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100 Greatest Bollywood Romance Movies and Romantic Comedies of the 80s 90s and 2000s

Romance movies are exceedingly popular in India. Over the years memorable light hearted love stories have been depicted in Hindi films. This article brings to life the best Bollywood romance movies and romantic comedies of the 80s 90s and 2000s.

Bollywood churns a large number of movies every year. And it’s no surprise majority of movies made belong to the romance genre. India has a huge movie going audience in urban cities, towns and villages. Romance films have been popular with the masses in India. The target audience in the romance genre is youth. As urban populations grew in the 80s, the number of youth-centric romantic comedies increased considerably. In present times rom coms have become the flavor of Bollywood. Song and dance routines which have been the signature identity of Bollywood continue to charm movie fans.


Bollywood Romance Movies: The Genres that Make Bollywood accessible

The 80s was a new era in romantic Hindi films. The ingredients and concepts in love stories changed dramatically bringing in a fresh new wave of romance films. The new wave of romance movies had situational comedy that became a hit with audiences. While love songs have always popular in Hindi films, club dance songs started gaining momentum in the late 90s. An amalgamation of Hip-hop influences and club sound influences fused with traditional music has become the dance flavor in Bollywood movies. Since the year 2000, majority of romance movies and romantic comedies feature slickly choreographed dance songs.


In recent years the romance genre has witnessed elements of other genres being included in love stories. While romance, romantic comedies and romance dramas have been popular since the Hindi film industry came into being, romantic drama thrillers, coming of age romance, action romance, and crime romance thrillers have become an integral part of romance genre in recent years. The romance genre in Bollywood has gotten bigger and broader including aspects of various genres in mainstream. The 90s helped pave the way for independent filmmakers. A number of independent filmmakers are bringing in their creative inputs from non-mainstream and blending concepts aesthetically with commercial and mainstream cinema.

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The foreign locations filmed in romance movies through the 90s and 2000s have been breathtakingly beautiful. Needless to say, production houses are spending huge amounts of money to get movies made. A number of big budget romance movies made since the 80s have gone onto become popular not just in India but globally. Also, few romance movies made at a moderate budget or low budget have become cult favorites among youth. Typically a Bollywood romance movie has all the thrills and spills that go into making an outright entertainer. There is never a dull moment when you are watching a commercial Bollywood film, there’s always something happening to keep you interested.

The lines below showcase an epic list of Bollywood romance movies and romantic comedies.


