151 Remarkable Malayalam Movies Ever

This is an attempt to list down the best 151 Malayalam movies ever made. Though I have not made any discrimination in between parallel and commercial cinema, I might have missed many of the hits in Malayalam. Would be great if u let me know so that I can add into.
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1.
Thoovanathumbikal (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Jayakrishnan falls in love with two girls, Radha and Clara, and fights his confusion about whom he should marry and spend his life with. (151 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
2.
Perumthachan (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Kerala Legend, a pious and respected 'Perumthachan' or master carpenter of mixed background, builds... (140 mins.)
Director: Ajayan
 
3.
Thaniyavartanam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
4.
Manichithrathazhu (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed. (169 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
5.
Peruvazhiyampalam (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(118 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
6.
Nirmalyam (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(134 mins.)
 
7.
Odeyil Ninnu (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(175 mins.)
 
8.
Piravi (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Raghu, the only son of Raghava Chakyar was born late for him. So he poured his entire love and affection on him... (110 mins.)
Director: Shaji N. Karun
 
9.
Panchavadi Palam (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A henpecked politician wants his name attached to a new bridge, even if that means destroying another, perfectly serviceable bridge. (140 mins.)
Director: K.G. George
 
10.
Rat-Trap (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him. (121 mins.)
 
11.
Adaminte Variyellu (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(142 mins.)
Director: K.G. George
 
12.
Mathilukal (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Confined to the narrow space of a prison cell, Bashir falls in love with a woman in the neighbouring prison compound... (120 mins.)
 
13.
The Magnifying Lens (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Vidyadharan (Mammootty) is in jail and while working finds a link/hole to the outside world. But his vision is distorted through the eye magnifying lens he uses to view because of his fateful past. (115 mins.)
Director: A.K. Lohithadas
 
14.
Chemmeen (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: Ramu Kariat
 
15.
Vanaprastham (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A depressed Kathakali artist falls in love with a member of an aristocratic family. (119 mins.)
Director: Shaji N. Karun
 
16.
Arappatta Kettiya Graamathil (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The movie narrates the story of three friends' visit to a brothel to celebrate Vishu. (109 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
17.
The Circus Tent (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(129 mins.)
 
18.
Vaishali (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Princess of a country long suffering from drought should please a saint living in distant hills to bring rain.
Director: Bharathan
 
19.
Kodiyettam (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sankarankutty, a village simpleton, lives a carefree life, indulges in childish pursuits, lives off... (137 mins.)
 
20.
Swayamvaram (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(131 mins.)
 
21.
Thakara (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Bharathan
 
22.
Sukrutham (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(148 mins.)
Director: Harikumar
 
23.
Kadavu (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(104 mins.)
 
24.
Paadha Mudhra (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(144 mins.)
Director: R. Sukumaran
 
25.
Kallan Pavithran (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Pavithran, a thief who was trying to sell stolen items meets a crooked merchant in the town. But an incident occurs afterward changing his entire life.
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
26.
Sadayam (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Sadayam follows the final days of a condemned prisoner, for murdering two little girls. (147 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
27.
Aparan (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Viswanathan, new in town, soon learns that he is being chased by enemies of his look-alike, who is a con man. Vishwanathan tries to find out Uthaman before its too late, but things don't go as planned. (115 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
28.
Vidheyan (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Thommy is a loyal and obedient slave of his aggressive and tyrannical master Bhaskara. He serves his master so faithfully that he goes to the extent of killing Bhaskara's wife on his orders. (112 mins.)
 
29.
Ponthan Mada (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Set in 1940s, the film is about the irrational bonding of the low-caste Ponthan Mada with his colonial landlord Sheema Thampuran, who was expelled to British India from England during his youth for supporting the Irish Republican Army. Crossing the class boundaries, the two communicate through Thampuran's window, with Mada hanging from a palm tree. (119 mins.)
Director: T.V. Chandran
 
30.
Kariyila Kattu Pole (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Deputy Superintendent of Police Achuthankutty tries to solve the mystery of film director Harikrishnan's death. Three women are the main suspects.
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
31.
Pathemari (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Narrates both the hardships and happiness that Gulf life has provided to Malayalees. The period from 1960 to the present form the context of the story. (118 mins.)
 
