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The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked

Updated October 13, 2018 269 votes 78 voters 2.4k views10 items

List RulesOnly movies that feature Mahatma Gandhi as a main character.

From documentaries to biopics, we're ranking the best movies about Mahatma Gandhi. The Indian civil rights activist has been depicted numerous times in film and TV, but this list only features movies where Mahatma Gandhi is the central character. What is the best Gandhi movie?

In one of his greatest roles, Ben Kingsley won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal in the critically acclaimed film Gandhi. Other good Gandhi documentaries and biographical films include Welcome Back GandhiSardar, and Dear Friend Hitler.

Vote up the best movies about Mahatma Gandhi, and feel free to add your favorites if they're missing from the list. 

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    Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Gandhi

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand... more on Wikipedia

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    Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869– is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869–1948

    Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869–1948 is a 1968 documentary biography film, detailing the life of... more on Wikipedia
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    Alluri Seetarama Raju is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Alluri Seetarama Raju

    Chandra Mohan, Mohan Babu

    Released1974

    Directed byV. Ramachandra Rao

    Alluri Seetarama Raju is a 1974 historical Telugu film based on the life of Indian freedom... more on Wikipedia
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    Gandhi, My Father is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Gandhi, My Father

    Akshaye Khanna, Bhumika Chawla

    Released2007

    Directed byFeroz Abbas Khan

    Gandhi, My Father is a 2007 Indian biographical drama film by Feroz Abbas Khan. It was... more on Wikipedia
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    Welcome Back Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Welcome Back Gandhi

    Anupam Kher, V. S. Raghavan
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    The Making of the Mahatma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    The Making of the Mahatma

    Rajit Kapur, Pallavi Joshi

    Released1996

    Directed byShyam Benegal

    The Making of the Mahatma is joint Indian - South African produced film, directed by Shyam... more on Wikipedia
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    Mahatma Gandhi Talks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Mahatma Gandhi Talks

    Mahatma Gandhi Talks is a 1931 documentary and short film.
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    Padandi Munduku is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Padandi Munduku

    S. V. Ranga Rao, Jaggayya

    Released1962

    Directed byV. Madhusudhan Rao

    Padandi Munduku is a 1962 Telugu film produced by Kongara Jaggayya and directed by V.... more on Wikipedia
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    Gandhi to Hitler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Gandhi to Hitler

    Neha Dhupia, Aman Verma

    Released2011

    Directed byRakesh Ranjan Kumar

    Gandhi to Hitler is a 2011 documentary film written and directed by Rakesh Ranjan Kumar.
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    Sardar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Gandhi, Ranked
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    Sardar

    Paresh Rawal, Ashish Vidyarthi

    Released1993

    Directed byKetan Mehta

    Sardar is a 1993 Indian biopic on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of India's greatest freedom... more on Wikipedia
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