Here is our collection of best Bollywood Romantic movies of all time. The list is not in any particular order. There is no ranking as well.
List compiled by Ajay with contributions from our editorial staff.
Best Bollywood Romantic Movies
Maine Pyar Kiya
Straight from the Barjatya’s kitty, Maine Pyar Kiya is an awesome romantic Bollywood film that is appreciated and still cherished for the great storyline. From status issues of the lead pairs to brilliant shots, from melodious numbers to some power packed action sequences in the climax, the movie is worth a watch.
One of the most successful Bollywood movies of the 1980s , it starred Salman Khan and Bhagyashree. Not only many nominations for the year of its release but it has also bagged several awards for the same. Lyrics, direction, acting, music and singing are the categories that secured their places in Filmfare Awards.
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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
No dearth romantic sequences, mushy storyline, beautiful sound tracks, melodious numbers, superb performances and a strong connection with platonic love, makes Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge one of the most favorite top romantic movies from Indian cinema.
Punctuated with some most emotional dream like romantic scenes and dialogues, the movie boasts of bagging several awards including Star Screen and Filmfare Awards, for its brilliant direction and excellent acting caliber by lead actors Kajol and Shahrukh Khan. No wonder this National Award Winner movie celebrated 600 continuous successfully house packed shows in Mumbai suburbs. This awesome movie not only opened to houseful shows abut also gained international recognitions and rave reviews.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Can your best friend be your love interest? Does the way of friendship lead to final destination of love? Well, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a movie that will resolve all such queries of yours. Adorned with beautiful storyline and tapping numbers the movie is surely one of the biggest super hits romantic movies from Bollywood.
Shahrukh Khan and Kajol are the lead pairs who play best friends in the movie. But does their friendship sustain or does it reaches to its ultimate goal is amazing to watch. Winning major awards in all prominent categories in its year of release, the movie is internationally acclaimed for superb direction by Karan Johar.
This 2000 Indian Bollywood film directed by Aditya Chopra was a smashing hit on box office that year. With many superb performances of the lead actor Shahrukh Khan, the film was also adorned with heavy duty promising actors, marvelous scenic backdrops and harmonious music.
The movie also launched six debutants who made a remarkable entry into Hindi cinema.
Focusing on the life of a stringent gurukul run by Amitabh Bachchan, the movie revolves round the music teacher preaching the students lesson of love. The second highest grossing movie of that year won two Filmfare Awards, two IIFA Awards, Screen Award and Sansui Viewer Choice Movie Awards.
As Yash Raj Productions is acclaimed for marvelous love stories of Bollywood, this one is no exception. A burning issue of Indo Pak estranged relationship is beautifully dealt with and seen through the eyes of two lovers from these two neighboring countries. The exotic locales and the rustic ambiance set at the backdrop of rivalry amalgamated with love and emotions makes Veer Zaara a must watch romantic Bollywood film. Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta have essayed roles of lovers who witness their youth withering away yet they sustain their love spirits though being far away from each other. The film won several awards in major Indian film award ceremonies, including the Most Popular Film award at the National Film Awards and the Best Movie award at the annual Filmfare Awards, among others.
This one boasts of being another Yash Raj classic. The movie is one of the most romantic flicks of Bollywood is remarkable for the amazing soundtracks compositions by Khayyam, who won Filmfare Award for Best Music. In addition to this, the movie also gained much recognition because of the scintillating chemistry between Amitabh Bachchan and Raakhee Gulzar.
The romantic chapter spans over two generations of lovers who are forcibly married against their will due to family grudge. The excellent sequences of the film and its melodious notes became everlasting memories for lovers. No wonder the film got so many Filmfare Awards for its screenplay, music, lyrics, and male playback singer.
