All time Best Tamil Movies

The following list are my favorite and best of all time movies in Tamil. Of course, this list may provide some help for Non-Tamil speaking people. All the best.
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1.
Nayakan (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized mafia dynasty looks out for a way to die with minimum pain and maximum repletion. (145 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ This is one of favorite and i consider all time best ever made in Tamil Cinema. Even though, movie has been inspired from "The Godfather", but there are lots of differences. This is definitely masterpiece in Tamil. Kamal steals the show all the way. ” - ven_042000
 
2.
Anjali (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child... (150 mins.)
Director: Mani Rathnam
“ What can i say? this is my all time favorite and best movie ever made in Tamil cinema. This is the movie for those who loves true emotional and sentimental drama. Highly recommended. ” - ven_042000
 
3.
Anbe Sivam (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Nalla Sivam and Anbarasu meet under different circumstances and their lives are changed as they take the journey of their life. (160 mins.)
Director: Sundar C.
“ This is the most underrated movie in Tamil Cinema. This is another best from Tamil cinema. Kamal once again proving, why he is the best actor in the world? Don't miss it. ” - ven_042000
 
4.
Thillu Mullu (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Chandran is a hip graduate who gets a job through his family doctor... (136 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
“ Fantastic comedy ever made in Tami Cinema. Superstar Rajnikanth was fabulous. This is indeed excellent Family Entertainer. Don't miss it. ” - ven_042000
 
5.
Michael Madana Kamarajan (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults. (162 mins.)
“ Oh! yeah! this is another excellent comedy film. Four characters played by Kamal Hassan. Definitely, a laughter roller coaster ride. Highly Recommended. ” - ven_042000
 
6.
Poovizhi Vasalile (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Poovizhi Vasalile is a 1987 Indian Tamilsuspense and thriller film directed by Fazil starring Sathyaraj and Sujitha in lead roles.
Director: Fazil
“ Highly recommended for those who love thriller. Actor sathyaraj steals the show all the way. Best by director Fazil. ” - ven_042000
 
7.
The Love Chariot (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A silent movie about an unemployed young man. (125 mins.)
“ The title is in Hindi but in Tamil 'Pesum Padam' (Talking Movie). This is another excellent attempt in tamil cinema by excellent director singeetam srinivasa rao. This movie has no dialogues. Wonderful performance by all cast members, especially Kamal Hassan. ” - ven_042000
 
8.
Guna (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A neurodivergent individual escapes the family he despises and the asylum he is kept in by creating fantasies. (167 mins.)
“ What a film? Kamal Hassan's one of the best performance ever. I highly recommend for those who love artistic appeal in Cinema. Don't miss it. ” - ven_042000
 
9.
Moondram Pirai (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (143 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra
“ Excellent film by Balu Mahendra. Wonderful performance by Kamal Hassan. He is the man. Kamal definitely deserves the title as "Universal Hero". ” - ven_042000
 
10.
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
“ Brilliant film by K.Balachander. This film has wonderful social message which is very very essential for future generation. The film has excellent songs and score by Maestro Ilaiyaraja. Don't miss this one. ” - ven_042000
 
11.
Thevar Magan (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
“ Milestone in Tamil Cinema. ” - ven_042000
 
12.
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
“ Masterpiece by Maniratnam ” - ven_042000
 
13.
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
“ This movie is about patriotism and love. Great movie by Maniratnam ” - ven_042000
 
14.
Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Aarilirunthu Aruvathu varai, Revolves around Santhanam(Rajnikanth) who solely runs his poor family of 2 brothers and a sister...
Director: S.P. Muthuraman
“ Rajnikanth's one of the best movie ” - ven_042000
 
15.
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
“ Brilliant performance by Rajnikanth. ” - ven_042000
 
16.
Sigappu Rojakkal (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Kamal Haasan, the central character, is a man terribly soured by his unvaryingly devastating encounters with the opposite sex...
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
“ Excellent movie by Bharathiraja. ” - ven_042000
 
