My Top 100 Telugu Movies

Movies I considered as classics in Telugu, I've only considered the films which I've watched. Your suggestions/views are invited.
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1.
Maya Bazaar (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 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.)
 
2.
Shankarabharanam (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The story of a rare and exceptional bond between the master of classical music Sankara Sastry and his admirer Tulasi, a woman from a family of prostitutes. (143 mins.)
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
3.
Lava Kusa (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This movie deals with the later part of Ramayana written by Valmiki Maharshi and depicts the lives of the sons of Rama & Sita.
 
4.
Narthanasala (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This film deals with the Virata Parvam (Book of Virata) of the epic Mahabharatam dictated by Vyasa Maharshi.
 
5.
Malliswari (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(194 mins.)
Director: B.N. Reddi
 
6.
Missamma (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Two unemployed college graduates from Madras, Rao and Mary act as if they are a married couple to get... (181 mins.)
Director: L.V. Prasad
 
7.
Our Land (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The film depicts a typical life of villagers under feudalistic society in Telangana region. The film... (158 mins.)
Director: Goutam Ghose
 
8.
Patala Bhairavi (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A poor man, in love with a princess, is persuaded by an evil sorcerer to help him get the blessing of a Goddess. (195 mins.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
Aakali Rajyam (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A jobless philosophy graduate survives in the city of Delhi
Director: K. Balachander
 
11.
Vedam (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A terrorist threat puts five people in jeopardy. (135 mins.)
Director: Krish
 
12.
Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In ancient India, an adventurous and daring man becomes involved in a decades old feud between two warring people. (159 mins.)
Director: S.S. Rajamouli
 
13.
Bhookailas (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Ravana, the great asura lord of Lanka and a devotee of Siva, is asked by his mother to bring her the... (174 mins.)
Director: K. Shankar
 
14.
Gaayam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
 
15.
Aditya 369 (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of children use a time machine to investigate a robbery. The protagonist couple, in their attempt to rescue the kids... (140 mins.)
 
16.
Shiva (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Shiva is a new student in the community college. He is welcomed by a group of collegians, including the lovely Asha... (145 mins.)
Director: Ramgopal Varma
 
17.
Sindhooram (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story about how a young man (Brahmaji) in a village who wants to become a police officer ends up becoming a terrorist. (144 mins.)
Director: Krishna Vamshi
 
18.
Aithe (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Irfan Khan (Pavan Malhotra) is a key mafia affiliate in Mumbai. Khan is on the wanted list of criminals in Hyderabad with a bounty of 50 lakhs... (140 mins.)
 
19.
Anthahpuram (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Krishna Vamshi
 
20.
Khadgam (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Koti, an aspiring actor, rickshaw driver Amjad and Radha Krishna, a cop, have all been affected by terrorism. Circumstances bring them together and they decide to foil the plan of a dreaded terrorist. (142 mins.)
Director: Krishna Vamshi
 
21.
Alluri Seetharama Raju (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Cinematci version of the life of the legendary freedom fighter. (187 mins.)
 
22.
Aa Naluguru (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A man fights for his philosophy: that human relations are more important than money. (141 mins.)
 
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24.
Murari (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A family is cursed by their goddess; because of a sin, every 48 years a person gets killed. Sabari, who saw the killings of her father and her husband, makes an ultimate sacrifice to save her grandson. (180 mins.)
Director: Krishna Vamshi
 
25.
Tholi Prema (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Balu (Pawan Kalyan) falls in love with a girl at first sight but can't find a way to get to know her... (146 mins.)
Director: A. Karunakaran
 
26.
Devadasu (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An adaptation of the famous novel. (191 mins.)
 
27.
Onamalu (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Feel Good Heart Touching Movie..Must Watch..!!!!
Director: Kranthi Madhav
 
28.
Gundamma Katha (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Gundamma, a rich widow tries to get her daughter married to a rich boy. She, however, treats her step... (166 mins.)
 
29.
Anveshana (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of an Ornithologist and a Police investigator coming to a forest and trying to solve the mystery of a series of killings allegedly by a man-eating tiger.
Director: Vamshi
 
30.
Malli Malli Idhi Rani Roju (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju is a feel good love story which stays within your heart. (161 mins.)
Director: Kranthi Madhav
 
31.
Gamyam (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two guys, one a thief and the other filthy rich, meet each other in a journey started by the latter in search of his love. (120 mins.)
 
