Some Good, Better and Best Tamil Movies..:)by itsmani87 | created - 03 Aug 2013 | updated - 16 Oct 2016 | Public
This list is not in any particular order! Just a collection of good movie names..Suggestions are welcome..And always remember this list will be updated..!:) And pls don't get a wrong assumption abt filter by genre in the right side...It's completely wrong, as wrong catalogue is maintained in this database.. And remember Tamil, or more in general Indian films has few songs, where lyrics of love sometimes transcends boundaries, a bit of parallel way of story telling, with some comic ingredients like sweet toppings(likable) and sometimes, heavy vehicles like SUVs flying apart from few cliches.. But, this list will mostly have some good, different story lines and likable stories..(songs, excuse, can ffwd :) ..subtitles(for recent movies, will be there..for old movies, doubt)
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1. Pizza (II) (2012)
Not Rated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller
A pizza delivery boy lands in a mysterious circumstance and it works a dramatic change in his life.
...suspense for first time watching and lovable in the second...
2. Soodhu Kavvum (2013)
Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Das, with his team, kidnap Arumai, son of a politician, who has been planning his own kidnapping to extract money from his father. Problems arise, when an insane cop is brought to handle the case.
Dark Comedy, but enjoyable and watchable many times, like snatch, lock stock..
3. Thalapathi (1991)
Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An orphan named Surya raised in a slum befriends a good crime boss named Devaraj and works for him. Their existence is threatened when a new honest district collector arrives.
The tale of Mahabharatha written in a Manirathnam style... (Some people think less of contributions of this director...Like director Myskin who directed, 'Anjaathe', who justified his plagiarism of 'Nandalala' in Vijay TV talk show, "Maniratnam too copies..!!" For those ppl, he is one of the director whose movie has been shortlisted in Times Best 100 movies in the 20th century ('Nayagan')..
His wife Mrs.Suhasini told in another talk show, 'Miramax' Hollywood Production house had approached this director to direct a movie.
This happens not by luck, chance. But, purely by his talent!! Thalapathi is one of his Masterpiece creations. With good cinematography by Santhosh Sivan and good music by Illayaraja
Note: Illayaraja's 'Rakkama Kayathattu' (lyrics:vaali) song is chosen as one of 20th century's best music composition in BBC's list
4. Mumbai Xpress (2005)
152 min | Action, Comedy
After having spent his entire life in Bombay's Dharavi slums, Digamber feels it is time that he takes steps to improve his lifestyle. He, along with two other slum-dwellers, plot to kidnap ... See full summary »
It's again a dark comedy..By actor Kamal Haasan, whose each and every creation is unique and the actor, whose films have been nominated the most by India, 'Best Foreign Film Category' in the Oscars. More of his movies, will be in this list.
5. Vazhve Mayam (1982)
A trainee pilot attempts to woo a pretty Air Hostess.
A trendsetter for a fairy tale gone awry...So many movies, have followed tragic ends, after this movie...Hence in this list..Also lookout for the music score in this movie, with lyrics (Kavignar Vaali)..
6. Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012)
155 min | Comedy, Drama
A young man forgets a few years of his life, even as he is about to get married.
dark comedy, when the protagonist forgets some critical events in his life, just before marriage; courtesy: a catch he tries to take in a cricket match
7. Kasethan Kadavulada (1972)
Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy
Parvathi dominates her husband Sivaswamy, while having control on all his money. However, when Sivaswamy's son Ramu needs some money for his sister's husband, Parvathi refuses bluntly.
Movie can be translated to 'Money is God'. There is a large family and person in the family(Hero- Muthuraman) loves a girl (Lakshmi), who join as servant maid. He needs money and the way they(Muthuraman, his friend Srikanth and heroine) go for Gold is by through arranging a fake Godman(Thengai Srinivasan, who speaks funky tamil language). Watch it, for the way the person to be cheated (Manorama) and other mentioned actors performances.
I want to add some old movies in this list; laughable riot. I am unsure will it be available with subtitles!:P It's for some future generations, who can see how old customs and behavior were there ; a black and white series movie list
8. Poova Thalaya (1969)
150 min | Comedy, Romance
A goat and tiger game between a man and women.
Heads or Tails..? A strong/arrogant Woman, takes control of a family, by making her Son-in Law (Gemini Ganesan) nod for everything she says...His brother Jai Shankar, with the help of a mysterious Rikshawman (Nagesh) tries to change things and enter into a bet with the Woman.
