Think of Bollywood, and the first name that enters our mind is that of the legendary icon Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan is a global phenomenon. His towering and charismatic screen presence, paired with his distinctive baritone voice, makes him the most recognizable actor in Indian cinema. Despite not being considered ‘star’ material when he began his career, Bachchan worked hard, rose to fame, and gathered plenty of accolades in a successful career spanning more than five decades. It is impossible to measure the sheer magnitude of his versatility as an actor. He has portrayed many varied characters. From an optimistic 12-year-old boy suffering from progeria to a cranky old miser waiting to inherit a mansion after the death of his wealthy wife, actor Amitabh Bachchan has done it all!
To show our deepest appreciation for this great thespian on his 80th birthday, the Top 10s Only team has compiled a list of the Top 10 Best Amitabh Bachchan Movies. Let’s take a quick look at the movies that have made it to this list!
Top 10 Best Movies of Amitabh Bachchan
Inspired by the real-life story of gangster Manya Surve, this tenth highest-grossing movie of 1990 had Amitabh fans see him enact the oft-repeated role of the ‘angry young man’. The title Agneepath refers to a poem penned by Amitabh’s father, the renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. This poem is narrated in the opening sequence and is a recurring theme throughout the movie. The story revolves around a young boy’s dire need for revenge, leading him to become a gangster in his adult years. The thrilling action sequences, spectacular dialogue delivery and roaring screen presence soon led to actor Amitabh Bachchan winning his first National Award for Best Actor for his performance in this movie. Agneepath has become a cult movie over the years and still scores high among the top 10 hit movies of Amitabh Bachchan of all time.
2. Amar Akbar Anthony
An all-time family entertainer, this is one Amitabh Bachchan hit movie that no true die-hard fan will ever miss! The movie Amar, Akbar, Antony is a timeless classic. This movie had the perfect recipe for a hit – An ensemble star cast, foot-tapping tunes, and plenty of hilarious plot lines. The film revolves around the separation and reunion of three brothers, played by Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. The film is filled with hilarious scenes as the three brothers have been raised in culturally and economically diverse households, and the brothers themselves are embroiled in all sorts of comic situations. Amitabh Bachchan received the 25th Filmfare Best Actor award for his stunning performance in this film.
The present generation may only be familiar with the recent Shahrukh Khan version of this iconic film. However, it may be a surprise for many fans to know that Don was an Amitabh Bachchan movie decades ago! An awe-inspiring movie that never left the minds and hearts of Amitabh fans, the movie Don was single-handedly driven by his double-role performance. Amitabh Bachchan transitions smoothly in the film, as he portrays both Mark Donald, a.k.a. Don, a sophisticated but ruthless criminal and Vijay, his hapless doppelganger who is unwittingly roped in by the police to take the Don’s place after his accidental death. Amitabh bagged the 26th Filmfare Award for Best Actor for this film. This film also contains a stellar performance by actress Zeenat Aman. The resounding success of this film inspired its remake in several other languages.
This action-comedy film featured a bunch of megastars, apart from Big B Amitabh Bachchan. The film saw incredible performances by Super Star Rajnikant, Govinda, Danny Denzongpa, Kimi Katkar, Shilpa Shirodkar, Anupam Kher and many more. The film had an intense plot involving a dockworker who overthrows a cruel gangster and is forced to restart his life, donning a new identity. Hum was an instant hit at the box office and was the fourth highest-grossing Indian film of 1991. Amitabh Bachchan won a Filmfare award for Best Actor for his exemplary performance in this film. After the release of this hit film, Amitabh Bachchan announced a five-year temporary retirement from the film industry.
Black is definitely one of the best movies of Amitabh Bachchan. Directed and co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Black went on to become the second-highest-grossing movie in 2005. Big B won his second National Award for Best Actor for his mesmerizing performance as an elderly alcoholic teacher who later has Alzheimer’s disease. Inspired by the real-life story of Helen Keller, the plot revolves around a young deaf-blind girl (played by Rani Mukherjee) and her life-changing relationship with her tutor Debraj (played by Amitabh Bachchan).
Another film that has a fixed place in the Amitabh Bachchan must-watch movies list is the brilliant movie Paa. This 2009 comedy-drama, starring Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan, is inspired by the 1996 Hollywood movie Jack. The story is seen from the point-of-view of a progeria-afflicted 12-year-old boy (played by Amitabh Bachchan), and his relationship with his father (played by Abhishek Bachchan) and mother (played by Vidya Balan). Amitabh Bachchan won his third National Film Award for Best Actor for his extraordinary performance in this film. If you want to watch a dramatic performance and skilled make-up backed by musical brilliance- Paa is it!
Trust this movie to make you roll on the floor with laughter and, alternately, burst into tears! The 2015 Hindi film Piku was a commercial hit, earning Amitabh Bachchan his fourth National Award. Watch this movie if you want to watch something different from the typical films that are generally featured on the usual Amitabh old movie lists. Piku is a light-hearted film, its plot revolving around the journey undertaken by a dutiful daughter (Deepika Padukone), her dysfunctional elderly father (Amitabh Bachchan) and a taxi driver (Irrfan Khan). Directed by Indian filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, Piku was appreciated by critics, and it won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor-Critics for Amitabh Bachchan.
8. Gulabo Sitabo
Gulabo Sitabo is a recent addition to the top 10 films of Amitabh Bachchan list. Set in Lucknow, the plot is based on a social satire of two people- Mirza Chunnan Nawab (Amitabh Bachchan) and Baankey Rastogi (Ayushman Khurana). While the movie didn’t have a theatrical release, it faired well on Amazon Prime Video after it was released on the OTT platform on June 12, 2020. Watch this movie to see Amitabh Bachchan play an interesting role of a greedy miserly man living in a dilapidated mansion and how his relationship with his tenants unfolds into a climax that’s dark, surprising but also hilarious!
The 2016 legal-thriller movie Pink saw Actor Amitabh Bachchan in his most convincing and power-packed courtroom performance ever. This Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury-directed movie easily finds a spot in the Amitabh Bachchan movies top 10 list. Amitabh Bachchan portrays the role of a moody lawyer who goes on to help three women (played by Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang) sue the men who ruthlessly attacked them. A contemporary youth-centric film, the movie rang in well with the younger crowd leaving a lasting social message relevant to the society we live in today.
10. Cheeni Kum
Amitabh Bachchan’s movies list is incomplete if the beautiful romantic comedy Cheeni Kum is not included. Sixty-four-year-old bachelor Buddhadev (Amitabh Bachchan) is the arrogant chef and owner of an Indian restaurant in London. Living with his ageing mother, his only friend is a nine-year-old cancer patient. Having never even once fallen in love, he encounters the zesty-spirited thirty-four-year-old Nina (portrayed by the ravishing Tabu). Will this love story pan out to be successful despite the looming age gap? Watch this super hit to know more.
There’s never a dull moment when watching a movie from Amitabh Bachchan’s performance list. Whether it’s action, drama, comedy, or social satire, this superstar has many feathers on his hat that simply make him the most versatile actor of our times. If this list made you smile, check out our list of Top 10 Indian Male Actors Who Can Melt You With Their Smile on our website and enjoy!