Bollywood is really garnering momentum as one of the world's major film industries owing to its sweeping musical stories and as such, here is a list of the 10 Best Hindi Bollywood movies. In recent years, Bollywood films have been embracing more mainstream genres of film. While maintaining their reputable structure of the musical, they are trying more and more to supplement that formula with edgier material. You see more action, horror, and risque pictures being produced in India. However, the best Bollywood films are the ones in the more classicist sense of Indian cinema. That is, a film with a sweeping love story told in a lighter tone. 

  1. "Lagaan." This 2001 epic concerning the sport of cricket made a huge dent in the film world outside of India when it garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film.

  2. "1942: A Love Story." You will find tracks from the engrossing soundtrack to this film being used in a lot of American movies and television ads, just a small inkling of this 1994 classic's popularity as a traditional Bollywood movie.

  3. "Maine Pyar Kiya." Aside from being one of the most successful films of the 1980's in India, this flick is also notable for establishing Indian superstar Salman Khan as a venerable screen presence.

  4. "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai." Another film that gained some notoriety on the international front, although it wasn't nominated for any global awards, it did gather some impressive box office returns in the United Kingdom as well as India. Featuring Shah Rukh Khan, it also won all the major Indian film awards.

  5. "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam." With great music and featuring what some to consider Salman Khan's best performance, this movie also features the stunning Aishwarya Rai, which may explain the film's impressive box office returns in the international market.

  6. "Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai." Another film that jump started the popularity of a current Bollywood superstar, this 2000 hit proved an effective vehicle for Indian heart throb, Hrithik Roshan. It also became the top grossing film of that year in India.

  7. "Ram Teri Ganga Maili." This 1985 classic is renowned not only for its quality, but for being the final film of legendary Indian director Raj Kapoor, who enjoyed a career that lasted nearly five decades.

  8. "Lamhe." This 1991 masterpiece is often regarded as the greatest film to come from the talents of the highly regarded director, Yash Chopra. Legendary Bollywood actress Sridevi also walked away with the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

  9. "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge." This 1995 hit has endured over the years, even continuing to collect box office in a Mumbai Cinema that has featured the film since it's premiere. Having won several Filmfare Awards, the film is especially regarded as a classic example of a Shah Rukh Khan flick. It most certainly showcases all the reasons why he is one of India's biggest stars.

  10. "Hum Aapke Hain Koun." Few will dispute the opinion that this is perhaps the greatest Bollywood film ever made. Featuring Salman Khan and the legendary actress Madhuri Dixit, this movie blew the minds of audiences when it was released. With an amazing soundtrack, two very appealing leads, and a light hearted story, "Hum Aapke Hain Koun" will certainly maintain its legacy in the years to come.