But there have been movies, that did not have the cliched happy endings. Movies that made an impact on our minds. Movies that weren’t just a 3-hour cinematic experience, but a lot more than that. Movies that stayed with us.
Read on for a list of movies that all of us have loved, even when they didn’t end how they usually do. And if by any chance you haven’t watched any of these, YOU MUST. (Also, major spoilers ahead.)
One of the finest gems in the genre of love stories is Rockstar, which tells the tale of passion, longing and love in the most real way. Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri, with the most soulful background score by A.R. Rahman, this movie depicted suffering in the most beautiful way.
2. Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu
Finally a movie that spoke about how a guy and a girl could end up being friends! Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu, starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Imran Khan wasn’t that big of a hit on the box-office because of the unusual pairing, but was one of a kind movie in Bollywood.
With a collection of mixed reviews from the audience, Kites is one of the finest movies the Indian cinema has had. With Hrithik Roshan in the lead, the movie is a mix of Indo-Spanish depiction on the screen with beautiful landscapes and a storyline that feels like a verse of poetry.
4. Rang De Basanti
Everyone, literally everyone has watched this movie and parts of it stayed with all of us somewhere. A bunch of college students, who bunk classes, take stuff casually and crib about how underdeveloped their country is, end up fighting a battle and sacrifice themselves for a cause. (goosebumps)
Being a debue movie for both Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, Ishaqzaade was an intercaste love story, depicting politics, rebel and status. The classic Hindu-Muslim clash set out with a strong narration and equally strong performances makes this movie one of the best performances by both the actors.
6. Kai Po Che
Based on the book 3 Mistakes Of My Life by Chetan Bhagat, Kai Po Che was beautifully incorporated into a movie starring Rajkummar Rao and Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead roles. Despite knowing the plot (only if you’ve read the book), the movie is a visual delight for all those who love cinema in a raw form.
A movie that personified magic on screen. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, potratraying rivalries of Rajadis and Sanedas, set in the Rann, were a delight to watch together on-screen. They set the screen on fire with the first movie they worked in and then there was no going back.
This was hands down, one of the finest movies by Emraan Hashmi till date. The innocence paired up with the right kind of emotion in each scene that he portrays is beyond description. The movie gives a deeper insight into the world of gambling and all that glitters is literally not gold.
9. The Dirty Picture
The glamorous life of Silk Smitha portrayed brilliantly by Vidya Balan in The Dirty Picture on how she rose into stardom only to fall down into the ashes. No one could have pulled the role better than Vidya Balan.
This movie marked the entry of our Kolaveri di fame superstar Dhanush into Bollywood. A brilliant storyline and an even better performance by Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol, Raanjhana is one gem of a movie that you cannot miss.
Adapted from a Marathi blockbuster Sairaat, Dhadak comes off as a new-age romance, starring the fresh pair – Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter. The plot of the movie revolves around the heinous tradition of honour killing.
12. Laila Majnu
We all know the classic tale of Laila-Majnu – lovers who died a legacy in love. Imtiaz Ali brings on table, the tale revised in a contemporary form, depicting Laila-Majnu in the modern-day. With new faces Avinash Tiwary and Tripti Dimpri, the movie, set in the beautiful landscapes of Kashmir adds a bewitching edge to the classic tale.
13. Aashiqui 2
A musical romance, Aashiqui 2 is a story of love, intoxication and selflessness that brought the pure Hindi-film romance back to the big screen. With new faces redefining passion, Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur deliver performances with justified conviction.
14. Kal Ho Naa Ho
One of Karan Johar’s classic, Kal Ho Naa Ho remains unmatchable. A strong storyline with a love-triangle, the movie is soulful and magical. With Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta in lead roles, the film strikes a chord each time you watch it.
Based on Harinder Singh’s novel Calling Sehmat, Raazi has been one of the best movies 2018 has witnessed so far. Starring Vicky Kaushal and Alia Bhatt, Raazi is a movie that is hauntingly beautiful and you can’t miss watching this cinematic wonder.
The legacy of Queen Padmavati and the journey of her struggle and her sacrifice was divinely depicted in the movie. Although the movie faced a lot of criticism all around the country, the movie was one of its kind with the most visual appeal ever.
A story of a magician who eventually becomes paralyzed and files a petition in the court to end his life. The movie was traumatisingly aesthetic and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Hrithik Roshan did an amazing job portraying the characters.
The tragic love story of childhood sweethearts, who are made to part their ways because of the status quo. The portrayal of pain induced by immense love, longing and loss was what made the movie a classic.
19. Tere Naam
One of the finest performances by Salman Khan, Tere Naam stands out to be that one movie that is intense and unconventional. With Bhumika Chawla as the perfect co-star, the movie talks about how sometimes love doesn’t always mean togetherness. Sometimes there is love in separation and sacrifice.
20. Hamari Adhuri Kahani
With a star-studded cast, the movie did averagely on the box-office. But the storyline of this movie was quite strong, talking about issues like abuse, single-motherhood and giving love a second chance.
21. Bajirao Mastani
The classic tale of Peshwa Bajirao, in Sanjay-Leela Bhansali style of elegance, royalty and charisma, is what makes Bajirao Mastani stand out in between all the other movies he has directed. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles, the movie captured all our hearts.
A story of a Kashmiri blind girl, who falls in love with a terrorist, only to sacrifice that love over the love for her nation is what makes Fanaa extremely beautiful apart from the fact that it starrs Aamir Khan and Kajol, who make the movie seamless.
Varun Dhawan is usually known for his goofy and comic roles, but it was Badlapur where we saw his other side. An intense plot which revolves around a man avenging for his dead wife and son, Badlapur keeps you hooked throughout with its unflinching depth and rawness.
Adapted from Hamlet, one of the finest plays by Shakespeare, Haider is set in Kashmir and revolves around the local politics that goes on there. One of the best performances by Shahid Kapoor, Tabu and Kay Kay Menon, Haider tells the tale of how revenge only leads to revenge.
A contemporary period romance, set up in the Bengali backdrop, Lootera was an adaptation of O Henry’s book, The Last Leaf. With amazing performances by Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, the movie gained a lot of critical acclaim across the world.