Amazon Prime is investing heavily in Hindi and Indian content.
From thrillers to comedy to truly original independent films featuring some of India’s biggest stars and talented actors, there is so much choice it’s hard to decide.
So I put this guide together after my wife and I spent hours figuring out what to watch and then just giving up due to the paradox of choice. I hope it helps you decide what to watch.
What are the best Indian and Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime India?
- 102 Not Out (7.5)
- 2.0 Hindi (6.4)
- 2016 the End (6.2)
- Aarakshan (6.2)
- Aashiqui 2 (7.0)
- Agneepath (6.9)
- Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain (6.8)
- Ankhon Dekhi (8.0)
- Ankur Arora Murder Case (6.5)
- Arjun Patiala (4.0)
- Aurangzeb (6.5)
- Badrinath Ki Dulhania (6.2)
- Bajrangi Bhaijaan (8.0)
- Band Baaja Baaraat (7.2)
- Bhanwarey (7.3)
- Bharat (5.5)
- Bhindi Baazaar (6.2)
- Bhouri (6.8)
- Blackmail (7.0)
- Brothers (6.5)
- Chaarfutiya Chhokare (6.4)
- Chhota Bheem Kung Fu Dhamaka (6.7)
- Citylights (7.3)
- Daddy (6.3)
- Dark Side of Life Mumbai City (7.2)
- Dashing Detective (7.5)
- Dedh Ishqiya (7.1)
- Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (7.6)
- Dil Dhadakne Do (6.8)
- Dil Jo Na Keh Saka (7.0)
- Don 2 (7.0)
- Dum Laga Ke Haisha (7.5)
- Fan (7.1)
- Fastey Fasaatey (6.4)
- Fidaa (7.5)
- Fukrey (6.9)
- Fukrey Returns (6.5)
- Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 (8.2)
- Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 (8.2)
- Gold (7.3)
- Gully Boy (8.3)
- Hamari Adhuri Kahani (6.7)
- Hasee Toh Phasee (6.8)
- Hichki (7.5)
- Hindi Medium (7.8)
- Hunterrr (7.0)
- Intelligent Khiladi aka Goodachari (7.8)
- Ishaqzaade (6.5)
- Ishqiya (7.3)
- J.D. 2017 (6.5)
- Jab Tak hai Jaan (6.7)
- Jalpari the Desert Mermaid (7.2)
- Kabali (6.2)
- Kalank (3.6)
- Kapoor and Sons(7.7)
- Karthik Calling Karthik (7.0)
- Karwaan (7.5)
- Kesari (7.5)
- KGF Chapter 1 (8.2)
- Kshay (6.9)
- Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (5.9)
- lashtam pashtam 2018 (6.5)
- Lipstick Under My Burkha (6.8)
- Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (6.5)
- Mardaani (7.3)
- Mere Dad Ki Maruti (6.4)
- Mitron (6.9)
- Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (6.9)
- Murder 2 2011 (6.2)
- Newton (7.7)
- October (7.5)
- Padmavat (7.0)
- Parched (7.6)
- Pari (6.6)
- Pataakha (7.2)
- Photograph (6.8)
- Poorna (7.8)
- Raazi (7.8)
- Ribbon (6.9)
- Rough book (7.3)
- RX 100 (6.9)
- Sarbjit (7.2)
- Shivaay (6.2)
- Shreelancer, (7.2)
- Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (7.1)
- Student of the Year 2 (2.4)
- Sultan (7.1)
- Talaash (7.2)
- The Ghazi Attack (7.6)
- Theeran (8.3)
- Theri (7.1)
- Tiger Zinda Hai (6.0)
- Titli (7.5)
- Trapped (7.5)
- Tumbbad (8.2)
- Tumhari Sulu (7.0)
- U-Turn (7.5)
- Ugly (8.1)
- Union Leader (7.6)
- Wazir (7.1)
- Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani (7.1)
- Zed Plus (6.5)
- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (8.1)
- Zubaan (6.2)
Even with high ratings and awards not every movie is a good choice. They’re various factors to look into and you can read a few lines below on each film to figure out which one is right for you and your partner, family or kids.
Best Bollywood Movies on Amazon Prime India
These are the best Hindi (and few regional) movies on Amazon Prime India as of October 2019.
1. 102 Not Out
An India drama comedy film with big stars, this 2018 movie will be loved by anybody above 50 and is honestly fun for the whole family.
Put it on if grandparents are over, based on a Gujarati play. Reminds me of Grumpy Old Men from Hollywood.
Starring Amitabh Bachchan Rishi Kapoor and Jimit Trivedi.
Whoa so weird that its also number 2 on this list.