32.
Sri Rama Rajyam (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The main principle's of Ramayama and Lord Rama. (172 mins.)
Director: Bapu
 
33.
The Pearl (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
 
34.
Magadheera (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A bike stuntman recalls his previous life as a warrior, and pursues his love's reincarnation. A sinister figure from their shared past threatens to separate them forever. (147 mins.)
Director: S.S. Rajamouli
 
35.
Bangaru Papa (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(183 mins.)
Director: B.N. Reddi
 
36.
April 1st Vidudhala (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A murder investigation is a speed bump in the path of true love.
Director: Vamshi
 
37.
Gitanjali (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Gitanjali and Prakash, two terminally ill people with six months of life left, fall in love. (142 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
38.
Kshana Kshanam (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A high-profile bank robbery in the city wreaks havoc in the life of an unsuspecting regular young woman when she's caught in the line of fire between the villains and the police. (158 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
 
39.
Athadu (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A gunman for hire is framed for murder, and assumes a dead man's identity while hiding from the police. (172 mins.)
 
40.
Bhakta Prahlada (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A devotee of Lord Vishnu attempts to share his faith with his skeptical father. (151 mins.)
 
41.
Challenge (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of a young un-employed youth, who instead of despairing uses his skills to earn tons of money to show to the world that anything is possible if there is will to do it. (152 mins.)
 
42.
Annamayya (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A cinematic version of the life of famous Indian saint-poet, Annamayya. (150 mins.)
 
43.
Bommarillu (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A young man realizes that he has to push back against his domineering father if he wants to find true happiness and love. (170 mins.)
Director: Bhaskar
 
44.
Khushi (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Madhu and Siddhu are two people whose paths keep intersecting through out their lives. (169 mins.)
Director: Surya S.J.
 
45.
Ave Kallu (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Rich and pretty, Susila returns from college to find that her family is being bumped off one by one. The only clues are a half smoked cigar left at the scene of each murder and a mysterious woman in white running through the courtyard.
 
46.
Arundhati (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A brave queen battles an evil mystic. Three generations later, he comes back to haunt the queen's descendants. (131 mins.)
 
47.
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Before he can marry his sweetheart, a wealthy city boy from England is challenged to prove his work ethic on a farm in rural India. (165 mins.)
Director: Prabhu Deva
 
48.
Ninne Pelladatha (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Raju and Mahalaxmi meet at a marriage ceremony and both are attracted to each other. They soon fall deeply in love with each other... (146 mins.)
 
49.
Happy Days (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The movie revolves around eight youngsters, who become good friends in their freshman years when they... (153 mins.)
Director: Sekhar Kammula
 
50.
Maro Charithra (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of two lovers,separated for one year to prove their love.....A classic picture by bala Sir.. (169 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
 
51.
Raja (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man and his friend commit petty thefts to make a living. After they break into a woman's house one day, one man's life changes forever.
 
52.
Mayuri (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The real story of a classical dancer, who loses her leg in an accident and fights her way back as a dancer. (142 mins.)
 
53.
Karthavyam (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(152 mins.)
Director: Mohan Gandhi
 
54.
1 - Nenokkadine (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A rock star must overcome his psychological inhibitions to seek revenge for his parents' death. (170 mins.)
Director: Sukumar
 
55.
Okkadu (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A Kabbadi player rescues a young woman from an unwanted marriage and hides her in his home. (170 mins.)
Director: Gunasekhar
 
56.
Pelli Pustakam (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Newly married couple K. Krishnamurthy and Satyabhama to solve their financial problems they seek a job in a big company. As their boss would give job only to one member of a family. So the couple lies that they are unmarried and joins. (151 mins.)
Director: Bapu
 
57.
Muthyala Muggu (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A boy and a girl decide to bring their separated parents back together. To do that they must overcome a devious villain who masterminded their separation. (165 mins.)
Director: Bapu
 
58.
Nuvve Kavali (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Best friends develop feelings for each other but cannot seem to sync their emotions. (153 mins.)
 
59.
Yerra Mandaram (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This Is a movie based on the caste divide and the attrocities of the higher caste people on the poor and downtrodden low caste farmers...
 
60.
Mithunam (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Wedded together for fifty years, knowing each other inside out, Appadaasu and Buchchi Laxmi fill their retired days with raw quarrels and ripe loves... (120 mins.)
 
61.
Pushpak (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.)
 
62.
Bhairava Dweepam (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A royal prince is raised by adoptive parents and experiences romance and adventure on his way to his destiny. (162 mins.)
 
