Top 45 Best Hindi Romantic Movies

Did you know that the first ever Indian film with sound, Alam Ara, was a love story? The history of love stories in Indian cinema can be traced back as far as Indian cinema itself. The first ever sound film had to be a love story because love reaches a large audience. Love stories are so universal that each one of us will like them at a certain point. At least, I believe that.

I have always been a fan of all things Bollywood. In a typical love story, there is a touch of everything, from love at first sight to the rona-dhonas to the fight sequence for saving the heroine and, lastly, the happy ending. In the history of Hindi cinema, there are many such films that have experimented with different kind of stories. Some have paid off, and some have gone down the drain.

Don't believe me that there are some very strange scripts that have done tremendously well?

Consider this. An eight-year-old waits every year for her dearest birthday gift: a letter from her dead mother. When she turns eight, her mother (Rani Mukherjee) writes in the letter to make sure that her father (Shah Rukh Khan) is reunited with his best friend (Kajol), who was his first love. I think you may be getting a clue about which film I am describing. Yes, it is Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. At first thought, the story sounds bizarre and trivial. Isn't it? But the presentation of the story in the film is such that it is one of the most famous romantic movies ever made.

There have been many other great Hindi romantic movies other than KKHH. So, let us have a look at the top 25 best Hindi romantic movies.

1| Pyaasa (1957)

I'm damn sure that you will definitely cry after watching this movie. The script is finely balanced with excellent and soul-stirring performances by Guru Dutt and Wahedaa Rehman. Speaking of songs, let me remind you that one of the funniest, Sar Jo Tera Chakraye, belongs to one of the most emotional films. To me, Pyaasa is the finest of all the movies in this list with a breathtaking script, great dialogues, and a mind-blowing climax.

2| Madhumati (1958)

One of the must-watch old movies. Though, the movie is black and white but the cinematic appeal and the script will keep you guessing

3| Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Old is gold. Don't take this statement as a cliche. I mean, who doesn't know about Mughal-E-Azam, a film which saw great success at the box office when it was released for the first time and again when it was re-released in 2004 as a color version. Great movie with some of the most romantic songs.

4| Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)

I love this because of Shammi Kapoor. My favorite actress, Sharmila Tagore, is also part of this movie. Sharmila definitely looks like a Kashmir ki kali in this! It's the story of a rich guy loving a poor girl; with beautiful locations and songs. One such song with a beautiful location is lined up for you below. Watch the kali in action!

5| Daag : A Poem of Love (1973)

Indeed, poetic.

6| Silsila (1981)

Keep the tissue box near you before you start this movie; you'll need a lot of them. I mean, what a great movie. Truly it can make you cry. The dialogues are recited even now in many movies and TV serials. Yes, I am talking about Main aur meri Tanhayee, though many a times with a funny intent.

7| Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)

Now if a movie like Silsila makes you cry then this will fill buckets with your tears. Like many of us, I have also heard that after watching this movie many lovers sacrificed their lives just like Vasu and Sapna. I remember hearing it from the anchor of news channel NDTV that many died after watching this film. Other than that I don't have any other news-link to prove it. But that may very well be true.

The scene which prompted many of them is below. Just watching the clip gives me shivers.

8| Arth (1982)

Recipient of numerous awards. The story tries to justify extra-marital affair and the old saying "All is fair in love and war".

9| Prem Rog (1982)

The best romantic movie of Rishi Kapoor. Leading lady Padmini Kohlapure does full justice to her role. To me, she is some of the few actresses who got meaningful roles in their career.

10| Hero (1983)

The rise of Jackie Shroff.

11| Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

One of the greatest hits of both Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla. A true mix of all things that a Bollywood movie can give us. Its exceptional songs make it a must-watch.

12| Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

A movie that made Salman Khan a household name. I love this movie because of the girl-next-door performance of Bhagyashree and the few comedy scenes that it has of Laxmikant Berde.

13| Aashiqui (1990)

The best Bollywood musical romantic film of the 90's decade.

14| Dil (1990)

A romantic comedy movie again, bringing together Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit. This film might be one of those films that I first watched on T.V. It's a great movie which I would even love to watch in the middle of the night.

15| Saajan (1991)

The other day I heard on the radio while coming back from work that the role of Sanjay Dutt was first offered to Aamir Khan. Ohhh...poor Aamir. I can't help but mention that the soundtrack is just awesome and touches the heart.

16| Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993)

A fun-filled romantic movie. A beleaguered Sunil (Shahrukh) does everything in and out of the book to win the trust and show love to Anna (Suchitra Krishnamoorthy), but Chris (Deepak Tijori) always has a upper hand.

A dialogue that I remember from it goes like this, "Idhar se jao, Udhar se jao sab rasta god ke paas jaata hai". Isn't that sensible and cute?

Original cover poster of Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
Original cover poster of Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa

17| Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...! (1994)

A good mix of comedy and romance with emotional scenes. The story is very similar to Nadiya Ke Paar but I like this over the former so I have listed it here.

18| Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Yes, it's still running at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai as a morning show. One can still see lovebirds hand-in-hand lining up to buy tickets for this one. On major holidays like Holi many visit to watch this movie.

19| Raja Hindustani (1996)

An ultra-emotional-romantic movie. Muaah for Aamir-Karishma jodi.

20| Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)

A musical romantic movie starring the most romantic actor of Bollywood: Shahrukh Khan. I say that because Shahrukh has had many box office hits which were from the romantic genre.

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Bollywood Shelf | Source

21| Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Again a Shah Rukh starrer. He is paired with Kajol, which is time and again touted as the most romantic pair of Bollywood.

If you weren't able to get your first love then there is no song that will cater better than this song: Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayi. Features Geeta Kapoor of Dance India Dance fame at the start of the video.

Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayee - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

22| Mann (1999)

Truly emotional and soul-stirring.

23| Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Another classic movie. No need to tell you that this is the last movie in which Salman and Aishwarya were seen together, and probably will remain the last featuring them. The song Tadap Tadap remains one of my personal favorites of KK (Krishnakumar Kunnath).

Tadap Tadap Ke - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

24| Dhadkan (2000)

An unusual combination of actors like Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty in a romantic movie. Both were mainly involved in doing action films back then.

Akshay awesomely peforms the character of a well-behaved person who lives by his ideals, and then Sunil Shetty's role of unforgettable lover makes this a good watch.

25| Mohabbatein (2000)

The name itself is enough.

26| Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000)

Hrithik Roshan was an unknown face before the release of this movie. This film made him famous overnight. For me, the movie gets more interesting when the second Hrithik comes on screen.

Screenshot of the famous dance step of Hrithik Roshan
Screenshot of the famous dance step of Hrithik Roshan

27| Tum Bin (2001)

Despite the all new starcast this was a success. The songs are nice written by Faaiz Anwar and music by Nikhil-Vinay.

28| RHTDM - Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (2001)

The youthful story which brought a southern star to the Bollywood. Yes, Madhavan's career took from this movie bringing him many more offers.

29| Devdas (2002)

The story of Devdas has been taken from a novel of the same name written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. It's a remake of the older version, but as I haven't watched the older one, I can't compare it. I liked the roles of Jackie Shroff, Shahrukh, and Smita Jaykar (who played Deva's mother).

30| Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

Bring the tissue boxes back!

31| Tere Naam (2003)

I am a big fan of this movie. Love this movie in every way. Cool songs, script, and Radhe Bhaiya is just awesome.

32| Veer-Zaara (2004)

A love story set with lovers from across the border. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, was one other such film that is along similar lines.

33| Hum Tum (2004)

A romcom which gives the viewers a happy feeling through out the watch.

34| Vivah (2006)

Without much fanfare or publicity the film was released and this was a surprise hit of the year. Watch it if you like family oriented romantic films.

35| Awarapan (2007)

Strong performance by the lead star Imran Hashmi. As with all his movies the music is especially notable. Set in the backdrop of a crime thriller is a gentle love story.

36| Jab We Met (2007)

This one brought to the fore the Kareena Kapoor's sinking career and gave it a fresh lease of life. The story, songs, screenplay and every bit of the movie is more than good.

37| Ghajini (2008)

The movie which was originally made in Tamil went on to became a roaring success at the box office and also earned tremendous praise from the critics and the general public.

38| Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)

Again a romantic comedy film which you cannot afford to miss.The debut movie of Irfan Khan and Prateik Babbar. After this Irfan's career got off to a great start whereas of Prateik turned out to yet another star-son who could not manage to gain wider acceptance.

