The Best Indian Movies of 1990s

Although it’s not easy to choose the best movies of any country, there are always movies standing out from the rest. India is not an exception. This is our list of the best Indian movies of 1990s.

1. Sholay (1975)

Category: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Sholay is the greatest epic story that has ever been told. It is also the movie with the greatest Indian stars, including Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, and Amjad Khan.

It tells the story of of an ex-police officer and two thieves.  The family of the ex-police officer Thakur Baldev Singh was murdered in the village of Ramgarh by Gabbar Singh. Thakur wants to kill Gabbar in revenge.

He askes for help from two thieves named Jai and Veeru.  Firstly, they hesitated to help. Finally, they start to plot their revenge when they know exactly who Gabbar is and what his crimes are.

2. Mother India (1957)

Category: Drama, Musical, Family

Mother India is a movie tributing to Indian women.  It is set after Indian Independence.

It follows a mother who struggles to earn a living for her and her two sons. The movie helps viewers to understand about women’s standing in Indian society at that time by depicting the situation of women struggling for equality in a male orientated society.

Mother India was the first Indian movie to get a nomination for the Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.

3. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Category: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is one of India’s best love story movies of all time. It depicts a very personal story for every Indian. In a country with 90% of all marriages being arranged, this story is all Indians’ dream of finding true love.

It follows two people who fall in love with each other.  They meet each other on a European trip but when they return to India, their parents don’t allow them to get married. What happens later is a battle of love over tradition.

4. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Category: Drama, Romance, War

The setting of Mughal-E-Azam takes place in the 16th century.  It tells the love story between Prince Saleem, heir to the throne, and Anarkali, a commoner.  However, his father, Emperor Akbar doesn’t agree with the relationship. The rift between father and son starts soon.

5. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Category: Comedy, Drama

Released in 1983, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is a satirical movie depicting the situation of India at that time, showing the corruption in Indian politics, bureaucracy, news media, and the business sector.

It tells the story of two photographer friends who become witnesses to illegal dealings by the government.