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Top 100+ Best Old Classic Hindi Movies of Bollywood (1950-1990)

Updated on November 13, 2017
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Kannan just loves all things Bollywood. Being a Mumbaikar, he has a tremendous love for Hindi cinema.

Picture this. Three brothers lost years back meet in interesting circumstances to pursue their enemy.

Or this, the lead actor is grown up while the film credit is shown and in the backdrop, a child is running.

Or the start of the love story between the leading pair is often started with an altercation.

Or the villain of the movie just as when starting to exploit the lady there comes the hero. These are some scenes typical of many old movies. But still, there is something sweet about classic movies that I like. Maybe the simplicity. And when it comes to songs those are the best.

Let me bring to your attention the best old classic films that you can spend an evening watching. The below page will list out the best old movies, and to be precise from 1950's to 1990's. So here is the list of top 100+ best old Hindi movies.

Must Watch Old Hindi Movies

Collection of old movie DVDs
Collection of old movie DVDs | Source

1. Amar Prem (1972)

A film with a touching theme starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. It is a remake of a Bengali film. Perhaps you would have heard the dialogue "Pushpa I hate Tears".

Pushpa I hate Tears

— Anand Babu

2. Anand (1971)

An extremely emotional film showcasing the finesse of Rajesh Khanna. Great camaraderie between Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan

3. Angoor (1982)

Based on the novel Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. Double roles of Sanjeev Kapoor and Deven Verma. Complete laugh riot.

4. Awara (1951)

The Kapoor family comes together to create this all-time hit.

5. Albela (1971)

This musical comedy film is light-hearted which has some great songs like Shola Jo Bhadke Dil Mera Tadpe among others.

6. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

A blockbuster movie of its time based on the theory of lost brothers founding themselves when they grow-up.

7. Anari (1959)

One of the first movie of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's career in his directorial journey.

8. Agneepath (1990)

Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, Baap Ka Naam...
Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, Baap Ka Naam... | Source

The Amitabh Bachchan starring movie was not successful at the box office but has a cult following. Mr. Bachchan brought to life the character of an underworld don with great clarity.

9. Andaz (1971)

Instrumental movie in the career of Hema Malini and Shammi Kapoor.

The movie has a great song "Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana" composed by Shankar-Jaikishan. How sad that this was the last song considering the lyrics that Jaikishan composed before his death.

10. Aradhana (1969)

The movie famous for the song "Mere Sapno Ki Rani" is a love story which is a remake of a Hollywood movie "To Each His Own".

11. Ardhangini (1959)

Meena Kumari plays a girl whose past is such that no one likes her. She's treated friendless and is believed unlucky. I mean Meena Kumari, huh!

12. Arth (1982)

The sensuous beauty Smita Patil's famous movie based on extra-marital affairs was a big blockbuster with awesome songs. Loosely based on the director Mahesh Bhatt's real life.

13. Arzoo (1965)

Starring Sadhna and Rajendra Kapoor in the lead with supporting the role of Feroz Khan. The story of how love prevails over everything else.

14. Asli Naqli (1963)

Another one for Dev Anand fans.

15. Baazi (1951)

Poster of Baazi movie
Poster of Baazi movie | Source

Mr. Lucky Dev Anand. Classic song "Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui" also features in this movie.

16. Baiju Bawra (1952)

The script is based on the story of Baiju Bawra, the dhrupad singer from the times of Raja Mansingh of Gwalior.

17. Bobby (1973)

Enter teenage romance in Bollywood. Romantic songs just add to the pleasure.

18. Bandini (1963)

Legendary director Bimal Roy's most appreciative work which is Nutan's one of the most remembered movies.

19. Baaton Baaton Mein (1979)

Romcom directed by Basu Chatterjee showing the way of life of a common man and the struggle to get married. Nice music by Rajesh Roshan

20. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

The mere mention of the name brings blushing smile on my face.

21. Chupke Chupke (1975)

The best part of the movie is the character of Parimal Tripathi played by Dharmendra but equally good is Amitabh as the English professor. As well Om Prakash and Sharmila Tagore make the audience wonder with their jija-sali love.

22. Chashme Buddoor (1981)

Farooq Sheikh's most remembered movie with Ravi Baswani and Rakesh Bedi.

23. Coolie (1983)

The movie became an instant hit, not on the release day, but at least six months before it.

