75 Old Hindi Movie Names For You To Note Right Now

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Hritwik Chakraborty

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The Hindi film industry, more popularly known as Bollywood, is one of the biggest movie industries in the world, producing as many as 2000 films per year on average. The commencement of the industry began with the film Raja Harishchandra (1913), directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke. 

Since then, several thousands of movies have been made in Bollywood. Here we will take a look at 75 old Hindi movies that have left their mark on the audience's mind.

75. Ziddi (1948)

Ziddi (1948) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Directed by Shaheed Latif, starring Dev Anand, Kamini Kaushal, and Pran, this movie is based on a story by Ismat Chughtai. It launched Dev Anand's career as a leading hero. 

It is also known for the song 'Yeh Kaun Aaya Re' which was the first duet of Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.

74. Neecha Nagar (1946)

A social film directed by Chetan Anand, this old Hindi movie was one of the earliest parallel films of Bollywood which acted as an inspiration for many such upcoming movies. It starred Uma Anand (Chetan Anand's wife), Kamini Kaushal, Rafiq Ahmed and others.

73. Barsaat (1949)

Barsaat (1949) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A romantic film starring the famous Raj Kapoor-Nargis duo, Barsaat was the second directorial venture of Raj Kapoor. This movie went on to become the highest-grossing Indian film, breaking the record of Andaz, which was also released in the same year.

72. Najma (1943)

A Muslim social film directed by Mehboob Khan, Najma stars Ashok Kumar and Veena in the lead roles. It was the first production of Mehboob Khan's Mehboob Productions banner.

71. Anmol Ghadi (1946)

Another Mehboob Khan directorial, this musical drama film stars Surendra, Suraiya, and Noor Jehan in the lead roles. The movie is often regarded as a classic and is hailed especially for its music.

70. Aurat (1940)

Aurat (1940) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Considered as one of the biggest hits in the history of Bollywood, Aurat is directed by Mehboob Khan and stars Sardar Akhtar, Surendra, Yakub, Kanhaiyalal, Arun Kumar Ahuja, and others.

69. Baiju Bawra (1952)

A musical romantic drama film starring Meena Kumari and Bharat Bhushan, Baiju Bawra was a megahit that managed to cross 100 weeks at the theatre. This Vijay Bhatt directorial is one of the most loved and remembered old Hindi movies of all time, thanks to Naushad's music.

68. Mother India (1957)

Mother India (1957) | Old Hindi Movie Names

One of the cult classics of Indian cinema, Mother India is an epic drama film featuring Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, and Raaj Kumar. This movie was directed and produced by Mehboob Khan and was based on Khan's earlier film, Aurat (1940).

67. Do Bigha Zamin (1953)

Do Bigha Zamin is a social drama film directed by Bimal Roy, starring Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy in the lead roles. Inspired by Italian neorealist cinema, this is one of the earliest social films of Indian cinema and is considered a trendsetter. The movie is based on a Bengali poem of Rabindranath Tagore 'Dui Bigha Jomi'.

66. Shree 420 (1955)

Directed and produced by Raj Kapoor, Shree 420 is a comedy-drama featuring Kapoor, Nargis, and Nadira. One of the most iconic films in the history of Indian cinema, it is still remembered especially for the song 'Mera Joota Hai Japani' which went on to become an international success.

65. Pyaasa (1957)

A film way ahead of its time, Pyaasa is a romantic drama featuring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, Rehman, and Johnny Walker, directed and produced by Dutt himself. 

The film addresses different societal issues. One of the most loved Indian films, any list consisting of old Hindi movies names is incomplete without Pyaasa.

64. Devdas (1955)

Devdas (1955) | Old Hindi Movie Names

One of the most epic Indian films of all time, Devdas is a timeless romantic tragedy based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name. Starring Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen (her Bollywood debut), and Vyjayanthimala in the lead roles, it is a cult classic that has been remade several times.

63. Madhumati (1958)

A classic Bimal Roy film (co-written by Ritwik Ghatak) starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, this paranormal romance drama also stars Pran and Johnny Walker. It is one of the most remembered old Hindi movies, with Salil Chowdhury's music playing a huge role.

