Romance has always been big in Bollywood. While most of our nationally acclaimed romances involve catchy love songs, hip dance sequences and dramatic love confessions, there have also been some gems in the Indian film industry that have successfully broken the stereotype and impressed us with their surprisingly new take on love, making some of the bollywood romantic movies.
In the list below, we have done a thorough inquiry into the various romantic movies that have graced the Indian cinema so far. From the hit 90s, that saw the reign of parallel cinema to the 2000s, we have inquired into various movies that found a way to portray the feelings that most of us struggle to define or describe.
Here is the List of Hindi Romantic Movies:
Best Bollywood Romantic Movies of 2020
Here are the best love story movies in bollywood of 2020:
Jawaani Jaaneman (imdb-7.0)
- Directed By: Nitin Kakkar
- Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Alaya Furniturewala
Written by Hussain Dalal and Abbas Dalal, Jawani Jaaneman is one of those movies in 2020 which aimed to deal with the unconventional subject of single parenthood. The film depicts the events which enfold when Jazz- a property broker and self-acclaimed playboy, happens to meet his 20 year daughter whom he had no knowledge of before.
The movie was much appreciated after its release and was praised for not being just an “attempt for entertainment.” If you’re looking to enjoy a light-hearted movie which also deals with serious questions of identity and modern relationships, then Jawaani Jaaneman is a must watch.
- Directed By: Mohit Suri
- Starring: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Disha Patani, Anil Kapoor
Malang, as described by its writers, is a romantic- action movie that features Aditya Roy Kapoor, Disha Patani and Anil Kapoor in lead roles. The movie tells the story of Advait and Sara who happen to meet at a rave party in Goa, and later fall in love. A notorious turn of events causes them to separate and Advait finds himself caught up in the world of crimes.
The movie received mixed reviews, with some people finding it rather old school and cliché. The screenplay was appreciated along with the dialogues but the movie received a lot of criticism for the ending of the plat.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan (imdb- 6.6)
Directed By: Mohit Suri
Starring: Ayushman Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao
Written by Hitesh Kewalya, Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan is a riveting romantic comedy between two men, Kartik and Aman, played by Ayushman Khurrana and Jitendar Kumar respectively. The story focuses on the struggle of Kartik to succeed in his love affair with Aman, whose family is hell bent on keeping the lovers apart.
The movie is a fresh take on gay marriages and affairs, and is perhaps the first of its kind. The comedy is speckles with some amazing performances by the actors. For anyone who wants to view something refreshing, this movie is a must watch.
Love Aaj Kal 2(imdb- 5.5)
Directed By: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Kartik Aryan, Sara Ali Khan, Arushi Sharma, Randeep Hooda
Written by Imtiaz Ali, Love Aaj Kal 2 is a wonderful modern romantic drama that features some of the most promising budding actors in the industry. The story revolves around the lives of Zoe and Veer, who are in a roller-coaster relationship with each other that faces a lot of complications because of their personal life choices.
The movie is a good take on how love is not an easy choice these days. For anyone who wants to enjoy a slow-burning romance, this movie can be a good pick.
Street Dancer (imdb -3.5)
Directed By: Remo D’Souza
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva, Nora Fatehi
Street dancer is a musical dance drama and Romance film written by Farhad Samji and Jagdeep Sandhu. It’s a coming of age movie which tells the story of a group of dancers, who, initially pitted against each other, later join forces to win a dance battle.
The movie was not very well received, with most people finding the plot cliché and overused. However, the dance sequences are worth appreciating and the movie might be recommended if you want to enjoy a vigorous pop romance based around dance.
Best Romantic Bollywood Movies of 2019
Here are the best love story movies in hindi:
Gully Boy (imdb- 8.2)
Directed By: Zoya Akhtar
Starring: Ranveer Sigh, Alia Bhatt
Gully Boy is a coming of age story of Indian street rappers. Gully boy received positive critical reviews with a lot of praise for Akhtar’s direction and Vijay Maurya’s dialogue. The performances given by Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Siddhant Chaturvedi are remarkable, having received a lot of acclaim. If you want to watch something rebellious and out of the box with a streak of romance, Gully boy is the movie for you.
The Sky is Pink (imdb- 7.5)
Directed By: Shonali Bose
Starring: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, Rohit Suresh Saraf
The Sky is Pink is a love story which follows a couple through 25 years of their relationship. The movie is seen from the eye of their teenage daughter, Aisha, who is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis.
The movie is incredibly moving with excellent screenplay and direction by Shonali Bose. The actors are at their best and storyline is absolutely gripping and heart rending. If you are ready for a tear-jerker that also keeps you emotionally engaged, this movie is a must watch.
Kabir Singh (imdb- 7.1)
Directed By: Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Nikita Dutta
A remake of the Telugu movie, Arjun Reddy (2017), Kabir Singh tells the story of a diabolic house surgeon who starts a journey of substance abuse after his failed romance with his girlfriend.
Kabir Singh received mixed reviews for its seemingly misogynistic character, however, the majority of people have praised this movie for its storyline and wonderful performance by Shahid Kapoor and co-actor Kiara Advani.
Dream Girl (imdb- 7.1)
Directed By: Raaj Shaandilyaa
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor
Dream Girl talks about a boy ‘Karam’, who, haunted by umemployment, ends up working at a call center as a female sex chat worker, ‘Pooja’. How long will he be able to keep this secret from his family and his girlfriend?
Dream Girl is basically a romantic comedy. One should not expect any revelations on sexuality or gender identity while watching this movie. If you want to have a good laugh with light hearted romance and comedy, then you should give this movie a go.
Good Newwz (imdb -7.1)
Directed By: Raj Mehta
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Kiara Advani
Good Newwz tells the story of two couples who are anticipating the birth of their child through in vitro fertilization. Due to a goof-up at the hospital, the sperms of each couple gets mixed up and trouble enues.
This is a pleasant romantic-comedy that has some wonderful funny moments and dialogues. The movie is nothing serious but lightly touches the sensitivities and complexities in a marriage and human relations.
Most Romantic Bollywood Movies of 2018
Here are the Best Romantic Movies to Watch In Hindi:
Laila Majnu (imdb- 7.7)
Directed By: Sajid Ali
Starring: Avinash Tiwary, Tripti Dimri, Sumit Kaul
Laila Majnu is a classical love story set in modern Kashmir that shows the budding romance between two people whose families are at loggerheads with each other.
Laila Majnu received much critical acclaim for its wonderful storyline, great performances by the actors and a unique music score. If you truly want to watch a stirring romance with historical roots, this is the movie to go to.
Directed By: Shoojit Sircar
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhi, Gitanjali Rao
October tells the story of two hotel management students- Dan and Shiuli. An incident happens at the hotel where they work, causing Shiuli to end up in the hospital, following which Dan takes it upon himself to take care of her.
October impresses us with its simple approach to love and some wonderful, quiet performances by the actors. The romance between the main characters is compelling and the cinematography is absolutely poetic and impressing.
Love Per Square Foot (imdb-7.2)
Directed By: Anand Tiwari
Starring: Vicky Kaushal, Angira Dhar
This movie shows the story of Sanjay and Karina, who marry each other just so they can conveniently buy a house. As time passes, love blossoms between the two. This movie wonderfully explores the nuances of a cross-cultural love story while bringing into light the various stereotypes which make our nation. The movie must be watched if you’re looking for a fresh take on the country’s culture.
Sonu ke Titu Ki Sweety (imdb- 7.1)
Directed By: Luv Ranjan
Starring: Rahul Mody, Luv Ranjan
The movie tells the story of Sonu, whose friend Titu is about to get married to a woman named Sweety. Sonu does not approve of this match and does his best to stop the wedding while Sweety puts up a fight.
The movie might be considered misogynistic by most of its audience. However, it has its selling points including the funny dialogues and good music. Watch this movie if you want to have an enjoyable time with your friends and family.
Padmaavat (imdb – 7)
Directed By: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor
This is a historical drama that revolves around the Queen of Mewar- Padmavati, her husband and the ambitious Sultan Khilji who is hell bent upon having Padmavati for himself. The movie has excellent cinematography and music score. However the war scenes and action sequences are not as impressive as one would expect. The movie altogether is a must watch with an excellent cast.
