Malayalam Movies You Should Watch Before Dying

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1.
Ramji Rav Speaking (1989)
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Three unemployed men find answers to all their financial problem when they decide to get involved in a kidnapping scheme. (150 mins.)
 
2.
Vasthavam (2006)
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(145 mins.)
Director: M. Padmakumar
 
3.
Gandharava Kshetram (1972)
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Director: A. Vincent
“ Based on a novel by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, this movies stands ahead of its time. Great story and splendid acting by Sarada with spectacular direction by Vincent. The climax is one of the greatest of all time. ” - Movie Lover
 
4.
Chemmeen (1967)
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"Chemmeen", renowned Malayalam novel by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai has been translated into more than thirty languages... (140 mins.)
Director: Ramu Kariat
“ The movie that won the Best Movie award in the First National Awards. This can be classified as the all time classic in Malayalam movie. A true and faithful adaption of Thakazhi's novel has the best music by Salil Chaudhary. ” - Movie Lover
 
5.
Irakal (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Irakal (English: The Victims) is a 1985 Malayalam psychological thriller film written and directed by K... (142 mins.)
Director: K.G. George
“ This psychopathic thriller directed by KG George is another best from the director. In this debut movie of actor Ganesh Kumar, he plays the role of a psycho killer. ” - Movie Lover
 
6.
Yavanika (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Yavanika (The Curtain)...is the search for the truth..the truth behind the curtain (as it always be..)... (147 mins.)
Director: K.G. George
“ An investigation thriller directed by KG George. Superb performance by Bharath Gopi. Mammootty's first role as an investigative officer ” - Movie Lover
 
7.
Kanathaya Penkutty (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Film that opens with a missing of a girl who later identified to be killed by someone who is close to her. The film is in a format of investigation thriller giving importance to the plot rather to the characters. (105 mins.)
Director: K.N. Sasidharan
“ A natural investigation thriller. A murder mystery is solved by the local police. ” - Movie Lover
 
8.
Akkare (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(118 mins.)
Director: K.N. Sasidharan
 
9.
Nadodikkattu (1987)
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After loosing their jobs, Dasen and Vijayan don't see any chances to get work in Kerala. So both try to escape to middle east but ends up in Tamil Nadu, but can they find luck there? (158 mins.)
 
10.
Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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...
 
11.
Butterflies of the Spraying Rain (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Jayakrishnan falls in love with two girls, Radha and Clara, and fights his confusion about whom he should marry and spend his life with. (151 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
12.
Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The film is based on a legend about the Chekavar warriors.An alternative version of epic battle between two legendary Chekavar's through villain's perspective. (168 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
13.
Bhargavi Nilayam (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An enthusiastic and talented novelist (Madhu) comes to stay in a desolate mansion named Bhargavi Nilayam... (175 mins.)
Director: A. Vincent
 
14.
Oridathu (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The movie narrates the story of a remote village and the incidents pertaining to the electrification during the post-independence period of India. (112 mins.)
 
15.
Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A beautiful and well told love story of a guy who falls in love with the newly moved neighbor girl. But the girl's situation was worst than he thought when he finds that the man who was told to be her father was her stepfather. (137 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
16.
Twenty:20 (2008)
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Devaraja Prathapa Varma, underworld don and rich businessman, wants payback for his brother's murderers.
Director: Joshi
 
17.
Kilukkam (1991)
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A tourist guide finds himself taking care of a mentally challenged girl with a troubled past. (155 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
18.
Traffic (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An emotional thriller based on a road trip from Kochi to Palakkad. Inspired from the real events that happened in Chennai. (122 mins.)
Director: Rajesh Pillai
 
19.
Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Priyadarshan
 
20.
Boeing Boeing (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Mohanlal tries dating more than one air hostesses with the help of his friend MUkesh. Works like a charm in the start but things start to crumble which leads to a series of funny events.
Director: Priyadarshan
 
21.
Thalavattam (1986)
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Vinod/Vinu (played by Mohanlal) is mentally ill and is hospitalized in the institution run by Dr. Ravindran ( M G Soman)... (147 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
22.
Vellanakalude Naadu (1988)
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(129 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
23.
Chithram (1988)
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Father who stays in US, comes to spend his vacation with his daughter and son in law but is unaware that she has been ditched. This prompts his friend to hire a man to play the role of her husband for the time being. (159 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
24.
Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A jobless Malayali youth poses as a Nepali to get a job as a watchman. (137 mins.)
 
