Top 10 Indian films on IMDB ratings

South Indian films dominate IMDB rankings


September 26, 2022

/ By / New Delhi

Top 10 Indian films on IMDB ratings

IMDb is the most authoritative source of entertainment information

There are many benchmarks to judge a film’s popularity, including the box office collections. The rating earned on IMDB, an international movie data base, is a good parameter to judge a film’s success. Here is how IMDB has rated the top 10 Indian films.

5/5 - (1815 votes)

The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of number of films produced that ranges between 1,500 to 2,000 films every year. The Indian film industry is not just the Hindi language cinema, produced by so-called Bollywood, but also several other production centres that produce films in Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

The popularity of regional films is no longer limited to their states as can be seen from our 10 Highest IMDB-rated Indian Movies list which is dominated by regional movies.

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022)



The Nambi Effect

It is based on the life of S Nambi Narayanan, a controversial aerospace engineer who worked in ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), who was allegedly framed for being a spy and arrested He fought for justice against the officials who had allegedly falsely implicated him and he was later exonerated by the courts.

IMDB Rating – 9.0/10


777 Charlie (2022)



Kannada movie 777 Charlie was written and directed by Kiranraj K and was released globally in June 2022. The film received huge critical acclaim for its cast performances, writing, emotional weight and direction, this move shows a beautiful bond between Dharma and his Labra dog named Charlie. Kiranraj K has portrayed the relation between a human and animal. It is such a beautifully crafted film that its fans have said they are left in tears and yet smiling after watching this movie. Despite a limited theatrical release and mainly due to word of mouth promotions, this movie has already crossed INR 1 billion in box office collections.

IMDB Rating – 9.0/10


Anbe Sivam (2003)

Anbe Sivam

Anbe Sivam

Anbe Sivam is a Tamil drama movie based on two characters named Nalla Sivam and Ambarasu, one young and arrogant, the other one is broken – physically but not spiritually by life. Nalla Sivam and Anbarasu meet under different circumstances and their lives are changed as they take the journey of their life from Bhubaneswar to Chennai. In 2003, movie was a flop when it released but has since gone on to become a favourite and now it comes in top 10 high rated moves of Indian Cinema.

IMDB Rating – 8.7/10


Gol Mal (1979)

Gol Mal

Gol Mal

Gol Mal is one of the iconic blockbuster comedy movies of Hindi cinema released in 1979. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Rahi Masoom Raza and Sachin Bhowmick, it starred Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt and Bindiya Goswami as main characters. Besides  Chhoti Si Baat, Gol Mal turned out to be one of the biggest hit movies of Palekar’s career. It revolves around the tussles between Ramprasad (Amol Palekar) and Bhavani Shankar (Utpal Dutt ). Ramprasad works for Bhavani, who discourages his employees from pursuing any hobbies. Things take a hilarious turn when Bhavani catches Ramprasad at a hockey match and he lies about having a twin.

IMDB Rating – 8.5/10


Nayakan (1987)



Nayakan is a Telugu action movie, directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. The cast of Nayakan includes Dr Rajasekhar and Namitha. This movie is about a common man named Velu Naicker (Sakthivelu) who struggles against a corrupt police force who put him on the wrong side of the law. Later he becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many poor and needy people, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll. The film was such a big success that it was later remade into Tamil, with Kamala Hasan in lead and in Hindi with Vinod Khanna in the lead. All three versions proed to be big hits on the box office.

IMDB rating – 8.5/10


Jai Bhim (2021)

Jai Bhim

Jai Bhim

Directed by T J Gnanavel, Jai Bhim is based on true incident of 1993 and shows the extent of caste discrimination in the Indian society. In the film, a pregnant woman Senggeni , played by Lijo Mol Jose , from a primitive tribal community, searches desperately for her husband, who had been arrested by the police. A High Court lawyer Chandru, played by renowned star Surya, takes up the case to find her husband and seek justice for them.