Ok, I know if you don’t get some of these movies are meant to suspend your belief and be generous with that suspension but I enjoyed this flick.
This 2018 movie is a Tamil-Hindi science fiction film and has a decent message.
Simon Abrahams of RogerEbert.com gave the 3.5 stars and said “Against all reason–against all common sense–2.0 works, and in a big, big way.
Give it a watch if you’re in the mood for this genre and it’s safe for the full family! A great Indian popcorn flick!
Starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson and Sudhanshu Pandey.
3. 2016 The End
An apocalyptic Hindi comedy film with a few funny moments about what four friends would (unrealistically) do if you knew the world was going to end.
If you like movies in the stoner comedy genre or want something kind of like Delhi Belly but not quite goa head. It wasn’t as bad as I expected and a fun one time watch.
Starring Harshad Chopda, Priya Banerjee, Divyendu Sharma and Kiku Sharda.
The supreme court of India makes friendships tested.
This movie is a slow burn and it’s a movie to appreciate acting, kind of how people enjoyed Glengarry Glen Ross.
Maybe it will age well with time, but speaking of time this movie is very long.
You might get bored or you might just enjoy the talent on screen, but definitely not a popcorn flick.
Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Deepika Padukone and Prateik Babbar.
5. Aashiqui 2
A really great film for hardcore romantic fans.
Great chemistry between the main characters and they really play off each other well in this 2013 film.
Starring Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
A great blockbuster film with a star-studded cast, that opens and ends with tension.
This 2012 Bollywood film is all about revenge.
Starring Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri and Zarina Wahab.
7. Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain
This 2018 movie that translates to “how do you say that in English?!?” was widely appreciated by critics and did the film festival rounds in New York City and Jaipur.
It has great actors but didn’t do much in terms of the box office collections department. One of those movies you hear die hard fans say “please Bollywood push movies like this instead of that masala crap” type of flicks.
A good watch to see some actors doing what they do best, however.
Do you recognize that girl from Made in Heaven?
Starring Sanjay Mishra, Pankaj Tripathi, Brijendra Kalam, Ekavali Khanna, Anshuman Jha, and Shivani Raghuvanshi.
8. Ankhon Dekhi
Speaking of Sanjay Mishra, what a film you need to watch and warning, you will cry in this 2013 film written by Rajat Kapoor (who I also met in 2013 btw!)
The story isn’t for everyone but if you give it time you will take something away after watching this film.
We need more movies like this. Way better again than the crap you see in theaters week after week.
Starring: Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa, and Rajat Kapoor.
9. Ankur Arora Murder Case
Arjun Mathur is finally getting his due after Made in Heaven and I’m glad he is because he’s been putting in the time.
This 2013 movie of his about hospitals, doctors and courtroom drama is sure to grab your attention.
Starring Arjun Mathur, Kay Kay Menon, Vishakha Singh, Tisca Chopra, and Paoli Dam.
A few plot holes in the movie but a decent action crime thriller type of criminal-cop-drama.
One of the better 2013 Bollywood movies in this mystery genre.
Starring Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Arjun Kapoor, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sasha Agha, and Swara Bhaskar.
11. Badrinath Ki Dulhania
This 2017 movie had two leads who again had a lot of chemistry and because they connected so well they were able to tackle sensitive issues with taste.
Starring: Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.
12. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Salman Khan gave everybody, from fanboys to masses something to praise him for with this 2015 film that was one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time.
A really unique comedy-drama Hindi film.
If you haven’t seen it, go ahead and watch it already as it was critically acclaimed.
Starring Salman Khan, Harshaali Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Kareena Kapoor Khan.
13. Band Baaja Baaraat
This 2010 film is one of the oldest on this list by Amazon Prime but a classic Bollywood film in many ways. Plays on the Delhi mentality that so many movies revel in.
It’s a really fun family film that appeals to a lot of people for various reasons, most notably the Big Fat Indian Wedding.
Especially fun to watch years later after watching Zoya’s Made in Heaven!
Starring Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma.
An Indian dark comedy in Hindi, this 2017 film was written, directed and produced by the same person, aka the lead actor.
Not too many reviews but give it a go if you’re looking for a Delhi Belly alternative. If you don’t enjoy it after 15 minutes go ahead and bounce but it has its moments.
If you didn’t enjoy the trailer then don’t watch it at all, however.
Starring Shaurya Singh, Karhan Dev, Jashan Singh, Priyanka Shukla, and Manoj Bakshi.
Highlighting what happens when Indian society makes a 27 year old marry a 55 year old.
It could have been a lot better with correct casting for the village but hey, compelling story and message is very important.
This 2016 movie didn’t do well at the box office but was praised by critics for its sexual harassment messages especially in rural towns.