I am not sure of the woman's name, but her performance was great along with other actors..
Why is in the list? It's funny, and for the first time a woman was shown as a villanous character in Tamil cinema..
9. Michael Madana Kamarajan (1990)
Not Rated | 162 min | Comedy, Musical
A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults.
comic...4 characters..kamal...kamal..kamal and kamal...!! Homework and differentiation between the characters is awesome..Singitham Srinivasn has directed this one and it's one of his many good movie colloborations with Kamalhasan
3 leading ladies in one movie..It's only possible to woo them by this man in 3 different styles..!! #kingOfRomances
10. Annamalai (1992)
Not Rated | 164 min | Action, Drama
A class-divided friendship goes through highs and lows through several decades.
Superstar..!! The name, which ruled box office, and tamil cine industry was born in this movie...
He deserved it; Rajini...After so many years in Tamil industry and ruling box offices, being humble all the way, he deserved the title..
Unwelcomely, so many titles were coined by many actors themselves to the ages to come...(in tamil industry atleast)
11. Ullathai Allitha (1996)
Not Rated | 149 min | Comedy
Raja is the son of the very strict and disciplinarian Colonel Chandrashekhar. Raja's marriage is fixed with Indu (Rambha), the daughter of Chandrashekar's friend, Viswanathan. However, when... See full summary »
laugh riot..inspired from a hindi movie (which starred amir and salman khan together), which might in turn would have got inspired by any english movie..anyhow, this movie is good...so much confusions, music, acting everything is good and funny..
Goundamani, would have not kicked Senthil's ass for the first time, after sharing so much screen space ... (Laurel & Hardy of tamil cinema). Sundar. C direction..
12. Minnale (2001)
171 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A young girl is torn between an obsessive lover and a mild-mannered suitor.
love by a lightning..Harris Jeyaraj, the music director was introduced with Gowtham Vasudev Menon, the director...The two are ruling for a decade...
Thamarai, a first female lyricist also got introduced in this movie..She has written songs for many movies to come...
13. Kadalikka Neramillai (1964)
Not Rated | 159 min | Comedy, Romance
Poor Ashok loves Nirmala, daughter of industrialist Vishwanathan who is determined to get his daughters married off to a rich groom. Ashok seeks his affluent friend Vasu's help, who disguises as Ashok's father.
Muthuraman, Ravichandran, Balayya, Nagesh...Why am I leaving female actors..? Not that, I am prejudiced, but most films probably had much to do with male actors...!:(
It's a comic movie...Good one ! Music score by blockbuster duo Viswanathan&Ramamoorthy is evergreen..
Actress Sachu's dance moves with Nagesh is noteworthy...
providing wiki link, for futher info: :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaadhalikka_Neramillai
14. Respect for Love (1997)
Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, Romance
Jeevanandhan "Jeeva" (Vijay) is a very rich young man. Although his parents (Sivakumar and Srividhya) want him to settle down, he goes to another city to do his MBA and stays with friends. ... See full summary »
This is for Vijay, the ACTOR and actress Shalini, directed by Fazil...A romantic tale, whose title roughly translates to 'Respecting Love', which tells story about a Christian Girl, a normal Hindu guy; how they fall in love with each other and the problems, they are facing with their families..
p.s: why did I put 'actor' in caps...this fellow in his later years tortured us the tamil fans continuosly, with same stories and different/excess ingredients of Masala( which in cinematic terms, translates to couple of songs in foreign locations with heroines, beating up of the villains, flying cars, SPEAKING nonsensial PUNCH DIALOGUES (- ex: life is a square, for which his opponent actor Ajith will counteract by saying life is a circle..!!!!! ##$$%(cough, sputter, spit)) and some comedy to complete the masala ingredients...)
15. Kaadhal (2004)
122 min | Romance
Aishwarya, a convent-girl from a wealthy family in the town of Madurai (Tamil Nadu) falls in love with a young motor-mechanic, Murugan whom she encounters in the street. Faced with the ... See full summary »
a love story directed by a good actor Balaji Sakthivel...Couple of music scores are pretty good in this movie...
