The Best Bollywood Movies of the 2010 Decade

You’re probably wondering, “Here we go again, another blog post claiming it knows the best movies of the decade”, and to your credit, you aren’t completely wrong. While I can’t go so far as to say this list is the most superior ranking list you will ever read regarding the top 10 Bollywood movies of the past decade, it is without question the most objective.


To help us rank the best Bollywood movies of the decade, we realized there are three important components when judging the quality of any cinematic piece: Box Office Collections, Critics reviews, and Audience approval. Now, we do understand that at the end of the day, movies are created for viewers. Thus, audience approval is certainly the most important category when deciding what the best of the best truly is. To simplify it for everyone, we created an equation to rank these movies by each category measured on a scale of 1 to 10, with audience approval holding the most weight.


BOX OFFICE RATING (25%) + CRITIC RATING (25%) + AUDIENCE RATING (50%) = BBROZ SCORE


Each rating you see above was acquired in different ways. For the box office, the score is based on the movie’s return on investment. For example, a movie that made 4 times as much as it cost to create, would be considered an “All Time Blockbuster” as well as a 10 on this scale. Conversely, a movie that only retained 25% of its original investment is deemed a “disaster” and rated a 2 on this scale. Critic rating was acquired through Rotten Tomatoes. For instance, a movie with a 54% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes is given a 5.4. Finally, audience approval was based on the movie’s IMdB rating. ImdB was selected for audience pulse because of the large sample size of given reviews.


Now that you have read the method to our rankings, you have earned what you are about to be exposed to. Without further ado, here is the BEST OF THE 2010’s, Bollywood Broz style.


*Side Note, It would be impossible to put every movie of the decade through this equation. We narrowed the choices down by only using films nominated by Filmfare as the Best Film for their respective year (left us with 55 movies to rank). Any movies that we believe deserve to be a part of the list but weren’t nominated are labeled as honorable mentions.


55. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017)


Box Office Score: 8 (Super Hit)

Critic's Score: 2.7

Audience Score: 7.2


BBROZ Score: 6.28




54. Super 30 (2019)


Box Office Score: 6 (Semi-Hit)

Critic's Score: 3.3

Audience Score: 8.1


BBROZ Score: 6.38




53. Chennai Express (2013 - Don’t @ us, this film was huge in India)


Box Office Score: 9 (Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 4.7

Audience Score: 6


BBROZ Score: 6.43





52. 2 States (2014)


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 4.4

Audience Score: 6.9


BBROZ Score: 6.55




51. Ram Leela (2013)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 6.4

Audience Score: 6.4


BBROZ Score: 6.56





50. Band Baaja Bharat (2010)


Box Office Score: 5 (Average)

Critic's Score: 7

Audience Score: 7.2


BBROZ Score: 6.60




49. Dabbang (2010)



Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 4.7

Audience Score: 6


BBROZ Score: 6.65




48. Barelliey Ki Barfi


Box Office Score: 5 (Average)

Critic's Score: 7

Audience Score: 7.5


BBROZ Score: 6.75




47. Mission Mangal (2019)


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 6.2

Audience Score: 6.5


BBROZ Score: 6.80





46. Udaan (2010)


Box Office Score: 3 (Flop)

Critic's Score: 8

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 6.85




45. Bajirao Mastani (2015)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 6.5

Audience Score: 7.2


BBROZ Score: 6.98




44. Don 2 (2011)



Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 6.9

Audience Score: 7.1


BBROZ Score: 7.03




43. Sanju (2018)


Box Office Score: 9 (Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 3.6

Audience Score: 7.8


BBROZ Score: 7.05




42. Dirty Picture (2011)


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 7

Audience Score: 6.6


BBROZ Score: 7.06




41. Badri Ki Dulhania (2017)


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 8

Audience Score: 6.2


BBROZ Score: 7.10




40. No One Killed Jessica (2011)


Box Office Score: 6 (Semi-Hit)

Critic's Score: 8

Audience Score: 7.2


BBROZ Score: 7.11




39. Mary Kom (2014)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 8.3

Audience Score: 6.8


BBROZ Score: 7.23




38. Ranjhanna (2013)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 7.1

Audience Score: 7.6


BBROZ Score: 7.33





37. Rockstar (2011)


Box Office Score: 6 (Semi-Hit)

Critic's Score: 7.1

Audience Score: 7.6


BBROZ Score: 7.35



36. Secret Superstar (2017)


Box Office Score: 5 (Average)

Critic's Score: 9

Audience Score: 7.8


BBROZ Score: 7.40






35. English Vinglish (2012)


Box Office Score: 6 (Semi-Hit)