Famous for the scene in which Mr. Bachchan got injured and was critically ill. The movie hit headlines all over the world because of this incident which also brought changes in the script.

While the original one had AB dying at the climax the remodeled one had him recuperating after an operation much like the reality.

24. Deewar (1975)

One of the most famous pose of Bollywood cinema from the movie Deewar
One of the most famous pose of Bollywood cinema from the movie Deewar | Source

One of the most remembered movie for Bollywood buffs. The famous dialogue between the star duo: "Mere Pass Mai Hai".

25. Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1958)

One of the greatest classics of all time. Features the great patriotic song sung by Lata Mangeshkar "Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum". Shivers me every time I hear it.

26. Don (1978)

A complete Bollywood blockbuster of all time.

27. Dosti (1964)

If you haven't watched this one then you are missing something special. Perhaps the only super-duper hit without any masala. Heart-touching emotional songs by Mohammad Rafi.

28. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

Re-release movie poster
Re-release movie poster | Source

Another classic starring Balraj Sahni.

29. Devdas (1955)

The first Hindi film on the epic romance novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. A gem of a performance by Dilip Kumar.

30. Evening in Paris (1967)

Sharmila Tagore is my favorite actress and in this one, she plays a double role by the screen name as Roopa and Suzy. Directed by Shakti Samanta who gave Sharmila the big break in Hindi cinema with Kashmir Ki Kali.

Further down the years, 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?

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Sharmila on the cover page of Filmfare magazine 1966Sharmila donned a bikini in An Evening in Paris which became highlight of the movie.
Sharmila on the cover page of Filmfare magazine 1966
Sharmila on the cover page of Filmfare magazine 1966 | Source
Sharmila donned a bikini in An Evening in Paris which became highlight of the movie.
Sharmila donned a bikini in An Evening in Paris which became highlight of the movie.

31. Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)

Ek Duje Ke Liya film poster
Ek Duje Ke Liya film poster | Source

One of the greatest romantic movie I have ever seen.

32. Golmaal (1979)

How could I not list this one?

33. Gumnaam (1965)

A suspense thriller movie with melodious songs and a well-knit script. I especially like the title song and the one which features Helen in "Iss Duniya Mein Jeena Ho Toh Sunlo Meri Baat"

34. Ghayal (1990)

Recipient of seven Filmfare awards including the best movie award.

35. Haqeeqat (1964)

A war film set on the premise of the 1962 Indo-China war. Starring Balraj Sahni, Dharmendra, and Sanjay Khan in lead roles.

36. Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)

The film proved pivotal in the career for Zeenat Aman and a certain star status for her. The story revolved around the hippie culture and a quest for a brother to get back her sister from the blurry dark world of drug abuse.

37. Hum Dono (1961)

Nice plot in which Dev Anand plays a double role and both of them are in the army and one is supposedly killed and the other one 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.

38. Hamraaz (1967)

Again a film which is regarded as one of the best albums ever. All the songs are sung by the Mahendra Kapoor.

39. Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)

This is more tuned for the kids. But that's the not reason I included it. It felt so nice to watch this one back in those years.

40. Ijaazat (1987)

The Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha starrer is love story you would remember for many days once you watch it. Flashback style storytelling makes it even more intriguing. I'm sure there is no such love-triangle film other than this. But Anuradha Patel makes the most impact by her character of Maya. Surprise climax. I said surprise don't ask what's the surprise!

41. Kabuliwala (1961)

Kabuliwala screengrab from YouTube
Kabuliwala screengrab from YouTube | Source

Based on a short story written by Rabindranath Tagore. It's an emotional drama. Depicts the life of a migrated roadside chickpea seller. The seller gets attached to a little girl and enjoys her company. How he lands himself in jail and the climax shows the girl getting married which reminds him of his daughter who also might have grown up or even married.

42. Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)

Sharmila's first Hindi movie and does look like a 'kali' portraying the role of a Kashmiri girl. I became a fan of her beauty watching this one.

43. Kunwara Baap (1974)

A comedy movie with a relevant social message in it. The Tamil actress Manorama's role will surely give you a reason to laugh.

44. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

Hand painted poster of Kagaz Ke Phool
Hand painted poster of Kagaz Ke Phool | Source

Another classic from Guru Dutt in which Waheeda Rehman playing his love interest.

