30 Best Movies and TV Shows About India

If you are a fan of Indian movies and TV shows, or you just looking for something you haven’t watched yet, there is no need for you to look further. In this article, you can find some of the best movies and TV shows about India! The list contains various genres and we hope that you’ll enjoy the list we present to you. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

1. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003)

We’ll start this list of best Indian movies and TV shows with Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. This is a comedy movie and the storyline is based in Mumbai. The movie follows a gangster Munna who falsely presents himself as a doctor in order to impress his father. However, his false pretenses get discovered and his family is embarrassed because of it. Munna is determined to seek revenge and become a doctor for real. Along the way, he ends up falling in love with a girl whose father exposed his frauds in the first place.

2. Kabhi Khushi Kabhei Gham (2001)

In this drama romance musical movie, Rahul, the adopted son of a wealthy Indian family, is disowned by his father for marrying a middle-class girl Anjali. Rahul moves to the United States, but, years later, his younger brother is determined to resolve family differences and put to rest all the disputes that occurred between Rahul and their father.

3. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Rang De Basanti is a political awakening documentary film. When a British filmmaker, Sue, decides to make a movie about freedom fighters, six young Indians help her complete her project. The entire process transformed them into revolutionaries and reawakened their patriotism.

4. Mary Kom (2014)

Mary Kom is a biography action drama movie based on a true story, the life of Indian Olympic boxer Mangte Chungeijang Mary Kom, the daughter of a farmer who pursues her career despite her father’s disapproval. She persuades a well-known coach to train her and shares her boxing passion with him. Mary has to face many obstacles but her determination is unmeasurable. A great inspiring story about pursuing your dreams and overcoming adversity with Priyanka Chopra Jonas in the main role.

5. Jodha Akbaar (2008)

Jodhaa Akbar is a romantic historical Indian movie. It follows a love story between the Mughal emperor, Akbar, and Rajput princess Jodha in the sixteenth century. Their marriage was a result of a political agreement between the two states. Despite early misunderstandings and mistrust, true love blossoms between them as they come to know each other more. A wonderful message of honor and respect for one another’s culture.

6. Swades: We, the People (2004)

Swades: We, the People is based on a true story. The movie follows Mohan, a successful scientist working for NASA, who returns to India to take her nanny Kaveri to the USA. Along the way, he discovers that the citizens in his country are facing issues on a grassroots level. Mohan has to choose between his work at NASA and his dedication to his village and homeland. 

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7. Chak De! India (2007)

Chak De! India is an Indian sports film, and the story revolves around Hockey. Kabir Khan, a former Indian team player, was blamed for the team’s defeat under his captaincy. Besides, religious prejudice forces him and his mother to flee the town. After seven years, Kabir begins coaching the Indian Women’s National Hockey Team to demonstrate his devotion to his country and fulfill his lifelong dream of bringing the Hockey World Cup home.

8. Bajirao Mastani (2015)

Bajirao Mastani is an epic, colorful love story about Peshwa Bajirao and his second wife, a Mastani Muslim warrior princess. The plot is set in the early 18th century. Despite the fact that Peshwa is already married to Kashibai, he falls in love with Mastani. After overcoming numerous obstacles and struggles, including opposition from their conservative families, their struggle paid off. The historical love story will last forever in the minds of the nation.

9. Hindi Medium (2017)

This is a comedy film about social issues. Raj and Mita, who live in the old Delhi neighborhood of Chandi Chowk, have overcome numerous obstacles in order for their five-year-old daughter Pia to attend a prestigious English Medium school. They befriend Shyam and Tulsi, who are also trying to get their son admitted through the RTE quota scheme, which gives children from low-income families a chance to get into a school. A much-needed concern has been raised, and it is undoubtedly a lesson.

10. Devdas (2002)

The film is based on the 1917 novel of the same name. Devdas and Paro have been childhood friends and eventually fell in love. Because of her lower social standing, Devdas’s wealthy family forbids him from marrying the woman he loves. That turns his life upside down and he becomes an alcoholic to ease his pain. Devdas never forgot what he wants and is ready to risk it all to get Paro back.

11. Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022)

Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biography drama movie. The film is based on Ganga Jagjivandas Kathiawadi’s true story. A simple girl from Kathiawad dreams of becoming a Bollywood actress but is cheated on by her boyfriend, who sells her to a brothel owner and forces her to become a prostitute. However, she reclaims her strength and uses it fearlessly by using underworld connections to ensure the safety of other girls working as prostitutes. She was a role model in her community.

12. Shershaah (2022)

Shershaah is a biographical film based on the true story of an Indian soldier, Vikram Batra, who was killed in the Kargil War. A young man who aspires to be an Army officer falls in love with Dimple. Because of the difference in the cast, her father refuses to accept Vikram. Meanwhile, he enlists in the Army. He quickly rises through the military ranks and helps India win the Kargil war.

13. Rajneeti (2010)

An epic Indian political thriller movie. The film is about a conflict between political parties and families based on Mahabharata. Samar, the son of a political family, has chosen to go to the USA to live. However, his father makes him put his plans on hold and enter the dirty world of politics. The movie represents how political conflict affects various aspects of life and relationships.

14. Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

It is a historical Indian film. It depicts the 16th-century love affair of Mughal prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir, and court dancer Anarkali. Emperor Akbar Salim’s father rejects their marriage, resulting in a father-son conflict.

15. Sacred Games (2018-2019)

In this Netflix action-drama show, the storyline follows Sartaj Singh, a Mumbai police officer, and his endeavors to resolve the case of a sociopathic terrorist who threatens to blow up the city. Sartaj has to give his best to save Mumbai from being destroyed.

