The 10 best Indian male actors are a select group of entertainers who know how to pull of drama, comedy, and adventure all while dancing. The Bollywood movie industry is the biggest in the world, churning out thousands of movies every year, and it is not uncommon for movies to run for years in big-city movie houses. An Indian movie star has a fan base numbering in the hundreds and hundreds of millions.

  1. Amitabh Bachchan. Bachchan is the one name perhaps most-synonymous with Indian movies, and is certainly one of the best Indian male actors. He collected more Filmfare Award nominations than any other performer, has been a producer and a director, and a member of parliament.

  2. Dilip Kumar. Kumar, one of the best Indian male actors, won a record eight Filmfare Awards over the course of a distinguished career. Prominent in the 1950's and 60's, he is most known for roles in “Devdas,” “Azaad,” and “Aan.”  

  3. Raj Kapoor. Kapoor became a patriarch of a large acting family, and not only is he one of the founding fathers of Indian cinema, but also one of the best Indian male actors ever. Two of his films, “Awaara” and “Boot Polish” were accepted for entry at the Cannes Film Festival.

  4. Shahrukh Khan. Khan is like India’s version of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Harrison Ford all rolled into one, and perhaps the biggest movie star in the world. One of the best Indian male actors, he has starred in the extremely popular “Om Shanti Om,” and the classic “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayengebut.” 

  5. Amir Khan. Khan is one of the mainstays of the Bollywood movie industry, a producer, director, and one of the best Indian male actors. He has been honored with the Padma Bhusan, third highest civilian award in the country, for his contributions to movies.

  6. Govinda. The kind of star who can get by with just one name, Govinda starred in some of the most popular films in the 1990's. He has been nominated for eleven Filmfare Awards, primarily in comedic roles, but his acting ability stretches far beyond just laughs.

  7. Salman Khan. Khan hit the scene in 1989 with “Maine Pyar Kiya” and was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his role. One of the best Indian male actors, he starred in the highest-grossing movie of a given year seven different years during his career.

  8. Ajay Devgan. Devgan comes from a large acting family and he even married a Bollywood superstar himself—the lovely Kajol. He has been nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor six times, and has directed films as well.

  9. Dharmendra. Into his 70's (as of 2011), Dharmendra is considered one of the true legends of Bollywood, and one of its classic leading men, having starred in 250 films. In addition to a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, he has won numerous other international recognitions and accolades.

  10. Sanjeev Kumar. Kumar tragically died very young, at 47, but prior to his untimely demise, he built a tremendous reputation as one of India’s biggest stars. On his resume is the extremely popular 1970's hit “Sholay” and he was widely regarded for his considerable range and skill as an actor.