How to Watch Every Filmfare Award Winner for Best Film from 1954 to 2024 – A Complete Streaming Guide

Published on

Awarded annually by the film magazine of the same name, the Filmfare Awards celebrate the best of Bollywood every year. Here’s a roundup of all the dramas, comedies, biopics, and musicals that have won the prestigious Best Film award at every Filmfare ceremony from its inception in 1954.

As the awards turn seventy this year, here’s a look at every Best Film winner along with a handy guide to stream them all.

Where can you watch all the Filmfare Best Film Winners?

You can watch many of the older Best Film winners on Prime Video, Shemaroo, and ZEE5. Many of the later ones are available to stream on mainstream platforms like Netflix, Prime Video and occasionally Hotstar and Voot.

What is the latest Filmfare Best Film Winner?

12th Fail, the Vikrant Massey-led drama on the trials and tribulations of an UPSC aspirant, won the top award at the latest Filmfare ceremony. You can stream Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s tearjerker on Hotstar.

What was the first-ever movie to win Filmfare for Best Film?

Bimal Roy’s acclaimed social drama Do Bigha Zamin won the Best Film award in Filmfare’s inaugural year. One can stream the Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy-led movie on Vi Movies & TV, the streaming platform associated with the mobile network provider Vi.

Which movie won Filmfare’s Special 50 Year Award?

Often considered as the best Hindi movie of all time, the Western epic Sholay never won a Filmfare at the time of its release. Instead, it lost Best Film to another iconic Amitabh Bachchan-starrer (Deewar). However, in 2005, to mark 50 years of the awards, Filmare instituted a Special 50 Year Award to celebrate the best movie of these five decades. It’s this time when Sholay redeemed itself on the Filmfare stage earning this all-time-great title. The Indian pop culture trailblazer can be streamed on Prime Video.

Were the Filmfare Awards ever cancelled?

The Filmfare Awards for 1986 and 1987 were not awarded owing to some unspecified security reasons. There are high chances, however, for the cancellation stemmed in Bollywood’s strike against the state government of Maharashtra in 1986.

Which Directors have the most Filmfare Best Film Wins?

Having directed five Best Film winners at the Filmfares, Sanjay Leela Bhansali sets the record for being the director with the most wins. Director/producers Yash Chopra and Bimal Roy are tied with the record of producing the highest number of Best Film winners (four each).

Which Actors have appeared in the most Filmfare Best Film winners?

Despite his reluctance to appear at award ceremonies like Filmfare, Aamir Khan has starred in nine winning films, the most for any actor in a leading role. As for leading actresses, a record of three films has been set by Nutan, Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Aishwarya Rai, and Alia Bhatt.

Every Filmfare Award Winner for Best Film: A complete list

  • 1954 - Do Bigha Zamin
  • 1955 - Boot Polish
  • 1956 - Jagriti
  • 1957 - Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje
  • 1958 - Mother India
  • 1959 - Madhumati
  • 1960 - Sujata
  • 1961 - Mughal-e-Azam
  • 1962 - Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai
  • 1963 - Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
  • 1964 - Bandini
  • 1965 - Dosti
  • 1966 - Himalaya Ki Godmein
  • 1967 - Guide
  • 1968 - Upkar
  • 1969 - Brahmachari
  • 1970 - Aradhana
  • 1971 - Khilona
  • 1972 - Anand
  • 1973 - Be-Imaan
  • 1974 - Anuraag
  • 1975 - Rajnigandha
  • 1976 - Deewaar
  • 1977 - Mausam
  • 1978 - Bhumika
  • 1979 - Mai Tulsi Tere Aangan Mei
  • 1980 - Junoon
  • 1981 - Khubsoorat
  • 1982 - Kalyug
  • 1983 - Shakti
  • 1984 - Ardh Satya
  • 1985 - Sparsh
  • 1986 - Ram Teri Ganga Maili
  • 1989 - Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
  • 1990 - Maine Pyar Kiya
  • 1991 - Ghayal
  • 1992 - Lamhe
  • 1993 - Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
  • 1994 - Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke
  • 1995 - Hum Aapke Hai Koun…!
  • 1996 - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • 1997 - Raja Hindustani
  • 1998 - Dil To Pagal Hai
  • 1999 - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2000 - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2001 - Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
  • 2002 - Lagaan
  • 2003 - Devdas
  • 2004 - Koi... Mil Gaya
  • 2005 - Veer-Zaara
  • 2006 - Black
  • 2007 - Rang De Basanti
  • 2008 - Taare Zameen Par
  • 2009 - Jodhaa Akbar
  • 2010 - 3 Idiots
  • 2011 - Dabangg
  • 2012 - Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • 2013 - Barfi!
  • 2014 - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  • 2015 - Queen
  • 2016 - Bajirao Mastani
  • 2017 - Dangal
  • 2018 - Hindi Medium
  • 2019 - Raazi
  • 2020 - Gully Boy
  • 2021 - Thappad
  • 2022 - Shershaah
  • 2023 - Gangubai Kathiawadi
  • 2024 - 12th Fail
Netflix
Amazon Prime Video
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV
Crunchyroll
Hotstar
Jio Cinema
Zee5
Eros Now
Google Play Movies
MUBI
Sony Liv
YouTube
GuideDoc
Netflix Kids
Tubi TV
Yupp TV
Sun Nxt
Hoichoi
Alt Balaji
Hungama Play
Curiosity Stream
EPIC ON
ShemarooMe
DOCSVILLE
Tata Play
Discovery+
ManoramaMax
MX Player
Spamflix
aha
Spuul
Plex
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
BroadwayHD
Filmzie
Lionsgate Play
MovieSaints
Dekkoo
True Story
DocAlliance Films
VI movies and tv
Eventive
ShortsTV Amazon Channel
Amazon Video
Cultpix
FilmBox+
Takflix
Classix
Amazon miniTV
AD tv
Shahid VIP
Bookmyshow
Lionsgate Play Apple TV Channel
Eros Now Select Apple TV Channel
Lionsgate Play Amazon Channel
Filters
  1. Two Acres of Land

