Bollywood is every Indian’s go-to after a tiring day at work, a break-up, an accepted proposal, a fight in the family… and almost every other situation. Bollywood movies have the power of turning things upside down with all its un-realism. They are a perfect escape. At night, when the world is sleeping in silence and you can’t (for the extra coffee cup you had in the evening), watch a movie! I have put together a list of 60 best Bollywood movies to watch at night. Most of them belong to the last decade, but I have made sure to add some classic masalas like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Hum Saath Saath Hai to take care of nostalgia.
1. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD)
A direction of Zoya Akhtar and production of Farhan Akhtar, this movie released in 2011 and still rules our hearts. This is the number one go to film at the end of a busy day.
2. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD)
On number two is our other hot-favorite YJHD. This movie had beautifully relatable characters of Bunny and Naina. Full of humor and drama, this movie managed to make many Indians fond of traveling. It has also given us some cool things for a wedding bucket-list (who wouldn’t want a wedding like Aditi’s!)
3. Dear Zindagi
Full of life-gyaan and light humor, this movie is a perfect watch for a day you feel low. It tells you to pause, breathe, and play.
This film released on Netflix is about a young Parsi chap turning his back on his family business in order to make it big as an actor. It’s a good watch for the day you crave new but typical Bollywood.
5. Dil Chahta Hai
The ZNMD of 2001, Dil Chahta Hai is a story of inseparable friends to whom life offers very different paths.
6. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
This Bollywood classic is a must when you are new to love or stuck in a love triangle. Laugh at your own situation as you watch the film and related to Kajol aka Anjali.
This series of comedy-drama was directed by Rohit Shetty. Pick any and watch on one of those sad nights. The characters are too goofy to let you feel alone.
8. Dil Dhadakne Do
This slice-of-life movie calls you on a day when family conflict is on the peak. It is entertaining, an escape. You’ll figure out how much of an escape it really is, with due course of time.
9. Kapoor and Sons
Light, and yet not, the movie is a mix of highs and lows just like our life. The story, direction, and everything in between are great. You will also get to see your beloved Rishi Kapoor in his cutest avatar ever!
Starring great actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan, this movie can be on your list for a Friday night when you have no plans.
11. Band Baaja Baaraat
The flavors of Delhi is what the movie reeks of. Romance, friendship, and drama with the jovial characters played by Ranveer Singh (Bittoo) and Anushka Sharma (Shruti) makes for a good watch on a busy weekday.
12. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Anushka Sharma’s debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was one of the sweetest things to happen in 2008. Tani and Surinder (and Raj) make for an entertaining couple!
13. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
If you are friend-zoned, it is time you watch Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na for a little consolation. This romantic comedy is a pleasant watch.
On days when you are craving non-sense (yes this happens when you have had a day full of information and education) you are welcome to watch this movie. With a loose plot, the characters are hilarious. Laugh off your stress with this one.
15. London, Paris, New York
This romantic comedy starring Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari was released in 2012. You can watch this with your significant other on a movie night, or if you are single, watch it and fall in love with the idea of love.
16. Tanu Weds Manu 1 and 2
Both these rib-tickling movies have beautifully written scripts, well-crafted dialogues and critically appraised acting. Trust me, they will turn a sad day upside down.
Critical and commercial success, Barfi! is a wholesome watch on a starry night. Superb acting, screenplay and plot.
18. New York
On a night out with your friends, you can watch and bond over this movie on friendships.
19. Badhaai Ho
A hilarious movie that breaks the stereotypes surrounding sex (of age) was well-received by the audience. Watch it with your family during dinner to make things uncomfortably funny!
20. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
A typical Bollywood drama on a night when nothing makes sense is a good idea. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt feature in this one.
21. Wake Up Sid!
If you need a wake-up call (from life), watch this movie and get ready to live your passion.
22. Badri ki Dulhania
Another Bollywood masala movie, Badri ki Dulhania stars Alia and Varun. They will make you both laugh and cry in the same duration!
23. English Vinglish
This Sridevi comeback is near to our hearts which reminds us of behaving righteously with our mothers. Only one word can describe the movie- beautiful.
This patriotic thriller is for when you had a not-so happening day. End it on a good note with this one.
This typical Bollywood movie stars Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor. In a way it talks about body positivism too. Grab a popcorn bowl and coke for this one.
26. Gully Boy
Get ready to be inspired with this engaging story on a night when you have all the energy in the world but are still lazy to move!
27. Vicky Donor
A comedy-drama starring Yami Gautam and Ayushmann Khurrana, this movie received critical appreciation and was loved by the audience. Why don’t you check it out for yourself?