Starring Raghubir Yadav, Masha Paur, Aditya Pancholi, Mukesh Tiwari and Vikrant Rai.
I really enjoyed this Hindi black comedy from 2018 and Irrfan is great in a funny satire like this.
The comedy of errors of constant blackmail is also done well.
Starring Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Divya Dutta, Arunoday Singh and Omi Vaidya.
Many fans were split that it was too much drama and not enough sport, but this 2015 film is a testosterone movie about MMA and fighting.
It’s a Bollywood Indian remake of the Hollywood movie Warrior.
Two brothers, fighting and family drama? Sign me up.
Starring Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff.
18. Chaarfutiya Chhokare
This 2014 is about an NRI girl who returns to India to start some NGO work in the villages but realizes there’s a dark side to village life and exploitation is abundant.
Starring Soha Ali Khan, Harsh Mayar, Seema Biswas, Mukesh Tiwari, Zakir Hussain, Suhas Sirsat, Lekh Tandon and Umesh Jagtap.
19. Chhota Bheem Kung Fu Dhamaka
Put this on and let the kids enjoy themselves, one of the best Hindi movies for kids on Amazon Prime.
Of course, if you’re comparing to Kung Fu Panda and the likes it’s a little behind in CGI and story but for the budget, I was very impressed, even if I didn’t pay attention and just played it to keep the kids quiet.
Fox Searchlight picks some indie winners. This is a tragic 2014 film that has outstanding acting by Rajkummar Rao.
Really glad Amazon picked it up.
You will cry by the end of it so be warned.
Starring: Rajkummar Rao and Patralekha.
A political crime drama type of movie, if you like this gangster flicks you’re sure to enjoy this 2017 nailbiter.
A 1970s Hindi period flick as well.
Starring Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rajesh, Rajesh Shringarpure, Anand Ingale, Nishikant Kamat and Farhan Akhtar.
22. Dashing Detective
This 2017 Tamil film has a Hindi option on Amazon prime and I’m glad it does. If you like movies heavy on good story give this one a watch.
The original title was Thupparivaalan.
Starring Vishal, Prasanna, Vinay, Anu Emmanuel, and Andrea Jeremiah.
23. Dedh Ishqiya
This 2014 Hindi black comedy is great and star studded. Unfortunately, it is not for the masses who may not get all the subtle humor or simply can’t relate to it.
It’s a very intelligent comedy and I highly urge if you’re tired of lazy filmmaking you watch this and appreciate the art of writing and cinema to see a well written Bollywood film.
Starring Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah and Huma Qureshi.
24. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
A 1940s Bollywood period piece about mystery and crime-solving.
India needs to make more movies like this.
This 2015 ode to Bengali fiction is a great thriller mystery film that proof that Bollywood can still sometimes produce a great story.
Honestly, such a fun movie to watch.
If you haven’t seen it make sure you do if any of the movies on this list.
Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari and Swastika Mukherjee.
25. Dil Dhadakne Do
I personally didn’t enjoy this 2015 film but my brother kept it on the TV so I just watched it and despite it’s snooty shortcomings I guess the stars make it an interesting watch.
The upper middle class Indian’s first world problems seem to be a bit hard to empathize with (ironic from me considering I grew up in Los Angeles) but there is something on the screen that keeps you watching.
I guess that’s the Zoya Akhtar charm to pull off a family holiday on a cruise ship relating to the Indian masses.
Plus the soundtrack was fire!
Starring Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, and Farhan Akhtar.
26. Dil Jo Na Keh Saka
A small low budget film that is a little charming but nothing great. Watch if you’ve seen everything else on this list. There is even a (LOL) typo in the trailer.
Starring Himansh kohli, Priya Banerjee and Manoj Pahwa.
27. Don 2
Talk about having some of the biggest stars in the world. Farhan got everybody in this 2011 Don sequel.
It’s a great blockbuster crime thriller that keeps you engaged until the end, even if they’re some boring scenes in between.
Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Kunal Kapoor, Boman Irani, and Om Puri.
28. Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Yash Raj Films picks some interesting films and this one was a great effort.
This 2015 film about a guy who has an arranged marriage to an overweight girl covers a lot of ground and themes about Indian society and beauty. The tagline on the poster was “Love comes in all shapes and sizes!”
Starring Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar.
Shah Rukh Khan gets teased for being too into himself.
So Shah Rukh Khan makes a movie about Shah Rukh Khan being obsessed with Shah Rukh Khan, starring Shah Rukh Khan.
Either way, it’s an entertaining 2016 Bollywood movie to watch at home.
Wasn’t that successful at the box office but probably made more money in streaming and international releases.
Starring: Any guesses?
