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The Best Bollywood Movies of the 1970s

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List RulesVote up your favorite Bollywood films that were released in the 1970s.

During the 1970s, Bollywood filmmakers rejected the realism of the ’50s and ’60s for a more escapist kind of movie resulting in a filmmaking style called Masala; a form that continues to dominate Bollywood today. Featured on this list of 1970s Bollywood movies are several by Manmohan Desai, who is considered the father of the Masala film. If you have a favorite Hindi movie from the 70s, give it an upvote so it can reach #1.
 

Sholay, considered to be one of the best films to ever come out of Bollywood, tops this list of the best 70s Bollywood films. When his family is murder, a former police officers enlists the aid of two outlaws to capture the ruthless bandit responsible.
 

Enjoy this list of great Indian movies from the ’70s, and feel free to add any of your favorites that might be missing.

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    Deewaar

    Amitabh Bachchan, Satyendra Kapoor

    Released1975

    Directed byYash Chopra

    Deewaar is a 1975 Indian crime-drama film directed by Yash Chopra, written by Salim-Javed, and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. Reflecting "the tumultuous politics of the early 70s" in...  more
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    Zanjeer

    Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan

    Released1973

    Directed byPrakash Mehra

    Zanjeer is a 1973 Hindi action-thriller film directed and produced by Prakash Mehra, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Pran, Ajit and Bindu. The movie changed the trend from romantic films to...  more
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    Sholay

    Sachin Pilgaonkar, Amitabh Bachchan

    Released1975

    Directed byRamesh Sippy

    Sholay (English: Ember) is a 1975 Indian action-adventure film written by Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan and directed by Ramesh Sippy....  more

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    Don

    Amitabh Bachchan, Satyendra Kapoor

    Released1978

    Directed byChandra Barot

    Don is a 1978 Indian action-thriller film, produced by Nariman Irani and directed by Chandra Barot, with music by Kalyanji Anandji and lyrics by Anjaan and Indeewar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan,...  more
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    Kabhie Kabhie

    Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor

    Released1976

    Directed byYash Chopra

    Kabhi Kabhie is a 1976 Bollywood drama romance film, produced and directed by Yash Chopra, and starring an ensemble cast. This was Yash Chopra's second directorial film with Amitabh Bachchan and...  more
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    Amar Akbar Anthony

    Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor

    Released1977

    Directed byManno Desai

    Amar Akbar Anthony is a 1977 Bollywood action comedy film with a lost and found theme, about three brothers separated during their childhood who grew up in three homes, adopting three religions. They...  more
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    Dharam Veer

    Dharmendra, Bobby Deol

    Released1977

    Directed byManno Desai

    Dharam-Veer is a 1977 Indian Hindi film, produced and directed by Manmohan Desai. The movie stars Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Jeetendra, Neetu Singh, Pran, Indrani Mukherjee, Jeevan and Ranjeet....  more
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    Anand

    Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna

    Released1971

    Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee

    Anand is a 1971 Indian drama film written and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It stars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles, with Khanna playing the title role. The dialogues were...  more

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    Kati Patang

    Rajesh Khanna, Prem Chopra

    Released1970

    Directed byShakti Samanta

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    Kati Patang is an 1970 Indian Hindi movie produced and directed by Shakti Samanta. It was a box office success. The Hindi title of the film translates as "Cut Kite", a kite whose cord has been cut...  more
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    Bobby

    Aruna Irani, Rishi Kapoor

    Released1973

    Directed byRaj Kapoor

    Bobby is a 1973 Bollywood film directed by Raj Kapoor. The film was widely popular, and widely imitated. It also represented the film début for Dimple Kapadia and the first leading role for Raj...  more
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    Mera Naam Joker

    Raj Kapoor, Dharmendra

    Released1970

    Directed byRaj Kapoor

    Mera Naam Joker is a 1970 Hindi film directed by Raj Kapoor. The screenplay was written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. This film was the debut of Rishi Kapoor. Mera Naam Joker is a film about a clown who...  more
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    Purab Aur Paschim

    Ashok Kumar, Prem Chopra

    Released1970

    Directed byManoj Kumar

    Purab Aur Paschim is a 1970 Indian film. The movie was produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, and it stars Manoj Kumar, Saira Banu, Ashok Kumar, Pran and Prem Chopra in the lead roles. The music is by...  more
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    Gol Maal

    Deven Verma, Amol Palekar

    Released1979

    Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee

    Gol Maal is a 1979 Bollywood comedy movie directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film was produced by Mukherjee and N.C.Sippy with music by Rahul Dev Burman. The film's music was crafted by Burman to...  more
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    Chupke Chupke

    Amitabh Bachchan, nm2147526

    Released1975

    Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee

    Chupke Chupke is a 1975 Indian comedy film starring Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Om Prakash, Usha Kiran, David Abraham Cheulkar, Asrani and Keshto Mukherjee. The...  more
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    Aandhi

    Sanjeev Kumar, A.K. Hangal

    Released1975

    Directed byGulzar

    Aandhi is a 1975 Indian political drama film starring Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen, and directed by Gulzar. At the time it was alleged that the film was based on the life of the then-Prime Minister...  more
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    Koshish

    nm2147526, Sanjeev Kumar

    Released1972

    Directed byGulzar

    Koshish is a 1972 Hindi movie starring Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri, and directed by Gulzar. Koshish is considered a landmark movie in the history of Indian cinema. It stars Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya...  more
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    Pakeezah

    Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari

    Released1972

    Directed byKamal Amrohi

    Pakeezah is a 1972 Indian film, written and directed by Kamal Amrohi who was known for his perfectionism. The music is by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad Ali. The film tells the story of a Lucknow tawaif...  more
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    Hare Rama Hare Krishna

    Prem Chopra, Dev Anand

    Released1971

    Directed byDev Anand

    Hare Rama Hare Krishna is a 1971 Indian film directed by Dev Anand starring himself, Mumtaz and Zeenat Aman. The film was a hit and a star-making vehicle for Zeenat Aman, who played a westernized...  more
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    Chhoti Si Baat

    nm2147526, Ashok Kumar

    Released1975

    Directed byBasu Chatterjee

    Chhoti Si Baat is a 1975 Hindi romantic comedy film directed by Basu Chatterjee. The film's title means "Such a Small Thing" in Hindi. Considered one of the best Hindi comedy films of the 1970s, it...  more

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    #202 of 205 The Best Bollywood Movies of All Time#4 of 25 The Best Bollywood Movies of 1975

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    Be-Imaan

    Prem Chopra, Raakhee Gulzar

    Released1972

    Directed bySohanlal Kanwar

    Be-Imaan is a 1972 film directed by Sohanlal Kanwar. The film stars Manoj Kumar, Raakhee, Premnath, Pran, Prem Chopra and Tun Tun. The music is by Shankar Jaikishan. The film was remade in Tamil as...  more
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