62. Naya Daur (1957)

One of the most revered Indian films of all time, Naya Daur, starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala is a romantic drama directed by B.R. Chopra. This movie garnered Kumar his third consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

61. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Another classic Guru Dutt film, Kaagaz Ke Phool is one of the most respected old Hindi movies. It is a romantic drama, starring Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman. This was the last officially directed film of Dutt.

60. Howrah Bridge (1958)

Howrah Bridge is a crime thriller film directed by Shakti Samanta. This movie stars Ashok Kumar and Madhubala in the lead roles. It was a critical and commercial success that went on to achieve cult status.

59. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958)

A genre-defining comedy film of Indian cinema, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, directed by Satyen Bose is a loved classic. This hilarious musical comedy stars the Ganguly brothers - Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar, and Kishore Kumar as three brothers, alongside Madhubala. It was a critical and commercial success.

58. Dilli Ka Thug (1958)

Dilli Ka Thug (1958) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A comedy film featuring Kishore Kumar, Nutan, Iftekhar, and Madan Puri, Dilli Ka Thug is written, directed, and produced by S.D. Narang. A classic Kishore Kumar comedy, this movie was a commercial success and is often hailed as one of the best old Hindi comedy movies.

57. Musafir (1957)

A commercial and critical success of the late 50s, this classic drama was written by Ritwik Ghatak and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Musafir stars Dilip Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Nirupa Roy, Nazir Hussain, and Usha Kiran. This was the directorial debut of Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

56. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Mughal-E-Azam (1960) | Old Hindi Movie Names

One of the most iconic and evergreen films in the history of Indian cinema, Mughal-E-Azam is an epic period film directed by K. Asif. It stars Dilip Kumar and Madhubala in the leading roles, along with Prithviraj Kapoor and Durga Khote. 

Considered the magnum opus of Indian cinema, it is a must-watch for every Indian cinema lover.

55. Ganga Jamuna (1961)

Ganga Jamuna, starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala was written and produced by Dilip Kumar. This crime drama is especially noted for its technicolor production and holds a special place in a list of old Hindi movies.

54. Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)

An evergreen Bollywood classic, Chaudhvin Ka Chand is a timeless romantic drama featuring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman, and Johnny Walker. 

Though title credits show M. Sadiq as the director, it is widely believed to have been directed by Dutt himself. This Muslim social was a box office success that revived Guru Dutt's production studio.

53. Guide (1965)

This romantic drama is considered one of the best Hindi movies of all time. It is remembered for its music, story, and the scintillating chemistry between the lead pair, Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. It is based on R.K. Narayan's 'The Guide'. It was an all-time blockbuster without which, no list of old Hindi movies is complete.

52. Bandini (1963)

Nutan, Ashok Kumar, and Dharmendra starrer Bandini is a Bimol Roy classic drama that was not only the highest-grossing film of the year but also managed to garner all the Filmfare awards. Nutan's performance in this film is said to be one of the finest acting performances by any actor in Indian film history.

51. Kohinoor (1960)

Kohinoor (1960) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Moving away from what he was known for, Dilip Kumar signed for this action-adventure musical after he was suggested by the doctor to take up light roles. The movie is distinct because of the comic scenes featuring Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari, who was known as the 'Tragedy King' and 'Tragedy Queen' respectively. 

Directed by S.U. Sunny and composed by Naushad, this movie holds a special place in the Indian audience's mind for its music, especially, 'Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re' sung by Mohammed Rafi.

50. Junglee (1961)

If it stars Shammi Kapoor, it is bound to be a great, lighthearted, fun entertainer. As the name suggests, Junglee is a musical romantic comedy starring Kapoor and Saira Banu, who debuted as an actress in this film. It was directed by Subodh Mukherjee.

49. Waqt (1965)

Waqt is one of the earliest Hindi films to have an ensemble cast, featuring Raaj Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Sunil Dutt, Shammi Kapoor, Sadhna, Sharmila Tagore, Madan Puri, Rehman, and Achala Sachdev. It is a drama film directed by Yash Chopra that was both a critical and commercial success.

48. Padosan (1968)

This Kishore Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Mehmood, Saira Banu, Om Prakash, and Keshto Mukherjee starrer musical comedy can be the best medicine for you if you feel low at any point in time. 

