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The Best 60s Bollywood Movies 

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Updated October 7, 2019 1.1k votes 618 voters 32.9k views 33 items

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Inspired by the changes they saw in the rest of the world, in the 1960s Bollywood movies became what was known as India’s own New Wave. Directors such as Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak began to make films which told realistic stories of the common man and their films are well represented on this 60s Bollywood film list.
 

Prominent on this list of the best Bollywood films is Ray’s The Big City, Sen’s Bhuvan Shome, and Ghatak’s The Golden Threat. The 1960s also saw the end of Guru Dutt’s career. An icon of Indian cinema among his final films were Sanjh Aur Savera, Bahurani, and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
 

Enjoy this list of great Bollywood movies from the ’60s, and feel free to add any of your favorites that might be missing. Then check out the best Bollywood movies on Netflix.

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Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Anwar Hussain

Released: 1965

Directed by: Vijayanand, Tad Danielewski

Guide is a 1965 Romantic Drama film film starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. It was directed by Vijay Anand, who also contributed to the screenplay. The film is based on the critically ...more
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Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Johnny Walker

Released: 1960

Directed by: K. Asif

Mughal-e-Azam is a 1960 Indian film directed by K. Asif and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji. Starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, and Durga Khote, the historical epic follows the ...more

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Rajesh Khanna, Ashok Kumar, Sharmila Tagore

Released: 1969

Directed by: Shakti Samanta

Aradhana is a 1969 Hindi language film directed by Shakti Samanta, starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna. It is a remake of the 1946 Hollywood film To Each His Own. It was voted best film ...more
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Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra, Satyendra Kapoor

Released: 1963

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Bandini is a 1963 Hindi drama film directed and produced by Bimal Roy, the man who directed classics like Do Bigha Zameen and Devdas. Bandini stars Nutan giving one of the finest performances of ...more
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Raj Kapoor, Lalita Pawar, Rajendra Kumar

Released: 1964

Directed by: Raj Kapoor

Sangam is a 1964 Bollywood Romance film written by Inder Raj Anand, produced and directed by Raj Kapoor. The film stars Vyjayanthimala in the lead role opposite Raj Kapoor and Rajendra Kumar ...more
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Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari

Released: 1962

Directed by: Abrar Alvi

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is a 1962 Indian Hindi film produced by Guru Dutt and directed by Abrar Alvi. It is based on a Bengali novel, Shaheb Bibi Golam by Bimal Mitra, and is a look into the ...more
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Shashi Kapoor, Agha, Nanda

Released: 1965

Directed by: Suraj Prakash

Jab Jab Phool Khile is a 1965 Indian Hindi movie. It stars Shashi Kapoor and Nanda. The story is of a poor boy who is a boatman in Kashmir and falls in love with a rich tourist. The film became ...more
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Leela Mishra, Sanjay Khan, Abhi Bhattacharya

Released: 1964

Directed by: Satyen Bose

Dosti is a 1964 Indian black-and-white Hindi film directed by Satyen Bose and produced by Tarachand Barjatya under his Rajshri Productions banner. It was Sanjay Khan's debut film and had Sudhir ...more
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Raj Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Iftekhar

Released: 1966

Directed by: Basu Bhattacharya

Teesri Kasam is a 1966 Hindi drama film directed by Basu Bhattacharya. It is based on the short story Mare Gaye Gulfam by Hindi novelist Phanishwarnath Renu. The film stars Raj Kapoor and ...more
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Aruna Irani, Dilip Kumar, Helen

Released: 1961

Directed by: Nitin Bose

Gunga Jumna is a 1961 dacoit drama Bollywood film produced in Technicolor by Dilip Kumar and directed by Nitin Bose. The film stars Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala in the lead with Nasir Khan, ...more
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Dilip Kumar, Rekha Mallick, Meena Kumari

Released: 1960

Directed by: S.U. Sunny

Kohinoor is a 1960 Bollywood film produced by Dr V. N. Sinha and directed by S U Sunny. The film stars Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Leela Chitnis and Kumkum. The films music is by Naushad. It is ...more
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Aruna Irani, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri

Released: 1967

Directed by: Manoj Kumar

Upkar is a 1967 Indian Hindi film directed by Manoj Kumar.The film became superhit at the box-office. Manoj Kumar started his Mr. Bharat persona and his brand of patriotism & fearless ...more
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Mehmood Ali, Madan Puri, Pran

