Film The Best 50s Bollywood Movies  

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With the end to Great Depression and World War II, came the rise of the greatest Bollywood films of the 1950s. After India overcame political and social issues of the 30s and 40s, India's cinema thrived and out came the best 50s Bollywood movies. If you're a connoisseur of 1950s Hindi movies, this list will surely be a tough one to vote on.

Guru Dutt, critically acclaimed director/producer/lead actor, came out with one of the top 50s Indian movies on this list: Pyaasa.  It certainly was considered top films of all time by Time Magazine, so could this be the movie that tops them all on the best of bollywood films from the 1950s?

Or could it be Awaara, Raj Kapoor's film that was voted part of Indiatimes top 25 best Bollywood films of all time? This great 1950s Bollywood film could be the one to top them all. So what are the greatest Bollywood films of the 50s of all time? Only your vote will decide!
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Mehmood Ali, Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt
Pyaasa is a 1957 Indian film produced by, directed by, and starring Guru Dutt. The film tells the story of Vijay, a struggling poet trying to make his works known in post-independence India, and ...more

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Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Mother India is a 1957 Hindi epic melodrama film, directed by Mehboob Khan and starring Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, and Raaj Kumar. A remake of Khan's earlier film Aurat, it is the story ...more

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Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Shashi Kapoor
Awara is a 1951 Hindi film directed and produced by Raj Kapoor who also plays the leading role. Music was composed by the team of Shankar Jaikishan. Kapoor's real-life father Prithviraj Kapoor ...more

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Madhubala, Lalita Pawar, Guru Dutt
Mr. & Mrs. '55 is a 1955 Bollywood film by director Guru Dutt. Guru Dutt stars alongside Madhubala, supported by Lalita Pawar, Johnny Walker and Jagdeep in this socially critical romantic ...more

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Mehmood Ali, Asit Sen, Rekha Mallick
Do Bigha Zamin is 1953 Hindi film, directed by Bengali film director Bimal Roy and starring Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy in lead roles. The film is known for its socialist theme, and is an ...more

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Mehmood Ali, Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt
Kaagaz Ke Phool is a 1959 Hindi film produced and directed by Guru Dutt, who also played the lead role in the film. The film was a box office disaster in its time but was later resurrected as a ...more

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Pran, Dilip Kumar, Johnny Walker
Madhumati is a 1958 Hindi drama film produced and directed by Bimal Roy, and written by Ritwik Ghatak and Rajinder Singh Bedi. The music for the film was composed by Salil Choudhury with lyrics ...more

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Dilip Kumar, Ajit Khan, Jeevan
Naya Daur is a 1957 Indian drama film starring Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Ajit and Jeevan. Originally filmed in black and white, the film was colourized and re-released on 3 August 2007.

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Raj Kapoor, Lalita Pawar, Nargis
Shree 420 is a 1955 Bollywood film directed, produced by and starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis. The number 420 refers to Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, which prescribes the punishment for ...more

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Dev Anand, Mehmood Ali, Waheeda Rehman
C.I.D. is a 1956 Indian Hindi film. Produced by Guru Dutt, it was directed by Raj Khosla. It stars Dev Anand, Shakila, Johnny Walker, K. N. Singh and Waheeda Rehman. The movie was a crime ...more

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Nargis, Rajendra Kumar, Dilip Kumar
Jogan is a 1950 Bollywood romantic drama film directed by Kidar Nath Sharma and starring Dilip Kumar and Nargis. It features the song, "Ghungat ke pat khol" sung by Geeta Dutt. ...more

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Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Mukri
Amar is a 1954 black-and-white Bollywood movie. Produced and directed by Mehboob Khan, the film stars Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Nimmi and Jayant. Amar features music by Naushad with lyrics by ...more

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Ashok Kumar, Nargis, Dilip Kumar
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Babul or is a 1950 Bollywood film directed by S.U. Sunny produced and with music direction by Naushad. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Munawar Sultana and Nargis. A box-office success, the film ...more

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Raj Kapoor, Lalita Pawar, Raakhee Gulzar
Anari is a 1959 Bollywood film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film stars Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Motilal and Lalita Pawar. The music was by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri ...more

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Raj Kapoor, Prithviraj Kapoor, David Abraham Cheulkar
Boot Polish is a 1954 Hindi film directed by Prakash Arora and produced by Raj Kapoor. It won Best Film at the Filmfare Awards.

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Dev Anand, Nutan, Shubha Khote
Paying Guest is a 1957 Bollywood film directed by Subodh Mukherjee. The film stars Dev Anand and Nutan along with Shobha Khote. The soundtrack, composed by Sachin Dev Burman, received a degree ...more

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Raj Kapoor, Pran, Nargis
Chori Chori is a 1956 Hindi film directed by Anant Thakur, with music by Shankar Jaikishan and lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra. The film is an unofficial remake of the Hollywood movie, ...more

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Shammi Kapoor, Rajendra Nath, Asha Parekh
Dil Deke Dekho, a 1959 Indian Hindi romantic comedy film, was Nasir Hussain's second film as director. His first directorial venture was Tumsa Nahin Dekha, which became a big hit and which gave ...more

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Ashok Kumar, Mehmood Ali, Rajendra Kumar
Dhool Ka Phool is a 1959 Indian Bollywood film. Produced by B. R. Chopra it was directed by BR's brother Yash Chopra, this being Yash's first movie as a director, having been an assistant ...more

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Samadhi Ashok Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, David Abraham Cheulkar
Samadhi is a 1950 Hindi cinema film directed by Ramesh Saigal. A box-office success, the film was the highest earning film of 1950, earning an approximate gross of Rs. 1,35,00,000 and a net ...more

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Madhubala, Durga Khote, Ajit Khan
Beqasoor is a 1950 Bollywood film about a simple girl caught in the cross-fire of a deep-rooted sibling rivalry between her upright husband and her scheming brother-in-law. The film is directed ...more

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Sangram Ashok Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Nalini Jaywant
Sangram is a 1950 Bollywood film about a spoilt child in adulthood directed by Gyan Mukherjee and starring Ashok Kumar. A box-office success, the film became the sixth highest earning Indian ...more

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Raj Kapoor, Murad, Suraiya
Dastan or Dastaan is a 1950 Bollywood drama film directed by Abdul Rashid Kardar. A box-office success, the film became the third highest earning film of 1950, earning an approximate gross of ...more

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Bahar Pran, Om Prakash, Vyjayanthimala
Bahar is a 1951 Hindi Black-and-white social guidance film film written and directed by M. V. Raman. It was a remake of the 1949 South Indian blockbuster film Vazhkai. The film starred by ...more

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Shammi Kapoor, Raaj Kumar, Mala Sinha
Ujala is a Bollywood movie released in 1959, starring Shammi Kapoor, Mala Sinha, Raaj Kumar, Leela Chitnis and Tun Tun. Naresh Saigal was the story writer as well as the director of the movie. ...more