Bollywood has always been known for its romantic movies that leave a lasting impact on the viewers. These movies not only showcase the beautiful chemistry between the lead actors but also touch the hearts of the audiences with their emotional and heartwarming storylines. The magic of love has seen great variations on the silver screen. Here are the 15 best love stories Hindi cinema has ever produced!
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Best Bollywood Romantic Movies
Over the years, Bollywood has gifted us with films that have made us laugh, cry, and fall in love with the characters on screen. In this article, we will embark on a journey through some of the most memorable and emotionally stirring romantic movies Bollywood offers.
1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
IMDb Rating: 8
How can we NOT begin this list with YRF’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge? The film needs no introduction at all! We all love Raj and Simran so much that we too want to experience a fascinating love story like theirs! A perfect beginning and a spot-on happy ending – what else do you want? Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are still the BEST romantic onscreen couple, courtesy of the everlasting magic they created with DDLJ!
2. Pyaasa (1957)
IMDb Rating: 8.3
The story of Pyaasa is so emotional and moving that your heart will bleed to see its tragic climax. Not all love stories end on a happy note. Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman were outstanding as screen lovers, and Mala Sinha too played her part with conviction.
3. Raanjhanaa (2013)
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Raanjhanaa tells the story of Kundan, played by Dhanush, and his unwavering love for Zoya, portrayed by Sonam Kapoor. The story revolves around a young man named Kundan who falls in love with a girl named Zoya. However, their love story takes a complicated turn when Zoya leaves the town to pursue her studies and returns years later with a different perspective on life.
4. Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981)
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Kamal Haasan and Rati Agnihotri played excellent lovers in Ek Duuje Ke Liye – which was, like Pyaasa, a tragic love story. Love has no language and the beautiful story of Sapna and Vaasu proves that yet again. The two embrace togetherness by ending their lives when they are not allowed to live together. A very touching story from start to finish!
5. Jab We Met (2007)
IMDb Rating: 7.9
You fall in love when you are least expecting it – Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met tell us that in the most heartwarming manner. The fun-loving, spunky Geet (Kareena Kapoor) runs away from her home to marry her lover. Destiny introduces her to Aditya (Shahid Kapoor), who has recently undergone a miserable heartbreak and has turned into a hopeless chap. How the two realize what true love is, is the story of the film.
6. Veer Zaara (2004)
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Love understands no barriers. Veer-Zaara is a heart-touching saga of two madly in love people, played by Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. What makes their story even more enchanting is that they come from two warring countries – India and Pakistan. But the moment they fall in love, all the differences lose their gravity. Despite knowing their path is loaded with hurdles and obstacles, they keep moving ahead until they make their love win. Beautiful film!
7. Barfi! (2012)
IMDb Rating: 8.1
This film tells the heartwarming story of Barfi, a deaf and mute man, and his relationships with two women, played by Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ileana D’Cruz. With its exceptional storytelling, mesmerizing performances, and soulful music, “Barfi!” has rightfully earned its place as a cinematic gem in Indian cinema.
8. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Karan Johar’s first attempt at direction made us fall in love with his storytelling skills. The lives of Rahul and Anjali (SRK and Kajol) come a full circle when they finally come together towards the climax. They were meant to be one. From their naughty college days to the new mature phases of their lives to relive their fun moments to finally tying the knot with each other – theirs is one helluva lovable, emotional journey.
9. Rockstar (2011)
IMDb Rating: 7.7
“Rockstar” is a tale of passion, pain, and self-discovery. Ranbir Kapoor delivers a stellar performance as Jordan, a musician on a quest for artistic excellence and love. The film explores the depths of human emotions and the sacrifices one makes for their passion. With soul-stirring music and intense storytelling, “Rockstar” is a cinematic masterpiece that resonates with the audience.
10. Sanam Teri Kasam (2016)
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Sanam Teri Kasam tells the heart-wrenching tale of Saraswati, played by Mawra Hocane, and Inder, portrayed by Harshvardhan Rane. Directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, the film explores the complexities of love, sacrifice, and redemption.
11. Bobby (1973)
IMDb Rating: 6.9
This teenage love story, laced with the fresh charm of Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia, is everyone’s favourite for everything it has to offer – innocent realization of romantic feelings, the ample fun and funny moments the two protagonists share with each other, and their togetherness in various soulful, naughty songs. Bobby is much more than the typical rich-boy-falling-for-a-poor-girl formula.
12. Aashiqui 2 (2013)
IMDb Rating: 7
This movie stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor and tells the story of two young musicians who fall in love but face challenges due to their different backgrounds.
13. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988)
IMDb Rating: 7.4
Young Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla owned the screen with their fresh, sizzling chemistry, in the film. When their warring families don’t support their relationship and are dead against their togetherness, Raj and Rashmi leave them regretting forever, as they die in each other’s arms, underlining the fact that their love story will open a new chapter on the other side of the world now.
14. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Sooraj Barjatya introduced a new girl, Bhagyashree, opposite the one-film-old Salman Khan in his classic love story. The film went on to become a box office blockbuster, thanks to its young and adorable protagonists, their innocent romantic moments, their fight to be one, and of course, the film’s mesmerizing soundtrack.
15. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
IMDb Rating: 7.4
A husband, in his chase to reunite his wife with her lover, ends up with the most precious gift life gives him – his wife! That’s the story of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Ajay Devgn played their roles with amazing flourish.
These movies are just a few examples of the many heart-touching romantic movies that Bollywood has produced over the years. These films have touched our souls, made us believe in the power of love, and left an indelible mark on our hearts. The majority of movies can be found easily on YouTube, while others are accessible through OTT platforms.
So, grab some popcorn, dim the lights, and immerse yourself in the magic of Bollywood’s most heart-touching romantic movies.