30. Fastey Fasaatey
A romantic 2019 Bollywood comedy that is nothing crazy but a good time pass.
It’s not the best film, there is a no name cast but it is better than much bigger films out there.
Great to watch with family, just know it’s a low budget flick with some nice simple yet emotional dialogues.
Starring: Karishma Sharma, Arpit Chaudhary, and Nachiket Narvekar.
One of the best 2017 Telugu movies on Amazon Prime. A Hindi version is also available. Simple dialogues add up to something more organic.
NRI themes about India also in the film.
Starring Sai Pallavi, Varun Tej, Sarah Uriarte Berry
A 2013 Hindi slacker comedy. Plays on the theme of educational corruption but is just fun and uses some good actors well.
I enjoyed it even if the plot seemed a bit far fetched at times.
Starring Pulkit Samrat, Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Varun Sharma, Priya Anand, Richa Chadda, and Vishakha Singh.
33. Fukrey Returns
The 2017 Sequel to Fukrey is just as fun but doesn’t really offer anything new.
Maybe it’s because there was such a long gap between the two movies, but it just feels like an extension rather than a proper sequel of the same antics.
Starring Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma, Priya Anand, Vishakha Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, and Richa Chadda.
34. Gangs of Wasseypur Part 1 and 2
If Godfather met Gangs of New York you’d have a lot of the storytelling devices used here. Regardless, this is a beast of a movie over 5 hours in total.
It’s a push for modern Indian cinema and one of the best Bollywood films of 2012.
The original cut was over 300 minutes (five hours) hence Anurag Kashyap had to split this movie with an ensemble cast into two.
Starring: Manoj Bajpai, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vineet Kumar Singh, Piyush Mishra, Pankaj Tripathi, Richa Chadda and Reemma Sen.
Akshay Kumar continues to prove his love for India in this 2018 film about India’s first Olympic gold medal (in hockey).
A Bollywood sports drama and a period piece set in the 1940s.
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Sunny Kaushal.
36. Gully Boy
Ranveer Singh really makes you root for him trying to be the small town boy nobody really thinks of and then rises up to win these competitions.
A blockbuster movie and one of the best Bollywood films of 2019, based on the true story of Divine.
Ironically when I went into the movie at PVR during its last week of showings, I got a notification from Prime that it was coming next week.
#facePalm Time Aayega?!?
For me oddly enough the scene of him just waiting outside a nightclub as a driver was oddly one that stood out to me since I knew that all the hip hop swag shots would be fun as is.
Zoya Akthar continues to impress with how to get the Indian middle class caring about stories that cross literally, all walks of life.
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Siddhant Chaturvedi.
37. Hamari Adhuri Kahani
Emraan Hashmi holds this 2015 film together about a plot we’ve heard before. Lover goes missing, other love finds someone else but then lover returns.
Don’t worry, there weren’t any spoilers here.
Starring Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkummar Rao.
38. Hasee Toh Phasee
A slightly off the cuff romantic comedy film that will win you over with the charisma of the two leads. Reviewed well by major critics also.
One of the best Bollywood comedy movies of 2014.
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Adah Sharma, Manoj Joshi, and Sharat Saxena.
Rani Mukerji does a great job in this 2018 film about a teacher with a speech impediment.
It ends up being a beautiful film and this is a perfect family-friendly Bollywood movie to watch on Amazon prime.
Starring: Rani Mukerji
40. Hindi Medium
A comedy of errors about education and wealth in India’s modern society. Appreciated by critics in India and worldwide.
One of the best Hindi movies of 2017.
Starring Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar.
An adult comedy that is not family friendly, this 2015 Bollywood movie is about a guy thinking life is more than just one night stands
Don’t expect any prize winning lessons but compared to some of the really really bad and cringe worthy films Bollywood puts out that are really backward, this at least has SOME story and some bit of character. (e.g. Compared to Grand Masti types)
Starring Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte, Sai Tamhankar and Veera Saxena.
42. Intelligent Khiladi aka Goodachari
A nice Telugu movie with a 2018 Hindi remake.
Like an Indian James Bond movie that was praised by critics so if you’re in the mood for a Hindi or Telugu spy thriller gave this unique movie a watch.
Starring Adivi Sesh, Sobhita Dhulipala, Madhu Shalini, Prakash Raj, and Jagapathi Babu.
This 2012 Yash Raj Film is a romantic thriller about a gunda’s son and conflict with the politically active heroine. It did well with India wide audiences.
It’s kind of like an Indian Romeo and Juliet and did well at the box office.
Starring Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Gauhar Khan.
I enjoyed this little 2010 film that Rajeev Masand called a “dark saucy little comedy” and the actors really bring it to life.
