List of Must See Bollywood Movies of All-Time 
Bollywood, one of the largest movie industries in the world, has given numerous movies to the citizens of India during its lifetime. It can produce around 100 movies every year. The phenomenal success of Bollywood can well be understood by the celebration of its centenary anniversary in the year 2013. Ever since Bollywood came up with the first movie, Raja Hasrishchandra, which was a silent movie made by Dadasaheb Phalke, it has traveled a long way to date.
Movies of different genres, such as comedy, mystery, action, animation and horror, have been produced by Bollywood. Some of these movies went on to make history and some failed to impress. Whatever be the case, Bollywood has given some larger-than-life movies to the people of the world. Some of the movies produced have left an impact on the minds of millions and also influenced many.
Must Watch Bollywood Movies List
There are numerous movies produced by Bollywood that must be watched at all costs. If you have missed watching them, then you have definitely missed a lot. Here is a list of some of the evergreen movies that Bollywood has produced over the years and that must be watched by every family member.
When you talk about some of the must watch Bollywood movies, you can definitely not ignore Sholay. Made by Ramesh Sippy and written by Salim-Javed, this movie had some of the biggest star casts of Bollywood during those times. It has the perfect dose of action, humor, lovely and melodious songs, and bromance. The story centered around 2 convicts, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan, who are hired by a retired police officer, played by Sanjeev Kumar. The motive was to capture a ruthless dacoit, Gabbar Singh, played by Amjad Khan who made a debut with this movie. The movie is pretty lengthy but it will surely keep you at the edge of your seat all the time.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Released in the year 1995, DDLJ, as it is popularly known or Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge had Kajol, Amrish Puri, and Shah Rukh Khan in the lead roles. The movie went on to become the ultimate example of Bollywood romance and also went on to become the benchmark of every other romantic movie that was made after this. The story revolved around a simple Punjabi girl by the name of Simran, played by Kajol, who belonged to an orthodox family. She meets Raj, played by Shah Rukh Khan, during an international holiday to Europe and falls in love with him. Raj is from a modern family and is extremely rich. Simran’s father, played by Amrish Puri, was against this and prevented his daughter from meeting Raj. The rich guy finally lands up in Punjab in order to impress the father of the bride and also marry her with his permission.
This epic movie was released in the year 1960 and was set in the late sixteenth century during the Mughal era. The story of the movie revolved around Emperor Akbar, his son Prince Salim, and a court dancer Anarkali. The prince falls in love with the dancer and naturally the emperor has problems with the relationship. Elaborate costumes, majestic sets, and realistic battle scenes turned the movie into an epic. It also had a big star cast of those times in the form of Madhubala, Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, and Durga Khote.
Set in a small Indian village named as Champaner, this movie was all about the battle of a few villages against the mighty British during the British era in India. The battle was not the traditional one that was fought with weapons. It was a battle of a game of cricket. The treaty between the teams was that if the British won, they would ask for 3 times the annual lagan or tax and if the villagers won, they would be relieved from paying the annual tax for three consecutive years. The way the innocent villagers learn the art of playing cricket and the challenges they have to face in the path to success makes the entire movie a must-watch. It is directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar and had Aamir Khan in the lead role.
This movie is all about the hardships that the rural farmers had to face in a newly independent India. The movie was also the first one from Bollywood that got nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. It had Nargis, Sunil Dutt, and Rajendra Kumar in the lead roles. Made by Mehboob Khan, the movie centered on Radha, played by Nargis, whose husband is missing and who had to face numerous hardships in raising her two sons. The struggles she had to face and the tantrums of a cunning money-lender made the entire movie an interesting watch.
This comedy-drama was made by Rajkumar Hirani and was co-written by Abhijat Joshi. It had Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, and Boman Irani in the lead roles. The story of the movie was all about 3 students of a prestigious engineering college of India who struggle to overcome hardships in life to become the toppers of the college. The hostel ragging, the boring lectures, the pressure to perform and outdo others in order to become the topper have all been shown in the movie that makes the entire movie a delight to watch. The movie went on to become a major box office success and also had a meaningful message to the nation. It made a great impact in the minds of millions of students of India.