It has a fantastic soundtrack composed by R.D. Burman, consisting of the evergreen comic numbers 'Ek Chatur Naar' and 'Mere Bhole Balam', the ultimate proposal songs 'Mere Saamnewali Khidki' and 'Kehna Hai', all of which are chartbusters to this date. Made by Jyoti Swaroop, this is considered by many as the best Hindi comedy film ever; and is a must-watch.

47. Teesri Manzil (1966)

Teesri Manzil (1966) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A musical thriller starring the perennially energetic actors Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh, this movie was directed by Vijay Anand. It is still highly enjoyable, especially for its record-setting music that is considered as one of the best works of R.D. Burman.

46. Jewel Thief (1967)

Jewel Thief is a spy thriller starring Dev Anand, Vyjayanthimala, Ashok Kumar, and Tanuja in the main roles, along with Helen, Faryal, Anju Mahendru, Nazir Hussain, and Sapru. This Vijay Anand directorial was a box office success.

45. Mr. X in Bombay (1964)

Long before Mr. India hit the theatres in 1987, Indian audiences were presented with an invisible hero in the movie Mr. X in Bombay, way back in 1964. Starring Kishore Kumar, Kumkum, and Madan Puri, this science fiction romantic comedy were directed by Shantilal Soni. 

The movie has achieved a cult following and is especially known for the evergreen Kishore Kumar melody, Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi.

44. Half Ticket (1962)

If you search 'Best Bollywood comedy movies', you are most likely to come across this film at the very beginning. Directed by Kalidas, starring Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, and Pran, this movie is an iconic film that you should watch right now. 

The biggest highlight of the film is the song Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe, which is sung by Kishore Kumar in male, as well as female voices!

43. Aradhana (1969)

Aradhana (1969) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A car running alongside the famous toy train of Darjeeling, a humming melody coming out of the velvety voice of Kishore Kumar and a young Rajesh Khanna singing along the song Mere Sapno Ki Rani - Aradhana was the best gift the Indian audience could've asked for. 

This movie established Rajesh Khanna and Kishore Kumar as the leading superstar and the ultimate playback singer of Indian cinema respectively. This Shakti Samanta-directed romantic drama musical was a box office super hit and is one of the most popular Bollywood films ever.

42. Khamoshi (1969)

An offbeat romantic drama directed by Asit Sen, Khamoshi stars Waheeda Rehman and Rajesh Khanna. 

This classic old Hindi movie is remembered mainly because of the performances of the leading actors and its highly acclaimed soundtrack composed by Hemant Kumar, consisting of evergreen melodies like Tum Pukaar Lo, Woh Shaam Kuchh Ajeeb Thi, Humne Dekhi Hai, etcetera.

41. Bees Saal Baad (1962)

The directorial debut of Biren Nag, Bees Saal Baad is a psychological thriller starring Biswajeet Chatterjee, Waheeda Rehman, and Madan Puri. It became successful at the box office and was declared a superhit.

40. Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)

This is a romantic classic directed by Shakti Samanta, based loosely on the American film, Come September. It stars Shammi Kapoor alongside Sharmila Tagore, who made her Bollywood debut with this film. O.P. Nayyar's music, especially the songs Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra and Deewana Hua Baadal deserve special mention.

39. Anand (1971)

Anand (1971) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Considered as one of Bollywood's timeless creations, Anand is a melancholic drama featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. It is a masterpiece that has been equally loved by people of all ages. 

From Salil Chowdhury's soundtrack to the performances of the leading actors, to Hrishikesh Mukherjee's direction, every aspect of this film received appreciation. If you are a cinephile and you haven't watched this film already, watch it right away!

(Fun fact: Original choice for Anand's role was not Rajesh Khanna, but Kishore Kumar! But owing to certain circumstances, the casting was changed).

38. Amar Prem (1972)

Amar Prem is a romantic drama starring the evergreen pair of Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, directed by Shakti Samanta. This movie is a tearjerker. One of the finest Indian films, it is a remake of Uttam Kumar's starrer Bengali movie Nishi Padma. 

It boasts of a magical soundtrack composed by R.D. Burman. Kuchh To Log Kahenge, Yeh Kya Hua, Chingari Koi Bhadke, Raina Beeti Jaaye, Bada Natkhat Hai - every song is a gem in itself.

37. Safar (1970)

Another Bollywood classic starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore alongside Ashok Kumar, Safar is a romance drama directed by Asit Sen. This movie is said to be inspired by a Bengali novel written by Ashutosh Mukherjee. The movie was declared a hit at the box office and is still loved for its music, story, and performances.