63.
Rudra Veena (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A classical singer believes in changing society through his music and will power. (170 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
 
64.
Pratighatana (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: T. Krishna
 
65.
Meghasandesam (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(151 mins.)
 
66.
Swarnakamalam (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A painter who recently moved into the neighborhood helps his neighbor, a retired cultural dance artist...
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
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68.
Sharada (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychiatrist visiting an village for a wedding turns out to be a deadringer for a former resident of the village. (166 mins.)
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
69.
Maro Prapancham (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(155 mins.)
 
70.
Prema Katha (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A love story set in a rural backdrop between a poor village boy, Suri, and a rich upper class girl, Divya, much to the opposition of the latter's violent brother who will go to any length to end it (123 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
 
71.
Little Soldiers (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two ill-behaved children are orphaned in an accident and are forced to live with their estranged grandfather, a hard-boiled veteran. Their relationship is strained at first, but over time they warm up to each other. (105 mins.)
 
72.
Mathru Devo Bhava (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: K. Ajayakumar
 
73.
Manam (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Through reincarnation, family members are able to cross generations and meddle in each others' lives. (163 mins.)
Director: Vikram K. Kumar
 
74.
Ammoru (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A goddess protects a girl from an evil magician and his family. (129 mins.)
 
76.
All of Us (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The film narrates the life of four persons and their struggle for their survival in differnt situations.. (164 mins.)
 
77.
Swayam Krushi (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Story of a cobbler who believes in hard work and righteousness.. This movie is about respecting the importance of manual labor. (164 mins.)
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
78.
Ankuram (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of a woman trying to return the child of a naxalite to him. (131 mins.)
 
79.
Rajanna (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In Nelakondapalli village, Adilabad district, Mallamma (Annie) is a girl who is a very talented singer... (132 mins.)
 
80.
Saptapadhi (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Somayajulu, an orthodox high-priest of a village temple weds his grand-daughter Hema to his grand-son Gaurinatha...
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
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83.
Prasthanam (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Prasthanam is a poetic and intense character drama enacted by Sharwanand, Sai Kumar and Sundeep Kishan... (153 mins.)
Director: Katta Deva
 
84.
Aha Naa Pellanta (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Krishnamurthy (Rajendra Prasad) is the only son of industrialist Satyanarayana (Nutan Prasad). He wants... (147 mins.)
Director: Jandhyala
 
85.
Seeta Kalyanam (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(125 mins.)
Director: Bapu
 
86.
Anji (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Orphaned Arjun lives a poor lifestyle in an ashram along with his mentor, known simply as Guruji, and several other younger orphans in a forest region... (148 mins.)
 
87.
Devi (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Devi, a snake goddess, stays on earth to protect the girl whose father saved her life from greedy relatives and from the snake demon, Dantra. (140 mins.)
 
88.
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man finds a ring that gives the bearer great power but the goddess to whom the ring belongs wants it back. (153 mins.)
 
89.
9 Nelalu (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The trials faced by a surrogate mother .
Director: Kranthi Kumar
 
90.
Mooga Manasulu (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(164 mins.)
 
91.
Thammudu (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An aimless student is banished from his home by his father. When his brother, a boxing champion, gets injured, the student must step up and take his brother's place. (160 mins.)
 
92.
Yogi Vemana (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(174 mins.)
 
93.
Kshanam (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Rishi, a non-resident Indian, returns to India to help his ex-lover find her kidnapped daughter. (110 mins.)
 
94.
Yuvakudu (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
At first sight, Siva falls in love with Sindhu, who dislikes him initially. Siva's mother is instrumental in bringing them together, only to realise that her son's ambition of joining the army divides their family subsequently (145 mins.)
Director: A. Karunakaran
 
95.
Eega (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A murdered man is reincarnated as a housefly and seeks to avenge his death. (145 mins.)
 
96.
Broker (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Patnaik R.P.
 
97.
Dhruva (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A committed police officer is on a very dangerous mission to destroy the most corrupt person in the country, Siddharth Abhimanyu. (165 mins.)
Director: Reddy Surender
 
98.
Malapilla (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
This film tells of a Harijan woman (Kanchnmala) who falls in love with a Brahmin Nagaraju (Gali Venkateshwara... (175 mins.)
 
99.
Kuselan (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Kuselan revolves around the tale of a beautiful friendship between a popular actor and a poor barber. (165 mins.)
Director: P. Vasu
 
100.
Drushyam (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Rambabu (Venkatesh Daggubati), a cable operator, tries to protect his family from paying the price for their accidental crime. (150 mins.)
Director: Sripriya