Shah Rukh Khan, the name says it all. The undisputed king of Bollywood is one of the very best in the world when it comes to romance and acting. He has reigned the B-Town and the hearts of millions in this country for more than 2 decades. Such has been his aura that even his flops make the producers smile. One of the most hardworking actors in the history of the Indian Cinema, SRK flawlessly churned out his career to win the highest throne in the Hindi film industry.
For the career and success that he has had over the years, the fandom is incredible, and it is nothing short of an inspiration. With no Bollywood jack whatsoever, he made it a point to prove his talent in the B-Town that has been running on nepotism for years now. We feel honored to have a blog dedicated to rank the best Shah Rukh Khan Hit movies of all time. Talent can overcome anything, and this movie of him screams it out with perfection. This is just not a list of movies, but visual delights that are safe to be termed as pure gold.
Shah Rukh Khan Hit Movies Which Prove That Why He is regarded as the BADSHAH!
Director: Abbas Mustan
The film gave SRK many firsts in terms of awards, records, and the role itself. It was the first movie where King Khan played the lead and also an anti-hero role. The risk paid off helping him earn his first Filmfare award for the best actor. The movie set a decent platform for him, and he never looked back from that time. The trophy cabinet just got bigger and bigger, and we could just watch and applaud this Delhi boy winning our hearts every time he was on the big screens.
Baazigar garnered several awards upon its release. Initially, the film was offered to Arman Kolhi and Salman Khan, who both did not sign it because of the negative shade of the character. Eventually, it was all written out in the destiny, which gave us one of the biggest superstars to ever grace the Indian Film Industry. It was tagged as the 4th highest grossing film of 1994.
14Don 2 (2011)
Director: Farhan Akhtar
Rightly said, Don Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahi, Namumkin Hain, and we cannot agree more on this when it comes to his acting prowess. Upon its release, everyone including the critics was in awe of stellar performances by the cast. It was a major box office success ranking amongst the highest grossing movies of Bollywood of all time. With several good flicks coming through the pipe in that year, Don 2 made its place on the 4th spot of highest box office earners of 2011. Directed by Akhtar, the film boasted are a very well chosen cast full of prolific actors.
Without a doubt, SRK convinces the people to believe that he is the underworld Don on the screen. Everything is done with such finesse, that one cannot question his aura on the screen. He plays the negative shade perfectly. It is so perfect that even the negative shade is looked with awe and amazement by the audience. The film was shot in Berlin for the most amount of time and frames. It is believed that the film earned 1.02 billion U.S Dollars in the Indian Market.
13Chennai Express (2013)
Director: Rohit Shetty
The rom-com directed by Rohit Shetty became the fastest movie to earn 1 billion United States Dollars domestically. Although it broke many box office records and made hefty profits, it failed to garner many positive reviews from the critics. The film featured Deepika Padukone, who played the love interest of SRK for the second time in her career. It was an out and out entertainer which only performed well at the box office because of the star presence. By the time it was released, SRK had become much more than an actor, which somehow contributed to the success of the movie.
The script evolved around SRK who falls in love with the sister of a Tamil local goon. What unfolds in the quest of attaining his true love makes up the matter of the movie. It is spiced up with some Rohit Shetty styled action and incredible accent inherited by Deepika. Considering the film on the performance basis, many of his films would rank higher than that of Chennai Express. However, it was a perfect example of how branding and superstar presence could be used for the betterment of a movie.
12Dil Toh Pagal Hain (1997)
Good music, intense drama, a dash of outstanding romance and sizzling chemistry, and to top it all, a defining script, made it a movie to be cherished for years to come. Its music was so catchy that the songs are hummed even today, 20 years down the time. Yash Chopra did what he does best, and SRK’s third collaboration with YRF turned out to be a successful one. Karisma Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit did a fine job, but we have to admit that SRK took away the limelight from both the leading beautiful ladies. The movie turned out to be a huge commercial success earning 71.86 crores worldwide.
The story revolves around 3 members of a dance troupe which are played by the main 3 leads respectively. The script is well supported by songs and well-choreographed dance numbers which are popular even today. The film won 3 national and 7 Filmfare awards including individual awards for the best actor, actresses, and director. We know how efficient Yash Chopra was when it came to churning out good movies, and for the Times of India to rank it amongst the top 10 of Chopra’s film, speaks volume about the movie.
11Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2015)
Director: Yash Chopra
Whenever Yash Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan collaborated, it had to deliver magic, and this movie was no different. The duo together once again proved that there are the Betab Badshaah’s of Bollywood when it comes to the exhibiting romance and love on the screens. It had to become the final film directed by the veteran director before he passed away at the age of 80. Anushka and Katrina played the love interests of SRK in the movie, while the music was conducted by none other than A. R. Rahman for the words woven by Gulzar. The film went on to finish last on the podium in terms of highest grossing Bollywood movies overseas falling behind 3 Idiots and My Name is Khan.