36. Pakeezah (1972)

Pakeezah (1972) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Written, directed, and produced by Kamal Amrohi, Pakeezah is a romantic musical drama film. It stars Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, and Raaj Kumar in the leading roles. Pakeezah was the first Indian color film shot in Cinemascope. Though it had a modest start, the film has managed to attain an iconic status over the years.

35. Bobby (1973)

A coming of age musical romantic drama starring two very young actors, Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia (as a debutant), Bobby is a trendsetter. This Raj Kapoor directorial was probably the first teenage romance drama in Indian film history.

34. Zanjeer (1973)

This action thriller was written by the famous Salim-Javed duo, and directed by Prakash Mehra. This movie established Amitabh Bachchan as one of the leading heroes of Indian cinema and introduced the Indian audience to the 'angry young man' phenomenon. 

This old Hindi movie remains one of the most iconic ones in India's film history.

33. Sholay (1975)

Sholay (1975) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Well, this movie doesn't need much of an introduction. There is probably not a single person who is not aware of this masterpiece. 

An action-comedy-romantic-crime-thriller-drama (yes, it incorporates every genre, in almost equal proportions), this movie boasts of a power-packed ensemble cast featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, and Jaya Bachchan. 

The film is fondly remembered for its screenplay, action sequences, performances, music, cinematography, direction, and most importantly, dialogues ('Kitne Aadmi Thhe'? is probably the most famous dialogue of an Indian movie, ever).

32. Ankur (1974)

An art-house film by Shyam Benegal, this movie features debutants Ananth Nag and Shabana Azmi. It holds an important place in India's history of parallel cinema and is one of the most decorated films of all time.

31. Deewaar (1975)

'Kya hai tumhare paas'? 'Mere Paas Maa hai'. You must have heard this dialogue somewhere. 

One of Bollywood's most loved action dramas, Deewaar consists of many such evergreen dialogues; 'Main aaj bhi Phenke hue paise Nahin Uthata', 'Aaj Khush to Bahut Hoge tum', 'Tumlog Mujhe Dhoond Rahe ho Aur Main Tumhara Yahan Intezaar Kar Raha Hoon' being some of them. 

Written by Salim-Javed, this Yash Chopra directed classic stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor in leading roles and is one of the best old Hindi movies.

30. Aandhi (1975)

A political drama written by Gulzar, Aandhi faced a ban from the government upon release. Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar play the leading pair in this evergreen film, which is still extremely loved and appreciated for its soundtrack, composed by R.D. Burman.

29. Chupke Chupke (1975)

Chupke Chupke (1975) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Chupke Chupke is a comedy film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, starring Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, and Sharmila Tagore. It is a remake of Chhadmabeshi, a Bengali classic of Uttam Kumar. 

The movie is an extremely enjoyable one, especially because of the comic roles played by Bachchan and Dharmendra.

28. Namak Haraam (1973)

Second Hrishikesh Mukherjee film after Anand in which Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna come together. This drama film was a box office super hit. R.D. Burman's soundtrack, comprising of songs like Main Shayar Badnaam, Nadiya Se Dariya is still very popular.

27. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Probably the most ridiculously hilarious film on this list, Amar Akbar Anthony has managed to attain iconic status in Indian cinema. It is a typical Bollywood masala featuring an ensemble star cast - Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Shabana Azmi, Neetu Singh, and Parveen Babi. 

This Manmohan Desai film was a box office superhit.

26. Don (1978)

'Don ka intezaar to gyarah mulkon ki police kar rahi hai lekin Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai'. A dialogue that itself has a cult following, let alone the movie. 

Don is an all-time blockbuster action thriller directed by Chandra Barot, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman in the lead roles, along with Pran, Iftekhar, Om Shivpuri, and Satyen Kappu. It is one of the most popular old Hindi movies abroad and has been remade several times in different languages.

25. Bawarchi (1972)

Bawarchi (1972) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A musical comedy-drama directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Bawarchi stars Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Bachchan in the lead roles, alongside A.K. Hangal, Asrani, Durga Khote, and Usha Kiran. 

This movie is a remake of the Bengali film Galpo Holei Satti. It is a lovable film that not only makes us laugh hard but also teaches us much about life.

