45 Best Bollywood Family Movies

Vivah

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Poonam lives in a middle-class family with her uncle and aunt after her parents passed away at a young age. Her aunt isn’t in favor of Poonam because she makes her own daughter Rajni look less beautiful. Impressed by Poonam’s values and way of living, a family friend and jeweler, Bhagatji takes a marriage proposal to Harishchandra for his youngest son, Prem. Initially, Prem and Poonam find it very awkward to talk but at the same are attracted to each other. Their love story is filled with innocence, simplicity and pure love which is put to the test when Poonam’s house catches on fire on the eve of her wedding day.

Drishyam

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Vijya, a local businessman and his family fall under police scrutiny after his family is suspected to be involved in the disappearance of Goa’s IGP’s son. Vijay shields his family from the dark side of the law after they end up committing a crime unintentionally and under uncontrollable circumstances.

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Two estranged brothers, Rahul and Arjun, return to their childhood home after their grandfather’s health declines. Arjun meets Tia at a party and slowly falls in love with her but he feels that his brother might have some feelings for Tia. Arjun and Rahul soon discover about problems in their parent’s relationship. Their trip back home turns more dramatic after other dark secrets are revealed.

Dil Dhadakne Do

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The story is narrated by Pluto, the Mehra’s dog. In order to celebrate Kamal and Neelam’s 30th wedding anniversary, their kids Ayesha and Kabir plan a cruise trip for all the family friends. While everyone seems happy and successful on the outside, the story is quite different in reality. Kamal and Neelam’s marriage is failing. Their son Kabir is not interested in the family business that is also not doing too well. Ayesha runs her business successful but is unhappy with her marriage. The movie is a mix of stories starting from love, anger, hate, betrayal and explores the complexities of relationships.

Haider

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Haider is the son of a doctor based in Kashmir and he stays away from home, seeking education at the Aligarh University. On returning home post his father’s death, Haider is surprised to see his mother and uncle, living life the normal way. A plethora of questions arise in his mind and he decides to find an appropriate explanation and sets out to find the actual truth behind his father’s demise.

Baghban

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An elderly couple loses their home and seeks shelter with their children. However, they are in for a rude shock when, in an attempt to lower the burden of supporting their parents, the children split them apart, causing the couple great unhappiness. They face daily abuse at the hands of their host families, with the father being unable to write his novel and the mother being taken for granted. Finally, a chance encounter with an orphan boy they helped in the past, gives them financial freedom. The parents regain their old home and the children realize and repent their atrocious behavior.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum

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The story revolves around a wealthy couple and their two sons Rohan and Rahul. As Rahul matures, Mr. Raichand starts looking for potential girls for his marriage. He wants Rahul to get married to a girl who comes from a rich and sophisticated family. However, Rahul wants to marry Anjali, who comes from a middle-class family. Mr. Raichand does not approve of their marriage and disowns Rahul. Rahul and Anjali relocate to London and start a family. Years later when Rohan returns after his studies, he finds out about his elder brother and goes to London to reunite his family.

English Vinglish

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Shashi Godbole has a sweet family with a husband, son, and daughter but is dragged and ignored a little by husband and daughter due to her inability to understand and speak English. Although being a sweet-tempered and caring lady, her traits are ignored by her narrow-minded family. One fine day, she happens to visit her sister in Manhattan for her niece’s wedding and decides to enroll in English classes. The classes help Shashi in gaining her lost confidence and rise beyond the judgemental eyes of her family.

Taare Zameen Par

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Ishaan Awasthi, a dyslexic kid, sees the world as a cartoon movie, filled with colours, kites, spaceships, and all thing wonderful that adults don’t appreciate as much. Due to his dyslexia, Ishaan barely keeps up with his academics, daydreaming and barely paying any attention most of the time. Soon, he’s sent off to a boarding school, with the hope of him getting disciplined. While his parents think this is necessary, for him, it’s a nightmare. While things are pretty similar there, Ishaan also has to deal with being separated from his family. As the film progresses, Ishaan’s disability gives him the ability to express himself in a beautiful way, thanks to his art teacher as well.

