Bollywood boasts the largest film industry in the world, releasing more than 1,000 films annually, or nearly twice as many as Hollywood. Yes, you read correctly. However, knowing where to start with so much material to read through is challenging. It’s harder to decide because many films offer much to offer, including music, comedy, drama, and incredible (sometimes ridiculous) dance sequences.
Nothing stops anyone from watching many movies in one sitting, but having a guide can be helpful because each one is longer than two hours. So here are the top fifteen Bollywood films of all time, which will undoubtedly move your heart in one way or another and make you laugh or cry. So take it as your startup kit.
Dabbawalas manage a lunchbox delivery service in India that provides employees at their workplaces with hot lunches from homes and eateries. To spice up her dull marriage, housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) decides to use this to have food delivered to her spouse. However, the delivery is unsuccessful, and Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a widower, receives her dinner instead. Without meeting, the two connect through letter exchanges and food delivery.
Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor), the local jester who frequently finds himself in absurd circumstances, was born deaf and dumb. He develops feelings for Shruti (Ileana D’Cruz), but her parents try to get her to wed someone else. The issues multiply when Barfi’s father gets unwell and requires money for medical care. He then abducts his buddy Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra), an autistic heiress, to secure a ransom. But he discovers love instead of money. Plot twist!
Rancho (Aamir Khan), Raju (Sharman Joshi), and Farhan (R. Madhavan) were best friends in college. But Rancho seems to have vanished since graduating. So finally, Farhan and Raju get to search for their long-lost friend and learn what happened to him, thanks to a bet made years ago.
Jab We Met
Business tycoon Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) is on the point of committing suicide after having his heart torn seemingly beyond repair. However, as soon as he gets on a train, he meets Geet (Kareena Kapoor Khan), a free-spirited individual who intends to elope with her partner. His life is altered forever by her.
The biopic focuses on Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra) and the numerous obstacles she overcame to pursue her goals. She struggled with poverty, a tumultuous relationship with her father, a career shift, and dealing with sick children. Nevertheless, she was able to return to the ring each time.
An orphan named Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) was fostered by a father he affectionately calls Tutti Frutti (Saswata Chatterjee). The two enjoy themselves greatly and grow as close as a father and son. But as Tutti embarks on a journey, he soon must send Jagga to boarding school. Jagga learns that his father has passed away one day, but the young investigator has other ideas. So he leaves to find his father with journalist Shruti (Katrina Kaif) on his side.
Kapoor & Sons
To visit their ailing grandfather (Amarjeet Kapoor), brothers Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) and Rahul Kapoor (Fawad Khan) travel back to the house where they were raised. However, when they go there, they encounter their parents’ marital issues, financial difficulties, and their own challenges as brothers—particularly concerning Tia (Alia Bhatt).
Aamir Khan’s character, PK, an alien to do research in Rajasthan, touches down on Earth. However, his only means of contact with his spaceship are stolen once he touches down. As a result, he is forced to wander the city, asking questions like a child and viewing everything with new eyes. He starts to understand the culture, human nature, religion, and love.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
After graduating from college, Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) and Naina (Deepika Padukone) rekindle their friendship. And even though they are both very different, they manage to get along well and embark on an incredible trekking adventure together. But, unfortunately, Bunny departs to pursue his job before Naina can speak about her thoughts. So when they reconnect in their late 20s, they must face how their relationship has altered.
Taking after her father, Sehmat (Alia Bhatt) enlists as an Indian spy during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. She will marry Pakistani military officer Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal) as part of her mission to gather intelligence. But when she falls in love with him, things become challenging.
Piku (Deepika Padukone) is the primary caregiver for her eccentric, chronically constipated 70-year-old father, Bhaskor (Amitabh Bachchan). When she plans to sell their ancestral home in Kolkata, her father protests and decides to visit. She is obliged to accompany him on a road trip, as is Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan), the only available taxi driver. The three of them set out on an extraordinary voyage.
Graduate school is where Punjabi Krish (Arjun Kapoor) and Tamilian Ananya (Alia Bhatt) first meet and fall in love. But when they want to get married after graduating, they’ll need to find a way to get their traditional parents on board and get beyond their cultural barriers.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol), both Indians living in London, are introduced to us in this Bollywood classic. The two unintentionally cross paths on a rail excursion across Europe with their friends. Although there is no such thing as love at first sight, Simran finds it more challenging to travel to India to carry out her scheduled marriage as the two grow to know one another.
Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is abandoned at the altar by her fiancé. Instead of whining, she chooses to make the solitary trip of her life out of their alleged honeymoon. She explores Europe in search of herself while making new friends and achieving freedom.
The four separate stories in this spicy movie depict four different sex situations. It features an improper student-teacher interaction, a married couple’s deteriorating relationship, a housemaid’s longing for her employer’s son, and even some vibrator self-love.