Best tamil movies!

by c-bharath92 | created - 01 Dec 2011 | updated - 26 Mar 2013 | Public

Some of the Must watch movies that the tamil Industry has churned!!!

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1. 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: 5,142

A national award winning movie about a young girl's search for her surrogate mother!

2. Alai Payuthey (2000)

156 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.3
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After a difficult romance in a class-divided society, the love birds find out marriage is not what they thought it would be.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Madhavan, Shalini, Swarnamalya, V. Natarajan

Votes: 3,330

Mani at his romantic best!!!

3. Unnaipol Oruvan (2009)

106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A common man tries to fight terrorism by making anonymous calls to cops. Will he succeed?

Director: Chakri Toleti | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Venkatesh Daggubati, Lakshmi

Votes: 4,056

"A Wednesday" remake,Equally good

4. 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: 10,332

the Desi godfather

5. Sethu (1999)

130 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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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.

Director: Bala | Stars: Vikram, Abitha, Sivakumar, Sriman

Votes: 1,835

A tale that catapulted Vikram to a cult actor status!

6. Nandha (2001)

165 min | Action, Drama

7.6
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Looking to put behind a past that haunts him, Nandha tries to reconcile with his mother and live life on his terms.

Director: Bala | Stars: Suriya, Laila, Raj Kiran, Rajashri

Votes: 1,115

One of Bala's best works.

7. Eeram (2009)

164 min | Crime, Music, Mystery

7.6
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Vasu investigates the suicide of Ramya since he's not convinced that she killed herself. The main suspects are her husband and neighbours. As the death toll rises, Vasu deals with his own secret past.

Director: Arivazhagan Venkatachalam | Stars: Aadhi, Nandha, Sindhu Menon, Saranya Mohan

Votes: 956

After a long hiatus, a good Horror film with some awesome cinematography

8. Kattradhu Thamizh (2007)

147 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A young post-graduate faces difficulties with finding employment, and struggles against social inequalities.

Director: Ram | Stars: Jiiva, Anjali, Karunas, Azhagam Perumal

Votes: 1,572

A touching story about the consequences that a young man faces after studying Tamil Literature

9. Mudhalvan (1999)

169 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Arjun, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran, Vadivelu

Votes: 4,180

A story of a journalist becoming a ONE day CM and the struggles he faces as the aftermath

10. Gentleman (1993)

155 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.0
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Due to a past tragedy , a small business owner by day becomes modern day Robin Hood by night takes from the rich to provide education for the poor.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Arjun, Rajan P. Dev, Gautami, Goundamani

Votes: 1,626

Shankar's Best work

11. Thavamai Thavamiruntu (2005)

180 min | Drama

7.8
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The film sensitively portrays the struggles of a father whose main priority in life is the well being of his children, and who is determined to see his children grow up to become decent, successful persons.

Director: Cheran | Stars: Cheran, Raj Kiran, Padmapriya, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 392

A very good movie about the relationship of a son and his father. From the heart

12. 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: 802

A tribute to "the Father of the bride" in kollywood style

13. Mozhi (2007)

152 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.0
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A musician's love towards a stubborn deaf woman makes her eventually realize that there is more to her life than she previously thought.

Director: Radha Mohan | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jyothika, Prakash Raj, Swarnamalya

Votes: 1,270

a story about how a deaf and dumb girl sees the world around her.

14. Kanaa Kanden (2005)

Romance, Thriller

6.7
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This film has the water scarcity that the city faces severely as its backdrop. It revolves around three interesting characters. 'Baskar', who takes up desalination of seawater as his ... See full summary »

Director: Anand K.V. | Stars: Linda Arsenio, Gopika, Srikanth, Prithviraj Sukumaran

Votes: 264

Edge of the seat fast movie By K.V Anand stating of how to face high loans and how to emerge successfully.