24. Gol Maal (1979)

Now, what should one say about this film? With a star cast featuring the acting powerhouse Utpal Dutt, the chivalrous gentleman Amol Palekar and the stunning Bindiya Goswami, Gol Maal is a comedy film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. 

It finds a place in almost every must-watch list of Bollywood films, and quite rightly so. It is still remembered for its comic scenes, and the evergreen R.D. Burman composition Aane Wala Pal, sung by Kishore Kumar.

23. Abhimaan (1973)

Another Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic, Abhimaan is a musical drama starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. This movie successfully manages to make its audience laugh, cry and hum at the same time. The chemistry of the lead pair, and S.D. Burman's sweet melodies are the biggest highlights of the film.

22. Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)

Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A typical Bollywood masala featuring a star cast comprising of Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Neetu Singh, Ajit, Vijay Arora, and Tariq, Yaadon Ki Baaraat is directed produced and directed by Nasir Hussain. 

It is one of the most popular Bollywood films, and one of the earliest ones to incorporate all the genres, paving the way for the upcoming Bollywood masala movies.

(Fun fact: Little Aamir Khan also features in this movie! Next time when you watch the film or the title track of the film, try to spot him!)

21. Mausam (1975)

Mausam is a musical romantic drama co-written and directed by Gulzar, starring Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore. It is a highly acclaimed film that fetched Tagore the National Film Award for Best Actress at the 23rd National Film Award Ceremony.

20. Garm Hava (1973)

A drama film based on the backdrop of partition, Garm Hava, directed by M.S. Sathyu. This critically and commercially acclaimed film featuring Balraj Sahni is often considered a milestone in Indian parallel cinema.

19. Umrao Jaan (1981)

Umrao Jaan (1981) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Umrao Jaan is a period musical drama directed by Muzaffar Ali. It stars Rekha in the titular character. Considered one of the most epic Indian films, Umrao Jaan was major critical acclaim. 

Rekha bagged the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role. The movie also deserves special mention for its magnificent soundtrack composed by Khayyam.

18. Karz (1980)

This Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim starrer musical thriller was directed by Subhash Ghai. It is a cult classic film that had an average start. The movie is mostly remembered for its evergreen songs 'Om Shanti Om', 'Dard-e-Dil', 'Ek Haseena Thi', composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

17. Namak Halaal (1982)

One of the most successful comedy movies of all time, Namak Halaal stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Smita Patil, and Parveen Babi in the lead roles. 

Directed by Prakash Mehra and written by Kader Khan, Namak Halaal has a soundtrack consisting of chart-toppers like 'Pag Ghungroo' and 'Raat Baaki', composed by the 'Disco King', Bappi Lahiri.

16. Arth (1982)

Arth is a drama film written and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Featuring Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran, and Rohini Hattangadi, this semi-autobiographical film holds a special place in Indian cinema and is a highly acclaimed one.

15. Khubsoorat (1980)

Directed and produced by none other than Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Khubsoorat is a comedy-drama featuring Rakesh Roshan, Rekha, Dina Pathak, and Ashok Kumar. It was a critical and commercial success that was remade in the year 2014.

14. Sadma (1983)

Sadma (1983) | Old Hindi Movie Names

Undoubtedly the most heartbreaking film on this list (yes, even more than Anand), Sadma is one of the rare masterpieces that make you laugh the hardest and cry the loudest. 

With a brilliant cast consisting of Sridevi and Kamal Haasan, alongside Gulshan Grover and Silk Smitha, this Balu Mahendra-directed film will make sure you shed all your tears by the end of its running minutes. Ilayaraja's music, especially the songs 'Surmai Ankhiyon Mein' and 'Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le' comprise a major highlight of the film.

13. Satte Pe Satta (1982)

Contrary to the aforementioned film, this is a hilarious musical action comedy directed by Raj N. Sippy that features a long line of stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Ranjeeta Kaur, Amjad Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Paintal, and others. 

This movie is much loved for its comic scenes, performances of the lead actors, and R.D. Burman's music.

12. Silsila (1981)

Written and directed by Yash Chopra, Silsila is a milestone in Indian cinema. The movie is revered for its storyline, music, casting, direction, and cinematography. Though it was not a huge success at the box office upon release, eventually it has managed to achieve cult classic status.

