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1990's Bollywood: 90 Great Movies
The decade of the 90s was magical and one that brings a smile to my face. This decade is very special for me as these were the days I spent my childhood and adolescent years. The same may be true for you, and that's why you are here to recall those special memories.
This article presents to you 90 of the greatest Hindi movies produced by Bollywood in the 1990's. I hope you enjoy it!
Best Bollywood Movies of the 90s (1990 - 1999)
- 100 Days
- Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai
- Akele Hum Akele Tum
- Andaz Apna Apna
- Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
- Biwi No.1
- Bol Radha Bol
- Chachi 420
- Damini – Lightning
- Deewana Mastana
- Dil To Pagal Hai
- Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
- Dulhe Raja
- Gupt: The Hidden Truth
- Hero No. 1
- Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain
- Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
- Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United
- Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
- Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
- Karan Arjun
- Khuda Gawah
- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
- Maya Memsaab
- Phool Aur Kaante
- Prahaar: The Final Attack
- Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya
- Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
- Raja Babu
- Raja Hindustani
- Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja
- Ram Jaane
- Shola Aur Shabnam
- Tere Mere Sapne
- Vaastav: The Reality
Please scroll down to read more about these and my short review on all of them. Also find some great videos, songs, and film pictures from many of these flicks. I have watched all of them and you can pick any one of them to spend a nice evening.
1| 100 Days (1991)
This is a crime thriller starring Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff.
Why should you watch: The suspense is gripping. You'll be amazed to find the killer which is revealed only in the climax. A true Hindi movie classic.
2| Aankhen (1993)
This has Govinda playing the lead with double roles, and Chunky Pandey giving equal support. This film made Govinda's career established as an actor who has a damn good comic timing.
Why should you watch: Aankhen was the highest grosser in its release year.
3| Aashiqui (1990)
The Bollywood love story that got everyone talking about Rahul Roy and Annu Agarwal upon its release. They indeed looked promising but couldn't make much impact later in their careers.
Why should you watch: The script is pretty average, what scores, as you know, is the music. This is the best soundtrack of its times and even after 25 years, they sound so fresh.
Main Duniya Bhula Dunga - Romantic Song
4| Agneepath (1990)
Directed by Mukul Anand who after Agneepath's massive success went onto make Hum and Khuda Gawah with Amitabh Bachchan.
Why should you watch: Of course for Vijay Dinanath Choudhary!
5| Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai (1996)
This might be a happy coincidence that the heroine's name is Simran, like DDLJ, which was released in the same year. This classic Hindi film is directed by Sachin Pilgaonkar where he plays the role of an excessively protective father to his daughter.
Why should you watch: I watched this several years ago and I remember this is a light-hearted simple romantic comedy.
6| Ajooba (1991)
This is a fantasy film with a multi-star cast. Shashi Kapoor apart from giving many hits also tried his hand in direction. This is the only project Shashi directed.
Why should you watch: For the child in you!
7| Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
A sweet little emotional romantic story starring Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala. The real drama starts once they get married. Their aspirations become a tipping point for their separation. How they get back together forms the second part of the script.
Why should you watch: You'll like this if you enjoy happy ending story. Songs are equally good but Anu Malik got severe flak for it as it came out they were plagiarized.
8| Anari (1993)
Three brothers (Suresh Oberoi, Ajitesh, Gulshan Grover) raise their only sister (Karishma) with immense protection, love, and care. This ultra protectiveness leads Karishma to fall in love with a servant (Venkatesh).
Why should you watch: The innocent act by Venkatesh is something that comes to my mind when I think about this. Music of Anand-Milind is soothing.
9| Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
This is a kind of film which will be part of every list that features best of Bollywood. Incomparable to any and one of the greatest.
Why should you watch: Complete laugh riot.
Robert: Yeh Vasco De Gama Ki Gun Hai
Teja: Kiske Mama Ki Gun Hai
Bhalla: Isse Nishana Lagane Ki Koi Zaroorat Nahi Hai, Naam Leke Fire Kijiye Thik Nishane Pe lagta Hai
— One of the many comedy scenes
Tickle Your Funny Bone Here!