17.
Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The movie revolves around the struggle and vulnerability of 16-year old Mayil (Sridevi) when in love. (139 mins.)
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
“ Excellent village subject film by Bharathiraja. Rajni and Kamal just rocks... ” - ven_042000
 
18.
Ninaithale Inikkum (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The movie revolves around a music troop who travel to Singapore for a performance and how their life takes a turn when they meet their love partner. (141 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
“ Excellent film by Balachander. Kamal and Rajni rocks. I miss those golden days of Rajni and Kamal in Tamil film industry. ” - ven_042000
 
19.
Annamalai (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A class-divided friendship goes through highs and lows through several decades. (164 mins.)
Director: Suresh Krishna
 
20.
Panakkaran (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Rajini is a poor man who works in a labor factory. He works only to give his money to his drunkard father...
Director: P. Vasu
 
21.
Velaikkaaran (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Young Ragupathy (Rajinikanth) is brought up by his paternal grandfather Valayapathy (V.K.Ramasamy)....
 
22.
Nallavanukku Nallavan (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(175 mins.)
Director: S.P. Muthuraman
 
23.
Dharmathin Thalaivan (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(142 mins.)
Director: S.P. Muthuraman
 
24.
Santhosh Subramaniyam (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young man narrates his past on how his father wants the best things for him but never asks his son's opinion on whether he likes them or not. (177 mins.)
Director: M. Raja
 
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26.
Thiruvilayadal (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Devrishi Narad visits Bhagwan Shri Shivji, Devi Maa Parvati, and their sons, Bhagwan Shri Ganesh, and Bhagwan Shri Kartikeya... (154 mins.)
Director: A.P. Nagarajan
 
27.
Parthal Pasi Theerum (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Believing his wife to be dead, a soldier with the British-Indian army marries another woman and moves on. But what happens when he discovers that his wife is actually alive? (159 mins.)
Director: A. Bhimsingh
 
28.
Ethir Neechal (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An orphan who lives by doing odd jobs in a building complex falls in love with one of the residents (167 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
 
29.
Varumayin Niram Sigappu (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Poetical forces play in the life of an unemployed yet well educated young man.He finds the depth and the beauty of his principles yet fate leaves him in destitution (138 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
 
30.
Dharma Durai (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man has to negotiate his brother's antagonism before he can become a doctor. (144 mins.)
Director: Rajasekar
 
31.
Metti (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Metti explores the lives of three women a mother and her two daughters and their relationship with Pattabhi, who enters their life in the beginning of the film.
Director: J. Mahendran
 
32.
Maya Bazaar (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
The story revolves around the characters in the Hindu Epic "The Mahabharata" and is set in Dwaraka, the hometown of Lord Krishna (NTR)... (192 mins.)
 
33.
Bharathi (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Based on a true story of a Tamil poet who struggled hard in his life for freedom of india
 
34.
Pesum Daivam (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
 
35.
The Vagabond King (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A wanderer/revolutionary is a dead ringer for a monarch, and takes his place. (220 mins.)
 
36.
Enga Veetu Pillai (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(147 mins.)
Director: Tapi Chanakya
 
37.
Sagara Sangamam (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A classical dancer, Balakrishna, (Kamal Haasan) faces many struggles, but is eventually redeemed. (160 mins.)
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
38.
Kuruthipunal (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Police officers fight a terror group in India. (143 mins.)
Director: P.C. Sreeram
 
39.
Veedu (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatic-story depicting the difficulties of a lower middle class family trying to build a new house. (110 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra
 
40.
Nandhavana Theru (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
 
41.
Iruvar (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Mani Rathnam's take on the real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi. (140 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
42.
Thalapathi (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Surya (Rajnikanth) is an orphan raised in a slum. He finds a friend in the local Godfather (Mamooty)... (157 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Best of Mani Ratnam. ” - ven_042000
 
43.
Ramana (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Ramanaa is a professor at National College. But he is also the head of an Anti Corruption Force, that aims to eliminate corruption from society... (140 mins.)
Director: A.R. Murugadoss
 