32.
Manjadikuru (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This is story of homecoming from the late 1970s. Ten-year-old Vicky arrives at his grandparents' home... (120 mins.)
Director: Anjali Menon
 
33.
Innale (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After a serious accident a girl who was hospitalized forgets her past. She stops worrying about her... (137 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
34.
Njan Gandharvan (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The film is an esoteric fantasy about a girl and her passion for a celestial lover, who keeps appearing from a wooden statue that she found on a beach but is invisible to others. (146 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
35.
Parinayam (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The film is set in the pre-Independence orthodox 'Namboodiri' Brahmin community. Widowed at 17, only three months after being married to an old man... (163 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
36.
Yavanika (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Yavanika (The Curtain)...is the search for the truth..the truth behind the curtain (as it always be..)... (147 mins.)
Director: K.G. George
 
37.
Desatanakkili Karayarilla (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two school students plan to runaway while on the school trip. But with the entering of an uninvited man in the situation for their help and one of them falls in love with him, something is revealed which is not so pleasant.
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
38.
Moonnam Pakkam (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An old man spends his life in solitude awaiting his grandson to come for vacation after 6 years. He thought he was the most happiest man in the world until he found out that fate has something unpredictable for him. (114 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
39.
Bharatham (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The retelling of epic Ramayana through the lives of two brothers, their affection, their professional rivalry and the eventual transition of each person. (147 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
40.
Sughamodevi (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Venu Nagavalli
 
41.
T.D. Dasan Std: VI. B (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of a mother and a son in a village. Chndrika, the mother, and Dasan is her son who is eleven years old... (98 mins.)
Director: Mohan Raghavan
 
42.
Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The film offers an alternative version of the epic battle between two legendary Chekavars from the villain's perspective. (168 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
43.
Journey to Wisdom (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Jayaraaj
 
44.
A Slender Smile (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Oru Cheru Punchiri tells the story of a retired estate manager Krishna Kuruppu (Oduvil Unnikrishnan)...
 
45.
Paithrukam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story says about a conflict between the beliefs of a Brahmin family and atheism within the family.
Director: Jayaraaj
 
46.
Thalappavu (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The movie is based on a true story about the confession of a police constable about gunning down a Naxalite (Arikkad Varghese) in a fake encounter as per the order of his superiors in 1970.
Director: Madhupal
 
47.
Neelakkuyil (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(182 mins.)
 
48.
Guru (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Situations turn a man who believes in secularism into an extremist. He plots to bomb a monastery where the survivors of a riot take refuge. (136 mins.)
Director: Rajiv Anchal
 
49.
Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A private detective investigates a cold case , which is the first registered murder case in Kerala, after 50 years.
Director: Renjith
 
50.
Padheyam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
51.
Report to Mother (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story revolves around the incidents following the death of a young Naxalite, upon whose death his friends travel to the village where his mother lives to inform her of the death of her only son. (115 mins.)
Director: John Abraham
 
52.
Ustad Hotel (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An urbane chef from a well-to-do family with very high ambitions goes on to find approval from his conservative father... (151 mins.)
Director: Anwar Rasheed
 
53.
Vasthuhara (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(103 mins.)
 
54.
Padam Onnu Oru Vilapam (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Shahina is studying in school but she can't go to school because she is pregnant. And she conceived from her divorced husband.. (105 mins.)
Director: T.V. Chandran
 
55.
Dany (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: T.V. Chandran
 
56.
Abu, Son of Adam (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Abu and Aisumma are an aging Muslim couple. Their aspiration is to go for Hajj and they make many sacrifices to achieve this aim... (101 mins.)
Director: Salim Ahmed
 
57.
Ozhivudivasathe Kali (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Five friends get together on a general election holiday for a booze party. As they started to booze... (105 mins.)
 
58.
Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A man falls in love with his new neighbor but then finds that her family life is difficult. (137 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
59.
With Fire As Witness (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unni accepts Devaki as his wife and brings her into the fold of his Namboothiri illam. Bound by a plethora of traditional beliefs... (100 mins.)
Director: Shyamaprasad
 
60.
Pavithram (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young man's relationship with his career, fiancee and brother is brought under stress by the birth of an unexpected sister.
Director: Rajeev Kumar
 
61.
Amaram (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (150 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
62.
Thazhvaram (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man comes to an isolated valley to take revenge on his friend who murdered his wife. (130 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
63.
Amritamgamaya (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: T. Hariharan
 
64.
Ottaal (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Ottaal (The Trap) is an adaptation of one of Anton Chekhov's timeless works, Vanka. A story of the 18th century... (81 mins.)
Director: Jayaraaj
 
65.
Shadow Kill (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
66.
Kala Pani (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Govardhan, a doctor by profession, is wrongly accused of bombing a train and is jailed by the British in Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses the sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there. (178 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
67.
Kaazhcha (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Pavan is a boy who reached Kerala after he lost everything in the Gujarat earthquake on Republic Day... (137 mins.)
Director: Blessy
 
68.
Panchagni (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(141 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
69.
Koodevide? (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Alice, who lives with her brother, is a teacher at a convent school in Ooty. A neglected and unruly son of a MP... (150 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
70.
101 Chodhyangal? (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Story of a 12 year old boy given a task of framing 101 questions by his teacher- without worrying about the answers... (107 mins.)
Director: Sidharth
 
71.
Thirakkatha (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Film director Akbar, after his extremely successful first film, decides to base his second film on the life of a very popular yesteryear actress Malavika, whose present whereabouts are not known.
Director: Renjith
 
72.
Sandesham (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents. (138 mins.)
 
73.
Philips and the Monkey Pen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Philips is a school boy who is always up to mischief when it comes to studying the maths subject. His life is turned around when he discovers a magical pen at his antique collecting grandfather's house. (140 mins.)
 
74.
Kerala Cafe (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Ten stories meet at Kerala Cafe. (140 mins.)
 
75.
Papilio Buddha (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A band of displaced untouchables in Western Ghats of India embrace Buddhism in order to escape from caste oppression. (108 mins.)
Director: Jayan Cherian
 
76.
Mrigaya (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Plot is of a village in Kerala away from facilities .There has been atttack by a leopard every year... (142 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
77.
Kaliyattam (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An adaptation of "Othello" set in the south Indian state of Kerala. (130 mins.)
 
78.
Ozhimuri (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A 55-year old woman files a divorce petition against her 71-year old husband, after over 30 years of married life. Their son, and a female advocate searches for the reason and circumstances, changing their perception about some people. (127 mins.)
Director: Madhupal
 
79.
CR No: 89 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Jeep breaks down over the road through an old Forest road... Two men get out and look for a mechanic... They find one.. but when he reached at the spot he finds something fishy.. and the story revolves around these men...
Director: Sudevan
 
80.
Oridathoru Phayalwan (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of an impotent wrestler whose wife is driven to an extra-marital affair. (128 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
81.
Kamaladalam (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of love, grief and betrayal with the back drop of dance and arts. (154 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
82.
Pranchiyettan and the Saint (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
Director: Renjith
 
83.
Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Story of a wife who has to deal with her lazy, immature and irresponsible husband. (158 mins.)
Director: Sreenivasan
 
84.
Sopanam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Jayaraaj
 
85.
Ain (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
This cinema discusses the relationship between individual and society in the background of Muslim Community in Malabar area... (115 mins.)
Director: Sidhartha Siva
 
86.
Aalkkoottathil Thaniye (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The impending death of an ailing schoolteacher forces a set of uncomfortable reunions between mourners. (139 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
87.
Munnariyippu (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Venu
 
88.
Pranayam (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(150 mins.)
Director: Blessy
 
89.
Khaddama (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of a woman who moves to Saudi Arabia as a maid.
Director: Kamal
 
90.
Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, which happened in 1960s in the backdrop of Calicut. (166 mins.)
Director: R.S. Vimal
 
91.
Guppy (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of a 12 year old boy who sells guppy fish for a living in his colorful beach side colony. When an engineer is summoned to construct a bridge, the contrasting characters cause great tension and turmoil. (158 mins.)
Director: Johnpaul George
 
92.
Shalini Ente Koottukari (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Mohan
 
93.
The Way Home (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The plot revolves around a doctor with a haunting past. Now working at a Prison Hospital, the Doctor... (95 mins.)
 
94.
Apothecary (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A doctor is haunted by his conscience, when puppeteer-ed by his superiors. (138 mins.)
 
95.
Nirnnayakam (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Nirnayakam is a strong family drama dealing with a major social issue, shot at the National Defense Academy Pune, Mysore and Cochin. It is the story of a young man and the bond he shares with his parents. (111 mins.)
Director: V.K. Prakash
 
96.
Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Ayappa's strongly wishes to travel by airplane. Kochavva helps the child to achieve this through his optimistic and practical ways. Ayappa learns what you love is important than what you wish in life. (147 mins.)
Director: Sidharth
 
97.
Parinayam (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The film is set in the pre-Independence orthodox 'Namboodiri' Brahmin community. Widowed at 17, only three months after being married to an old man... (163 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
98.
1983 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of Rameshan who has a huge craze for Cricket, and his final attempt to realize his cricket dream through his son. (138 mins.)
Director: Abrid Shine
 
99.
Mazha (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Lenin Rajendran
 
100.
Kireedam (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (124 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil