The 90’s was one of the best era’s of Bollywood. It gave us some of the most legendary films of all time that are still loved by the masses. The 90’s consisted of classic bollywood films with great music, amazing dance sequences, hard hitting dialogues, and love stories to die for! We all have grown up watching these films on television, and they are the reason we fell in love with Bollywood. Today’s generation of Netflix may call some of these films cringy, but we all know that we secretly love to watch them. The list of best films from the 90’s is endless, but here are 15 of my personal favourites.
1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
‘Bade bade deshon mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai.’ This epic love story of Raj and Simran tugged at everybody’s heartstrings. There is a reason why this film was played at Maratha Mandir for more than 23 years! With some of the most memorable dialogues and characters, this movie still remains a classic masterpiece.
2. Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
A musical based on a love triangle between Rahul, Pooja and Nisha. Through this film, Yash Chopra tried to convey the message that true love exists for everyone and your soulmate is somewhere out there waiting for you. If you also don’t believe in love like Rahul, you will start believing in it once you watch this film.
3. Aashiqui (1990)
Aashiqui is a beautiful depiction of a passionate love story. But, more than the story, it was the music of this film that became superhit. Back when this film was released, practically every person in India had an audio cassette of Aashiqui in their home.
4. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994)
‘Uhu-Uhu.’ Hum Aapke Hain Koun is a perfect family film with just the right amount of drama, music, and romance. At the time of its release, people were storming cinema halls to watch this film and everyone was in absolute awe of Prem and Nisha’s chemistry.
5. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
‘Tum nahi samjhogi Anjali, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.’ Karan Johar made an iconic film that redefined the meaning of love and friendship. The on-screen soulmates, Shah Rukh and Kajol, killed it once again with their chemistry. Rani Mukherji’s character ‘Tina’ was also like icing on the cake.
P.S. I think we can all agree that Aman deserved better.
6. Border (1997)
Border was an attempt to bring into limelight the historic Battle of Longewala located in Rajasthan. This film had some mind-blowing action and great performances by the actors. The controversial topic of India-Pakistan was really highlighted in this film. Even today, Border remains one of the best war films of all time.
7. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Two slackers- Amar and Prem, compete with each other to win the heart of a rich heiress and in turn end up protecting her from crimes. This comedy film was released 26 years ago, but it is still considered a cult classic, and is packed with laughter-inducing scenes and hilarious dialogues. This film also gave some iconic characters to the Bollywood industry.
8. Baazigar (1993)
This film had an anti-hero in the lead role who committed crimes, thus completely changing the traditional image that a hero is supposed to have. This film shocked audiences with its violent sequences and became one of the highest grossing films of 1993. This film contains one of the best performances by Shah Rukh Khan till date.
9. Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999)
This film is a perfect family entertainer. It became a hit for its perfect portrayal of Indian traditional values and also the importance of love and family.
10. Dil (1990)
This is a very sweet and emotional romance saga. It was one of the highest grossing films of 1990. The cast also gave some great performances.
11. Darr (1993)
We are used to Shah Rukh Khan playing sweet, romantic characters, but in this film his role was anything but sweet or hero-like. He completely stole the limelight with his brilliant portrayal of a psychotic lover who crosses all the limits in his obsession with KKKK..Kiran.
12. Vaastav (1999)
Vaastav is the story of an innocent man who gets involved in criminal activities due to some unfortunate circumstances. It was one of the best gangster movies of its time.
13. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Yet another love triangle from the 90’s. This movie was touching, romantic, sweet, and sentimental. It was an overall delight to watch. This movie captured the breathtaking beauty of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Sanjay Leela Bhansali did a great job on this film. No wonder it was a superhit at the time of its release. Also, who doesn’t like watching Salman and Aishwarya on the same screen?
14. Ghayal (1990)
It was one of the best action films of 1990. Sunny Deol even won a filmfare award for best actor for his leading role in this movie. Amrish Puri also did a phenomenal job as the villain.
15. Karan Arjun (1995)
‘Mere Karan-Arjun aayenge.’ I believe that we all have said this dialogue at least once in our life. What can be better than Shah Rukh and Salman being in the same movie, that too as brothers! This film was full of emotion, action and drama.