Best Romantic Movies Bollywood of 2017
Here are the best romantic Movies Bollywood:
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (imdb- 7.6)
Directed By: Ratnaa Sinha
Starring: Rajkumar Rao, Kriti Kharbanda
The movie is centered around two lovers who come to hate each other but are brought together by circumstance and a vengeful male lead. The movie has a simple setting but an interesting plot, filmed in the backdrop of Indian Civil services. The performances by Rao and Kharbanda are very impressive and memorable, making the movie delightful to watch.
Bareilly Ki Barfi (imdb- 7.5)
Directed By: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon, Rajkumar Rao
This is a light hearted comedy which tells the story of a free-spirited girl Bitti who falls in love with an author she has never seen but communicates with through letters. Things get confusing when the author turns out to be a guy she already knew from Bareilly. The movie has seen some excellent performances by the lead actors and has an adorable storyline which will keep you engaged.
Qarib Qarib Single (imdb-7)
Directed By: Tanuj Chandra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy Thiruvothu
The story revolves around Yogi and Jaya who meet on an online dating app and end up travelling to Rishikesh together. This odd couple is very endearing and the storyline by Kamna and Tanuja Chandra is excellent. The movie becomes a must watch for anyone who wants to understand the love that blossoms between two grown up individuals.
Shubh Mangal Savdhan (imdb- 6.9)
Directed By: R.S Prasanna
Starring: Ayushman Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar
This movie tells the funny story of a couple who gets married but later discovers that the husband suffers from erectile dysfunction. The movie deals with a rather taboo subject which has been acted on very well by Ayushman and Bhumi. The script is humorous and the dialogues are very realistic. The movie investigates the complexities of an adult relationship and successfully leaves a good message while being entertaining.
Badrinath ki Dulhaniya (imdb-6.2)
Directed By: Shashank Khaitan
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt
The movie deals with two people who have diametrically opposite personalities but end up falling in love and have to overcome cultural barriers. The movie has received mixed reviews, with many people claiming that the plot was not well written and the dialogues failed to do justice to the actors. However, it’s a wholesome romantic drama and has its good points.
Best Romantic Bollywood Movies of 2016
Here are the Best Bollywood Romantic Movies:
Kapoor & Sons (imdb- 7.7)
Directed By: Shakun Batra
Starring: Siddharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor
This movie tells the story of a dysfunctional family whose two sons return home to find that their parents’ marriage is about to collapse while they face a financial crisis.
The performances by all the actors are excellent with Rishi Kapoor leaving us impressed with his performance. The well-story written by Shakun Batra and Ayesha DeVitre is executed with immaculate direction and cinematography.
Sanam Teri Kasam (imdb- 7.3)
Directed By: Radhika Rao, Vinay Sapru
Starring: Harshvardhan Rane, Mawra Hocane
The movie tells the story of a librarian who has been disowned by her family and falls in love with her brooding neighbor. The movie has received excellent reviews, particularly for the performances that the actors have shown. The storyline might be a little cliché, but proves to be very compelling and heart rending.
Happy Bhaag Jayegi (imdb- 6.5)
Directed By: Mudassar Aziz
Starring: Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Jimmy Shergil
This movie tells the story of Happy who escapes an unwanted arranged marriage, only to end up in Pakistan where she’s helped by a bureaucrat’s son to meet her boyfriend again. The movie is very entertaining and doesn’t fail to impress us with its direction and actors’ performances.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (imdb- 5.8)
Directed By: Karan Johar
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan
The story talks about love and the shape it sometimes takes when everything is not in favor. The movie is a modern take on love, relationships, heartbreak and man’s attempt to cope up with them. With an excellent star cast, the movie is a must watch for anyone who wants to view a tearjerker.
Ki & Ka (imdb- 5.8)
Directed By: R. Balki
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor
The movie is about a young couple that is trying to challenge the conventional gender roles in society. The movie has a good plot which keeps you engaged, and the actors have given some really good performances. R. Balki has succeeded in creating a wonderful film that gives a very valuable message to this generation.
