Best Hindi Movies by Genre

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There are many genres or categories in films. But for Hindi films, am going to limit myself to a few. There’s drama, comedy, suspense/action, romance, experimental, and then there’s the all-in-one. So 6 categories in all. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the above, but let me explain the “experimental” category a bit more. Note, that I mean experimental as in experimental for hindi films, a film which breaks away from the usual sing-and-dance routine, and tries to do something new. And which films truly fall in this category ? Very few. “Black” is one. Raghu Romeo is another. I have actually included in this category, some films which veer away from the song-dance-histrionics although they may not be truly avant-garde. These might be short films, but do tell interesting stories well.

A lot of hindi films are either dramas or romances with very similar plots, but the ones I am trying to list here have original storylines. Comedy is most hindi films is of the slapstick variety, or the double entendre one, both which make me cringe. Movies in my comedy listings are neither of the above, and as such are few (I’m having trouble nailing down 10, and have had to dip into my oldies list). I club suspense, action, thriller in one category because I’m unable to think of any really good Hindi action films .

Below is a list of best films by genre. You can also see a list of the best hindi films by year, browse reviews by alphabetical order or view Recommended films.

So, here are the top 10 films in each genre. Note that these are in descending order (1st is best) :

ALL-IN-ONE :

1. Dil chahta hai (2001)
2. Swades (2004)
3. Delhi-6 (2009)
4. Zindagi na milegi dobara (2011)
5. Rang de basanti (2006)
6. Band Baaja Baarat (2010)
7. Rab ne bana di jodi (2008)
8. Chak de India ! (2007)
9. Parineeta (2005)
10. Kabhi alvida na kehna (2006)

DRAMA :

1. Shor in the City (2011)
2. Shanghai (2012)
3. Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011)
4. Rocket Singh : Salesman of the year(2009)
5. Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)
6. Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster (2011)
7. Haasil (2003)
8. Yuva (2005)
9. Life in a metro (2007)
10. Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007)
11. Luck by Chance (2009)

CRIME DRAMA :

1. Gangs of Wasseypur II (2012)
2. Gangs of Wasseypur I (2012)
3. Company (2002)
4. Shool
5. Maqbool (2004)
6. Omkaara (2006)
7. Johnny Gaddar (2007)
8. Once Upon a time in Mumbai (2010)
9. Kaminey (2009)
10. Sehar (2005)
11. Mithya (2008)
12. D (2005)

SUSPENSE / THRILLER :

1. Kaun
2. Manorama six feet under (2007)
3. Talaash (2012)
4. Kahaani (2012)
5. Ek Hasina thi (2004)
6. Road (2002)
7. A Wednesday (2008)
8. Ek Chalis ki Last Local (2007)
9. Taxi Number 9211 (2006)
10. Being Cyrus (2006)

COMEDY :

1. Jaane bhi do yaaron (1982)
2. Khosla ka ghosla (2006)
3. Sankat City (2009)
4. Vicky Donor (2012)
5. Hera Pheri (2000)
6. Yeh tera ghar,yeh mera ghar (2001)
7. Chashm-e-buddoor (1981)
8. Maalamal Weekly (2006)
9. Bheja Fry (2007)
10. Lage raho Munna bhai (2006)

ROMANCE :

1. Saathiya (2002)
2. Rules (2003)
3. Cheeni Kum (2007)
4. Jab we met (2007)
5. RockStar (2011)
6. Aisha (2010)
7. Socha na tha (2005)
8. Love Aaj Kal (2009)
9. Pyar ke side effects (2006)
10. Jaane tu ya jaane na (2008)

FAMILY-FRIENDLY :

1. Do Dooni Char (2010)
2. Taare Zameen Par (2010)
3. Iqbal (2006)
4. Chak de India (2007)
5. 3 Idiots (2009)
6. Jab we met (2007)
7. Atithi tum kab jaoge ? (2010)
8. The Blue Umbrella (2007)
9. Aaja nach le(2007)
10. Chintuji (2009)

EXPERIMENTAL / ALTERNATIVE :

1. Barfi (2012)
2. Udaan (2010)
3. Main meri patni aur woh (2005)
4. Page Three (2005)
5. Hazaaron khwaishen aisi (2005)
6. Cooking with Stella (2009)
7. Dharm (2007)
8. Namesake (2006)
9. Loins of Punjab (2007)
10. My Brother Nikhil (2005)

WOMEN-CENTRIC :

1. Dor (2006)
2. Astitva (2000)
3. English Vinglish (2012)
4. Hari Bhari
5. Khamosh Pani (2003)
6. Lajja (2001)
7. Dirty Picture (2011)
8. Zubeida (2005)
9. Hazar Chaurasi ki Maa (2005)
10. Paheli (2005)

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  38. john doe says:

    A very inconsistent, poorly organised list.
    Neglects a lot of good movies of yore and concentrates mostly on movies released after 2000. A lot of good movies are classified as ‘experimental’, while they are simply low budget , offbeat good stories which the writer of this list didnt put in his main genre lists.
    And Yeh Saali Zindagi? Seriously? That pretentious random mish mash of poorly realised events? If you want a movie from that genre, then it’s Kaminey. An infinitely smarter crime/black humour/ thriller flick.

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  42. Shahid khan says:

    bhai sahb !!!
    In ur every list there is NOT even a single movie of Dabbang Khan…….
    any solid reason ???

    • prabin Sapkota says:

      haha.. because he doesnt deserve to be in the list. I dont totally agree with the list but Salman Khan is a joke….

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  72. amod kumar says:

    i don’t know how you have rated the movies, it may be your personal choice but in reality some best movies you have rated down the order like rang de basanti below delhi6 and jindgi milegi…. makes me laugh like wise in drama haasil at no 5 below films like Shor in the City (2011) Shanghai (2012)
    Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011). Rocket Singh : Salesman of the year(2009)
    Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008) is sad to see,in every section there are good movies rated below than some not so-so film .but your site and your work is good.

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  78. Jessierose says:

    thanks so much for this list!!! You really hit the good movies with great storylines!! thanks for taking the time to do this!!

  79. Tej says:

    I think you should include Matrubhoomi in top 3 women centric movie. Very hard hitting movie.

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