MUST WATCH TAMIL MOVIES

This list of indian movies(tamil movies) is based on story,screenplay,direction,theme.....No particular order!!!
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1.
Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
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A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, her family eventually agrees to take her to Sri Lanka, where they are abducted by the terrorist group known as the Tamil Tigers. (123 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ story of an adopted girl by a couple from sri lankan refugee camp........ ” - viruvasan
 
2.
Anbe Sivam (2003)
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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.
“ madhavan travels with kamal to chennai for his marriage......kamal seems to be an annoying companian to him.....finally they made to chennai only to find kamal's lover is madhavan's fiance.......nice adventurous,comedy movie........ ” - viruvasan
 
3.
Hey Ram (2000)
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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. He sets out to kill him. (186 mins.)
Director: Kamal Haasan
“ kamal,the archeologist is one of the victims of hindu-muslim war during independence and joins the gang to kill gandhiji......wonderful magnum-opus from kamal.... ” - viruvasan
 
4.
Nayakan (1987)
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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
“ life story of an ordinary slum boy who turned to be a don........ ” - viruvasan
 
5.
Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai (1979)
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Aarilirunthu Aruvathu varai, Revolves around Santhanam(Rajnikanth) who solely runs his poor family of 2 brothers and a sister...
Director: S.P. Muthuraman
“ struggling life of an poor man from age 6 to 60.............. ” - viruvasan
 
6.
Mahanadi (1993)
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A man tries to get his family back in shape after a stint in jail. (162 mins.)
 
7.
Pithamagan (2003)
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A boy raised in a cemetary grows up with no social skills, and leads a turbulent life readjusting once he moves out of the cemetary. (139 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
8.
Anjali (1990)
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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
 
9.
Nandha (2001)
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Nandha kills his father in the confusion that follows when his mother discovers her husband's philandering...
Director: Bala
 
10.
The Duo (1997)
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Mani Rathnam's take on the real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi. (140 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
11.
Hindustani (1996)
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Senapathy, a veteran freedom fighter, is angry. He is angry against the rampant corruption at every level of the bureaucracy. He will clean it up at any cost. (185 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
12.
Bombay (1995)
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A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where the have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart. (141 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
13.
Mouna Ragam (1986)
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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
 
14.
Ethir Neechal (1968)
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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
 
15.
Naan Kadavul (2009)
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Rudran (Arya) in Kasi. Fourteen years later, repenting his act he goes with his daughter in search of him... (165 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
16.
Mynaa (2010)
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Village boy make an affair with girl and they continue it even if they grownup. Accidentally boy happened to caught in jail...
Director: Prabu Solomon
 
17.
Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)
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A father-son relationship through growing up, romance, tragedy, and adventure. (169 mins.)
 
18.
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi (1988)
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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
 
19.
Varumayin Niram Sigappu (1980)
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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
 
20.
Anytime, Anywhere (2011)
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Two love stories - one set against the backdrop of Chennai and the other in Trichy - that join together in the climax, in a most unexpected turn of events. (150 mins.)
Director: M. Saravanan
 
21.
Sethu (1999)
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A love brings to light the soft-natured characteristic features that lie buried in the sub-conscious mind of a seemingly hard-core student. Some unexpected tragic events mould his life into an epic-like story! (180 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
22.
Roja (1992)
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Roja lives in a Tamil village, and her sister is about to marry a man from the city, who decides to marry Roja instead and gets a job assignment in Kashmir, where some militants decide to kidnap them. (137 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
23.
Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977)
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The movie revolves around the struggle and vulnerability of 16-year old Mayil (Sridevi) when in love. (139 mins.)
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
 
24.
Anniyan (2005)
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Ambi, a meek lawyer, ends up being a vigilante named Aparichit, and a supermodel named Remo, after suffering with multiple personality disorder due to the society. (157 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
25.
Salangai oli (1983)
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The life of a person who dedicated his entire life for dance.
Director: K. Vishwanath
 
26.
Moondram Pirai (1982)
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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
 
27.
Kattradhu Thamizh (2007)
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Story of a young man who is a post-graduate in tamil, problem faced by him in getting a job and about inequalities in society. (147 mins.)
Director: Ram
 
28.
One Man in a Thousand (2010)
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Anita, leads a military group along with helper crew to an unexplored island to find out the missing archaeologist and to know about the Chola Prince who went asylum. They face unexpected adventures. (142 mins.)
 
29.
Vazhve Mayam (1982)
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A trainee pilot attempts to woo a pretty Air Hostess.
 
