20 Best Bollywood Actors of All Time Who Are Adored by The Masses

We live in a country where people are crazy about cinema and Bollywood stars. Billions of Indians share this obsession with Bollywood actors that is greatly overwhelming. The amount of love that is showered upon Bollywood actors in India is unparalleled. The crazy fan-following that these Indian stars enjoy is really unbelievable. These are the stars whose movies have not just enjoyed critical acclaim but have also earned big money. These are the actors who have created an eternal home in the hearts of their fans through their work in the Indian cinema industry. Some of these actors might have left this earth for a better place, but their works are still etched in the minds of their fans. Let’s have a look at some of the greatest Bollywood actors of all time who are adored by the masses.

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So, in no particular rank or order, these are some of the best Bollywood actors of all time!

1. Dilip Kumar

A role model for generations to come, Dilip Kumar is hailed as the greatest Bollywood superstar of all time. He is known as the tragedy king and has a number of successful films to his name.

Notable films: Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Shakti

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2. Raj Kapoor

Iconic actor, Raj Kapoor, is the pride of Bollywood cinema. His movies are timeless and are still very popular among the masses.

Notable films: Awara, Shree 420, Mera Naam Joker

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3. Nargis Dutt

This beautiful actress is one of the most renowned names in Bollywood. Her role in movies like Mother India and Awara has been greatly appreciated.

Notable films: Mother India, Awara, Shree 420

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4. Dev Anand

With an astounding 6 decades-long career, Dev Anand’s works can never be forgotten. This evergreen actor was being cast in the main role even when his contemporaries were being cast for roles of older men. This evergreen actor is a big name in Bollywood.

Notable films: Guide, Jewel Thief, Hare Rama Hare Krishna

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5. Madhubala

The name is enough! In her short life of just 33 years, she had worked in no less than 60 movies, the most notable role being that of Anarkali in the iconic movie Mughal-e-Azam.

Notable films: Mughal-e-Azam, Mr. and Mrs. 55, Chalti Ka Naam Gadi

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6. Amitabh Bachchan

Hailed as Sadi ka Mahanayak or the greatest actor of the century, Amitabh Bachchan has been a part of Bollywood for more than 50 years now. Amitabh Bachchan. Just the name carries so much gravity!

Notable films: Black, Don, Zanjeer

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7. Dharmendra

The He-Man of Indian cinema, Dharmendra has no less than 100 successful movies to his name. He is one of the most loved actors in the country.

Notable films: Sholay, Dharam Veer, Aaye Din Bahar Ke

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8. Rajesh Khanna

Pushpa, I hate tears“. Superstar Rajesh Khanna is known for having the record of starring in 15 consecutive successful movies and a total of 74 silver jubilee hits. He was such a hit among the ladies that his white car would turn red with lipstick marks from his fans.

Notable films: Anand, Amar Prem, Kati Patang

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9. Rishi Kapoor

With a career that lasted for almost 5 decades, Rishi Kapoor has worked in a great and varied range of entertaining movies. This in turn has led to him being considered as one of the best Bollywood stars of all time.

Notable films: Bobby, Sagar, Mulk

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10. Govinda

When you think of comedy and Bollywood, this superstar’s name is the one that pops up in mind. Govinda is not just an actor but a complete genre within himself.

Notable films: Dulhe Raja, Raja Babu, Hadh Kar Di Apne

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11. Anil Kapoor

Will this man ever grow old? Reigning in Bollywood ever since the release of his debut film Woh 7 Din in 1983, Anil Kapoor is one of the few actors who is still going strong in this industry. Boleto Jhakhaas!

Notable films: Tezaab, Lamhe, AK vs Ak

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12. Sridevi

The first-ever female superstar of Bollywood, Sridevi, is a name that can never be forgotten. Talented as she was, she is also one of the most successful actors of all time.

Notable films: English Vinglish, Chandni, Chalbaaz

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13. Kajol

Kajol has been hailed by many as one of the most talented and successful actresses in Bollywood. Her works are proof enough!

Notable films: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Ishq

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14. Akshay Kumar

This talented superstar is not only the king of action but also the king of comedy. His movies have set the standard of the aforementioned genres pretty high.

Notable films: Welcome, Hera Pheri, Rustom

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15. Salman Khan

Hailed by the masses as ‘Salman Bhai’ and criticized with the same intensity as ‘Salmon Bhoi’, this fact cannot be denied that Salman Khan is one of the most celebrated Bollywood stars. He has given some of the biggest blockbuster movies to Bollywood like Dabangg and Sultan, but he is also loved for his earlier movies such as Hum Apke Hain Kaun for his charming character portrayal.

Notable films: Tere Naam, Maine Pyar Kiya, Ek Tha Tiger

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16. Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit, with her exceptional dancing and acting skills, has been ruling hearts for the last four decades. This evergreen beauty is hailed as one of the best Bollywood stars of all time.

Notable films: Saajan, Hum Apke Hain Kaun, Dil Toh Pagal Hai

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17. Aamir Khan

Better known as Mr. Perfectionist, Amir Khan has given the industry some of its gems. His critically acclaimed movies such as Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, and Taare Zameen Par have always earned huge numbers in the box office.

Notable films: PK, 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti

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18. Priyanka Chopra

Ever since she won the Miss World title at the young age of 17, she has grown from being a Bollywood superstar to making a mark for herself in Hollywood. But no matter where she works, she will always be our “Desi Girl“.

Notable films: Fashion, Mary Kom, 7 Khoon Maaf

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19. Deepika Padukone

One of the most talented actresses of the present generation, DP has been able to create a superstar status for herself in a short period of time. Her natural acting in larger-than-life movies has earned her critical acclaim.

Notable films: Om Shanti Om, Ram-Leela, Tamasha

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20. Shahrukh Khan

King Khan, the king of the romantic genre in Bollywood is one of the most talented actors in the industry. He is one of the most popular Bollywood stars with a number of blockbuster movies to his name.

Notable films: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, My Name Is Khan, Swades

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Notable mentions: Ranveer Singh, Rekha, Hrithik Roshan, Alia Bhatt, Irfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. 

With this, we have come to the end of the list of some of the best Bollywood actors of all time. If you are looking for some really talented yet underrated actors then you might want to check out this article: 15 Underrated Bollywood Actors We Wish To See More of!

Which of these actors are you a fan of? Do let us know in the comments section.

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