Sentury: The Top Hundred Hindi Films

After 99 Mirror columns, Raja Sen marks his ton by listing the hundred greatest films in the hundred years of Hindi cinema.


Click on the image to view the list full-size.

Please debate and disagree with inclusions and omissions in the comments section, but for every film you want to add, do suggest which one to toss out.


First published Mumbai Mirror, June 20, 2012


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  1. abrain

    No anurag kashyap movie? :)

  2. Salil Shankar

    Kaminey Love Sex Aur Dhokha
    Darr Zakhm
    Band Baaja Baraat Zubeidaa
    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaenge Black Friday

    More entries: Andaz Apna Apna, Bees Saal baad, Parinda, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla but it is tough to find entries that can be replaced!!!

    1. Salil Shankar

      Parinda is there, my bad……

      1. Srijan Shukla (@Self_Hyped)

        so is Darr, kaminey and band Baaja Baraat!

        1. Salil Shankar

          @srijan, Movies on left and right are separated but identifier is not visible, it means, Kaminey should be replaced with LSD, Darr w/ Zakhm, BBB w/ Zubeida, DDLJ w/ Black Friday

          1. Srijan Shukla (@Self_Hyped)

            Perfect. Get it sir.

  3. Karthik

    Kahaani can replace Band Bajaa Baraat
    Sarfarosh can replace Darr
    Black can replace zameen
    A wednesday can replace Johnny Gaddar
    Sadma can replace Bobby
    Black Friday can replace CID

    and many others…

  4. NishitD (@nishitd)

    Toss out Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun for Dil Se and _probably_ Band Baaja Baarat for Dil Chahata Hai.

  5. Srijan Shukla (@Self_Hyped)

    Black Friday & Don (orignal).
    Haven’t seen quite a few of them so tossing out seems a harder task, but still I’d say Band Baaja Baraat & Hum Aapke Hain Kaun.

    But good compilation, cheers for a pretty pretty neat job!!!

  6. Chinmay Shah

    DDLJ, Amar Akbar Anthony, Lagaan, Band Baaja Baarat, Kalyug (if it is the newer one), Silsila, Pati Patni aur Woh

    Black Friday, Gulaal, Shanghai, Masoom, Udaan, Shaitan, Black, LSD

    This is what I would replace. By the way, great work. But this sure makes one thing true. We have at least >100 films which we love and can’t afford to omit! LOL

  7. Varun Varghese

    Black Friday. It may be there in this fucked up photo but couldn’t locate.

  8. Zoeb

    Great List Thanks A Ton For Mentioning Garam Hawa, Namak Haraam and Aandhi. Few people have actually seen these wonderful movies and they are some of my favorite films from the past….

    1. Varun

      Shor in the city?? I think it’s one of a kind..

  9. p2rocks

    No Rang De Basanti??? Or M i not able to locate it

  10. salman khan

    replace: darr, lage raho munnabhai, kaminey, ddlj, hum aapke hain kaun.

    With: dil ek mandir, footpath (dilip), pukaar (1939), paar, ek doctor ki maut.

    And hey wheres Devdas. (sehgal n dilip)

  11. Nazfire

    Add Don (1978). Remove Silsila.

  12. mithil293

    oh u certainly missed UDAAN !!!

  13. Pranali

    Taare Zameen Par and 3 Idiots can replace Band Baja Barat and Pati Patni Aur Woh!

  14. Mayank

    Mere apne for an evening in paris……khamoshi for kale bazar..seriously awesome job coz I identify with so many of these films…especially kalyug..wat a gem…it also mirrors the best directors of hindi cinema, both current and old…

  15. Zoeb

    On second thoughts…. a good list but toss out Johnny Gaddar for Dev D please…..

  16. cruzworn

    some classics are just given cold Shri 420, Andaz, Aan etc…but that’s ok as it is your list and its not possible to include all names…

    not including Gunda however in the top 100 list is just blasphemy….;-)

  17. CAMKG

    My list would be as follows:
    Awaara, Pyaasa, Do Ankhen Barah Haath, Kanoon, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Bandini, Guide, Ittefaq, Mere Apne, Anand, Koshish, Achanak,
    Abhimaan, Namak Haraam, Zanjeer, Majboor, Chupke Chupke, Sholay, Amar Akbar Anthony, Ghar, Golmaal, Silsila, Vijeta, Arth, Woh 7 Din, Ardh Satya, Masoom, Hero, Ankahee, Aghaat, Saagar, Khamosh, Aakhree Raasta, Naam, New Delhi Times, Karma, Mr India, Pushpak, Goonj, Daddy, Main Azaad Hoon, Parinda, Lekin, Jurm, Agneepath, Prahaar, Lamhe, Roja, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Aankhen, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Droh Kaal, Andaz Apna Apna, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Rangeela, Khamoshi, Sardari Begum, Mrityudand, Virasat, Chachi 420, Dil Se, Satya, Shool, Sarfarosh, Kaun, Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Chhal, Company, Dhoop, Teen Deewarein, Darna Mana Hai, Jhankaar Beats, Haasil, Maqbool, Black Friday, Swades, Ab Tak Chhappan, Ek Hasina Thi, 15 Park Avenue, Water, Iqbal, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, Dharm, Chak De India, Jodhaa Akbar, A Wednesday, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Aamir, Dasvidaniya, 3 Idiots, Rocket Singh, Kaminey, Peepli Live, I Am Kalam, Udaan, Stanley Ka Dabba

  18. adarsh t

    Angoor, A Wednesday, Three Idiots, Rang De Basanti , and Dil Chahata hai must be included in the list. and Remove atleast Band baaja baraat for sure..

  19. shilbhadra

    I could not find Dor! :(

  20. Rishi

    dude…where’s Satya????

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