45. Kaala Patthar (1979)

Life and times of coal miners. Exposes the fact how these miners are treated whereas some few enjoy all the perks.

46. Kabhi Kabhie (1976)

The story definitely binds all the characters so nicely that you start to feel for themselves. Lead roles by Amitabh, Shashi, Waheeda Rehman, and Rakhee.

47. Karma (1986)

Gave Indian cinema one more cult villain: Dr. Dang.

48. Kati Patang (1970)

Based on a novel published in 1948. Is actually a remake of a Hollywood movie which itself was re-adapted in 1983. Trivia is also that Mrs. Winterbourne, released in 1996, completed the cycle of remakes.

49. Karz (1980)

Reincarnation perfect.

50. Koshish (1972)

Oh, what couple they make. I mean Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya. They both are deaf and mute in this movie. Won two national awards.

51. Love in Tokyo (1966)

One of the most famous romantic movie of Joy Mukherjee. He had a knack of doing such roles. R.I.P Joy.

52. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

One of the most historic movies. Etched in the minds of people because of Prithviraj's husky voice, Dilip Kumar's emotional appeal, and Madhubala's natural grace.

The ever gorgeous Madhubala featuring on Life magazine's cover page
The ever gorgeous Madhubala featuring on Life magazine's cover page | Source

53. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)

One of the biggest hits of Amitabh's career, and raked in huge moolah in the year 1978 when it was released.

54. Mr. India (1987)

Hail Mogambo!!!
Hail Mogambo!!! | Source

A breakthrough film for every actor. Made Anil Kapoor and Sridevi a household name in India and gave us the most famous villain of all time.

55. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

First major role of Salman Khan and bang he did it in style, of course, with active help from Bhagyashree.

56. Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971)

Marks the role of Vinod Khanna who plays a gray role in this one. The setting feels similar to Sholay, or rather the setting of Sholay seems like MGMD. Watch the movie to see the similarities in the story.

57. Madhumati (1958)

The Shahrukh Khan hit movie Om Shanti Om was based on this movie's script.

58. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

Can be considered as the most famous role of Raj Kapoor. Based on the phenomena of a clown and their life. Yes, I say phenomena because they were. Now the clowns and circus are all buried in today's popular mall culture.

59. Mera Saaya (1966)

There are many movies which have the solo hero playing a double role. In this one, Sadhna does the double act, however, not in true sense. One sister dies and another one surfaces.

60. Mirch Masala (1985)

Smita Patil's portrait from the movie Mirch Masala
Smita Patil's portrait from the movie Mirch Masala | Source

One of the most powerful movies. Smita Patil featured in many parallel cinema movies in her career and this one to me is the best. The movie features nearly all the stars who were part of the art cinema based movies.

Mother India - Special Movie - Special Mention

The iconic pose of Nargis
The iconic pose of Nargis | Source

61. Manthan (1976)

Based on the white revolution and on the life and times of one of the greatest entrepreneurs India has seen: Dr. Verghese Kurien. This is one such kind of a movie which was produced by 500,000 farmers who contribute at least Rs. 2 each.

62. Mahal (1949)

Poster of Mahal movie which was released in 1949
Poster of Mahal movie which was released in 1949 | Source

I couldn't help but mention this one, even though it is from 1940's. Thoroughly the best suspense thriller movie that the classic era offers. A young Madhubala with master actor Ashok Kumar and melodious songs make this an all-time favorite and a must watch.

63. Naya Daur (1957)

Another movie which was colorized along the lines of Mughal-E-Azam. Certainly, it would be a treat to watch it this weekend.

64. Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)

The original Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. Gunja Re!

65. Neel Kamal (1968)

The beautiful story of a woman (Neel Kamal) who is a princess in past-life and how it haunts her in the new life. It is a heroine-centric movie, and boy, Waheeda Rehman outshines greats like Manoj Kumar and Raaj Kumar.

66. Padosan (1968)

A laugh-riot of a film. Excellent comic timing with never-to-forget roles of Kishore Kumar and Mehmood.

67. Parinda (1989)

Great work by Anil, Jackie, and masterstroke act by Nana Patekar.

68. Pushpak (1987)

Silent film at its best.