10| Anjaam (1994)
Intense and dramatic. The climax is my favorite.
Why should you watch: SRK at his best.
11| Auzaar (1997)
Two best friends in college come against each other when life takes them to their separate ways. One is now the head of business (illegal) and other a CBI officer.
Why should you watch: A mixture of action, thrill, love, and a typical Bollywood masala flick.
12| Baadshah (1999)
This was the time when more and more lead actors were trying their hands at comic roles. SRK was not left behind with this. He won the Filmfare award for best performance in a comic role.
Why should you watch: It's all the way SRK.
13| Baazigar (1993)
The year 1993 was the most defining in Shah Rukh Khan's career. Along with this, Darr, Maya Memsaab were highly successful.
Why should you watch: More for SRK lovers.
14| Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998)
This film marked the first hit of Amitabh after his financial crisis.
Why should you watch: The camaraderie between Govinda and AB is great.
15| Beta (1992)
The media started calling Madhuri the Dhak Dhak girl after this.
Why should you watch: Powerpack performance by Anil Kapoor.
16| Biwi No. 1 (1999)
This is a different kind of film. Shows how to ruin a thriving happy married life.
Why should you watch: Hot and sexy Sushmita Sen.
17| Bol Radha Bol (1992)
Directed by David Dhawan and is a regular double role picture. Rishi Kapoor plays a businessman in one role and a thug in the other role.
Why should you watch: The soundtrack is good in parts as is the script.
18| Bombay (1995)
The most controversial movie of the 1990s. The story inspired by the riots that shook Mumbai.
Why should you watch: A.R. Rahman's music and a well-written script.
19| Border (1997)
This is one of the greatest historical war movies. The scene where Sunny Deol charges up his troops before the war gives me goosebumps each time I watch it.
Why should you watch: Each and every scene is great.
20| Chachi 420 (1997)
This one has Kamal Hassan written all over it. The story of this was inspired by a Hollywood film but Kamal made it special.
Why should you watch: Kamal Hassan's transformation.
It took more than 5 hours daily for Kamal Hasan's makeup.
21| Chamatkar (1992)
A simple movie with its heart at the right place.
Why should you watch: Naseeruddin Shah in his role as Marco is the highlight.
22| Chandni (1989)
I couldn't help but include this though it released in 1989. My other article on old Hindi films did not feature it. I am sure no one will contest this inclusion.
Why should you watch: Sridevi, Sridevi, and Sridevi!
23| Damini – Lightning (1993)
The story of a woman fighting the odds and her triumph over the evils of the society. Meenakshi Seshadri plays the titular role became the breakthrough point of her career.
Why should you watch: This is the best women-oriented flick of its time.
24| Daraar (1996)
It comes as a surprise that this was a flop.
Why should you watch: Arbaaz Khan's debut, and he looks threatening. A must-watch if you haven't.
25| Darr (1993)
This shows how love can make a person dangerous. This was a blockbuster hit and the role of all actors was critically acclaimed.
Why should you watch: Ki Ki Ki Kiran
26| Daud (1997)
Daud is an action-packed, yet also funny, Hindi 90's flick that everyone loved.
Why should you watch: Some sequences are highly comical. "O Bhavre" sung by Yesudas is one of my all-time favorites.
27| Deewana (1992)
Enter Shah Rukh Khan with his dimpled smile. This is his first movie.
Why should you watch: All three lead actors do full justice to their roles. The music score is one of the best by Nadeem Shravan, and lyrics penned by Sameer.
28| Deewana Mastana (1997)
I know you must have watched this. So, let me recap one of the popular scenes. "Pappu Pager Ko Pehli Baar Koi Aadmi Bhari Padela Hai"
Why should you watch: One of the greatest comedies ever in Bollywood cinema.
29| Dil (1990)
The quintessential romantic movie of the 90's. They used to show this movie on TV so many times.
Why should you watch: For the lovebirds, "Mujhe Neend Na Aaye"
30| Dushman (1998)
Well written with some good tracks. "Awaaz Do Humko" and "Chitthi Na Koi Sandesh" are melodious.
