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The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked 

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Updated October 13, 2018 175 votes 80 voters 9.8k views 13 items

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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A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee

Released: 1984

Directed by: David Lean

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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

Released: 1967

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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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The Man Who Would Be Kin... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Huston

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) 4 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Pierce Brosnan, Shashi Kapoor, Dalip Tahil

Released: 1988

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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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Gunga Din is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Douglas Fairbanks

Released: 1939

Directed by: George Stevens

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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Kim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas

Released: 1950

Directed by: Victor Saville

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) 7 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
The Green Goddess George Arliss, David Powell, Jetta Goudal

Released: 1923

Directed by: Sidney Olcott

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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My Boy Jack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Daniel Radcliffe, Carey Mulligan, Kim Cattrall

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brian Kirk

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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The Drum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Raymond Massey, Valerie Hobson, Sabu Dastagir

Released: 1938

Directed by: Zoltan Korda

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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1921 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
1921 Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Mukesh

Released: 1988

Directed by: I. V. Sasi

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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Water is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
John Abraham, Lisa Ray, Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Released: 2005

Directed by: Deepa Mehta

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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The Charge of the Light ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Natasha Richardson

Released: 1968

Directed by: Tony 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

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Emerald of the East is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About British-India Colonialism, Ranked
Emerald of the East Mary Odette

Released: 1929

Directed by: Jean de Kuharski

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