Bobby is surely a romantic Bollywood film that one cannot afford to miss. A smashing hit on the box office in the times of 70s, Bobby became immensely popular and was highly appreciated for the lead pair’s performance. Introducing the film industry with a fresh genre of teenage romance with a rich-vs-poor clash as a backdrop the movie became a trend setter for many of its successors. The charisma of Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia is unmatched in Bollywood. It was conferred with many awards BFJA Award for Best Male Playback Singer and BFJA Award for Best Audiographer apart from numerous Filmfare Awards for that year.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
A superb romantic flick straight from the kitty of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, is adopted from Maitreyi Devi’s Bengali novel Na Hanyate.
The movie is based on a love triangle between Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan. Well received by both, critics and audiences, the film was a smashing hit on the box office also. Aishwarya playing Nandini has to forget her love and marry another man. But is she able to leave her husband when he asks her to do so.
The brilliant performances and astounding soundtrack of the film secured two National Awards, eleven Filmfare Awards, four Star Screen Awards and IIFA Awards and six Zee Gold Awards as well as Zee Cine Awards.
Dil to Pagal Hai
Depicting the love lives of dancers in a musical dance troupe, Dil to Pagal Hai stars Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor in the lead roles and happens to be a love triangle between them.
Directed by Yash Chopra, the movie won many awards, including sweeping most of the major categories at that year’s Filmfare Awards. It also secured three National Awards and ten Zee Cine Awards.
The entire movie was shot at beautiful locations. The wonderful screenplay and plot of the movie made it immesnly popular among the audience and the critics as well.
Embracing one of the most touching social issues of yesteryears, Prem Rog, is an awesome romantic flick made under expert direction of Raj Kapoor.
Focusing on the story of a man’s love towards a woman who is a widow and of a higher status, the film became very popular at the box office. The chemistry between Rishi Kapoor, essaying the role of the poor boy and Padmini Kolhapure, as a girl who hails from a rich Thakur family, is sparkling. The dazzling performances are aptly supported by the melodious numbers adorning the film.
Apart from eight nominations for 1983 Filmfare Awards, it bagged four of Filmfare Awards.
A 1960 Indian epic film, Mughal-E-Aazam, is a worth cherishing movie with most memorable sequences, dialogues and performances.
What an amalgamation of Indian history and a sweet love story! No wonder this is one of the biggest box office hits in Indian cinema. The film broke box office records in India when released and held the record for the highest grossing film ever. Dilip Kumar and Madhybala re-tell a popular Indian tale to the global audience in a mesmerizing way.
Winner of National Award the movie also bagged three Filmfare Awards for 1961. Go for the movie if you are also fond of romantic Bollywood movie.
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
A 1988 Indian Bollywood film written by Nasir Hussain and directed by his son Mansoor Khan, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak is one of the most romantic and musical love stories of Bollywood till date.
It has secured its position in Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films of Indiatimes.
The leading pair Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla shot to limelight overnight for the excellent performances. The chemistry between the two sought the film ten Filmfare Awards and National Award in the category of Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
This trendsetter movie also gave immense and instant fame to the Music director and singers of the film.
This smashing hit of Hindi Cinema is worth watching for sure.
Shot to an overnight sensation in the South East Asia, this romantic flick has been directed, produced and led by Raj Kapoor. In this 1951 film Raj Kapoor plays the lead opposite Nargis Dutt. Their chemistry sparkled and scorched the silver screen. Nominated for the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1953, the film was recognized not only in India but did brilliantly in overseas also. Apart from inclusion in a list of “10 Indian Films to Treasure” by Times, the film is also listed in Indiatimes Movies ranking Aawara amongst the “Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films”.
Awara was nominated for the Grand Prize of the Festival in the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Indra Kumar, the movie has Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles. And what a hot chemistry between the two was reflected in the movie! It actually became a smashing box office hit in 1990s and gave immense popularity to the lead pairs.
The movie is still cherished by the romantic Bollywood film lovers. Madhuri Dixit was awarded the 1991 Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role as Madhu in the film. Dil is also highly regarded by the critics and fans of Madhuri and Aamir. Even you should watch it to get the real pulse of romantic Bollywood movies.