From Sholay to Piku - 50 best Amitabh Bachchan Movies and where to stream them

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Known as Big B or Millenium Superstar, Amitabh Bachchan is one of the all-time greats of Bollywood. Finding early success with subversive 70s-era action dramas like Deewar and Zanjeer, Bachchan attained immortality in the industry by aligning himself with cult classics like Sholay, romances like Kabhie Kabhie and Silsila, and more emotion-driven films like Anand and Mili.

But even at the turn of the century, Bachchan has managed to overshadow his peers by finding ready work in all sorts of roles. Be it hosting the quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Indian counterpart to Who Wants to Be A Millionaire) or acting in hundreds of ad films to earning continued acclaim in supporting performances in the 2000s and the 2010s, Amitabh Bachchan’s legacy still endures.

The Angry Young Man

The son of noted Hindi poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan himself wasn’t a writer but his early stardom was largely shaped by Bollywood’s legendary screenwriting pair Salim-Javed. The duo collectively wrote many of his classic roles in movies like Deewar, Zanjeer, Coolie, Don, and Sholay. While Sholay was a neo-Western potboiler and Don was a noir thriller, the other examples found Bachchan playing working-class heroes (or anti-heroes in some cases) that encapsulated the collective frustration of the Indian youth in the 1970s.

This is perhaps why critics continue to dub that particular phase’s Amitabh as the “Angry Young Man”.  To an extent, his action-hero persona was kept alive in the 1990s with blockbusters like Agneepath that starred him as a vengeance-seeking gangster.

The Hero with Other Heroes

Despite his evergreen charisma, Amitabh Bachchan hasn’t shied away from sharing screenspace with other top-billed peers. This is more than evident from his acclaimed collaborations with Rajesh Khanna in the Hrishikesh Mukherji-directed features Anand and Namak Haraam, which displayed Bachchan’s emotional prowess. Manmohan Desai’s feel-good tale of separated-and-reunited brothers Amar Akbar Anthony similarly paired Bachchan alongside his on-screen kin Rishi Kapoor and Rajesh Khanna.

Transition to Supporting Roles

As he began aging and even his son Abhishek Bachchan went on to carve his acting career, Amitabh Bachchan diversified with the times and began taking on supporting roles from the 2000s onwards. And this choice has perhaps brought out a versatility that only some actors can match including performances like the ever-constipated Bashkor Banerjee in the road comedy Piku, the Alzheimers-struck alcoholic teacher Debraj Sahai in Black, and the titular royal guard in Eklavya.

The Great Gatsby is Bachchan’s only Hollywood credit

Despite his universal fame and appreciation from Hollywood directors like Steven Spielberg, Bachchan ventured to the West only once. He shared a brief role as the Jewish mobster Meyer Wolfsheim in Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby which starred Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio as the eponymous protagonist.

Why Sholay is Amitabh Bachchan’s best movie?

Directed by Ramesh Sippy and written by Salim-Javed, Sholay is an unforgettable gem of 1970s Bollywood. The Western is filled with quotable dialogues and thrilling action chase sequences as it revolves around two ex-convicts taking on the ruthless bandit Amjad Khan. Bachchan is as the courageous hero Jai and so is the supporting ensemble with Dharmendra playing his merry partner-in-crime Veeru and Hema Malini offering a career-best performance as feisty horse-cart driver Basanti. Khan’s terrifying turn as the villain makes him one of Indian cinema’s most endearing villains, etching himself into the echelons of quintessential Indian pop culture (much like every other character from the movie).

Where can you stream Amitabh Bachchan’s filmography?

Most of Amitabh Bachchan’s movies can be streamed on Netflix, and Prime Video along with Indian-exclusive services like ZEE5, Voot, and Shemaroo.

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  1. Sholay

    Sholay

    1975

    IMDB 8.2 (54k)

    #1

    After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit.

  2. Deewaar

    Deewaar

    1975

    IMDB 8.0 (11k)

    #2

    Reflecting the tumultuous politics of the early ’70s in India, Deewar tells the story of a pair of impoverished brothers who, after their family is betrayed by the misplaced idealism of their father, struggle to survive on the streets of Mumbai. They head for a showdown when one becomes a policeman, and the other becomes a criminal.

  3. Piku

    Piku

    2015

    IMDB 7.6 (34k)

    #3

    A taxi driver is caught between a dysfunctional relationship between a woman and her father as he drives them to Kolkata.

  4. Agneepath

    Agneepath

    1990

    IMDB 7.6 (9k)

    #4

    A young boy's father is lynched before his eyes; fifteen years later he returns home for revenge.

  5. Anand

    Anand

    1971

    IMDB 8.1 (35k)

    #5

    Dr. Bhaskar Bannerjee struggles with his patients' suffering and the darkness and poverty he confronts daily. He treats cancer patient Anand who upon learning of his impending death determines to use the time he has left to the absolute fullest.

  6. Amar Akbar Anthony

    Amar Akbar Anthony

    1977

    IMDB 7.4 (8k)

    #6

    Bollywood action comedy film with a lost and found theme, about three brothers separated during their childhood who grew up in three homes, adopting three religions. They meet in their youth to fight a common villain. It was the biggest blockbuster of 1977, and won several awards at 25th Filmfare Awards including Best Actor, Best Music Director and Best Editing.

