India’s cinema is much older than the country’s independence. India is the world’s largest film-making nation, producing around 2,000 films per year in around 20 languages. 

Here’s is list of India’s most memorable and classic films:

India’s film history predates the country’s independence. Indian films have traveled their own path in the 70 years since independence, from independently funded, high-risk projects to a well-organized industry with a global audience. 

India is the world’s largest film-making nation, producing around 2,000 films per year in around 20 languages. Here’s a rundown of 70 of India’s most renowned films:

Alam Ara

If Bollywood is fundamentally a song-and-dance film, then Ardeshir Irani’s Alam Ara is the place to start (1931). It was India’s first talkie (also a musical) and had seven songs, starring Prithviraj Kapoor and Zubeida.


Pinjar is amongst the most celebrated works of Indian poet and author Amrita Pritam, set during India’s partition. It describes the difficulties experienced by rural Indian women who were confined by society’s stringent laws at the time. 

It was made into a film with the same title. The film Pinjar earned the National Award for Best Motion movie, as well as several other accolades. 

Puro, a young Hindu woman kidnapped by a Muslim and later abandoned by her family, is directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi and stars Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Suri, and Urmila Matondkar. 

Puro, a resilient woman who serves as the epitome of women, is based on the author’s own experiences


Kamal Amrohi’s gothic romance is known today for Madhubala’s gorgeous presence, cinematography, and the role of Lata Mangeshkar.

Do Bigha Zamin

Bimal Roy’s socialist drama was a forerunner of the alternate cinema movement, and it is remembered for launching the neo-realist counter-trend against mainstream commercial films.

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This musical romance from 1957 is a classic. Vijay, an unsuccessful poet, is falsely presumed dead when a homeless man to whom he gave his coat is slain. Vijay’s poems are released after his “death,” and they become extremely popular.

Insaf Ka Tarazu

Insaf Ka Tarazu translates to “justice’s balance,” and the film explores what justice is and how to achieve it. 

A rich businessman named Ramesh encounters a beauty pageant named Bharti, whom he invites onto his yacht in this gripping thriller. 

After afterwards, Bharti accuses Ramesh of sexual assault, but he is found not guilty. When he is assassinated two years later, Bharti is caught and placed on trial for the crime.

Do Ankhen Barah Haath

The V. Shantaram classic was inspired by a true-life open-prison experiment that sparked reforms across the country.

Maya Bazar

The epic fantasy film based on the Mahabharat, directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy, had a high technical quotient for its time and was also the first Telugu film to be restored and tinted in 2010.

Kagaz Ke Phool

Guru Dutt’s semi-autobiographical picture was a box office flop, but it is now considered as one of Indian cinema’s great tragic melodramas.

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