101 Best Old Hindi Movies From Bollywood (1950-1990)
Allow me to bring to your attention the best classic Hindi films from Bollywood. In the list below, I write about 101 films made in India which deserve high praise for their cinematic excellence. All of the films listed here were made between the years 1950 to 1990. Enjoy!
101 of the Best Classic Hindi Films
- Amar Prem (1972)
- Anand (1971)
- Angoor (1982)
- Awara (1951)
- Albela (1951)
- Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
- Anari (1959)
- Agneepath (1990)
- Andaz (1971)
- Aradhana (1969)
- Ardhangini (1959)
- Arth (1982)
- Arzoo (1965)
- Ankush (1986)
- Baazi (1951)
- Baiju Bawra (1952)
- Bobby (1973)
- Bandini (1963)
- Baaton Baaton Mein (1979)
- Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
- Chupke Chupke (1975)
- Chashme Buddoor (1981)
- Coolie (1983)
- Deewar (1975)
- Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1958)
- Don (1978)
- Dosti (1964)
- Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
- Devdas (1955)
- Evening in Paris (1967)
- Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
- Golmaal (1979)
- Gumnaam (1965)
- Ghayal (1990)
- Haqeeqat (1964)
- Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
- Hum Dono (1961)
- Hamraaz (1967)
- Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)
- Ijaazat (1987)
- Kabuliwala (1961)
- Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
- Kunwara Baap (1974)
- Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
- Kaala Patthar (1979)
- Kabhi Kabhi (1976)
- Karma (1986)
- Kati Patang (1970)
- Karz (1980)
- Koshish (1972)
- Love in Tokyo (1966)
- Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
- Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
- Mr. India (1987)
- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
- Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971)
- Madhumati (1958)
- Mera Naam Joker (1970)
- Mera Saaya (1966)
- Mirch Masala (1985)
- Manthan (1976)
- Mahal (1949)
- Naya Daur (1957)
- Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)
- Neel Kamal (1968)
- Padosan (1968)
- Parinda (1989)
- Pushpak (1987)
- Purab Aur Paschim (1970)
- Pyaasa (1957)
- Pakeezah (1972)
- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
- Qurbani (1980)
- Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
- Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)
- Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)
- Sadma (1983)
- Satyakam (1969)
- Shahenshah (1988)
- Silsila (1981)
- Shirdi Ke Sai Baba (1977)
- Sholay (1975)
- Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)
- Sangam (1964)
- Shaheed (1965)
- Shakti (1982)
- Shree 420 (1955)
- Suhaag (1979)
- Guide (1965)
- Teesri Manzil (1966)
- Tezaab (1988)
- Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)
- Umrao Jaan (1981)
- Upkar (1978)
- Utsav (1984)
- Victoria No. 203 (1972)
- Waqt (1965)
- Woh Kaun Thi (1964)
- Woh 7 Din (1983)
- Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)
- Zanjeer (1973)
Continue reading to see short descriptions, rare movie posters, video clips, and screen grabs for many of these classic films.
1. Amar Prem (1972)
This is a film with a touching theme starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. It is a remake of a Bengali film. Perhaps you remember the quote, "Pushpa, I hate tears."
Why should you watch: This is one of the most iconic movies of Kaka.
Pushpa, I hate tears.— Anand Babu
"Pushpa, I hate tears," Scene (Video)
2. Anand (1971)
This is an extremely emotional film showcasing the finesse of Rajesh Khanna. It features a great camaraderie between Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan.
Why should you watch: The last scene is one such where you'll be totally engrossed and wondering why it had to end the way it did.
3. Angoor (1982)
This film is based on Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. It includes Sanjeev Kapoor and Deven Verma. It is a complete laughing riot.
Why should you watch: I am big fan of Utpal Dutt. He plays a small role, but every time I see him on screen it brings a smile on my face.
4. Awara (1951)
The Kapoor family comes together to create this all-time hit.
Why should you watch: It is a social drama portraying emotions that you'll connect with, even after six decades.
5. Albela (1951)
This musical comedy film is light-hearted and has some great songs like Shola Jo Bhadke Dil Mera Tadpe, among others.
Why should you watch: Bhagwan Dada is an unusual hero, and C. Ramachandran's music is amazing.
6. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
This was a blockbuster movie during its time which depicted lost brothers finding themselves.
Why should you watch: Amitabh along with Vinod Khanna and Rishi make merry and beat the baddies.
7. Anari (1959)
This was one of the first movies of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's directorial career.
Why should you watch: Raj Kapoor and melodious songs like Sab Kuch Sikha Maine.
