My all time favorite movies list

by gouthammithr | created - 25 Sep 2016 | updated - 25 Sep 2016 | Public

Here is the list of some of the movies which are my all time favorite.

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1. Mouna Ragam (1986)

146 min | Drama, Romance

Divya, a woman grieving over the death of her lover, is convinced into an arranged marriage with Chandra Kumar. Over a year the couple attempt to adjust to each other's presence and live with each other.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Karthik, Mohan, V.K. Ramasamy, Revathy

Votes: 2,892

This movie remains very close to my heart for so many reasons. Main reasons are Mani Ratnam, PC Sreeram and Illayaraja. Wow! This was the first film in my life that inspired me to watch sensible films. This was the first film that made me a fan of Mani Ratnam.

2. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 419,339 | Gross: $163.57M

Most inspiring film. Loved Will Smith. Great.

3. Andha Naal (1954)

130 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

After an engineer is shot dead, several people around him relate different versions and the related incidents that may have led to the murder.

Director: Sundaram Balachander | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Pandharibai, Jawar N. Sitaraman, T.K. Balachandran

Votes: 237

The first noir in Tamil Cinema. A classic. Such a brilliant acting by Sivaji Ganeshan and Pandari Bai. A perfect movie in all aspects. Unfortunately, the movie wasn't well received by the audience then.

4. Agni Natchathiram (1988)

Not Rated | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two men having the same father , but different mothers hate each other and often get into fights. But they are forced to join hands when their father's life is endangered.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Karthik, Prabhu, Vijayakumar, Amala Akkineni

Votes: 1,143

A trend-setter in Tamil Cinema by Mani Ratnam. Awesome performances from Prabhu, Karthik, Amala and Vijayakumar. PC Sreeram's cinematography has inspired so many people to pursue a career in the department. Illayaraja's songs and music where a roaring hit. A perfect team work. Mani Ratnam paved way for sensible commercial cinema with AN.

5. Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama

A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Delhi Ganesh, Janagaraj

Votes: 13,991

The Indianised version of God Father. Again from Mani Ratnam, PC Sreeram and Illayaraja. Brilliant acting by Kamal Haasan that fetched him a National Award then. Awesome!

6. Veedu (1988)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A dramatic-story depicting the difficulties of a lower middle class family trying to build a new house.

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Archana, M.A. Chokkalinga Bhagavathar, Bhanuchander

Votes: 200

A great movie from Balu Mahendra. The movie's realistic treatment makes me love this one whenever I watch.

7. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 561,352 | Gross: $32.00M

No words. Sheer brilliance. A true classic. Hats Off Sir Alfred Hitchcock!

8. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

100 Metascore

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 335,029 | Gross: $3.20M

Vertigo made me a fan of Alfred Hitchcock.

9. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 1,084,436 | Gross: $116.90M

Leonardo Dicaprio's performance - mind blowing. Martin Scorsese - Salute!

10. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,139,475 | Gross: $96.90M

An unforgettable movie in our lifetime from Steven Spielberg.

11. 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.

Director: C.V. Sridhar | Stars: T.S. Balaiah, Kanchana, R. Muthuraman, Nagesh

Votes: 337

Wowww! Evergreen comedy movie from Shridhar. Evergreen songs from Vishwanathan-Ramamoorthy. Incredible performances by the legends Balaiah, Nagesh and Muthuraman. Best comedy movie of all times.

12. Bama Vijayam (1967)

Not Rated | 179 min | Comedy

The story revolves around an urban South Indian joint family composed of brothers, their wives and children and parent/s. It is the ideal household with every one getting along well until a glamorous actress moves in next door.

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Balaiya, Showkar Janaki, R. Muthuraman, Nagesh

Votes: 114

One of the best comedies from K.Balachander. Nagesh, Balaiah, Major Sundarrajan, Muthuraman, Sowcar Janaki, Kanchana steal the show. I personally learn this movie for it's best storytelling and screenplay techniques.

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