Released in the year 1965, Guide was directed by Vijay Anand and has Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in the lead roles. The story is basically an adaptation of a popular novel written by R. K. Narayan. The movie was about Raju, who was a tour guide but with time turns into a holy man. The movie was an instant box office hit once it got released. The award-winning performances of both the lead actors along with the melodious songs helped the movie become successful. The movie was also listed in the fourth position by Time in its list of Best Bollywood Classics.
Amar Akbar Anthony
With Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles, this movie was another popular production by Bollywood. It was about 3 brothers who get separated during their childhood. This theme got so popular that directors use it even to this day. The three kids are raised by 3 different families from different religions and eventually meet when they grow up. The sheer acting skills of the lead actors makes the movie a pleasurable watch. It is also directed nicely by Manmohan Desai and has a perfect blend of action, romance, drama, and some lovely songs.
Directed by Mani Ratnam, this movie is based on the real 1992 riots that took place in the city of Mumbai, then Bombay. The story was about a Hindy boy and a Muslim girl who fall in love with each other and despite all the oppositions from their families, run away and marry each other. They settle in Bombay where their fathers come to visit them. The couple have a twin son of which one is given a Hindu name and the other a Muslim name. how they lose their sons in the Bombay riots and how they successfully find their sons form the story of the movie. The awesome picturization along with melodious songs by A.R. Rehman helped the movie become a major box office hit.
This is probably one of the most popular movies ever produced by Bollywood. Made by Shekhar Kapur, this movie had Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, and Amrish Puri in the lead roles. Anil manages to find a watch that helps him become invisible. On the other hand, Mogambo, played by Amrish Puri, is a villain who wishes to destroy the world. Being invisible, Anil manages to save the earth from Mobambo’s plans with the help of Sridevi. The movie became a craze all over the nation after its release and the songs became an instant hit. It also made the dialogue “Mogambo Khush Hua’ extremely popular. With stellar performances by the actors and the awesome science fiction storyline, the movie is still a hit amongst the viewers.
This movie was released in the year 1971 and had Rajesh Khanna play the title character. It also had Amitabh Bachchan and was made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It went on to win several awards during its time that also included the popular Filmfare Awards in the Best Film category. The story was about a man named Anand who suffers from Lymph sarcoma of the Intestine and is at the last stage of the cancer. However, he still manages to make the people around him happy and believes that being sad is not worth it at all. The beautiful acting by Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan will certainly bring tears to your eyes when Anand finally dies.
This is one of the evergreen comedy movies that has ever been produced by Bollywood. Made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, it had Utpal Dutta, and Amol Palekar in the lead roles. Utpal Dutta is the owner of a company where Amol Palekar comes for a job interview. Utpal loves to hire people who are highly educated, extremely polite and well cultured and has a proper moustache. Amol Palekar comes to know about this and changes his getup to make the boss believe that he is the perfect candidate for the job. However, one day, Utpal catches him at a football ground in a completely different getup and without any moustache. The way Amol tries to prove that he has a twin brother who is the complete opposite to him will surely make you roll on the floor laughing.
This Aamir Khan starrer was released in the year 2008 and is mainly remembered for the lovely songs, the awesome acting of Aamir and his chiseled body. The story is somewhat based on the Hollywood classic Mememto made by Christopher Nolan. This is basically a suspense thriller that is based on the story of a multi-millionaire who suffers from a short-term memory loss after losing his girlfriend and getting hit deliberately by a Ghajini, the villain of the movie. The way he gets back at Ghajini and avenges his girlfriend’s murder is the center of the story. The movie was a great success and even critics praised the acting of Aamir Khan in the movie.
This movie is based on the love affair between Emperor Akbar of the Mughal Dynasty and his wife JodhaBai. Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, this movie had some magnificent sets, awesome acting by the lead actors Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, breathtaking royal dresses. Released in the year 2008, this is another great movie to watch whenever you get the chance.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
This story is about an extremely rich Raichand family. The father played by Amitabh Bachchan has 2 sons, elder played by Shah Rukh Khan and the younger Hrithik Roshan. The elder son was adopted, whereas the younger son is their own. However, both Amitabh and his wife Jaya promise never to make their elder son think that he is not one of their own. Life takes a turn for the family when the elder son falls in love with a simple girl from the Chandni Chowk area of Delhi. He marries her despite being opposed by the father. He leaves the family and settles down in a foreign land. The younger son promises that he will bring back the family together and leaves in search of his elder brother whom he idolizes. The acting skills of the actors and the storyline has made this another must-watch movie produced by Bollywood.