15. Thillu Mullu (1981)

136 min | Comedy

8.6
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Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Chandran is a hip graduate who gets a job through his family doctor. The employer, Sri Ramachandramurthy has some frivolous notions about character, ... See full summary »

Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Rajinikanth, Madhavi, Thengai Srinivasan, Showkar Janaki

Votes: 1,994

Rib tickling movie BY BALANCHANDER! rajni's comic sense wud always remembered for this movie

16. Bombay (1995)

130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.1
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A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Tinnu Anand, Akash Khurana

Votes: 8,536

Mani ratnam's take on The BOMBAY riots

17. 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: 6,068

Modern day Mahabarata with Rajni taking the Role of KARNA and Mammooty doing duryodhana role

18. Arindhum Ariyamalum (2005)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Director: Vishnuvardhan | Stars: Navdeep, Arya, Prakash Raj, Sameksha

Votes: 520

An all round movie with some brilliant Performances from Arya,Prakashraj and Some brilliant music from Yuvan

19. Yaavarum Nalam (2009)

138 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A story of a family which has a demon possessed TV, which shows the future happenings of the family through a serial named 'Yaavarum Nalam'

Director: Vikram K. Kumar | Stars: Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, Saranya Ponvannan, Sachin Khedekar

Votes: 1,001

Vikram Kumar proves his worth with an awesome Horror Thriller, With PC Sreeraam Giving him a beautiful frame by frame ambience

20. Saroja (2008)

154 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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Four friends, Jaga, Ganesh, Ajay and Vishwas are motoring to a cricket game. An accident leads them to divert on a side road, where they encounter a criminal gang that has kidnapped a young girl and shot a policeman - in front of them....

Director: Venkat Prabhu | Stars: Jayaram, Prakash Raj, S.P.B. Charan, Premgi Amaren

Votes: 1,019

The first of its genre, A full length Comic Thriller! A must watch

21. Kanda Naal Mudhal (2005)

Not Rated | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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Ramya and Krishna end up catching each others throat whenever they happen to meet. Aravind (Krishna's Friend) parents arrange his marriage with Ramya. Its a smooth story on how love blooms ... See full summary »

Director: Priya | Stars: Regina Cassandra, Karthik Kumar, Laila, Lakshmi

Votes: 293

An awesome work by Priya, with a very well crafted tale about a girl and her foe turned friend turned lover.

22. 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: 3,079

Mani ratnam's INSTANT Classic about to friend turned foes(Karunanidhi and MGR)

23. Sagara Sangamam (1983)

160 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

8.8
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A classical dancer, Balakrishna, (Kamal Haasan) faces many struggles, but is eventually redeemed.

Director: K. Viswanath | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Jaya Prada, Sarath Babu, Sailaja S.P.

Votes: 1,784

A drunkard dancer and his struggles

24. Anjathe (2008)

185 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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Sathya and Kiruba are friends. Sathya is reckless and gets into drinking and violent fights whereas Kiruba studies hard to become a Sub-Inspector. Tables are turned when Sathya becomes a Sub-Inspector.

Director: Myshkin | Stars: Narain, Prasanna, Ajmal Ameer, Vijayalakshmi

Votes: 1,403

A cult By Mysskin, a tale of complex between two friends and its aftermath

25. Pudhiya Mugam (1993)

Thriller

6.6
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Director: Menon Suresh | Stars: Kasthuri, Nirmala, Revathy, Menon Suresh

Votes: 87

awesome work By suresh menon with some beautiful music from ARR

26. Irattaival Kuruvi (1987)

7.1
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A romantically comedy where a married man falls in love with another lady. He eventually marries her and neither of them know about their husband's second relationship. Soon things go haywire. How long will he escape the inevitable?

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Mohan, Radhika Sarathkumar

Votes: 53

A comic caper with a man having two wives! Rib tickling

27. Arangetra Velai (1990)

154 min | Comedy, Crime

7.1
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Three unemployed men find the answer to all their money problems when they receive a call from a kidnapper by a cross connection.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Anju, Delhi Ganesh, Jai Ganesh, Janagaraj

Votes: 133

Later made in Hindi as HERA PHERI. this classic by Fazil is just too good to watch just once..

28. Moodupani (1980)

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A successful businessman develops a hatred towards women as a result of his troubled childhood, which involved the separation of his parents owing to his father's affection towards a prostitute.

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Prathap Pothen, Shobha, Malasia Bhaskar, Gandhimathi

Votes: 72

will be remembered for en iniya pon nilave song.. brilliant thriller.

29. Thaneer Thaneer (1981)

143 min

7.6
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Director: K. Balachander | Stars: Saritha, Shunmugham, V.K. Veeraswami

Votes: 82

story of a village and how it suffers during drought.

30. Yutham Sei (2011)

160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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A common man's ability to defeat the devil. A cop identifies the mystery and solves the problem.

Director: Myshkin | Stars: Cheran, Dipa Shah, Y.G. Mahendran, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan

Votes: 1,254

a modern day take about the police and CBCID..Fantastic screenplay with some borrowed music

31. 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: 10,061

Kamal's best movie till date. really from the heart

32. Mayakkam Enna (2011)

145 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Karthik and Yamini can't stand each other, but there lies the twist when opposites attract.

