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Many Bollywood films have been nominated for Oscars, won major international awards and broken box office records, below are a few that have made a lasting impact for one or a combination of reasons from subject / story, dialogues, cinematography, background score, songs, direction, acting, etc. In no particular order (may be in the order of release):

 

  • Awara
  • Shree 420
  • Naya Daur
  • Madhumati
  • Mughal-e-Azam
  • Pakeezah 
  • Dangal 

 

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Tendu_10 said:

Sholay and Roti Kapra aur Makaan

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Roti, Kapda aur Makan, and Sholay were the biggest hits of '74 and '75 respectively. Excellent films that can be enjoyed anytime, but today they appear more like masala entertainers than highly impactful movies relatively speaking

 

I love Manoj Kumar's Sanyasi too, which was probably the 2nd highest grossing film of 1975 .... 1975 was a great year for Bollywood as it had other major hits as well including Jai Santosi Maa, Dewaar and Dharmatma, along with critically acclaimed and successful films such as Aandhi 

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I recently watched Arzoo (1965) starring Rajendra Kumar, Sadhna and Feroz Khan. The film has held up well despite the time. It has the hard to describe quality that is not rarely seen in regular Bollywood films. If I have to expand my list, I would be tempted to include this one:

 

 

 

PS 1991's Saajan has shades of Arzoo

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A few evergreen masala entertainers:

 

  • Aan
  • Chalti ka Naam Gaadi
  • Ram aur Shyam
  • Jewel Thief
  • Johny Mera Naam
  • Saccha Jhutha 
  • Sholay 
  • Sanyasi 
  • Golmaal (1970s)
  • Qurbani 
  • Vidhata 
  • Karma

 

 

Top love stories that have held up well over the years :

 

  • Arzoo
  • Bobby
  • Betaab
  • Hero 
  • Maine Pyar Kiya
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Post 70s films when adjusted for inflation:

 

http://www.ibosnetwork.com/asp/actualalltime.asp  

 

 

