15 Best Madhubala Movies and Where to Watch Them

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Madhubala was a veteran Bollywood actress with a life as tragic as the heroines she portrayed. Despite passing away early in life, the Mughal-e-Azam and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi starlet had left behind an illustrious career and established herself as one of the most prominent faces of post-Independence Bollywood.

Continue reading on as we delve into a definitive ranking of Madhubala's best movies along with a guide on where to stream them all.

From Barsaat Ki Raat to Half Ticket: A look at the best of Madhubala

While she hailed from a conservative family that didn’t really find cinema to be a respectable industry, Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi began her tryst with acting from a young age (cast as “Baby Mutaz” in her child artiste years). Soon, she took up the nom de plume Madhubala and earned acclaim as a leading lady, even becoming the highest-paid Bollywood actress of the 1950s.

Maha marked Madhubala's debut as a leading lady, where she portrayed Kamini, a hauntingly beautiful woman entwined in a tale of reincarnation and forbidden love. Her ethereal presence and haunting performance set the stage for her illustrious career to come.

Today, the late Madhubala is known for her portrayal of the ill-fated court dancer Anarkali in the Mughal-themed epic Mughal-e-Azam. But Madhubala is much more than Anarkali and other tragic heroines, as is evident from her occasionally light-hearted roles in cult classics like Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Half Ticket (both starring opposite husband Kishore Kumar) and Guru Dutt’s Mr and Mrs 55.

Half Ticket showcased Madhubala's energetic and bubbly personality as a city girl charmed with Kumar’s protagonist, a simpleton with childlike sensibilities. In Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Madhubala showcased her comedic prowess as Renu, a spirited woman entangled in a love triangle with three brothers. Her chemistry with co-star Kishore Kumar added to the film's charm, making it a beloved comedy of its time. It’s only unfortunate that Kumar and Madhubala’s real-life romance didn’t work out like the movies.

As for Mr. and Mrs. 55 (directed by and starring Guru Dutt), the 1955 romantic comedy saw Madhubala in a delightful role as Anita Verma, a modern woman caught in a whirlwind romance with a cartoonist. Her portrayal of Anita's vivaciousness and independence resonated with audiences, earning her praise for her nuanced performance.

Coming to her more dramatic roles, Barsaat Ki Raat is a major case in point with Madhubala portraying Shabnam, a woman torn between love and duty in the backdrop of poetic romance and traditional values. Her emotive portrayal added depth to the character, making her a standout in the ensemble cast.

Similarly, Howrah Bridge saw Madhubala in the role of Edna, a cabaret dancer entangled in a web of intrigue and mystery while the freedom movement-era drama Kala Pani showcased Madhubala in a dramatic role as Radha, a woman embroiled in the struggle for justice and freedom.

Why is Mughal-e-Azam the best Madhubala movie to watch? 

Mughal-e-Azam stands as a timeless classic in Indian cinema, where Madhubala portrayed Anarkali, a courtesan who captures the heart of Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar). Her portrayal of Anarkali's grace and defiance against societal norms amidst a backdrop of grandeur and romance remains etched in cinematic history. The narrative revolves around Salim and Anarkali’s forbidden love affair that draws the disapproval of the reigning Mughal emperor Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor). The ensuing discord is captured with tragic beauty in vibrantly spectacular song-and-dance numbers and emotionally poignant dialogues.

Where can you stream the best Madhubala movies?

You can watch most of Madhubala’s highest-rated movies on streaming platforms like ZEE5, Prime Video, Vi Movies and TV and Shemaroo.

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Dekkoo
True Story
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  1. Mughal-e-Azam

    Mughal-e-Azam

    1960

    IMDB 8.1 (8k)

    #1

    In the 16th century, when Prince Salim falls in love with a beautiful courtesan named Anarkali, Emperor Akbar's disapproval leads to a battle between father and son.

  2. Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi

    #2

    Three woman-hating brothers face changes in their respective lifestyles when two of them fall in love.

  3. Mr. & Mrs. '55

    #3

    A young, naive heiress is forced into a 'marriage of convenience' with an unemployed cartoonist in an attempt to save her millions - a move orchestrated by the scheming aunt.

