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The Best Romantic Bollywood Movies of All Time
This article is a tribute to the great romantic films of Bollywood. There are so many romantic Hindi movies to choose from, but I picked my top 50 films for this article. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Did you know that the first ever Indian film with sound, Alam Ara, was a love story? The history of romantic 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. Romantic movies are a classic part of Bollywood and Hindi films from all over!
I have always been a fan of all things Bollywood. In a typical romantic movie, 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 romantic Hindi cinema, there are many such films that have experimented with different kinds of stories. But we can always return to the romantic side of Bollywood!
Did you know that the first ever Indian film with sound, Alam Ara, was a love story?
List Of Bollywood Romantic Flicks
- Pyaasa (1957)
- Madhumati (1958)
- Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
- Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
- Koshish (1972)
- Daag : A Poem of Love (1973)
- Silsila (1981)
- Love Story (1981)
- Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
- Arth (1982)
- Prem Rog (1982)
- Hero (1983)
- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
- Aashiqui (1990)
- Dil (1990)
- Love (1991)
- Saajan (1991)
- Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993)
- Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...! (1994)
- Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
- Raja Hindustani (1996)
- Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
- Mann (1999)
- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
- Dhadkan (2000)
- Mohabbatein (2000)
- Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai(2000)
- Tum Bin (2001)
- RHTDM - Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (2001)
- Devdas (2002)
- Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
- Tere Naam (2003)
- Veer-Zaara (2004)
- Hum Tum (2004)
- Vivah (2006)
- Awarapan (2007)
- Jab We Met (2007)
- Ghajini (2008)
- Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)
- Love Aaj Kal (2009)
- Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
- Rockstar (2011)
- Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
- Aashiqui 2 (2013)
- Ram Leela (2013)
- The Lunchbox (2013)
- Raanjhanaa (2013)
- Ek Villian (2014)
- Bajirao Mastani (2015)
1| Pyaasa (1957)
This is a romantic movie masterpiece. You will definitely cry after watching this movie. The script is finely balanced with excellent and soul-stirring performances by Guru Dutt and Waheeda 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 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 romantic Hindi 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| Koshish (1972)
Watch this if you want to experience a truly different kind of love story. Two deaf and mute fall in love in this sad romantic film classic. To me, none other than Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhauduri could've done justice to this. Both are kind of method actors.
6| Daag : A Poem of Love (1973)
7| 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 times with a funny intent.
8| Love Story (1981)
Blockbuster songs with blockbuster movie. Kumar Gaurav became an overnight star. Vijayta Pandit heartthrob of many. I particularly like all the songs and they are a regular feature of many radio shows.
9| 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.
The Wonderful Romantic Bollywood Film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
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 Hindi movies ever made.
There have been many other great Hindi romantic movies other than KKHH, but to me it ranks among the finest.
10| 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".
11| 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.
12| Hero (1983)
The rise of Jackie Shroff.
13| 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.
14| 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.
15| Aashiqui (1990)
The best Bollywood musical romantic film of the 90's decade.
16| 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.
17 | Love (1991)
This is the debut Hindi film of Revathy. She plays the role of Maggie, and you'll definitely love the freshness that she brings on screen. Salman plays the leading hero who has a troubled and dreaded past and is not able to control his anger. How falling in love with Maggie changes his life is the plot of the movie.
18| 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.
19| 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 an 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?
20| 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.
21| 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.
22| Raja Hindustani (1996)
An ultra-emotional-romantic movie. Muaah for Aamir-Karishma chemistry.
23| 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.
24| 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
25| Mann (1999)
Emotional and soul-stirring.
26| 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
27| 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 performs 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.
28| Mohabbatein (2000)
The name itself is enough.
29| 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.
30| Tum Bin (2001)
Despite the all-new star cast, this was a success. The songs are nicely written by Faaiz Anwar and music by Nikhil-Vinay.
31| 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.
32| 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).
33| Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Bring the tissue boxes back!
34| 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.
35| 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.
36| Hum Tum (2004)
A romcom which gives the viewers a happy feeling throughout the watch.
37| 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.
38| Awarapan (2007)
A 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.
39| Jab We Met (2007)
This one brought to the fore 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.
40| 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.
41| 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.
42| 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.
43| Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
B3 gave Bollywood a new charmer: Ranveer Singh.
44| Rockstar (2011)
Recipient of numerous awards and by far the best individual performance of Ranbir Kapoor. Director Imtiaz Ali gets into the grove to create this masterpiece. Rahman's music is divine.
45| Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
One thing that I remember of this movie is when asked one of my friend's review on the movie when it was released. He said, "Go and watch, something different".
46| Aashiqui 2 (2013)
As like its precursor, this was a hugely popular musical romantic movie. But the similarities just end there (except the logo style). The story is so much different from the earlier one that it just pleasantly surprises the audience.
47| Ram Leela (2013)
48| The Lunchbox (2013)
Very thoughtful and a genuine effort to make a different movie. With all the praise that the Dabbawalas of Mumbai got with their tremendous service in delivering food across the city. Though, dabbawalas too are error-prone, which as per them is 1.9 per billion deliveries. Director-writer Ritesh Batra exploits this loophole and pens a modern day love story.
