10 Best Pakistani Movies You Need To Watch!

Pakistan, a land of diverse cultures, languages, and narratives, has an equally diverse and vibrant film industry. The revival of cinema in Pakistan, especially after the 2000s, saw an influx of movies that were not only critically acclaimed but also appealed to the masses. These films have managed to break the barriers of local and international box offices, showcasing the authentic tapestry of life in Pakistan. Here are some of the best Pakistani movies that deserve your attention.

Table: Top 10 Best Pakistani Movies

Movie NameRelease YearRatings (out of 10)*Box Office Collection (in PKR)*
Khuda Kay Liye20078.425 Crores
Bol20118.630.5 Crores
Waar20139.035 Crores
Ho Mann Jahaan20167.620 Crores
Moor20158.115 Crores
Actor in Law20167.826 Crores
Punjab Nahi Jaungi20177.933 Crores
Cake20187.712 Crores
Laal Kabootar20197.514 Crores
Superstar20197.428 Crores

1. Khuda Kay Liye (2007)

Directed by Shoaib Mansoor, this film can be credited with spearheading the revival of the Pakistani cinema. “Khuda Kay Liye” delves deep into the intricate issues of radicalism, post 9/11 prejudices against Muslims, and the cultural rift between Pakistan and the West. It’s an engrossing narrative that resonates even today, appealing to a global audience.

2. Bol (2011)

Another masterpiece by Shoaib Mansoor, “Bol” is a film that touches upon numerous social issues like gender discrimination, transgender rights, and religious bigotry. The story of a family overshadowed by its patriarchal figure, the film is a stark reflection of the societal norms and prejudices. The heart-touching performances and gripping plot make “Bol” an essential watch.

3. Waar (2013)

Directed by Bilal Lashari, “Waar” is a slick action thriller that brought a fresh wave of cinematic experience to Pakistan. With breathtaking cinematography and action sequences, the movie offers an insight into Pakistan’s fight against terrorism. It not only shattered box office records in Pakistan but also caught the attention of international audiences.

4. Ho Mann Jahaan (2016)

A film that resonates with the younger audience, “Ho Mann Jahaan,” directed by Asim Raza, revolves around three college friends and their passion for music. It beautifully showcases the joys, challenges, and heartbreaks of youth and the journey to follow one’s dreams amidst societal pressures.

5. Moor (2015)

Jami’s “Moor” is an artistic endeavor that beautifully presents the plight of a train station master witnessing the decline of the railway system and, metaphorically, the moral decline of his country. With breathtaking visuals and a deep, introspective storyline, “Moor” is more than just a movie—it’s an experience.

6. Actor in Law (2016)

This comedy film, directed by Nabeel Qureshi, tells the tale of a struggling actor who takes up the role of a lawyer and finds himself amidst real-life courtroom dramas. The movie’s satirical take on Pakistan’s judicial system, media, and society is both humorous and enlightening.

7. Punjab Nahi Jaungi (2017)

A romantic drama directed by Nadeem Baig, this film is a cultural voyage that showcases the traditions of urban Karachi and rural Punjab. With a compelling storyline, strong performances, and foot-tapping music, it managed to win hearts both locally and abroad.

8. Cake (2018)

Asim Abbasi’s “Cake” provides a refreshing narrative about the lives of two sisters dealing with their aging parents and personal life challenges. The film, characterized by its authentic portrayals and mature storytelling, provides a nuanced insight into the complexities of relationships and the meaning of family.

9. Laal Kabootar (2019)

Set in the bustling city of Karachi, “Laal Kabootar” is a gripping crime thriller directed by Kamal Khan. The film masterfully weaves a tale of ambition, revenge, and the dark underbelly of the city, offering an adrenaline-packed cinematic experience.

10. Superstar (2019)

This musical romance directed by Mohammed Ehteshamuddin revolves around the life of a theatre actress and her journey in the world of film. With powerful performances, captivating songs, and a heartwarming narrative, “Superstar” stands out in the genre of romantic dramas.


Pakistani cinema has undeniably made a strong comeback over the past two decades. These movies, with their unique narratives, breathtaking visuals, and authentic portrayals, showcase the heart and soul of Pakistan. With filmmakers pushing the envelope and exploring a myriad of genres and themes, Pakistani cinema promises a bright future, not just for the local audience but for global cinephiles as well.