Top 10 Most Emotional Bollywood Movies of All Times

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India has been veritably robust in terms of producing movies and emotional, dramatic movies, upon that. Bollywood has brought out a huge number of hindi drama movies, all so emotional that you certainly won’t be able to hold back your tears for long after watching them. The intense story, ultimate acting of the actors, quality screenplay and amazingly written and well sung songs make the emotional bollywood movies a hit.
The history of bollywood itself narrates the success of our emotional films, that they have received uncountable awards in every aspect. Till date, emotional bollywood movies have shown almost everything- a mother’s unbearable pain in bringing up her kids, lost brothers’ grief, ditched lovers’ heartbreak and deaths of loved ones- all these can effectively create an unendurable level of sentimentality in your minds. One of the bigger reasons behind this is that the emotional bollywood movies are made so veridical that their stories and screenplay or songs may often coincide with the sad instances of your own life and that would doubtlessly drive you through emotions.
There is a big number of bollywood movies that are too emotional, enough to make one tearful and gloomy. Here is a list that will remind you of 10 of the most emotional and hit ones among those.

10. MASOOM(1983)

A sad sweet story of a family that goes through unstable times and is compelled to face the upheavals of life, just because of a mistake committed by one of the family members. This wonderfully directed movie by Shekhar Kapur was produced by Chanda Dutt and Devi Dutt. The film crew comprised of Gulzar as screenwriter, R D Burman as music director and Pravin Bhatt as cinematographer. The movie starred two of the most competent actors of the time, Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. The movie was a big hit for the reason that each and every aspect of the movie was just too good and heart-touching that made many shed tears. The movie is about the woeful story of a grief-stricken family who experienced troubles and sorrow. The sensational script, outstanding acting and touchy songs would definitely make you fall for the movie. The song “Tujhse naraaz nahi zindagi..” is a great hit till date.

9. ANAND (1971)

One amongst the top 25 bollywood drama films of all times ‘Anand’ was released in the year 1971. It ran through the cinema halls for days together. It was an excessively emotional film written and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The superstar of the time, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan have very well played the lead roles in the film. The melodious music is composed Salil Choudhary and the intense lyrics is written by Gulzar and Yogesh. The heart-touching songs of the film like, ‘Zindagi kaisi hai paheli..’, ‘Kahin door jab din dhal jaye..’ and the poignant dialogues as well as the poem-“Maut To Ek Kavita Hai”, narrated by Amitabh Bachchan in the movie are still a remembrance for the people. The movie received several awards such as, “National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi”, “Filmfare Best Actor award” to Rajesh Khanna and Filmfare Best Dialogue award” to Gulzar etc. The awesome songs of ‘Anand’ are beautifully sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar.

8. SADMA (1983)

Directed by Balu Mahendra, Raj N. Sippy’s ‘Sadma’ was an oversensitive story of a young beautiful girl, Nehalata who has lost her memory and wits due to an accident. Thereafter, she passes through such poor turn of events that she falls into an unworthy job of prostitution. The hero of the story, Somu encounters her and lends her a helping hand. He calls her by the name ‘Reshmi’ and takes good care of her. Somu starts feeling love and affection for Reshmi. He provides her with medical treatment to bring back her lost memory. She finally recovers and is able to recollect her past but ultimately, she is incapable of identifying Somu. She refuses to recognize him and leaves for her hometown stranding the life that she lead with him during the period of her insanity. Sridevi as ‘Reshmi’ and Kamal Hassan as ‘Somu’ have acted excellently. Sridevi’s performance as an insane girl regressed to childhood was splendid.

7. SHOR (1972)

Shor was a tragic sad story of a family that how misfortune falls upon it and the way they face it with indomitable courage. The story of the film basically flickers around Shankar (Manoj Kumar) who suffers the pain of having lost his wife in a train accident. Not only this, he is filled with immense sorrow when he comes to know that his only son has lost his vocal chords and is unable to speak. Shankar is determined to help his son recover and seeks for his treatement. He doesn’t have enough money for his son’s operation but , he struggles to manage for it somehow, risking his own life. Finally when the child gains his speech, Shankar turns deaf due a mishap. Apart from being heart-melting, the story of the film is also morale boosting. It was both produced and directed by Manoj Kumar. The melodic music was given by Lakshmikant Pyarelal and Nariman Irani did the cinematography.