The film is set across London where a young intern at Discovery channel played by Anushka Sharma discovers a diary written by a bomb defusing specialist played by SRK. She comes to know about his love interest, Katrina and the story digs in deep making up for the heart of the movie. Many experts believed that the movie lacked quality writing only to be supported by the help of quality direction, incredible acting skills, and immaculate cinematography. Hadn’t it been Chopra’s vision behind the frames, it would’ve been a disaster. King Khan’s performance was highly praised along with his co-stars. It is believed that the movie accumulated a wholesome amount of 745 million rupees before it was taken off the theatres.
10Main Hoon Na (2004)
Director: Farah Khan
Shah Rukh Khan does what he does best in this movie that is to act effortlessly. The directorial debut of Farah Khan was a visual delight for the Badshah’s fans. Everything, from the style of SRK to the songs from the movie, all gained tremendous popularity. The story revolves around a military officer who has been given a job to ensure the project Milap (an imaginary one involving two countries to free the captives held by the respected nations) is accomplished. The basic storyline is supported with all the necessary drama and songs which add some beef to the movie.
The movie is crisply done with all the necessary Masala which provides great entertainment. It only came behind Veer Zara as the highest grossing Bollywood movie of 2004. The film is said to accumulate a hefty collection of 780 million rupees all over the world which are three times compared to the initial budget of the movie which was calculated around 250 million rupees? The songs became quite popular amongst the audiences and swept all the awards in the year of its release.
9Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
Director: Aditya Chopra
Aditya Chopra came back to the directorial world after a hiatus of 8 long years. The film was inspired by Life of Apu, a movie directed by the legendary Bengali filmmaker, Satyajit Rey. The story was based on a Delhi based commoner, played by Shah Rukh Khan who tries to turn himself into fun-loving and loud extrovert to win the heart of this so-called girl named Taani whose role is played by the debutant Anushka Sharma. The epic tale is very well executed with the help of catchy songs and interesting dialogues.
The film was not promoted with the full throttle because of ongoing tragedy that struck Mumbai. However, it didn’t affect the productiveness of the movie which was set to release just a couple of weeks after the terrorist attacks. It crashed all the box office records despite being very scarcely promoted. To translate the success in numbers, it earned a total of 1.58 billion rupees worldwide till the time it ran on the big screens. Although the film is based on a very over theatrical concept, the fiction is enough to keep you entertained for good three hours.
Director: Aditya Chopra
The romantic drama was Aditya Chopra’s second directorial venture after DDLJ. The film was primarily shot in the United Kingdom and India respectively. The film became the first-ever platform to collaborate two of the biggest superstars in the history of the Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. Also, it provided a platform to six debutants along Aishwarya Rai featuring in the flashbacks of the movie. She played the love interest of King Khan, who plays the role of a music teacher. Amitabh is seen as the strict principal of a high-end school.
If numbers are to be believed, it was the highest grossing film of the year 2000 all over the world. This, itself translates the success of the movie. To add further to its glory, it accounted a total of 900 million rupees to which the initial budget of the film was approximately 200 million. It is also looked upon as the revival of Big B in terms of his financial status. The collaboration of two biggest superstars of their generations created a lot of buzzes and worked as a great advertisement for the film. The songs in it are termed iconic, and still vertebrate on the lips of the Hindi film enthusiasts.
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Is there anyone who can make you weep even after playing negative shades? SRK has done that time and again, and Devdas is a masterpiece where he exhibits his talent at the very top level. His Excellency in acting is matched by larger than life canvas and the directorial vision of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Also, well-written dialogues were executed with sheer perfection by each of the cast that featured in the movie. The story revolves around Devdas, the lead character played by SRK who is forced into alcohol because of his family disapproval to marry his childhood love, Paro played by Aishwarya Rai.
He then turns towards a prostitute Chandramukhi who then provides utmost emotional support to Devdas. The alcoholic character is done with extreme finesse by SRK. Devdas has SRK and SLB written all over it. It was sent to the Academy Awards as an official entry of India for the foreign language film. All the 3 lead actors secured numerous awards for their individual performances in the movie. It is estimated that the film accumulated almost a billion rupees in terms of its box office collection. However, the grandeur and the sets that made the movie special added to the budget of the film which was set to be around 500 million rupees.
Director: Yash Chopra
This duo delivered magic every time they collaborated, and this film is another example of the same. Veer-Zaara is a romantic high tension drama set against the background of India Pakistan conflict. It depicts an unfortunate tale of love between an Indian Air force officer played by SRK and the daughter of a Pakistani politician, played by Preity Zinta. Rani Mukherji plays the supporting role of a lawyer. The film scaled all the parameters of success by being the highest grossing film of the year 2004.