30.
Punnagai Mannan (1986)
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After a failed suicide attempt that ultimately leaves his lover dead, a dancer changes his life.
Director: K. Balachander
 
31.
Thalapathi (1991)
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Surya (Rajnikanth) is an orphan raised in a slum. He finds a friend in the local Godfather (Mamooty)... (157 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
32.
Kuruthipunal (1995)
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Police officers fight a terror group in India. (143 mins.)
Director: P.C. Sreeram
 
33.
Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004)
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Three men and their accidental meeting on Napier Bridge will change their lives forever. (160 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
34.
Kaadhalukku Mariyaadai (1997)
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Jeevanandhan "Jeeva" (Vijay) is a very rich young man. Although his parents (Sivakumar and Srividhya) want him to settle down...
Director: Fazil
 
35.
Guna (1992)
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Guna ( Kamal Haasan ) is a mentally affected person and receives treatment in a mental asylum in Hyderabad ... (167 mins.)
 
36.
Annai Oru Aalayam (1979)
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Director: R. Thyagaraajan
 
37.
Thillu Mullu (1981)
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Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Chandran is a hip graduate who gets a job through his family doctor... (136 mins.)
Director: K. Balachander
 
38.
Panchatanthiram (2002)
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Ram (Kamal Haasan) is a playboy pilot. His marriage to Mythili (Simran) disintegrates after a series of misunderstandings... (150 mins.)
Director: K.S. Ravikumar
 
39.
Vedam Puthithu (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Rules are broken in the traditional village society where an upper- caste orphaned boy is brought up by the village Chieftain. (144 mins.)
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
 
40.
Deiva Thirumagal (2011)
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A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his opponent lawyer the value of love and family. (162 mins.)
Director: Vijay
 
41.
Michael Madana Kamarajan (1990)
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A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults. (162 mins.)
 
42.
Iyarkai (2003)
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A young girl from a port town is waiting for a sailor, and wooed by another.
Director: Jananathan
 
43.
Baasha (1995)
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Low famed auto driver Manikam is desperate in hiding his dark underworld side to keep his promise with father. (145 mins.)
Director: Suresh Krishna
 
44.
Unnaipol Oruvan (2009)
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A common man tries to fight terrorism by making anonymous calls to cops. Will he succeed (106 mins.)
Director: Chakri Toleti
 
45.
Jeans (1998)
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Vishu and Ramu are a pair of Indian twins living in America with their father, Rajamani. When Madhumita... (175 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
46.
Madras Town (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A film set in 1940s India, during the country's struggle for independence. The young daughter of an English governor falls in love with a local Indian boy. (162 mins.)
Director: Vijay
 
47.
Ko (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A Press Photographer helps a team of youths to win the election by mocking corrupt politicians in his newspaper, but later the plot moves quite differently. (128 mins.)
Director: Anand K.V.
 
48.
Ayan (2009)
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Deva an intelligent youngster who does smuggling as an hobby but later helps Custum department to Arrest the leader of Drug smuggling Gang in chennai. (162 mins.)
Director: Anand K.V.
 
49.
Kadhal Konden (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Exploring into the mind of a youth who is mentally and physically abused in his childhood, the film shows how he slowly turns into a psychopath who kills anyone who comes in the way of the girl for whom he has an obsessive love! (150 mins.)
 
50.
Eeram (2009)
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The movie depicts love, ego, hatred, jealousy, faith and all other aspects as the tale moves around the 3 characters - Vasudevan, Balakrishnan, and Ramya. (164 mins.)
 
51.
Enthiran (2010)
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An android constructed by a scientist falls in love with the bride-to-be of his creator. (155 mins.)
Director: Shankar
 
52.
Autograph (2004)
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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
 
53.
Ghajini (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes, tattoos and photo's to hunt down his girlfriend's killer (175 mins.)
Director: A.R. Murugadoss
 
54.
Veyyil (2006)
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Story of two brothers told from the perspective of older brother who recalls his childhood memories...
Director: Vasanthabalan
 
55.
Mudhalvan (1999)
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A man accepts a challenge to act as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day only, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue. (169 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
56.
Nala Damayanthi (2003)
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Indian version of Depardieu's "Green Card". (122 mins.)
Director: Mouli
 
57.
Anjathe (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two friends become enemies when one, who wants to be a policeman, can't make it but the other gets that job by political influence.
Director: Myshkin
 
58.
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
 
59.
Sivaji (2007)
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Corrupt police and politicians target a computer engineer for trying to better the lives of less privileged citizens. (188 mins.)
Director: Shankar
 
60.
Naadodigal (2009)
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Three friends decide to do whatever it takes to unite one of their old friends with the girl he is in love with which gradually takes a turn for the worst, but strengthening their bond with each other nonetheless.
Director: Samudira Kani
 
61.
Vasoolraja M.B.B.S (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Vasool Raja- is in a rowdy gang, where they get money from people. When his parents are coming for a... (160 mins.)
Director: Saran
 