Critic's Score: 8

Audience Score: 7.8


BBROZ Score: 7.41





34. Udta Punjab (2016)


Box Office Score: 5 (Average)

Critic's Score: 9.1

Audience Score: 7.8


BBROZ Score: 7.43





33. Haider (2014)


Box Office Score: 5 (Average)

Critic's Score: 8.6

Audience Score: 8.1


BBROZ Score: 7.45




32. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013)


Box Office Score: 9 (Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 6.7

Audience Score: 7.1


BBROZ Score: 7.48





31. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)


Box Office Score: 4 (Below Average)

Critic's Score: 9.6

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 7.50




30. Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)


Box Office Score: 9 (Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 5.7

Audience Score: 7.7


BBROZ Score: 7.53





29. Chhichore (2019)


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 5.8

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 7.55



28. Peepli Live (2010)



Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 8.5

Audience Score: 7.4


BBROZ Score: 7.58





27. Padmavat (2018)


Box Office Score: 9 (Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 5.8

Audience Score: 7.8


BBROZ Score: 7.60





26. Hindi Medium (2017)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 7.8

Audience Score: 7.8


BBROZ Score: 7.601





25. Dehli Belly (2011)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 8.8

Audience Score: 7.5


BBROZ Score: 7.70





24. Stree (2018)


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 7.7

Audience Score: 7.6


BBROZ Score: 7.73





23. Piku (2015)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 8.7

Audience Score: 7.6


BBROZ Score: 7.7301




22. Badlapur (2015)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 9.1

Audience Score: 7.4


BBROZ Score: 7.7302





21. Queen (2014)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 7.6

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 7.75





20. Talvar (2015)


Box Office Score: 6 (Semi-Hit)

Critic's Score: 8.8

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 7.80




19. Sultan (2017)


Box Office Score: 9 (Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 8.3

Audience Score: 7


BBROZ Score: 7.83





18. My Name is Khan (2010)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 8.5

Audience Score: 8


BBROZ Score: 7.88





17. Vicky Donor (2012)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 9

Audience Score: 7.8


BBROZ Score: 7.90





16. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 7.6

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 8





15. Kahaani (2012)

Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 9

Audience Score: 8.1


BBROZ Score: 8.05






14. Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara (2011)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 9.1

Audience Score: 8.1


BBROZ Score: 8.08






13. Neerja (2017)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 10

Audience Score: 7.7


BBROZ Score: 8.10





12. Kapoor and Sons (2016)


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 10

Audience Score: 7.71


BBROZ Score: 8.101





11. Uri (2019)



Box Office Score: 9 (Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 6.4

Audience Score: 8.4


BBROZ Score: 8.13






The Top 10!


10. Barfi (2012)

Who says a love triangle can’t be successful in Bollywood? One of the most overused Rom-com themes in Bollywood took a different spin in Barfi. Now, I must admit calling this movie a Rom-com or a love triangle for that matter would be unfair. It is so much more than that. A gut wrenchingly emotional plot coupled with phenomenal acting, has Barfi cracking the top 10 of the decade.


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 8.6

Audience Score: 8.1


BBROZ Score: 8.2



9. Badhai Ho (2018)


As a 23-year-old myself, I can’t fathom the thought that my parents were at one-point intimate, let alone the idea of them gifting me a younger sibling. But it would make one hell of a movie, wouldn’t it? Badhaai Ho takes this concept and turns it into a comedic masterpiece. With the help of amazing actors, this was easily one of the funniest movies of 2018, and it is no surprise to me that it is #9 on this list.


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 9.1

Audience Score:8


BBROZ Score: 8.28



8. Article 15 (2019)

While India has laws (Article 15) that state it is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of religion, gender, caste, or place of birth, enforcing it has proven to be a whole other issue. In this movie, Ayushman pays an ode to this law, and more importantly the story behind the 2014 Badauan Gang Rape Allegations. In a thrilling fashion, we see discrimination, injustice, & toxic masculinity meet law, order, and justice without the hero’s shirt coming off.


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 8.9

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 8.33



7. Pink (2016)


Although I didn’t have the pleasure of watching Pink, it’s definitely one that I know I can’t miss. In an industry that is now focusing more on social messaging, this movie is still referenced as a pioneer for social change. So much so, that Pink is now a part of the HR training a Rajasthan police officer would receive, with the intent to teach the police force the importance of being sensitive surrounding women’s rights, and much more.