8. Agneepath (1990)
This movie was not successful at the box office, but now has a cult following. Mr. Bachchan brought the character of an underworld don to life.
Why you should watch: Great dialogue and charisma.
Vijay Dinanath Chauhan Dialogue Video
9. Andaz (1971)
This instrumental movie features Hema Malini and Shammi Kapoor.
The movie has a great song called Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana composed by Shankar-Jaikishan. It is very sad that this was the last song Jaikishan composed before his death.
Why you should watch: Shammi Kapoor's finest movie.
10. Aradhana (1969)
This movie is famous for the song Mere Sapno Ki Rani. It is a love story and a remake of the Hollywood film, To Each His Own.
Why you should watch: This is the first blockbuster super hit of Rajesh Khanna.
11. Ardhangini (1959)
Meena Kumari plays a girl who nobody likes. She has no friends and is believed to be unlucky.
Why you should watch: Like many movies during this period, this film is a social drama with a strong-willed character.
12. Arth (1982)
This is the sensuous beauty Smita Patil's most famous movie and is based on extra-marital affairs. It was a big blockbuster with awesome songs. It is loosely based on director Mahesh Bhatt's life.
Why you should watch: Smita Patil and the music.
13. Arzoo (1965)
This film stars Sadhna and Rajendra Kapoor with a supporting role played Feroz Khan. It tells the story of how love prevails over everything else.
Why you should watch: One of the most emotional movies I've watched.
14. Ankush (1986)
This film stars Nana Patekar. He plays a character unlike most of his trademark roles.
Why you should watch: Relatable, intense, gripping. You will start to feel for Nana and his gang.
15. Baazi (1951)
This movie features Dev Anand and the classic song Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui.
Why you should watch: It features a cast studded with stars from the era when K.N. Singh played the antagonist. I also like Kalpana Karthik's charming beauty.
16. Baiju Bawra (1952)
The script of this movie is based on the story of Baiju Bawra, the dhrupad singer from the times of Raja Mansingh of Gwalior.
Why you should watch: Music is the real star of this all-time classic.
17. Bobby (1973)
This film marks the entrance of teenage romance in Bollywood. The romantic songs just add to the pleasure.
Why you should watch: This movie was a trailblazer of sorts. The script uses the tried and tested story of a rich boy falling for a poor girl.
18. Bandini (1963)
This film is legendary director Bimal Roy's most respected work.
Why you should watch: Nutun never ceases to amaze.
19. Baaton Baaton Mein (1979)
This is a romcom directed by Basu Chatterjee showing the life of a common man and his struggle to get married. It features great music by Rajesh Roshan.
Why you should watch: I can watch this over and over again with its subtle comedy and portrayal of a middle-class family.
20. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)
The mere mention of this title brings a blushing smile on my face.
Why you should watch: Kishore Kumar.
21. Chupke Chupke (1975)
The best part of this movie is the character Parimal Tripathi, played by Dharmendra. Equally great is Amitabh as the English professor. Om Prakash and Sharmila Tagore make the audience wonder with their jija-sali love.
Why you should watch: I have lost count of how many times I've watched this film. It is bound to bring a smile to your face.
22. Chashme Buddoor (1981)
This is Farooq Sheikh's most remembered movie.
Why you should watch: Cool loafers act. For me, Ravi Baswani acts with ease alongside Rakesh Bedi.
23. Coolie (1983)
This movie was a hit before it had even been released. It is famous for the scene in which Mr. Bachchan was injured, becoming critically ill. The accident was reported in headlines all over the world.
While the original one had AB dying at the climax, the remodeled version had him recuperating after an operation much like the real one.
Why you should watch: Landmark movie in Amitabh's career.
24. Deewar (1975)
This is one of the most remembered movie for Bollywood buffs.
Why you should watch: The famous dialogue between the star duo: "Mere Pass Mai Hai."
25. Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1958)
This is one of the greatest classics of all time. It features a great patriotic song sung by Lata Mangeshkar called Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum. It gives me the chills every time I hear it.
Why you should watch: Social drama. V. Shantaram's ultimate classic.
26. Don (1978)
The best Bollywood blockbuster of all time.
Why you should watch: Entertainment, entertainment, entertainment.
27. Dosti (1964)
If you haven't watched this, you are missing out on something special. It is perhaps the only super hit without any masala. It includes touching emotional songs by Mohammad Rafi.
Why you should watch: It is an emotional and sad story that will make you cry.
28. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
This is another classic starring Balraj Sahni.
