With over 300 million monthly active users, Hotstar is arguably the leading streaming service in India. But this is due to his endless offering of soap operas from the bunch of Star India channels and his huge investments in sports rights. In the world of movies, Hotstar cannot touch Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. (It doesn’t offer surround sound yet.) For what it’s worth, it’s expected to have a boost with the upcoming launch of Disney + – later on it will be called Disney + Hotstar. Also, unlike the two aforementioned, Hotstar is a freemium platform (for now). This means that many of the films below are free, albeit with advertisements. We explicitly marked those.
To choose the best films on Hotstar, we relied on the ratings of Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb to create a list. The latter was preferred for Indian films, given the shortcomings of review aggregators in that department. In addition, we have used our editorial judgment to add or remove some. This list will be updated every few months if there are any noteworthy additions or if some movies are removed from the service, so bookmark this page and keep checking in. Here are the best movies currently available on Hotstar in India, sorted alphabetically.
Disney puts its animated flavor on the famous folk tale of a street urchin who masquerades as a wealthy prince after finding a genius in a magic lamp, in an attempt to impress the Sultan’s daughter.
All the Way (2016)
Bryan Cranston and Anthony Mackie lead this drama that follows the first year of United States President Lyndon B. Johnson (Cranston) after the assassination of the JFK, which included pressure from Martin Luther King Jr. (Mackie) to approve the Civil Rights Act.
The Shakespearean comedy by director-screenwriter Gulzar, loosely based on the latter’s famous play, The Comedy of Mistakes, was also a remake of the 1968 Do Dooni Char film, in turn a remake of the 1963 Bengali film Bhranti Bilas, written by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Free to watch.
Ankhon Dekhi (2014)
After an experience that opens his eyes to his daughter’s marriage, a man of about 50 (Sanjay Mishra) decides not to believe anything he cannot see, which naturally leads to some dramatic complications. Free to watch.
In the directorial debut feature by screenwriter and director Shyam Benegal, a Dalit woman keen on children (Shabana Azmi) married to an alcoholic dumb potter is seduced by the son of the village landlord (Anant Nag), who causes personal problems and social. Free to watch.
The Avengers (2012)
Earth’s most powerful heroes – including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk – team up in this revolutionary Marvel team from writer-director Joss Whedon to prevent Thor Loki’s adopted brother (Tom Hiddleston) and his alien army from subjugate humanity.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
In this mega-encounter, all Marvel superheroes featured in over a dozen films – from Guardians of the Galaxy to Doctor Strange – team up to thwart the mighty Thanos, who is looking for omnipotent elements that would make him unstoppable.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
In this direct sequel to Infinity War, the remaining superheroes must gather and gather forces to discover a way to undo the shocking actions of the universe of an intergalactic supervillain. The highest grossing film of all time.
Badhaai Ho (2018)
After learning that his middle-aged mother (Neena Gupta) is pregnant, a twenty-year-old man (Ayushmann Khurrana) struggles to come to terms with the new development, which also affects his relationship with his girlfriend (Sanya Malhotra) . Free to watch.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
Controversial Salman Khan takes the role of a devoted Hindu Brahmin and an ardent Hanuman devotee, who embarks on a journey to reunite a dumb six-year-old Muslim girl lost in India with her parents in Pakistan. Kareena Kapoor is co-starring. Salman is a convicted poacher on bail and charged with manslaughter, pending appeal.
Bangalore Days (2014)
The National Award-winning writer and director Anjali Menon continues her exploration of family relationships with this long – running 172 minutes – Malayalam-language look at three cousins who realize their childhood dream of moving to Bangalore, but they face challenges as they adapt to the new city. Free to watch.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Inspired by the autobiography of the famous athlete Milkha Singh (Farhan Akhtar), a look at his life from the Division of India in 1947 to the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directs. Free to watch.
Black Swan (2010)
Natalie Portman plays a dancer engaged in the psychological horror of Darren Aronofsky who plays the metaphor of artistic perfection, as she begins to lose her grip on reality after winning the main part.
Sacha Baron Cohen played his comic character, a Kazakh journalist, with this controversial mockumentary in which he travels to the United States to make a documentary. It features Cohen’s unwritten cartoons that interview and interact with the Americans in the character.