Director: K. Selvaraghavan | Stars: Dhanush, Richa Gangopadhyay, Sunder Ramu, Mathivanan Rajendran

Votes: 2,392

selvaraghavan's best till date

33. Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2006)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Crime, Romance

8.0
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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.

Director: Gautham Menon | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Jyothika, Prakash Raj, Daniel Balaji

Votes: 4,777

Kamal as the cop. what else does one want!! a must watch

34. 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: 1,531

one of the best tragedies ever made. Kamal winning National Award!

35. Agni Natchathiram (1988)

146 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Entrusted with the task of chairing an inquiry commission involving an influential politician, alcoholic Vishwanath must attempt to deal with issues that he has with in personal life. ... See full summary »

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Karthik, Prabhu, Vijayakumar, Amala Akkineni

Votes: 993

story of Two step Brother's at loggerheads.

36. Aasai (1995)

145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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the movie is about two young lovers

Director: Vasanth | Stars: Ajith Kumar, Suvalakshmi, Prakash Raj, Rohini

Votes: 722

awesome movie with a fantastic screenplay and some super songs.

37. Vaalee (1999)

158 min | Romance, Thriller

7.9
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A young bride finds an unusual antagonist in her husband's twin brother.

Director: Surya S.J. | Stars: Ajith Kumar, Vivek, Livingston, Balaji

Votes: 1,644

Sj surya's best with twin brother's falling for the same girl

38. Snegithiye (2000)

154 min | Musical, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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After the passing away of her parents in an automobile accident, Radhika moves in to live with her aunt, Malathi, and studies Zoology in Lexicon Science College. She is very friendly with ... See full summary »

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Jyothika, Sharbani Mukherji, Tabu, Lakshmi

Votes: 185

Priyadharshan at his very best.. one of the best thrillers ever made without a hero..

39. 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: 2,197

Mani Ratnam never loses his class in any genre. the troubles faced by a married couple as the wife is devastated by her X lover's death!

40. 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: 3,302

India's oscar nomination. with sivaji,naasser and Kamal..fantastic movie

41. Magalir Mattum (1994)

132 min | Comedy

7.3
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This Tamil remake of "9 to 5" has three women working in the same office (Revathi, Rohini, Urvashi) who are constantly harassed by their lecherous boss (Nasser). The three decide to gang up... See full summary »

Director: Sigitham Srinivasa Rao | Stars: Revathy, Urvashi, Rohini, Nassar

Votes: 412

Has some rib tickling comedy from the leading ladies and naasser..Must watch

42. Aaranya Kaandam (2010)

153 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.6
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A mob boss must deal with a disgruntled mistress and a vanishing bag of cocaine.

Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja | Stars: Sampath Raj, Jackie Shroff, Ravi Krishna, Yasmin Ponnappa

Votes: 1,934

a Tarantino like crafted movie with some fantastic BGM

43. 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: 665

A really touching movie about a young couple.

44. Padaiyappa (1999)

181 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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The death of Padaiyappa's father destroys his family. But his luck changes, and he is able to lead a prosperous life, until his nemesis plots to ruin his happiness once more.

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Shivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Ramya Krishnan, Soundarya

Votes: 3,605

Rajni at his very best!! million times watchable XD

45. 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: 246

A Very different story with parallel storytelling!

46. Panchatanthiram (2002)

150 min | Comedy

8.0
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Ram (Kamal Haasan) is a playboy pilot. His marriage to Mythili (Simran) disintegrates after a series of misunderstandings. To cheer him up, his buddies arrange for a steamy evening with a ... See full summary »

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Simran, Ramya Krishnan, Jayaram

Votes: 2,231

Crazy Mohan stands out with some best comedies! Full way fun!

47. Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012)

155 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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A young man forgets a few years of his life, even as he is about to get married.

Director: Balaji Tharaneetharan | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathrie, Bagavathi Perumal, Rajkumar

Votes: 3,192

Cult comedy caper. one of the best movies of 2012

48. Pizza (II) (2012)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

8.1
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A pizza delivery boy lands in a mysterious circumstance and it works a dramatic change in his life.

Director: Karthik Subbaraj | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Ramya Nambeeshan, Aadukalam Naren, Karunakaran

Votes: 4,347

Good effort by the debutant actor. classy horror flick!!