These Are 10 Must-Watch Bollywood Films For Beginners

Shanaya Rishaan |Sep 25, 2019

If you’re a newbie in the world of Hindi movies and don’t know where to start, our list of top 10 Bollywood films of all time is just for you.

Bollywood films can bring surprise and nuance to the audiences, which have helped Bollywood become one of the largest film industries in the world. They have not been only popular on Netflix since 2010, but also accounted for major revenue of the box offices worldwide.

So, if you want to start your discovery to the world of Bollywood movies, let’s start with the 10 movies listed below.

Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

This is one of the most epic historical films of India and also takes long period to complete. Mughal-e-Azam is a story about the love affairs of Mughal Prince Salim and a court dancer Anarkali.

However, Emperor Akbar, father of Salim, didn’t approve this relationship and this resulted in a war between him and his son.

Sholay (1975)

Sholay is an action movie combining the vibrancy and favourite song-and-dance elements of Indian drama with classic features from Western films, which helped Sholay generate remarkable box office revenue not only in its hometown India but also the oversea countries.

The movie revolves around the journey of the two criminals Veeru and Jai to capture the dacoit Gabbar Singh. In addition, the roles were played by famous stars of Bollywood in the middle of 70s, which contributed to the popularity of Sholay until the four decades later.

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Ijaazat (1987)

Ijaazat is a masterpiece of the famous poet and lyricist Gulzar. The movie is a tender story about a married couple who are struggling in handling the problems with the ex-girlfriend that keeps following and disturbing their lives. Moreover, the evocative melodies of the soundtrack and the feelings of characters could make you moved and even burst into tears.

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

This is a romance movie about the love between Raj and Simran, who fell in love on a trip to Europe with their friends. However, Simran's father promised a wedding between Simran and the son of his friend. Thus, it’s hard for Raj to convince Simran’s family to accept their marriage.

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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

If you're looking for an Indian movie that inspired by Hollywood teen romances, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is the one you should consider. The scenes in the film are bright with different emotions and songs of the chartbuster. Moreover, the two superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, starring in the Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, will light the screen up and lead you to different levels of feelings.

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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Released in 2001, Dil Chahta Hai was a breath of fresh air in the Bollywood industry. The movie exhibited the modern-day urban lives of the three college-graduate best friends and their love problems.

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Lagaan (2001)

Lagaan is considered as one of the most classic of the Bollywood drama genre recently since it is an epic that successfully combined the three favourite topics of Indians: the sport cricket, the star Aamir Khan, and patriotism. The story of Lagaan occurred in 1893 when a village of Indians was against the cruel colonial by a cricket match with the British.

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Devdas (2002)

Devdas, adapted from the classic novel namesake, offers the audiences magnificent sets, charming costumes, and beautiful songs with the melodies derived from Indian classical music.

3 Idiots (2009)

3 Idiots broke the box-office-revenue records of the previous movies when being released in 2009, and became one of the best Bollywood movies of all time along with the first Bollywood film for beginners to watch. Plus, the film shows the ambiguous boundary between reality and fantasy, and bring a familiar connection with the characters to audiences.

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Wake Up Sid (2009)

If you want to explore the relationships of Indian urban youth in the modern-day, Wake Up Sid is among top Bollywood films for beginners what you shouldn't ignore. The plot focuses on a sweet, sincere romance of a young girl having a hope to become a successful writer in Mumbai and a young boy trying to change and improve himself.

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