It earned almost a billion before it was bid adieu by the theatres. The songs made a special place in the people’s heart. Critics highly praised the vision of the director along with the acting abilities showcased by the cast. It swept almost every award in that year including a National Film Award and a Filmfare for the best film. Along with the success in India, it was highly appreciated across several international film festivals.
5Kuch Kuch Hota Hain (1998)
Director: Karan Johar
Karan Johar’s directorial debut turned out to be a prosperous one, and also gave us a glimpse of what a filmmaker we are going to witness in the future years. It featured the hot-favorite couple of Kajol and SRK for the fourth time and had Rani Mukherji and Sana Sayeed in a supporting role. The film was highly acclaimed by the critics upon its release. The music album of the film was getting sold at the speed of knots. It became the highest grossing movie of that year, and the third highest overall, only behind DDLJ and Hum Apke Hain Kaun. In the foreign markets, it broke the record and became the highest grossing movie of all time (only for the record to be broken 3 years later by Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham).
The film portrays a love triangle, which is set to be divided into two different ages. The first half covers the college life, and the second half covers the life after few years. Sana Saeed’s role is instrumental in bringing life to the movie. It is a record that the movie managed to sweep all the Filmfare awards given to honor the actors. The movie, not surprisingly, bagged several awards at the prestigious award functions including a National award. It had the estimated collection of 1.07 billion rupees at the box office.
4My Name is Khan (2010)
Director: Karan Johar
Kajol and SRK can never go wrong when paired together on the big screens. Although the film had garnered much attention of the people even before it released, it did exceedingly well at the box office. The film was set up on the background of a political satire which exhibited the problems faced by the Muslims after the 26/9 attacks. SRK does well in his role where he plays the role of a person challenged with autism. Johar shows his class and once again proves to the industry about how good he is as a filmmaker.
Just like most of his other films, the film went on to break several records upon its release. It was highly appreciated not only in India but also internationally. It is believed that the film generated a total revenue of 967 million rupees gross. It is also said that the film was not highly anticipated at the single screen theatres whereas it ran on a roll at multiplexes.
If India starts to produce movies like Swades on a consistent basis, we would definitely stand a chance to the win the most prestigious Academy Awards. Swades is a film written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker with SRK in the lead role. It is surely one of the best things that ever happened to Shah Rukh Khan’s film journey. It is a shame that we fail to recognize the beauty of such beautiful movies. It was shot in rural India along with some scenes filmed in the NASA research Centre of Florida.
Swades was highly appreciated by the critics who even thought that it was the best performance of Shah Rukh Khan in his entire career till date. However, the box office collection of the movie doesn’t reflect upon the success. It just earned around 342.62 million gross in its entire time span, which is comparatively very less to what SRK had done to the Box Office. Considering the political rightness and the simplicity of the film, I’d put it on the very top of the list.
2Chak De! India (2007)
Director: Shimit Amin
Watch it for the 100th time, and it would still give you goosebumps. Shah Rukh Khan in the role of Coach Kabir Khan is a delight to watch. The story revolves around the former captain of Indian National Hockey Team, Khan who is tagged as an anti-national after losing a game to Pakistan. To prove and redeem himself, he takes up the job of the Indian National women’s team and leads them to the final of the world championships.
The titular song of the movie has been used several times by the media personnel every time any Indian sport reaches a feat. It won the National award for the best film providing wholesome entertainment along with several other awards. It is said that the film was offered to Salman Khan first who snubbed only to be later offered to his arch-rival Shah Rukh Khan. It is a complete entertainer, to say the least, and critics were high on praises for the movie. It gathered a total of $US 42 million by the time it was taken off the theatres in 2016.
1Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
Director: Aditya Chopra
Well, not only it is the best film of Shah Rukh Khan’s career, but it is also one of the biggest hits to ever grace the Indian cinema. It also holds the world record for being the longest-running cinema in the history of the world cinema. You can enjoy it even today in a theatre named Maratha Mandir in Mumbai. The sizzling chemistry of Raj and Simran gave two new poster-faces to the Indian cinema. It accumulated a total of 1.22 billion overall. If inflation and everything had to consider, it could have been 5 times the actual digit.
It revolves around two NRI’s who fall in love with each other on a Europe tour with friends. Raj tries to win Simran’s family to marry her. The rest story unfolds. We have seen it many times, and yet we don’t feel tired about the same. Aditya Chopra showed what a filmmaker he was turning out to be. The yellow fields never looked so classy ever before. It changed the entire perspective of the Indian Cinema. Ever since then, the film’s plot has been used as a template, only to be failed over and over again. Shah Rukh Khan became the poster boy of Yash Raj Productions. The film gave us a superstar whom we today call as the undisputed King of Bollywood.