India is the first film industry in the world, ahead of Hollywood. It is a factory that produces hundreds of films a year. And at the same time India is a suggestive place, which has served as a stage for a multitude of arguments and stories on the big screen.

We compiled here some movies to travel to India recommended that afternoon-night in which you want to enjoy a good story while you continue dreaming of your trip to India … or, why not, to enjoy more the trip you did and recognize places, people , anecdotes.

It is a list of the many possible. In fact, we encourage you to share your favorite films to travel to India here, with us.



It is not cinema of Indian nationality, but it deals with the life of one of the most famous people in the history of this country . Essential to know many of the events that marked the destiny of millions of people, between Indian independence and partition in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Wonderful movie starring Ben Kingsley and directed by Richard Attenborough. Undoubtedly, one of the best films to travel to India and understand its contemporary history.

Fire-Earth-Water-Sky Saga

We can not forget Deepa Mehta , an Indian director based in Canada who usually contributes a very personal point of view of the Indian reality:


Essential to reflect on the importance of the Indian family , with its characteristic values, traditions and secrets. Ashok and Radha have been married for 15 years, performing their traditional roles perfectly. With them live also the mother and brother of the husband. But the family grows and is revolutionized when the brother marries Sita.


It places us at the time of the Indian partition, in 1947, and how it affects harmony in a group of Hindu and Muslim friends.


In the midst of the emancipation movement led by Mahatma Gandhi (late 1930s), somewhere in India an 8-year-old girl marries an elderly man who dies that same night. Following the destiny that marks the tradition, the young wife prepares to enter an ashram for widows where she must spend the rest of her life.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Only lived once)

What happens when three Indian friends decide to visit Spain and, more specifically, the cities of Pamplona, ​​Seville and Buñol and its La Tomatina festival? That the curious Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is born, one of the highest grossing Indian films of 2011 and starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar. In fact, he was mainly responsible for attracting hundreds of tourists from India who came to Spain looking for “what was that of La Tomatina”. Curious, the less.

The Darjeeling Limited

The ever-peculiar Wes Anderson adapted his independent touch to a colorful and surreal India crisscrossed by a train, The Darjeeling Limited, in which three brothers willing to rediscover themselves in the country of curry travel. Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman , this film premiered in 2007 finds its forts in photography or a soundtrack in which they range from Bengali music to Beethoven or The Rolling Stones. Highly recommended, but maybe not for all audiences.

The exotic Marigold hotel

A group of English elders decide to retire to an exotic residence in the Indian city of Jaipur , in Rajasthan, not knowing that the building is really half in ruins. A situation that, in spite of the initial insecurity, will encourage them to immerse themselves in that country defined by the character of Judi Dench as a wave: “If you resist, you are shot down; if you dive in it it takes you swimming to the other side ». Highly recommended, the tape had a less successful sequel.

The book of the jungle

Turned into one of Disney’s most famous animated films, the anthology Rudyard Kipling’s book of the virgin lands featured a successful real-image version, also produced by Disney in 2016 and turned into a visual delight. The mythical story of Mowgli, the child raised in the jungle by wolves who starts the return home with the Pantheera panther and the bear Baloo counted here with a somewhat darker touch and special effects worthy of the Oscar .

Eat, pray and love

Based on the book of the same name by journalist Elizabeth Mitchell, the adaptation to the big screen premiered in 2010 featured Julia Roberts in the role of a newly divorced woman who decides to travel to Italy, India and Bali in order to reconnect, respectively, with the pleasures of taste, yoga and meditation. While many critics called the film a “manual for boring, bored women,” the truth is that Eat, pray and love continues to be equally inspiring for the whole person in search of answers.

life of Pi

Based on the famous writer Yann Martel’s book , Vida de Pi, directed by the famous filmmaker Ang Lee, was released in 2012, reaping great success from critics and audiences. A story as simple as complex that brings together the young Pi and the Bengal tiger Richard Parker in a boat in the Pacific Ocean after the sinking of the ship in which they were traveling. Wonderful.

Slumdog Millionaire

The renowned British director Danny Boyle came to India to show the world the definitive film about the subcontinent. Winner of 8 Oscars in 2009, the story of Jamal (Dev Patel), a young slum from Mumbai who manages to answer all the questions of the program Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? not only did it allow us to believe in destiny again, but it would turn Slumdog Millonaire into a film that would arouse an even more global interest in the Indian subcontinent and its culture.


Years after the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel took the lead in Lion, a biopic based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home, written by Saroo Brierley . A story that follows the footsteps of a 5-year-old Indian boy named Saroo who, after getting lost in Calcutta, ends up being adopted by an Australian family until, thanks to Google Earth technology, he decides to leave in search of his origins. Poignant and nominated for 6 Oscar awards, Lion not only stands out for the emotionality of its history, but for the giant performances of Patel and Nicole Kidman in the role of adoptive mother.


Of French origin, this film released in 2018 places us six years earlier, at which time two French journalists are released from captivity in Syria. One of them, Gabriel, decides to travel to the Indian state of Goa , where he grew up and where he will meet the beautiful Maya. A film of exquisite cinematographic language at the service of some leading actors, Roman Kolinka and Suzan Anbeh, is a state of grace.

Bollywood / Hollywood

With a more playful approach but not without a background or social criticism, Deepa Mehta here deals with the story of a young and wealthy Canadian citizen who is fighting for his family to stop trying to find him a wife. Again the clash between traditional values ​​and modernity, and the reflection and questioning of moral principles.

The monsoon wedding

Directed by Mira Nair in 2001, it is a very awarded film that uses as an excuse the preparations of a wedding to show us the conflicts between modernity and tradition and certain moral values ​​of present day India. In the purest Punjabi style, the film is full of color, music and dance.

Trilogy of Apu

If we look at the most classic cinema, it is inevitable to refer to the so-called Trilogy of Apu, by the prestigious director Satyajit Ray . His three films:

Pather Panchali (The song of the road), Aparajito and Apu Sansar (the world of Apu) tell the story of a family from the east of the country that fights against bad luck. The father earns his living as a priest and healer and the mother struggles to feed her family. Then Apu is born, the new son, who grows and learns until he reaches maturity throughout the different films, facing a world in which it is not easy to overcome.

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Nominated for the Oscar for best foreign film , it is one of the best-known and best-known films of Indian cinema. The plot is striking, hilarious and gives rise to discover many clues of the Indian character and way of life in their villages. “During the British occupation of India, the inhabitants of a small village are reluctant to pay the tax that British officers They have doubled. Before the protests decide to resolve the conflict by playing a cricket match: if the peasants win, they will be exempted from the fees.

Swades, we the people .

Another classic that massively filled the rooms in India. It deals with the story of an Indian emigrant in the USA. He leads a successful life and returns to India with the intention of taking his nanny with him. It is an initiatory journey in which he rediscovers his roots.

And it is worth mentioning some great blockbusters. The typical movies that everyone has seen, something like the “popular classics” … although today you may find them more difficult to find. Although in the case of blockbuster films in India and given the Indian passion for cinema … the list would be endless.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Big Hearted Will Take Away The Bride)

On the dilemma of marriage for love against arranged marriage . A beautiful love story in true Bollywood style, full of dances and songs of success.

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (From The End To The End)

Another love story without family consent, with a soundtrack that everyone recognizes in India.

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun? (Who Am I To You?)

Preparations for a wedding give rise to one of the most classic films of Indian cinema.

Have you seen any of these best movies to travel to India ?