Bollywood romantic movies hold an extraordinary space in the hearts of Indians and many people worldwide. Bollywood romantic movies have a charm to them that is unbeatable. Bollywood romantic movies have a rawness and appeal to them.
Every love story that has ever been made in Bollywood has made thousands of people smile, laugh and cry. Bollywood romantic movies are entertaining as well as emotional. Bollywood romantic movies are always feel-good movies.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what would be a better way to celebrate the day of love than with a romantic Bollywood love story? All romantic Bollywood movies are a perfect blend of pure love, happiness, sadness, pain, tears, and laughter.
So, to help you find the perfect companion for Valentine’s Day, here is a list of the most beautiful Bollywood romantic movies. Don’t forget to grab a box of tissues before starting these romantic movies, as you might end up with tears of sadness or tears of joy.
Romantic Bollywood Movies
1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
No list of Bollywood romantic movies is ever complete without this classic. This movie shows the love story of Raj and Simran, who meet each other on a trip to Europe. Simran’s marriage has already been fixed to her father’s friend’s son, Kuljeet.
Both Raj and Simran fall in love on the trip. Simran returns to Punjab soon after the trip, and her wedding festivities begin. Raj comes to Punjab to proclaim his love for Simran and thus begins the love story of Raj and Simran.
Raj has been played by Bollywood’s heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan, and Kajol has played Simran. The Shah Rukh Khan – Kajol duo is one of the most loved duos of all time. The movie has lots of catchy songs and checks all the boxes of a perfect romantic film.
2. Jab We Met (2007)
Who didn’t fall in love with Kareena Kapoor as Geet, a feisty Punjabi girl in Jab We Met? Starring opposite Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor has wonderfully portrayed the character of a bubbly girl who acts upon her instincts.
When Geet meets Aditya, a heartbroken, depressed businessman (played by Shahid Kapoor), she turns his life upside down. While Geet wants to marry her boyfriend Anshuman, Aditya falls in love with her.
As the film moves ahead, Geet and Aditya become each other’s crying shoulder on different occasions. Their friendship blossoms into a beautiful love story, a love story that is considered to be one of the best Bollywood romantic movies of all time.
The happy ending elevates the movie to another level of happiness. This movie makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day watch and is accompanied by soothing, soulful music.
3. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a classic modern love story. The film speaks volumes about a love triangle’s struggles, victories, joys, and sorrows. The film boasts a fantastic cast, including Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan and Aishwarya Rai.
Like many other Hindi romantic movies, the movie tells the story of Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) and Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) through beautiful dialogues and soulful music. The film shows the pain associated with being someone’s secret admirer at times.
Ayan and Alizeh are stuck in a love triangle where Ayan wants a love story, and Alizeh wants a friend for life. Despite having short roles, Fawad Khan and Aishwarya Rai have given great performances.
It is a perfect, heartbreaking sensitive film to watch if one is in the mood for some ugly crying.
4. Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is the touching story of a typical boy, Prem, who gets married to an educated young girl, Sandhya, in an arranged marriage. Prem has a harsh attitude towards Sandhya because she is overweight.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is quite different from most Bollywood romantic movies. The film speaks a lot about inner beauty. The film explores the budding relationship of two people who are bound in an arranged marriage and don’t get along.
A competition brings them together and makes them realize what pure love is all about. Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar have done a commendable job as Prem and Sandhya.
5. Barfi! (2012)
Amongst other Bollywood movies, Barfi! Barfi celebrates love in its most actual form. The film follows the story of a deaf and mute boy named Barfi. Barfi has the honest portrayal of three people who are in love.
The movie takes on the lives of three people~ Barfi, played by Ranbir Kapoor; Jhilmil, an autistic girl, played by Priyanka Chopra and Shruti, played by Ileana D’Cruz. The film explored topics and subjects that are still relatively rare in Bollywood romantic movies.
The film is a perfect watch for Valentine’s Day because it feels like a warm hug. Barfi has been acclaimed to be one of the best romantic Bollywood movies. The film generated buzz regarding international awards owing to its unusual and heartwarming storyline.
6. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is one of the most loved romantic bollywood movies. It is one of the most relatable films for the younger generations because it accurately depicts youngsters’ dreams. The film shows how sacrificing one’s passion is not a good idea.
The film follows the story of Naina (Deepika Padukone) and Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor). Naina is not an impulsive girl. Bunny introduces her to a whole new world of fun, happiness and craziness.
Despite being complete opposites of each other, Naina and Bunny complement each other and transform each other’s lives. The film feels like a roller-coaster with lots of highs and some lows in which an urban relationship beautifully flourishes.
7. The Lunchbox (2013)
Unlike stereotypical love stories, The Lunchbox is a gem of Indian cinema. A mix-up of lunchboxes of the famous Mumbai dabbawalas leads to an unlikely friendship between Ila, portrayed by Nimrat Kaur and Saajan Fernandes, performed by Irrfan Khan.
The relationship between Ila and Saajan is not an urban relationship but is instead an old-school relationship filled with sweetness. Ila and Saajan develop a strong bond very quickly because of the many same emotions that they have felt over time.
The film has a hopeful ending and is supported by the acting expertise of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. So, if you want a break from the heavy drama in movies, The Lunchbox is the perfect choice for you.
8. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
Another feather in the cap of Bollywood’s Romantic King ~ Shah Rukh Khan, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, is an unusual film about two individuals who barely know each other. Anushka Sharma plays Taani in this movie which was her debut film.
To win Taani’s love and affection, Surinder (Shah Rukh Khan) goes above and beyond. All the limelight of the film shines upon the amazingly choreographed dance performances of Surinder and Taani.
The film’s box office collection goes on to show how much fans of Hindi love stories loved the movie.
9. Pati, Patni Aur Woh (2019)
Pati, Patni Aur Woh is the best film for you if you are looking for a hearty laugh. It is a comedy-drama film that portrays the relationship of a husband (Kartik Aaryan), his wife (Bhumi Pednekar) and the “other” woman (Ananya Pandey).
The husband is having an extra-marital affair, and his wife creates trouble for him after she finds out about it. With fast, catchy songs, the film is a great option to watch on Valentine’s Day if you want to laugh out loud.
10. October (2018)
October is one of the most calming and soothing films of the Indian film industry. It is a slow-moving, coming of age film that indulges you in the story of Shiuli and Dan, whose lives get intertwined because of an accident.
The film has been written beautifully with some beautiful sceneries and aesthetics and tugs on the heartstrings. Both the lead characters, Shiuli and Dan, have been very well portrayed by Banita Sandhu and Varun Dhawan.
11. Khoobsurat (2014)
Mili is a physiotherapist who is hired to work on the physical health of a royal family member. The well-disciplined life of a royal family goes for a toss when Mili starts spending time with them.
Played by Sonam Kapoor, Mili tries to lighten up the royal household but creates havoc. Meanwhile, she also falls in love with Vikram~ the son of the Royal Family. A charming love story ensues between Mili and Vikram (played by Fawad Khan).
The film is emotional and funny, has a beautiful happy ending, and is an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day.
12. Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Jodhaa Akbar is one of the most beautiful Bollywood romantic movies ever made, starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles. It is a perfect watch for someone who loves historical movies.
Jodhaa and Akbar are not similar, but they have mutual respect for each other, and this respect eventually grows into a beautiful love story. The film features gorgeous music composed by music maestro A.R. Rahman. It is a beloved film with a special space in Bollywood fans’ hearts.
13. Love Aaj Kal (2009)
Love Aaj Kal is a creation of Bollywood’s celebrated director Imtiaz Ali. The film features Deepika Padukone as Meera and Saif Ali Khan as Jai in the lead roles. Meera and Jai are a modern couple until they break up prioritizing their careers.
Simultaneously an old love story is running of Veer Singh Panesar (Rishi Kapoor) and Harleen Kaur (Giselle Montiero). Despite being quite different from each other, both love stories have love at their core. Another movie succeeded the same name in 2020, starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan.
14. My Name is Khan (2010)
My Name is Khan is a sensitive film that delved into the realms of love, friendship and bonding. Rizwan Khan, played by Shah Rukh Khan, is an autistic boy whose mother brought up. After his mother dies, Rizwan’s brother calls him to live with him in the USA, where Rizwan meets Mandira (Kajol), with who he falls in love.