Brave Heart (1995)
Mel Gibson starred and directed this epic war movie about a 13th century Scottish warrior who leads a revolt against King Edward I of England after his wife was killed the day after their wedding.
After being left by her boyfriend, a woman (Ranjini) pays a swindler (Mohanlal) to replace him in the role in front of his visit, sick father in this malayalam chattering comedy. Priyadarshan writes and directs. Free to watch.
The search for music by a young Mexican boy, despite a family ban, transports him to the literal Land of the Dead, where he seeks his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer, to return home from the living. A Pixar movie.
The Dark Knight (2008)
In the second part of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, considered the greatest comic book movie ever, Batman (Christian Bale) faces a villain, the Joker (Heath Ledger), doesn’t understand and has to go through hell to save Gotham and its people.
Dead Pool (2016)
Awarded to accelerated healing powers at the expense of heavy disfigurement thanks to an experiment, a mercenary who speaks quickly (Ryan Reynolds) with a fourth sense of wall humor goes in search of revenge.
The Departed (2006)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon act as undercover cop and mole in the Boston police respectively, trying to identify themselves in Martin Scorsese’s remake of the 2002 Hong Kong original called Infernal Affairs. Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen also act.
The Descendants (2011)
Based on the 2007 novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, a Hawaiian baron (George Clooney) and his two daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller) try to deal with the problems following the fall of his wife and mother into a coma in an accident in boat.
In this Malayalam film that was subsequently remade in Hindi, a local cable operator named Georgekutty (Mohanlal) does everything he can to protect his family, suspected of missing a son of a senior police officer, who he had blackmailed Georgekutty’s daughter with a nude video. Free to watch.
A moonlight stuntman as an escape driver (Ryan Gosling) becomes attached to his neighbor and young son, and then takes part in a failed robbery to protect them from her husband in debt.
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Based on the novel by John Green, the story of a sixteen-year-old cancer patient (Shailene Woodley) who is forced to attend a support group, falls in love with another cancer patient (Ansel Elgort) and the change of life journey they undertake.
The Favorite (2018)
Olivia Colman has won Best Actress awards for her work in this early 18th-century black comedy about two cousins (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) vying for the affections of the Queen of Great Britain (Colman).
Finding Nemo (2003)
After his son was kidnapped in the Great Barrier Reef, a mild, overprotective clownfish rescues him from Sydney, learning to take risks along the way with the help of a royal blue pintail named Dory.
Force Majeure (2014)
Hearing about an avalanche during their holidays in the French Alps, husband and father of two children make a decision that puts his marriage at risk in this dramatic comedy. It has four languages, including Swedish and Norwegian. The winner of the Palme d’Or is Ruben Östlund.
Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu (2016)
In this kannada-language film, a widower suffering from Alzheimer’s (Anant Nag) disappears from the nursing home, prompting his motivated son to pause, as he discovers his father’s past as he tries to find him. Free to watch.
Considered one of the best gangster films of all time, it brought together Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro for the sixth time. Based on the 1985 non-fiction book by Nicholas Pilegg Wise boy, tells the story of the rise and fall of crowd member Henry Hill, his friends and family between 1955 and 1980.
Gran Torino (2008)
A Korean War veteran (Clint Eastwood) decides to help reform his neighbor Hmong (Bee Vang), who was forced to attempt to steal the ex’s most valuable possession, a 1972 Ford Gran Torino, as a door access to a local band.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
A concierge (Ralph Fiennes) in a famous European hotel between the first and second world wars befriends a guy from the lobby to prove his innocence after being framed for murder. Wes Anderson directs.
Gray gardens (2009)
The life of the socialite and model Edith Bouvier Beale (Drew Barrymore) and her mother (Jessica Lange) – cousin and aunt of the future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy – from her debut in 1936 to the filming of the 1975 documentary of the same name. You have won six Emmys , including one for Lange.
The Hate U Give (2018)
The world of a black teenager – who belongs to a poor neighborhood but attends a prestigious school – crumbles after she witnessed the fatal shootings of her best childhood friend at the hands of a police officer.
Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003)
Set against the political background of the Emergency in the 1970s, the film by writer-director Sudhir Mishra revolves around three friends (Kay Kay Menon, Chitrangada Singh and Shiney Ahuja) whose lives are transformed in the wake of the turbulent period.