A thought-provoking picture featuring Anushka Sharma and Aamir Khan should be reserved for okay-ish days- when you handle thinking. I bet it is one of the quality Bollywood movies to watch at night.
Looking for confidence in yourself? Go watch this perfectly plotted movie starring Kangana Ranaut where she goes on a soul-search journey involuntarily. You can then take inspiration and introspect!
30. The Lunchbox
This Oscar nominee and winner of critical appreciation across film associations deserve a watch on a lonely night. You will get to revisit Irrfan Khan’s one of the best performances on screen through this.
Ayushmann and Radhika Apte’s thriller is a must watch Bollywood film. It is very rare for this industry to produce quality content as this.
32. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
This slice-of-life movie is one of the few films where Salman Khan has acted well. Munni’s cuteness overloaded will make you smile and well-up in these 2-3 hours.
Perfect for a girls’ night-stay, Aisha makes for one the most entertaining Bollywood movies to watch at night.
34. Good Newwz
A movie that will have you break in a burst of riotous laughter can be scheduled for a busy day. It is a spicy-cool Bollywood movie to watch at night.
If you have ever appeared for competitive exams, this is a must watch. But since we are all victims of the Indian education system, this can help remedy its damages.
36. The Sky is Pink
To be left in tears but with a smile, watch this movie on a family dinner night.
37. Dream Girl
One of the latest comedies, Dream Girl is a movie you can watch on days lacking humor.
38. Love Aaj Kal
The old one. Enjoy Saif and Deepika’s acting with romance and drama on screen.
Based on a sensitive topic, this movie makes sure it is not to heavy to digest so it makes you laugh till the end (just to help you out!)
40. Jab We Met
Relive the Geet in you by watching this movie again. Jab We Met is one f the most popular Bollywood movies to watch at night.
41. Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety
To burst into tears of laughter is what this movie is best at. Watch it on a guys’ night stay coupled with Maggi and Pepsi.
42. Veere Di Wedding
If you are missing your childhood buddies or girlfriends, watch this movie and level up your friendship game.
Sridevi and Jahnavi Kapoor in this movie that builds up so well to a climax worth it calls for a family watch.
In search of something serious? Watch this classic that has changed Bollywood’s mastery at trash content to quality movies.
This crime-thriller is such a gluing watch that you won’t be able to leave it in the middle. So be prepared to be engaged.
This romantic comedy is a quirky watch for a night you want to definitely sleep with a smile.
Another romantic watch for a night with nothing planned.
48. Kai Po Che
A great story-lined well acted is an engaging movie.
49. Jolly LLB
This movie is about a struggling lawyer who is running after success. The movies reveal the flaws in legal system in the most hilarious manner possible.
This movie revolves around highs and lows of friendship, following a love triangle. It is a satisfactory Bollywood movie to watch at night.
51. Ek Main Aur Ek Tu
Another movie that makes for a light night watch on a tired night is Ek Main Aur Ek Tu.
52. Ferrari Ki Sawari
A fun watch for family night, Ferrari Ki Sawari offers light entertainment.
53. Teri Meri Kahani
This may not have a well-knit plot, but it does have a full-blown Bollywood drama to it.
54. Hum Saath Saath Hai
A movie to get you nostalgic, Hum Saath Saath Hai calls for a family get-together.
55. Patiala House
This entertaining movie with an engaging plot and popular cast is one of the feel-good movies you can watch at night. It gives you a pinch of all emotions in 2 hours.
56. My Name is Khan
This might get heavy for some but makes for a good watch for many in the night. Meaningful stories like this are what Bollywood needs more.
57. Break Ke Baad
Break Ke Baad is another light entertainer starring Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan.
A mix of all emotions can be experienced in this Bollywood movie set in one of the oldest parts of Delhi.
59. Dil Bole Hadippa
Rani Mukherjee slaying a guy’s look makes for a grab-a-popcorn-and-coke entertainer.
60. 3 Idiots
The decade’s one-of-a-kind movie, 3 idiots have changed the Indian mindset drastically. People are pursuing their passions. All the life-lessons the movie has for us have been delivered in the lightest and sensitive manner with a dash of humor to allow acceptance of ideas. This is a favorite when it comes to Bollywood movies to watch at night; especially with Chatur’s speech.
These 60 Hindi Bollywood movies to watch at night are a must-watch for all Bollywood fans out there. Some of them are plain non-sense while others have beautifully crafted plots.
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If we missed out on your favorite mid-night watch, let us know in the comments below!