The history of Bollywood romantic movies is very old. Hindi film industry has completed 113 years in April 2016. On 21st April 1913, the first Hindi film Raja Harishchandra, which was a silent film was actually a romantic film. So the journey of romantic films was actually started from a romantic film and since then, this has become one of the popular genres among the filmmakers and the audience. If you go back to each and every decade of Bollywood, the top most films that were being among the biggest hits are romantic films.
From 1913 to the mid of 1950s, most of the Bollywood films were revolves around emotional rona-dhonas. It was filmmaker Guru Dutt, who had come up to break the jinks with Pyaasa (1957), which was considered as the first official romantic film starring Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman in the main leads. Its dialogues, romantic scenes and fantastic climax had made the beautiful romantic film. After seen the success of Pyaasa, various filmmakers have changed their mind and transformed into this popular genre of romance.
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Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), Guide (1965) and Silsila (1981) are those among some finest Bollywood romantic movies, evergreen decade of Hindi film industry. Later in the years, the evolution of three young and dynamic actors were made, which had become the romantic icons of Bollywood. Yes, we are talking about Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and ShahRukh Khan, who had not only started their career with iconic romantic films but later in the years, were become three most romantic actors of Bollywood. Even, right now after 25 years of their debut, these three Khans of Bollywood are currently ruling Hindi film industry and most of the credit of their huge success goes to romantic movies. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (Aamir), Maine Pyar Kia (Salman) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Shah Rukh Khan) are one of the most popular Bollywood romantic movies of all time.
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So, after this brief introduction about Bollywood romantic movies, it is very important for us to let you know about the list of all time Top Bollywood romantic movies. So, here we are presenting you the full details about the romantic films of all time.
Bollywood romantic movies List
1- Pyaasa (1957)
Pyaasa was considered as the first romantic Bollywood film written, produced, directed and acted by ace filmmaker Guru Dutt. Mala Sinha and Waheeda Rehman were the two leading ladies in the film which revolved around Vijay, who is a struggling poet trying to make his works recognized in independent India and a prostitute called Gulabo, who helped him in publishing his poets. Guru Dutt has given a rock solid performance as an unsuccessful poet and the film went on to become big hit at the box office. Apart from its romantic plot, Pyaasa is also remembered for its music and emotional tracks like Jaane Who Kaise log the.
2- Mughal- E-Azam (1960)
Mughal-E-Azam is an epic historical romantic-drama directed by K. Asif featuring tragedy king Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Prithviraj Kapoor. Mughal-E-Azam was the story of Mughal Prince Salim, son of emperor Akhbar, who falls in love with court dancer Anarkali. Salim’s father Akhbar doesn’t happy with this relationship and disapproves it which results in war between father and son. The film was become milestone of its time and treated as one of the most romantic films of all time in the history of Indian cinema. It was the most expensive film of its time and went on to hold the highest box office grosser for 15 years. With the film, Dilip Kumar became overnight superstar of Hindi cinema and the on-screen pair of Dilip and Madhubala were become favourite choice of filmmakers. The soundtrack of Mughal-E-Azam was another big achievement of the film. Composed by legendary music director Naushad, songs like Pyar Kia to Darna Kya and Mohe Pangat Pe are still among the iconic songs of Hindi cinema. If we talk about the awards, Mughal-E-Azam awarded with National Award plus three Filmfare Awards including best film.
3- Guide (1965) –
Directed by ace filmmaker Vijay Anand, Guide was a romantic-drama based on the loose adaptation of R. K. Narayan written novel of the same name. Featuring evergreen actor Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, Guide is the story Raju, who was a freelance guide and earned his living by taking tourists to the historical places. One day, a man comes to the city wife Roise (Waheeda) and wants to do research on the caves. Raju takes Roise to a tour and slowly slowly fell in love with her. This is the little synopsis of this very popular romantic film of all time. This was certainly the milestone film of Dev Anand’s career and he has always remembered with this film. It not won National Award for Best Film but also bagged 6 Filmfare Awards including Best Film, Best Actor, Best actress and best Director. All its tracks composed by S.D. Burman including Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna, Din Dhal Jaye, Gaata Rahe Mera Dil and Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya were magically kept its place in the hearts of the people.