11. Mirch Masala (1987)

Mirch Masala (1987) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A Ketan Mehta directorial venture, Mirch Masala is a psychological thriller starring Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. Considered an art-house classic, this movie often ranks in a list of best old Hindi movies and is a must-watch for anybody interested to get a taste of non-spicy Indian cinema.

10. Sparsh (1980)

One of India's most well-known parallel films, Sparsh, directed by Sai Paranjpye, stars Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in the leading roles. 

Sparsh bagged the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in Hindi, while Naseeruddin Shah and Sai Paranjpye won the Best Actor Award and Best Screenplay Award respectively at the 27th National Film Awards.

09. Ardh Satya (1983)

One of Bollywood's landmark films, Ardh Satya is a critically acclaimed movie directed by Govind Nihalani. It features Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Smita Patil, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Naseeruddin Shah, and Shafi Inamdar.

08. Ijaazat (1987)

A musical romantic drama starring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, and Anuradha Patel, Ijaazat is a Gulzar classic based on a Bengali story, 'Jatugriha', written by Subodh Ghosh. This art-house gem is remembered to this day for its realistic take on life, marriage, and relationships, and also for the surreal soundtrack composed by R.D. Burman.

07. Mr. India (1987)

Mr. India (1987) | Old Hindi Movie Names

You cannot make a list consisting of old Hindi movie names without including this historic Indian film. Shekhar Kapoor's Mr. India is a classic we all have watched innumerable times growing up. 

This sci-fi superhero movie starring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi was a box office megahit and was well received by the critics. Mr. India holds one of the top positions in India's history of iconic films.

06. Angoor (1982)

Unlike Gulzar's most films, Angoor is a classic comedy featuring Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma in double roles, alongside Moushumi Chatterjee, Deepti Naval, and Aruna Irani. A major box office success, Angoor is zealously remembered for its sitcom elements and comic scenes.

05. Masoom (1983)

Masoom (1983) | Old Hindi Movie Names

This drama film marks the directorial debut of Shekhar Kapoor. Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi, feature in the lead roles, along with Tanuja, Supriya Pathak, and Saeed Jaffrey, while Jugal Hansraj and Urmila Matondkar feature as child actors. 

The movie went on to win many accolades and is still remembered for its screenplay, dialogues (both written by Gulzar), and R.D. Burman's soundtrack.

04. Disco Dancer (1982)

We have all danced to the tune of 'I am a Disco Dancer' at some point. This dance film directed by Babbar Subhash introduced Mithun Chakraborty as one of the leading heroes in Bollywood, who starred in this film along with Kim, Rajesh Khanna, and Om Puri. 

The film has a cult following, thanks to the charming disco-style soundtrack composed by Bappi Lahiri.

03. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A musical romantic film directed by Mansoor Khan that redefined the genre and set a framework for the upcoming films, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was an all-time blockbuster that established both Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla as new stars in Bollywood. This movie paved the way for the upcoming musicals that signify the 90s. 

The Anand-Milind composed soundtrack deserves special mention.

02. Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989)

Maine Pyar Kiya is a romantic musical directed by Sooraj Barjatya starring Salman Khan and Bhagyashree in the leading roles along with an array of actors. Maine Pyar Kiya established Salman Khan as a hero and turned him into a household name. It was a blockbuster that changed the course of musicals in India.

01. Chandni (1989)

Chandni (1989) | Old Hindi Movie Names

A Yash Chopra classic starring Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, and Vinod Khanna, Chandni is a romantic musical. 

Not only was the movie itself a huge success, so was its soundtrack, which went on to become the best-selling album of the year, as well as the decade. It is still passionately remembered for its music, chemistry between the lead actors, and the signature style of Yash Chopra.

(Fun fact: The music of the film Chandni was composed by two maestros of Indian classical music - Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shiv Kumar Sharma).

The 75 movies mentioned above constitute a rather small part of one of the biggest entertainment industries not only in India but the world. It is really difficult to handpick old Hindi movies names out of the huge ocean called Bollywood. Nonetheless, this list will help you get started, following which you can embark on your own journey of discovering the world of old Hindi movies.

Comment down your favorite old Hindi movies names or the ones I missed out on. Also, do like and share this list of old Hindi movies names with retro movie lovers.

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