IMDB rating – 8.9/10


Manichithrathazhu (1993)



Manichitrathazhu is a Malayali horror & comedy movie, directed by Abdul Hameed Muhammed Fazil. The movie deals with a supernatural presence. The film won the National Film Award for “Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment” and Shobhana won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Ganga / Nagavalli. Its unusual storyline led the film to be adapted and remade in many languages. Hindi film, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, starring Akshay Kumar, Shiney Ahuja and Vidya Balan was also a remake of Manichitrathazhu.

IMDB Rating – 8.8/10


Pariyerum Perumal (2018)

Pariyerum Perumal

Pariyerum Perumal

This film, directed by Mari Selvaraj, also deals with caste discrimination in India. Pariyan, a law student belonging to a lower caste, falls in love with Jothi, a girl from an upper caste. However, their relationship irks Jothi’s family members who harass Pariyan no end. In the first opening weekend move has collected only 15.36L but by the positive word of mouth film collect ₹55.23 lakh in the second week and it’s lifetime box office collection is ₹5.5cr and the movie become super hit.

IMDB rating – 8.7/10

Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959)

Apur Sansar

Apur Sansar

Apur Sansar is the third and final film of the The Apu Trilogy, the Bengali drama film produced, written and directed by doyen of Indian film industry Satyajit Ray, who won an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1992. Apur Sansar is about the childhood and early adulthood of a young Bengali named Apu in early 20th century India. The World of Apu stars Soumitra Chatterjee (as Apu) and Sharmila Tagore (as Apu’s wife Aparna). The duo would go on to appear in many subsequent Ray films.

IMDB Rating – 8.5/10


3 Idiots (2009)

3 Idiots

3 Idiots

Amir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi starrer 3 Idiots was directed by Rajkumar Hirani. This movie was based on the novel Five Point Someone written by Chetan Bhagat and the director says that this movie drew inspiration from the real life story of an engineer-cum-scientist called Sonam Wangchuk. 3 Idiots revolves around three best friends in an engineering college and the Indian education system that emphasises learning by rote, instead of provoking curiosity and desire to know. The film turned out to be a huge success not just in India but overseas well, notably in China. The film is reported to have grossed    over INR 4 billion, the biggest collection by an Indian film at that time.

IMDB Rating – 8.4/10



  1. fghclbjyw says:

    This 777 Charlie is highly depends on your mind type, the genres you prefer and what interests you.

    I am the person who prefers more intense plot, whether it is action, comedy, etc. I generally get bored of dramatic scenes and emotional sentiments.

    777 Charlie is good movie but I felt they could have added more, i got bored of it halfway through and I felt it was dragged. Dogs affection is universal and a known fact but streching the same message for over 2 and half hours felt like a drag. It is more of an OTT watch rather than a theatre.

    This no way means i hate it, there is nothing wrong in the plot to recieve negative reviews just that the director could have added more activities from the dog rather than just showing affectionate scenes the whole time. Also it doesn’t mean am an emotionless idiot it’s just that you cant be that way the whole time

    After I left the theatre it’s not just me, even my parents said that and I could even hear it from the crowd.

  2. Gavin says:

    I have been going through the interviews and interactions of R Madhavan ever since I watched the brilliant movie “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect” last Sunday. One thing I can say for sure is that, for Madhavan, the whole making of the movie has been a pilgrimage.

    It is evident that Madhavan has not approached the film from a commercial point of view despite being the lead actor (playing Nambi Narayanan on screen), director, script writer and co-producer of the film. The man is on a mission to let the world know of a genius scientist Nambi Narayanan who has been irredeemably wronged by the system by falsely implicating for espionage when he actually deserved to be honoured and celebrated for laying firm foundation for the emergence of India as a superpower in space.

    I have always liked Madhavan. Not only for his charismatic looks and acting, but also for his reverence and appreciation for Bhārata, its culture and civilization. I think the moment is now when he has transformed from just being an actor to a master artist who can make substantial contribution to Indian cinema and the Indic cause. Madhavan is 52 years old. I believe he has solid 3 decades before him to craft many more of such stories that need to be told on silver screen.

