For the past 100 years, Indian cinema has been a mirror of its vast culture and has partially, if not completely reflected the way the Indian society has transformed in terms of its culture, traditions and the general way of life.
While films in Hindi (the primary language) have made waves across the globe, films in regional languages have not been far behind in terms of creativity and innovation with their subject matter. Filmakers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann have at one point or the other acknowledged the influence of Indian films on their style of filmmaking.
While Satyajit Ray has always been the face of Indian cinema in the west, there have been many Indian film makers who have made their impact on world cinema. The following 15 films are those which actually set the standard for future films.