Tamil Movies I have Enjoyed

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1.
Anbe Sivam (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (160 mins.)
Director: Sundar C.
“ This is a very powerful movie. The main character (and good guy) is a Marxist, but he takes a capitalist idiot under his wing and preaches love and moral goodness to him. Funny when you aren't crying. I'm not necessarily a fan of the theology expressed, but the actions are great. Which is, perhaps, part of the point of the movie. ” - RRHowell41
 
2.
Mullum Malarum (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A boorish villager butts heads with a newly appointed engineer from the city. (143 mins.)
Director: J. Mahendran
“ I was impressed by this. It does not feel like a 1978 movie at all because of the level of realism in the character. Both our hero (Rajnikanth) and his boss are real people, good people with flaws, and their misunderstandings of each other are within the realm of the believable. ” - RRHowell41
 
3.
I Have Found It (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" focusing on two sisters of opposing temperaments. (151 mins.)
Director: Rajiv Menon
“ This is a very pretty movie, nicely done. Where I began to see the difference between Tamil and Hindi choreography. ” - RRHowell41
 
4.
A Peck on the Cheek (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists. (123 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Probably the first Tamil movie I ever saw. ” - RRHowell41
 
5.
Abhiyum Naanum (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The father of a grown daughter meets the father of a toddler at a playground and recounts the story of his own relationship with his daughter through the years, including his difficulties with accepting her marriage. (147 mins.)
Director: Radha Mohan
“ The father of a grown woman meets the father of a toddler, and spills his guts. A nice, and gentle movie. ” - RRHowell41
 
6.
Alai Payuthey (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After a difficult romance in a class-divided society, the love birds find out marriage is not what they thought it would be. (156 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ This was a very nice romance with almost believable complications. ” - RRHowell41
 
7.
Roja (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (137 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ A Kashmir terrorism story, or more accurately, a romance played out against a background of Kashmiri terrorism. ” - RRHowell41
 
8.
The Terrorist (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test. (95 mins.)
Director: Santosh Sivan
“ This movie puts a human, if not an entirely believable, face on terrorism. ” - RRHowell41
 
9.
Nayakan (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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. (145 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ It took me a while to get past the difficult scenes at the beginning of the movie, but it was worth doing so. I particularly loved the relationship between the main character and the woman who becomes his wife, and also the scenes between him and his daughter. ” - RRHowell41