It's Official: These Are the Best Bollywood Movies of 2021 (2022)

We don't know who needs to hear this, but if you're not watching Bollywood movies, then you're truly missing TF out. The Hollywood of the east def gives American movies a run for their money, producing Hindi-language Indian movies in all sorts of genres. In fact, Bollywood is the world’s largest film industry, with more than 1,000 films (!!) released yearly—practically double the number of movies Hollywood churns out. But with so many titles released each year, it's hard to know which ones are actually worth your precious viewing time. Wanna know the best Bollywood movies of 2021? Right this way pls.

From an Ava DuVernay co-produced social thriller starring Priyanka Chopra to a Hindi-language adaptation of Paula Hawkins's 2015 novel The Girl on the Train, Bollywood has really delivered in 2021—and lucky for us, tons of great titles are available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Whether you're into sappy rom coms, action-packed thrillers, or adorably cheesy musicals, these are the 26 Bollywood movies you need to see in 2021 (and tbh, they even have the best Bollywood movies of 2020 beat). Happy streaming, friends!!

1

Shershaah

Directed by Vishnuvardhan in his Hindi film debut, this epic biographical war drama revolves around the life of Vikram Batra, a former officer of the Indian Army who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's most prestigious award for valor.

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2

Thalaivii

Based on the real-life experiences of Jayaram Jayalalitha and starring Kangana Ranaut, this biopic follows the actor-turned-chief minister's swift and v complicated rise to power.

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3

Meenakshi Sundareshwar

What happens when two newlyweds (who already don't know each other well) are forced to live apart due to a unique job opportunity? They try their best to make the dysfunctional arrangement work, and that's exactly what happens in this quirky rom-com.

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4

Mumbai Saga

Action lovers have got to check out Mumbai Saga, which takes place throughout the '80s and '90s, showing the gradual transition of Mumbai into a major city and one man's journey from a simple commoner to a feared gangster.

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5

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar

In this dark comedy, a bank executive and a suspended cop with nothing in common—save for the fact that someone wants them both dead—decide to team up to escape, and it's a wild good time.

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6

Sherni

A badass female Indian Forest Service officer (Vidya Balan) and a team of locals and trackers set out to capture an unsettled tigress loose in the wilderness in this seriously tense thriller.

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7

Ankahi Kahaniya

An anthology of three short films, Ankahi Kahaniya is all about unconventional love stories unfolding in the big city, including—bizarrely enough—a tale of love between a man and a mannequin.

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8

Dybbuk

In this (truly terrifying) horror flick, a newly married woman brings an antique Jewish box into her home...only to realize it's a dybbuk box possessed by evil spirits that wreak all sorts of freaky paranormal havoc.

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9

Chehre

Inspired by the German novel A Dangerous Game by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, this thriller follows an ad agency executive who, after taking shelter in an old man's home during a snowstorm, finds himself trapped in a living nightmare.

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10

99 Songs

Love musicals? Then this is the movie for you. 99 Songs (which finally got its long-awaited theatrical release in 2021) is a visually stunning romance about a singer-songwriter who's challenged to compose 100 songs before he can marry the girl of his dreams.

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The White Tiger

This Ava DuVernay co-produced movie is based on a New York Times bestseller of the same title. The White Tiger follows Balram (Adarsh Gourav), a man who comes from poverty and aspires to become a wealthy heir's chauffeur. And a Parasite-esque turn of events paired with Balram's street smarts and cunning cause things to get wild.

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12

Sardar Udham

Yet another winning biographical drama, Sardar Udham tells the real-life story of Udham Singh, a freedom fighter from Punjab, starting from his early days in the HSRA and leading up to his eventual assassination of Punjab's former Lieutenant Governor Michael O'Dwyer.

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13

Tribhanga

After her estranged writer mother falls into a coma, actress and single mom Anuradha (Kajol) reflects on their strained relationship and the choices she's made as she deals with a rough patch between her and her own daughter Masha (Mithila Palkar).

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14

The Girl on the Train

Like the movie of the same title starring Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train is based on Paula Hawkins's 2015 novel. Mira (Parineeti Chopra) is a divorcée who, on her daily commute, fantasizes about a couple she sees through the train window. But one day, she sees something shocking happen. Soon, her trauma and personal life unravel.

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15

Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi

Though this film premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival in 2019, it is now getting the theatrical release it deserves in 2021. Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi tells the story of Ramprasad's (Naseeruddin Shah) family as they all gather under one roof to perform a 13-day ritual following his death. And in those 13 days, they have some realizations about their family.

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16

Master

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Alcoholic professor John "JD" Durairaj (Joseph Vijay) falls out of favor with his colleagues and the school administration because of his popularity. He then becomes a teacher at a juvenile prison and goes head-to-head with Bhavani (Vijay Sethupathi)—a vengeful man with a troubled past—who takes advantage of the kids.

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17

Pagglait

A young woman becomes widowed just five months after her wedding day, and while the death shocks her entire family, she is unable to grieve herself. After finding out she's the sole beneficiary of her husband's five million-rupee insurance policy, she goes on a journey to explore her new life...but also makes a discovery about who she married.

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18

Saina

This movie tells the inspiring true story of professional badminton player Saina Nehwal and how she came to be one of the top players in her sport.

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19

Roohi

Two friends are hired to kidnap a bride as part of their village's tradition, but then one of them falls in love with the abductee and the other falls for the spirit who ends up possessing her.

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20

Ajeeb Daastaans

Ajeeb Daastaans is an anthology of four beautiful short films that look into the unexpected relationshipsfrom a loveless marriage to a story of caste discrimination in the workplace.

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21

Tuesdays and Fridays

Bestselling author Varun (Anmol Dhillon) and entertainment lawyer Sia (Jhataleka Malhotra) like each other enough but aren't ready to commit to dating. So they form an agreement: They are only allowed to meet and be lovers on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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22

Mimi

Mimi (Kriti Sanon) is a beautiful and young aspiring actress from a small town. An American couple spots her during one of her performances and asks her to be the surrogate to their child for a large sum of money. She agrees, but things get super complicated when they later decide they no longer want the baby.

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23

Bell Bottom

Bell Bottom is a fun '80s-style spy movie, which actor Akshay Kumar says is inspired by true events. This espionage thriller is a total roller-coaster.

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24

Sardar Ka Grandson

Amreek (Arjun Kapoor) wants to grant his grandmother's last wish, which is to go to Lahore and visit the house that symbolized the love and life she and her husband made for themselves. When that plan fails, Amreek decides to literally bring the house to her.

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25

Haseen Dillruba

Rani Kashyap (Taapsee Pannu) is under investigation for her husband's murder. She speaks with the police and unveils the details of their rocky marriage, but while her stories are meant to lead them closer to the killer, they only seem to obscure the truth.

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26

Jagame Thandhiram

Suruli (Dhanush) is a gang member who travels to London to help an overseas crime lord take down their rival, and while he expects it to go smoothly, he ends up being forced to deal with moral dilemmas that he didn't expect.

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Which is the No 1 movie in Bollywood 2021? ›

List Of Most Popular Movie In India 2021
SNMovieBox Office Vote
1.Pushpa: The Rise (Part 1)31380
2.Spider-Man: No Way Home26100
3.Sooryavanshi23080
4.Master17875
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Which is the No 1 movie in Bollywood 2022? ›

K. G.F: Chapter 2 is the highest-grossing Indian movie of 2022 globally, while Brahmastra: Part 1 - Shiva is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year.

What is the most viewed movie in 2021? ›

Highest-grossing films
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. ...
  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Sony Pictures. ...
  • Black Widow. Walt Disney Studios. ...
  • F9. Universal Pictures. ...
  • Eternals. Walt Disney Studios. ...
  • No Time To Die. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ...
  • A Quiet Place Part II. Paramount Pictures. ...
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Sony Pictures.

What is the highest rating movie in 2021? ›

Best Movies 2021
  • #1. Spider-Man: No Way Home. 93% 96% #1. ...
  • #2. In the Heights. 94% 85% #2. ...
  • #3. Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 99% 93% #3. ...
  • #4. Pig. 97% 77% #4. ...
  • #5. The Power of the Dog. 94% 57% #5. ...
  • #6. CODA. 94% 91% #6. ...
  • #7. Raya and the Last Dragon. 94% 86% #7. ...
  • #8. West Side Story. 91% 86% #8.

Who is the most popular movie in India 2022? ›

K.G.F: Chapter 2

Who is the best film in India 2022? ›

IMDb Top 10: Highest-Rated Indian Movies Of 2022 That You Must...
  • 1777 Charlie. 777 Charlie is a Kannada-language film directed by Kiranraj K. ...
  • 2Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. ...
  • 3 K.G.F: Chapter 2. ...
  • 4Vikram. ...
  • 5Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1. ...
  • 6Kashmir Files. ...
  • 7Major. ...
  • 8Doctor G.
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Which is the most trending movie in India 2022? ›

Most Anticipated Indian Movies of 2022
  • K.G.F: Chapter 2 (2022) Not Rated | 168 min | Action, Crime, Drama. ...
  • RRR (2022) Not Rated | 187 min | Action, Drama. ...
  • Laal Singh Chaddha (2022) ...
  • Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) ...
  • Beast (II) (2022) ...
  • Dhaakad (2022) ...
  • Radhe Shyam (2022) ...
  • Brahmastra Part One: Shiva (2022)

Who is the king of Indian cinema 2021? ›

Shah Rukh Khan is an Indian actor, producer and television personality. Referred to in the media as "Baadshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood" or "King Khan", he has appeared in over 80 Bollywood films in genres including romance, action and comedy.

Who is the world's biggest movie star 2021? ›

As of August 2021, Daniel Craig was the best-paid actor worldwide with an estimated income of 100 million U.S. dollars after, earlier that year, Netflix bought the rights for two sequels of "Knives Out" (2019).

Which movie is biggest hit in India? ›

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Who is No 1 rating movie? ›

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Which is the No 1 movie in World 2022? ›

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness currently has the highest weekend debut of 2022. Top Gun: Maverick broke Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End's record ($114.7 million) for the highest Memorial Day weekend debut.

What is the biggest movie of 2022? ›

Box office records
  • Top Gun: Maverick became the 49th film to gross $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest grossing film of 2022. ...
  • The DC Extended Universe became the eleventh film franchise to gross $6 billion with the release of Black Adam.

Which movie has 5 rating? ›

1. Halloween Ends (2022)

Which movie has 5 5 rating? ›

1. Laal Singh Chaddha (2022)

Is there a movie with 100% rating? ›

To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.

Is Pushpa hit or flop? ›

The film was commercially successful, grossing ₹350.3–₹365 crore at the box office. The film emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film in 2021, and ranks among the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time. A sequel titled Pushpa 2: The Rule is under production.

Who is king of Indian movie? ›

The one and only Dilip Kumar: The actor who shaped world's biggest film industry | Entertainment News,The Indian Express.

Who is the king of Bollywood 2022? ›

Shah Rukh Khan turns 57: Some lesser-known facts about the 'Baadshah of Bollywood' As the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, turns 57 on November 2.

Which is No 3 film industry in India? ›

3. Tollywood – Telugu film industry. Film Nagar in Hyderabad is home to the Telugu film industry.

Who is best Bollywood actor 2022? ›

Here's a full list of Filmfare Award winners for 2022:
  • Best actor (male): Ranveer Singh, film 83.
  • Best actress (female): Kriti Sanon, Mimi.
  • Best film: Shershaah.
  • Best Actor (Critics'): Vicky Kaushal, Sardar Udham.
  • Best Actress (Critics'): Vidya Balan, Sherni.
  • Best Film (Critics'): Sardar Udham.
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What are the top 3 movies in 2022? ›

Top Grossing Movies of 2022
RankMovieDistributor
1Top Gun: MaverickParamount Pictures
2Doctor Strange in the Multi…Walt Disney
3Jurassic World: DominionUniversal
4Minions: The Rise of GruUniversal
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Which movie is trending now in world? ›

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now
  • #1. Black Adam (2022) 40% 90% ...
  • #2. All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) 92% 90% ...
  • #3. Enola Holmes 2 (2022) 93% 79% ...
  • #4. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022) 85% 86% ...
  • #5. The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) 98% 75% ...
  • #6. Barbarian (2022) 92% 67% ...
  • #7. My Policeman (2022) 46% 93% ...
  • #8. Terrifier 2 (2022)

What are the top 5 movies 2022? ›

The best movies of 2022
  1. Licorice Pizza. Film. Comedy.
  2. Top Gun: Maverick. Film. Action and adventure. ...
  3. The Northman. Film. Action and adventure. ...
  4. Aftersun. Film. Drama. ...
  5. Parallel Mothers. Film. Drama. ...
  6. The Banshees of Inisherin. Film. Comedy. ...
  7. The Worst Person in the World. Film. Drama. ...
  8. Happening. Film. Drama. ...
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Who is No 1 Indian actor? ›

Amitabh Bachchan. His birth name is Inquilaab. He is the most popular actor in India.

Who Is Best actor in India? ›

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RankActorsStar Power
1Shahrukh Khan17705
2Salman Khan16045
3Aamir Khan15480
4Akshay Kumar14730
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Can KGF 2 beat Dangal? ›

The Hindi version of 'KGF Chapter 2' surpassed 'Dangal's box office collection and became the second-highest-grossing Hindi film of all time.

Who is the No 1 Khan in Bollywood? ›

Salman Khan

In recent years, every movie he has acted in as the main lead has commended over 100 Crores. Referred to in the media as "The Tiger of Bollywood", "Blockbuster Khan", "Real King of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood", "Box-office King", he is popularly called "Bhaijaan" and "Sallu" by his fans.

Who is the biggest superstar in India 2021? ›

Salman Khan: Film distributors from across India have written to Salman exhorting him to release Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai for Eid 2021. God and Covid willing, Radhe will not be the only Salman release this year.

Who is the most successful actor in Bollywood? ›

Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar is recognized as the greatest and most successful Bollywood actor ever of Indian cinema.

Who is No 1 actress in world? ›

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts is indeed one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. She rose to recognition in the year 1990 with her lead role in the movie Pretty Woman.

Who Is Highest Paid 2021 actor? ›

Peter Jackson

Who is the most paid actress? ›

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is the highest paid actress in the world, according to Forbes. Vergara – who is also currently a judge on America's Got Talent – earned $43 million in salary and endorsements in the 12 months leading up to October 2020.

Which movie is highest IMDb in India? ›

  • Rishab Shetty's 'Kantara' has shattered all records by becoming the highest-rated Indian movie on IMDb.
  • The period-action thriller explores the traditional culture of Kambala (annual bull race) and Buta Kola (spirit worship in dance form)
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Which movie has 10 10 rating? ›

IMDb Rating: 9.0 - 9.9
DAVEIMDbTITLE
109.6Band of Brothers (2001)
109.3The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
109.2The Godfather (1972)
109.1The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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Which movie has 9.5 rating? ›

New Delhi: Filmmaker-actor Rishab Shetty's Kantara has become one of the highest-rated Indian films on IMDb with a rating of 9.5 out of 10. The film, originally made in Kannada, has surpassed Yash's KGF 2 (8.4/10) and SS Rajamouli's RRR (8/10).

Which is the first 300 crore movie in Bollywood? ›

PK 2014

Who is the biggest movie in Hindi? ›

Top Highest Grossing Hindi Movies
MovieRelease DateLifetime Total (India)
Baahubali 2 (Hindi)28 April 2017₹510.99 Cr
KGF 2 (Hindi)14 April 2022₹434.70 Cr
Dangal23 December 2016₹387.38 Cr
Sanju29 June 2018₹342.86 Cr
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Which is the first 50 crore movie in Bollywood? ›

'Mungaru Male' was the first film to cross Rs 50 crore at the box office as well as run for a year in a multiplex.

What is Netflix's number one movie? ›

Watched for 20.33 million hours this week. Watched for 17.93 million hours this week. Watched for 10.5 million hours this week. Watched for 8.8 million hours this week.
...
Global Top 10.
#1
Films (English)Falling for Christmas
Weeks in Top 102
Hours viewed37,850,000
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What is A+ rated movie? ›

CinemaScore's are letter grades, with F being the worst, and A+ being the very best. It's extremely difficult to get an A+. Only 91 movies have been awarded it in 40 years. Movies with an A+ CinemaScore tend to be four-quadrant films that hit all of the viewer's emotions.

What is the top 1 movie of all time? ›

Avatar, directed by James Cameron, is the highest grossing movie of all time, having a lifetime gross of over $2.8 billion, according to Box Office Mojo by IMDbPro.

Who is No 1 actor in 2021 Bollywood? ›

1. Shah Rukh Khan. He is the most popular actor in India.

Which is the top No 1 movie in India? ›

Global gross figures
RankPeakFilm
11Dangal
21Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
33K.G.F: Chapter 2
43RRR *
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Who is the Bollywood king of 2021? ›

Shah Rukh Khan thankful for being dubbed as 'King of Bollywood' Recently, Salman Khan called SRK as the King of Bollywood.

Who is No 1 star in India? ›

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RankActorsStar Power
1Shahrukh Khan17705
2Salman Khan16045
3Aamir Khan15480
4Akshay Kumar14730
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Who is No 1 hero in the world? ›

Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office
RankNameMovies
1Scarlett Johansson34
2Robert Downey, Jr.43
3Samuel L. Jackson64
4Chris Hemsworth25
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Who is India No 1 actress? ›

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RankActorsStar Power
1Kareena Kapoor8865
2Aishwarya Rai8205
3Rani Mukherjee8185
4Priyanka Chopra7080
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What are the top 5 movies in India? ›

Top Rated Indian Movies
  1. Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1993) 8.5.
  2. Kantara (2022) 8.5.
  3. Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022) 8.4.
  4. Hanky Panky (1979) 8.4.
  5. 777 Charlie (2022) 8.4.
  6. Nayakan (1987) 8.4.
  7. Anbe Sivam (2003) 8.4.
  8. Jai Bhim (2021) 8.4.

Who is the biggest star in Bollywood? ›

Here it is – Top 5 Biggest Stars in India (Hindi film industry only). 1.
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Biggest Stars in Bollywood – Top 5.
Actor / MovieOpening dayLifetime
Bodyguard20.66 crores140.95 crores
2. Aamir Khan
Ghajini9.13 crores114.78 crores
3 Idiots13 crores202.57 crores
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Who is the beauty queen of Bollywood 2021? ›

Miss Universe 2021, Harnaaz Sandhu is on the threshold of an exciting and long journey. She brought home the crown, 21 years after Lara Dutta won the title back in 2000.

Who is richest person in the Bollywood? ›

As of 2022, Amitabh Bachchan is counted among the richest Bollywood actors with a net worth of over 400 million dollars. In a career spanning more than five decades, Amitabh has won four National Film Awards, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, sixteen Filmfare Awards and many more.

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