Hollywood movies dubbed in Hindi have a certain amount of acceptance among a group of general audience in India. Dubbing of well-acclaimed, franchise-based Hollywood movies and foreign language ones are in fact a department that works with focus and reverence. Sadly, here are also people with ailing mentalities that undermine the importance of this branch; they generally sees them as an act of craziness and of extrinsic value. However, the people who work behind these does actually a very decent job in bringing out such projects. They deserve a token of appreciation, or at least a small majority has to stop viewing them with a subverted mentality.
For the group that enjoy Hollywood films dubbed in Hindi, we at The Cinemaholic, are listing some of the interesting ones that you can watch even in a dubbed version without completely losing the essence it. Kindly note that the films on this list here or that missing out are not essentially included or avoided, because of its inherent quality, but how it works in a dubbed version and how it maintains the vital values of the respective work of art.
15. Ghostbusters (1984)
Classic in the classiest of ways, ‘Ghostbusters’ delivers on many fronts: comedic, visually stunning, and with a fantastically hilarious cast! About three university professors of parapsychology being turfed from their university and opening their own ghost-hunting business; it would be one of the greatest comedies that you will come across. I saw this when I was a kid and I still watch it to this day. A film that does not get any more fun and great. The talent working on this film is superb; everybody is well-cast, great one-liners. One of those movies you can watch umpteen times and never really get bored of it. You can readily watch the dubbed version if interested.
14. The Godfather Series
Even though heavily recommended to watch the non-dubbed version, listed here because of their unanimous role in the history of cinema and an absolute necessity in watching. Owning a style of their own, some viewers may find it difficult to follow them. Serious dialogues and moments come and go without even us noticing it. Dubbed version avoids this largely. An ultra-stylized modus operandi like no other, all of these (strictly speaking, the first two) gives you chilling, awe-inspiring moments to cherish, making them an unforgettable watch. Nonetheless, the experience will be one of a kind and it is your decision to choose the version you like.
13. Gladiator (2000)
Ridley Scott’s Gladiator is a terrific film that took home five Oscars in 2001 including Best Picture. Almost every department done well, it will hook you from beginning to end. Russell Crowe made a powerful lead as Maximus with line delivery so intense that his words go beyond the screen and hit the audience in the face. This is definitely his best performance so far. Joaquin Phoenix makes an enormous impression as well, and his villainous character do powerfully portray that it is actually disturbing. His performance is brutally good. It will be a unique experience in the dubbed version.
12. Jaws (1975)
‘Jaws’ was a revolution in many ways to Hollywood Cinema. One of them was, it perfected the “less is more” terror effect of not seeing the monster until the built up pressure of tension can take no more. Brilliant filmmaking that you do not get to see every day and Spielberg in his top form is always something that is destined to stand the test of time. Not to mention the film has an extremely likable and balanced trio of heroes (quite rare for a thriller film these days), mature respect for the dead, alluring cinematography, impressive practical effects, and one of the most deserving iconic soundtracks of all time. One of the best written scripts of all time, it will be an experience in any language.
11. Django Unchained (2012)
Well, how about a Tarantino film in Hindi! Fun, exciting, amusing, and non-stop exhilarating, ‘Django Unchained’ takes the cake here with another great script by Quentin Tarantino assisted well through marvelous acting and incredulously stylistic directing, it becomes an excellent piece of entertainment from beginning to end. Tarantino makes us face our most grievous sins while making us laugh and leaves us scratching our heads and wondering whether we are in fact the villains. Will be a hell of a watch in Hindi!
10. Avatar (2009)
‘Avatar’ is a beautiful film to watch. Becoming immersed in this world of Pandora is such a real treat. James Cameron’s creativity shines in the landscape of this vast, organic, and intelligent world. For this reason alone, this film is worth the watch. The length and certain plot details make it a harder film to keep returning too. It is such a journey while watching that it seems impossible to watch it more than a handful of times. A script that is predictable and clichéd at times, it will be a fun watch in Hindi if you opt to.
9. American Beauty (1998)
Structurally, ‘American Beauty’ looks and sounds marvelous and flows in perfect cadence with its underlying themes. The picture serves as an example of dark and complex themes structured around a bright visual scheme and lighter performances. It is a film of self-discovery, of redemption, and of understanding the differences between rights, wrong, and inner beauty and outer conformity. Legendary piece of filmmaking from such an underrated director, which will give you lots to think. An essential watch, which you can opt in Hindi if you want.
