The Best MALAYALAM Movies I Have Ever Seen (മലയാളം)

by shambhuvenattu | created - 26 Sep 2011 | updated - 27 Sep 2011 | Public

This is not the list of all the best Malyalam movies. It is the list of movies I have recently watched and analysed. The entries will continue.

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1. Traffic (2011)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.1
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The lives of some different people get intertwined when a girl is in urgent need of a heart transplant with the only heart donor being many miles of traffic away.

Director: Rajesh Pillai | Stars: Sreenivasan, Kunchacko Boban, Sudip Joshy, Rahman

Votes: 2,887

2. Urumi (2011)

150 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.9
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Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, a warrior in 16th century Kerala wants to avenge his father killed in a confrontation with Vasco da Gama and his troops and is assisted by his best friend Vavvali and warrior princess Ayesha.

Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Prabhudheva, Genelia D'Souza, Nithya Menon

Votes: 1,407

3. Kala Pani (1996)

178 min | Action, Drama

8.4
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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.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Amrish Puri, Prabhu, Tabu

Votes: 2,424

4. Manichithrathazhu (1993)

169 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

8.9
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When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Vinaya Prasad

Votes: 4,594

5. Pranchiyettan and the Saint (2010)

140 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Renjith | Stars: Mammootty, Jesse Fox Allen, Priyamani, Siddique

Votes: 2,976

6. Kireedam (1989)

124 min | Action, Drama

8.9
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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.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Parvathi

Votes: 3,200

7. Kutty Srank: The Sailor of Hearts (2009)

127 min | Drama

7.2
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Kutty Srank is a short-tempered, lonely, but law-abiding boatman whose work leads him to travel the back waters of Kerala. One day, when the local police station discovers an unidentified ... See full summary »

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Mammootty, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Meena Kumari Perera, Padmapriya

Votes: 407

8. Devasuram (1993)

187 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.7
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The heir to a village elder's family squanders his inheritance and bullies all and sundry.

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mohanlal, Revathy, Nedumudi Venu, Innocent Vareed Thekkethala

Votes: 2,823

9. Kerala Cafe (2009)

140 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.5
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Ten stories meet at Kerala Cafe.

Directors: Uday Ananthan, Lal Jose, Shaji Kailas, Anjali Menon, M. Padmakumar, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Anwar Rasheed, Revathy, Shyamaprasad, B. Unnikrishnan | Stars: Sathyan Anthikad, Augustine, M.A. Baby, Nandan Chalissery

Votes: 816

10. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)

168 min | Action, Drama, History

8.6
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The film offers an alternative version of the epic battle between two legendary Chekavars from the villain's perspective.

Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Balan K. Nair, Madhavi

Votes: 2,076

11. Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986)

133 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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The only way Gopalakrishnan can escape from certain bankruptcy is to sell the property he owns in the city and use the proceeds to settle his debts. To do that, he has to evict his tenants ... See full summary »

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mohanlal, Karthika, Thilakan, Sreenivasan

Votes: 743

12. Spadikam (1995)

150 min | Action, Drama

8.6
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Chacko Master(Thilakan) is a school headmaster in Mathematics. He is a very strict teacher and does not go easy with his own son Thomas (Mohanlal). Frustrated with his father's ... See full summary »

Director: Bhadran | Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Sphadikam George, Urvashi

Votes: 2,673

13. Thoovanathumbikal (1987)

151 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.7
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Jayakrishnan falls in love with two girls, Radha and Clara, and fights his confusion about whom he should marry and spend his life with.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mohanlal, Sumalatha, Parvathi, Asokan

Votes: 2,193

14. Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986)

137 min | Romance

8.6
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A man falls in love with his new neighbor but then finds that her family life is difficult.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mohanlal, Shari, Thilakan, Vineeth

Votes: 1,260

15. Sandesham (1991)

138 min | Comedy, Drama

8.9
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A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Thilakan, Mathu

Votes: 1,817

16. Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009)

Crime, Drama, History

7.7
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A private detective investigates a cold case , which is the first registered murder case in Kerala, after 50 years.

Director: Renjith | Stars: Mammootty, T. Damodaran, Sasi Kalinga, Suresh Krishna

Votes: 1,042

17. Nadodikkattu (1987)

158 min | Comedy

8.8
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After losing their jobs, Dasen and Vijayan don't see any chances to get work in Kerala. So they try to escape to the Middle East, but they end up in Tamil Nadu and where mistaken as 2 CIDs by a group of smuglers

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Shobana

Votes: 2,417

18. Sarvakalasala (1987)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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This story deals with an orphan named Lal who keeps studying in a college even though he has earned three Masters Degrees. Various events happening in the college form the plot of the story.