Mandira is a divorcee and has a son who develops a friendly bond with Rizwan. Mandira and Rizwan get married. Mandira and Rizwan live a perfect life together, but a tragedy strikes them, which brings up a wall between Rizwan and Mandira.
Rizwan sets out on a journey all alone to win his wife back. The film’s songs have heart touching lyrics that bring out the characters’ emotions at a significant level.
15. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
Maine Pyar Kiya is a beautiful musical film and one of the best Bollywood romantic movies. The film stars Salman Khan and Bhagyashree. Prem (Salman Khan) and Suman (Bhagyashree) become good friends and fall in love with each other as the story moves forward.
Prem’s and Suman’s families are in turmoil, and their relationship becomes forbidden by Suman’s father. Prem wants to be with Suman. Suman’s father puts forward a condition for Prem to prove his love for his daughter.
The situation is that Prem has to show that he can support Suman after marriage and live separately. The film shows that, at times, it is necessary to fight for love. Since the film is musical, many emotions in the movie are built through the film’s songs.
16. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
A film that lives in the warmest corner of the heart of every fan of Bollywood romantic movies, Kal Ho Naa Ho is the heartbreaking story of Aman (Shah Rukh Khan), who wishes to add positivity and happiness to the lives of people.
He profoundly loves Naina (Preity Zinta) but knows that he can’t be with her. He gives his 100% to bring Naina and Rohit (Saif Ali Khan) together. He hopes to provide a happy life to Naina even in his absence.
Aman is a ray of sunshine for every single character in the movie. He always goes out of his way to bring even the tiniest sources of happiness into his loved ones’ lives. The film features one of Bollywood’s most famous song, “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, sung by Sonu Nigam.
17. Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Bajirao Mastani is a beautiful film by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film is a piece of historical genre and follows the story of Peshwa Bajirao and Mastani. Peshwa Bajirao is married to Kashibai when he falls in love with Mastani.
Peshwa Bajirao and Mastani struggle and fight all odds as their love faces opposition. The film has an immensely popular and talented cast, including Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra, and making it one of the best Bollywood romantic movies.
Since the film is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s masterpiece, the sets and shoot locations are pleasing to the eyes, and the dresses, costumes and jewelry worn by characters result from human artistry at its best. The film is a perfect Valentine’s Day watch because of its aesthetics and powerful story.
18. Two States (2014)
Two States is a perfect movie for Valentine’s Day because it is based on the real-life love story of Indian author Chetan Bhagat. The film has been adapted from the book Two States: The Story of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat, published in 2009. The film points towards the immense diversity found in India.
Two States is the story of a Punjabi boy, Krish and a South Indian girl, Ananya, who meet each other in college (IIM Ahmedabad) and soon fall in love with each other. Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt play the lead characters.
The film is a comedy-drama that explores the spectacular love story of two individuals who come from very different backgrounds, making it one of the best Bollywood romantic movies. The drama between the families of Krish and Ananya forms the premise of the film.
19. Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na (2008)
Jaane Tu… Ya, Jaane Na is a staple movie in the list of Bollywood romantic movies. It is one of the most underrated Bollywood romantic movies. Imran Khan plays the role of Jai, and Genelia D’Souza plays the role of Aditi.
Jai and Aditi are best friends. They make for a great couple but never accept the chances of being in a relationship. Jai and Aditi genuinely care for each other. The film is a perfect ‘best friend to couple’ plot. The film has a heartwarming story that makes one genuinely happy and feels good.
20. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
One of the most popular Bollywood romantic movies of all time, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai takes one on a journey~ a journey of love and friendship. The film brings in one frame three of the biggest stars of the Indian film industry~ Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee.
The film has funny moments, happy moments, sad moments and so on. The film also has Salman Khan’s cameo. What more can one ask for! Fueled by great songs and music, the film indeed leaves one in a great mood and puts a broad smile on ones face.
The most adorable character of the film is young Anjali, Rahul’s (Shah Rukh Khan’s) daughter who plays matchmaker in the movie and unites two lovers.
Go ahead and watch any of these Bollywood romantic movies; they will surely make your day!