16. Thiruda Thiruda (1994)
Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An Inspector is assigned to track down a large sum of stolen money. His investigations lead him to a couple of small time crooks, a village belle, a murder, an absconding suspect, and an international drug dealer.
music: ar rahman, direction: maniratnam combo, it's like ordering popcorn with pepsi/coke...it's a good entertaining combo..
the movie is different...there are too many flying things in this movie! (cars, bullock carts, scooter, lorry, actors) ..it's total fun to watch this kind of things ..
but if you ignore the above con, this movie is watchable...a hollywood kind of movie, might have been inspired..
this movie marked the colloboration of Ram Gopal Varma/Maniratnam and one more bigwig in Indian industry for screenplay/production...
and the finance minister role is clearly inspired by P.Chidambaram..one of rare kinds in Indian cinema, to portray a real life politician, as part of characterization...
It's overall a Heist Drama..It happens or shown very rarely in Tamil Cinema.. Guess, 'Nanayam' was the only one to come after this, with this theme..
conclusion: not intelligent enough film makers.
17. Abhiyum Naanum (2008)
Not Rated | 147 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
The father of a grown daughter meets the father of a toddler at a playground and recounts the story of his own relationship with his daughter through the years, including his difficulties with accepting her marriage.
father/child(girl) relationship from her childhood days till she gets married...! An emotional, lovable story...
Director Radha Mohan and actor/producer Prakash Raj are one among many good combos Tamil industry has seen..All their movies, except for recently released, 'Gowravam' had been hits and critically acclaimed.
If I don't tell Actress Trisha's performance, I will become male prejudiced! She has been a heart throb for almost a decade. From Leysa Leysa till Vinnaithandi varuvaya, she has acted in many good movies; unfortunately if Hollywood film industry has actress portrayed as Sex material, Tamil/Telugu/Hindi industry reduce woman to dummy material with skin show and glamour; this part which I am not liking in movies across.
18. Pattiyal (2006)
Not Rated | 140 min | Crime
Kosi(Arya) and Selva(Bharath),are contract killers working for a middleman named Sami(Cochin Haneefa).Director Vishnuvardan portrays this story of two orphaned youths with incredible ... See full summary »
This movie might have some purchased material from some industry in some part of the world...But overall, it's action, intense drama...Actor Aarya, director Vishnuvardhan combination is a hit so far..
19. Mayakkam Enna (2011)
145 min | Drama, Romance
Karthik and Yamini can't stand each other, but there lies the twist when opposites attract.
'Why this Kolaveri' actor's best performance till date...It's an emotionally touched story, of how a wife can inspire her husband...Actress Richa, Actor Dhanush and Director Selva Raghavan's euphoria.
p.s: waiting for one such wife, though I am not that kind of a husband..!! :P
20. Payanam (2011)
115 min | Action, Crime
The movie deals with the stance of the government officials on such a serious issue and how a belated decision will make a situation worse, in an already edgy circumstance.
a story inspired by kandhahar flight hijacking..Actor Prakash raj, director radha mohan's combination continued in this movie with a different tale..
21. Muthu (1995)
132 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
The movie is about a loyal servant, Muthu (Rajni), working for Zamindar Malayasimman (Sarath Babu) and the cunning plans by the uncle of Malasimman to capture the whole wealth which uncovers some mystery about Muthu.
ask about 'dancing maharaja' in japan..! He is a superstar there too..
22. Mullum Malarum (1978)
Not Rated | 143 min | Drama
A boorish villager butts heads with a newly appointed engineer from the city.
Sarath Babu, Rajni, Shobhana all gave some memorable performances in this movie..It's simple and pleasant one.
23. Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979)
150 min | Biography, Drama
Aarilirunthu Aruvathu varai, Revolves around Santhanam(Rajnikanth) who solely runs his poor family of 2 brothers and a sister, after their parents death, by taking them to higher level in ... See full summary »
Rajini was an actor initially, before he became superstar!! A PROOF .
24. Mozhi (2007)
Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A musician's love towards a stubborn deaf woman makes her eventually realize that there is more to her life than she previously thought.
Evergreen lovable movie marked by remarkable performances.
25. Neer Paravai (2012)
Unrated | 150 min | Drama
A heartbreaking love story, set amongst the impoverished Catholic fishing community. Esther (Nandita Das), whose fisherman husband Arulappasamy has been missing for the past 25 years, she ... See full summary »
Haven't yet seen the movie. But, heard it's a good one!:)
26. Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Sport
It's a village-based theme and revolves around a group of youngsters who want to make it really big in the sport. The events that unfold in their lives form the crux.
It's a good movie abt a group of village guys, who from underdogs in a Kabbadi competition, becomes main contenders in unforseen circumstances. Good acting by all the individuals!