Box Office Score: 7 (Hit)

Critic's Score: 10

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 8.35



6. Raazi (2018)


Spy thrillers are relatively common in the industry with movies like D-Day, Baby, Holiday, and to a lesser degree Special 26 & A Wednesday. One similarity among those movies, is a male lead. You know where I am going with this, but Raazi isn’t only a good movie because it has a woman protagonist (even though Alia Bhatt’s performance is legendary). Raazi takes accounts of a RAW agent, based on the novel “Calling Sehmet” which makes it easier for viewers to follow. The beauty of Raazi lies beyond gunshots and explosions. It’s raw emotion, courageous acting, and unbiased (mostly) story telling. A must-watch for sure.


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 10

Audience Score: 7.8


BBROZ Score: 8.40



5. PK (2014)


Why are my prayers not getting answered? Is religion just a big scam? There are millions of deities out there, how do I figure out who the right God is? Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? If you haven’t, you might have thought about them. PK depicts an alien that gets lost on Earth and his only way back home is his remote, which is as lost as him on planet Earth. In efforts to search for his remote, he turns to God to help him. He finds himself asking those exact same questions. A movie with a cringe worthy premise, ended up being the same movie that asked us the most important questions about our own faith. Couple all of that with the best actor in Bollywood, and you have one of the best movies of the decade.


Box Office Score: 10 (All-Time Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 7.6

Audience Score: 8.1


BBROZ Score: 8.45



4. Gully Boy (2019)


If money/wasting your parent’s money wasn’t an issue, what would you be doing with your life? Some would say acting, dancing, teaching, non-profit, etc. A better and more important question though would be, how many of us would have the courage to pursue it? I’d say that people would answer the second question more hesitantly than the first one. Gully Boy follows the story of Murad (Ranveer Singh), a poor kid living on the streets of Mumbai who just wants to be a rapper. Now, this isn’t the most unique plot ever, I’ll be the first to admit it. But what makes Gully Boy a top-notch movie is the development and portrayal of the characters and the surrounding environment. And obviously, the soundtrack. So, if you find yourself struggling with that second question, just know that “Apna Time Ayega.”


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 9.5

Audience Score: 8.2


BBROZ Score: 8.48



3. Andhadhun (2018)

A sperm donor, a pilot, a victim of erectile dysfunction, a man struggling with hair loss, a “dirty” phone operator, and a cop who doesn’t actually punch anyone (which is unheard of in Bollywood). Is there anything that Ayushman Khurana can’t do!? In Andhadun, Ayushman plays the role of a blind pianist, who is struggling to find his muse. Unintentionally, he finds himself the suspect in a murder which he technically (due to his blindness), would never have seen. This movie ended up becoming one of the most unpredictable thrillers I have seen to date. And, this movie stamped Ayushman as one of, if not the best Bollywood actor of the decade. Don’t @ me.


Box Office Score: 8 (Super-Hit)

Critic's Score: 10

Audience Score: 8.4


BBROZ Score: 8.70



2. Bajrangi Bhaijan (2015)



In our podcast, we lovingly spoke about how Salman Khan started the decade as a masala cop, and fittingly ended this decade as a masala cop, that quite frankly is hard to watch on the screen. But I must concede. Somewhere in between, India’s most polarizing actor did release a very watchable movie. Bajrangi is a story of a devout religious man that is stuck in the moral complex of helping a lost child who doesn’t share the same faith as him. To make matters more emotional, this girl also cannot speak & has no way of telling our hero Bajrangi (Salman) where she’s from. In a comedy of very charismatic errors, Bajrangi helps the child find her home, and we are given a movie that appeases to all audiences and truly is fun to watch.

Box Office Score: 10 (All-Time Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 9.3

Audience Score: 8


BBROZ Score: 8.83



And the Best film of the decade according to our full proof Bollywood Equation:


1. Dangal (2016)


DRUM-ROLL PLEASE… THE #1 MOVIE OF THE DECADE ACCORDING TO THE BOLLYWOOD EQUATION... is none other than the Aamir Khan starrer, Dangal.


This story embeds you into the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat who was an amateur wrestler with the dream of becoming a professional athlete and representing his country on the national stage. After failing to achieve his dream, he like many other parents do, tries to live vicariously through his daughters. This story follows the career of his daughters and explores both the insecurities of Mahavir & his unparalleled drive to be successful. The movie also takes a dive into the psyche of the daughters, who are now tasked with meeting their father’s unmet dreams and follows their wrestling career in what I would say is the most realistic depiction possible given the circumstances. If you haven’t already seen this movie, by the end you will likely feel very inspired and super emotional. This will lead to you promptly paying a visit to the gym that you pay for but don’t really go to, and you may even find yourself saying that Dangal is one of the best movies you have ever seen

Box Office Score: 10 (All-Time Blockbuster)

Critic's Score: 8.8

Audience Score: 8.4


BBROZ Score: 8.90

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