Why should you watch: Ashutosh Rana's venom-spewing role as a killer will make you hate him.
31| Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
A musical love triangle. I can't take my eyes off Madhuri!
Why should you watch: For the music more than anything else.
Dance Of Envy - Who's Best?
32| Diljale (1996)
A simple college student is turned into a dreaded terrorist as circumstances change in this intense 1990's Hindi classic film.
Why should you watch: This can be termed as a semi-patriotic movie.
33| Dilwale (1994)
Sunil Shetty received the Filmfare but Ajay received a thumbs up from the audience and critics.
Why should you watch: Ajay Devgan's role of a mental patient is above par.
34| Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Classic romantic picture.
Why should you watch: Because people are still watching it on the big screens after so many years after its release.
35| Dulhe Raja (1998)
Govinda, Kader Khan, and Johny Lever bring this awesome family entertainer.
Why should you watch: There are so many ROFL moments that you just can't miss.
36| Ghatak (1996)
This is Sunny Deol's best ever. Amrish Puri as an ailing father gives the emotional appeal. While Danny as Katya gives the industry one more fearsome villain.
Why should you watch: With the current standards you may feel this a little bit over the top. But with Sunny Deol, this is so subtle.
Koi Jaye To Le Aaye - An Ultimate Dance Number
37| Ghayal (1990)
Another one for Sunny Deol fans.
Why should you watch: You'll become Sunny's fan once you watch this.
38| Ghulam (1998)
Aamir Khan takes on the dreaded mafia single-handedly. The last fight sequence is chilling.
Why should you watch: Good songs, action, and I'm sure you remember Aati Kya Khandala.
39| Ghulam-E-Mustafa (1997)
The anti-hero turning into a hero.
Why should you watch: Acha hai, Bahut Acha Hai! In the famous words of Nana Patekar
40| Gumrah (1993)
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt. This had a great cast in Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi, Anupam Kher, Rahul Roy among others.
Why should you watch: One of Sridevi's best ever. Maybe you will cry and feel for the innocence portrayed by Sridevi.
41| Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)
A love triangle with a nail-biting thriller.
Why should you watch: Awesome suspense thriller. The killer is revealed only in the last few moments.
Unforgettable Dialogues From That Era
|Dialogue||Performed By||Written By|
"Aaj Shaam 6 Baje Maut Ke Saath Apna Appointment Hai"
Amitabh Bachchan in Agneepath
"Bade Bade Dishon Mein Aisi Choti Choti Batein Hoti Rehti Hai"
Shah Rukh Khan in DDLJ
"Ek Machhar Sala Aadmi Ko Hijda Bana Deta Hai!"
Nana Patekar in Yeshwant
"Haar Kar Jeetnay Wale Ko Baazigar Kehte Hain"
Shah Rukh Khan in Baazigar
"Na Talwaar Ki Dhaar Se Na Goliyon Ki Bauchaar Se, Banda Darta Hai To Sirf Parvardigaar Se"
Raj Kumar in Tiranga
"Mere Karan Arjun Aayenge"
Rakhee in Karan Arjun
"Main Teja Hu Mark Idhar Hai"
Paresh Rawal in Andaz Apna Apna
"Tarikh Par Tarikh, Tarikh Par Tarikh, Tarikh Par Tarikh"
Sunny Deol in Damini
"Uska To Na Bad Luck Hi Kharab Hai"
Aamir Khan in Rangeela
"Yeh Musalman Ka Khoon Yeh Hindu Ka Khoon, Bata Is Mein Musalman Ka Kaunsa Hindu Ka Kaunsa, Bata!"
Nana Patekar in Krantiveer
"Ye Dhai Kilo Ka Hath Jab Kisi Pe Padta Hai Na, To Aadmi Uthta Nahi Uth Jata Hai"
Sunny Deol in Damini
42| Hero No. 1 (1997)
This was in the days when David Dhawan and Govinda were on a spree. They make a great actor-director pair.
Why should you watch: Govinda's comic timing and the uncanny similarities the story has with Rajesh Khanna's Bawarchi.
