The Best of 80's tamil movies

by Sal1991 | created - 14 Mar 2015 | updated - 22 Mar 2015 | Public
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1. 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: 13,635

2. Moondram Pirai (1982)

143 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman regresses to childhood after suffering a head injury in a car crash. Lost, she ends up trapped at a brothel before being rescued by a lonely school teacher who falls in love with her.

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Poornam Vishwanathan, Silk Smitha

Votes: 2,029

3. 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: 2,827

5. Punnagai Mannan (1986)

Not Rated | 153 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After a failed suicide attempt that ultimately leaves his lover dead, a dancer changes his life.

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Revathy, Rekha, Srividya

Votes: 700

6. Sagara Sangamam (1983)

160 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

A classical dancer, Balakrishna, (Kamal Haasan) faces many struggles, but is eventually redeemed.

Director: K. Viswanath | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Jaya Prada, Sarath Babu, Sailaja S.P.

Votes: 2,422

7. Munthanai Mudichu (1983)

150 min | Drama

A woman finds a husband and tries to win his love through unconventional means.

Director: Bhagyaraj | Stars: Unni Mary, Thavakalai, Urvashi

Votes: 136

8. Pushpak (1987)

125 min | Comedy, Romance

A silent movie about an unemployed young man.

Director: Singeetam Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Amala Akkineni, Tinnu Anand, Narayana P.L.

Votes: 2,966

9. Dhavani Kannavukal (1984)

148 min | Drama

An unemployed gold medalist tries to become rich for his big family.

Director: Bhagyaraj | Stars: Bhagyaraj, Shivaji Ganesan, Parthiban, Radhika Sarathkumar

Votes: 119

10. Aan Paavam (1985)

Not Rated | 136 min | Comedy

An error during an arranged marriage pre-meeting triggers a socially-unaccepted romance.

Director: R. Pandiaraajan | Stars: Janagaraj, R. Pandiaraajan, Pandiyan, V.K. Ramasamy

Votes: 261

11. Muthal Mariyathai (1985)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama

A friendship between a middle-aged upper-caste man in a village and a boatman's daughter raises eyebrows.

Director: Bharathiraja | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Radha, Ranjini, Sathyaraj

Votes: 325

12. 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: 1,127

13. Moodupani (1980)


A successful businessman develops a hatred towards women as a result of his troubled childhood, which involved the separation of his parents owing to his father's affection towards a prostitute.

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Prathap Pothen, Shobha, Malasia Bhaskar, Gandhimathi

Votes: 86

14. 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 »

Director: Bhagyaraj | Stars: Bhagyaraj, Radhika Sarathkumar, Kallapatti Singaram

Votes: 173

15. Thillu Mullu (1981)

136 min | Comedy

Chandran , a young man fools his boss and attempts to woo his boss' daughter.

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Rajinikanth, Madhavi, Thengai Srinivasan, Showkar Janaki

Votes: 2,548

16. Unnal Mudiyum Thambi (1988)

169 min | Drama, Musical

Udhayamoorthi (Kamal Haasan), son of an orthodox Carnatic Musician, Marthandam Pillai, voices for social causes against his father's will and in a way gains the trust of local people and brings self-awareness in neighboring villages.

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Seetha, Gemini Ganesan, Aachi Manorama

Votes: 585

17. Johnny (1980)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A parsimonious Barbar must flee from the Police after meeting with a look-alike gangster.

Director: J. Mahendran | Stars: Rajinikanth, K. Balaji, Unni Mary, Suruli Rajan

Votes: 330

18. Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989)

157 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Two brothers separated at birth meet as adults and settle old scores with the killers of their father.

Director: Singeetam Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Nagesh, Srividya, Gautami

Votes: 2,825

19. Alaigal Ooivathilai (1981)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Romance

Two teenagers fall in love in rural Tamil Nadu but their families are against the match due to their differing religions.

Director: Bharathiraja | Stars: Karthik, Radha, Silk Smitha, Goundamani

Votes: 92

20. Nooravathu Naal (1984)

134 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A young woman has visions of her sister's murder and investigates.

Director: Manivannan | Stars: Mohan, Nalini, Sathyaraj, Vijayakanth

Votes: 112

21. Vikram (I) (1986)

136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Vikram, a cop who is mourning the death of his wife, is assigned to retrieve a missile. He is aided by a highly educated engineer Preethi, who holds the knowledge to disarm the nuke, in his mission.

Director: Rajasekar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sathyaraj, Ambika, Santhana Bharathi

Votes: 399

22. Moondru Mugham (1982)

Action, Drama

A sincere police officer is killed by a liquor dealer. Years later, his twin sons set out to avenge their father's death.

Director: A. Jagannathan | Stars: Rajinikanth, Radhika Sarathkumar, Silk Smitha, Delhi Ganesh

Votes: 312

24. Nizhalgal (1980)

Adventure, Drama

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 »

Director: Bharathiraja | Stars: Chandrashekhar, Raadhu, Nizhalgal Ravi

Votes: 85

25. Oomai Vizhigal (1986)

176 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A resort 'Picnic Village' used to abduct young girls and serve them to satisfy powerful politicians .When a newspaper media gets hook of it , they were attacked.By then honest police ... See full summary »

Director: R. Aravindraj | Stars: C. Arunpandian, Chandrasekhar, Ilavarasi, Jaishankar

Votes: 158

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