25.
Pattana Pravesham (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The sequel to the blockbuster hit Nadodikkattu (1987). Just six months after the events of the prequel...
 
26.
Vadakkunokkiyantram (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man with a serious case of inferiority complex is married to a beautiful girl. Soon, his love and care turns into suspicion. (120 mins.)
Director: Sreenivasan
 
27.
Thalayanamanthram (1990)
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(135 mins.)
 
28.
Paavam Paavam Rajakumaran (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Kamal
 
29.
Sandesham (1991)
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A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress to their aged and once-proud parents. (138 mins.)
 
30.
Udayananu Tharam (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An artist performs the best when is filmed unknowingly
Director: Roshan Andrews
 
31.
Ahimsa (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
32.
Uyarangalil (1984)
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(142 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
33.
Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Girly, who has a serious brain disease, spends her final days with her Grandma. (130 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
34.
Aalkkoottathil Thaniye (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The impending death of an ailing schoolteacher forces a set of uncomfortable reunions between mourners. (139 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
35.
Adiyozhukkukal (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A brooding fisherman is out for vengeance against his village-folk who sent him to jail.
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
36.
Anu Bandham (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young widow has a hard time making ends meet in a small village in Kerala.
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
37.
Idanilangal (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
38.
Karimpin Poovinakkare (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Revenge drama between two feuding families.
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
39.
Rajavinte Makan (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The film follows underworld don Vincent Gomas (Mohanlal) and his rivalry against the Kerala Home minister N. Krishnadas (Ratheesh).
 
40.
Panchagni (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(141 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
41.
Abhayam Thedi (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
42.
Kariyila Kattu Pole (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
43.
Irupatham Noottandu (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The son of a Kerala political chieftain leads a gold smuggling operation with a maverick partner. (140 mins.)
Director: K. Madhu
 
44.
Amritamgamaya (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: T. Hariharan
 
45.
Season (1989)
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Mohanlal helps a white man (Fabien) escape from Kerala Jail for money, but turns out for ulterior motives. (112 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
46.
Kireedam (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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. (124 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
47.
Dasharatham (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Rajeev Menon (Mohanlal) is a wealthy orphan, a spoilt rich brat who grew up to be an eccentric millionaire... (154 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
48.
Thazhvaram (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man comes to an isolated valley to take revenge on his friend who murdered his wife. (130 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
49.
Mukham (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A police officer tries to uncover and stop an unknown serial killer who sniped three victims and plans for a fourth one. (118 mins.)
Director: Mohan
 
50.
Lal Salam (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Lal Salam is a 1990 Malayalam political film directed by Venu Nagavalli starring Mohanlal, Murali, Geetha and Urvashi in the lead roles...
Director: Venu Nagavalli
 
51.
His Highness Abdullah (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mohanlal is hired to kill Nedumudi Venu. (156 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
52.
Bharatham (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The retelling of epic Ramayana through the lives of two brothers, their affection, their professional rivalry and the eventual transition of each person. (147 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
53.
Yodha (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Fate brings a young man from rural Kerala to be the protector of a young Lama in Nepal, who is being chased by a dangerous cult. (149 mins.)
Director: Sangeeth Sivan
 
54.
Vietnam Colony (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two men tries to persuade a bunch of colony residents to relocate to another location for the sake of a corporate project, while the residents including a number of goons, comes in their way. (154 mins.)
 
55.
Manichithrathazhu (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Unexpected happenings occur when the forbidden rooms of an old bungalow which is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a revengeful dancer, is opened. (169 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
56.
Devasuram (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The heir to a village elder's family squanders his inheritance and bullies all and sundry. (187 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
57.
Spadikam (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Chacko Master(Thilakan)is a school headmaster in Mathematics. He is a very strict teacher and does not... (150 mins.)
Director: Bhadran
 
58.
Aaram Thamburan (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A stranger comes to live in a small town and rapidly changes the local balance of power. (163 mins.)
Director: Shaji Kailas
 
59.
Narashimham (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Story of Induchudhan, whose life after a prison sentence for which he is wrongly convicted, and his revenge.
Director: Shaji Kailas
 
60.
Wanted (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Five college friends badly in need of money kidnap a wanted criminal and get caught between the police and mafia.
 
