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100 Greatest Bollywood Masala Movies

Top 100 Bollywood Masala Movies

Incorporating a mixture of various genres in a movie is no easy task. However, the Hindi film industry has come up with memorable mix genre films over the years. Dwell in a theatrical perspective of the best Bollywood masala movies.

Typically a masala film offers the audience a piece of everything. You will find action, drama, melodrama, romance, tragedy, songs, dance, mystery and comedy in a masala film. This genre came into prominence in the 70s, and ever since masala films have become an integral part of all things Bollywood. The genre was brought to life by Manmohan Desai in the 70s; needless to say his contribution to Hindi Cinema has been the immense.

Masala as a Film Genre

Masala…slowly and steadily became an accepted genre in the Hindi film industry. The 80s was a decade that propelled masala movies to new heights. Suddenly, every actor and actress wanted to be a part of masala films.

The genre helped launch careers of many actors in the late 70s and 80s. A significant number of actors and actresses achieved considerable success doing masala movies through the 80s.

Since the masala genre burst onto the scene in the 70s, it has evolved a great deal. The various elements portrayed in a masala film have enthralled audiences from various movie genres. Every age group in India has taken a liking to Masala films, and that’s the reason filmmakers love to get creative with this genre. Over the years the success rate of masala movies has been exceptional. Many movies that belong to this genre have become blockbusters and superhits.

The song and dance sequences in masala movies became excessively popular in the 80s and 90s. While there has been criticism of masala movies being a mishmash of too many genres, the masses in India have enjoyed watching the variety of masala flicks over the years. Since the 2000s, masala movies have taken a downward spiral, however, considering how everything changes in Bollywood… a revival can never be ruled out.

The space below showcases a list of the best Bollywood masala movies.

100 Greatest Masala Movies

  1. Sholay (1975)
  2. Deewar (1975)
  3. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
  4. Mr. India (1987)
  5. Satte Pe Satta (1982)
  6. Dil (1990)
  7. Ram Lakhan (1989)
  8. Naseeb (1981)
  9. Dabangg (2010)
  10. Don (1978)
  11. Tezaab (1988)
  12. Dharmatma (1975)
  13. Coolie (1983)
  14. Zanjeer (1973)
  15. Quarbani (1980)
  16. Sharaabi (1984)
  17. Aankhen (1993)
  18. Karz (1980)
  19. Do Aur Do Paanch (1980)
  20. Dharam Veer (1977)
  21. Lawaaris (1981)  
  22. Shakti (1982)
  23. Waqt (1965)
  24. Dhoom (2004)
  25. Namak Halal (1982) 
  26. Race 2 (2013)
  27. Mohra (1994)
  28. Ghulam (1998)        
  29. Khoon Pasina (1977)
  30. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
  31. Gabbar Is Back (2015)
  32. Nagin (1976)
  33. Rangeela (1995)
  34. Housefull (2010)
  35. Karan Arjun (1995)
  36. Shaan (1980)  
  37. Kick (2014)
  38. Tridev (1989)
  39. Awara Paagal Deewana (2002)
  40. Namastey London (2007)
  41. Main Hoon Na (2004)
  42. Khalnayak (1993)
  43. Wanted (2009)
  44. Mard (1965)
  45. ChaalBaaz (1989)
  46. Nagina (1986)  
  47. Kaalia (1981)
  48. Vishwatma (1992)
  49. Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
  50. Welcome (2007)
  51. Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011)
  52. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
  53. Khel (1992)
  54. Namak Haraam (1973)
  55. Khiladi (1992)
  56. Singh is King (2008)
  57. Chennai Express (2013)
  58. Jaanbaz (1986)
  59. Deeewana Mastana (1997)
  60. Boss (2013)
  61. Parinda (1989)
  62. Khakee (2004)
  63. Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994)
  64. Biwi No. 1 (1999)
  65. Judaai (1997)
  66. Raja Babu (1994)
  67. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
  68. Partner (2007)
  69. Son of Sardar (2012)
  70. Rowdy Rathore (2012)
  71. Meri Jung (1985)
  72. Ziddi (1997)
  73. Sarfarosh (1999)
  74. Baazi (1995)
  75. Trishul (1978)
  76. Bodyguard (2011)
  77. Ghayal (1990)
  78. Hum (1991)
  79. Bang Bang (2014)
  80. Karma (1986)
  81. Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)
  82. Rocky (1981)
  83. Shola Aur Shabnam (1992)
  84. Hero No. 1 (1997)
  85. Mashaal (1984)
  86. Om Shanti Om (2007)
  87. Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995)
  88. Koi Mil Gaya (2003)  
  89. Jodi No. 1 (2001)
  90. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996)
  91. Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999)
  92. Phata Poster Nikla Hero (2013)
  93. Kishen Kanhayia (1990)
  94. Mela (1971)  
  95. Singham (2011)
  96. Josh (2000)
  97. Dilwale (2015)
  98. The Burning Train (1980)
  99. Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi (1997)
  100. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998)

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