Rank Film Name Year Producer Raw Net Inflation Adjusted Net Inflation Adjusted Gross
1. Sholay Aug 15 1975 G P Sippy Rs. 15,00,00,000 Rs. 8,13,66,16,960 -
2. Hum Aapke Hai Kaun Aug 5 1994 Rajshree Productions Rs. 60,00,00,000 Rs. 5,48,69,29,920 -
3. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar Oct 27 1978 Prakash Mehra Rs. 11,50,00,000 Rs. 4,70,94,50,752 -
4. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge Oct 20 1995 Yash Raj Films Rs. 56,00,00,000 Rs. 4,66,30,79,424 -
5. Amar Akbar Anthony Jan 1 1977 Manmohan Desai Rs. 9,00,00,000 Rs. 4,04,77,00,480 -
6. Bobby Sep 29 1973 R K Productions Rs. 6,00,00,000 Rs. 3,92,54,61,248 -
7. Coolie Dec 2 1983 Ketan Desai Rs. 13,00,00,000 Rs. 3,33,23,36,640 -
8. Roti Kapada aur Makaan Oct 18 1974 Manoj Kumar Rs. 5,50,00,000 Rs. 3,27,64,88,960 -
9. Dharam Veer Jan 1 1977 Subhash Desai Rs. 7,25,00,000 Rs. 3,26,06,47,680 -
10. Raja Hindustani Nov 15 1996 Aly Morani Rs. 43,00,00,000 Rs. 3,26,03,17,184 -
11. Deewar Jan 24 1975 Gulshan Rai Rs. 6,00,00,000 Rs. 3,25,46,46,784 -
12. Trishul May 4 1978 Gulshan Rai Rs. 7,80,00,000 Rs. 3,19,42,36,416 -
13. Haathi Mere Saathi Jan 1 1971 Sando Rs. 4,00,00,000 Rs. 3,15,63,57,376 -
14. Don Jun 12 1978 Nariman Irani Rs. 7,70,00,000 Rs. 3,15,32,84,608 -
15. Naseeb May 1 1981 Manmohan Desai Rs. 10,00,00,000 Rs. 3,09,16,63,616 -
16. Jai Santoshi Maa May 30 1975 Satram Rohra Rs. 5,50,00,000 Rs. 2,98,34,26,304 -
17. Mr. Natwarlal Jun 8 1979 Tony Rs. 7,50,00,000 Rs. 2,79,66,64,320 -
18. Laawaris May 22 1981 Prakash Mehra Rs. 9,00,00,000 Rs. 2,78,24,97,280 -
19. Kranti Feb 3 1981 Manoj Kumar Rs. 9,00,00,000 Rs. 2,78,24,97,280 -
20. Sanyasi Oct 16 1975 Sohanlal Kanwar Rs. 5,00,00,000 Rs. 2,71,22,05,824 -
21. Sachcha Jhutha Jan 1 1970 Vinod Doshi Rs. 3,10,00,000 Rs. 2,68,64,65,536 -
22. Suhaag Nov 16 1979 Rajinder Sharma Rs. 7,20,00,000 Rs. 2,68,47,97,696 -
23. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Oct 16 1998 Dharma Productions Rs. 42,50,00,000 Rs. 2,67,17,36,064 -
24. Karan Arjun Jan 13 1995 Rakesh Roshan Rs. 32,00,00,000 Rs. 2,66,46,16,704 -
25. Gadar Jun 15 2001 Zee Network Rs. 65,00,00,000 Rs. 2,65,39,40,736 -
26. Zanjeer May 11 1973 Prakash Mehra Rs. 4,00,00,000 Rs. 2,61,69,74,080 -
27. Johnny Mera Naam Jan 1 1970 Gulshan Rai Rs. 3,00,00,000 Rs. 2,59,98,05,440 -
28. Enthiran - The Robot Oct 1 2010 Kalanithi Maran Rs. 2,37,18,56,942 Rs. 2,55,20,83,712 -
29. Seeta Aur Geeta Jan 1 1972 G P Sippy Rs. 3,50,00,000 Rs. 2,51,47,85,024 -
30. Chor Machaye Shor Mar 22 1974 N N Sippy Rs. 4,00,00,000 Rs. 2,38,29,00,992 -
31. Dushman Jan 1 1971 Premji Rs. 3,00,00,000 Rs. 2,36,72,68,096 -
32. Jugnu Aug 30 1973 Pramod Chakraborty Rs. 3,50,00,000 Rs. 2,28,98,52,416 -
33. 3 Idiots Dec 25 2009 Vidhu Vinod Chopra Rs. 1,89,38,74,729 Rs. 2,27,67,66,464 -
34. Hera Pheri Oct 3 1976 Satyendra Pal Rs. 4,50,00,000 Rs. 2,22,26,53,440 -
35. Dus Numbri Mar 12 1976 Madan Mohla Rs. 4,50,00,000 Rs. 2,22,26,53,440 -
36. Maine Pyar Kiya Dec 29 1989 Rajshree Productions Rs. 15,00,00,000 Rs. 2,19,14,74,432 -
37. Mera Gaon Mera Desh Jun 14 1971 Bolu Khosla Rs. 2,75,00,000 Rs. 2,16,99,95,776 -
38. Pratigya Jun 26 1975 Dharmendra Rs. 4,00,00,000 Rs. 2,16,97,64,608 -
39. Ek Duje Ke Liye Jun 5 1981 Prasad Productions Rs. 7,00,00,000 Rs. 2,16,41,64,608 -
40. Pakeezah Feb 4 1972 Kamal Amrohi Rs. 3,00,00,000 Rs. 2,15,55,29,984 -
41. Shaan Dec 12 1980 G P Sippy Rs. 6,25,00,000 Rs. 2,12,20,99,200 -
42. Namak Halaal Apr 30 1982 Satyendra Pal Rs. 7,50,00,000 Rs. 2,11,13,49,504 -
43. Laila Majnu Jan 1 1976 Seeroo Daryani Rs. 4,25,00,000 Rs. 2,09,91,72,736 -
44. Love Story Feb 27 1981 Rajendra Kumar Rs. 6,75,00,000 Rs. 2,08,68,73,088 -
45. Dost Apr 12 1974 Premji Rs. 3,50,00,000 Rs. 2,08,50,38,336 -
46. Border Jun 13 1997 J P Dutta Rs. 30,00,00,000 Rs. 2,07,11,86,688 -
47. Himmatwala Feb 25 1983 G A Seshagiri Rao Rs. 8,00,00,000 Rs. 2,05,06,68,672 -
48. Ganga Ki Saugandh Feb 10 1978 Sultan Productions Rs. 5,00,00,000 Rs. 2,04,75,87,456 -
49. Dostana Oct 17 1980 Dharma Productions Rs. 6,00,00,000 Rs. 2,03,72,15,232 -
50. Khuddar Jul 30 1982 Anwar Ali Rs. 7,20,00,000 Rs. 2,02,68,95,616 -

 

 

Appears to be covering films in the 1970-2010 period 

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5 minutes ago, dial_100 said:

^top 50 without QSQT?

