My Favorite All Time Best Tamil movies

by arundewdrops | created - 21 Apr 2012 | updated - 22 Apr 2012 | Public

Here is my list. I listed based on released year, If some one knows any better movies can please suggest.

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1. Sabapathy (1941)

153 min | Comedy

7.9
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The story of a rich, happy-go-lucky young man, and his bungling, yet loyal man-servant. The young man get married to a well-to-do woman who is more educated than him, and she changes him to a more responsible person.

Directors: A.T. Krishnaswamy, A.V. Meiyappan | Stars: R. Padma, C.T. Rajakantham, Kali N. Ratnam, K. Sarangapani

Votes: 90

The comedy in this movie are too great that even recent have copied the scenes from it.

2. Parasakthi (1952)

Not Rated | 188 min

7.3
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"Parasakthi" narrates the misfortunes that befall the members of a Tamil family. The youngest sister gets widowed and becomes the victim of an attempted rape by a temple priest. Sivaji ... See full summary »

Directors: R. Krishnan, S. Panju | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Pandharibai, S.S. Rajendran, S.V. Sahasranamam

Votes: 188

Bold dialogs and the script which abuse religious practices, I liked it.

3. Ratha Kanneer (1954)

154 min | Drama

7.7
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The story revolves around Mohanasundaram, a returned-from-abroad, westernized, rich man who shows arrogance and contempt towards anything part of Indian culture and anyone below his social standards.

Directors: R. Krishnan, S. Panju | Stars: M.R. Radha, S.S. Rajendran, M.N. Rajam, Chandrababu

Votes: 218

Best dialogues and excellent acting by M.R. Radha, serious story but has lot of humor too.

4. Nadodi Mannan (1958)

220 min

8.2
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A wanderer/revolutionary is a dead ringer for a monarch, and takes his place.

Director: M.G. Ramachandran | Stars: M.G. Ramachandran, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, M.N. Nambiar, M.N. Rajam

Votes: 52

It is Nadodi Mannan, this movie made money for years. Even in 2005 this movie got re-released and collected a decent money. In our theater this movie was re-released on 1987, and gave a good profit (told by my dad), But still I didn't watch this, thought it should be in the list.

5. Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959)

201 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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When the British East India Company forces polygar Kattabomman to pay taxes, levies and be their subsidiary ruler, he openly defies their policy and battles them until his arrest and hanging.

Director: B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Padmini, Varalakshmi S.

Votes: 140

Real story of a great king kattabomman during east India company invasion

6. Nenjam Marappathillai (1963)

Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A college sophomore, on a visit to his friend's village, explores a dilapidated and haunted villa, falls unconscious and learns completely about his past life of love and sorrow.

Director: C.V. Sridhar | Stars: Devika, Kalyana Kumar

Votes: 42

How to say this?, Its a kind of thriller and you can even say science fiction, link to his past life in the present

7. Kadalikka Neramillai (1964)

159 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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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.

Director: C.V. Sridhar | Stars: T.S. Balaiah, Kanchana, R. Muthuraman, Nagesh

Votes: 300

I guess it would have been a block buster at those time. Comedy drama.

8. Kasethan Kadavulada (1972)

7.6
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Director: Chitralaya Gopu | Stars: Lakshmi, Aachi Manorama, Venniradai Moorthy, R. Muthuraman

Votes: 96

Comedy drama by same team

9. Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977)

139 min | Action, Drama, Romance

8.1
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The movie revolves around the struggle and vulnerability of 16-year old Mayil (Sridevi) when in love.

Director: Bharathiraja | Stars: Bhagyaraj, Gandhimathi, Goundamani, Kamal Haasan

Votes: 726

Best hero, best villain, best heroine, best director, best music director. No doubt obviously a best film.

10. Mullum Malarum (1978)

143 min | Drama

8.3
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A boorish villager butts heads with a newly appointed engineer from the city.

Director: J. Mahendran | Stars: Sarath Babu, Jayalakshmi, Rajinikanth, Shobha

Votes: 467

I got stunned, can Rajinikanth act this much,(as a hero) I would say his talents has been wasted in the recent movies, and this movie also has a power full script don't miss it.

11. Uthiri Pookkal (1979)

143 min | Drama

7.3
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A hedonist/sadist makes life hell for everyone around him.

Director: J. Mahendran | Stars: Ashwini, Sarath Babu, Sunder, Vijayan

Votes: 183

Directors use this movie has best Tamil movie, so I saw it and its good, potrating the negative as a hero, but still he will be appearing as a villain in our mind, Its tough to explain, watch it you will understand.

12. Varumayin Niram Sigappu (1980)

138 min | Drama

8.3
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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

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Dilip, Prathap Pothen, Oru Viral Krishna Rao

Votes: 673

Unemployment story, full of tragedy, but worth watching.

13. Indru Poyi Naalai Vaa (1981)

137 min | Comedy

7.2
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The film is all about three friends who fall for the same girl, narrated as a comedy. Palanisamy and his two friends have no job other than going behind girls. A pretty girl (Radhika) gets ... See full summary »

Director: Bhagyaraj | Stars: Bhagyaraj, Radhika Sarathkumar, Kallapatti Singaram

Votes: 154

Comedy entertainer.

14. Moondram Pirai (1982)

143 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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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.

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Poornam Vishwanathan, Silk Smitha

Votes: 1,574

No words universal hero at his best.

15. Chinna Veedu (1985)

6.8
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Director: Bhagyaraj | Star: Chakri Toleti

Votes: 113

Hilarious dialogues same as usual Bhagyaraj film.

16. Mouna Ragam (1986)

146 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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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.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Karthik, Mohan, Revathy, Ramasami V.K.

Votes: 2,249

Good love story tell now

17. Vedam Puthithu (1987)

144 min | Drama

7.0
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Rules are broken in the traditional village society where an upper- caste orphaned boy is brought up by the village Chieftain.

Director: Bharathiraja | Stars: Amala Akkineni, Charu Haasan, Janagaraj, Raja

Votes: 158

I thought director wants to tell us Veda's has to be rewritten, and it is well said without any flaw, with some powerful dialogues.

18. Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | 145 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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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.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Saranya Ponvannan, Delhi Ganesh, Janagaraj

Votes: 10,649

Manirathnam, kamalahassan, ilaiyaraja, good result. But I found little bit of god father style, but still kamalhassan one more best performance.

19. Thalapathi (1991)

Not Rated | 157 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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An orphan named surya raised in a slum befriends a good don named devaraj and both become vigilantes . Things get complicated when a new collector arrives .

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana, Arvind Swamy

Votes: 6,294

Maniratham joins with Rajinikanth to give a block buster and they did it, This is the period where people started being crazy about Rajinikanth, because of that the climax of this movie has been changed.

20. Guna (1991)

167 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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A neurodivergent individual escapes the family he despises and the asylum he is kept in by creating fantasies.

Director: Santhana Bharathi | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Varalakshmi S., Rekha Mallick, Roshini

Votes: 1,823

One of Kamalahassan's experiment's but as usual it failed but a good movie.

21. Thevar Magan (1992)

145 min | Drama

8.8
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The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shivaji Ganesan, Nassar, Revathy

Votes: 3,408

Two Legends Sivaji ganesan, kamalahassan, sivaji ganesan out performed kamalahassan, Best combo.

22. Mahanadi (1993)

162 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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A man tries to get his family back in shape after a stint in jail.

Director: Santhana Bharathi | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sukanya, Poornam Vishwanathan, Mahanadhi Shobana

Votes: 2,167

Completely different kind of story, many heart touching scenes.

23. May Madham (1994)

149 min

6.5
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A young girl, bored of her life being scheduled by her dad embarks on an adventurous trip to Madras to only find her life upside down.

Director: VenusBalu | Stars: Janagaraj, Sonali Kulkarni, Aachi Manorama, Monica

Votes: 103

An experimental movie but failed to succeed, I still liked it.

24. Sathi Leelavathi (1995)

151 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Arun (Ramesh Arvind), bored of his wife's (Leelavathi) looks and weighty appearance, meets Priya and develops an affair with her. But his wife has other plans.

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Ramesh Aravind, Kovai Sarala, Kalpana

Votes: 921

Full time comedy entertainer, Best comedy movie, It has humor frame by frame, watch it and enjoy.

25. 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: 2,428

Sirai chaalai in tamil, It came in 4 language malayalam, tamil, telugu, hindi, but didn't succeed in tamil, I don't know about others.

26. Kuruthipunal (1995)

143 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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Two brave police officers infiltrate a terror group in order to bring it down.

Director: P.C. Sreeram | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Arjun, Nassar, Gautami

Votes: 2,691

Action movie with no songs, but this experiment was already done by Sivaji ganesan in Andha naal (1954), which also don't have any songs.

27. Indian (1996)

185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A veteran freedom fighter enraged with the rising crime and corruption in the society murders all the wrong doers one by one using an ancient martial arts technique.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Nedumudi Venu, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar

Votes: 7,438

Indian, Director Shankar at his best.

28. Iruvar (1997)

140 min | Biography, Drama

8.6
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The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Gautami

Votes: 3,153

Iruvar, story of two important political leader in Tamilnadu, No other movie in India has explained the real politics has this movie did, best direction by Manirathnam

29. Hey Ram (2000)

186 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.0
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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.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini

Votes: 9,017 | Gross: $0.27M

If u see in any Indian movie, If a guy from India movies to Uk, there he will be speaking in Hindi with the foreigner, which is completely out of logic, But this only movie which has not done that mistake, and that is the reason this movie failed, It almost had 5 different languages in it, Must watch movie.. other than Kamal Haasan, Shahrukh Khan and Naseerudhin Shah, also gave an excellent performance.

30. Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)

151 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" focusing on two sisters of opposing temperaments.

Director: Rajiv Menon | Stars: Mammootty, Ajith Kumar, Tabu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Votes: 2,036

Kandukondain Kandukondain, again a good movie failed to box office, but nice movie.

31. 12 B (2001)

150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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A young college graduate misses a bus to a job interview - the film examines the possible outcomes had he caught the bus.

Director: Jeeva | Stars: Shaam, Jyothika, Mayilsamy, Moon Moon Sen

Votes: 247

Something like run lola run tried in tamil film, It was good.

32. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War

8.5
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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.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan, Nandita Das

Votes: 5,287

Story runs around a child Amudha, Best story, a must watch movie

33. Anbe Sivam (2003)

Not Rated | 160 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.9
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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.

Director: Sundar C. | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Madhavan, Kiran Rathod, Nassar

Votes: 10,407

Anbe Sivam, you can proudly say this a Tamil movie, It has everything, comedy, action, love, sentiments. If you didn't yet watch this movie please watch it.

34. Pithamagan (2003)

139 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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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.

Director: Bala | Stars: Vikram, Suriya, Laila, Sangeetha

Votes: 3,543

Typical Bala movie, Vikram and surya at their best.

35. Boys (2003)

172 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.3
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'Boys' is the story of five boys and a girl from different families They are youthful, vibrant, careless violating all conventions and In the process, they discover their hidden talents.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Siddharth, Nakhul, Bharath Srinivasan, Sai Srinivas

Votes: 3,001

It shows the life of an adolescent guys in city, you will enjoy it if ur in the same age.

36. Paruthiveeran (2007)

162 min | Action, Drama, Romance

8.2
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A village tough finally succumbs to the unconditional love of his angelic cousin, but his romance faces insurmountable challenges, including family opposition and his own delinquent personality.

Director: Ameer Sultan | Stars: Karthi, Priyamani, Saravanan, Ponvannan

Votes: 2,129

I really couldn't sleep after watching this movie, Every character in this movie were out standing, watch it.

37. Chennai 600028 (2007)

141 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.9
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Friendship, love, and rivalry spice up the game of street cricket in the suburb of Chennai whose zip code give this movie its name.

Director: Venkat Prabhu | Stars: Shiva, Jai, Nitin Sathya, Premgi Amaren

Votes: 1,452

Comedy treat, life of local guys in Chennai.

38. Abhiyum Naanum (2008)

147 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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The father of a grown daughter meets the father of a toddler at a playground and recounts the story of his own relationship with his daughter through the years, including his difficulties with accepting her marriage.

Director: Radha Mohan | Stars: Prakash Raj, Trisha Krishnan, Aishwarya, Ganesh Venkatraman

Votes: 810

Family drama, feel good movie.

39. Naan Kadavul (2009)

165 min | Action, Drama

7.8
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Rudran (Arya) in Kasi. Fourteen years later, repenting his act he goes with his daughter in search of him. He finds him there but is shocked to learn that he has become an Aghori, a ... See full summary »

Director: Bala | Stars: Arya, Pooja Umashankar, Rajendran, Krishnamoorthy

Votes: 1,399

This film cannot be easy explained, it is not all type audience, If you want to think a lot watch this movie.

40. Pasanga (2009)

178 min | Drama, Family

7.6
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Anbukkarusu, a bright student, takes admission in a new school. Jeevanandam, who is popular in his class, feels jealous when Anbukkarusu begins to get all the attention.

Director: Pandiraj | Stars: Vimal, Vega Tamotia, Kishore, Sri Ram

Votes: 633

Different story saying the life of school going children.

41. Mynaa (2010)

144 min | Action, Romance

7.3
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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. But after small time he escaped from the jail and come to the ... See full summary »

Director: Prabu Solomon | Stars: Vidharth, Amala Paul, Thambi Ramayya, Sethu

Votes: 675

Different story with good screen play.

42. Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010)

PG-13 | 157 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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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.

Director: Gautham Menon | Stars: T.R. Silambarasan, Trisha Krishnan, Ganesh, Raja Krishnamoorthy

Votes: 3,929

This movie almost stole my heart, nice love story.

43. Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011)

123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Vimal was sent by his father to do social service in a village. But later, he gets a good job.

Director: A. Sarkunam | Stars: Vimal, Iniya, Bhagyaraj, Ponvannan

Votes: 585

Drama, as it happens in 60's with good comedy and some romance, with some message. All together not bad movie.