27. Parasakthi (1952)
Not Rated | 188 min | Drama
"Parasakthi" narrates the misfortunes that befall the members of a Tamil family. The youngest sister gets widowed and becomes the victim of an attempted rape by a temple priest. Sivaji ... See full summary »
this movie is added because, it marked the beginning acting legend Shivaji Ganesan
28. Ayirathil Oruvan (1965)
174 min | Action, Adventure
Enslaved convicts for treason plan escape but get caught by pirates and work for them before gaining their support and fighting back their country's authoritarian rule.
MGR- the three words, that brought cheer and esctascy to the crowd..the phenomenon that proved cinema can be used as an enterprise to enter into politics, before the times of Roger Moore... He has acted in so many good movies; I haven't seen many of them...This movie is a very good one!!
29. Iruvar (1997)
140 min | Biography, Drama
The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.
A partial fictional biography of the arising of two politicians who dominated the statehood of Tamil Nadu, after Kamraj, Annadurai era! With Maniratnam's classic sign
30. Bombay (1995)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.
communal clashes in Bombay between hindu and muslim groups, exploited by some benefitiaries... a love story set in the background, conjoining the two religions..!!
message: every human being is the same, don't blindly follow your leaders...question them when they go wrong!
It's all the way Mani Ratnam, with his favourite cinematographer Rajiv Menon...Music: Rahman
31. Magalir Mattum (1994)
132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Three female employees are fed up with their lecherous boss, and they come up with a plan to get even. Unfortunately, he ends up in the hospital and they are stuck with the dead body of a terrorist.
Revathy, is one of the actresses in tamil cine industry who has worked on some bold movies and had kept her integrity throughout..
She joins hands with Oorvasi, and Rohini, in this laugh riot...!! Nasser, embodies the famous mischievous casanova 'Mookan'...
Note: Revathy is like 'Meryl Streep' of Tamil movies, except there are no proper film makers at present to exploit her talent...She is getting weak characterizations as mother of a hero or heroine... Oorvasi is fun throughout in this movie as well as many others to come..
32. Avvai Shanmugi (1996)
161 min | Comedy, Drama
A comedy drama where a man disguises as a maid to be with his daughter after his wife files for divorce.
Call it inspired by Mrs. Doubtfire..But, what a movie..Customization for a lady, showing even in details the shaving off hair in the body, in order to be a proper lady..Actors Kamal, Gemini Ganesan as his father-in-law, K.S.Ravikumar direction, Crazy Mohan dialogues and some good peppy numbers by Musician Deva...Laugh and enjoyable movie
33. Nizhalgal (1980)
A story of three young friends who are unemployed and stricken by poverty finding it hard to make ends meet. They are endowed with the never-say-die spirit and refuse to heed their parents ... See full summary »
haven't seen this movie. but added simply for the dialogue writer 'Manivannan'...He has written dialogues for this movie, and lyricist 'Vairamuthu' was born in this movie...'Athu oru pon maalai pozhuthu', is the song which's effervescent as ever till now..
34. Moondru Mudichu (1976)
Not Rated | 131 min | Romance
The movie revolves around three people, a college going girl (Sridevi) and two men who fall in love with her (Hassan and Rajinikanth). The film was based on 1974 Telugu film O Seeta Katha ... See full summary »
How many combinations, do we have in Tamil cinema..?
Actors (Sridevi + Kamal + Rajini) + Director balachander = <default_super>
1970's , 80's were ruled by this combo..
35. Sathi Leelavathi (1995)
Not Rated | 151 min | Comedy, Drama
Arun (Ramesh Arvind), bored of his wife's (Leelavathi) looks and weighty appearance, meets Priya and develops an affair with her. But his wife has other plans.
Balu Mahendra, Actor Kamal ...I am not really attributing a euphimism/saga of Kamal movies, but he seems to be the standout among the crowd, with exceptional movies...Here he takes side kick, with a comedian actress 'Kovai Sarala', and allows Ramesh Arvind and Kalpana to take the lead..As 'Kunduz' ('My fat lady' called in tamil by Ramesh Arvind), Kalpana puts different plans to get her husband back from his new found love...
36. Indru Poyi Naalai Vaa (1981)
Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy
The film is all about three friends who fall for the same girl, narrated as a comedy. Palanisamy and his two friends have no job other than going behind girls. A pretty girl (Radhika) gets ... See full summary »
"Ek gaav me ek kissan rahtha tha (raghu thaatha)" - famous comedy dialogue ever in Tamil...3 young men/friends falling for the same lady (actress Radhika)...