  7. Namak Haraam

    Namak Haraam

    1973

    IMDB 7.2 (1k)

    #7

    Somnath (Somu) lives in a shanty house in a Delhi slum with his widowed mom, and unmarried sister, Sarla. He is friendly with Calcutta-based wealthy Vikram (Vicky) Maharaj. When Vicky's dad, Damodar, has a heart attack and is advised to take bed-rest for two months, Vicky fills in his father's shoes, has a confrontation with a senior employee and union leader, Bipinlal Pandey, which results in a strike.. Damodar starts a chain of events that get out of control, events that may well see the death of one of the friends at the hands of the other. Will Vicky's and Somu's friendship see them through or will it also be a casualty?

  8. Jhund

    Jhund

    2022

    IMDB 7.4 (25k)

    #8

    Based on the life of Vijay Barse, a retired sports teacher who founded an NGO called Slum Soccer. He managed to rehabilitate street kids by keeping them off drugs and crime by turning them into soccer players and building a whole team.

  9. Paa

    Paa

    2009

    IMDB 7.1 (12k)

    #9

    Auro suffers from a progeria like syndrome. Mentally he is 13 but physically he looks 5 times older. In spite of his condition, Auro is a very happy boy. He lives with his mother Vidya, who is a gynaecologist. Amol is young, progressive politician. He is a man with a mission. Auro is Amol's son. Paa is a 'rare' story about a father-son, son-father relationship.

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  10. Chupke Chupke

    Chupke Chupke

    1975

    IMDB 8.3 (13k)

    #10

    Mischievous botany professor Parimal Tripathi plays a little trick on his brother-in-law Raghav. Jealous of the high esteem in which his own wife, Sulekha, holds the other man, Parimal decides to impersonate Raghav's new driver. Laying the groundwork for a series of hilarious misunderstandings, the disguised professor throws doubt on his wife's fidelity and gets his best buddy, Sukumar, to help out by impersonating Parimal.

  11. Black

    Black

    2005

    IMDB 8.1 (36k)

    #11

    Unable to see, hear, or speak after a childhood illness, a young woman grows up prone to violent outbursts until an eccentric tutor changes her life.

  12. Sarkar

    Sarkar

    2005

    IMDB 7.6 (17k)

    #12

    Subhash Nagre runs a parallel government in the city where he has a cult following. When his enemies plot to murder him, his son takes charge and stands up against them.

  13. Don

    Don

    1978

    IMDB 7.7 (12k)

    #13

    A ruthless gangster named Don is killed during a scuffle with the police. Since only DSP D'Silva knows of this incident, he recruits Vijay, who is a spitting image of Don, to replace the original Don and infiltrate his gang. D'Silva plans to nab the entire gang, but when he dies during a raid, the secret that Vijay is not Don is also buried with him.

  14. Pink

    Pink

    2016

    IMDB 8.1 (48k)

    #14

    A sexual assault victim, unjustly tried for the attempted murder of her attacker, is defended by a retired lawyer who challenges India's rape culture.

  15. Abhimaan

    Abhimaan

    1973

    IMDB 7.8 (3k)

    #15

    Subeer Kumar (Amitabh) is well on his way to becoming India's top pop singer. He has no intention of getting married, but when he goes to visit his Durga Mausi (Mausi=mother's sister), he falls in love with religious, simple Uma, by whose voice he's enchanted. He marries her and returns to Bombay where he announces that he will never sing without Uma again. However, Subeer encourages Uma to sing alone and when her popularity is soon greater than his own, the seed of jealousy begins to grow... The major difference between Uma and Subeer is that she sings for herself, whereas he sings for the public. It is the difference between geet and sangeet. This is the root of the thing that later causes problems, and based on which the movie is named.

  16. Mili

    Mili

    1975

    IMDB 7.4 (1k)

    #16

    Shekhar Dayal (Amitabh Bachhan) has moved into a new neighborhood, and is unhappy with the new surroundings. He resents the noise children make while playing, as he prefers quiet and solitude. His reclusion is shattered when his neighbor, Mili, comes into his life. At first he hates the intrusion, but then grows fond, and ultimately falls in love with her. When the time comes for him to propose to this sunny, cheerful, and positive young lady, he learns that she has only a few more months to live..

  17. Kaala Patthar

    Kaala Patthar

    1979

    IMDB 7.6 (2k)

    #17

    Branded a coward for abandoning his ship full of 300 passengers, Captain Vijay Pal Singh takes up work in a distant coal mine, poorly equipped, with no sufficient medical supplies or proper facilities. When the miners and their families face a catastrophe, as water has forced its way into one of the mining tunnels, endangering 400 lives, will Vijay be able to rise to the occasion or will he 'abandon ship' again?

  18. Silsila

    Silsila

    1981

    IMDB 7.2 (3k)

    #18

    When his brother's tragic death leaves his pregnant fiancée devastated, playwright Amit selflessly marries her to protect her from societal contempt. An encounter with his former lover, now married to someone else, takes an unexpected turn when their love proves to be stronger than marital vows.

  19. Baghban

    Baghban

    2003

    IMDB 7.4 (17k)

    #19

    After dedicating their whole life in upbringing their children, elderly couple Raj Malhotra and Pooja gets homeless. Instead of caring, their children treat them as a burden.

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  20. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

    #20

    Years after his father disowns his adopted brother for marrying a woman of lower social standing, a young man goes on a mission to reunite his family.