69. Purab Aur Paschim (1970)

India's most famous on-screen patriotic hero Manoj Kumar (aka Bharat Kumar) made a slew of patriotic movies.

70. Pyaasa (1957)

Get the tissues as this will make you cry. Ironically, features all-time great comedy song Sar Jo Tera Chakraye.

71. Pakeezah (1972)

Meena Kumari's last movie after which she died.

Meena Kumari from Pakeezah
Meena Kumari from Pakeezah | Source

72. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

Aamir Khan's start of the long-long career in the industry.

73. Qurbani (1980)

Great songs. The sexy Zeenat Aman made the Indian audience admire her beauty.

74. Ram Aur Shyam (1967)

Probably the most successful movie on duplets.

75. Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)

Blockbuster of its time. But these days it's more like Roti, Kapda, Makaan, and Internet.

76. Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)

Mandakini, Mandakini, and Mandakini.

77. Sadma (1983)

Sadma old poster
Sadma old poster | Source

A class act by Kamal and Sridevi. The last scene is perhaps the saddest ever in an Indian film.

78. Satyakam (1969)

If you haven't heard about this then watch it right away. Monumental performance by Dharmendra. Spellbinding.

79. Shahenshah (1988)

Had rumors of this one also going to be remade.

80. Silsila (1981)

Based on the philosophy "Love is forever".

81. Shirdi Ke Sai Baba (1977)

Realizing the popular belief of Shirdi Sai Baba on-screen this film made a fortune. Also, great songs for a pleasant morning.

82. Sholay (1975)

Needs no introduction.

One of the rarest photos of the cast of Sholay
One of the rarest photos of the cast of Sholay | Source

83. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

In the erstwhile era, Bengali writers were very famous, and many movies were adapted from their novels. This is another one which has its roots in a Bengali novel by the same name.

84. Sangam (1964)

Directed and lead by Raj Kapoor. Also has Vyjantimala and Rajendra Kumar. The bathing scene of Vyjantimala is still talked about in various forums on the web.

85. Shaheed (1965)

The journey of Manoj Kumar to make him a patriotic star was started from this.

86. Shakti (1982)

Two legends come together to bring another long-remembered film.

87. Shree 420 (1955)

A poor man who wants to make it big and travels to the city of dreams: Bombay. Can he achieve his dreams in genuine terms? Find out in the movie.

88. Suhaag (1979)

Amazing movie with a great star cast and awesome script.

89. The Guide (1965)

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Waheeda Rehman's beautiful poster from the movie GuideDev Anand is mistaken as a spiritual saint by villagers.
Waheeda Rehman's beautiful poster from the movie Guide
Waheeda Rehman's beautiful poster from the movie Guide | Source
Dev Anand is mistaken as a spiritual saint by villagers.
Dev Anand is mistaken as a spiritual saint by villagers. | Source

The film shows the transformation of the life of a guide to a convict and finally to a spiritual guru.

90. Teesri Manzil (1966)

A good thriller which binds the audience till the end.

91. Tezaab (1988)

Madhuri Dixit's first hit.

92. Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)

The first critically acclaimed movie of Shammi Kapoor which made good money at the box office.

93. Umrao Jaan (1981)

Listed just because of the epic songs.

94. Upkar (1978)

First movie which brought to light the famous image of Manoj Kumar as Bharat Kumar.

95. Utsav (1984)

Screengrab of Rekha from the movie Utsav
Screengrab of Rekha from the movie Utsav

Recreates the 2nd century BC of India. Some erotic and bold scenes out there.

96. Victoria No. 203 (1972)

The original was a great hit whereas the remake (do you remember?) was pure scrap material.

97. Waqt (1965)

Considered as the first Hindi movie which started the trend of assembling a multi-starrer film. Apart from that the movie scores with dialogues (jinke apne ghar sheeshay ke hon, woh dusron par pathar nahi phenka karte) and songs like Aye Meri Zohra Jabeen.

98. Woh Kaun Thi (1964)

Black and White classic thriller. So, who was she? She was Sadhna.

99. Woh 7 Din (1983)

A remake of a popular Tamil film was the first movie in which Anil Kapoor played the lead role. The narration of the movie is excellent and Anil scores for his portrayal of Prem Pratap Pathiyalewala.

100. Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)

A musical.