61.
Hello (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A drunkard, but intelligent advocate and his side-kick tries to protect a woman from the threats against her life.
Director: Meccartin, Raffi
 
62.
Thrishna (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
63.
Aranyakam (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: T. Hariharan
 
64.
Neelathamara (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(109 mins.)
Director: Lal Jose
 
65.
Thanmathra (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
He was the best father any son would dream of. His dream was to see his son as an IAS Officer. And he almost saw it.....almost (160 mins.)
Director: Blessy
 
66.
Hello (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A drunkard, but intelligent advocate and his side-kick tries to protect a woman from the threats against her life.
Director: Meccartin, Raffi
 
67.
Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja is a 2009 Malayalam historical drama film based on the life of Pazhassi Raja, a Hindu king who fought against the British in the 18th century. (195 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
68.
Ividam Swargamanu (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
a farmer's family fight against the land maffias (150 mins.)
Director: Roshan Andrews
 
69.
Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
70.
Valarthu Mrugangal (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(148 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
71.
Nakhashathangal (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story is about Ramu (Vineeth), a 16-year-old boy who is staying with his annoying uncle, who gets angry and often treats Ramu like a slave... (140 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
72.
Vaishali (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Princess of a country long suffering from drought should please a saint living in distant hills to bring rain.
Director: Bharathan
 
73.
Utharam (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
One fine morning, not any different from every other day, a promising poet shoots herself. Leaving no trace of motive, her husband's best friend and journalist, Balu embarks on a journey to find the truth.
Director: V.K. Pavithran
 
74.
Perumthachan (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In Kerala Legend, a pious and respected 'Perumthachan' or master carpenter of mixed background, builds... (140 mins.)
Director: Ajayan
 
75.
 
76.
A Slender Smile (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oru Cheru Punchiri tells the story of a retired estate manager Krishna Kuruppu (Oduvil Unnikrishnan)...
 
77.
Rathinirvedam (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(124 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
78.
Thakara (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Bharathan
 
79.
Kattathe Kilikoodu (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Good film fore kattathe kilikood very nice acting in this film mohanlal (136 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
80.
 
81.
Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Bharathan
 
82.
Amaram (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An uneducated fisherman wants her daughter to be educated and want her to become a doctor but his dreams get shattered when she falls in love with her childhood friend. (150 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
83.
Itha Ivide Vare (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
84.
Kallan Pavithran (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Pavithran, a thief who was trying to sell stolen items meets a crooked merchant in the town. But an incident occurs afterward changing his entire life.
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
85.
Koodevide? (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Alice, who lives with her brother, is a teacher at a convent school in Ooty. A neglected and unruly son of a MP... (150 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
86.
Kanamarayathu (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(130 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
87.
Arappatta Kettiya Graamathil (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The movie narrates the story of three friends' visit to a brothel to celebrate Vishu. (109 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
88.
Moonnam Pakkam (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An old man spends his life in solitude awaiting his grandson to come for vacation after 6 years. He thought he was the most happiest man in the world until he found out that fate has something unpredictable for him. (114 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
89.
Aparan (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Viswanathan, new in town, soon learns that he is being chased by enemies of his look-alike, who is a con man. Vishwanathan tries to find out Uthaman before its too late, but things don't go as planned. (115 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
90.
Classmates (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
College classmates meet for a 10-year reunion, which does not go as smoothly as planned. Love is discovered, friendships are broken and secrets about tragic events in the past are revealed. (175 mins.)
Director: Lal Jose
 
91.
Innale (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After a serious accident a girl who was hospitalized forgets her past. She stops worrying about her... (137 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
92.
Ponnum Poovum (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: A. Vincent
 
93.
Ee Nadu (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(181 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
94.
Lekhayude Maranam: Oru Flashback (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The movie narrates the story of a poor Malayalee family reaches Madras to try luck for their daughter Shantamma in the film industry. (172 mins.)
Director: K.G. George
 
95.
Iniyenkilum (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
(201 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
96.
Adaminte Variyellu (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(142 mins.)
Director: K.G. George
 
97.
Athirathram (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tharadas is a ruthless smuggler whose uncle was murdered by Rajesh. Rajesh is married to Thulasi who has dark past with Tharadas...
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
98.
Aarorumariyathe (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
99.
Avidathepole Ivideyum (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Bachelors marry and face marital strife. (127 mins.)
 
100.
Yaathra (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story unfolds as Unnikrishnan (Mammootty), a convict, now free from the jail tells his tragic love story to his fellow passengers in a school bus... (124 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra