15 Best Bollywood Movies of the 2000s You Should Watch


The 2000s was a golden period for Bollywood cinema. With the start of the new millennium, the quirkiness of the 90s was taking a back step and a new form of cinema was emerging. The directors started experimenting with new stories, new methods of execution. Realistic movies glided into mainstream cinema. Let’s have a look at some of the best Bollywood movies of the 2000s that you should watch/re-watch right now!


1. 3 Idiots

I always believed that movie adaptations can never be better than the book until I came across this movie. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that every Indian has watched this movie at least twice in their lifetime. The movie is a classic with something to learn for all while at the same time being highly entertaining.

2. Rang De Basanti

A group of young college-goers, find themselves filled with a newfound sense of patriotism when they participate in the making of a film based on the Indian freedom struggle. This fervour gives them the power to rebel against the oppressive powers of the present world. This movie is a masterpiece.

3. Swades

Mohan, a man working for NASA returns to India in search of his old nanny, Kaveri Amma. He finds himself in a remote village, rich in culture but devoid of the comforts of modern life. Although inclined towards going back to America again, he finds himself drawn towards his motherland in order to do something good for it. Talk about brain drain, traditional versus modern life, customs, religion, education, etc, everything has been talked about in a new light in this movie.

4. Lakshya

There’s so, so, so, much to learn from this movie. When a clueless man in his early 20s gets into the Indian Army by fluke, his disarrayed life takes a 360-degree turn. This masterpiece by Farhan Akhtar is truly a must-watch.

5. Dil Chahta Hai

Even after two decades of its release, this movie still stands as the definition of the word cool for millennials. It is so much more than just the story of three friends. It’s a story of love in all its colours, life in all its flavours, and youth in all its glory! This movie gave a new direction to movie making in India, being a true representation of the 21st century.

6. Taare Zameen Par

It’s a beautiful yet heartbreaking story of a teacher who realizes that his student has dyslexia and offers him a helping hand when everyone else refuses to understand him. This poignant film is one of the best movies ever made in India.

7. Hera Pheri

Who doesn’t know about this movie? C’mon. It was here that we were introduced to the character of Raju, the hilarious conniving and scheming tenant of Babu Bhaiya who is bent upon making the life of his co-tenant Shyam a living hell.

8. Guru


Guru is through and through a movie made for leaders. Gurukant Desai isn’t a perfect man, in fact, he has numerous shortcomings and flaws. But what matters is that he had the guts to leave the confines of his village and find success in the long run. This Mani Ratnam movie is a perfect portrayal of what an entrepreneur should be and should not be at the same time.

9. Lagaan

Patriotism and cricket, this combination can never go wrong with Indians! This period drama features Aamir Khan as Bhuvan, a man who challenges the unfair tax system during the British Raj in India with a cricket match between Indians and the Britishers. It is one of the best Bollywood movies of the 2000s.

10. Jab We Met

Jab We Met is one of the most popular romantic movies in Bollywood. The character of Geet is a rage among fans with reels being made on her even today. The scenes, the dialogues, the songs, all of it is etched in the minds of the fans.

11. Black

A bond between a teacher and a student had never been portrayed so beautifully! Mr. Bachchan won the National Award for Best Actor for his role as Debraj Sahani, the teacher of a girl with visual and hearing impairment, in this movie.

12. Black Friday

This 2004 Anurag Kashyap movie revolves around the tragic aftermath of the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts and the subsequent efforts of the police to catch the perpetrators. The movie is realistic, almost to the point that it feels like a documentary, and is a quite brave and bold presentation of the events.

13. Dor

With extremely beautiful performances and a fresh take on the plight of widows in India, this 2006 movie is a must-watch. The movie celebrates the friendship of two women who are drawn to each other by fate. It is heart-touching in its presentation and honest in its execution.

14. Maqbool

One of the most popular Shakespeare adaptations in Indian cinema, Maqbool, reprises the story of Macbeth in the ambitious rise to power and eventual downfall of a man named Maqbool. Interestingly, here Duncan is not the King of Scotland but an underworld don, and Maqbool is his trusted (ahem) henchman.

15. Devdas

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s adaptation of the classic story of Devdas is another wonderful movie that was sent as an entry to the Oscars. The sheer intensity with which Sharukh delivers the role of Dev is heartbreakingly divine. Okay, let’s not talk about any other scene but the one where he carries Paro’s palanquin on his shoulder after the former gets married, with the song ‘Humesha Tumko Chahan‘ playing in the background. Goosebumps!

These were some of the best Bollywood movies of the 2000s! Which of these movies do you like the best? Do let us know in the comments section.

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