101. Zanjeer (1973)

With a perfect combination of Amitabh, Pran, Ajit, and Jaya brought a new image of Amitabh. Made Amitabh synonymous with action movies and this is the movie after which the media started calling him the "The Angry Young Man".

Some Other Movie Recommendations

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Movie Name  
Movie Name  
Movie Name  
Aan Milo Sajna (1970)
Ankur (1974)
Andha Kanoon (1983)
Mausam (1975)
Ankush (1986)
Daag (1973)
Aandhi (1975)
Anamikav (1973)
Mard (1985)
Appu Raja (1989)
Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)
Pataal Bhairavi (1985)
Caravaan (1971)
Khamoshi (1969)
Khamosh (1985)
Khubsoorat (1980)
Katha (1983)
Khoon Bhari Maang (1988)
Mili (1975)
Prem Rog (1982)
Naam (1986)
Namak Halaal (1982)
Nishant (1975)
Nagina (1986)
Seeta aur Geeta (1972)
Sagar (1985)
Sansaar (1987)
Trishul (1978)
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
Ardh Satya (1983)
Satte Pe Satta (1982)
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
Abhimaan (1973)
Bawarchi (1972)
Shaan (1980)
Jewel Thief (1967)
Yaarana (1981)
Saaransh (1984)
Meri Jung (1985)
Saudagar (1971)
Naram Garam (1981)
Khatta Meetha (1981)
Sparsh (1980)
Rajnigandha (1974)
Boot Polish (1954)
Aakrosh (1980)
Johny Mera Naam (1970)
Mashaal (1984)
Bambai Ka Babu (1960)
Chitchor (1976)
Awaara (1951)
Hero (1983)
Kranti (1981)
Sargam (1979)

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      Kannan Reddy 10 days ago from Mumbai

      @Om Thanks for the suggestions.

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      om prakash 10 days ago


      Please add sargam of rishi kapoor

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      Kannan Reddy 2 weeks ago from Mumbai

      @Ritesh Thanks for the comment. Have updated the list with your suggestions.

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      Ritesh Vyawahare 4 months ago

      Sholay, Karanva, Roti, Mukadar ka Sinkander, Don, Hukumat,

      Zanjir, Hum Kisi se kam nahi, Amar Akbar Anthony, Disco Dancer, Waqt ki Awaz, Patal Bhiravi, Shirdi ke Sai Baba, Santoshi Maa, Shhan, Dharmveer, Jani Dushman, Karz, Andha Kanoon, Khoon Pasina etc

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      HK 6 months ago from London

      Very good list..!!

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      Kannan Reddy 8 months ago from Mumbai

      @Mukul Thanks for the like

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      Mukul Mukharia 8 months ago


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      Naushad Alam 9 months ago

      I want Shehra 1969 hindi movie

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      boldwap 9 months ago


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      Jose varughese 13 months ago

      Old is gold- these also may be included



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      A V Ramana Rao 15 months ago

      Surprise - Bees Saal Baad should get a mention in the movies list & Sadhana's name should be included in the list for vote in the list of most beautiful actresses of yesteryears

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      Ashutosh Tiwari 18 months ago from Lucknow, India

      Well you have listed all so there is nothing much for me here. You can check "inspirational" spelling.

      "Manzil" is a movie directed by Basu da and enacted by Amitabh ji and Moushumi chaterjee. It was one of three films that clinched Amitabh Bachchan as a versatile actor.

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      basuki11 2 years ago

      Most of best films in Bollywood were made in 1950,60s and 70s.Though

      most of films were shot in black and white some of them are converted in colour but the value of film remains same.One of best film makers of this

      era is undoubtedly Guru dutt films.Other great films like Guide,Awaara.

      In early 70s Bollywood saw rise of actor who became Superstar in no time.The actor was none other Than Rajesh Khanna also known As Kaka.

      Kaka gave maximum hits in period of 1969-1973.He also has record of giving 15 Hits in row.

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      Nadeem.uddin.ahmed 2 years ago

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      Ruhi101 2 years ago

      No doubt that this article has enlisted best Bollywood movies of all time. My personal favorite is Amar Akbar Anthony.

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      Kannan Reddy 2 years ago from Mumbai

      @Dr. Wahid Pirzada Feels great that it invokes the feeling of nostalgia. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      dr.wahid pirzada 2 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

      It was a journey to past years reading the article.thanks.