My Favorite All Time Best Tamil moviesby 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
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.
The comedy in this movie are too great that even recent have copied the scenes from it.
2. Parasakthi (1952)
Not Rated | 188 min
"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 »
Bold dialogs and the script which abuse religious practices, I liked it.
3. Ratha Kanneer (1954)
154 min | Drama
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.
Best dialogues and excellent acting by M.R. Radha, serious story but has lot of humor too.
4. Nadodi Mannan (1958)
A wanderer/revolutionary is a dead ringer for a monarch, and takes his place.
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
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.
Real story of a great king kattabomman during east India company invasion
6. Nenjam Marappathillai (1963)
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.
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
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.
I guess it would have been a block buster at those time. Comedy drama.
8. Kasethan Kadavulada (1972)
Comedy drama by same team
9. Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977)
139 min | Action, Drama, Romance
The movie revolves around the struggle and vulnerability of 16-year old Mayil (Sridevi) when in love.
Best hero, best villain, best heroine, best director, best music director. No doubt obviously a best film.
10. Mullum Malarum (1978)
143 min | Drama
A boorish villager butts heads with a newly appointed engineer from the city.
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
A hedonist/sadist makes life hell for everyone around him.
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
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
Unemployment story, full of tragedy, but worth watching.
13. Indru Poyi Naalai Vaa (1981)
137 min | Comedy
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 »
14. Moondram Pirai (1982)
143 min | Drama, Romance
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.
No words universal hero at his best.
Hilarious dialogues same as usual Bhagyaraj film.
16. Mouna Ragam (1986)
146 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Good love story tell now
17. Vedam Puthithu (1987)
144 min | Drama
Rules are broken in the traditional village society where an upper- caste orphaned boy is brought up by the village Chieftain.
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
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.
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
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 .
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
A neurodivergent individual escapes the family he despises and the asylum he is kept in by creating fantasies.
One of Kamalahassan's experiment's but as usual it failed but a good movie.
21. Thevar Magan (1992)
145 min | Drama
The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.
Two Legends Sivaji ganesan, kamalahassan, sivaji ganesan out performed kamalahassan, Best combo.
22. Mahanadi (1993)
162 min | Crime, Drama
A man tries to get his family back in shape after a stint in jail.
Completely different kind of story, many heart touching scenes.
23. May Madham (1994)
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.
An experimental movie but failed to succeed, I still liked it.
24. Sathi Leelavathi (1995)
151 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
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
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.
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
Two brave police officers infiltrate a terror group in order to bring it down.
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
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.
Indian, Director Shankar at his best.
28. Iruvar (1997)
140 min | Biography, Drama
The real-life rivalry between M.G. Ramachandran and Karunanidhi is given the Mani Ratnam treatment.
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
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.
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
An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" focusing on two sisters of opposing temperaments.
Kandukondain Kandukondain, again a good movie failed to box office, but nice movie.
31. 12 B (2001)
150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young college graduate misses a bus to a job interview - the film examines the possible outcomes had he caught the bus.
Something like run lola run tried in tamil film, It was good.
32. Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, War
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.
Story runs around a child Amudha, Best story, a must watch movie
33. Anbe Sivam (2003)
Not Rated | 160 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
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
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.
Typical Bala movie, Vikram and surya at their best.
35. Boys (2003)
172 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
'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.
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
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.
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
Friendship, love, and rivalry spice up the game of street cricket in the suburb of Chennai whose zip code give this movie its name.
Comedy treat, life of local guys in Chennai.
38. Abhiyum Naanum (2008)
147 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Family drama, feel good movie.
39. Naan Kadavul (2009)
165 min | Action, Drama
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 »
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
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.
Different story saying the life of school going children.
41. Mynaa (2010)
144 min | Action, Romance
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 »
Different story with good screen play.
42. Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010)
PG-13 | 157 min | Drama, Romance
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.
This movie almost stole my heart, nice love story.
43. Vaagai Sooda Vaa (2011)
123 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Vimal was sent by his father to do social service in a village. But later, he gets a good job.
Drama, as it happens in 60's with good comedy and some romance, with some message. All together not bad movie.