What happens when two friends fall for their third friend’s widow?
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, and Arshad Warsi.
45. Jab Tak hai Jaan
An SRK blockbuster from 2012, I personally thought this nearly 3-hour movie was too slow to be good and I racked my brain on some of the story.
But audiences loved it and critics gave it some recognition so if you’re in the mood.
Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma.
46. Jalpari the Desert Mermaid
This 2012 film highlights an important issue in India and does it in an Indian Alice-In-Wonderland sort of way, with mystery and suspense.
From the director of the movie “I am Kalam” which is on Netflix.
Starring Lehar Khan, Parvin Dabas, Harsh Mayar, Kaustubh Tripathi, Rahul Singh, and Krishang Trivedi.
This controversial 2016 film is not typical Rajnikanth so it got mixed reviews and had some small political controversies.
However, the movie is about a Tamil leader in Malaysia fighting for the rights of Tamilians, and Rajni to the rescue.
Has a revenge theme going for it.
Starring Rajinikanth, Winston Chao, Radhika Apte and Sai Dhanshika.
48. Kapoor and Sons
A well-made movie from Dharma Productions about loving your family that has good intentions, even if it’s about two brothers fighting over a girl. A blockbuster no doubt.
This was one of the best Hindi movies of 2016 and glad Amazon Prime has it. Made a killing at the box office collections also.
Whether you’re living in India or NRI, go ahead and watch it!
Starring Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, and Anahita Uberoi.
49. Karthik Calling Karthik
Long before Deepika was at the Met Gala she was doing cool movie roles like this psychological thriller.
Even though the audiences and critics had mixed reviews, it’s an enjoyable film and something different especially for 2010.
Starring Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Shah, and Vipin Sharma.
A light-hearted 2018 comedy that makes you reflect on life through the vehicle (Honestly) of a road trip journey.
Kind of like the TVF’s Tripling formula. One of the best Hindi comedies of 2018 but don’t expect huge belly laughs but rather family fun.
Starring Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar (the Netflix Sweetheart).
A 2019 blockbuster that has Akshay and patriotism written all over it, jointly produced by Karan Johar.
One of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2019.
Most critics rated it FOUR out of FIVE stars so give it a go if the trailer appeals to you, definitely worth the time.
Starring Akshay Kumar.
52. KGF Chapter 1
A period drama that does not disappoint. Fans loved it, critics were mixed. One of the best South Indian films of 2018.
Some fans called this a crown of the Kannada film industry. The Hindi version should hopefully show folks the great storytelling that comes out of Karnataka.
Starring Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Anant Nag, Malavika Avinash, and Vasishta N. Simha.
A 2012 black-and-white indie psychological drama movie with some actors you’ll now recognize about seven years later from all over Netflix, Amazon and other web series platforms.
A tiny film with a pretty big message.
Starring Rasika Dugal, Alekh Sangal and Sudhir Pednekar.
54. Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
A low rated but crowd-pleasing film that hasn’t exactly aged well. If you like Ranveer or a story about a guy conning a ton of women, give it a watch.
Included in the list because, well, everybody knows this movie, people in my family seemed to enjoy it and it did well in the box office.
Starring Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Dipannita Sharma, and Aditi Sharma.
55. Lashtam Pashtam
A drama based in Dubai about India and Pakistan relationships putting friendships to the test.
Starring Dolly Ahluwalia, Priyanshu Chatterjee, and Tisca Chopra.
56. Lipstick Under My Burkha
A 2017 movie that got a lot of attention upon release and deservedly slow.
Talked about how women have to lie and cheat just to live their honest lives, which is a sad state of affairs in many avenues of Indian culture.
An enjoyable film that pushes boundaries and gets big laughs so please watch, but there might be a few scenes you’d rather watch alone.
Starring Ratna Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Sushant Singh, Sonal Jha, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, and Vikrant Massey.
57. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
This 2019 epic period piece got a lot of love from fans and keeps you glued to your seat.
Definitely a blockbuster although I’m sure the makers would have liked to have seen a bit more in collections.
Wish more people gave this movie a shot but I thought it was great.
Really great message and VFX also.
Starring Kangana Ranaut, Atul Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Ankita Lokhande.
Reviewers said it shows the fighter within the girl and it’s about a Mumbai inspector who discovers a child trafficking ring.
A good 2014 film to watch with good acting and decent reviews from Yash Raj Films.
Starring Rani Mukerji, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jisshu Sengupta and Saanand Verma.
59. Mere Dad Ki Maruti
This 2013 Bollywood comedy is family fun about a car that was supposed to be for a wedding getting stolen and you can imagine the antics that follow.
It’s set in Chandigarh and has its moments.