Released: 1965

Directed by: Raja Nawathe

Gumnaam is a 1965 Indian suspense thriller film directed by Raja Nawathe, starring Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Pran, Helen and Mehmood. The film is an adaptation of the book And then there were none by ...more

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Sadhana Shivdasani, Durga Khote, Nazir Hussain

Released: 1960

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Parakh is a 1960 Hindi film, based on a story by famed music director Salil Chowdhury, that portrays Bimal Roy's lighter side and is in a satirical look at Indian democracy in its early years. ...more
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The Cloud-Capped Star is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 60s Bollywood Movies
Abhi Bhattacharya, Bijon Bhattacharya, Supriya Devi

Released: 1960

Directed by: Ritwik Ghatak

Meghe Dhaka Tara is a 1960 film written and directed by Ritwik Ghatak, based on a social novel by Shaktipada Rajguru with the same title. It stars Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gita Dey, ...more
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The Golden Thread is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 60s Bollywood Movies
Ritwik Ghatak, Abhi Bhattacharya, Bijon Bhattacharya

Released: 1965

Directed by: Ritwik Ghatak

Subarnarekha is an Indian Bengali film directed by Ritwik Ghatak. It was produced in 1962 but was not released until 1965. It was part of the trilogy, Meghe Dhaka Tara, Komal Gandhar, and ...more
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Matira Manisha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 60s Bollywood Movies
Matira Manisha Prashanta Nanda, Dukhiram Swain, Sarat Pujari

Released: 1966

Directed by: Mrinal Sen

Matira Manisha is a 1966 Oriya film, from India, directed by Mrinal Sen. Based on the novel by Kalindi Charan Panigrahi of the same name, the film contrasts traditional and modern values as ...more
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Helen, Meena Kumari, Raaj Kumar

Released: 1960

Directed by: Kishore Sahu

Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai is a 1960 Hindi movie produced by S. A. Bagar and directed by Kishore Sahu. The film stars Raaj Kumar, Meena Kumari, Nadira, Tun Tun, Helen and Om Prakash. The films ...more
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Shammi Kapoor, Pran, Madhavi

Released: 1968

Directed by: Bhappi Sonie

Brahmachari is a 1968 Indian film. Written by Sachin Bhowmick, it is a G. P. and Ramesh Sippy production directed by Bhappi Sonie. The film stars Shammi Kapoor, Rajshree, Pran, Mumtaz, Jagdeep, ...more
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Madhubala, Bharat Bhushan, Chandrashekhar

Released: 1960

Directed by: P.L. Santoshi

Barsaat Ki Raat is a 1960 Bollywood film starring Bharat Bhushan, Madhubala, Shyama, Mumtaz Begum and K.N. Singh. It was directed by P. L. Santoshi. This film was released in black-and-white and ...more
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Aruna Irani, Farida Jalal, Waheeda Rehman

Released: 1960

Directed by: M. Sadiq

Chaudhvin Ka Chand is a 1960 Hindi feature film directed by Mohammed Sadiq. A production of Guru Dutt, the film centers on a love triangle between Guru Dutt, Rehman and Waheeda Rehman, and ...more
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Kiran Kumar, Sadhana Shivdasani, Durga Khote

Released: 1960

Directed by: R. K. Nayyar

Love In Simla is a 1960 romantic Indian Hindi film, produced by Sashadhar Mukherjee and his Filmalaya production house. Directed by R.K. Nayyar, the film had the producer's son, Joy Mukherjee, ...more
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The Adventures of Goopy ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 60s Bollywood Movies
Harindranath Chattopadhyay, Chinmoy Roy, Rabi Ghosh

Released: 1969

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne is a 1969 Indian Bengali fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Satyajit Ray and based on a story by his grandfather Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury. The film is the first ...more
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Bhuvan Shome is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 60s Bollywood Movies
Amitabh Bachchan, Utpal Dutt, Suhasini Mulay

Released: 1969

Directed by: Mrinal Sen

Bhuvan Shome is a 1969 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Mrinal Sen. The cast includes Utpal Dutt and Suhasini Mulay. Sen based his film on a Bengali story by Banaphool. The film is considered ...more
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The Big City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 60s Bollywood Movies
Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan, Madhabi Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee

Released: 1963

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Mahanagar is a 1963 Bengali drama film directed by Satyajit Ray and starring Madhabi Mukherjee in the leading role of Arati. Based on a short story, Abataranika by Narendranath Mitra, it ...more