That is the highest grossing films list for 1970-2010 period when adjusted for inflation

 

Not sure where QSQT will be at when adjusted :dontknow:

 

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22 minutes ago, surajmal said:

hahk & ddlj. These 2 movies (and their clones) sustained bollywood for atleast a decade and a half. 

Imo, these two haven't aged that well relatively speaking. I may feel tortured having to watch these two :p:

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On 8/7/2017 at 5:05 PM, zen said:

Imo, these two haven't aged that well relatively speaking. I may feel tortured having to watch these two :p:

lol. too true. I can't watch even a minute long segment of hahk (pick any random portion) without the cringe face on. DDLJ, I can sit through some portions if I am drunk or high. 

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30 minutes ago, surajmal said:

lol. too true. I can't watch even a minute long segment of hahk (pick any random portion) without the cringe face on. DDLJ, I can sit through some portions if I am drunk or high. 

Many of Karan Johar and some of Yash Chopra films don't work for me anymore. "Jab tak hai jaan" made me laugh esp when SRK loses his memory :rofl: .... In fact, I sometimes wonder why I liked many of these films when they were released :dontknow:

 

 

 

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On 8/7/2017 at 1:28 PM, zen said:

I recently watched Arzoo (1965) starring Rajendra Kumar, Sadhna and Feroz Khan. The film has held up well despite the time. It has the hard to describe quality that is not rarely seen in regular Bollywood films. If I have to expand my list, I would be tempted to include this one:

 

 

 

PS 1991's Saajan has shades of Arzoo

Sadhana was a good actress,Mera saaya is one of my favorite movies.

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OP has mentioned the word impactful therefore I will list down few of the movies I can think of:

 

1. Sholay: glamorized Daaku and also made a huge impact on the word dosti. I have heard that college going student of those days use to idolize the friendship of Jay and Veeru. Gabbar became a symbol of bad man.

 

2. Deewar: Glamorized mafia. For the first time hero was no more usual good boy played by Jitendra, Rajesh Khanna neither was someone fighting against bad man like Dharmendra. A hero who somehow justified his wrong doings and with "phenke paise nahi uthata " attitude. Clearly best of Bacchan. Even his shirt style used to get copied those days.

 

3. Qayamat se Qayamat Tak: Glamorized chikna hero and eloping. The instances of boy girl eloping became a trend after this movie and this got more strengthen with Dil movie but clearly QSQT had impact on teenagers. Rebel against parents and samaaj. 

 

4. Darr: Glamorized Psycho lovers. Shahrukh Khan character created a huge impact on cine goers. Believe me writing letter with blood and cutting the wrists became very common after this movie.

 

5. DDLJ: Glamorized cool hero culture. Yes this movie brought the trend of designer jackets, cool hero who is neither chikna nor macho but had a great sense of humor. Movie made couple of things very popular like Europe trip, Punjab ke sarso ke khet, story of NRI , karwa chauth and srk also keeping vrat made life misreable for lot of Indian husband. I think girls still consider the character of Raj as perfect character they wanna see in their BF.

 

Will come up with set of next movies some other time.

 

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Strange not to read many names

Lagaan 

Jaane bhi do yaaro

Dil chahta hai- the movie pretty much started the multiplex movie culture 

Satya and company

Khosla ka ghosla 

Rang de basanti

Kahaani

 

It baffles me how we keep underminning pre

 

Talking of old films- Kagaaz ke phool, albela, Jaagte raho(one of the most underrated films), pyaasa

 

 

 

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On 8/24/2017 at 11:27 PM, Muloghonto said:

Pink. Best movie i've seen in a while- from any of the 'woods'

 

PINK is a top notch movie.

 

But Zen's thread is about 'impactful' cinema. One could measure impact in terms of influence on the society in general or influence on film making themes in the future or recall value a few decades into the future. PINK would score abysmally on most of these metrics.

 

For example, DDLJ ushered in this trend of NRI romances in Bollywood. And that stuck around for a while.

I do not think PINK is an 'impactful' film at all. Or maybe @ zen needs to clarify what exactly can be called as 'impactful'.

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21 minutes ago, Mariyam said:

PINK is a top notch movie.

