TV The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies set in Colonial India or that explore the effects of colonialism.

British colonialism affected Indian in a pretty major way, so it's no surprise there are so many movies about Indian colonialism. Films set in the days of British colonialism vary in form, tone, and style. Some deal with the subject in a realistic fashion, presenting the problems and complexities caused by Britain's presence in India. Other films are slightly less serious, and treat the subject more casually. If you're looking to learn more about the subject, browse this list of the best movies about Indian colonialism below.

What films will you find here? The Jungle Book is an animated classic – based on Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name – set in an Indian jungle during British colonialism. A Passage to India, considered a cinematic classic, is another great movie about Indian colonialism. Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer lead the all-star cast of The Man Who Would Be King. Other good Indian colonialism movies include Gunga Din, Water, and The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Which Indian colonialism movie is the best? Take a look at this list and give your favorite films a thumbs up.

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
A Passage to India Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee A Passage to India is a 1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean. The screenplay is based on the 1924 novel of the same title by E. M. Forster and the 1960 play by Santha Rama Rau that ...more

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Gunga Din is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Gunga Din Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Douglas Fairbanks Gunga Din is a 1939 RKO adventure film directed by George Stevens and starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., loosely based on the poem of the same name by Rudyard ...more

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The Man Who Would Be King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
The Man Who Would Be King Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer The Man Who Would Be King is a 1975 film adapted from the Rudyard Kipling short story of the same title. It was adapted and directed by John Huston and starred Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed ...more

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The Deceivers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
The Deceivers Pierce Brosnan, Shashi Kapoor, Dalip Tahil The Deceivers is a 1988 adventure film directed by Nicholas Meyer. It stars Pierce Brosnan and Saeed Jaffrey. The film is based on the 1952 John Masters novel of the same name.

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Water is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Water John Abraham, Lisa Ray, Kulbhushan Kharbanda Water, is a 2005 Canadian film written and directed by Deepa Mehta, with screenplay by Anurag Kashyap. It is set in 1938 and explores the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India. The ...more

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Kim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Kim Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas Kim is a 1950 adventure film made in Technicolor by MGM. It was directed by Victor Saville and produced by Leon Gordon from a screenplay by Helen Deutsch, Leon Gordon and Richard Schayer, based ...more

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The Green Goddess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
The Green Goddess George Arliss, David Powell, Jetta Goudal The Green Goddess is a 1923 American silent adventure film based on the play The Green Goddess by William Archer. Set during the British Raj, it stars George Arliss as the Rajah of Rukh, into ...more

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1921 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
1921 Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Mukesh 1921 - Ayirathi Thollayirathi Irupathi Onnu is a 1988 Indian historical war drama film directed by I. V. Sasi, set during the Mappila Uprising of 1921. The film has a star-studded cast including ...more

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The Drum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
The Drum Raymond Massey, Valerie Hobson, Sabu Dastagir The Drum is a 1938 British Technicolor film from the book by A. E. W. Mason. The film was directed by Zoltan Korda and produced by Alexander Korda. It starred Sabu Dastagir, Raymond Massey, ...more

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My Boy Jack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
My Boy Jack Daniel Radcliffe, Carey Mulligan, Kim Cattrall My Boy Jack is a 2007 television drama based on David Haig's 1997 play My Boy Jack. It was filmed in August 2007, with Haig as Rudyard Kipling and Daniel Radcliffe as John Kipling. It does not ...more

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Emerald of the East is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Emerald of the East Mary Odette Emerald of the East is a 1929 British adventure film directed by and featuring Jean de Kuharski. It also starred Joshua Kean, Mary Odette and Lya Delvelez. It was based on a novel by Jerbanu ...more

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The Charge of the Light Brigad... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
The Charge of the Light Brigade Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Natasha Richardson The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1968 British war film made by Woodfall Film Productions and distributed by United Artists, depicting parts of the Crimean War and the eponymous charge. It ...more