Best Malayalam Movies Of All Time

by sunil-joseph | created - 28 Aug 2014 | updated - 28 Aug 2014 | Public

Here is the list of best malayalam movies of all time. The list includes commercial as well as non-commercial films.Some of these films fetched many awards. Some did not get the acceptance at box office but later became classics or nostalgic films.

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1. Munnariyippu (2014)

112 min | Drama, Thriller

Anjali, a freelance journalist meets C.K. Raghavan, an interesting inmate who's outstaying his sentence in jail for a crime he says he didn't commit. His vastly different views peak her interest and she documents his life and happenings.

Director: Venu Gopalan | Stars: Mammootty, Aparna Gopinath, Saiju Kurup, Joy Mathew

Votes: 3,426

2. Thaniyavartanam (1987)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

A school teacher living in a village belongs to a family with a history of lunatic males, and soon he falls prey despite being normal due to society misinterpreting his actions.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mammootty, Thilakan, Mukesh, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Votes: 1,432

3. Drishyam (2013)

Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A man goes to extreme lengths to save his family from punishment after the family commits an accidental crime.

Director: Jeethu Joseph | Stars: Mohanlal, Meena, Asha Sharath, Ansiba

Votes: 28,138

4. Manichitrathazhu (1993)

Not Rated | 169 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Vinaya Prakash

Votes: 7,314

5. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)

168 min | Action, Drama, History

The film offers an alternative version of the fight between two legendary Chekavars from Chanthu's perspective.

Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Mammootty, Madhavi, Devan, Suresh Gopi

Votes: 3,857

6. Ponthan Mada (1994)

119 min | Drama

Set in 1940s, the low-caste Ponthan Mada bonds with his colonial landlord Sheema Thampuran, who was expelled to British India from England during his youth for supporting the Irish ... See full summary »

Director: T.V. Chandran | Stars: Mammootty, Laboni Sarkar, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 507

7. Vidheyan (1994)

112 min | Drama

Thommy is a loyal and obedient slave of his aggressive and tyrannical master Bhaskara Patelar(Mammootty). He serves his master so faithfully that he goes to the extent of killing Bhaskara's wife on his orders.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Mammootty, M.R. Gopakumar, Tanvi Azmi, Sabitha Anand

Votes: 569

8. Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986)

137 min | Romance

A man falls in love with his new neighbor but then finds that her family life is difficult.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mohanlal, Shari, Thilakan, Vineeth

Votes: 1,818

9. Thanmathra (2005)

160 min | Drama

Will an unexpected turn of events change Rameshan's life forever and prevent him from witnessing his dream where his son becomes a reputable IAS Officer?

Director: Blessy | Stars: Mohanlal, Meera Vasudevan, Arjun Lal, Nedumudi Venu

Votes: 3,349

10. Amaram (1991)

150 min | Drama

An uneducated fisherman wants his daughter to be educated and become a doctor but his dreams get shattered when she falls in love with her childhood friend.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Mammootty, Mathu, Chitra, Murali

Votes: 2,098

11. Pranchiyettan and the Saint (2010)

140 min | Comedy, Drama

Pranchiyettan is a successful businessman who often has talks with an imaginary St. Francis of Assisi. The story deals with how he goes about changing his embarrassing image to making a name for himself using wealth and contacts.

Director: Renjith | Stars: Tini Tom, Jayaraj Warrier, Jesse Fox Allen, Mammootty

Votes: 4,291

12. Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009)

155 min | Crime, Drama, History

A woman is found dead in a mysterious circumstances. Several discrepancies arise in the findings, which eventually leads to the closure of the case. Years later, Haridas decides to reopen the case.

