Tamil Cult Films

by bchandru93 | created - 28 Nov 2016 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Films may be a hit or flop at the box-office but only a few of them achieve a growing base of loyalists who continue to celebrate the film with a sense of pride and total disregard of what the critics or the commercials may speak of it. Tamil cinema already has a grand selection of such films. Here a few of those.

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1. 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: 3,521

2. 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: 13,268

3. 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: 2,878

4. Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A Police Officer investigates a series of brutal rapes and murders, with the culprits seeming to cover more than one country.

Director: Goutham Vasudev Menon | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Jyotika, Prakash Raj, Daniel Balaji

Votes: 5,848

5. 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.

Director: Karthik Subbaraj | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Ramya Nambeeshan, Aadukalam Naren, Karunakaran

Votes: 5,794

6. Chennai 600028 (2007)

141 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Friendship, love, and rivalry spice up the game of street cricket in the suburb of Chennai whose zip code give this movie its name.

Director: Venkat Prabhu | Stars: Shiva, Jai, Nitin Sathya, Premgi Amaren

Votes: 1,624

7. 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.

Director: Balaji Tharaneetharan | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathrie, Bagavathi Perumal, Rajkumar

Votes: 4,092

8. Thani Oruvan (2015)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Siddharth Abimanyu, an influential scientist, is involved in various illegal medical practices. Mithran, an efficient IPS officer, decides to expose him.

Director: Mohan Raja | Stars: Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy, Nayanthara, Nassar

Votes: 14,053

9. 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: 7,439

10. 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: 1,727

11. 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: 1,125

12. Anjathe (2008)

Not Rated | 185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Sathya and Kiruba are friends. Sathya is reckless and gets into drinking and violent fights whereas Kiruba studies hard to become a Sub-Inspector. Tables are turned when Sathya becomes a Sub-Inspector.

Director: Myshkin | Stars: Narain, Prasanna, Ajmal Ameer, Vijayalakshmi

Votes: 1,666

13. 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: 3,667

14. Kaakha..Kaakha: The Police (2003)

153 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After a police team kills his brother, a drug-dealing gangster vows to kill the entire team and their respective families.

Director: Goutham Vasudev Menon | Stars: Suriya, Jyotika, 'University' Jeevan, Daniel Balaji

Votes: 4,134

15. Three Dots (2004)

PG-13 | 160 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Three men and their accidental meeting on Napier Bridge will change their lives forever.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Suriya, Madhavan, Siddharth, Meera Jasmine

Votes: 2,857

16. 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: 2,674

17. 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: 2,046

18. Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002)

148 min | Drama, Romance

A Misogynist's attitude towards women and love starts to change after he develops feelings for a woman.

Director: Ameer Sultan | Stars: Suriya, Trisha Krishnan, Nandha, Anju Mahendran

Votes: 1,335

19. 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: 8,695

20. 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: 4,323

21. Ruthless Man (2007)

150 min | Action

A contemporary action drama that revolves around a young man's love affair with his bike, and the trials and travails is forced to undergo when it is lost.

Director: Vetrimaaran | Stars: Dhanush, Ramya, Kishore Kumar G., Karunas

Votes: 1,189

22. Aadukalam (2011)

160 min | Action, Drama, Sport

In a village in South India, rearing roosters, maintaining them and using them for fights are a way of life and a matter of honor and lifeline to many people.

Director: Vetrimaaran | Stars: Dhanush, Taapsee Pannu, Jayabalan, Kishore Kumar G.

Votes: 3,895

23. Roja (1992)

137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar

Votes: 10,463

24. 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: 13,428

25. 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.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Nassar, Kitty

Votes: 10,210

26. 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: 4,274

27. Kuruthipunal (1995)

Not Rated | 143 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Suave and scintillating, this fast-paced spy 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: 3,194

28. Sethu (1999)

130 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A violent youngster and a shy Brahmin girl fall in love but tragedy intervenes when the youngster is brain-damaged following a fight.

Director: Bala | Stars: Vikram, Abitha, Sivakumar, Sriman

Votes: 2,072

29. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Drama, War

A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her real mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan, Nandita Das

Votes: 6,442

30. 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: 2,866

31. Naadodigal (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Three friends decide to do whatever it takes to unite one of their old friends with the girl he is in love with which gradually takes a turn for the worst, but strengthening their bond with each other nonetheless.

Director: Samuthirakani | Stars: M. Sasikumar, Vijay Vasanth, Bharani, Ananya

Votes: 967

32. Anjali (1990)

Not Rated | 150 min | Family, Drama

Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child, she is taken on a stormy night to a hospital where she ... See full summary »

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Revathy, Raghuvaran, Prabhu, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 2,399

33. 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, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Gautami

Votes: 4,007

34. 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.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana, Arvind Swamy

Votes: 8,352

35. Alai Payuthey (2000)

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: 4,308

36. 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: 1,555

37. 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: 11,480



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