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1.
Hindustani (1996)
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Senapathy, a veteran freedom fighter, is angry. He is angry about the rampant corruption at every level of the bureaucracy. He will clean it up at any cost. (185 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
2.
Anbe Sivam (2003)
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Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate. (160 mins.)
Director: Sundar C.
 
3.
Anniyan (2005)
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A disillusioned everyman, frustrated with the corruption he sees all around him, develops multiple personalities in order to restore justice. (157 mins.)
Director: S. Shankar
 
4.
Ayan (2009)
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A young man's smuggling lifestyle takes a serious turn, when a fierce rival tries to eliminate him from the business. (162 mins.)
Director: Anand K.V.
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Ghajini (2005)
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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
 
8.
Kaakha..Kaakha: The Police (2003)
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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
 
9.
Pithamagan (2003)
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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
 
10.
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... (165 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
11.
A Peck on the Cheek (2002)
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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
 
12.
Nayakan (1987)
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A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll. (145 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
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
 
16.
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 and sets out to kill him. (186 mins.)
Director: Kamal Haasan
 
17.
Kuruthipunal (1995)
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Two brave police officers infiltrate a terror group in order to bring it down. (143 mins.)
Director: P.C. Sreeram
 
18.
Veyyil (2006)
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Story of two brothers told from the perspective of older brother who recalls his childhood memories... (136 mins.)
Director: Vasanthabalan
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Madrasapattinam (2010)
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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
 
22.
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
 
23.
Deiva Thirumagal (2011)
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A man with disabilities 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
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)
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A father and son help each other through growing up, romance, tragedy, and adventure. (169 mins.)
 
27.
Aayirathil Oruvan (2009)
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(138 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
28.
Michael Madana Kamarajan (1990)
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A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults. (162 mins.)
 
29.
Billa (1980)
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A village bumpkin poses as a Mafia don to uncover the gang.
 
30.
Sethu (1999)
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A violent youngster and a shy Brahmin girl fall in love but tragedy intervenes when the youngster is brain-damaged following a fight. (130 mins.)
Director: Bala
 
31.
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... (144 mins.)
Director: Prabu Solomon
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
Ko (2011)
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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.
 
34.
Anjathe (2008)
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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. (185 mins.)
Director: Myshkin
 
35.
Iruvar (1997)
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The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment. (140 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
36.
Mankatha (2011)
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A ruthless cop plays a game to save an amount of 500 crore from a corrupt politician and some local gangs (155 mins.)
Director: Venkat Prabhu
 
37.
Arunachalam (1999)
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The movie revolves around Arunachalam (Rajini), who is the son of the VIP of a village who finds out about his past but destiny has its own play. (165 mins.)
Director: Sundar C.
 
38.
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
 
39.
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010)
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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.)
 
40.
Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006)
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A Police Officer investigates a series of brutal rapes and murders, with the culprits seeming to cover more than one country. (174 mins.)
Director: Gautham Menon