 

But Zen's thread is about 'impactful' cinema. One could measure impact in terms of influence on the society in general or influence on film making themes in the future or recall value a few decades into the future. PINK would score abysmally on most of these metrics.

 

For example, DDLJ ushered in this trend of NRI romances in Bollywood. And that stuck around for a while.

I do not think PINK is an 'impactful' film at all. Or maybe @ zen needs to clarify what exactly can be called as 'impactful'.

Fair point. i saw 'impacting' as impacting the audience. Pink connects with the person. DDLJ was like fast food for a hungry man- good but easily forgotten.

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4 minutes ago, Muloghonto said:

Fair point. i saw 'impacting' as impacting the audience. Pink connects with the person. DDLJ was like fast food for a hungry man- good but easily forgotten.

Not really.

 

I could tell you every single dialogue in the movie. I know it by rote. :p:

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On 8/7/2017 at 2:01 PM, zen said:

Many Bollywood films have been nominated for Oscars, won major international awards and broken box office records, below are a few that have made a lasting impact for one or a combination of reasons from subject / story, dialogues, cinematography, background score, songs, direction, acting, etc. In no particular order (may be in the order of release):

 

  • Awara
  • Shree 420
  • Naya Daur
  • Madhumati
  • Mughal-e-Azam
  • Pakeezah 
  • Dangal 

Waqt

motherindia

Sholay

 Kuch Kuch hota hai 

Baiju Bawra

Silsila or SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE 

kabhi khushi kabhi gum

 

 

 

 

 

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On 8/7/2017 at 2:01 PM, zen said:

Many Bollywood films have been nominated for Oscars, won major international awards and broken box office records, below are a few that have made a lasting impact for one or a combination of reasons from subject / story, dialogues, cinematography, background score, songs, direction, acting, etc. In no particular order (may be in the order of release):

 

  • Awara
  • Shree 420
  • Naya Daur
  • Madhumati
  • Mughal-e-Azam
  • Pakeezah 
  • Dangal 

 

 

 

awara was a big hit in soviet union back then... or so I've been told. I think mother india could be added to that list. got a lot of critical acclaim. the same goes for films by guru dutt, esp. in terms of advancing how songs were rendered. great cinematography in his films.

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20 minutes ago, Vijy said:

awara was a big hit in soviet union back then... or so I've been told. I think mother india could be added to that list. got a lot of critical acclaim. the same goes for films by guru dutt, esp. in terms of advancing how songs were rendered. great cinematography in his films.

I have seen many videos from places in former USSR, Turkey, etc. where they sing "Awaara Hoon" (and "Mera Juta hai Japani")

 

I haven't seen Mother India and Guru Dutt films lately so have left them out. Also wanted to limit the number to 7 (7 wonders :p: )

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2 minutes ago, zen said:

I have seen many videos from places in former USSR, Turkey, etc. where they sing "Awaara Hoon" (and "Mera Juta hai Japani")

 

I haven't seen Mother India and Guru Dutt films lately so have left them out. Also wanted to limit the number to 7 (7 wonders :p: )

You should watch Mother India. It is definitely a more socially relevant/ message driven film (for that era) than a Madhumati or a shree 420.

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1 minute ago, Mariyam said:

You should watch Mother India. It is definitely a more socially relevant/ message driven film (for that era) than a Madhumati or a shree 420.

agreed. it's a bit overlong but a real powerhouse performance from nargis. a bit of trivia - it almost won the oscar for best foreign language film and lost by just 1 vote (thanks to some confirmed racist whose name I forget).

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Bollywood gamechangers:

 

  • Awaara
  • Mughal-e-Azam
  • Waqt - 1st real multi-starrer iirc w/ lost and found theme 
  • Bobby
  • Deewar - The relatively negative angry young man character that AB played in many of his films 

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Lamhe. Yash Chopras best and only tolerable movie. Way ahead of its time. Flopped in India but was a hit and influential overseas. 

 

Pyaasa very influential and was such a hit with so much critical acclaim. 

 

In fact most of guru dutts movies were influential.

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I liked Shammi Kapoor's Teesri Manzil the first time i saw it as an 8 year old. But the movie did not age well for me. Now, the movie seems a bit boring. Songs are still spectacular to watch and fresh to listen though :)

 

I always had a soft corner of shammi kapoor's acting, shame that he did not put as much focus on his career and script selection the way rajesh khanna or amitabh did... :/

 

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