Director: Venu Nagavalli | Stars: Mohanlal, Jagathi Sreekumar, Sukumaran, Adoor Bhasi

Votes: 264

19. Vaishali (1988)

Musical, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Princess of a country long suffering from drought should please a saint living in distant hills to bring rain.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Sanjay Mitra, Suparna Anand, Geetha, Babu Antony

Votes: 289

20. Paithrukam (1993)

Drama, Family

7.3
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The story says about a conflict between the beliefs of a Brahmin family and atheism within the family.

Director: Jayaraaj | Stars: Suresh Gopi, Narendra Prasad, Geetha, Jayaram

Votes: 211

21. Piravi (1988)

110 min | Drama

7.6
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Raghu, the only son of Raghava Chakyar was born late for him. So he poured his entire love and affection on him. Raghu, studying in an engineering college in a far away city has to arrive ... See full summary »

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Premji, Archana, Lakshmi Krishnamurthy, V.K. Sriraman

Votes: 188

22. Kariyila Kattu Pole (1986)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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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 | Stars: Mohanlal, Mammootty, Rahman, Karthika

Votes: 326

23. Thazhvaram (1990)

130 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

8.1
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A man comes to an isolated valley to take revenge on his friend who murdered his wife.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Mohanlal, Salim Ghouse, Sumalatha, Anju

Votes: 414

24. Thakara (1980)

Drama, Romance

7.0
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Director: Bharathan | Stars: Prathap Pothen, Surekha, Nedumudi Venu, K.G. Menon

Votes: 74

25. Bharatham (1991)

147 min | Musical, Drama

8.5
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The retelling of epic Ramayana through the lives of two brothers, their affection, their professional rivalry and the eventual transition of each person.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Urvashi, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Votes: 1,360

26. Irakal (1986)

142 min

7.6
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Irakal (English: The Victims) is a 1985 Malayalam psychological thriller film written and directed by K. G. George and produced by the then prominent actor Sukumaran.The film is an in-depth... See full summary »

Director: K.G. George | Stars: Asokan, Azeez, Ganesan, P.C. George

Votes: 60

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27. Adaminte Variyellu (1983)

142 min | Drama

7.6
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Director: K.G. George | Stars: Srividya, Suhasini, Soorya, Gopi

Votes: 57

28. Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam (1987)

Drama

7.2
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A sad teacher couple do not have any children until their family friend's daughter comes to live with them. She was in love with a person and her father turned her out of her house. The couple now accept her as their own daughter.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Nedumudi Venu, Sharada, Parvathi, Devan

Votes: 107

29. Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu (1988)

Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Sreenivasan is a goldsmith who is in love with Urvashi. Her father(Innocent) doesn't approve of their love, so Sreenivasan tells her that he will call her out. Urvashi convinces him to make... See full summary »

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Urvashi, Innocent Vareed Thekkethala

Votes: 372

30. Panchavadi Palam (1984)

140 min | Comedy

7.7
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A henpecked politician wants his name attached to a new bridge, even if that means destroying another, perfectly serviceable bridge.

Director: K.G. George | Stars: Gopi, Nedumudi Venu, Srividya, Alummoodan

Votes: 244

31. Perumthachan (1990)

140 min

7.7
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In Kerala Legend, a pious and respected 'Perumthachan' or master carpenter of mixed background, builds temples and statues which is renowned all over kerala. He falls in love with the '... See full summary »

Director: Ajayan | Stars: Manoj K. Jayan, Monisha, Prashanth, Thilakan

Votes: 299

32. Ulsavapittennu (1989)

Drama, Romance

6.9
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Director: Gopi | Stars: Mohanlal, Sukumaran, Jayaram, Parvathi

Votes: 154

33. Swayamvaram (1973)

131 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Adoor Bhawani, Gopi, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Madhu

Votes: 62

34. Panchagni (1986)

141 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Indira's life turns upside down as she is awarded life sentence for murdering Avarachan, a landlord, who killed a young tribal woman after raping her.

Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Mohanlal, Geetha, Thilakan, Devan

Votes: 179

35. Yavanika (1982)

147 min | Drama

7.9
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Yavanika (The Curtain)...is the search for the truth..the truth behind the curtain (as it always be..), slowly unfolds as the story progress in a rapid pace and finally splits wide to it's ... See full summary »

Director: K.G. George | Stars: Gopi, Jalaja, Venu Nagavalli, Thilakan

Votes: 385

36. T.P. Balagopalan M.A. (1986)

Drama, Comedy

7.8
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The story revolves around a good,down-to-earth T.P Balagopalan(Mohanlal) who has a part time with small salary.The story starts when he falls in love with Anitha(Shobhana) who is in need of... See full summary »

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Maniyanpilla Raju, Balan K. Nair

Votes: 455

37. Lekhayude Maranam: Oru Flashback (1983)

172 min | Drama

7.6
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The movie narrates the story of a poor Malayalee family reaches Madras to try luck for their daughter Shantamma in the film industry.

Director: K.G. George | Stars: Nalini, Gopi, Shubha, John Varghese

Votes: 68