Why you should watch: Director Bimal Roy's realistic take on a farmer's life.
29. Devdas (1955)
This is the first Hindi film on the epic romance novel by the same name by writer Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
Why you should watch: A great performance by Dilip Kumar.
30. Evening in Paris (1967)
This film is directed by Shakti Samanta, who gave Sharmila her big break in Hindi cinema with Kashmir Ki Kali.
Later on, the duo gave us many other popular movies such as Amar Prem, Anuraag, Aradhana, and Amanush. Was Shakti obsessed with the "A" phenomena, I wonder?
Why you should watch: Sharmila Tagore is my favorite actress and in this one, she plays a double role by the screen names Roopa and Suzy.
31. Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
This is one of the greatest romantic movies I have ever seen.
Why you should watch: The beautiful and sexy Rati Agnihotri is one of the many reasons you should watch this movie. It is also supported by a great story.
32. Golmaal (1979)
This movie must be included in this list.
Why you should watch: Full-on comedy.
33. Gumnaam (1965)
This is a suspense thriller with melodious songs and a well-made script. I especially like the title song and the one which features Helen in Iss Duniya Mein Jeena Ho Toh Sunlo Meri Baat.
Why you should watch: This is one of the few suspense movies I like.
34. Ghayal (1990)
This movie was the recipient of seven Filmfare awards, including the best movie award.
Why you should watch: Sunny Deol and Amrish Puri's deliver powerful performances.
35. Haqeeqat (1964)
This is a war film set during the 1962 Indo-China war starring Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra, and Sanjay Khan in lead roles.
Why you should watch: If you like patriotic movies, this is for you.
36. Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
This film gave Zeenat Aman star status. The story revolved around hippie culture and the quest a brother trying to get back his sister from the blurry and dark world of drug abuse.
Why you should watch: The script is unique and the music is good.
37. Hum Dono (1961)
This film has a nice plot in which Dev Anand plays a double role. Both roles are as soldiers in the army. One is supposedly killed, and the other is given the task of breaking the news to the family. As he goes on doing his duty, he is mistaken for the one who is dead, which leads to many problems.
Why you should watch: Most of Dev Anand's movies are romantic, but this one is different.
38. Hamraaz (1967)
This is film is regarded as one of the best from a musical standpoint. All the songs are sung by Mahendra Kapoor.
Why you should watch: Musical masterpiece!
39. Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)
This film is meant for kids. It felt so nice to watch this when I was a child.
Why you should watch: My childhood favorite.
40. Ijaazat (1987)
This is a love story you will remember long after you watch it.
Why you should watch: Flashback style storytelling. There is no better love-triangle film than this one. Anuradha Patel makes a huge impact via her character Maya. Also, there is a surprise climax.
41. Kabuliwala (1961)
This film depicts the life of a roadside chickpea seller. He gets attached to a little girl and enjoys her company. The climax shows the girl getting married, which reminds him of his daughter, who also might have grown up or even married.
Why you should watch: The movie is based on a short story written by Rabindranath Tagore. It's an emotional drama.
42. Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
This is Sharmila's first Hindi movie where she appears as a "kali" portraying the role of a Kashmiri girl. I became a fan of her beauty watching this one.
Why you should watch: For me, it's Sharmila Tagore more than anything.
43. Kunwara Baap (1974)
This is a comedy movie with a relevant social message in it, and the Tamil actress Manorama's role will surely give you a reason to laugh.
Why you should watch: Mehmood and his barrage of slapstick jokes.
44. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
This is another classic from Guru Dutt in which Waheeda Rehman plays his love interest.
Why you should watch: Tragic story of a successful director going down a self-destructive path.
45. Kaala Patthar (1979)
This movie depicts the life and times of coal miners, and exposes how some of these miners are treated.
Why you should watch: One of the most remembered roles of Amitabh.
46. Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
This story binds the characters together so seamlessly that you start to feel for them. It features lead roles by Amitabh, Shashi, Waheeda Rehman, and Rakhee.
Why you should watch: One of the most tragic love stories ever.
47. Karma (1986)
This gave Indian cinema yet another cult villain: Dr. Dang.
Why you should watch: This tried to recreate Sholay and was mildly successful.
48. Kati Patang (1970)
This film is based on a novel published in 1948. It is a remake of a Hollywood movie which was readapted in 1983.
Why you should watch: Superhit film of Rajesh Khanna.
49. Karz (1980)
This film executed reincarnation perfectly.
Why you should watch: Rishi Kapoor's 80's classic.
