Best of Tamil Cinema

There is no ranking in this list. I don't believe in rankings. Also, this list is biased towards contemporary tamil cinema, since haven't been able to lay hands on much of old tamil cinema.
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1.
Aval Appadithaan (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The film revolves around a solitary women, her plight and ordeal against evil society. (114 mins.)
Director: C. Rudraiyaa
“ A movie which was way ahead of it's times for Tamil Cinema. Rajni and Kamal play side roles while Sripriya plays the title role. ” - madhini1988
 
2.
Kattradhu Thamizh (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young post-graduate faces difficulties with finding employment, and struggles against social inequalities. (147 mins.)
Director: Ram
“ Jeeva plays a once in a lifetime role in this wacked out flick. ” - madhini1988
 
3.
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
“ Kamal Hassan. Manirathnam. Ilayaraja. Inspired by Godfather. Enough Said. ” - madhini1988
 
4.
Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A father and son help each other through growing up, romance, tragedy, and adventure. (169 mins.)
“ Gautham Menon's best movie till date. Surya's too. ” - madhini1988
 
5.
Aadukalam (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (160 mins.)
Director: Vetri Maaran
 
6.
Pudhu Pettai (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A high school kid joins a gang and becomes a drug dealer, then a politician. (168 mins.)
Director: Selvaraghavan
 
7.
Raam (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The movie begins with Rama Krishna (Jeeva) being arrested by police on charges of murdering his mother Saratha (Saranya)... (154 mins.)
Director: Ameer Sultan
 
8.
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.
 
9.
Virumandi (2004)
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A temperamental farmer gets embroiled in a bloody clan feud in a southern Tamil Nadu village. (175 mins.)
Director: Kamal Haasan
 
10.
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
 
11.
Bombay (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (141 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
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
 
13.
Kanchivaram (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging man named Vengadam (Prakash Raj) is being released from jail in 1948. He is only being escorted... (117 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
Aalavandhan (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story follows Abhay (Haasan) who has a disturbed childhood and severe mental trauma misunderstands... (178 mins.)
Director: Suresh Krishna
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Kaakha..Kaakha: The Police (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a police team kills his brother, a drug-dealing gangster vows to kill the entire team and their respective families. (153 mins.)
Director: Gautham
 
20.
Pithamagan (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A boy raised in a cemetery grows up with no social skills, and leads a turbulent life readjusting once he moves out of the cemetery. (139 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
21.
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
 
22.
Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Three men and their accidental meeting on Napier Bridge will change their lives forever. (160 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
Duet (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
2 brothers are part of a successful music band. When both the brothers fall in love with the same girl, the plot thickens.
Director: K. Balachander
 
26.
Kadhal Desam (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a city in Southern India traditional rivalry has always existed between the students of Pachiappas and Loyala Colleges respectively... (158 mins.)
Director: Kathir
 
27.
Minsaara Kanavu (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This is the story of Priya (Kajol) and her life. She is friendly, outspoken, sensitive, yet precocious and apt to get into trouble... (153 mins.)
Director: Rajiv Menon
 
28.
Oram Po (2007)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Gayatri, Pushkar
 
29.
Autograph (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Follow Senthil's life through vignettes of his past presented by the people he visits while distributing his marriage invitations. His love life is the aspect in prime focus -- while we are presented with nuggets of other development also.
Director: Cheran
 
30.
Boss Engira Baskaran (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story is simple. Baskaran aka Boss ( Arya) is an unemployed youth without a care in the world whose... (161 mins.)
Director: M. Rajesh
 
31.
Kalavani (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Vimalraj (the grubby Meenakshi Sundaram from Pasanga) is the ill-behaved son of the gullible Saranya and her husband Ilavarasu... (144 mins.)
Director: A. Sarkunam
 
32.
Raavanan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bandit leader kidnaps the wife of the policeman who killed his sister, but later falls in love with her. (128 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
33.
Azagiya Theeye (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(150 mins.)
Director: Radha Mohan
 
34.
Peraanmai (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A brave men and a group of 5 NCC girls were onto a trekking in a forest. At the same time, a terrorist group plans to destroy a innovative rocket launch from that forest. (150 mins.)
Director: Jananathan
 
35.
Achchamundu! Achchamundu! (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
As a young Indian family in America struggles with life between traditional and modern values they are unknowingly marked as a child predator's next target. (135 mins.)
 
36.
Pasanga (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The movie revolves around the life of Anbukkarasu and Jeevanandham, their rivalry and its consequences and their reunion during the 6th grade at local Government School. (178 mins.)
Director: Pandiraj
 
37.
Yaavarum Nalam (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A story of a family which has a demon possessed TV, which shows the future happenings of the family through a serial named 'Yaavarum Nalam' (138 mins.)
Director: Vikram K. Kumar
 
38.
Naan Kadavul (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Rudran (Arya) in Kasi. Fourteen years later, repenting his act he goes with his daughter in search of him... (165 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
39.
Nandha (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Nandha kills his father in the confusion that follows when his mother discovers her husband's philandering... (165 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
40.
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
 
41.
Chennai 600028 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The film is based on street cricket played in India, focussing on various themes as friendship, love and rivalry in a suburban area... (141 mins.)
Director: Venkat Prabhu
 
42.
Saroja (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Four friends, Jaga, Ganesh, Ajay and Vishwas are motoring to a cricket game. An accident leads them to divert on a side road, where they encounter a criminal gang that has kidnapped a young girl and shot a policeman - in front of them.... (154 mins.)
Director: Venkat Prabhu
 
43.
Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
He makes several bids to obtain employment but all goes in vain due to his poor language skills and inadequate educational qualifications... (174 mins.)
Director: Mithran Jawahar
 
44.
Evano Oruvan (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A middle class man, tormented by the injustice around him, decides to take a charge against the issues surrounding him.
Director: Nishikant Kamat
 
45.
Kanda Naal Mudhal (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ramya and Krishna end up catching each others throat whenever they happen to meet. Aravind (Krishna's Friend) parents arrange his marriage with Ramya...
Director: Priya
 
46.
Paruthiveeran (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (162 mins.)
Director: Ameer Sultan
 
47.
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
 
48.
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
 
49.
Dil Se.. (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The clash between love and ideology is portrayed in this love story between a radio executive and a beautiful revolutionary (163 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
50.
Thiruda Thiruda (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Fresh printed bank notes to the value of incredible 10 billion rupies are stolen in India from a train... (140 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
51.
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
 
52.
Sillunu Oru Kadhal (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young man was in a dilemma on whether to proceed his life with his wife or his ex-lover. (175 mins.)
Director: N. Krishna
 
53.
Pattiyal (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Kosi(Arya) and Selva(Bharath),are contract killers working for a middleman named Sami(Cochin Haneefa).Director... (140 mins.)
Director: Vishnuvardhan
 
54.
Aadukalam (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (160 mins.)
Director: Vetri Maaran
“ Pretty Neat Movie. ” - madhini1988
 
55.
Mayakkam Enna (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Karthik and Yamini can't stand each other, but there lies the twist when opposites attract. (145 mins.)
 
56.
Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The movie is about the Blossom of love, fun and lots more between the characters Siva and Sakthi. The 1st half shows the blossom of love in the mind of Siva while we find a new turn during the second half where Sakthi reciprocates it. (138 mins.)
Director: M. Rajesh
“ Feel good movie. ” - madhini1988
 
57.
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
“ Absolute grand-daddy of all indian masala movies. ” - madhini1988
 
58.
Panchatanthiram (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Ram (Kamal Haasan) is a playboy pilot. His marriage to Mythili (Simran) disintegrates after a series of misunderstandings... (150 mins.)
Director: K.S. Ravikumar
“ Kamal at his comic best. ” - madhini1988
 
59.
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
“ Kamal. Enough Said. ” - madhini1988
 
60.
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.)
“ One of Kamal's best. Must watch. ” - madhini1988
 
61.
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
“ One of the few child-centered movies in India. One more gem from Manirathnam. ” - madhini1988
 
62.
Marupadiyam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Marupadiyum is an emotional and psychological drama that focuses on the central female protagonist,... (138 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra
“ Good offbeat movie. ” - madhini1988