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Top 5 must-watch Hindi movie Classics that will stand the Test of the Time!

Aug 18, 2018

Top 5 must-watch Hindi movie Classics that will stand the Test of the Time!
Top 5 must-watch Hindi movie Classics that will stand the Test of the Time!

The word classic has a very wide meaning especially in the cinema industry. Digging it deep can bring out so many wonderful movies but we are only going to see the top five. Short listing the best is very difficult of all, but here goes a list of some unforgettable classics.


It came out in the year 1971, co-written and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It stars Rajesh Khanna in the lead role, with a supporting cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo and Seema Deo. 

The story revolves about a man who is ill and wants to live his life before he comes to terms with fate. It has won various awards, one national and many filmfare awards.

One interesting trivia about this is that it was listed in Anupama Chopra's book ‘100 Films To See before You Die.’


This movie was released in 1960. This epic historical drama directed by Asif stars Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Durga Khote. The movie is about the love affair between Mughal Prince Salim and Anarkali, a court dancer. After the disapproval of their relationship by Salim’s father, there is a war that starts between the father and son. 

Though Asif was first reluctant to play a main role in a period movie, the actor decided to take up the role after the insistence of the producer. Since the year 2000, the movie was acclaimed as ‘classic’, ‘benchmark’, ‘milestone’, etc. in the history of Indian cinema. Anupama Chopra even called it ‘the best Hindi film ever made’.


The movie is familiar to all the generations. Not because it was remade into many versions, but because of the actors who played in the original movie. The movie is about a Don, a wanted criminal who dies in a police chase and only one person knows about his death. The movie revolves around the lookalike of the Don who dies, who is trained to get hold of the gang. It came out in the year 1978, this thriller action is directed by Chandra Barot. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Iftekhar, Helen, Om Shivpuri, Satyen Kappu and Pinchoo Kapoor, the music of this movie is by Kalyanji Anandji, with lyrics by Anjaan and Indeewar.

This is rated as the third highest grossing Indian film of that year and was also classified under the Golden Jubilee by Box Office India.

The movie has won Filmfare awards for Best actor, Best Playback Singer for Male and Female. It was remade in the year 2006 with Shah Rukh Khan and again in the year 2011. Not only was it remade in Hindi, the movie was also remade in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam in the names Don, Billa and Shobaraj respectively.

Gol Maal

A 1979 comedy film, the film stars Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt, Bindiya Goswami and was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The music is by one of the topmost music directors till now, none other than R. D. Burman. So what is this about and what makes this movie one of the best classics in Hindi cinema, especially top five? We all know how a single lie can lead to various consequences. Especially in movies, most of them lead to hilarious situations. That’s how this movie also became a hit. 

This highest grossing movie of the year 1979, this is about a man who simply lies to save his job and it becomes a big issue and how it leads to other controversies in his life. 

The movie has many celebrities like Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman, Rekha, etc. doing guest roles. The movie was later remade in Tamil in the name ‘Thillu Mullu’ by K. Balachander, starring Superstar Rajinikanth, Madhavi, Poornam Vishwanathan, Thengai Srinivasan and many others. A remake was also made in both the languages after few years. One of the must-watch entertainers of Indian cinema.

Salaam Bombay

Not as old as other movies mentioned above, but surely one of the classics, this movie came out in 1988 and was directed by Mira Nair. 

This National Award winner is about the day-to-day life of the children who live in the slums of Bombay. The movie was nominated for various awards including Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for the year 1989, Filmfare Best Director Award for the year 1990 and so on.

Also, it won more than six awards, such as an award in the Cannes Film Festival.

The above-mentioned movies are only few drops of the mighty ocean called Bollywood. There are so many great unmentioned movies apart from these.