Best Hindi Romantic Movies of 2015
Here are the Hindi Love Story Movies:
Tanu Weds Manu Returns (imdb- 7.6)
Directed By: Anand L. Rai
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill
This movie is a sequel to the much loved 2011 film Tanu Weds Manu. This movie follows the life of couple Tanu and Manu whose marriage seems to be falling apart. Ranaut and Madhvan have delivered excellent performances and done justice to the stupendous characters in the script. We do not recommend that you miss out on this movie.
Dam Laga Ke Haisha (imdb- 7.5)
Directed By: Sharat Katariya
Starring: Bhumu Pedneker, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanjay Mishra
Dum Laga ke Haisha tells the story of Prem who is made to marry Sandhya, a woman who fails to meet his standards because of her weight. It focuses on the stereotypical approach of men towards female beauty, highlighting how women often face prejudice in the society. Other than that the movie also shows how love can grow between two people when enough time is given.
Tamasha (imdb- 7.3)
Directed By: Imtiaz Ali
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor
Tamasha is the story of a man who has lost his sense of self in a bid to fit into the society. It shows how love eventually helps him come to terms with his own identity in the midst of mental chaos. Imtiaz Ali has written an excellent, out of the box script which the actors have done best to stand up to. It’s a must watch for all Ali fans.
Bajirao Mastani (imdb- 7.2)
Directed By: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Ranveer Singh
Bajirao Mastani is an account of the love which budded between the Maratha General Baji Rao I and the Princess of Bundelkhand- Mastani. This epic romance was appreciated highly for its cinematography and narration. Moreover, the actors delivered wonderful performances which are
Best Romantic Bollywood Films of 2000s
Here are Most Romantic Bollywood movies of 2000:
Kal Ho Na Ho (imdb- 8.0)
Directed By: Nikkhil Advani
Starring: Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan
Starring the 2000s superstars, Kal Ho Na Ho is the brain child of Karan Johar and one of the most loved movies of the 2000s. A must watch for anyone who wants to explore early modern romance in Bollywood.
Veer Zara (imdb-7.8)
Directed By: Yash Chopra
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji
One of the most appreciated and critically romantic dramas of the 2000s, Veer Zara is a heart rending love story that has moved generations to tears. This is a movie one has to watch to understand the Indian Cinema.
Devdas (imdb- 7.6)
Directed By: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Maduri Dixit, Jackie Shroff
Considered a gem among all of Bhansali’s movies so far, Devdas is a story that has withstood the test of time. It’s impossible not to mention this movie among the top blockbusters of 2000s, which saw some of the best dramas produced in the Indian film Industry.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam (imdb- 7.4)
Directed By: Karan Johar
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Hritik Roshan
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam is the paradigm of romantic family dramas in India. Considered one of the best works by Karan Johar, this movie is essential to any list that counts down bollywood romantic movies.
Best 90s Bollywood Romantic Movies
Here are the 90s Love Story Films:
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (imgb- 8.1)
Directed By: Aditya Chopra
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri
DDLJ has been the romantic movie anthem for an entire generation of movie enthusiasts. Starring Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan, who delivered noteworthy performances, this movie has given the 90s its favorite couple- Raj and Simran. A definite watch for anyone who wants a romantic movie break.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (imdb- 7.6)
Directed By: Karan Johar
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji
Another blockbuster starring the well loved trio of Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai has continued to be one of SRK’s favorite rom-coms. An absolute delight to watch, this movie is instantly loved by anyone who watches it.
Hum Apke Hain Koun (imdb- 7.5)
Directed By: Sooraj R Barjatya
Starring: Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan
Released in 1994, Hum Apke Hain Kaun instantly became a favorite among all its viewers. Probably the most loved romance-drama in Bollywood during its time, this movie was one of the biggest hits of the year.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (imdb- 7.5)
Directed By: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan
Another one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s massive hits, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam stunned its audience with some of the best cinematic romance sequences of the century. Released in 1999, this movie brought a wonderful century of Bollywood film making to a spectacular close.
Romantic movies in India have always been paramount. People across the world have come to love their catchy love tracks and vitalizing dance moves which have also played an important role in shaping the mindset of many youngsters of this generation.
If you’re looking for a good movie to watch with your special someone (or anyone else), we are sure that you will find a couple to your liking from the list we’ve put together.