8. Drive (2011)
‘Drive’ is one of those great films with less talk, but visually and stylistically astounding. That is the main reason why, it cannot lose its essence while viewed in a dubbed version. Hyper-stylized imagery over a substantial script for sure, but what’s lacking dramatically is more than made up for with its blend of striking cinematography, electrifying music and jarring ultra-violence. The terms “art-house” and “action” do not usually mix smoothly in the film world, but Drive mixes them perfectly. It is magnificent, and you probably could not take your eyes off the screen.
7. The Dark Knight (2008)
‘The Dark Knight’ is a film that has cult following in India. The film is available in numerous languages. As you may probably know, it is not a conventional superhero movie. It hardly has any special effects to boast off like any other superhero movie. However, what makes it so compelling and intriguing is its treatment. It is one of the most entertaining movies of action-crime-thriller genre. The Joker is menacing, the Batman is rock solid as he should be and a string of very important and well-etched characters with a terrific plot makes this movie surreal. Moreover, why not, it is Christopher Nolan! Give it a watch!
6. Forrest Gump (1994)
‘Forrest Gump’ is probably everyone’s “good, but overrated” movie. In addition, I think everyone who is saying, he was not touched by this is probably lying. It has a pretentious story somewhat, but the film does not deny that fact. A melodramatic, fairytale telling, possibly would have flopped if it had chosen a different way of storytelling. I know this may seem trite and unfashionable to say so, but this is just a great story and a great movie. The acting and lovable characters tie this movie up into a tight little package that is easy to swallow but conveys a greatness not seen in modern “consumer” cinema. In Hindi too, this movie does work well.
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Wes Craven creates an intelligent horror film with the aid of an imaginary premise brought to life by state-of-the-art special effects and a uniformly superb cast. He uses nothing more than the usual conventions to create a film that is scary and creepy throughout. One of those rare occasions where clichés add to the enjoyment. What is most notable on ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ is that Craven and his crew achieved everything without benefit of elaborate gimmickry or computer-driven effects, and next to nothing in the way of showoff camera shots. It is a film about affects, not effects, and that makes all the difference. It is idea- and character-based, and that lets the audience slide right into its world with little trouble. This is also one of those films, available in many languages, and will be a good watch in Hindi.
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4. Back to the Future (1985)
Robert Zemeck is directed this hugely entertaining time-travel adventure comedy as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) accidentally goes back in time 30 years in a time machine invented by his eccentric friend Dr. Emmet Brown(Christopher Lloyd). What follows is incredibly epic, and providing to one more of those films, which is almost impossible to hate. A fine cast, witty and inventive script, and inspired direction make this a most entertaining adventure, very exciting and funny, filled with charm, and good-natured humor about the differences in culture that 30 years can bring. A brilliant movie and a must-watch. It works incredibly well in Hindi too.
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3. Jurassic Park (1993)
‘Jurassic Park’ is one that never fails to inspire a sense of awe, and fear. There is a sort of mythical grandeur pervading every frame of this film. Now, of course, the movie has flaws but I would rather not focus on these; ‘Jurassic Park’ is a classic adventure movie in the best Spielberg tradition. The unique camera angles, the suspense to keep you thinking about what is about to happen, everything down to the last line spoken. He created a film that our children’s children will consider classics. A universal blockbuster that is necessary watch is very much engaging in Hindi too.
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2. E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
‘E.T.’ is one of those rare films that has the ability to captivate a family audience across all ages. It is one of the most memorable films of all time, showing the bond of friendship between an alien boy who wants to return home and a human boy and his family. It is a film that will make you laugh and cry and a film that will make your heart race with action scenes involving Elliott and a bicycle race to save E.T. and fly over the moon on a bicycle to safety. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best films for all ages that was ever made. The third Spielberg film in this list proves why he is a man of the people. Especially for children, it will be an unforgettable watch in Hindi too.
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1. Harry Potter Series
This had to be the number one! Harry Potter books and films have been almost an integral part of the lives of children grown up in the 21st century. It is an absolute treat watching these movies for the first time as a child and the experience it gives, stays with you forever. Works of art of such universal appeal, and grandeur imaginations has to be reached to a larger amount of audience, and Harry Potter Series did that and inspired millions with ease. In Hindi too, it does not offer a lack of emotional attachment and works perfectly well. If you have any difficulty in watching the original ones, easily go for the dubbed versions. It is certainly the best out there.
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