    Two Acres of Land

    1953

    IMDB 8.3 (2k)

    #1

    An impoverished man and his young son travel to Calcutta and look for work, in order to make money that'll save their ancestral land from being seized by a corporation.

  2. Boot Polish

    Boot Polish

    1954

    IMDB 7.9

    #2

    Two orphans are forced by their abusive aunt to beg in the streets of Bombay. They take up shining shoes but are separated from each other.

  3. Jaagrti

    Jaagrti

    1955

    IMDB 7.9

    #3

    Sent to a hostel as a punishment, a rebellious lad leads a revolt and creates havoc in the institution.

    Watch Now

    Jaagrti is not available for streaming.
    Let us notify you when you can watch it.

  4. Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje

    #4

    Dancer maestro Mangal Maharaj wants his son, Girdhar, who is a dancer par excellence, to enter the once-in-ten-years Nateshwar Utsav dance competition, win it, and be crowned the Bharat Natraj. While Girdhar can do a solo dance number, he is also required to dance the Shiv-Parvati Tandav dance with a female partner. Mangal Maharaj would like Roopkala to be his partner, but ends up being disappointed with her. Now with only a year left for the Utsav, he chances upon talented dancer and singer, Neeladevi, and recruits her. He subjects her to strenuous training and he is pleased with her performance. Then he finds out that Girdhar and Neela have fallen in love with each other, and their involvement is interfering with their performance. Unhappy with Neeladevi, he dismisses her, and sets forth to look for another dancer. The question remains: Will he be able to find another one, train her, and make her compete just in time for the Utsav, or will he lose this opportunity altogether and ...

  5. Mother India

    Mother India

    1957

    IMDB 7.8 (9k)

    #5

    A poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code.

  6. Madhumati

    Madhumati

    1958

    IMDB 7.8 (1k)

    #6

    Two men take shelter in a derelict mansion situated in the countryside during a storm. One of the men suddenly becomes aware that he once visited this mansion in a past life; he recounts a story about when he was Anand, a painter, who fell in love with a tribal girl named Madhumati.

  7. Sujata

    Sujata

    1959

    IMDB 7.6

    #7

    A girl from the Untouchable caste is adopted by an upper-caste family, and does not learn of her background. This proves problematic when she grows up and falls in love with an upper-caste man, who is in love with her as well.

    Watch Now

  8. Mughal-e-Azam

    Mughal-e-Azam

    1960

    IMDB 8.1 (8k)

    #8

    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.

  9. Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai

    #9

    Raju informs the police about a group of bandits, even though he is in love with the chief's daughter. The police set out to kill the clan and it is upto him to save the bandits and his love.

  10. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam

    #10

    A Zamindar neglects his wife and prefers the company of alcohol and tawaifs. The decadence of the Bangali Zamindar milieu and the raising bourgeoisie in the late 19th century, seen through the eyes of a young upward mobile rustic seeking fortune in Calcutta, and fascinated by the lonely lady of the house.

    Watch Now

    Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam is not available for streaming.
    Let us notify you when you can watch it.

  11. Bandini

    Bandini

    1963

    IMDB 7.7

    #11

    During the British Raj of the 1930s, a prison-doctor falls in love with a convict who eventually reveals the story of her past and her connection to a freedom fighter.

    Watch Now

    Bandini is not available for streaming.
    Let us notify you when you can watch it.

  12. Dosti

    Dosti

    1964

    IMDB 8.5 (1k)

    #12

    Mr. Gupta passes away after an accident while on duty, leaving behind his ailing wife and school-going son, Ramnath. Both await for some compensation, and when they are informed that the company does not accept liability for Gupta's death, his wife falls down the stairs. and passes out. When Ramnath goes to fetch a doctor, he is knocked down and run over by a speeding car, losing the use of his left leg. When he returns from hospital, he finds that his mom has passed away, and his landlord has evicted him. Penniless and hungry, he roams the streets of Bombay and befriends a blind young man, Mohan, and both use their talents - playing and harmonica and singing respectively to earn some money. Mohan is on the look-out for his sister, Meena, who works as a Nurse in one of the hospitals and hopes to be reunited with her. Both friends befriend a ailing young girl, Manjula, and hope to get some money from her so that Ramnath can attend school.

  13. Himalay Ki Godmein

    #13

    Sunil Mehra has successfully completed his medical studies and is now a qualified doctor, who can now practice medicine anywhere in India. He chooses to do so in a small and remote Himalayan village without any doctor or any medical facilities. His doctor fiancee, Neeta, decides to accompany him, but is appalled at the lack of facilities, and leaves. Dr. Mehra must now decide to continue his work there or re-locate.

  14. Guide

    Guide

    1965

    IMDB 8.3 (8k)

    #14

    When mistaken to be a sage by some villagers, an ex-tour guide reflects on his past and lost love to search for spiritual wisdom to guide the villagers.

    Watch Now

    Guide is not available for streaming.
    Let us notify you when you can watch it.

  15. Upkar

    Upkar

    1967

    IMDB 7.6

    #15

    Widowed Radha lives in rural India in the 1960s, along with two sons: Bharat and Puran. While she would like to educate her sons and ensure that they lead good lives, she cannot do so on her own, and must sacrifice the career of one son so that the second can achieve this goal. Bharat sacrifices everything to educate his brother Puran. However, Puran turns into a greedy man and gets involved in drug trafficking in order to make money.

  16. Brahmachari

    Brahmachari

    1968

    IMDB 7.8

    #16

    Brahmachari (Shammi Kapoor), an orphan with no identity, takes care of many children who are orphans in his home. Being poor, it is hard for him to take care of their every need. One day he saves a young woman Sheetal (Rajshree) from committing suicide. She's in love with Ravi Khanna (Pran) who likes to have many affairs. Brahmachari promises to get them together but asks money from her in return. Day and night he works on her appearance to make Ravi like her, but Brahmachari falls in love with her. When Ravi proposes to Sheetal, she realises she loves Brahmachari. He denies his love for her saying he wants to be big in life and marry a rich girl. When she tries to commit suicide again, he accepts her.

  17. Aradhana

    Aradhana

    1969

    IMDB 7.6 (2k)

    #17

    Vandana and Arun fall in love the instant they meet. On a trip to a Shiv temple, they get married in an impromptu ceremony in front of God. A chance rainshower strands them at a remote hotel where Vandana gets pregnant. With their legal marriage just around the corner, they don't worry about the consequences of their actions, but unfortunately, Arun dies in a plane crash. Vandana chooses to have the child, Suraj, and as she promised to Arun, wants to raise him to be an Air Force pilot. Fate is cruel to Vandana, however, and the child is adopted by a wealthy family. Vandana becomes a nursemaid to stay close to Suraj. A family member tries to molest her, and in the ensuing fight, Suraj comes to protect her and kills the perpetrator. Vandana chooses a jail sentence to save Suraj, but in the course of her sentence, loses the family--and with it: Suraj.

  18. Khilona

    Khilona

    1970

    IMDB 7.1

    #18

    Thakur Suraj Singh lives a wealthy lifestyle with his wife; three sons - Kishore, his wife Laxmi & two children Pappu and Laali; Vijaykamal, & Mohan; and an unmarried daughter, Radha. Kishore looks after the family business, while Vijaykamal is a renowned poet, and Mohan is studying law in the city. Vijaykamal is in love with lovely Sapna, but she is forced to marry Bihari, and kills herself on the night of the marriage. Vijaykamal witnesses her death and loses his mind. The family decide to keep him under lock and key on the terrace of their house. Unable to admit Vijaykamal to a mental asylum, Suraj brings home a young courtesan, Chand, who he hopes will cure Vijaykamal, and she does succeed considerably, but is traumatized, sexually assaulted by Vijaykamal, and abused by the rest of the family.

  19. Anand

    Anand

    1971

    IMDB 8.1 (35k)

    #19

    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.

  20. Be-Imaan

    Be-Imaan

    1972

    IMDB 7.2

    #20

    Be-Imaan (Hindi: बेईमान, Urdu: بے ایمان) is a 1972 film directed by Sohanlal Kanwar. The film stars Manoj Kumar, Raakhee, Premnath, Pran, Prem Chopra and Tun Tun. The music is by Shankar Jaikishan.