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Great Bollywood Movies

With 800 movies a year, Bollywood is the largest film industry and one of the largest centers of film production in the world. Not only it outshines Hollywood from its vibrant colorful movies and numerous songs which we all love but it is also the house of famous classics which are considered to be a milestones in film industry.

Here's the list of best bollywood movies of all time.

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Lagaan

Lagaan

Lagaan is a 2001 Indian epic sports drama film written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Aamir Khan, who was also the producer, stars with Gracy Singh in the lead roles; British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne play the supporting roles. Made on a then-unprecedented budget of INR 250 million (US$4.2 million), the film was shot in an ancient village near Bhuj, India.

Lagaan received critical acclaim and awards at international film festivals, as well as many Indian film awards. It became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Mother India (1957) and Salaam Bombay! (1988). It was one of the biggest box office hits of 2001. In 2010, the film was ranked No. 55 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films of World Cinema". In 2011, it was listed in Time magazine's special "The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies".

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Devdas

Devdas

Devdas is a 2002 Indian romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas. This is the third Hindi version and the first film version of the story in Hindi done in colour.

Devdas was declared a hit in India by Box Office India and won the Filmfare Award for Best Film. The film also won five National Awards and a further nine Filmfare Awards. The film was recently included in Time Magazine's top 10 movies of the millennium worldwide.

The acting was seen by many as the primary factor for the film's success, with Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit all winning Filmfare Awards for their performances. At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 500 million.

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3 Idiots

3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, with a screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Starring Amir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhvan, Sharman Joshi, this film broke all opening box office records in India.

It was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India and had the highest opening day collections for a Bollywood film. It also held the record for highest net collections in the first week for a Bollywood film.

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Dabangg

Dabangg is a 2010 Indian action film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan. The lead actors include Arbaaz's elder brother Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. The film marks the debut of Sonakshi as an actress, Arbaaz as a producer and Kashyap as a director. It features Arbaaz Khan, Om Puri, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar and Mahie Gill in supporting roles while Sonu Sood plays the main antagonist. Malaika Arora Khan appears in the item number "Munni Badnaam Hui".

It opened to generally positive reviews and broke several box-office records upon release. The film set another box office record, grossing INR 808.7 million in its first week, thus becoming the highest opening week grossing Bollywood film, breaking the previous record of 3 Idiots. Dabangg went on to gross INR 2.15 billion worldwide and Box Office India declared it an all-time blockbuster in the second week of its release. It is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010 and, as of 2012, the fourth highest–grossing Bollywood film of all time. Dabangg went on to win several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a 2011 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama road film, directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment. The film features an ensemble cast including Hrithik Roshan as Arjun, Abhay Deol as Kabir and Farhan Akhtar as Imraan. It also stars Katrina Kaif as Laila, Kalki Koechlin as Natasha, and Ariadna Cabrol as Nuria along with Naseeruddin Shah making a special appearance. Made on a budget of INR550 million (US$9.3 million), the film was shot in Spain, India, Egypt and the UK.

The music and score is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The film was a critical and commercial success. It grossed INR1.53 billion (US$26 million) worldwide and was adjudged a Super-Hit. After its theatrical run, the film was nominated for several awards in various categories and won many of them.

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Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British Indian drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup.

A sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire was widely acclaimed, being praised for its plot, soundtrack and directing. In addition, it was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009, winning eight, the most for any film of 2008, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also won seven BAFTA Awards (including Best Film), five Critics' Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes.

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My name is Kahn

My Name Is Khan is a 2010 Indian drama film directed by Karan Johar, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. My Name Is Khan's distribution rights were bought by Fox Star Entertainment for a sum of INR100 crore (US$17 million), making it the most expensive Bollywood film of 2010 and also the highest-value buy over for any Indian film, surpassing the previous record of INR90 crore (US$15 million) set by Ghajini.

On its release, the film broke many box office records. My Name Is Khan was the highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas at the time. My Name Is Khan is currently the 10th highest grossing Bollywood film with a worldwide gross of INR200 crore (US$34 million).

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Dil Chahta Hai

Dil Chahta Hai is a 2001 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama filmstarring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia. The first film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends.

Dil Chahta Hai was critically acclaimed, it received a rating on 8.6 out of 10 which is among the top rated Bollywood films along with Swadesh, Sholay, Rang De Basanti and Gangs of Wasseypur. It also won that year's National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. It was a moderate commercial success doing average business, though it performed better in the urban areas of the country compared to the rural areas, which was attributed by critics to the city-oriented lifestyle depicted in which all the characters are from rich or upper-middle-class families. Over the years, it has attained a cult status. Rediff named it as one of the top 10 Bollywood movies of the decade.

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Veer Zaara

Veer-Zaara is a 2004 Indian romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta in the leading roles, with Rani Mukerji, Manoj Bajpai, Kirron Kher, Divya Dutta and Anupam Kher in supporting roles. Veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini appear in the film.

The film became the top-grossing Bollywood film of the year at both the Indian and the international box office, earning over INR942.2 million (US$16 million) worldwide, in addition to being showcased at numerous prominent film festivals around the world. Upon its theatrical release, Veer-Zaara received mostly positive reviews from critics. The film won several awards in major Indian film award ceremonies, including the Most Popular Film award at the National Film Awards and the Filmfare Award for Best Film, among others.

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Babul

Babul

Baabul is a 2006 Bollywood drama film, directed by Ravi Chopra. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Salman Khan, John Abraham and Hema Malini.

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Mohabbatein

Mohabbatein is a 2000 Indian musical romantic drama film directed by Aditya Chopra. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan in pivotal roles, along with six young debutantes. Aishwarya Rai appeared in flashbacks as Khan's lover. Mohabbatein is most notable for being the first time that Bachchan and Khan appeared on-screen together.

The film went on to do well both critically and commercially. It became the second highest grossing film of the year and was thus declared a superhit. It also won several awards including the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, given to Khan and Bachchan.

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Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding is a 2001 film directed by Mira Nair and written by Sabrina Dhawan, which depicts romantic entanglements during a traditional Punjabi Hindu wedding in Delhi.

Monsoon Wedding earned just above $30 million at the box office. Although it is set entirely in New Delhi, the film was an international co-production between companies in India, the United States, Italy, France, and Germany. The film won the Golden Lion award and received a Golden Globe Award nomination.

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City of Joy

City of Joy is a 1992 drama film directed by Roland Joffé, with a screenplay by Mark Medoff. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Dominique Lapierre, which looks at poverty in then-modern India, specifically life in the slums. The film stars Patrick Swayze, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi.

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Bride and prejudice

Bride and Prejudice is a 2004 romantic musical film directed by Gurinder Chadha. The screenplay by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges is a Bollywood-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was filmed primarily in English, with some Hindi and Punjabi dialogue.

The film opened to generally positive reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 79% based on reviews from 33 critics, with a rating average of 6.6 out of 10.

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Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur

One of the best movies of Anurag Kashyap. This film's story revolves around the different gangs and their rivalry in small town wasseypur of Dhanbad.
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