All time Best Tamil Movies

by ranjithhk | created - 19 Jun 2012 | updated - 19 Aug 2014 | Public

All time Best Tamil Movies I enjoyed watching.

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1. 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: 3,391

Everything is perfect about this Film. Memorable performances from Kamal, Sivaji and Naasar.

2. 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: 3,532

Two of the greatest actors in Tamil cinema giving their career best performance. Bala's unique theme which was never attempted in world Cinema. Deserves an Oscar in foreign film category, thanks to Bollywood bound Indian gov didn't nominate this film to Oscars.

3. 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: 10,610

Brilliant combo Mani Ratnam, Kamal and Illaiyaraja delivering their best.

4. 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: 6,273

Rajinikanth all the way for his acting skills. National award winning performance but sadly Devar Magan released at the same year :(

5. 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: 2,118

A movie which made a huge impact in Tamil cinema. It changed the kind of movies new generation Tamil movie goers wanted to watch. Following this movie the hit rate of a Realistic movie changed from 1 super hit out of 10 in a year to 8 hits out 10. Thanks to Ameer, Priyamani, Karthi and Yuvan.

6. 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: 1,993

Tamil cinema's first Neo-noir film. Its theatrical run was very limited, I was one of the lucky soul who had a chance of watching this movie in theatre. This film in just out of this world. All aspects of this film is brilliant. Film making at its best.

7. Pudhu Pettai (2006)

168 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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A high school kid joins a gang and becomes a drug dealer, then a politician.

Director: K. Selvaraghavan | Stars: Dhanush, Sneha, Sonia Agarwal, Azhagam Perumal

Votes: 2,559

Selvaraghavan and Danush's best till date. Technically brilliant movie with no single dull moment.

8. Nandalala (2010)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

7.4
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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 .

Director: Myshkin | Stars: Snigdha Akolkar, Kalaiyarasan, Myshkin, Nassar

Votes: 433

I don't think it deserves a spot in top 10 if its a remake of Kikujiro. But I am going by Mysskin's word, he says its not a remake.

9. Baasha (1995)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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An auto driver, Manikam, desperately tries to hide his dark underworld side to keep his promise to his father.

Director: Suresh Krishna | Stars: Rajinikanth, Nagma, Raghuvaran, Vijayakumar

Votes: 6,026

Can an actor single-handedly raise a movie to another level ? Watch this movie then you will agree why people call Rajini as Thalaivar.

10. 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: 4,259

Brilliant movie. Shankar's Vision of One day Chief minister gets this movie a spot in top 10. People watching the movie will dream about a politician like Arjun that's were Shankar leaves an impact on audience.

11. 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: 5,265

Heart touching movie.Kudos to Mani Ratnam's bold stance to the Eelam issue. Its international acclaim and awards speaks for this movie.

12. 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: 1,451

It deserves a spot in top 20 for its Innovative story - A story about gully cricket. A surprise package starting from the first shot to Climax. Credit goes to Venkat Prabhu.

13. 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: 8,674

The madness of religious issue was well portrayed by Mani Ratnam. Brilliant score by the legend AR Rahman that gives goose-bumps every time you watch this movie.

14. 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: 1,854

Two upcoming legends of Tamil cinema born in this movie (Bala and Vikram).

15. Subramaniapuram (2008)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A simple film that centers on the lives of 5 educated youngsters in Madurai during 1980 in Madurai, their joys and sorrows. Subramaniapuram not just marks the beginning is a birth of new streamline of extraordinary film.

Director: M. Sasikumar | Stars: Jai, M. Sasikumar, Swathi Reddy, 'Ganja' Karuppu

Votes: 916

A true bold and daring film for a debutant director.

16. Roja (1992)

137 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

8.2
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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.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur, Nassar

Votes: 8,557

As a kid I felt my patriotism towards my country while watching this movie. Credit goes to the legends Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman.

17. Ghilli (2004)

160 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

7.8
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Velu, an aspiring kabaddi player, goes to Madurai to participate in a regional match, where he rescues Dhanalakshmi from Muthupandi, a powerful man keen on marrying the girl against her wish.

Director: Dharani | Stars: Joseph Vijay, Trisha Krishnan, Prakash Raj, Ashish Vidyarthi

Votes: 6,269

A perfect sample for a fast paced screenplay. Even though its a remake, Dharani's work on screenplay compared to its original earns this spot.

18. Billa (2007)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Romance, Thriller

7.3
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A cop chases international gangster Billa and happens to be the only one to see him die. He places Velu, Billa's lookalike, inside the gang to get information. But Velu is framed for killing the cop.

Director: Vishnuvardhan | Stars: Ajith Kumar, Nayanthara, Rahman, Namitha

Votes: 5,184

This movie can be a reference to Stylish film making in Tamil. Nobody would have carried this role better than Ajith.

19. 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: 3,922

Love and Tamil movies are closely bounded. So I cannot miss a romantic movie in my list. Best Romantic movie I have watched till date.

20. Soodhu Kavvum (2013)

Not Rated | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

8.4
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Das, with his team, kidnap Arumai, son of a politician, who has been planning his own kidnapping to extract money from his father. Problems arise, when an insane cop is brought to handle the case.

Director: Nalan Kumarasamy | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Sanchita Shetty, Radha Ravi, M.S. Bhaskar

Votes: 5,726

The only reason I added this movie to my list is I never get bored watching this movie. I cannot find a reason why I am watching this movie again and again. So many classic comedies are there in tamil cinema (Micheal mathana .., Thillu Mullu, Panchathanthiram etc) but for its nature to make me watch again and again I am adding this movie into my list.