Starring Saqib Saleem, Rhea Chakraborty, Ram Kapoor, Prabal Panjabi, and Ravi Kishan.
A 2018 coming of age story set against the backdrop of MBAs and Gujarati families. It is a remake of “Pellichupulu” from the Telugu film industry.
Despite doing nothing at the box office, it’s a nice movie you can’t expect much from but has it’s sweet and relatable moments.
Starring Jackky Bhagnani, Kritika Kamra, and Pratik Gandhi.
61. Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge
This 2011 movie is a fun one time watch that is enjoyable with friends, cousins and/or event parents.
You will be nostalgic about old Facebook user interfaces also!
Plays on social media and critics enjoyed it. A little dated now as it’s already 2019 but hey, it was good for the time being!
Starring Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D’Souza and Harsh Nagar.
62. Murder 2
Bollywood Hungama said this movie is one of the finest crime thrillers to come out of the Bollywood film industry, and it also smashed the box office.
It’s a 2011 sequel in case it wasn’t obvious, just not friendly to watch with family as there is a ton of masala in this movie.
Starring Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prashant Narayanan, Sudhanshu Pandey, Bikramjeet Kanwarpal, Sulagna Panigrahi, Amardeep Jha, Sandeep Sikand and Shekhar Shukla.
Universal critical acclaim, important tribal issues and India’s official entry for the Oscars. A black comedy-drama film that is an excellent political satire.
This 2017 is a triumph for the lead actor who continues to prove his mettle. One of the best Hindi films of 2017.
Starring Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil and Raghubir Yadav.
One of the most hyped up Bollywood blockbusters of 2018.
A 200 crore production that ran too long at 163 minutes, but glad Amazon Prime has the rights so you can enjoy it at home during your own schedule.
Mixed reviews from critics and audiences (for the historical context) but a visual treat that is a blockbuster worth attempting to watch. Also was it real controversy to try and stir up the box office or actual problems?
I know these movies take a long time to make but the edit table can at least keep up with consumer’s attention spans right?
But aside from all that, it’s worth watching for 30 minutes and then deciding if the movie is for you.
Ranveer Singh was praised for his acting.
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.
This 2016 movie was critically acclaimed and for good reason. It explores four women in Gujarat who have their own wants and desires and have to deal with outdated customs and traditions that suppress them.
With a talented cast and subject material that makes you think, the film isn’t for everyone and some holier than thou folks will kind of look away, but I thought it was a well-done film with a message, whether you want to hear it or not.
Forced patriarchy anyone?
Starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, and Sayani Gupta.
This horror movie is also on Netflix. Not too scary but a good first attempt by Anushka’ production company.
See my Best Hindi Movies on Netflix synopsis here including this one (in case you can’t find it on Amazon when you read this).
Don’t confuse it with another movie of the same name with a lower rating.
Starring Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, and Rajat Kapoor.
This 2018 film is about two sisters who are part of the same family yet always bickering like *cough* India and Pakistan.
A really good movie and a hidden treasure by Vishal Bhardwaj.
It’s a nice colorful film and has its moments. Got pretty good reviews from the media also.
Starring: Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover and Vijay Raaz.
An Amazon Original movie! Finally!
A photographer is pressured to get married by his family so he convinces a lady to act as his fiance.
This 2019 Hindi movie premiered at the Sundance Film festival.
A beautiful movie with a beautiful storyline that again, unfortunately, won’t appeal to masala masses but looks like Google users and other crowds really appreciated it’s simple sweet message.
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.
A straightforward 2017 family-friendly Hindi movie about Malavath Purna, the youngest girl to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
And considering the danger in recent years (even around the same time frame), this movie is even more impactful.
If you like mountains and true stories, you’ll love this film.
Starring Aditi Inamdar, S. Maria, Harsha Vardhan, and Rahul Bose.
My wife and I really enjoyed this 2018 film about an undercover RAW agent married into a Pakistnai family just to get some intel.
Firstpost who is usually a bit more hard to please on their reviews gave the film a 4.5 out of 5 stars saying the espionage was heart-stopping and edge of your seat. Audiences also loved the film.
One of the best espionage spy thrillers out of Bollywood in 2018 and recent memory.
Starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal.
A nice bit city story starring the web series stud Sumeet Viyas about what happens when career minded folks get kids before they’re ready.
The second half of the movie has a turn that is unexpected and kind of resolved quickly which makes you wonder what the movie was really about, but overall a good flick to pass the time.
Starring Kalki Koechlin, Sumeet Vyas, and Hitesh Malhan.
72. Rough book
This 2016 movie is all about analyzing the education system in India. Premiered at the 2015 New York City Indian Film Festival.
