My List : Best Tamil Movies

by pandiselvamfilm | created - 11 Feb 2013 | updated - 14 Oct 2018 | Public

This is my list of best movies made in Tamil cinema. I prefer innovative storytelling movies.

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1. Kattradhu Thamizh (2007)

147 min | Drama, Mystery

A young post-graduate faces difficulties with finding employment, and struggles against social inequalities.

Director: Ram | Stars: Jiiva, Anjali, Karunas, Azhagam Perumal

Votes: 2,071

I would say this is one of the finest movies in Tamil cinema.

2. Aaranya Kaandam (2010)

Not Rated | 153 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A mob boss must deal with a disgruntled mistress and a vanishing bag of cocaine.

Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja | Stars: Sampath Raj, Jackie Shroff, Ravi Krishna, Yasmin Ponnappa

Votes: 2,959

Innovative and No compromise, I had ringtone of this movie (war theme) for years. Thanks Yuvan

3. The Wolf and the Lamb (2013)

141 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A kid saves a dangerous dying fugitive and triggers off a chase between the hunter and the hunted and soon, the definitions blur.

Director: Myshkin | Stars: Myshkin, Sri, Adithya Menon, Bharath

Votes: 1,882

This is Mysskin's Best

4. Hey Ram (2000)

Not Rated | 186 min | Crime, Drama, History

Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini

Votes: 10,426 | Gross: $0.27M

One of the Proof that Kamal is a genius

5. 96 (II) (2018)

158 min | Drama, Romance

Two high school sweethearts meet at a reunion after 22 years and reminisce about their past over the course of an evening.

Director: C. Prem Kumar | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Trisha Krishnan, Varsha Bollamma, Adithya Bhaskar

Votes: 11,982

6. Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010)

PG-13 | 157 min | Drama, Romance

An aspiring filmmaker goes through the ups and downs of romance when he falls for a Christian woman who says she only wants to be friends.

Director: Goutham Vasudev Menon | Stars: T.R. Silambarasan, Trisha Krishnan, Vtv Ganesh, Raja Krishnamoorthy

Votes: 4,365

I think, This is the movie I watch high number of times in Tamil.

7. Uttama Villain (2015)

171 min | Comedy, Drama

Manoranjan, a superstar, is counting his last days due to brain tumor. How he goes about his final wish of doing a comedy film with his mentor Margadarsi forms the crux of the story.

Director: Ramesh Aravind | Stars: Kamal Haasan, K. Balachander, K. Viswanath, Nassar

Votes: 2,420

Recent classic from Kamal

9. Bharathi (2000)

Drama

Based on a true story of a Tamil poet who struggled hard in his life for freedom of india

Director: Gnana Rajasekaran | Stars: Sayaji Shinde, Devayani, Amarasigamani, Pushpaak Ramesh

Votes: 173

10. Nandalala (2010)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

The film revolves around a child who lives with his blind grandmother who want to meet his mother takes on a journey to see her .

Director: Myshkin | Stars: Snigdha Akolkar, Kalaiyarasan, Myshkin, Nassar

Votes: 468

11. Anbe Sivam (2003)

Not Rated | 160 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate.

Director: Sundar C. | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Madhavan, Kiran Rathod, Nassar

Votes: 13,519

Feel Good, again this is Kamal's magic

12. Cuckoo (I) (2014)

155 min | Drama, Romance

A blind boy faces trouble when he falls for a blind girl.

Director: Raju Murugan | Stars: Dinesh, Malavika Nair, Elango, Somasundaram

Votes: 579

13. Nammavar (1994)

178 min | Drama

A new professor cleans up a crime-ridden college

Director: K.S. Sethumadhavan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Gautami, Nagesh, Karan

Votes: 512

14. Alai Payuthey (2000)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

After a difficult romance in a class-divided society, the love birds find out marriage is not what they thought it would be.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Shalini, Swarnamalya, V. Natarajan

Votes: 4,385

15. Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)

Not Rated | 169 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A father and son help each other through growing up, romance, tragedy, and adventure.

Director: Goutham Vasudev Menon | Stars: Suriya, Simran, Ramya, Sameera Reddy

Votes: 7,685

16. Pudhu Pettai (2006)

Not Rated | 168 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A high school kid joins a gang and becomes a drug dealer, then a politician.

Director: K. Selvaraghavan | Stars: Dhanush, Sneha, Sonia Agarwal, Azhagam Perumal

Votes: 3,614

No compromise in this movie and BGM western classical still rocks.

17. Ayan (2009)

162 min | Action

A young man's smuggling lifestyle takes a serious turn, when a fierce rival tries to eliminate him from the business.

Director: K.V. Anand | Stars: Suriya, Tamannaah Bhatia, Prabhu, Jagan

Votes: 7,453

Whenever I watch this movie, I feel enthusiastic

18. Moodar Koodam (2013)

145 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Four penniless, down-and-out youngsters plan to rob the house of a wealthy businessman believing that the family is out on a pilgrimage. But when they break into the house, nothing goes as ... See full summary »

Director: Naveen | Stars: Naveen, Sendrayan, Rajaj, Kuberan

Votes: 1,009

19. 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.

Director: Nalan Kumarasamy | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Sanchita Shetty, Radha Ravi, M.S. Bhaskar

Votes: 7,564

20. Sathuranga Vettai (2014)

145 min | Crime, Thriller

Ace conman Gandhi effortlessly thinks up schemes to swindle gullible and greedy folks. However on a rare occasion, things don't go according to plan and he ends up in the clutches of a ruthless gang who demand schemes from him for money.