16. Dil Wale Dulhanya Lejayenge (1995)

This romantic movie shows what a typical Indian wedding looks like. Raj (Shahrukh Khan) meets Simran (Kajol) who is visiting Europe for the first time before getting married to her cousin in India. The marriage is set by her father when she was a child. As Raj and Simran fall for each other, Raj must also get Simran’s family in his favor, especially her father who is, by all means, an Indian patriot.

17. Life of Pi (2012)

This adventure drama movie is based on Yan Martel’s novel, Life of Pi. The movie follows a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi Patel who was traveling with his family on a cargo ship from India to Canada when they encountered a storm that left them shipwrecked. Pi survived and was lost at sea on a lifeboat with four wild animals. Most significantly Richard Parker, a Bengal Tiger, an orangutan, a zebra, and a hyena. The story is narrated from the perspective of an older Pi, and things are not as they seem at first. Worthy to watch, and more than once.

18. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Jamal Malik, an eighteen-year-old from a Slum in Mumbai becomes a contestant in the game  Kaun Banega Crorepati. Jamal’s life was tough, and all the things that occurred to him eventually led him to know the answers presented to him in the game. When forced to answer how he knows the answers, he explains his life story which is unbelievable, to say the least. The motives why Jamal applied to be a contestant in the Kaun Banega Crorepati are love, friendship, honor, and betrayal, and those four words pretty much sum up the whole movie. One of the most popular Indian movies.

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19. Laal Singh Chaddha (2022)

Laal Singh Chaddha is an Indian comedy-drama movie. A simple man Laal Singh has weak legs and requires leg braces for support. Destiny takes him and his best friend Rupa on different paths as Laal goes on to join the Indian Army and Rupa went to Mumbai to be a successful model. After facing many ups and downs during their journey their life came full circle when they meet again. 

20. 83 (2021)

83 follows the Indian cricket team led by Kapil Dev. In 1983, the Lord’s Cricket Ground witnessed one of the greatest remarkable stories in sports history. Against all odds, fourteen men set up India’s greatest sporting triumph by defeating the World Champions West Indies twice. This victory put India back on the map to become the greatest cricketing nation in the world today. One man, armed with self-belief and conviction, led the team to a historic victory.

21. Mirzapur (2018 -)

This TV series is set in the city of Mirzapur where Akhandanand Tripathi, a successful carpet exporter, and a millionaire becomes a feared and influential crime lord. His son Munna is an undeserving successor to his throne who will do whatever it takes to inherit his father’s legacy. When Munna encounters a powerful lawyer and his sons, Guddu and Bablu, the game of ambition, revenge, and power, lust begins.

22. Delhi Crime ( 2019 -)

Delhi Crime is a TV show that follows an investigation team led by DCP Vartika ChaturvedI. They look into high-profile crimes in Delhi such as rapes and murders. The plot depicts a Delhi gang rape case that occurred in the South Delhi neighborhood of Munirka. DCP Vartika is tasked with identifying those responsible for the assault and bringing them to justice.

23. Shakti The Power (2002)

Shakti is a remake of a 1998 Telugu film. The movie follows Shekhar and Nandini, and their decision to visit Shektar’s birth home in a rural Indian town. This decision backfires on them when they become involved in a gang war and have to overcome many obstacles to flee back to where they came from.

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24. A Wednesday (2008)

A Wednesday is a thriller movie, and the storyline follows Prakash Rathod, a retired police commissioner, who recalls the most memorable case of his career in which he was informed by an ordinary common man about a bomb scare in Mumbai.

25. Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki (2000-2008)

Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki is a TV show that delves into the lives of Parvati and Om Agarwal. They live in a Marwadi joint family and are presented as an ideal son of the family and a daughter-in-law. The story spans three generations and focuses on Parvati’s life as a wife, mother, and grandmother, including her struggles through those years.

26. Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev (2011 – 2014)

In this Indian mythology-based show, the storyline is centered around Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. Through the show we follow their separation and union, and also the legendary tale of them shaping the world together. There are many deities and reincarnations presented in the show and is a real treat to watch for anyone who finds Indian mythology interesting.

27. Gandhi (1982)

This biography drama movie is based on the life of Mohandas ( Mahatma ) Gandhi. He was a great leader during the 20th century who politically fought against British rule for India’s independence. He was a lawyer who returned to British India from South Africa. Gandhi was devoted to the concept of protesting against violence and was initially dismissed by the English officials but later he and his cause gained recognition and his efforts lead India to independence. Educational and interesting to watch.

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28. Lion (2016)

Lion was one of the most popular movies in 2016. This biography drama follows the story of Saroo Brierley who was adopted as a child by a wealthy Australian family. When Saroo grew up, he decided to find his birth Indian parents and set himself on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way he learns many things regarding his past and the finds inner peace he needs as well.

29. Thappad (2020)

In this drama movie, a married couple, Amrita and Wikram present themselves as happy and seemingly perfect couple. But, their relationship starts to fall apart when Vikram raises a hand on his wife in front of other people. This makes Amrita question her worth and starts waging the pros and cons for keeping her marriage.

30. Dangal (2016)

This biography sports drama follows Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler and a father of four daughters, who always wished for his unborn son to win a gold medal in wrestling for his country because he was unable to do so. However, after recognizing his daughters’ potential, he begins coaching them for the Commonwealth Games, despite the villagers’ harsh behavior and disapproval.

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