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Four of the Bollywood movie experts who voted for their favourite Bollywood movies

The 100 best Bollywood movies: who voted?

Leading Bollywood experts, including critics, curators and bloggers, share their favourite Bollywood movies

By Time Out editors
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To find the 100 best Bollywood movies, we polled a select group of Bollywood experts from India, Britain and the US for their own top-ten mainstream Hindi movies. Then we crunched the numbers to come up with our definitive list of great Bollywood movies. Here, you can explore the individual choices of our contributors.

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Anushka Arora

Anushka Arora

Anushka Arora (www.anushkaarora.com) is a presenter for Sunrise Radio, Star TV UK and Sony TV, as well as a blogger and event host. She tweets at @Anushka_Arora

1. Queen (2014)
2. Jab We Met (2007)
3. Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993)
4. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
5. Fashion (2008)
6. King Uncle (1993)
7. Sholay (1975)
8. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
9. Khoobsurat (2014)
10. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Karan Bali

Karan Bali

Karan Bali is a filmmaker and co-founder of www.upperstall.com. He tweets at @karanbali

In no particular order
Pyaasa (1957)
Jagte Raho (1956)
Madhumati (1958)
Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
Mother India (1957)
Gunga Jumna (1961)
Guide (1965)
Anand (1971)
Deewaar (1975)
Teesri Kasam (1966)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Asim Burney

Asim Burney

Asim Burney is the managing Editor of Upodcast (www.upodcasting.com), a podcast dedicated to underrated, forgotten foreign movies – and Bollywood. The podcast is available on iTunes. Asim tweets at @asimburney

1. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
2. Mr India (1987)
3. Shaan (1980)
4. 3 Idiots (2009)
5. Tezaab (1988)
6. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
7. Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
8. Ghajini (2008)
9. Khakee (2004)
10. Tashan (2008)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra (www.anupamachopra.com) is a film critic, journalist and Bollywood author. She tweets at @anupamachopra

In no particular order
Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
Sholay (1975)
Pyaasa (1957)
Deewaar (1975)
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Lagaan (2001)
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Anand (1971)
Guide (1965)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Rajinder Dudrah

Rajinder Dudrah

Dr Rajinder Dudrah is Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester in the UK. He has researched and published widely in film, media and cultural studies. He tweets at @thedr5

1. Sholay (1975)
2. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
3. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
4. Zanjeer (1973)
5. 3 Idiots (2009)
6. Mother India (1957)
7. Pakeezah (1972)
8. Awaara (1951)
9. Pyaasa (1957)
10. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London. Her latest book is ‘Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a Guide to Modern India’ (Reaktion). She tweets at @RachelMJDwyer

1. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
2. Shree 420 (1955)
3. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
4. Guide (1965)
5. Pyaasa (1957)
6. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
7. Deewaar (1975)
8. Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)
9. Mahal (1949)
10. Dabangg (2010)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Aashi Gahlot

Aashi Gahlot

Aashi Gahlot is a freelance journalist who specialises in cinema from South Asia and its diaspora. Aashi runs www.shorlgbtq.com, a website for the South Asian LGBTQ community. She tweets at @Aashi_SG

1. Rockstar (2011)
2. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
3. Lootera (2013)
4. Udaan (2010)
5. Anjaana Anjaani (2010)
6. Hera Pheri (2000)
7. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
8. Guide (1965)
9. Pyaasa (1957)
10. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Varun Grover

Varun Grover

Varun Grover is a writer, lyricist (‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Ankhon Dekhi’) and standup comedian based in Mumbai. He tweets at @varungrover

1. Guide (1965)
2. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983)
3. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
4. Satya (1998)
5. Deewar (1975)
6. Arth (1982)
7. Gol Maal (1979)
8. Bandini (1963)
9. Parinda (1989)
10. Mera Naam Joker (1970)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Aniruddha Guha

Aniruddha Guha

Aniruddha Guha started writing on film at 19 and joined the newspaper DNA in 2007. After a five-and-a-half year stint as film critic there, Aniruddha joined Time Out India as Film editor. He now writes a fortnightly column on international television shows in Mumbai Mirror and reviews Hindi films on his YouTube channel, ‘Dedh Minute Review’. He tweets at @AniGuha

1. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
2. Pyaasa (1957)
3. Guide (1965)
4. Deewaar (1975)
5. Sholay (1975)
6. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
7. Parinda (1989)
8. Satya (1998)
9. Swades (2004)
10. The Lunchbox (2013)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta is the film critic of The Indian Express. She watches world cinema and Hollywood movies for pleasure and Bollywood films for work. She tweets at @shubhragupta

1. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
2. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
3. Garam Hawa (1974)
4. Pyaasa (1957)
5. Guide (1965)
6. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (2011)
7. Ankur (1974)
8. Aakrosh (1980)
9. Sholay (1975)
10. Bandit Queen (1994)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Shai Hussain

Shai Hussain

Shai Hussain is a filmmaker by day (‘Three Shades of Brown’), a journalist by evening (www.the-nri.com) and DJ Shai Guy by night (Bombay Funkadelic / BBC Asian Network). He tweets at @ShaiHussain

1. Lagaan (2001)
2. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
3. Shakti (1982)
4. 3 Idiots (2009)
5. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
6. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
7. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
8. Khamoshi (1996)
9. 1942: A Love Story (1994)
10. Mr India (1987)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Poonam Joshi

Poonam Joshi

Poonam Joshi is a London-based, Delhi-born journalist, broadcaster, stage actress and Bollywood fanatic. She is currently London Correspondent for ABP News and Managing Editor of www.ukasian.com. She tweets at @PoonamJoshi_

In no particular order
Guide (1965)
Sholay (1975)
Golmal (1979)
Choti Si Baat (1975)
Zubaida (2001)
Parinda (1989)
Devdas (2002)
Omkara (2006)
Satya (1998)
Chandni (1989)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Priya Joshi

Priya Joshi

Priya Joshi is an entertainment reporter at Digital Spy and The International Business Times, UK, specialising in Bollywood. She tweets at @PriyaJ_Journo

1. Mother India (1957)
2. Pyaasa (1957)
3. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
4. Awaara (1951)
5. Sholay (1975)
6. Deewar (1975)
7. Shree 420 (1955)
8. Guide (1965)
9. Do Bigha Zameen (1953)
10. Lagaan (2001)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Noreen Khan

Noreen Khan

Noreen Khan is a radio and TV presenter. She presents her show on BBC Asian Network every weekday afternoon and currently has the most listened-to Asian radio show in the UK. She tweets at @DJNoreenKhan

1. Sholay (1975)
2. Mother India (1957)
3. Mughle- e-Azam (1960)
4. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
5. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
6. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
7. Prem Rog (1982)
8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
9. Salaam Bombay! (1988)
10. Saajan (1991)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Rajeev Masand

Rajeev Masand

Rajeev Masand is a Mumbai-based film critic. He tweets at @RajeevMasand

1. Mughal-e-Azam
(1960)
2. Sholay
(1975)
3. Pyaasa
(1957)
4. Kalyug
(1981)
5. Ardh Satya
(1983)
6. Mr India
(1987)
7. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
(1995)
8. Satya
(1998)
9. Lagaan
(2001)
10. Black Friday (2004)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Vayu Naidu

Vayu Naidu

Vayu Naidu founded Vayu Naidu Storytelling Theatre Company and collaborated with jazz, world and contemporary musicians as well as choreographers and playwrights in productions that toured nationally and internationally between 2000 and 2012. In 2013 she published the novel Sita’s Ascent.

1. Mother India (1957)
2. Mr & Mrs ’55 (1955)
3. Pyaasa (1957)
4. Pakeezah (1972)
5. Guide (1965)
6. Deewar (1975)
7. Sholay (1975)
8. Ankur (1974)
9. Om Shanti Om (2007)
10. The Lunchbox (2013)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Ashanti Omkar

Ashanti Omkar

Ashanti Omkar is a BBC Asian Network presenter and a Bollywood and Indian cinema expert for BBC London, BBC West Midlands and Cineworld cinemas. Ashanti consults with The London Indian Film Festival and comperes at the London International Arts Festival and The London Mela. She tweets at @AshantiOmkar

1. Nayakan (1987)
2. Sholay (1975)
3. Lagaan (2001)
4. Bombay (1995)
5. Mother India (1957)
6. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
7. Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
8. Indian (1996)
9. Thalapathi (1991)
10. Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Pablo

Pablo

Pablo is one half of Raj & Pablo (www.rajandpablo.com). They are broadcasters, entertainers, actors, singers, DJs and columnists. They tweet at @rajpablo

1. Sangam (1964)
2. Pakeezah (1972)
3. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
4. Naseeb (1981)
5. Umrao Jaan (2006)
6. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001)
7. 3 Idiots (2009)
8. Gangster (2006)
9. Dhoom (2004)
10. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Irna Qureshi

Irna Qureshi

Irna Qureshi is co-director of the Bradford Literature Festival. As an ethnographer, writer and oral historian, she specialises in British Asian arts, culture and identity. In 2013 Irna curated ‘Bollywood Icons: 100 Years of Indian Cinema’ for the National Media Museum. She tweets at @irnaqureshi