49| Raanjhanaa (2013)
With A.R. Rahman's music and the southern star Dhanush make this movie entertaining and worth every money and time.
50| Ek Villian (2014)
This one is a musical romantic thriller. Awesome songs and commendable role by Ritesh Deshmukh.
51| Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Ranveer Singh has come a long way in his career. With this historical romantic movie he further stamps his authority in Bollywood circles.
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The Best Hindi Romantic Movies of All Time
I hope you liked this trip back to the greatest romantic stories in Indian cinema. These romantic films are a classic part of Bollywood. The theme of love and romance has made so many classic Hindi films special. There have been so many great Hindi romantic movies!
© 2012 Aarav
Chandan on December 20, 2019:
Bami Oba on July 31, 2019:
It is wonderful to watch Indian films in the fifties and sixties at our youthful age.We watched LOVE and Romantic films with beautiful music played with local instruments and super Actors like Dev Anad, Asherperic and Pran.
Ahmadtaj on March 20, 2018:
I love indian romantic movies i think taht the ASHIQUI 2 is the most romantic movie in the world its really beautiful movie i love it very much
Samshad Raaz on March 16, 2018:
Where Is Muskan Movie
Gyan prakash yadav on January 21, 2018:
Veer Zara is wonderful Bollywood movie and
I love S R K all movie
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on January 12, 2018:
Thanks everyone for a the comments and suggestions. I will definitely keep in my when I update this article
jose on January 08, 2018:
Best hindi romantic was love story Kumar Gaurav
praa on November 06, 2017:
Where is love story
Harry rana on July 16, 2017:
I really love story movie romantic stories so every time I watch lion ke that movie
omi on July 03, 2017:
kahona pyar hai is the best romantic movie in bollywood
avichal on May 30, 2017:
Tum bin best romantic movie
sapna jangid on May 10, 2017:
I love hindi romantic song
priyanshu on April 15, 2017:
Where is Hum apkea hain koun and love story.
Sanyam on February 09, 2017:
Where is rockstar?? u will end up crying
chand on January 04, 2017:
tum bin.... is all time classic movie
rocky on January 03, 2017:
Tum bin... is highly standard movie of Indian cinema
shahbaz on January 03, 2017:
Tum bin......is master piece . best romantic movie of Bollywood.
Attikou Mato on December 13, 2016:
Hello you forgot Dosti : friends forever , that movie will make you cry, yeah cry
prit on November 22, 2016:
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 on October 19, 2016:
good collection overall.
gulab on October 16, 2016:
dilwale should be in the list
Elz. on September 30, 2016:
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 on September 19, 2016:
Rahul gujjar on September 05, 2016:
I love a akash vanilla movi
Deepak Aggarwal on August 22, 2016:
please add my fav....sadma and koshish...
Abhishek on August 19, 2016:
My fav. Yami Gautam
dileep on August 02, 2016:
u missed namastey london
Fateemah on July 24, 2016:
His name is Ranveer Singh, not Ranbir Kapoor in Band Baaja Baarat.
Ankita on July 21, 2016:
B3 gave Ranveer Singh not Ranbir kapoor
Naveed khan on May 03, 2016:
My fvrte actor sharukh khan he is a great of all time he is king of romance. And my fvrt movie is ddlj..
king on May 02, 2016:
i love llllllllllllllllllllllllll
Guru on September 13, 2015:
My favourite movie Devdas
Bunty on August 04, 2015:
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 on June 28, 2015:
Best actor-hrithik roshan
raj on June 25, 2015:
Ye jawaani hai deewani should be in the list..
Yatin H. Patil on June 08, 2015:
Where is RHTDM(2001) & Ekk Deewana Tha(2012)
bez on June 06, 2015:
for me kuch kuch hota hai,kal ho naa ho and kahona pyaar hai are the best movies.
SAJID ALI on April 27, 2015:
Shahrukhan is best
Renu on March 11, 2015:
l love dil to pagal h
aditya on February 07, 2015:
Sryy vivah should be there..
Coz it is the most romantic movies I have ever watchexwatched
naz on September 18, 2013:
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 on March 05, 2013:
kuch kuch hota h rahul tum nhi samjhuga
vision on January 23, 2013:
sadma is the movie which must be in these lists.
shiv on December 05, 2012:
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 on October 26, 2012:
Additions: Jab We Met, Socha Na Tha, Dil Chahta Hai. :)
intelgaintech on October 26, 2012:
My Fav Salman Khan.. and i love his all movies!! love u Sallu...He is the best!!
Shrikrishna Potdar from Bangalore on September 23, 2012:
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 on September 14, 2012:
where is jab we met
Akshay on September 10, 2012:
srk s d bst.... he roxx.... d king of bollywood...
Varun on July 31, 2012:
I think Hum Tum should also be a part of this list.
R.d jibon on July 11, 2012:
I love raja hindustani
soumitra on June 23, 2012:
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..................................................................................................................................................................................................
Jason Matthews from North Carolina on January 22, 2012:
Nice hub...very interesting!
Aarav (author) from Mumbai on January 21, 2012:
@santhosh8611 Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
R K SANTHOSH from Bangalore on January 20, 2012:
My fav actor sharuk...great acting...An actor who came will all Struggles in his life..i appreciate for his hard work..