Piku

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There is always more to every relationship and especially if it’s a father-daughter. For this family, it is all about motion because “motion se hi emotion hota hai”. Piku Banerjee, a Bengali architect set in Delhi with her eccentric father who suffers from constipation. The Banerjee family knows all about constipation and that’s all they talk about and after a near-death experience, Piku’s father decides to go on a road trip to Kolkata. The dynamic of the family changes when they meet Rana, the owner and the driver of the taxi hired by the Bannerjees. Watch this movie to find out how this trip changes everything for Piku and how her tangled relations are filled with immense love.

Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana

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Aarti Shukla is a topper in her college, born with a brilliant mind, but is very unstable when it comes to her emotions. Her academic accolades have provided her with high hopes to create a bright career, but things take an unprecedented turn when her marriage is arranged with Satyendar Mishra, a middle-class average guy. On the day of their marriage, fate has different things in store for them, as she flees the set of her own marriage because she gets to know she won’t be able to pursue her career after marriage.

Kal Ho Na Ho

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Naina, a pessimistic and depressed student, lives in New York with her widowed mother. The death of her father causes emotional and financial problems in her family. When a cheerful and optimistic man, Aman Mathur, moves in next door, she falls in love with him. However, Naina’s childhood friend, Rohit is also in love with her and seeks Aman’s help to express his feelings. The lives of the three characters changes when Aman reveals a shocking secret.

Mother India

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Radha, a poor woman, is burdened with a loan her mother-in-law had taken from a moneylender. After her husband dies tragically, she has to take the responsibility of raising her children alone and pay back the greedy moneylender. Radha never does anything against her moral code even if she has to suffer more hardships by taking the righteous route. She wants her sons to follow the same ethical route as she has but her sons decide against it.

Dangal

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Dangal is a biography on the Phogat sisters and their struggle to shine brightly in the world of wrestling. Mahavir Singh Phogat was a promising wrestler in his time, but he has to give up on the sport to support his family financially. He dreamt of training his own sons in wrestling. As a matter of sheer destiny, four daughters were born to Mahavir consecutively. The story proceeds and Mahavir realizes that daughters are no lesser than sons and he can train his daughters to become successful wrestlers in future. Thereafter, he starts training his first two daughters, Geeta and Babita. What follows is the ultimate struggle of the father and the daughters to make their own mark in the field of wrestling.

Chupke Chupke

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In order to protect the job of a security guard he met on an excursion, Professor Parimal Tripathi takes his place. He is also in love with a woman named Sulekha. She is highly impressed by his act of generosity towards the guard and falls in love with him too. Throughout the movie, Sulekha plays pranks on Parimal. After they get married, he experiences a feeling of inferiority as Sulekha continuously praises her brother-in-law. Parimal decides to prank her ‘jijaji’ by adopting the persona of a fluent Hindi speaking driver.

Badhai Ho

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Nakul, a 25-yr-old is shocked to find out his mother is pregnant. The family is exposed to criticisms of the society and their backward thinking. The grandmother is always picking on his mother and finds even more reason to after the pregnancy is revealed. Nakul begins to distance himself from his girlfriend Renee, his friends and neighbours afraid of what they might think or say. The movie is a story of braving society and sticking up with the family.

Chillar Party

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Eight kids of Chandan Nagar colony are known as the Chillar Party. They each have nicknames and an introduction of their own. They are repulsed by a dog that leaves a mess everywhere, and a neighboring cricket team they constantly lose to. After unsuccessfully trying to get rid of a boy Fatka’s dog, they befriend them both. But a sleazy politician announces that all stray dogs will be taken care of after he gets attacked by one. The movie is a battle against a politician and Chillar Party trying to save man’s best friend.