Hidden Figures (2016)
The real life story of a team of talented and talented African American mathematicians from NASA who played a vital role in the early years of the Space Race by facing the cruelty of their collaborators.
A History of Violence (2005)
The mild owner (Viggo Mortensen) of a small town restaurant goes wild after facing two thieves to defend a waitress. Directs David Cronenberg.
The Imitation Game (2014)
Although historically inaccurate in several respects, Benedict Cumberbatch’s breakthrough as British mathematician Alan Turing who helps the Allies decipher the Nazi intelligence codes, the direction of Morten Tyldum and the work of his strong support cast has brought him a lot success and consents.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
Arrived 14 years after the original, this Pixar sequel by writer-director Brad Bird focuses on the ultra-flexible mother (Holly Hunter) as she prepares to restore confidence in superheroes, while the heavyweight father (Craig T. Nelson) must take care of their three children.
Iron man (2008), Iron Man 3 (2013)
In these two fun chapters of the trilogy set on both sides of The Avengers, a wealthy industrialist and inventor (Robert Downey Jr.) builds a high-tech suit for himself (Iron Man) and fights PTSD while investigating a series of terrorist attacks (Iron Man 3).
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Wes Anderson’s ode to canine friendship was this stop-motion feature set in a dystopian Japan in the near future where dogs were quarantined following a canine flu outbreak and follows a boy looking for the his dog. Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, others lend their voices.
Karthik Subbaraj offers an excellent meta-presumption with this Tamil-language detective comedy about a budding director (Siddharth) who is surprised to find a gangster to make an organized crime film. Free to watch.
Kaaka Muttai (2014)
Two children from the slums of Chennai go out of their way to get their hands on a slice of pizza after being tempted by a television commercial in this dramatic comedy in the Tamil language. Debutante M. Manikandan writes, directs and turns. Free to watch.
Priyadarshan’s gaze at the inhuman treatment of Indian freedom fighters imprisoned by the British Raj in the infamous titular prison on the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the early 20th century won three National Awards. Mohanlal, Prabhu, Amrish Puri and Tabu act in the Malayalam film. Free to watch.
Focused on the slum of the same name in the Indian city of Kochi, a look in Malayalam language on how urbanization and real estate mafias have aggravated the problems faced by the Dalit community from the 80s to the present day. Free to watch.
The son of an honest policeman (Mohanlal) finds himself on a slippery slope after defending his father (Thilakan) from a local mobster in this Malayalam-language drama. Directs Sibi Malayil. Free to watch.
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Based on the novel of the same name by Giles Foden, which intertwines with a fictitious young Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) as a personal doctor to describe life under the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) in the 70s.
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Batman needs to team up with an orphaned teenager Robin who she accidentally adopted and the new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon, in this fast-paced animated comedy, to keep the Joker from conquering Gotham City.
Life of Pi (2012)
Yann Martel’s novel of the same name gets a big budget adaptation from Ang Lee, about an Indian man who claims to have survived a tragic shipwreck during his adolescence, and to be adrift in the ocean with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat.
The Lion King (1994)
Deceived into thinking that he caused his father’s death, a lion cub runs away from home and grows up with a couple of carefree wastrels, only to remember his legitimate place later in life and why he must return.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
The story of 19th-century Hans Christian Andersen about a young Ariel mermaid who makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula and gives up her life at sea to meet a human prince got the Disney animation treatment, which signaled the return of study.
In the near future without new mutants, a tired old Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and an extremely ill Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) are forced to flee to escort a young mutant to a safe place, while being pursued by an evil society.
Love, Simon (2018)
A high school gay teenager (Nick Robinson) has to balance friends, family and the blackmailer who threatens to take him out, while falling in love with an anonymous classmate by email. Katherine Langford plays alongside and Greg Berlanti directs.
In this psychological thriller in Malayalam language, a young wife (Shobana) is possessed by the spirit of a vindictive dancer after opening a locked room in their new haunted mansion. To help get rid of it, a husband’s psychiatrist friend (Mohanlal) suggests unusual treatment. Free to watch.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is transported to the underworld of Mumbai by Vishal Bhardwaj, who has written, directed and even composed both soundtracks and songs. An overall cast of Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur and Naseeruddin Shah. Free to watch.