    There are multiple interviews and promos of the film on YouTube where both Madhavan and Nambi Narayanan address media and various important people of the civil society. However, the one I liked the most is an 18 minutes video where they interact with the family, friends and colleagues of Nambi Narayanan (in English and Tamil) where each one of them share their own personal experience going through the harrowing episode. The CBI officer PM Nair IPS who solved the conspiracy was also present, and it is very emotional when he explains various moments of the investigation.

    There is another video, an hour long talk in Tamil, where Madhavan details the journey of 6 plus years giving the whole context of the movie and sharing interesting anecdotes from the making. I encourage each one of you, my friends, to watch them (links to a couple of them are in comment boxes under the post). Also you may read my review (more a note than a review) of the movie, the link to which is posted in comment box 1.

    Best wishes once again to R Madhavan and team for the success of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’. Graritude to Nambi Narayanan and the scientists who make India proud.

    To all my friends, you must watch this movie.

  3. Blanche says:

    Why is Anbe Sivam regarded as the best movie in the history of Tamil cinema by many? Did this movie have any story at all? First of all is it a movie? No. Anbe Sivam is an experience, not only for one Madhavan but for another few thousands, who care to learn quite a lot of things and feel conceited about themselves, but fail miserably to confront the vagaries of life. What was the movie all about? An experienced matured man and a squeamish, egotist but tender hearted youth (a typical modern day youth) travelling together from Bhubaneshwar to Chennai(East coast of India).Fate hinders their journey in all possible ways which Madhavan initially considers exasperating but later reveres as an experience of a lifetime. The story is as simple as that but the associated scenes,dialogues and the lessons learnt reverberate through your mind for a long time.

    Be it the floods,train accident or the little boy’s death it is Madhavan who breaks down and get shattered. But Kamalhassan adapts himself and reconciles himself to reality and helps in the best possible way he can. While it takes a lot of effort for Madhavan to tell Kamalhaasan about his fraternal love towards him, Kamalhaasan finds it easy to tell ‘A.Ars, you are a go(o)d man’ (it’s not that easy to tell it to someone earnestly). From where did Kamal get this maturity? The story moves into the flashback of Kamal,a communist, who loves the daughter of a capitalist, Nasser, whom he opposes as a worker regarding wages. When the duo decide to elope to Kerala for marriage, their bus meets with a gory accident. Kamal is badly bruised losing a limb and is totally disfigured. While struggling in bed for life, Nasser speaks extremely rude and blatant to Kamal. On conjuring up the scenes after the accident, he evaluates stark contrast of Nasser and the sister. Kamal sees god through the sister and sees it subsequently in quite a lot of people who propagate love.His outlook changes completely.

    The first half with some lighter moments, the middle with some interesting dialogues and the last with some really shaking scenes Anbe Sivam stands tall amidst other usual Tamil movies. Madhavan is extraordinary communicating the emotions powerfully(especially in the climax dialogue with Kamalhaasan). The one fight scene in the middle could have been avoided. Rather than going abroad for shooting songs, this movie has brought out some really excellent locations in India( not only in machi machi song). The choice of season to shoot this movie has been brilliant with the monsoon accentuating the kind of feelings to be conveyed. Does the name ‘Anbe Sivam’ mean ‘Anbarase Nallasivam’ trying to say ‘All are one soul’? Kamal only knows. Finally, I’m sure it would not take any effort for anyone who has seen this movie to say ‘I love you Dr.Kamalhaasan’ for such an excellent story and screenplay.

  4. Lillie says:

    Very descriptive post, I enjoyed that bit. Will there be a part 2?

  5. Shelia says:

    Hey There.
    This is a very neatly written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info.
    777 Charlie is my all my time favorite move, I got tears in my eyes while watching this movie and I am sure I am not the only person who admitting this.

  6. Charlie says:

    I saw the teaser of 777 Charlie and I think the movie is going to be quite fresh and might be it can a feel good movie. Talking about the teaser the cinematography was good and the frames and shots was nicely presented and the dog was so awesome.. the hero is present at last shot it was fresh to see the character of Rakshit shetty… and at last the music was fantastic which took the teaser to another level… I hope the movie should become a blockbuster at pan India level…..(I am a telugu guy and I felt the music was good in telugu also).

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