1. Pakeezah (1972)
2. Silsila (1981)
3. Prem Rog (1982)
4. Sholay (1975)
5. Dil Se (1998)
6. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
7. Barfi (2012)
8. Om Shanti Om (2007)
9. Dhobi Ghat (2011)
10. Veer Zaara (2004)

The 100 best Bollywood movies: R-Z

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Raj

Raj

Raj is one half of Raj&Pablo (www.rajandpablo.com). They are broadcasters, entertainers, actors, singers, DJs and columnists. They tweet at @rajpablo

1. Sahib Bib Aur Ghulam (1962)
2. Awara (1951)
3. Sholay (1975)
4. Pakeezah (1972)
5. Satyam Shivum Sundaram (1978)
6. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001)
7. 3 Idiots (2009)
8. Om Shanti Om (2007)
9. Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela (2013)
10. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
(1995)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Cary Rajinder Sawhney

Cary Rajinder Sawhney

Cary Rajinder Sawhney is a short filmmaker and film programmer and was previously Head of Diversity at the British Film Institute and Head of Programmes at INIVA. He is Founder and Programming Director of the London Indian Film Festival (coming in July 2015). He tweets at @caryraj

1. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)
2. Mother India (1957)
3. Kaagaz ke Phool (1959)
4. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
5. Pakeezah (1971)
6. Sholay (1975)
7. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
8. Dil Se (1998)
9. Lagaan (2001)
10. Om Shanti Om (2007)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Naman Ramachandran

Naman Ramachandran

Naman Ramachandran writes on Indian cinema for Sight & Sound magazine and Variety. He is the author of the books ‘Lights Camera Masala: Making Movies in Mumbai’ (IBH) and ‘Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography’ (Penguin). He tweets at @namanrs

1. Sholay (1975)
2. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
3. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
4. Jewel Thief (1967)
5. Kaala Patthar (1979)
6. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
7. Deewaar (1975)
8. Lagaan (2001)
9. Mera Naam Joker (1970)
10. Main Hoon Na (2004)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Anil Sinanan

Anil Sinanan

Dr Anil Sinanan read law at Oxford University and is a Senior Law Lecturer at London Metropolitan University. He has been Time Out’s Bollywood film critic since 2003 and contributes regularly to various BBC television and radio outlets, newspapers and magazines on the Hindi film industry.

1. Lagaan (2001)
2. Bombay (1995)
3. Deewaar (1975)
4. Sholay (1975)
5. Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)
6. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
7. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
8. Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1994)
9. Bobby (1973)
10. Mother India (1957)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Amrita Tanna

Amrita Tanna

Amrita Tanna started reviewing Hindi movies for the BBC Asian Network’s flagship Bollywood show over five years ago. She is now Showbiz Editor for www.bizasialive.com, which won the Asian Media Award in 2014 for Best Website. She tweets at @Amr1ta

1. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
2. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
3. Mother India (1957)
4. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
5. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
6. 
Lagaan (2001)
7. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
8. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
9.
 Kati Patang (1969)
10. 
Chak De! India (2007)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Rahul Verma

Rahul Verma

Rahul Verma (www.storywallah.co.uk) is an experienced freelance journalist covering arts and culture, social affairs and South Asia for titles including Time Out, The Guardian, Metro and Vice. He tweets at @_storywallah

1. Deewaar (1975)
2. Sholay (1975)
3. Lagaan (2001)
4. Bombay (1995)
5. Mother India (1957)
6. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
7. Shree 420 (1955)
8. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
9. Pakeezah (1972)
10. Silsila (1981)

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The 100 best Bollywood movies, Beth Watkins

Beth Watkins

Beth Watkins has been blogging about Hindi cinema since 2005 at Beth Loves Bollywood (bethlovesbollywood.blogspot.co.uk). She has contributed to BBC Radio and CBC Television, as well as in print at Tehelka and, most recently, as a weekly columnist in The Wall Street Journal’s India Real Time.

1. Parvarish (1977)
2. Aiyyaa (2012)
3. Sharmeelee (1971)
4. Bunty aur Babli (2005)
5. Main Hoon Na (2004)
6. Paheli (2005)
7. Kaala Patthar (1979)
8. Chak De India (2007)
9. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
10. Kahaani (2012)

The 100 best Bollywood movies, Stacey Yount

Stacey Yount

Stacey Yount began writing for the popular Bollywood site www.bollyspice.com in 2006 and now is Editor-in-Chief. She has a weekly Bollywood column in the UK newspaper Metro. She tweets at @Bollywriter

1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
2. Jab We Met (2007)
3. Parineeta (1953)
4. Barfi! (2012)
5. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
6. Veer-Zaara (2004)
7. Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002)
8. Black (2005)
9. ABCD: Anybody Can Dance (2013)
10. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

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