Some bitter truths in the movie that the masses looking for a popcorn flick might find boring.
One of the better movies about Indian education.
Starring Amaan Khan, Joy Sengupta, Jayati Bhatia, Vinay Jain, Deepika Amin and Kinjal Rajpriya.
73. RX 100
A Hindi and Telugu film with a twist that makes you realize this movie was never like the simple repetitive premise you thought it was.
An audience favorite Telugu film from 2018.
Starring Kartikeya and Payal Rajput.
This Hindi movie premiered in 2016 at the Cannes Film Festival and is about the true story of an Indian man who drunkenly stumbled across the Pakistani border and then had to spend 22 years in prison, which is so sad.
Movie got mixed reviews from critics but it’s a good home watch on Amazon and has decent acting from the leads. Not all the true facts were in the movie so you’ll have to research on your own to get all the details in case you want to after watching the film.
Starring Aishwarya Rai, Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadha, and Darshan Kumaar.
An emotional action thriller with breathtaking visuals. Most people enjoyed it but it is quite long at 3 hours.
One of the best Bollywood action movies of 2016.
Starring Ajay Devgn, Sayyeshaa, Erika Kaar, Abigail Eames, Vir Das (hey bro!), Girish Karnad and Saurabh Shukla.
A jaded young Bangalore professional wants to go on a road trip to get away from his boring copywriting job in this 2017 independent film.
He lands up in various situations that show him more to life along the way.
A great effort by Sandeep Mohan which hopefully lands him other things in the future. I included it here because I’m glad to see Bangalore stories being made and it was an enjoyable watch.
Starring Arjun Radhakrishnan, Falah Faisal, and Chandan Gill.
77. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
One of 2018’s best Hindi comedy films, don’t take this movie too seriously.
Some ladies might roll their eyes how the boys can’t stick up for themselves and they make the lady a gold digger.
Audiences appreciated it and if you can get past the little bit misogynistic nature of the bros before girls sort of attitude, it has its moments. I personally didn’t enjoy the film too much but put it on this list because I know it was an audience favorite and maybe you will. I felt the same way about Pyaar Ka Punchnama 1 and 2 also.
Starring Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Nijar.
78. Student of the Year 2
This movie is so bad that I had to put it on this list. I’m also curious if you read this post so if you did please comment below.
I think the folks at Dharma Productions are really smart and they’re taking a Rebecca Black Friday approach to drawing buzz.
Either way I guarantee you a lot of people will watch it on Amazon Prime just to see what all the buzz was about, then want to talk about how bad or unrealistic it was.
One of 2019’s worst Bollywood movies? Let me know.
Starring Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday.
This 2016 Bollywood blockbuster about wrestling was Salman Khan’s best movie of the year.
It’s a sports drama and typical popcorn masala movie but good for family and friends alike.
My friend Kubbra Sait was also in this!
Starring: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda and Amit Sadh.
This is one of the best Bollywood movies of 2012. It’s a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the last minute.
Has a slightly supernatural feel to it but it’s just a great movie. I’m sure people will continue to watch this over the years on Amazon Prime and the critics loved the movie.
Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
81. The Ghazi Attack
A drama-thriller set in 1971 about Indian submarines versus Pakistani submarines. One of the best Indian war films. It was shot in Telugu, Hindi, and Tamil.
It has a good story and the special effects could be better but was praised for the effort. A great Bollywood film from 2017.
Starring: Rana Daggubati, Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon, Taapsee Pannu, Rahul Singh, and Satyadev Kancharana.
A Tamil movie that has Hindi options, this movie was raved about and is one of the Best Indian movies of 2017. A cop thriller that is very engaging.
A well-written script that really works on a good plot. A very commendable effort from all of those who were involved.
Starring Karthi, Rakul Preet Singh and, Abhimanyu Singh.
A 2016 Tamil movie with Hindi options is an action-packed revenge drama.
Doubled it’s production budget in collections which made it a commercially successful film also.
Fans really appreciated the pace of the movie and I think you will enjoy either the Tamil or Hindi versions as well. One of the best Tamil movies on Amazon Prime India.
Starring Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Amy Jackson.
84. Tiger Zinda Hai
A way better movie than Race 3. This 2017 masala entertainer was good to Salman Khan at the box office and doesn’t try to be anything other than what is marketed.
Don’t expect any amazing twists or a very tight script, but if you want to escape mundane life and not think too much, this movie is for you.
Starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
The Hindustan times called this the best Hindi film of 2014.
A very gritty film that portrays some of the sad realities of life in the slums. Looks like Yash Raj Film is going after Fox Searchlight and getting off the cuff stories to give Indian audiences some clever films to make them think.