43| Hum (1991)
The story of three brothers and their struggles. The eldest brother Amitabh has a dreaded past and he attempts to shield all other members of his family from knowing it.
Why should you watch: AB and the multi-star cast won't disappoint you.
44| Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999)
Vijay (Anil Kapoor) is a spoilt brat and his grandfather (Anupam Kher) is tired of it. So, his grandfather advises him to get married and live a responsible life. Vijay does not want to get married so a contractual marriage is consummated.
Why should you watch: This was a super hit.
45| Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994)
A beautiful and emotional love story. This is a modern-day adaptation of the 80s critically acclaimed film Nadiya Ke Paar.
Why should you watch: Madhuri - my favorite.
46| Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Again a sad romantic love story. To me, Ajay Devgan scores above all.
Why should you watch: The best soundtrack. Aishwarya's dance in Nimbooda song is mind-blowing.
47| Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993)
Fun and comical till the last minute.
Why should you watch: My and maybe your childhood memories.
Bambai Se Gayi Poona - The Magic Of Nadeem Shravan
48| Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999)
The film which is till now remembered more because of the events that took place while shooting it. Yes, the famous blackbuck poaching case in which Salman Khan got convicted took place when they were shooting this movie.
Why should you watch: You'll not find a better family-oriented drama than this.
49| Ishq (1997)
This can be termed as a romantic comedy.
Why should you watch: I love the songs as well as the comedy.
50| Jeet (1996)
This can be termed as an action romantic.
Why should you watch: Salman in an unusual role.
51| Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
One of the best movies on college and sporting culture ever made in Bollywood.
Why should you watch: The title is enough, need I say anything?
52| Judaai (1997)
Thought provocative in itself.
Why should you watch: The awesome comedy of Kader Khan, Paresh Rawal, and Johnny Lever. This was the last movie of Sridevi after which she didn't do any films before returning with English Vinglish.
53| Junoon (1992)
An unusual movie in which the main lead turns into a tiger on every full moon night.
Why should you watch: The only horror film in the list.
54| Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994)
Shah Rukh Khan had the privilege of doing some great romantic flicks. And this is one of it.
Why should you watch: This is a light-hearted rom-com.
55| Karan Arjun (1995)
Starred the famous pair of SRK and Salman.
Why should you watch: I rarely like action flicks but this has a nice script going with it.
56| Khalnayak (1993)
Landmark movie in Sanjay Dutt's career.
Why should you watch: Sanjay Dutt's gangsta style is unique. Also, this was the time when Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri were in a secret relationship.
57| Khiladi (1992)
I must say the only watchable Khiladi franchise movie. Others in the Khiladi range were trashy.
Why should you watch: Surprisingly funny and exciting.
58| Khuda Gawah (1992)
Awesome pair of Amitabh and Sridevi.
Why should you watch: Apart from India this was a huge hit in Afghanistan as a major part of the shoot was done there.
59| Koyla (1997)
SRK 90's deadly action film.
Why should you watch: Action with Shah Rukh Khan as lead makes this a must watch.
60| Krantiveer (1994)
Needs no introduction.
Why should you watch: Nana, Nana, Nana. But everyone is great.
61| Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Romanticism Karan Johar style.
Why should you watch: This is more of a classic now.
62| Lamhe (1991)
This is one movie I am dying to watch but haven't been able to.
Why should you watch: You are missing something special if you haven't seen this (Like some reviews say).
63| Love (1991)
One actress which should have given more roles in the 90s is Revathi. The south star did very few Hindi movies.
Why should you watch: I like how Salman Khan is transformed after falling in love with Revathi. Also, Revathi seems so fresh and beautiful.
64| Mann (1999)
This may be a cliche but it has everything from comedy to romance to script to songs. It is good in every department.
Why should you watch: Great songs and an emotional roller-coaster.
65| Maya Memsaab (1993)
The name is enough for you to watch this once again.
Why should you watch: Hotness overloaded, courtesy Deepa Sahi.
66| Mohra (1994)
Action packed cinema, very entertaining Hindi 90's movie.
Why should you watch: Most Akshay-Sunil movies were good. The hit number "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast" is a visual treat.
