Famous Movies Filmed in India

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The movies below must have at least one major scene that was filmed in India

List of movies that were filmed in India, including trailers of the films when available. India has a lot of famous landmarks and beautiful landscapes, making it a great location to film movies in. This list of famous movies shot in India is listed by popularity, so the movie names at the top of the list are the most well-known. This isn't necessarily a list of all movies shot in India, so if you notice an important film is missing then feel free to add it at the bottom of this list.

This list features movies like Adajya and Dhoom.

If you're trying to answer the questions, "What films were shot in India?" and "Which famous movies were filmed in India?" then you'e in the right place.

Both big studio and independent films that were filmed in India are included below, as well as all genres including horror, action, comedy and more.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
    Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its ...more

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  • Slumdog Millionaire
    Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Danny Boyle
    As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," flashbacks show how he got there. Part of a stable of young thieves after their ...more

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  • 3 idiots
    Kareena Kapoor, Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan
    • Released: 2009
    3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian coming of age comedy-drama film co-written, edited and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and screenplay by Abhijat Joshi. It was loosely adapted ...more
  • Dhoom
    Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Rimi Sen
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Sanjay Gadhvi
    Dhoom is a 2004 Indian action thriller film written by Vijay Krishna Acharya and directed by Sanjay Gadhvi. The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, John Abraham, Esha Deol, and Rimi Sen in ...more

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  • Ashoka the Great
    Shah Rukh Khan, Ajith Kumar, Kareena Kapoor
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Santosh Sivan
    Aśoka is a 2001 Indian epic historical drama film directed and co-written by Santosh Sivan. It is a dramatized version of the early life of emperor Asoka, of the Maurya dynasty, who ruled most of the ...more
  • Thoranai
    Shriya Saran, Prakash Raj, Vishal Krishna
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Sabha Ayyappan
    Thoranai is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language film starring Vishal and Shriya in the lead roles and Prakash Raj in another pivotal role. Directed by Iyappan, and produced by Vishal's home company, GK ...more