6. DIL SE (1998)

In “Dil se”, ‘Shahrukh Khan’ plays ‘Amarkant Verma’, a radio reporter who falls in love with a beautiful young girl, ‘Meghna’ who is a terrorist. And this part of a beautiful terrorist or rather a revolutionary is played by ‘Manisha Koirala’. The movie is just perfect from various point of views. For example, it draws a really convincing picture of a girl and the circumstances that made her become the part of an extremist terrorist group. It depicts the inevitable obsession of that girl to take revenge leaving behind all the comforts of a normal life. The actors have played superbly to create a sense of realm and this makes the movie full of emotional instances. The film was directed by Mani Ratnam and written by Tigmanshu Dhulia. Apart from Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala, Preity Zinta appears in a supporting role. The movie won 7 Filmfare Awards. It brought A.R Rahman, the best music director award.

5. TERE NAAM (2003)

An extremely sad love story that would certainly make it difficult for you to control your tears from falling down. A hindi dramatic film directed by Satish Kaushik and written by Bala is the story of a roughneck college boy, ‘Radhe Mohan’ who eventually falls in love with a junior girl of his college named ‘Nirjara’. He makes all possible attempts to convince her and ultimately she accepts his love for her. But her family forces her to marry another boy of their choice. Meanwhile, it so happens that Radhe Mohan is attacked by a gang as a result of which he loses saneness. He is admitted to an ashram where he undergoes some traditional means of treatment. He comes back to normal senses and rushes for Nirjara’s house to meet her but fills with grief to find that she has committed suicide. He returns back to the ashram inspite of being in complete senses to serve other patients for the rest of his life. It is an ultimate love story with an emotional jot. Salman Khan and Bhumika Chawala appeared in lead roles.

4. KAL HO NA HO (2003)

The lyrical song by ‘Sonu Nigam’, “Kal Ho Na Ho…” is one of the most famous humming tune even today and reminds of a decent and refreshing look of Shahrukh Khan in “Kal Ho Na Ho”. The film was directed by Nikhil Adwani and produced by Yash Johar and Karan Johar. It starred Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta in main roles and Jaya Bachchan, Sonali Bendre in supporting roles. The movie was a big hit. Sweet annoyed character of ‘Naina’ (Preity Zinta), happy-go-lucky attitude of ‘Rohit’ (Saif Ali Khan) and ‘Aman’s’ (Shahrukh Khan) reluctance to lend a helping hand always was highly admired by the viewers. The death scene of Aman (Shahrukh Khan) in the movie, due to grave illness was extremely emotional and filled the eyes of audiences with tears. The movie won a number of awards like “Best movie award”, “Best choreography award” (Farah Khan), “Best actor award” (Shahrukh Khan), “Best lyricist award” (Javed Akhtar) etc.

3. BAGHBAN (2003)

The 2003 film, “Baghban”, directed by Ravi Chopra was an extensively sad movie depicting the irresponsibility and disliking of sons for their parents and respect and love of a step-son for them. The movie showed the decline of values in children regarding their parents who bring them up with all their might and affection. They begin considering parents as burden and obstacles in their busy lives when they grow old. The movie starred ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ and ‘Hema Malini’ in leading roles, ‘Salman Khan’ and ‘Mahima Chowdhary’ in special appearances, ‘Paresh Rawal’, ‘Rimi Sen’ and ‘Lillete Dubey’ in supporting roles. The movie explains about the misfortune of elderly parents who expect their young sons to take care of them but on the contrary face their negligence and hatred.


A film by ‘Aamir Khan’ and written by ‘Amole Gupte’ was the story of an eight- year-old boy who dislikes attending school, doing homework and answering in the classroom. When parents fail to educate him properly, they send him to a boarding school where he drops himself into a state of depression turning to anguish. An instructor notices him, inspects about his thoughts, drawings and concludes the reason of displeasure for studies to be dyslexia. He guides the child to the fullest in as best way as possible. He analyses the child’s temptation and concentration for drawing, makes him draw everything what he likes and moreover teaches him all that was once very troublesome for him to even think of. The movie ends by showing that the child who was considered to be mentally weak or stubborn has excelled in art and has learnt to love books and school, just because of the instructor’s undue care for him.

1.VEER ZARA (2004)

An exclusively emotional, romantic love story of a girl and boy from different countries, “Veer Zara” was directed by Yash Chopra. The main actors were ‘Shahrukh Khan’ and ‘Preity Zinta’. The film expresses about the problems faced by the two lovers from two different countries undergoing conflicts, India and Pakistan. The separation of borders creates distances between them. They are forced to stay bereft and struggle for whole of their life. The intense love was the only strong part of the movie that made it very emotional. The movie was successful and the songs too. A song arousing the zeal of patriotism, “Aisa des hai mera…” and another one defining deep romanticizing love, “Mai yahan hoon…” are certainly unforgettable. Veer Zara received several major awards and is counted one amongst the best as well as most emotional bollywood movies of all times.


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