From Sherni (2021) to Saraansh (1984), here are some of the best Bollywood movies streaming on Amazon Prime.
Indian film industry, one of the largest in the world, is currently valued at a whopping $183 billion. We churn out close to 800 films in a year. That’s 2 films a day! An overwhelming number compared to Hollywood, which produces 475 films in a year. So, it can be hard to keep track of all the films that release. And now with the advent of OTTs, a competitive alternative to the good old theatres, there’s a staggering volume of content out there. And with originals, web shows, limited series dropping every month, it can be hard to keep up with it all.
With 3000 plus hindi films streaming on Amazon Prime alone, picking your next binge can be a tedious task. Keeping this in mind, we’ve drafted an exhaustive list of all the Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime Video in India. We bring you the best Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime — old and new, mainstream and indie — sorted chronologically. Bookmark the page to keep up with the latest Hindi movies, moving in and out of Prime. These films were playing as of August 2021.
1. Sherni (2021)
Sensitively made, ‘Sherni’ raises poignant questions about man-animal conflict and doesn’t provide easy answers. It leaves you with a disturbing truth that the rot sets in from the top. There are a few good men and women in the system who are trying to do the right thing. To let animals be, to let them reclaim their right to exist. This is a story of one such officer and her humanity and empathy for other sentient beings. Vidya Balan excels in an unglamorous role of a conscientious forest officer. In a world of timorous and predatory men, she is a Sherni!
2. Shakuntala Devi (2020)
‘Shakuntala Devi’ is an emotional, bittersweet ride, at times operatic but mostly spirited; one that holds its verve while enthralling you throughout. The film’s uniqueness and strength lies in its unconventional protagonist. Vidya Balan shines throughout the film, in moments of hope and despair alike, in fleets of success and fame, and in deep-seated instances of damage and hurt. Performances are delivered with conviction and emotionality sans any contrivances.
3. Gully Boy (2019)
‘Gully Boy’ is the 8 Mile of Bollywood. It celebrates the true essence of rap. The film is a bare, raw and fierce portrayal of life for the less fortunate. It functions as a bildungsroman, weaving a heart-touching tale of an ordinary man who rises up to be clad in the vestiture of stardom. One up for Zoya Akhtar who takes the reins and steers ‘Gully Boy’ to incredible perfection.
4. Raazi (2018)
A taut thriller helped by an edge-of-the-seat narrative and a fine ensemble of actors, ‘Raazi’ is a wartime tale set in 1971. It chronicles the true story of a young Kashmiri girl trained as a spy and sent behind enemy lines ahead of the Indo-Pak war. Alia Bhatt as Sehmat renders some fine, jaw-dropping moments. She brings out the innocence and brazenness with equal conviction. Watch ‘Raazi’ for Meghna Gulzar’s compelling storytelling, supported by brilliant performances — Jaideep Ahlawat, Vicky Kaushal, Shishir Sharma, Rajit Kapur, Amruta Khanvilkar.
5. Tumbbad (2018)
A parable on greed and how it devours its children, this is such a visual extravaganza that you begin to marvel at the audacity of the filmmakers. Their audacity to dream beyond the obvious and to go where most Hindi films are afraid to go — a dark, stylised, surrealistic netherworld! The film needs to be seen on the large screen to internalise the intensity of its cinematic expanse. Do rope down the womb of Mother Earth to experience an eternal conflict. Beautifully shot, it ain’t really a horror show. Beyond horror lies the forever struggle between man’s need and his greed. One of the most important movies to have come out of India in 2018, ‘Tumbbad’ deserves deep appreciation for its ambition and craft.
6. Shreelancer (2017)
Life is mundane for 20-something Bangalore-based freelancer Shreepad Naik (aka Shree) until a trip to Chandigarh for a friend’s wedding shifts his perception of life and the world around him. Writer-director Sandeep Mohan’s film is a story of self-discovery, a journey inward and outward. A well-written film that’s equally visually spectacular with some breathtaking scenery and cinematography (courtesy Subhash Maskara).
‘Shreelancer’ is an honest attempt at portraying a freelancer’s life while leaving us with some intriguing questions to ponder over how we go through our everyday lives and the choices we make. Arjun Radhakrishnan, the biggest find of 2017, overwhelms and endears in his effortless, refreshing portrayal of Shree.