50. Koshish (1972)
Oh, what a couple Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya make. They are both deaf and mute in this movie.
Why you should watch: Winner of many awards, including two national awards.
51. Love in Tokyo (1966)
This is one of the most famous romantic movies featuring Joy Mukherjee. He had a knack for doing such roles.
Why you should watch: Joy Mukherjee's best movie.
52. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
One of the most historic movies.
Why you should watch: This movie is etched into the minds of people because of Prithviraj's husky voice, Dilip Kumar's emotional appeal, and Madhubala's natural grace.
53. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
This film is one of the biggest hits of Amitabh's career, raking in huge amounts of money in the year 1978, when it was released.
Why you should watch: Purely because of Amitabh.
54. Mr. India (1987)
This was a breakthrough film for every actor involved. It made Anil Kapoor and Sridevi household names in India, and gave us the most famous villain of all time.
Why you should watch: Historic movie that people from every age group can enjoy.
55. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
This film featured the first major role for Salman Khan, which he executed in style with the help of Bhagyashree.
Why you should watch: Great songs and Salman Khan.
56. Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971)
This film featured a noteworthy role by Vinod Khanna.
Why you should watch: The setting feels similar to Sholay, or rather, the setting of Sholay seems much like MGMD. Watch both movies to see the similarities.
57. Madhumati (1958)
The hit movie Om Shanti Om was based on this movie's script.
Why you should watch: If you haven't seen this, you are missing out on something special.
58. Mera Naam Joker (1970)
This film was based on the phenomena of clowns and the lives they led.
Why you should watch: This can be considered the most famous role of Raj Kapoor.
59. Mera Saaya (1966)
There are many movies which have a hero playing a double role. In this one, Sadhna does a double act, but not in a normal sense. One sister dies and another one surfaces.
Why you should watch: The story as well as the songs are good.
60. Mirch Masala (1985)
This is one of the most powerful movies in Indian cinema. Smita Patil starred in many parallel cinema movies in her career, but this one is the best. The movie features nearly all the stars who were part of the art cinema age.
Why you should watch: Powerful and bold performance by one of my favorite actresses, Smita Patil.
61. Manthan (1976)
This film is based on the white revolution and the life and times of one of the greatest entrepreneurs India has seen: Dr. Verghese Kurien. This movie was produced by 500,000 farmers who contributed at least 2 rupees each.
Why you should watch: It is based on a true story.
62. Mahal (1949)
I couldn't help but mention this one, even though it is from the 1940s. It is thoroughly the best suspense thriller movie that the classic era offers.
Why you should watch: It features a young Madhubala with master actor Ashok Kumar and melodious songs.
63. Naya Daur (1957)
This is another movie which was colorized, following in the footsteps of Mughal-E-Azam.
Why you should watch: Dilip Kumar's inspirational acting.
64. Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)
This movie features the original Hum Aapke Hai Kaun.
Why you should watch: Gunja Re!
65. Neel Kamal (1968)
This tells the beautiful story of a woman (Neel Kamal) who is haunted by her past life as a princess.
Why you should watch: It is a heroine-centric movie. Waheeda Rehman outshines greats like Manoj Kumar and Raaj Kumar.
66. Padosan (1968)
This movie has excellent comedic timing with unforgettable roles by Kishore Kumar and Mehmood.
Why you should watch: It is a fantastic comedy.
67. Parinda (1989)
This film showcases spectacular cinematic work by Anil, Jackie, and Nana Patekar.
Why you should watch: Super-script, Super-script, Super-music, and Nana Patekar.
Official Release Trailer From 1989
68. Pushpak (1987)
Pushpak is silent film at its best.
Why you should watch: Many of Kamal Hasan's movies are mind-blowing. This film is no exception.
69. Purab Aur Paschim (1970)
This film features India's most famous on-screen patriotic hero, Manoj Kumar, also known as Bharat Kumar.
Why you should watch: Manoj Kumar's iconic and awe-inspiring role.
70. Pyaasa (1957)
Get the tissues out. This film is a tearjerker. Ironically, it features the great comedy song Sar Jo Tera Chakraye.
Why you should watch: Films that can make you emotional are usually great.
71. Pakeezah (1972)
This film is considered Meena Kumari's magnum opus. It was her last before she died.
Why you should watch: The Tragedy Queen at her best.
72. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
This film marks the start of Aamir Khan's long career in the film industry.
Why you should watch: Innocent and simple love story.
73. Qurbani (1980)
This films contains so many great songs.
Why you should watch: The sexy Zeenat Aman made the Indian audience admire her beauty.
74. Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
This film is probably one of the most successful.
Why you should watch: Dilip Kumar's double whammy.
75. Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)
These days, it's more like Roti, Kapda, Makaan, and Internet.
Why you should watch: Blockbuster of its time.
76. Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)
Mandakini, Mandakini, and Mandakini.
Why you should watch: Mandakini.
77. Sadma (1983)
This film features a class act by Kamal and Sridevi. The last scene is perhaps the saddest ever in an Indian film.
Why you should watch: Sridevi's masterpiece.
78. Satyakam (1969)
If you haven't heard about this film, watch it right away. It contains a monumental performance by Dharmendra. This movie is thoroughly spellbinding.
Why you should watch: This is a powerful movie on the government and it's corrupt practices.
79. Shahenshah (1988)
There are rumors this classic film is going to be remade.
Why you should watch: Iconic and cult in its own way.
80. Silsila (1981)
A film based on the philosophy that love is forever.
Why you should watch: Classic romantic movie.
81. Shirdi Ke Sai Baba (1977)
Depiciting the popular belief of Shirdi Sai Baba on-screen allowed this movie to make a fortune. It also contains some great songs.
Why you should watch: Sab Ka Malik Ek Hai!
82. Sholay (1975)
This film needs no introduction.
Why you should watch: You know because you've already watched it. If you haven't, get busy!
83. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)
Long ago, Bengali writers were very famous and many movies were adapted from their novels. This film has its roots in a Bengali novel by the same name.
Why you should watch: Guru Dutt classic.
84. Sangam (1964)
This film is directed and lead by Raj Kapoor. It also has Vyjantimala and Rajendra Kumar. The bathing scene of Vyjantimala is still talked about in various forums on the web.
Why you should watch: Hot and sensuous Vyjantimala!
Bathing Scene in Sangam (Video)
85. Shaheed (1965)
The journey of Manoj Kumar to become a patriotic star began here.
Why you should watch: Another cult classic.
86. Shakti (1982)
This film features two legends coming together in another long-remembered film.
Why you should watch: AB and Dilip Kumar.
87. Shree 420 (1955)
This film tells the story of a poor man who wants to make it big and travels to the city of dreams: Bombay.
Why you should watch: Can anyone achieve their dreams in an honest way? Find out in the movie.
88. Suhaag (1979)
An amazing movie with a great cast and an awesome script.
Why you should watch: Multi-starcast blockbuster of its period.
89. Guide (1965)
This film shows the different stages of life and the transformation of a man from guide, to convict, and, finally, a spiritual guru.
Why you should watch: This film offers a powerful script and a critical take on religious practices and other superstitious beliefs.
90. Teesri Manzil (1966)
This film is a great thriller, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats until the end.
Why you should watch: Suspense until the last moment.
91. Tezaab (1988)
Madhuri Dixit's first hit.
Why you should watch: Action, romance, comedy, and music!
92. Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)
This film was the first critically acclaimed movie with Shammi Kapoor. It made good money at the box office.
Why you should watch: Great songs.
93. Umrao Jaan (1981)
I listed this film solely because of the epic songs.
Why you should watch: Rekha looks great.
94. Upkar (1978)
This was the first movie to bring the image of Manoj Kumar as Bharat Kumar to light.
Why you should watch: Patriotism at its best.
95. Utsav (1984)
This film recreates the 2nd century BC in India. There are some erotic and bold scenes.
Why you should watch: Bold for the 80's. Don't watch it with your family.
Man Kyu Behka Re: Melodious Song
96. Victoria No. 203 (1972)
The original was a great hit, whereas the remake was pure trash.
Why you should watch: Holds the audience in its grips until the climax.
97. Waqt (1965)
This film was considered the first Hindi movie, which started a trend of assembling multi-star films
Why you should watch: Great dialogue and songs, such as Aye Meri Zohra Jabeen.
98. Woh Kaun Thi (1964)
This film is a black and white classic thriller.
Why you should watch: Sadhna.
99. Woh 7 Din (1983)
This is a remake of a popular Tamil film and was the first movie in which Anil Kapoor played a leading role.
Why you should watch: The narration is excellent, and Anil portrays Prem Pratap Pathiyalewala beautifully.
100. Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)
This is a musical.
Why you should watch: Music.
101. Zanjeer (1973)
This film features a great cast which includes Amitabh, Pran, Ajit, and Jaya.
Why you should watch: Made Amitabh synonymous with action movies. After this movie, the media started calling him the "angry young man."
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