The Martian (2015)
Stranded on Mars with his crew presuming he is dead, an astronaut and botanist (Matt Damon) must rely on his ingenuity to signal Earth that he is alive, and then fight to survive as they discover how to save him.
Neeraj Ghaywan ventures into the heart of India to explore the lives of four people in his directorial debut, all of whom have to fight caste, culture and norms. Winner of a national award and the FIPRESCI award in Cannes. Free to watch.
A 16th-century Mughal prince clashes with his father, Emperor Akbar, after falling in love with a court dancer in this epic drama, which represents a milestone in Indian cinema and is defined by some as the best Hindi film ever made . Free to watch.
Mukti Bhawan (2016)
This National Award-winning film follows a son forced to put his work aside and to accompany his elderly father to the ghats of Varanasi, where the latter hopes for salvation.
To save her weak father from conscription and death in a war, a young Chinese girl masquerades as a man in this animated Disney musical, with comic relief provided by a small dragon.
Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal (1986)
Based on the 1986 Malayalam novel by K. K. Sudhakaran Nammukku Gramangalil Chennu Rapparkkam and with several biblical allusions, a man (Mohanlal) falls in love with the girl next door (Shari) and learns of the despicable house where she is stuck. Free to watch.
The true story of Ashok Chakra’s youngest recipient of India’s peacetime honor, 22-year-old Neerja Bhanot who thwarted the hijacking of a Pan Am flight in 1986, and died in an attempt to rescue passengers. Free to watch.
The Normal Heart (2014)
Mark Ruffalo plays an openly gay New York writer who is dragged into the early days of fear of the HIV-AIDS crisis in the early 1980s and whose fearless activism faces the rejection of loved ones.
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
In this first trilogy by Steven Soderbergh, which includes an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, Danny Ocean (Clooney) and his eleven partners plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos at the same time.
Between several decades from the sixties to the present day, a man (Mammootty) illegally migrates to Dubai to build a better life but promises to return someday to his home in Kerala. Famous for the performance of the protagonist. Free to watch.
A lawyer (Amitabh Bachchan) leaves retirement to help three women (Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang) clear their names in a crime involving a politician’s grandson (Angad Bedi). He won a national award. Free to watch.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
In the first episode of this adventure on the high seas, a blacksmith joins forces with an off-kilter pirate captain (Johnny Depp) currently without a ship thanks to a mutiny, in order to free the love of his life.
Planet of the Apes: Rise, Dawn and War (2011-2017)
Andy Serkis plays a monkey named Caesar in this gripping story of origin that takes place years before the 1968 original. The three films – Rise, Dawn and War – cover his life by becoming smarter thanks to a new drug that has killed humans, to get involved in armed conflicts with what’s left of humanity.
Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire play two brothers who are transported to the 50’s black and white sitcom set in the American Midwest, where they are stuck with new names and new parents, but old-fashioned clothes.
Set in Kerala, a Malayalam-language adult drama that spans fourteen years and multiple love interests in the life of a man (Nivin Pauly), from falling in love with a girl (Anupama Parameswaran) in high school to a new teacher (Sai Pallavi ) in college. Free to watch.
Two brothers become leaders of local rival political parties and cause much concern for their parents in this classic of social-political satire in the Malayalam language. Sathyan Anthikad directs a screenplay by Sreenivasan. Free to watch.
In this dark and gripping David Fincher thriller, two detectives – one new (Brad Pitt) and one about to retire (Morgan Freeman) – hunt a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who uses the seven deadly sins as motivation.
Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)
On the eve of the Indian rebellion of 1857, the writer and director Satyajit Ray presents two stories in parallel: two nobles obsessed with an ancient form of chess, against the background of enemy official plots and an inept ruler. Free to watch.
The Shape of Water (2017)
Oscar winner for Best Picture, Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy drama follows a lone and silent janitor (Sally Hawkins), who falls in love with a humanoid amphibian held captive in a high-security government facility in the 1960s.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Considered one of the greatest films of his decade, a banker (Tim Robbins) was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his wife and his love affairs with the smuggler smuggler (Morgan Freeman), helping him in his business and others in prison.
Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi (1977-1983)
A civil war grips the galaxy far, far away in George Lucas’ original trilogy, while the Rebels – a budding Jedi, a princess, a nonconformist pilot and their friends – fight against the evil empire led by Darth Vader.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Rey learns the ways of the Force and the Jedi under the reluctant Luke in this intermediate chapter of the sequel trilogy, hoping to convince him to lend his support to the cause of the Resistance in the fight against the growing threat of the First Order.
The true story of the 2009 emergency plane landing on the Hudson River in New York receives treatment from Clint Eastwood’s daily hero, focusing on the pilot’s heroism (Tom Hanks) and subsequent investigations that have attempted to paint it otherwise.
Take Off (2017)
Inspired by the same real life events as Tiger Zinda Hai – although this is infinitely better – a nurse (Parvathy Thiruvothu) who lives in Iraq struggles with internal and external forces after over a dozen of her colleagues and is captured by pro forces -ISIS. Mahesh Narayanan’s directorial debut. Free to watch.
The Tale (2018)
A documentary filmmaker (Laura Dern) begins to question her pre-teen relationship with two adults – her riding instructor (Elizabeth Debicki) and the trainer (Jason Ritter) – after discovering an essay she wrote then.
Meghna Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj join forces to tell the story of the 2008 double murder case of Noida, in which a teenage girl and hired maid were killed, and inept police confused the investigation. Use the Rashomon effect for a three-pointed take. Free to watch.
Closed by her overly protective mother, a young long-haired girl finally gets her desire to escape to the outside world thanks to a kindhearted thief, and discovers her true self.
Temple Grandin (2010)
The autistic girl of the same name (Claire Danes) overcomes the medical restrictions that have been imposed on her and improves the world of animal husbandry through her human innovations in this biographical film.
The son (Mohanlal) of an aristocratic family struggles to choose between his two loves, a distant relative (Parvathy) and a sexual worker (Sumalatha), in this romantic drama in the Malayalam language. Free to watch.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Taika Waititi saved Thor’s independent trilogy and made the character fun with this super colorful and rowdy chapter in which the Asgardian god of thunder loses his famous hammer and must figure out how to save his home from the goddess of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett).
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Angry at the lack of progress in investigating the murder of her daughter, the mother (Frances McDormand) hires three billboards to accuse the revered police chief (Woody Harrelson) of bankruptcy, which creates fury in the town.
A poor artist (Leonardo Di Caprio) and a rich aristocrat (Kate Winslet) fall in love in this fictional tale of the sinking of the Titanic RMS by the writer-director James Cameron.
The Town (2010)
While a group of friends from all of Boston’s life plan a big final robbery in Fenway Park, one of them (Ben Affleck) falls in love with the hostage of a previous robbery, complicating things.
Toy Story trilogy (1995-2010)
Some of Pixar’s best works are set in a world where anthropomorphic toys pretend to be lifeless around humans and follow a group of toys as they face challenges in their unexpected adventures. He gave birth “To infinity and beyond!”
You have Mera Sunday (2016)
Five friends in their thirties struggle to find a place in Mumbai where they can play football in peace in this carefree story of romantic stories, which explores gender divisions and social habits along the way.
To keep a promise to his late wife, an elderly widower ties thousands of balloons to his home to take him to the wild lands of South America, unwittingly bringing a young and serious stowaway. From Pixar.
Ustad Hotel (2012)
Winner of three national awards, this Malayalam-language drama examines class, privilege and food through the story of a chef from a wealthy family who returns to his hometown to work with his grandfather, after being denied by his father. Free to watch.
Go Chennai (2018)
Destined to serve as the first of a trilogy, a skilled carrom player (Dhanush) is reluctantly dragged into a local gang war in northern Chennai. The winner of the multinational Vetrimaaran award directs this film in Tamil language.
In a distant future in which humans have long left the Earth and reside on starliners, a small robot compactor of waste that lives on the surface falls in love with a visiting probe and embarks on a journey into space that will determine the fate of humanity.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Aware of a catastrophic event that leads to ruin for humans and mutants, the X-Men send Wolverine to the past in this sequel set mainly in the 70s, in a desperate attempt to alter the course of history.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The mutant saga returns to the Cold War to explore the origins of X-Men, focusing on a central fraternal relationship (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender), as they try to prevent a dictator from starting the third world war.