4- Bobby (1973)
Filmmaker Raj Kapoor is reckon as the backbone of Hindi Film industry. The passion of filmmaking he has made him different from others. He is proudly called as the father of Indian cinema. He always loved to make romantic films and Bobby was one of his best romantic films. Bobby was the official debut film of Raj Kapoor’s youngest son Rishi Kapoor and actress Dimple Kapadia. Bobby is the story of two Mumbai born teenagers, who fall in love with each other but their families do not accept this relationship due to the big class difference. Raj is the son of rich businessman while Bobby is the daughter of poor fisherman. Bobby was the trend setter of its time and gave a new idea to the film industry of teenage romance. Various movies in the following years were inspired by this film, which was become second blockbuster of the year and among the all time must watch Bollywood films. Bobby won 5 Filmfare Award of the year which itself shows its trump.
5- Silsila (1981)
Silsila is treated as the one of the most classic films of all time. This Yash Chopra directorial is remembered for its dream starcast including Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar. This was also the last film of iconic on-screen couple of Amitabh and Rekha, who were also known for their alleged off-screen affair. Silsila was based on love- triangle between Amitabh-Rekha and Jaya. Although, the film was not become big blockbuster but today everyone wants to see this classic film on small screen and also legendary Yash Chopra called Silsila and Lamhe, two of his best films that he made.
6- Love Story (1981)
Rajendra Kumar, who was called as Jubilee Kumar of Indian Cinema was debut as a producer with this romantic film Love Story which stars Kumar Gaurav and Vijeta Pandit in the main leads. The film, which was directed by Rahul Rawail went onto become blockbuster and Kumar Gaurav become overnight superstar. The film was among best love stories of Bollywood and this pair of Kumar and Vijeta was iconic pair of Bollywood but unfortunately, both Kumar and Vijeta didn’t picked up from here and lost their charm after just one film. Its songs, specially Yaad Aa Rahi Hai and Dekha Maine Dekha became smash hits of the year.
7- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
Qayamat Se Qayamat was the debut film of Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan and former Miss India Juhi Chawla. The film was based on the famous novel Romeo and Juliet written by Shakespeare. This romantic drama was become superhit and film industry got two new rising superstars of the B-Town. People admired this pair of Aamir and Juhi and after this film, these two seen in various superhit films in the subsequent year. It won National Film Award for Best Popular Film proving Wholesome Entertainment and seven Filmfare Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Male Debut and Best Female Debut. Aamir Khan, son of filmmaker Nasir Hussain is currently ruling the film industry and one of the finest actors of Bollywood and known for his selection of films.
8- Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
Maine Pyar Kiya was another beautiful romantic love story directed by Sooraj Barjatya, who had made his directorial debut with the film. Salman Khan, who was started his career as a supporting character in Biwi Ho Toh Aisi (1988) was appeared as the main leads in the film along with another debutant actress Bhagyashree. The film tells the story of two friends Prem and Suman, who falls in love with each other but face lots of hurdles to unite. Maine Pyar Kiya was the biggest superhit of the year and also among the highest grosser of the year. Salman Khan was become overnight superstar with the film and thus started the journey of this young and dynamic actor of the B-Town, who is right now, the box office king of the film industry. His every film which was released for the past 7 years was blockbuster and at present, he is the most popular Bollywood actor.
9- Dil (1990)
Directed by Indra Kumar, Dil featuring Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit was an Indian romantic drama. It was the remake of Telugu film Thodi Muddhu. The story of Dil revolves around two young lovers Raja and Madhu, who madly love each other but due to the status gap between their families, no one accepts their relationship. Raja and Madhu ran away and make their own world. Dil become huge grosser at the box office and Madhuri received Filmfare Award for Best Actress. The songs of Dil were also very popular among youth.