39| Love Aaj Kal (2009)

One of the few movies that I like from Saif Ali Khan. I'm not a keen observer of Saif's movies, but this one gave me a pleasant surprise. It features some very good songs and first time actress Giselli Monteiro. The Brazilian model just looks great in Indian attire.

40| Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)

B3 gave Bollywood a new charmer: Ranbir Kapoor.

I'm afraid there aren't any good romantic movies to list for 2011. It may happen that I have forgotten a movie that you like. Please leave a comment to let me know about your favorite movie and also take the poll to let me know your favorite movie from the list.

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Comments 36 comments

prit 12 days ago

you should watch (tum bin) movie . its one of the best movie. if you see this movie then you forget about all of love story movies. try only one time then you definetly like it and you watch many times.

sudhir 6 weeks ago

good collection overall.

gulab 7 weeks ago

dilwale should be in the list

Elz. 2 months ago

You should post Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. I've watched it like a 100 times and I still ended up crying up so hard.

SK IMRAN 2 months ago


Rahul gujjar 3 months ago

I love a akash vanilla movi

Deepak Aggarwal 3 months ago

please add my fav....sadma and koshish...

Abhishek 3 months ago

My fav. Yami Gautam

dileep 4 months ago

u missed namastey london

Fateemah 4 months ago

His name is Ranveer Singh, not Ranbir Kapoor in Band Baaja Baarat.

Naveed khan 7 months ago

My fvrte actor sharukh khan he is a great of all time he is king of romance. And my fvrt movie is ddlj..

king 7 months ago

i love llllllllllllllllllllllllll

Guru 14 months ago

My favourite movie Devdas

Bunty 16 months ago

this is only the favourite movie list of your man. make a list after observation, study and survey. there are missing some important movie like Ghajini, Vivah, Jab we met.

tpande 17 months ago

Best actor-hrithik roshan

raj 17 months ago

Ye jawaani hai deewani should be in the list..

Yatin H. Patil 18 months ago

Where is RHTDM(2001) & Ekk Deewana Tha(2012)

bez 18 months ago

for me kuch kuch hota hai,kal ho naa ho and kahona pyaar hai are the best movies.

SAJID ALI 19 months ago

Shahrukhan is best

Renu 21 months ago

l love dil to pagal h

aditya 22 months ago

Sryy vivah should be there..

Coz it is the most romantic movies I have ever watchexwatched

naz 3 years ago

please i would appreciate it if sum1 can help me with the name of this movie. it's a bollywood movie i love so much and have bin lukin for it but i can't remember the name cos i was younger den. way back in the 90s. a movie where two men who were friends became enemies and along d line, both got married and had children a male and a female. the girl is a spoilt brat and her dad (Buhari)is very wealthy while the boy is from an average home. somewhere along the line, the boys did was involve in this gambling of a tin dat he staked so much and lost huge amount of money that crumbled him. the two children met by chance n the girl splashed water while driving her car, on the boy who was on his bike. they both started exchanging words and finally fell in love with each other but their parents were nt in support. at the end the boy's father sacrificed his life to save the girls father.

mannat 3 years ago

kuch kuch hota h rahul tum nhi samjhuga

vision 3 years ago

sadma is the movie which must be in these lists.

shiv 4 years ago

Hum aapke h kon.. the sweetest movie of all time ... where Madhuri did a great job.. also till today, she is away from low quality popularity.. she is having all positive attitude which make her awesome...

Nandita 4 years ago

Additions: Jab We Met, Socha Na Tha, Dil Chahta Hai. :)

intelgaintech 4 years ago

My Fav Salman Khan.. and i love his all movies!! love u Sallu...He is the best!!

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Shrikrishnap 4 years ago from Bangalore

Missed "Mann" Amir Khan in this list, which is one of my favorites Nice list nice songs especially Deewana hua badal


where is jab we met 4 years ago

where is jab we met

Akshay 4 years ago

srk s d bst.... he roxx.... d king of bollywood...

Varun 4 years ago

I think Hum Tum should also be a part of this list.

R.d jibon 4 years ago

I love raja hindustani

soumitra 4 years ago

veer-zaara is the best movie of all time & srk is the best actor of all time . love u srk ,the king of the king..................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

Nice hub...very interesting!

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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@santhosh8611 Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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santhosh8611 4 years ago from Bangalore

My fav actor sharuk...great acting...An actor who came will all Struggles in his life..i appreciate for his hard work..

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