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1.
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
“ It is a all time classic, the film well known for its cinematography and story telling surpasses most of the hindi films of that era. The film also appeared on time's top 100 movies of the century. ” - shadow_spark
 
2.
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
“ The movie set during the the time of independence displays how a guy supposed to kill Gandhi ends up being a follower of him. The movie also was nominated for the Oscars under best foreign movie category. ” - shadow_spark
 
3.
Michael Madana Kamarajan (1990)
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A comedy of errors with identical quadruplets, separated at birth, coming together as adults. (162 mins.)
“ In this actor kamal hassan brings a laugh riot. The story is about quadraples born and brought in diferent parts meet up in a day. The story is known for its fast paced screenplay and its awesome slapstic comedy. the depiction of four diffrent characters is beatiful. ” - shadow_spark
 
4.
Kuruthipunal (1995)
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Police officers fight a terror group in India. (143 mins.)
Director: P.C. Sreeram
“ The story is about a police officer in anti terrorist department and how his life changes after catching a terrorist. ” - shadow_spark
 
5.
Pudhu Pettai (2006)
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A high school kid joins a gang and becomes a drug dealer, then a politician. (168 mins.)
Director: Selvaraghavan
“ The movie is a story of a boy born in the slums becomes a don. The movie is well known for Dhanush's acting and its realistic potrayal of chennai slums. If you love dark gangster movie then this must be one of your choice ” - shadow_spark
 
6.
Vedam Puthithu (1987)
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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. (144 mins.)
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
 
7.
Guna (1991)
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A neurodivergent individual escapes the family he despises and the asylum he is kept in by creating fantasies. (167 mins.)
“ guna is a unusual movie which moves your heart in the end. Its a story about mentally challenged person with a depressing childhood who falls in love with a hight society girl and how his love moves heart ” - shadow_spark
 
8.
Anjali (1990)
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Chitra, her husband, Shekar, and two children, Arjun and Anu live in a rural area in India. When Chitra is expecting her third child... (150 mins.)
Director: Mani Rathnam
“ Anjali by ace director mani ratnam is one of the land mark movie in tamil cinema the movie known for its different genre. The movie is a story of a 3 year old girl and how she affects the life people around them. Its heart robbing movie. ” - shadow_spark
 
9.
Thevar Magan (1992)
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The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
“ the movie is based on a village where deaths by conflicts are often and how the protagonist's search for peace takes him to unexpected things. ” - shadow_spark
 
10.
Nandha (2001)
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Nandha kills his father in the confusion that follows when his mother discovers her husband's philandering... (165 mins.)
Director: Bala
“ The movie is about a guy whose searh for mother's love leads him to unexpected events ” - shadow_spark
 
11.
Julie Ganapathy (2003)
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Director: Balu Mahendra
“ This simple movie with a simple story takes you for a thrilling ride. its about women who has become addicted to tv serials who keeps the story writer in hostage. What happens next will leave you wondering. ” - shadow_spark
 
12.
Veedu (1988)
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A dramatic-story depicting the difficulties of a lower middle class family trying to build a new house. (110 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra
“ The movie is realistic depiction of a lady who faces challenges for building a house. ” - shadow_spark
 
13.
Kattradhu Thamizh (2007)
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A young post-graduate faces difficulties with finding employment, and struggles against social inequalities. (147 mins.)
Director: Ram
 
14.
Paruthiveeran (2007)
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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. (162 mins.)
Director: Ameer Sultan
“ this award winning movie is about a small carefree crook in a village and how circumstances changes his life for good. ” - shadow_spark
 
15.
Lullaby (2010)
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The film revolves around a child who lives with his blind grandmother who want to meet his mother takes on a journey to see her . (127 mins.)
Director: Myshkin
 
16.
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.
“ How two strangers meet up and become close with just love. ” - shadow_spark
 
17.
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
 
18.
Chennai 600028 (2007)
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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. (141 mins.)
Director: Venkat Prabhu
“ This is a fast paced comedy flick of how cricket loving chennai youngsters face love friendship and fun ” - shadow_spark
 
19.
Sigappu Rojakkal (1978)
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Kamal Haasan, the central character, is a man terribly soured by his unvaryingly devastating encounters with the opposite sex... (129 mins.)
Director: Bharathi Rajaa
 
20.
Aadukalam (2011)
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In a village in South India, rearing roosters, maintaining them and using them for fights are a way of life and a matter of honor and lifeline to many people. (160 mins.)
Director: Vetri Maaran
 
21.
Roja (1992)
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A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants. (137 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
Chandralekha (1948)
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The two brothers named Veerasimhan and Sasankan, who fight with each other over ruling their father's kingdom and for marrying the village dancer Chandralekha. (193 mins.)
Director: S.S. Vasan
 
25.
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