A lot of people enjoyed this film and looking at all the awards it got, you might also.
Praised internationally by the Hollywood Reporter, this 2014 film was well received and hopefully finds a nice home on Amazon or other streaming platforms.
Starring: Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial, Shashank Arora, Lalit Behl, and Shivani Raghuvanshi.
A survival 2016 film about a man who gets locked inside his own house with no way of getting out. If you liked a movie like Hollywood’s Room you might like this.
Rajkummar Rao got a Filmfare Award for Best Actor for this film.
It is a “one-room drama” much like many other Hollywood thrillers of recent memory but this movie keeps you engaged.
They’re a couple of missing logical plot points but either way, it’s very entertaining thanks to the outstanding performance of its lead actor.
Starring Rajkummar Rao and Geetanjali Thapa.
An audience favorite that premiered at the Venice film festival. This historical period drama film will keep you hooked to the edge of your seat.
Finally, a movie critics and audiences can agree on.
One of the best Hindi thrillers of 2018. Kind of reminds me of the Spanish movie Pan’s Labyrinth.
Starring: Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Rahi Anil Barve and, Anand Gandhi.
88. Tumhari Sulu
Vidya carries this movie on her very capable shoulders and I even proposed to my wife on the track Ban Ja Rani from this movie.
One of the best Hindi comedy-drama movies of 2017.
So I had to put it on this list. Bollywood also loves putting her in nonstop housewife roles but so be it, she does a great job and bringing those characters to life.
Starring Vidya Balan, Neha Dhupia, Manav Kaul and, Abhishek Sharrma.
A cool Kannada thriller with Hindi and Tamil options. There is also a Hindi version from 2018. The movie keeps you guessing until the last scene. Good job Pawan Kumar.
One of the best Kannada movies of 2016 on Amazon Prime.
Starring Shraddha Srinath, Radhika Chetan, Dileep Raj and, Roger Narayan.
This 2014 Anurag Kashyap movie is also available on Netflix. High reviews and high audience appreciation.
It’s often called Kashyap’s finest film. Arguably one of the better Bollywood films of 2014 also.
Starring Rahul Bhat, Ronit Roy, Girish Kulkarni, Siddhanth Kapoor, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vineet Kumar Singh and, Surveen Chawla.
91. Union Leader
This 2017 film was a breath of fresh air and talks about the injustices prevalent in the system and corruption.
One of the better Bollywood movies of 2018 but won’t get the recognition it deserves.
Hope it gets some more views on Amazon Prime.
Starring Rahul Bhat and Tillotama Shome.
This 2016 movie is a terrorist revenge plot full of twists and turns.
Dram and mystery make for a compelling watch at home.
Starring Amitabh Bachan, Farhan Akhtar and Aditi Rao Hydari.
93. Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani
Audiences said this was a treat to watch and redefined how we look at romance and relationships.
All age groups will find something common in this movie and it became an instant classic the moment it was released. Plus a great soundtrack.
The best Bollywood movie of 2013.
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin.
94. Zed Plus
A Bollywood drama film from 2014 that seems just as relevant in 2019 to highlight a common man in politics.
It’s a smart movie and while not for everyone, can be highly appreciated for the message it tries to deliver.
Starring Adil Hussain, Ravi Jhankal and, Vinod Acharya.
95. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
A coming of age film that was an instant smash success the second it came out in 2011.
There is honestly no stopping Zoya Akthar.
The film became a worldwide hit and if you haven’t watched it then add it to your queue immediately and put it on during or right after dinner.
Starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and, Kalki Koechlin.
Phew, we made to the end of this list!
This 2018 movie is a Hindi-Punjabi musical drama film that didn’t get a wide release but got accolades and acclaim.
Audiences were divided on the story and some found it boring (as they always do) and while it’s not Vicky’s best work it is a great feather in his cap.
Starring Vicky Kaushal, Sarah Jane Dias and, Raaghav Chanana.
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I hope this list was helpful for you.
My wife and I waste so much time looking for what to watch while our food is getting cold, and ironically enough we do the same with looking with what to order.
There should be something on this list for everyone from Nana to Grandma to the kids or the Netflix (oops) and chill crowd, you should find something worthwhile tonight.
Bollywood gets a bad rap for putting out a lot of junk (which it does) but it does put out some gems.
They’re some VERY HARD WORKING people who probably left a lot of corporate money on the table to make these stories, so let’s give them some and love bump up their Amazon numbers!
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I liked the details you provided and will appreciate that you also picked good films which are low budget movie and did not perform on Box Office being a non star cast film or publicity budget.. Thanks you for sharing this info.
of course thank you i hope it helps, let me know if you enjoyed any!