10- Lamhe (1991)
This was another fantastic showcase of Yash Chopra, who is reckon as the father of romantic films. Lamhe featured Anil Kapoor and Sridevi is the love story of Viren and Pallavi, whose father was died due to heart attack. Although, Lamhe was not become big hit at the box office but it appreciated by overseas audience due to its urban plot. Sridevi got lots of accolades for her dual characters and bagged the Filmfare Award for Best actress. Lamhe, without any doubt, is the finest films of Yash Chopra and regarded as the classic masterpiece of modern time. In 2013, Lamhe was inducted among the top ten romantic movies of 100 years.
11- Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, popularly called as DDLJ, is the most popular and romantic bollywood film of all time. Featuring ShahRukh Khan and Kajol in the main leads, this iconic film directed by debutant Aditya Chopra, son of Yash Chopra revolves around Raj and Simran, two young NRI’s who fall in love with each other in a Europe tour with their friends. Raj wants to marry Simran but his father refuses to do so as he already promised to give her hand to his friend’s son. DDLJ is the most successful film of Indian cinema and went onto become highest grosser of the year. The most promising thing about this magical film is that the film was completed 1000 weeks in Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir theatre, which is an unbreakable record of the history of Hindi film industry. The iconic pair of Shah Rukh and Kajol was become the most popular on-screen pair of the B-Town and had seen in several other successful films together. It won 10 Filmfare Awards, the most for a single film at that time. It also received National Film Award for Best Popular Film Award for Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment. DDLJ has some terrific achievements such as it was one of three Hindi films in the reference book 1001 movies you must see before you die and on 12th place in British film institute’s list of top Indian films of all time and is the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema.
12- Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai (2000)
Kaho Na… Pyaar HaiKaho Na Pyaar Hai is a romantic-thriller directed by Rakesh Roshan. This film gave another superstar to the film industry as Hrithik Roshan, son of Rakesh Roshan and made his acting debut with this film along with Ameesha Patel. Hrithik played dual characters of Raj and Rohit. The story revolves around Rohit and Sonia who love each other but due to an accident (murder), Rohit died and Sonia met with his lookalike Raj who eventually helped her to catch Rohit’s murderers. In between these all, Raj falls in love with Sonia. The film went onto become blockbuster and Hrithik became overnight superstar. Kaho Naa… has a magnificent record for the greatest number of awards (102) won by a Bollywood film and added to the Limca Book of Records. It bagged 9 Filmfare Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. The soundtracks of Kaho Na… were become hugely popular among the people. This successful duo of father-son have made some most popular and blockbuster films of Hindi Cinema like Koi Mil Gaya (2003) and Krrish (2006).
13- Mohabatein (2000)
Mohabatein was the comeback film of the successful director-actor Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan after 5 years. Their last film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was blockbuster and again they came back with this unique love story of a college boy Aryan (SRK) and his love Megha (Aishwarya Rai) but her father Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan), who is the strict headmaster of Gurukul doesn’t allow them to unite that results in death of Megha in a suicide. Raj, then came back as a music teacher and filled the colour of love in the university among the youth. This beautiful love story was the highest earning film of the year in overseas market and crossed Kaho Na…Pyaar Hai as the highest worldwide grosser. It also won two Filmfare Award for Best Actor critics and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
14- Devdas (2002)
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Devdas is originally based on 1917 popular novel of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name. Although, there were two more films was earlier made before this but this Shah Rukh Khan starrer film was the finest film made on this novel. The film revolves around Devdas (SRK), a wealthy foreign returned graduate came back India to marry his childhood friend Paro (Aishwarya Rai) but Dev was deeply addicted to alcohol due to which his marriage was broken down which leading into his emotional deterioration. Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff were also played very important role in the film, which became internationally acclaimed by the audience. Besides, five National Film Awards, Devdas also bagged 10 Filmfare Awards including Best Film Award. Devdas also acclaimed globally and was nominated for the Bafta Award for Best Foreign Language Film and also was India’s entry into Academy Awards. Recently. Devdas was included in Time Magazine’s top 10 movies of the millennium worldwide.
15- Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)
This Karan Johar’s production venture directed by debutant Nikhil Advani is also a beautifully written romantic-drama starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan. The film sets in New York where an enthusiastic working girl Naina Kapur , who falls in love with his neighbor Aman Mathur, a heart patient, who tries to play matchmaker for Naina her best friend Rohit. Kal Ho Na Ho, which was said inspired by 1970’s superhit film Anand, was declared blockbuster in Indian and called as all time blockbuster in overseas. The film was also screened at various International Film Festivals and won two National Awards and eight Filmfare Awards. The title track of the film becomes really popular among the people.
16- Hum Tum (2004)
Directed by Kunal Kohli and produced by Aditya Chopra, Hum Tum is an Indian romantic-comedy loosely based on 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. The story of Hum Tum revolves around two characters Karan and Rhea who, after several meetings and get togethers, became friends and at the end of the film fall in love with each other. There was an animation series launched in the film where they represent the current state of Karan and Rhea’s relationship. The film was well received by the audience and the performances of Saif and Rani were praised by the critics. Hum Tum won several Filmfare Awards including Best Actress, Director and Actor in a comic role. Saif went onto won National Film Award for Best Actor for his outstanding acting.
17- Veer Zara (2004)
Legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra was make his directorial comeback after 7 years with this iconic film Veer Zara which is one of most memorable romantic Hindi films of all time. As usual Shah Rukh Khan was played the main lead in the film, which was set in the backdrop of conflict between India and Pakistan. It was the story of Indian pilot Veer Pratap Singh and a Pakistani girl Zara (Preity Zinta), who came India to do last rituals of his grandmother. Here she met with Veer and both falls in love with each other. After that Veer went to Pakistan for his love but caught by Pakistani Police suspected as an Indian spy. Saamiya Siddiqui (Rani Mukherjee), a lawyer by profession helps him to free and met him to his love Zara. The film hailed by the audience and declared superhit at the box office not only in Indian but also in Pakistan. The film won several Awards at several Film awards including most popular film at National Awards and also Filmfare Award for Best Film.
18- Vivah (2006)
Vivah is a Bollywood romantic film directed by Sooraj Barjatya featuring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao. Vivah is the story of two individuals and their journey from engagement to marriage. The film is considered as the simplest and beautiful love stories of all time. Each and every scene of the film was wonderful and ultimately it became one of the biggest commercial successes of the year. This was the career changing film for Shahid Kapoor which got him nomination for Best Actor at the Screen Awards.
19- Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
This romantic-drama featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma is remembered as the last film of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra as a director before he died in October 2012. This was his comeback film as a director after 8 years. Set in London, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is the story of an ambitious hardworking intern at Discovery Channel. Akira finds the diary of Samar Anand (SRK), a bomb-expert and tells her past when he was romantically attached with Meera (Katrina Kaif). The film was well received by the audience besides its clash with Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardaar. It opened really well in India and declared blockbuster at overseas. Once, it was 3rd highest grossing Bollywood film overseas after 3 Idiots and My Name is Khan (2010). The film got four Filmfare Awards including Best Supporting Actress and Best Lyrics.
20- Aashiqui 2 (2013)
Aashiqui 2 was the sequel of 1990 hit romantic drama Aashiqui. This Mohit Suri directorial starring Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in the main leads was a blockbuster film that suddenly made Aditya and Shraddha as the shinning superstar of the B-Town. The story of Aashiqui revolves around Rahul (Aditya), who was a successful musician but his career is on slide due to his alcohol addiction. He meets Aarohi (Shraddha), a bar singer and fell in love with her. After that Aarohi become singing sensation which results in occurring ego problems between them. Made with the budget of just 9 crore, Aashiqui 2 become blockbuster by collecting over 100 crore globally and one of the most popular romantic films of Bollywood. Besides its plot, the film is also recognized for its fantastic soundtracks including Tum Hi Ho by Arijit Singh and Sun Raha Hai Tu by Ankit Tiwari. The film went onto win 2 Filmfare Awards and four IIFA Awards.
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