Director: Renjith | Stars: Mammootty, T. Damodaran, Sasi Kalinga, Suresh Krishna

Votes: 1,345

13. Kireedam (1989)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Drama

The life of a young man turns upside down when he intervenes in a dispute in order to rescue his father (a cop) from a ruthless local outlaw.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Parvathi

Votes: 4,799

14. Bharatham (1991)

147 min | Musical, Drama

The retelling of epic Ramayana through the lives of two brothers, their affection, their professional rivalry and the eventual transition of each person.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Urvashi, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Votes: 2,049

15. Nadan (2013)


Nadan is the story of a popular drama troupe owned by Devadas Sargavedi (Jayaram), which was previously possessed by his father and grandfather in the past, and speaks about the problems ... See full summary »

Director: Kamal | Stars: Jayaram, Ramya Nambeeshan, P. Balachandran, K.P.A.C. Lalitha

Votes: 57

16. Kayyoppu (2007)

95 min | Drama

The movie tells the story about Balachandran, a person with passion for books and literature.

Director: Renjith | Stars: Mammootty, Kushboo, Mukesh, Nedumudi Venu

Votes: 457

17. Kadha Parayumbol... (2007)

130 min | Comedy, Drama

A local barber, due to the immense pressure put by his family and and townspeople, tries to communicate with his old friend, who is a popular cinema actor.

Director: M. Mohanan | Stars: Sreenivasan, Meena, Innocent, Mukesh

Votes: 1,021

19. Kilukkam (1991)

155 min | Comedy, Family

Nandini is an illegitimate child who comes to Ooty in search of her father. She meets Joji, a tourist guide, and pretends to be mentally unstable in order to get shelter in his house.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Jagathi Sreekumar, Revathy, Kollam Thulasi

Votes: 2,916

20. Sangham (1988)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Joshiy | Stars: Asiz, P.C. George, Innocent, Jagadish

Votes: 127

21. Kottayam Kunjachan (1990)

120 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The story revolves around Kottayam' Kunjachan (Mammotty), an erstwhile thug, has just been released from jail.

Director: T.S. Suresh Babu | Stars: Adoor Bhawani, Mammootty, Jose Prakash, Prathapachandran

Votes: 570

22. Irupatham Noottandu (1987)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

The son of a Kerala political chieftain leads a gold smuggling operation with a maverick partner.

Director: K. Madhu | Stars: Mohanlal, Ambika, Suresh Gopi, Janardanan

Votes: 559

23. Rajavinte Makan (1986)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The film follows underworld don Vincent Gomas (Mohanlal) and his rivalry against the Kerala Home minister N. Krishnadas (Ratheesh).

Director: Thampi Kannanthanam | Stars: Mohanlal, Ambika, Ratheesh, Suresh Gopi

Votes: 581

24. New Delhi (1987)

143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A journalist is illegally jailed for exposing two corrupt politicians, He exacts revenge through his new mysterious newspaper.

Director: Joshiy | Stars: Asokan, Cochin Hanifa, Jeetendra, Mammootty

Votes: 1,114

25. Nirakkoottu (1985)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Journalist Sasikala sets out to meet Ravi Varma, a murder convict, after penning an award-winning story about him. However, the accused escapes from prison the day before his scheduled execution.

Director: Joshiy | Stars: Mammootty, Sumalatha, Urvashi, Babu Namboothiri

Votes: 220

26. Daya (1998)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The film is set in the middle-East in the pre-Islam period. Daya, a very intelligent and brave slave girl tries to help the son of her master, after he loses all his wealth due to his lavish life.

Director: Venu Gopalan | Stars: Manju Warrier, Nedumudi Venu, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, T.P. Madhavan

Votes: 127

27. Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997)

155 min | Comedy, Drama

Meenakshi is confused between the word her father had given to Akhilachandran and her love.

Director: Kamal | Stars: Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Biju Menon, Balachandra Menon

Votes: 240

28. Yavanika (1982)

147 min | Mystery

An infamous tabla player of a touring drama group goes missing. Later on, Sub-inspector Jacob Eeraly investigates the case.

Director: K.G. George | Stars: Bharat Gopy, Jalaja, Venu Nagavalli, Thilakan

Votes: 530

29. Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988)

137 min | Mystery, Thriller

Prabhakara Varma is called upon to investigate the death of Omana, the daughter-in-law of a local businessman. It looks like a suicide but, Varma is sure that is not so.

Director: K. Madhu | Stars: Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jagathi Sreekumar, Janardanan

Votes: 2,245

30. Aavanazhi (1986)

Not Rated | 156 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

The Story telling about Balram (Mammootty) Life.Balram is one of Strongest Police officer in this film.Good Police Story telling about Police and Criminals.

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mammootty, Geetha, Sukumaran, Janardanan

Votes: 267

31. In Harihar Nagar (1990)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Four unemployed men try to impress a new neighbor. Hilarity ensues, until the antagonist puts in an appearance.

Directors: Lal, Siddique | Stars: Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish, Asokan

Votes: 2,750

32. Ramji Rao Speaking (1989)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Thriller

Three unemployed men struggle to earn a living however, they decide to get involved in a kidnapping scheme to make quick money.

Directors: Lal, Siddique | Stars: Saikumar, Mukesh, Innocent, Rekha

Votes: 2,436

33. Inspector Balram (1991)

143 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Kannur-based Circle Inspector Balram is married to Seetha, and has a daughter, Amrtha. He faces a lot of hostility, was suspended from work, and even imprisoned, due to his honesty. While ... See full summary »

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mammootty, Murali, Kiran Kumar, M.G. Soman

Votes: 283

34. Vanaprastham (1999)

119 min | Drama

An illicit relationship between a Kathakali dancer and a young woman from an upper caste family results in an illegitimate child. He faces hardships when she refuses to let him see their child.

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Mohanlal, Suhasini, Asokan, Binu

Votes: 1,482

35. Kodiyettam (1977)

137 min | Drama

Sankarankutty, a village simpleton, lives a carefree life, indulges in childish pursuits, lives off the money given to him by his sister (working elsewhere as a servant), and eats quite ... See full summary »

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Bharat Gopy, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair, Azeez

Votes: 79

36. Rat-Trap (1982)

121 min | Drama

The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Jalaja, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Rajam K. Nair, Sharada

Votes: 406

37. Thoovanathumbikal (1987)

151 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Jayakrishnan falls in love with two girls, Radha and Clara, and fights his confusion about whom he should marry and spend his life with.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mohanlal, Sumalatha, Parvathi, Asokan

Votes: 3,132

38. Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014)

136 min | Comedy, Romance

A spirited young girl would stop at nothing to get the first love of her life, even if it takes seven years and several heartbreaks.

Director: Jude Anthany Joseph | Stars: Nazriya Nazim, Nivin Pauly, Aju Varghese, Vineeth Sreenivasan

Votes: 3,982

39. Bangalore Days (2014)

171 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three cousins set out to fulfill their Bangalore dreams.

Director: Anjali Menon | Stars: Nazriya Nazim, Nivin Pauly, Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil

Votes: 13,894 | Gross: $0.13M

40. Manjadikuru (2008)

120 min | Drama, Family

This is story of homecoming from the late 1970s. Ten-year-old Vicky arrives at his grandparents' home in rural Kerala to attend his grandfather's funeral. The disjointed family gathers ... See full summary »

Director: Anjali Menon | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Thilakan, Jagathi Sreekumar, Rahman

Votes: 853

42. Thazhvaram (1990)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

Balan and Raju's friendly relationship turns into rivalry when Raju murders his wife and robs his hard-earned money. Balan decides to take revenge on Raju.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Mohanlal, Salim Ghouse, Sumalatha, Anju

Votes: 531

43. Inspector Balram (1991)

143 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Kannur-based Circle Inspector Balram is married to Seetha, and has a daughter, Amrtha. He faces a lot of hostility, was suspended from work, and even imprisoned, due to his honesty. While ... See full summary »

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mammootty, Murali, Kiran Kumar, M.G. Soman

Votes: 283

44. Mrigaya (1989)

Not Rated | 142 min | Adventure, Drama

A remote village in Kerala hires a hunter to kill a ferocious leopard.

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Paravoor Bharathan, Mammootty, Sunita, Jagannatha Varma

Votes: 920

45. Sandesham (1991)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Thilakan, Mathu

Votes: 3,013

46. Celluloid (2013)

129 min | Biography, Drama