62.
Muthu (1995)
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The movie is about a loyal servant, Muthu (Rajni), working for Zamindar Malayasimman (Sarath Babu) and the cunning plans by the uncle of Malasimman to capture the whole wealth which uncovers some mystery about Muthu. (132 mins.)
Director: K.S. Ravikumar
 
63.
The Chieftain's Son (1992)
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The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
64.
Nanban (2012)
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10 years after finishing college, two best friends and their enemy go on a search for their third friend, while finding out some truths along the way. (188 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
65.
Nallavanukku Nallavan (1984)
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(175 mins.)
Director: S.P. Muthuraman
 
66.
Market Street (2010)
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The story on the lives of a salesgirl and sales boy of a popular Saree store in Chennai. (151 mins.)
Director: Vasanthabalan
 
67.
Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989)
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Two brothers separated at birth meet as adults and settle old scores. (157 mins.)
 
68.
Ramana (2002)
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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
 
69.
Rhythm (2000)
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A single mother changes her opinion about getting married again after meeting a single man and discovering that both of them have a similar past concerning their spouses. (140 mins.)
Director: Vasanth
 
70.
Dhill (2001)
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A normal man who is trying to become a policeman whose life is ruined by another bad policeman cross his life (158 mins.)
Director: Dharani
 
71.
Vaaname Ellai (1992)
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Director: K. Balachander
 
72.
Will You Cross the Skies for Me? (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aspiring filmmaker goes through the ups and downs of romance when he falls for a Christian woman who says she only wants to be friends. (157 mins.)
 
73.
Pokkiri (2007)
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Tamil is a killer for hire with no ties and who will do any dirty job for money. He has a girlfriend who loves him but also detests his violent nature. But is Tamil really what he purports to be? (161 mins.)
Director: Prabhu Deva
 
74.
Bharathi (2000)
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Based on a true story of a Tamil poet who struggled hard in his life for freedom of india
 
75.
Kadalikka Neramillai (1964)
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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
 
76.
7/G Rainbow Colony (2004)
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A neighborhood good-for-nothing attempts to romance the new girl in town. (185 mins.)
 
77.
Yaavarum Nalam (2009)
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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
 
78.
Oomai Vizhigal (1986)
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A resort 'Picnic Village' used to abduct young girls and serve them to satisfy powerful politicians .When a newspaper media gets hook of it ... (176 mins.)
Director: R. Aravindraj
 
79.
Aasai (1995)
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the movie is about two young lovers (145 mins.)
Director: Vasanth
 
80.
Kizhakku Seemayile (1993)
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(147 mins.)
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
 
81.
Kadhal Kottai (1996)
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Kamali (Devayani) lives with her sister and brother-in-law in Ooty and is searching for a job. While in Madras...
Director: Ahathian
 
82.
Kaadhal (2004)
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Aishwarya, a convent-girl from a wealthy family in the town of Madurai (Tamil Nadu) falls in love with a young motor-mechanic... (122 mins.)
 
83.
Billa (1980)
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A village bumpkin poses as a Mafia don to uncover the gang.
 
84.
Yutham Sei (2011)
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A common man's ability to defeat the devil. A cop identifies the mystery and solves the problem. (160 mins.)
Director: Myshkin
“ CBI officer solves a mysterious case and finds his sister who is missing.... ” - viruvasan
 
85.
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012)
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A young man forgets a few years of his life, even as he is about to get married. (155 mins.)
“ three friends makes the fourth friend to marriage his lover whom he forgot when falls while playing cricket....epic comedy ” - viruvasan
 
86.
Vishwaroopam (2013)
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Vishwanathan, a Kathak dance teacher in New York, is in a rather happy marriage with Nirupama who is a nuclear oncologist... (148 mins.)
Director: Kamal Haasan
“ undercover agent wizam saves US from bomb explosion by Al-queda.... technically too good. Of course kamal movies set new heights. ” - viruvasan
 
87.
Vagabond (2013)
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Before independence during the 1940's depicts the lives of poor carefree villagers who are lured to work in Tea plantation farms and how they are forced to live rest of their lives as slaves with no traces of hope and freedom. (126 mins.)
Director: Bala
“ In the pre-independence era,people from salur village are taken for tea plantation....how their life become ruined? based on the novel "red tea". king of reality. ” - viruvasan
 
88.
Neram (2013)
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Can a young man escape from the clutches of a loan shark on time? (117 mins.)
 
89.
Soodhu Kavvum (2013)
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A botched kidnapping attempt leads to much confusion. (135 mins.)
 
90.
Pizza (2012)
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A pizza delivery boy lands in a mysterious circumstance and it works a dramatic change in his life. (127 mins.)