100 Greatest Bollywood Romance Movies and Romantic comedies of the 80s 90s and 2000s

  1. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak- 1988 (Romance Drama)
  2. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge- 1995(Romance)
  3. Maine Pyar Kiya- 1989 (Romance Drama)
  4. Jab We Met- 2007 (Romantic Drama)
  5. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa- 1994 (Coming of age Romance)
  6. Dil Chahta Hai- 2001 (Romantic Drama)
  7. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai- 1998 (Romance Drama)
  8. Dil To Pagal Hai- 1997 (Musical Romance)
  9. Fanna- 2006 (Romantic Crime Drama)
  10. Devdas- 2002 (Romantic Drama)
  11. Kal Ho Naa Ho- 2003 (Romantic Drama)
  12. Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!- 1994 (Musical Romance Drama)
  13. Veer Zaara- 2004 (Romantic Drama)
  14. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam- 1999 (Romantic Drama)
  15. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar- 1992 (Romance Drama)
  16. Andaz Apna Apna- 1994 (Romantic Comedy)
  17. Rangeela- 1995 (Romance Drama)
  18. Om Shanti Om- 2007 (Romantic Drama Thriller)
  19. Chandni- 1989 (Romantic Drama)
  20. Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai- 2000 (Romance)
  21. Aashiqui- 1990 (Romance)
  22. Love Story- 1981 (Romance)
  23. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi- 2008 (Romance Comedy)
  24. Raja Babu- 1994 (Romantic Comedy)
  25. Dil- 1990 (Romantic Drama)
  26. Saajan- 1991 (Romance Drama)
  27. Hungama- 2003 (Romantic Comedy)
  28. Mohabbatein- 2000 (Musical Romance Drama)
  29. Yes Boss- 1997 (Romantic Comedy)
  30. Saagar- 1985 (Romance Drama)
  31. Love Aaj Kal- 2009 (Romantic-Comedy-Drama)
  32. Lamhe- 1991 (Romantic Drama)
  33. Jodhaa Akbar- 2008 (Historical Period Romance Drama)
  34. Ek Duuje Ke Liye- 1981 (Romance Drama)
  35. Pardes- 1991 (Romance Drama)
  36. Teezab- 1988 (Romantic Action)
  37. 1942: A Love Story- 1994 (Patriotic Romance)
  38. Deewana- 1992 (Romantic Action Drama)
  39. Wake Up Sid- 2009 (Coming of Age Romance)
  40. Socha Na Tha- 2005 (Romance)
  41. Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya- 1998 (Romantic Comedy)
  42. Wanted- 2009 (Action-Romance)
  43. Ishq- 1997 (Romantic Drama)
  44. Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na- 2008 (Coming of age Romantic Drama)
  45. Sadak- 1991 (Romantic Thriller)
  46. Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin- 1991 (Romance Drama)
  47. Akele Hum Akele Tum- 1995 (Romance Drama)
  48. Betaab- 1983 (Romance)
  49. Salaam Namaste- 2006 (Romantic Comedy)
  50. Khamoshi: The Musical- 1996 (Romantic Drama)
  51. Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein- 2001 (Romance)
  52. Dostana- 2008 (Romantic Comedy)
  53. Namastey London- 2007 (Romantic Drama)
  54. Phool Aur Kaante- 1991 (Action Romance)
  55. Chalte Chalte- 2003 (Romantic Drama)
  56. Hum Tum- 2004 (Romantic Comedy)
  57. Baaghi: A Rebel of Love- 1990 (Romantic Action Drama)
  58. Hum Saath Saath Hain- 1999 (Romantic Drama)
  59. Silsila- 1981 (Romantic Drama)
  60. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi- 2004 (Romantic Comedy)
  61. Bachna Ae Haseeno- 2008 (Romantic Drama)
  62. Saaheb- 1985 (Romance Drama)
  63. Cheeni Kum- 2007 (Romance)
  64. Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?- 2005 (Romantic Comedy)
  65. Dhadkan- 2000 (Romantic Drama)
  66. Partner- 2007 (Romantic Comedy)
  67. Raja Hindustani- 1996 (Romantic Drama)
  68. Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke- 1993 (Romantic Drama)
  69. Tere Naam- 2003 (Romantic Drama)
  70. Dil Se- 1998 (Romantic Drama)
  71. Pyaar Ke Side Effects- 2006 (Romantic Comedy)
  72. Vivah- 2006 (Romantic Drama)
  73. Love Kichadi- 2009 (Romantic Comedy)
  74. Chameli Ki Shaadi- 1986 (Romantic Comedy)
  75. Jhankar Beats- 2003 (Romantic Comedy)
  76. Prem Rog- 1982 (Romance)
  77. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna- 2005 (Romance Drama)
  78. Love- 1991 (Romance Drama)
  79. Sorry Bhai!- 2008 (Romance Drama)
  80. Tum Bin- 2001 (Romantic Drama)
  81. Humraaz- 2002 (Romantic Thriller)
  82. Ishq Vishq- 2003 (Coming of age Romance)
  83. Ram Teri Ganga Maili- 1985 (Romance Drama)
  84. Do Aur Do Paanch- (1980) (Romance/Action/Comedy)
  85. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani- 2009 (Romantic Comedy)
  86. Daar- 1993 (Psychological Romantic Thriller)
  87. Gangster- 2006 (Romantic Crime Drama)
  88. Aap Ke Deewane- 1980 (Romance)
  89. Dil Kabaddi- 2008 (Romantic Comedy)
  90. Saathiya- 2002 (Romantic Drama)
  91. Main Khiladi Tu Anari- 1994 (Action Romance)
  92. Fida- 2004 (Romantic Thriller)
  93. Kurbaan- 1991 (Romance)
  94. Andaaz- 2003 (Romantic Drama)
  95. Pyar Tune Kya Kiya- 2001 (Romantic Thriller)
  96. Salaam-E-Ishq- 2007 (Romantic Drama)
  97. Mujhse Dosti Karoge!- 2002 (Romantic Drama)
  98. Chori Chori Chupke Chupke- 2001 (Romantic Drama)
  99. Jannat- 2008 (Crime Romance)
  100. Yeh Vaada Raha- 1982 (Romance Drama)

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Karan2142 on June 06, 2018:

Interesting list, appreciate the effort. Ideally, IMO having such a long list may tend to dilute the significance of many of the movies even though they were exceptional films in their own right.

I totally agree with QSQT being where it is on your list. There was a certain charm of a different kind, an ability to tug at the hearts, lose one's in the innocence and beauty and melodies. There was enough drama to pack a punch and yet it was not an in-you-face kind of loud film. For many, it probably served as the main cross over film which separates film making of modern style. Sure HAHK was probably the bench mark in terms of box office success (periods were divided into pre-HAHK and from that point on) but i believe that divide, that next big step in Hindi cinema was taken by QSQT.

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