  4. Barsaat Ki Raat

    #4

    After falling in love with a girl seeking shelter in a rain, he goes to find the girl. Includes the classic song Yeh Ishq Ishq Hai

  5. Half Ticket

    Half Ticket

    1962

    IMDB 7.3

    #5

    A diamond thief hides his loot on an innocent child, but the child turns out to be an adult posing as a youngster to purchase a half-priced train ticket. Now, the thief will have to outwit the eccentric in a series of wacky misadventures.

  6. Ek Saal

    Ek Saal

    1957

    IMDB 7.7

    #6

    The father of a dying woman pays a con artist to make his daughter's final year a happy one.

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  7. Howrah Bridge

    #7

    Rakesh lives with his brother, Madan, and his dad in Rangoon. Madan has fallen into bad company and steals the family heirloom, in the shape of a dragon, some cash and runs away to India. Shortly thereafter, his dead body is found under Calcutta's Howrah Bridge. Rakesh travels to Calcutta in order to find out the mystery behind Madan's death, and also try to recover the family heirloom.

  8. Tarana

    Tarana

    1951

    IMDB 7.5

    #8

    After a plane crash, Dr. Motilal (Dilip Kumar), is left stranded in a small village, where he is given shelter by a blind old man called Surdas and his playful, young daughter Tarana (Madhubala). During the course of their stay, the Motilal falls for the charms of the innocent Tarana.

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  9. Kala Pani

    Kala Pani

    1958

    IMDB 7.2

    #9

    Based on A.J.Cronin's 'Beyond This Place', this movie narrates the story of an untiring crusade for justice. A young man, learning about his father's wrongful implication in a fifteen-year-old murder, vows to bring the true criminals to justice and release his innocent father from 'kaala paani' (life imprisonment), for which he enlists the help of a press reporter, a retired police inspector and an unwitting prostitute who happens to possess some key evidence.

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  10. Mahal

    Mahal

    1949

    IMDB 6.9

    #10

    A young lawyer is involved with a ghostly woman in his new house, where the builder and his fiancée died shortly after it was built.

  11. Jhumroo

    Jhumroo

    1961

    IMDB 6.8

    #11

    Anjana lives a wealthy lifestyle with her dad, Dwarka Nath, in a hilly region in India. When she returns home after several years, she finds that her dad has become more strict and a disciplinarian, and even has his erring employees and villagers flogged. Then she meets with local villager, Jhumroo, and both fall in love with each other. Jhumroo takes her home to introduce her to his mom, Kamla, who approves of her instantly. When Dwarka comes to know about this, he is enraged, and quickly announces her marriage with his Manager, Ramesh. Jhumroo is heart-broken and goes to meet with Anjana, who does tell him that she loves him, but must obey her father. What Jhumroo and Anjana do not know is that she is not Dwarka's daughter, but is the daughter of Kamla, and abducted at a very young age.

  12. Jaali Note

    Jaali Note

    1960

    IMDB 6.8

    #12

    High-minded and hardworking Inspector Dinesh Kumar (Dev Anand) is assigned to crack the case of a notorious band of counterfeiters. Risking life and limb in pursuit of the criminals, he goes undercover to infiltrate the gang and bring them to justice. Along the way, he finds romance with a beautiful journalist (Madhubala) and makes a shocking discovery that resonates with personal meaning.

  13. Madhubala

    Madhubala

    1950

    IMDB 8.0

    #13

    Madhubala is a romantic drama film starring Madhubala in the titular role of a heiress wooed by several mercenary man and her search for true love., Dev Anand plays her love interest..!.

  14. Boy Friend

    Boy Friend

    1961

    IMDB 7.8

    #14

    A young lad, separated at a young age from his parents takes on the life of petty crime and ends up in jail. On his release he comes across a friend in a train, and at the friend's request sets upon to trace his two daughters; he meets them and falls in love with one of them. But the police are on his trail due to a stolen necklace belonging to none other than his birth mother.

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  15. Neel Kamal

    Neel Kamal

    1947

    IMDB 7.8

    #15

    A military coup leads to two outcast princesses falling for the same rakish artist.