44.
Kannukkul Nilavu (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
(167 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
45.
Kaadhalukku Mariyaadai (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Jeevanandhan "Jeeva" (Vijay) is a very rich young man. Although his parents (Sivakumar and Srividhya) want him to settle down...
Director: Fazil
 
46.
Baasha (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An auto driver, Manikam, desperately tries to hide his dark underworld side to keep his promise to his father. (145 mins.)
Director: Suresh Krishna
 
47.
Karnan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Brave and loyal warrior-archer Karna joins the Kauravas to battle the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra. (177 mins.)
Director: B.R. Panthulu
 
48.
Uthiri Pookkal (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(143 mins.)
Director: J. Mahendran
 
49.
Motor Sundaram Pillai (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Sundaram Pillai has 2 wives at 2 residences. (160 mins.)
Director: Balu
 
50.
Kadalikka Neramillai (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (159 mins.)
Director: C.V. Sridhar
 
51.
Kadhala Kadhala (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two friends, both with the name of Lingam, create a comedy of errors and consequent chaos with their girlfriends and their families.
 
52.
Arangetra Velai (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story revolves around three unemployed people. (154 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
53.
Kaakki Sattai (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Murali is a young man obsessed with joining the police force. After being rejected several times, he is disillusioned and joins a smugglers' gang instead. (143 mins.)
Director: Rajasekar
 
54.
Per Sollum Pillai (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
 
55.
Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Mohan
 
56.
Pavamanippu (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Three children adopted from their by birth homes and raised by foster parents grow up in Muslim, Christian and Hindu households. But will they ever reunite with their original families? (196 mins.)
Director: A. Bhimsingh
 
57.
Pasamalar (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Follows Rajasekhar and his relationship with his younger sister. She falls in love with his friend. (197 mins.)
Director: A. Bhimsingh
 
58.
Hey Ram (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him. (186 mins.)
Director: Kamal Haasan
 
59.
Irumputhirai (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story revolves around the two brothers Manikam and Kondamuthu and their mill owner.
Director: S.S. Vasan
“ Excellent movie about Industrial Revolution. Must see. ” - ven_042000
 
60.
Neer Kumizhi (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Cancer affected young man , Leg Fractured Man Sharing their Flashbacks in Hospital. Nagesh falls in love to Doctor & both knows that he wont have longer life. (129 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
 
61.
Andha Naal (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After an engineer is shot dead, several people around him relate different versions and the related incidents that may have led to the murder. (130 mins.)
“ This is the first tamil film without any songs and comedy tracks. It was very bold attempt, especially during that time. ” - ven_042000
 
62.
Parasakthi (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
"Parasakthi" narrates the misfortunes that befall the members of a Tamil family. The youngest sister... (188 mins.)
“ Great debut by Nadigar Thilagam Shivaji Ganesan. Unforgettable. ” - ven_042000
 
63.
Adisaya Thirudan (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: P. Pullaiah
 
64.
Kaathiruntha Kangal (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: T. Prakash Rao
 
65.
Amaidhi Padai (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Pauper was made the Member of Legislative Assembly by a politician and grows to become the strongest and most corrupt politician. (172 mins.)
Director: Manivannan
 
66.
Vazhve Mayam (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A trainee pilot attempts to woo a pretty Air Hostess.
 
67.
Kadolara Kavithaigal (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
 
68.
The Pearl (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The story is of mentally slow man, whose life is recapped to his grand-daughter. How he meets his wife (who was a widow), earns his living and fights the injustice he and his wife face. (160 mins.)
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
69.
Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When the British East India Company forces polygar Kattabomman to pay taxes, levies and be their subsidiary ruler, he openly defies their policy and battles them until his arrest and hanging. (201 mins.)
 
70.
Sethu (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A violent youngster and a shy Brahmin girl fall in love but tragedy intervenes when the youngster is brain-damaged following a fight. (180 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
71.
Mouna Ragam (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (146 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam