feel free to suggest your preferences. In case we have difference of opinion, I swear, your views shall prevail.

Once again, I have made efforts to present an up-to-date & correct list, yet there may be some inadequacies which may be pointed out immediately. And hello… I shall be happy if any of you can claim to having CDs or video cassettes of all the movies named below. In that case, please lemme know quickly. I will treat you.


Year Movies
1913 Raja Harishchandra
1931 Alam Aara
1935 Hunterwali
1936 Achut Kanya
1937 Duniya Na Maane
1943 Kismet
1944 Rattan
1945 Humrahi
1946 Anmol Ghadi, Neecha Nagar
1947 Jugnu
1948 Kismat, Chandralekha, Majboor
1949 Mahal, Andaaz, Barsaat
1950 Sangram
1951 Awaara
1952 Aan, Baiju Baawra
1953 Do Bigha Zameen, Parineeta
1955 Devdas, Shree 420, Mr. & Mrs. 55, Seema, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje
1956 CID
1957 Mother India, Jaagte Raho, Do Aankhein Barah Haath,
Pyaasa, Naya Daur
1958 Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Madhumati
1959 Dhool Ka Phool, Sujata, Navrang, Anari,
Kaagaz Ke Phool, Guest House
1960 Mughal-e-Aazam, Chaudvin Ka Chand
1961 Junglee, Ganga Jamuna
1962 Saheb Bibi Aur Ghulam, Half-Ticket
1963 Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Bandini, Mere Mehboob
1964 Haqeeqat, Kashmir Ki Kali, Sangam, Dosti
1965 Waqt, Guide, Shaheed
1966 Teesri Manzil, Mera Saaya, Teesri Kasam
1967 Upkaar, Ram Aur Shyam
1968 Padosan, Aankhen, Saraswatichandra
1969 Khamoshi, Aradhana, Satyakarm
1970 Kati Patang, Purab Aur Pashchim,
Mera Naam Joker, Johny Mera Naam
1971 Anand, Anubhav, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Hare Rama Hare Krishna
1972 Pakeezah, Amar Prem
1973 Bobby, Haste Zakham, Zanjeer, Garm Hawa, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Daag
1974 Ankur, Roti Kapada Aur Makaan
1975 Sholay, Deewar, Julie, Mili, Nishant,
Jai Santoshi Maa, Chupke Chupke, Aandhi
1976 Kalicharan, Kabhi Kabhie, Manthan, Nagin
1977 Shatranj Ke Khilari, Amar Akbar Anthony, Bhumika, Dharam Veer
1978 Satyam Shivam Sudaram, Vishwanath, Don, Muqqadar Ka Sikandar
1979 Kala Patthar, Golmaal, Suhaag, Baton Baton Mein
1980 Aakrosh, Qurbani, Karz
1981 Silsila, Ek Duje Ke Liye,  Sadgati, Subah, Kranti, Yaarana,
Umrao Jaan, Love Story, Laawaris, Chasme Baddoor
1982 Namak Halal, Arth, Nadiya Ke Paar
1983 Sautan, Mandi, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Masoom, Coolie, Betaab, Sadma, Wo Saat Din, Ardh Satya
1984 Tohfa, Sharaabi
1985 Ram Teri Ganga Maili
1986 Karma
1987 Ijaazat, Mr. India
1988 Shahanshah, Salaam Bombay, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Tezaab
1989 Maine Pyaar Kiya, Parinda
1990 Dil, Ghayal
1991 Drishti, Lamhe, Saajan
1992 Roja
1993 Damini, Aankhen
1994 1942 A Love Story, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Andaaz Apna Apna
1995 Rangeela, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Bombay
1996 Raja Hindustani
1997 Border, Dil To Pagal Hai
1998 Satya, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
1999 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain
2000 Astitva, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
2001 Gadar, Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2002 Devdas
2003 Munna Bhai MBBS, Koi Mil Gaya, Kal Ho Na Ho, Hungama
2004 Baaghbaan, Yuva , Swades, Maqbool, Dhoom, Hum Tum, Veer-Zaara
2005 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Black, Page 3
2006 Rang De Basanti, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Fanaa,
Krish, Dhoom 2, Gangster, Golmaal
2007 Guru, Namaste London, Jab We Met, Om Shanti Om, Chak De! India,
Taare Zameen Par, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Partner, Welcome
2008 Ghajini, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Singh is Kinng, Jodha Akbar,
Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Fashion, A Wednesday, Dostaana
2009 3 Idiots, Love Aaj Kal, Wanted, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani,
Wake Up Sid, Dev D, Paa
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik, My Name Is Khan
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Rockstar
2012 Ishaqzaade, Kahaani, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Gangs of Wasseypur, Talaash

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33 thoughts on “Greatest Hindi Movies (Year-Wise)

  1. where is nagin the evergreen musical blockbuster

    Posted by pkbhagat | May 22, 2014, 12:09 pm
  2. Hi Neeraj,

    Thanks for the like on my movie review. Glad a fellow movie buff liked it :) Your blog seems pretty interesting. Will keep revisiting.


    Posted by Anushree | September 3, 2013, 8:38 am
  3. Wonderful summary of a history of movies made in India and hopefully acknowledged by many!

    Posted by reocochran | April 13, 2013, 6:03 pm
  4. darr and anjaam are also great movies u should give them a place…
    also khamoshi a musical is 1 good film u r missing

    Posted by shreyans jain | January 23, 2013, 7:18 pm
  5. Sir you also forgot Raj Kapoor & Wahida Rehman classic hit ‘Teesri Kasam’

    Posted by Well Wisher | January 17, 2013, 4:22 pm
  6. Thanks!good efforts u hv taken,and u are corrcting the list also, what about 27 DOWN A RAKHI & director AVATAR KOULs film year 75or76.

    Posted by baburao shid | September 10, 2012, 6:35 pm
  7. I do not know anything about these things. But I will look them up. Thanks.

    Posted by Carl D'Agostino | July 18, 2012, 9:17 am
    • Carl’ these are greatest hindi cinema…. U can see with subtitles for sure… WIll be good exposure to the times and culture in India along the years… along with good cinema…

      Posted by G | July 19, 2012, 11:57 am
  8. Do check out my list. Just Posted. :)


    Posted by rishwrites | June 8, 2012, 3:15 pm
  9. How could u 4get “ghayal” movie in 1990 which gave a national award 2 sunny deol…….

    Posted by Naushad Ali Khan | April 14, 2012, 8:57 pm
  10. That’s quite a list!

    Posted by Sapna | March 1, 2012, 3:59 pm
  11. Hello Neeraj,

    Thank you for coming by my blog today and introducing yourself! I think I will enjoy looking around here as well. All best to you as you collect great film and film followers!


    Posted by kathryningrid | January 22, 2012, 9:10 am
  12. Karthik Calling Karthik, My Name Is Khan, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and ilk…are you kidding me!! Greatest movies??..where’s Black Friday?? Mumbai Meri Jaan?? first of all movies are not considered great by virtue of ‘Box office collections’..please rename the list to ‘High Grossers’ or something of that sort..you are doing a dis-service to sensible hindi cinema by publishing such a mis-leading list!!

    Posted by Rahul M | December 8, 2011, 2:42 am
    • I appreciate your views. Thanks for visiting and also sharing your piece of mind. Every individual has different perspective to see things. And must we accommodate all concerns and opinion. I shall make suitable changes, incorporating your choices also, in the list. Please also suggest further modifications, if you kindly wish. Thanks again. Regards.

      Posted by Neeraj Bhushan | December 9, 2011, 8:31 am
  13. Great work mate.but i think golmaal(2006) deserves a place in this list too

    Posted by Subhaprada Chand | October 8, 2011, 2:34 am
  14. well, Good Work for the Bollywood fans. The comments will be there and you r taking them in right spirit.
    I want you to prepare database or list or something where in one can view year wise list of top ten movies yearwise since first talki relesed. With details like names of producer,director.leading cast,music director etc. such list is there in wikipedia but not complete………………….. Am i asking too much!

    Posted by dinkar desai | September 8, 2011, 1:42 pm
  15. How can you Forget JHANAK JHANAK PAYAL BAJE-a 1955 movie

    Posted by CHANDRASWAMY | August 7, 2011, 12:26 pm
  16. Again ANDAZ APNA APNA -1994 deserves a place. it is a case study in the genere “senseless comedy” which believe me is a difficult genere to write.

    Posted by Deepak Sharma | May 24, 2011, 12:08 pm
  17. i am a writer and i believe you have gone by BO performance..two good movies that come to my mind right now are SADMA(1983) and WOH SAAT DIN(1983). sadma has one of the finest ends ever in hindi cinema and “HDDC Sanam” is a remake of WSD and i still believe first part of WSD is better than HDDCS of Sanjay Bhansali…please include movies which didnt do well at BO but were good movies

    Posted by Deepak Sharma | May 24, 2011, 12:04 pm
  18. Dear Neeraj Ji,

    Missing two films:

    1997 – Dil To Pagal Hai
    1999 – Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain

    Jaffarali Khan

    Posted by Jaffarali Khan | January 7, 2011, 7:45 pm
  19. You forgot DOSTI (1964). A Hit movie with 7 or 8 national awards….

    Posted by israr | November 29, 2010, 3:39 pm

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