Manoj Bajpayee can be truly called an underrated gem of the Bollywood movie industry. He is a powerhouse of talent who has given the audience some of the most awe-inspiring movies. In the time and age when people think it only takes a handsome face to become an actor, Manoj Bajpayee proved them all wrong and showed that talent shines through.
On the occasion of his birthday, here is a list of some of his must-watch movies that will showcase his skills and talent as one of the great actors in Bollywood.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Satya movie directed by Ram Gopal Varma can be rightly claimed as one of the best Manoj Bajpayee movies ever made. The movie revolves around an innocent man who is falsely accused of murder and his journey to seek revenge. Regarded as a cult, Satya movie bagged six Filmfare Awards and a National Film Award. The character Bhiku Mhatre in the movie is one of the best roles ever played by Manoj Bajpayee. Satya movie inspired several sequels like Company  and D , and a direct sequel, Satya 2 
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Director: Eeshwar Nivas
Manoj Bajpayee is certainly a man of many talents and he showed his versatility yet again in the action crime movie Shool. Directed by Eeshwar Nivas, Shool narrates the story of an honest and rigid police officer played by Bajpayee who is transferred to a politically ruled city. One of Manoj Bajpayee’s best movies, Shool won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and was also regarded as one of the “Best Cop Movie.”
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Director: Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Based on a Punjabi novel by the same name written by Amrita Pritam, the movie Pinjar is based on the India-Pakistan partition. Manoj Bajpayee plays the lead role of Rashid who abducts a Hindu woman to take revenge on her family but eventually falls in love with her. One of the most brilliant Manoj Bajpayee movies, it also won a National Film Award. Pinjar also sheds light on the difficulties faced by both the communities during the partition of 1947.
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Director: Amrit Sagar
1971 directed by Amrit Sagar is a rare gem amidst the many war-drama movies of Bollywood. It narrates the escape of six soldiers of the Indian Army taken as prisoners of war by the Pakistan Army, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. One of Manoj Bajpayee’s best movies, it beautifully portrays the bravery and courage of the Indian soldiers. If you are a fan of war movies, then 1971 is a must-add to your watch list.
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Director: Prakash Jha
Directed by Prakash Jha, Raajneeti is a political thriller movie, that follows a political family engaged with each other in a fight for the throne. One of Manoj Bajpayee’s best movies, it takes inspiration from the Indian epic Mahabharata with Bajpayee portraying the character of Duryodhana. The movie was well-received by the audience as well as the critics and was praised for the cast performance. Raajneeti is an epic movie that will keep you at the edge of your seats anticipating the twists and turns.
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Special 26 
Director: Neeraj Pandey
The heist movie directed by Neeraj Pandey is based on the 1987 Opera House heist where a group posing as CBI officers executed an income tax raid on a jeweller in Bombay. It was the 10th highest-grossing movie of the year and was highly acclaimed by the critics as well. One of the best Manoj Bajpayee movies, Special 26 was remade in Tamil as Thaanaa Serndha Koottam in 2018. With amazing cast performances, it is one of the best-scripted heist movies to have released in Bollywood.
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Gangs Of Wasseypur - Part 1 
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Gangs Of Wasseypur part 1 directed by Anurag Kashyap proved to be a revival of the mind blowing actor Manjoy Bajpayee. Bajpayee did true justice to the character of Sardar Khan and portrayed it with sheer perfection. Undoubtedly one of the best Manoj Bajpayee movies, Gangs Of Wasseypur part 1 is now recognised as a cult classic. The anti-hero character Sardar Khan was much-loved and is still remembered by the audience. He immortalised the classic dialogue ‘keh ke lenge’ of the movie.
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Director: Hansal Mehta
When it comes to listing some of the must-watch Manoj Bajpayee movies, Aligarh is hard to miss. A biography-cum-drama movie, Aligarh revolves around a professor belonging to the LGBTQ community. It brings to light the difficulties and injustice a university professor faces for being a homosexual. The role of professor Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras is beautifully portrayed by Manoj Bajpayee. Aligarh was an eye-opener for the audience and one of Manoj Bajpayee’s best movies that was highly acclaimed by critics.
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