Director: H. Vinoth | Stars: Nataraja Subramanian, Ishara Nair, Ponvannan, Ilavarasu

Votes: 2,172

21. Aalavandhan (2001)

Not Rated | 177 min | Action, Thriller

A psychopath tries to protect his twin brother from a lady he visualizes as his evil stepmother, and eventually ends up fighting with him.

Director: Suresh Krishna | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Kitu Gidwani

Votes: 1,744

Earlier to Joker character, There was a NANDHU

22. Virumandi (2004)

175 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A temperamental farmer gets embroiled in a bloody clan feud in a southern Tamil Nadu village.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Abhirami, Pasupathy, Napolean

Votes: 3,718

23. Kuruthipunal (1995)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Suave and scintillating, this fast-paced action thriller follows the adventures and investigations of a group of honest police officers, who go undercover to bring down a terror network.

Director: P.C. Sreeram | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Arjun Sarja, Nassar, Gautami

Votes: 3,239

24. Guna (1991)

Not Rated | 167 min | Drama, Romance

A neurodivergent individual escapes the family he despises and the asylum he is kept in by creating fantasies.

Director: Santhana Bharathi | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Roshini, Rekha, Varalakshmi S.

Votes: 2,259

Madly in Love

25. Mundaasupatti (2014)

148 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A photographer gets into trouble in a village where photography is banned.

Director: Ram Kumar | Stars: Vishnu Vishal, Nandita Shwetha, Anand Raj, Kaali Venkat

Votes: 1,032

Camera scares the people, Best comedy movie at its best shape.

26. Aruvi (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

A gentle girl born and brought up amidst the ever growing eco-social-consumeristic environment finds it difficult to fit in the society. She decides to take it hard on the people. What she does is the rest of the story.

Director: Arun Prabhu Purushothaman | Stars: Aditi Balan, Padmashri Mohammad Ali, Pradeep Anthony, Arnold

Votes: 8,728

Made me speechless

27. Jigarthanda (2014)

Not Rated | 171 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An aspiring director targets a ruthless gangster because he wants to make a violent gangster film. His discreet attempts to research the gangster fail miserably. Finally when he gets caught snooping, things hit the fan.

Director: Karthik Subbaraj | Stars: Siddharth, Bobby Simha, Lakshmi Menon, Nassar

Votes: 8,855

28. Iruvar (1997)

140 min | Biography, Drama

The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Mohanlal, Umakant Rai, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Votes: 4,079

29. Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam (2010)

143 min | Drama

A story of mistaken identities in 17th century.

Director: Chimbudeven | Stars: Lawrence Raghavendra, Padmapriya, Raai Laxmi, Sandhya

Votes: 244

Best spoof with subtle comedy

30. Merku Thodarchi Malai (2018)

122 min | Drama

Rangasamy, a laborer living on the borders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu just like his fellow sons of soils toils, hard-working at the spice plantations owned by landlords. Whilst Rangasamy is ... See full summary »

Director: Leninbharati | Stars: Antony, Gayatri Krishnan, Abu Valayamkulam

Votes: 1,309

31. Visaaranai (2015)

117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Four labourers are tortured by the police to confess to a theft they have not committed.

Director: Vetrimaaran | Stars: Dinesh, Samuthirakani, Anandhi, Murugadass

Votes: 4,936

32. Thevar Magan (1992)

145 min | Drama

The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shivaji Ganesan, Nassar, Revathy

Votes: 4,340

33. Paruthiveeran (2007)

Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A village tough finally succumbs to the unconditional love of his angelic cousin, but his romance faces insurmountable challenges, including family opposition and his own delinquent personality.

Director: Ameer Sultan | Stars: Karthi, Priyamani, Saravanan, Ponvannan

Votes: 2,714

34. Vazhakku Enn 18/9 (2012)

124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A girl gets in trouble when her boyfriend films her private moments on his mobile phone without her knowledge.

Director: Balaji Sakthivel | Stars: Sri, Mithun Murali, Urmila Mahanta, Manisha Yadav

Votes: 1,798

35. Subramaniapuram (2008)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A simple film that centers on the lives of 5 educated youngsters in Madurai during 1980 in Madurai, their joys and sorrows. Subramaniapuram not just marks the beginning is a birth of new streamline of extraordinary film.

Director: M. Sasikumar | Stars: Jai, M. Sasikumar, Swathi Reddy, 'Ganja' Karuppu

Votes: 1,149

36. Market Street (2010)

151 min | Drama

The story on the lives of a salesgirl and sales boy of a popular Saree store in Chennai.

Director: Vasanthabalan | Stars: Mahesh, Anjali, A. Venkatesh, Pandi

Votes: 1,072

37. Ayirathil Oruvan (2010)

Not Rated | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Chandramouli, a famous archaeologist, goes missing while on a research expedition. Anitha, a government officer, and Lavanya, Chandramouli's daughter, embark on an adventurous journey to find him.

Director: K. Selvaraghavan | Stars: Karthi, Reema Sen, Andrea Jeremiah, Parthiban

Votes: 2,922

Close to my heart

38. Kaadhal Konden (2003)

150 min | Drama, Musical, Thriller

Exploring into the mind of a youth who is mentally and physically abused in his childhood, the film shows how he slowly turns into a psychopath who kills anyone who comes in the way of the girl for whom he has an obsessive love!

Director: K. Selvaraghavan | Stars: Sonia Agarwal, Daniel Balaji, Dhanush, Rambo Raj Kumar

Votes: 1,580

39. Joker (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

Mannar (protagonist), a villager who declares himself to be the Indian President, protests the absurdities of the government.

Directors: Raju Murugan, Raju Saravanan | Stars: Guru Somasundaram, Ramya Pandiyan, Gayathri, Ramasamy

Votes: 2,595



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