37. Imsai Arasan 23 M Pulikesi (2006)
142 min | Comedy
Historical Comedy about a Dravidian Ruler and his family.
Vadivelu, the comedian to the core...23rd Pulikesi King and his exploits..!
38. Tik Tik Tik (1981)
164 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A fashion photographer gets embroiled in a series of grisly murders
39. Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)
151 min | Drama, Romance
An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" focusing on two sisters of opposing temperaments.
"kandukondein kandukondein"- loosely based on Jane Austen's novel involving sisters of a family, is an interesting drama involving four characters- an aspiring director(Ajith), an aspiring singer(Aishwarya Rai), an independent/caring woman(Tabu) who happens to be the aspiring singer's sister (:O) and a physically challenged, imbibed war veteran(Mammooty)..
A good story by famous cinematographer, ad-film maker Rajeev Menon, a very very beautiful Aishwarya Rai and good performances by other main characters..
40. Unnaipol Oruvan (2009)
Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A retiring police officer remembers a thrilling case of his life which is not recorded in any case files.
Unnaipol oruvan is a remake of 'A Wednesday' Hindi film...It's gripping story/thriller...Towards climax, the dialogue or reasoning of the protogonist for his actions weren't as crisp/clear as in Hindi cinema, where reasoning was even more proper...!
Anyhow my loving lady Shruti Hasan enters as a Music composer for this film..!! Wish she could do something of this kind than portraying dummy characters in Cinema, which might fetch her money, but not awards and lovable fans like me..!!:P (though public drooling is injurious to health, find her too gorgeous to avoid mentioning it)
41. Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011)
123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Vimal was sent by his father to do social service in a village. But later, he gets a good job.
I find it very strange, this movie wasn't nominated as India's best foreign film...It should rightfully be a contender for beautiful music and portrayal of rural ..
42. Veyyil (2006)
136 min | Drama
Story of two brothers told from the perspective of older brother who recalls his childhood memories where he runs away from home and returns after 20 years. The rest of the film is all ... See full summary »
It has gone in Cannes film festival and been screened there by invitation...Haven't seen completely ..! Story of two brothers, one accepted by family and other relegated for some petty reasons ...suffers and longs for his family love..Actor Pasupathy as that one, is one of few raw talents recruited from Indian Pattaa (drama theatre) in rural areas..
43. Pithamagan (2003)
R | 139 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Chittan, a social outcast, has grown up in a cemetery. A drug dealer finds him a job in a cannabis farm. In prison, he meets a conman, Shakti. This friendship transforms him from his stony existence.
Director Bala is an assistant director of Balu Mahendra had directed some different stories portraying the backward society; the sufferings and their mentality..
He is held in good regards by the Tamil Cine film industry and still openly admitted, liking to work as an assistant to Director Mani Ratnam..Not sure, whether it's 'sarcasm' or open admiration of the director... But, I will tell for this director to go onto the international scene with a gripping story, has to work with Director Mani Ratnam...He is the director for the future..His latest film, 'Paradesi' is way ahead of his earlier films...
44. Kanchivaram (2008)
117 min | Drama
A poor silk weaver promises his wife to dress their newborn daughter in a silk saree for her marriage. Facing systemic oppression and the vicissitudes of his fortune, he struggles to keep his word.
This a different film by Director Priyadharshan..Kanchivaram explores the early days of how Co-operative society was formed by the Kanchipuram 'pattu' dress weavers...!!
Actor Prakash Raj plays the lead in this film and I watched recently this movie..Want these kind of movies in our cine industry..
45. Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974)
Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance
Kavitha, a young woman, is the sole bread winner for her family. In order to fulfill their dreams and ambitions, she puts herself through the daily grind of working in an office maintaining... See full summary »
Director Balachandar movies portray women as independent working one shouldering responsibilities unlike other movies at that time..This is one such movie, where protogonist enacted by Sujatha takes care of all the things in family...A trend setter for a few more movies of this genre!
It's not 1973 film, which I am referring to 2006 film, Sathyaraj starrer one..Anyhow both might be good..It's a biography about a person who is an athiest and who brought about a change in Tamil Nadu, with no caste names behind the names, unlike other parts of India, where still Dalits are treated poorly and not allowed to enter temples.
47. Kamaraj (2004)
121 min | Drama