Mulk

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Based on a true story, this movie is about a Muslim family accused of having ties with a terrorist organization after a bombing takes place at Allahabad. One of the members of the family is found guilty and connected to the terrorist organization. A PIL follows a grilling investigation of the family with the daughter in law standing up to fight for the dignity of her family and to prove that every Muslim is not a terrorist unlike what people often believe.

Tumbbad

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Set in the early 20th century, ‘Tumbbad’ is a historical and fictional tale of Tumbbad, in Maharashtra. The story revolves around the fictional legend of the Goddess of Prosperity and her greedy son Hastar who often stole grains and gold from his mother and consumed it all by himself. A former resident of the cursed village of Tumbbad, Vinayak Rao narrates to his son Pandurang the story of Tumbbad village and why he visits it often. Vinayak tells his son that Hastar was a greedy glutton and whoever behaves the same and goes looking for a treasure hidden in the womb of the Goddess where Hastar resides, will face terrible consequences. Pandurang wonders why his father comes back with few coins instead of the entire treasure.

Andaz Apna Apna

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Two lazy youths, brought together in a chance encounter, believe that the key to success lies in marrying a rich woman. They target a diamond merchant’s daughter, with one pretending to be a doctor and the other, a patient. Unknown to the boys, the girl has swapped identities with her friend, hoping to be loved for her personality and not her wealth. As the boys discover the swap, they fall in love with their real identities. To make matters even more complicated, the diamond merchant himself has an evil twin, who plots to steal his brother’s wealth, in order to pay off a crime lord. As the lies unravel, a comical series of events is set off, culminating in a stand-off where all is made clear.

3 Idiots

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Two friends, Farhan and Raju are desperately looking for their long-lost buddy, Rancho. All three of them were best pals in their engineering days and at the time of convocation Rancho abruptly left without any information. Chatur, a classmate, reminds Farhan and Raju about a challenge which he has thrown at Rancho 10 years back. In a long flashback, the story of the older days at college is narrated, as the friends continue their journey to locate Rancho. Eventually, Piya, who was Rancho’s love interest in college, joins them in their journey. The story takes an unexpected turn as Raju and Farhan find out that someone else has stolen the identity of their best friend. What follows is an eager attempt to find the truth behind Rancho and his identity.

Shahid

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This movie is inspired by the true story of Shahid Azmi, a hero of human rights in India. Amidst the Bombay riots, hundreds of Muslims are murdered and Shahid’s family is terrorised as well. Shahid then journeys to Kashmir but returns back soon to Mumbai where he’s arrested for conspiring to assassinate politicians. The movie then progresses to show how Shahid gets jailed and is released after many years of struggle only to obtain a law degree, become a criminal lawyer, and ultimately become an ideal human rights activist.

Barfi!

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Barfi is a heart-warming tale of a young man ‘Barfi’, who is deaf and mute since birth. Barfi is smitten by Shruti, a beautiful lady who has recently arrived at Darjeeling. He tries to court her in his simple and childlike ways, but to no avail. He flees from Darjeeling with Jhilmil, his autistic childhood friend. They end up looking after one another in their comic & subtle ways. The innocent & resilient friendship transforms a cheerful & caring relationship of 2 souls made for each other.

Salaam Bombay!

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A little boy called Krishna is left behind by his mother at Apollo Circus when he destroys his brother’s bicycle. His mother asks him to return only when he has earned the money to repair the bicycle. Living alone on the streets of Bombay, Krishna finds a job as a tea seller. Falling in the trap of the difficult life in Bombay, Krishna befriends druggies, prostitutes and other delinquents in order to survive.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

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We are family

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Hum Saath Saath Hain

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Hum Aapke hain Kaun..!

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Super Nani

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Swades

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Chup Chup Ke

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Khichdi- The Movie

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Satte pe Satta

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Khosla ka Ghosla

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Sui Dhaagha

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Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain

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Do Dooni Char

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Biwi Ho Toh Aisi

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Patakha

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Koshish

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Bombay

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Waqt- A Race Against Time

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Lagaan

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Anand

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Udaan

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