7. Newton (2017)
Amit Masurkar’s ‘Newton’ is a darkly comic examination of a frail democratic process. Rajkummar Rao spectacularly plays the titular character, a young idealist who does things by the book. His disciplinarian attitude lands him the duty of election officer in the conflict-torn region of the Maoists. Airlifted to the middle of a jungle, Newton is tasked to register the votes of 76 locals. Armed with rules and ideals, he finds himself at odds with the chaotic reality.
Director Amit Masurkar strikes a perfect balance between satirical humour and tense interplay. Masurkar subtly renders how there’s a lot to democracy than symbolic gestures of the polling booth and voting machine. While Rao offers a standout performance, Pankaj Tripathi’s pragmatic and wearied military officer character was equally good.
8. Kapoor and Sons (2016)
There’s an understated ease in how the characters play out and the screenplay unfolds. ‘Kapoor and Sons’ isn’t your staple Bollywood. The characters are unerringly drawn, real and relatable. The director (Shakun Batra) doesn’t start defining them as soon as he introduces them to us. He lets them be. They mold along the way through the circumstances and situations they find themselves in. And the situations don’t seem contrived. Every scene fluidly ties in to the next. And the whole is a well-knit coming together of these parts. This is mainstream family drama done right!
9. Trapped (2016)
After the success of ‘Lootera’ and ‘Udaan’ fame, Vikramaditya Motwane gave us another winner in ‘Trapped,’ a taut survival thriller starring the talented Rajkummar Rao. It trails a man stranded on the top floor of a Mumbai high-rise building and explores his ordeal and attempts at escape and survival. Whilst providing plenty of edge-of-your-seat thrills, ‘Trapped’ makes for a intriguingly interactive experience as you try and solve the puzzle alongside Rao.
10. Parched (2016)
This is cinema that provokes. That shatters a cosy beguiling numbness and shakes and rattles sexual feudalism. Leena Yadav’s ‘Parched’ is a celebration of the sisterhood of oppressed women, united by their empathy, their deep caring for each other and the desire to reword the grammar of their lives. It’s feminist daring at its best, especially in the bleak Indian context.
11. Shanghai (2012)
Vassilis Vassilikos’ Z talked of a different time, a different political situation, in Ancient Greece. But the fact that Dibakar Banerjee managed to base his political thriller on this book set in Ancient Greece, is a showcase of his talent in scriptwriting and direction. He truly understands the craft. With some incredible performances by Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin, the movie manages to stun, thrill and amuse, as Dibakar’s attention to detail is evident here, in a mature, serious thriller, which ranks as one of his best films.
12. Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)
A stereotype-thwarting film that helps cement a new concept of love, or rather a new way of looking at it; one that is rarely explored on the silver screen. This original story is an unexpected yet much-deserved film that affords certain intelligence to its viewers. It’s a romantic drama like none other. Both Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurana turn in stellar performances that radiate the sincerity, seriousness and honesty with which the film was made.
13. Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
By this point, Zoya Akhtar had firmly established herself as one of the leading directorial talents of her generation. Featuring an all-star cast of Anil Kapoor, Shefail Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar, Zoya takes the problems of upper-class Indian society and turns it into a touching, heart-warming and every bit entertaining family drama about love and relationships.
14. Titli (2014)
Titli’s titular character wants to break free from his gangster family and start life afresh as a law-abiding citizen. However, things change when his family gets him married. The film captures the gloomy essence of Eastern Delhi to full tilt. And features a solid rendering of its fairly dark subject.
15. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
The 5-hour-plus magnum opus is clearly Anurag Kashyap’s best work to date. The story spans close to seven decades and chronicles the dominance between warring factions in the small, coal-rich town of Wasseypur. Its novel-style storytelling deals with themes like political corruption, family legacy, revenge, cultural strife, etc. The scope and ambition with which Kashyap treats this saga of betrayal and deceit are much subtle and deeper than the usual rise-and-fall arc. Kashyap’s visual acuity sets the stage for some of the best set-pieces in this gangster thriller.
16. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Zoya Akhtar skilfully marries artistic and mainstream sensibilities to create this gem. A film about friendship and travel, ‘Zindagi Ne Milegi Dobara’ is a simple story with its heart in the right place. The poems by Javed Akhtar aid the narrative. We find a little bit of ourselves in all the characters. Characters with simple aspirations. Characters that speak our language. They along with a simple, relatable story elevate this film to a cult level.