67| Narasimha (1991)
Sunny Deol is written all over it.
Why should you watch: One more for Sunny lovers (pun unintended).
68| Phool Aur Kaante (1991)
Why should you watch: Enter Ajay Devgan with this romantic action. This set the lead doing more films like this.
69| Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991)
Gem of a movie. I was surprised to know that this is directed by Nana Patekar.
Why should you watch: Another awesome role by Nana Patekar. The song "Dhadkan Zara Rukk Gayi Hai" is on my all-time hit playlist
70| Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)
Salman Khan style film.
Why should you watch: Feel good factor movie.
71| Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998)
This is a remake of the famous Hollywood movie French Kiss.
Why should you watch: The real-life couple's chemistry.
72| Raja Babu (1994)
Govinda and his comedy, you all know this one.
Why should you watch: Hilarious!
73| Raja Hindustani (1996)
One of the best musical romantic movies ever made.
Why should you watch: Blockbuster hit.
74| Rangeela (1995)
This movie was a rage when it was released because of the bold scenes of Urmila Matondkar.
Why should you watch: More of a cult classic now.
Aamir on a Date
75| Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993)
The big budget movie of its decade, and not as big a hit as it might have been, but still essential on a list of Bollywood movies from the 1990's.
Why should you watch: Considered a flop in terms of revenue collection. But definitely a one-time watch.
76| Ram Jaane (1995)
Are Kehte Hai Log Mujhe Ram Jaane...Ram Jaane...
Why should you watch: After watching this, I feel Shah Rukh is much better in negative roles as well.
77| Saajan (1991)
Why should you watch: Romantic as well as emotional. Great songs.
78| Sarfarosh (1999)
Why should you watch: Oh, boy! Aamir Khan is mind-blowing.
79| Satya (1998)
Get a sneak peek into the life and times of a reel life Mumbai don.
Why should you watch: This propelled the lead actor Chakravarthy getting overnight stardom in Bollywood.
80| Saudagar (1991)
Two veterans Dilip Kumar and Raaj Kumar join hands to deliver this complete masala movie.
Why should you watch: Awesome performance by the veterans.
81| Shiva (1990)
This movie is often forgotten by many. An awesome movie based on college election and politics.
Why should you watch: Another not-so-known classic.
82| Shola Aur Shabnam (1992)
Wow! I am amazed by the beauty of Divya Bharti.
Why should you watch: Good story-line along with great music.
83| Soldier (1998)
The surprise hit of its year
Why should you watch: Bobby does it with swag.
84| Sooryavansham (1999)
Though very cliched, still a one-time watch.
Why should you watch: Even if you don't plan to watch this, there are high chances that you'll see this on the coming Sunday in some channel on TV.
85| Swarg (1990)
Keep the tissue box handy!
Why should you watch: Extremely emotional!
86| Tere Mere Sapne (1996)
The comic timing of Arshad is just excellent.
Why should you watch: Arshad Warsi's power packed entry in Bollywood.
Evergreen Song By Hariharan & Sadhna Sargam
87| Trimurti (1995)
Another multi-starer which was apparently flopped at the box office.
Why should you watch: One of my favorites.
88| Vaastav: The Reality (1999)
You can't miss this one.
Why should you watch: Sanju baba's most remembered movie.
89| Vishwatma (1992)
Remember Ajgar Jurrat, the fearsome role played by Amrish Puri. As well, Tapasvi Gunjal played by Gulshan Grover is equally memorable.
Why should you watch: Critically as well as publicly acclaimed.
90| Yeshwant (1997)
Trademark Nana style.
Why should you watch: Acting such as this made Nana Patekar the star he is today.
1990's Bollywood: 90 Great Movies
I hope you enjoyed this list of great 1990's Hindi films. From romantic to action-packed to comical, these great movies are just what you need when you are stuck inside.These were 90 of the greatest Hindi movies produced by Bollywood in the 1990's. I hope you enjoyed it!
© 2018 Aarav
Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on October 11, 2019:
It is an amazing compilation of good Hindi movies from the 90's.
sivaram on January 30, 2019:
how could u miss classic like parinda and 1942 A LOVE STORY