17. Firaaq (2008)
‘Firaaq’ examines the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots in India. It showcases the horror a society undergoes after communal harmony is broken loose. The film weaves in multiple story lines that follow the lives of a range of characters: a Muslim-hating Hindu whose wife is haunted by the ghost of the riots; a Hindu-hating Muslim who hopelessly plans revenge; a mixed marriage couple rethinking their decision to move to Delhi post riots and a Muslim child who has recently lost his parents to the riots. Nandita Das manages to put together characters of a similar mindset on both sides of the equation. It wasn’t a controversial film at all but a purely human interest story that doesn’t sympathize with a particular community. (By Amritt Rukhaiyaar)
18. Chak De India (2007)
In a Shahrukh Khan show all the way, director Shimit Amin made sure the women players had their own space to shine. Even bit players like Krishnaji (Vibha Chibber) and Sukhlal (Javed Khan) became memorable characters. The slow-motion captures, cinematography and swift editing helped involve the audience in the game and heighten the drama without using any histrionics. For a mainstream film, Amin keeps the goings-on real and relatable. The film is devoid of any lip-sync songs and delivers a progressive storyline with technical finesse.
19. Jab We Met (2007)
‘Jab We Met’ was the defining film of Imtiaz’s career. It had everything going for itself — well-written characters, memorable performances, crackling chemistry and a solid script. Above everything, it had a heart! Kareena immortalized Geet (which was at one point the title of the film) and Shahid Kapoor finally delivered his first major hit. The film spawned several remakes and clones, but nothing quite matched the success of this modern love epic.
20. Socha Na Tha (2005)
Critics loved it but the box office snubbed it. The film was a commercial failure, possibly because it had no big names to boast of or bring the audience to the theatres. It was a first for director Imtiaz Ali and actor Abhay Deol, while Ayesha Takia had two flops behind her, the same year. It was much later when moviegoers warmed up to it. ‘Socha Na Tha’ is mainstream romance done right. And Imtiaz is among the very few filmmakers who nail this genre.
21. Salaam Namaste (2005)
From ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001) to ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003), ‘Hum Tum’ (2004) to ‘Salaam Namaste’ (2005) and later ‘Love Aj Kal’ (2009), Saif was on a roll in the 2000s. He turned in one (romcom) hit after another. Somewhere around the early 2000s, Hindi cinema’s poster boy for romance Shah Rukh Khan passed on the baton to the newer, younger crop. Bollywood found its new-age, urban loverboy in Saif. A lover who wasn’t a ‘hero’ in the real sense of the word. A lover who was far from perfect. He made mistakes. He was one of us. And Saif neatly fitted the definition (possibly also because of the events that parallel-y transpired in his real life around the time).
22. My Brother Nikhil (2005)
This was a rare subject for its time. ‘My Brother Nikhil’ delves deep into sensitive themes like HIV and homosexuality. It is an open appeal to the government to amend a law that allows it to isolate people diagnosed HIV positive. A successful swimmer loses everything he had because of this. Not only is his name dragged through the mud, he’s abandoned by family and friends at this crucial juncture of his life. The film captures, with gritty realism, the predicament of those who are diagnosed with a disease considered a taboo by society.
23. Saathiya (2002)
Mani Ratnam‘s protege Shaad Ali delivered a winner in this Tamil film remake. The film smoothly transitions from mostly a light, zippy first half to a dark, grim latter half. The non-linear narrative tightly edited (except the last few minutes) kept up the pace and attention.
Rani Mukerji held the film with an impressive performance. Vivek Oberoi came off his dark avatar and took on the loverboy mantle charming his way through to Suhani’s (Rani Mukerji) and our hearts. From Yaar Milade Saiyya to Chupke Se, A.R. Rahman’s soulful music added another character to the film.
24. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut explored friendship and love with a subtle, indie sensibility. It was a generational shift in our style of storytelling. Recounting his insecurities as a filmmaker in his biography, ‘An Unsuitable Boy’, Karan Johar says, “there was a part of me that got a little afraid,” post the release of ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. “I felt in that year, the syntax of cinema had changed… What was really, intrinsically, authentically cool was Farhan Akhtar’s depiction of urban youth, the way they dressed, spoke, the mannerisms. My sensibilities were mixed up with those of the filmmakers of yore – Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Raj Kapoor.”
25. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
The ultimate rulebook of all rulebooks of romance, DDLJ became the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema (surpassing the action classic ‘Sholay’). Aditya Chopra’s debut film gave us memorable screen characters in Raj and Simran, that epitomised love. The record-breaking cult film set benchmarks for romantic dramas to come. No Bollywood list is quite complete without this one.
26. Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke (1993)
‘Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke’ was a light-hearted, fun film among Mahesh Bhatt’s otherwise serious repertoire of work. The film rode on its remarkable cast and an engagingly narrated story. The fact that this was a not a hero centric film stood it apart from the other 90s films. From Juhi Chawla’s sparkling performance and Aamir Khan’s restrained, well-balanced act, to the effulgent child actor Kunal Khemu, every character was in his element.
27. Roja (1992)
Mani Ratnam loves to do a contemporary redesign of Hindu mythological stories. In ‘Roja’, he takes Satyavn and Savitri story, mixing it with real-life incidents. For good or bad, ‘Roja ‘was an important film in Ratnam’s filmmaking career. The superbly realized individual conflicts in his previous films were now replaced with ‘individual vs the giant political system’ conflicts. ‘Roja’ is an emotional film with a mass appeal. Yet, its portrayal of Kashmir militants and a blunt showcase of patriotism were problematic.
28. Lamhe (1991)
This film was well ahead of its time. A man falls head-over-heels in love for a woman, who marries another man. The couple dies and leaves behind a daughter who falls in love with the same man who loved her mother. Awkward much? But there’s a ‘but’ in between. Yash Chopra’s direction gives it a playful, innocent characteristic. It’s a simple film, the premise of which might be hard to stomach for some, but has its heart in the right place. A brave idea for its times. Watch it for its execution.
29. Saraansh (1984)
In what is known as Anupam Kher’s best performance, Mahesh Bhatt’s classic ‘Saraansh’ is a story of a mother and father adjusting to life after their son is killed in a mugging accident. It is an intriguing portrayal of the social circumstantial complexity of life.
30. Masoom (1983)
‘Masoon’ chronicles the heart-wrenching journey of an illegitimate child. It brilliantly explores the complexities of child psychology and implications of irresponsible childbirth. Based off Erich Segal’s ‘Man Woman And Child’, this was Shekhar Kapur’s directorial debut and one of his finest, featuring acting heavyweights Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi.
31. Sadma (1983)
A gratifying tale of selfless, unconditional love, Balu Mahendra’s ‘Sadma’ is a must watch for a compelling portrayal by the leads, Sridevi, Kamal Haasan. Remake of the 1982 Tamil film ‘Moondram Pirai’, ‘Sadma’ flopped at the time of its release but later developed a cult following.
32. Silsila (1981)
Another film that bombed at the box office at the time of its release, ‘Silsila’ today has acquired a cult status. A classic Yash Chopra film, ‘Silsila’ redefined romance. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Shashi Kapoor, the film boasts of remarkable performances and unforgettable music.
33. Chhoti Si Baat (1979)
A delightful Bollywood romance, this one stands at the conjunction of those moments that we call love, and those that we regard as memorable. The Basu Chatterjee directorial is equally noteworthy for making Amol Palekar a household name. With quiet, low-key performances, this tender love story will tug at your heart.
34. Anand (1971)
Hrishikesh Mukherjee ‘Anand’ is an eternal film, one that refuses to age. It is a story about the celebration of life and friendship. It was one of Amitabh Bachchan’s early films and also the one responsible for his enduring stardom. Starring alongside the legend Rajesh Khanna and managing to grab the spotlight is no mean feat. The simplicity that Bachchan displays is almost unbecoming of his ‘angry young man’ image. He’s equally effective in a low-key, emotionally restrained performance.
35. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)
A brilliant masterpiece but a commercial failure for its themes were rooted in ideas that the majority of the then Indian society would need a few more decades to discuss freely and comfortably. Concepts like alcoholism, sex and their implications on relationships. Perhaps, the most revolutionary move was to narrate the story through the eyes of a servant — one who toils in the lower rungs of the social hierarchy and revolving around a melancholic wife who is mentally disturbed by her husband’s sexual promiscuity. The movie brilliantly brings forth the style and substance of Guru Dutt while highlighting the hypocrisies of the zamindari community.
There we are! these are some of the best Hindi movies on Amazon Prime India. What are you binge watching? Tell us in the comments below.