All time Best Tamil Movies

All time Best Tamil Movies I enjoyed watching.
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1.
The Chieftain's Son (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
“ Everything is perfect about this Film. Memorable performances from Kamal, Sivaji and Naasar. ” - ranjithhk
 
2.
Pithamagan (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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. (139 mins.)
Director: Bala
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
3.
Nayakan (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized mafia dynasty looks out for a way to die with minimum pain and maximum repletion. (145 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Brilliant combo Mani Ratnam, Kamal and Illaiyaraja delivering their best. ” - ranjithhk
 
4.
Thalapathi (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Surya (Rajnikanth) is an orphan raised in a slum. He finds a friend in the local Godfather (Mamooty)... (157 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Rajinikanth all the way for his acting skills. National award winning performance but sadly Devar Magan released at the same year :( ” - ranjithhk
 
5.
Paruthi Veeran (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story is set in a rural area around Madurai, in the village called Parithiyur. Paruthiveeran (Karthi) is a country brash... (162 mins.)
Director: Ameer Sultan
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
6.
Anima and Persona (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A drama that unfolds between two rival mafia gang on a single day when a bag of cocaine gets stolen by two innocent people. (153 mins.)
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
7.
Pudhu Pettai (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Story about a how high school kid enter into gang as drug dealer slowly rising into gang leader and entering into political world. (168 mins.)
Director: Selvaraghavan
“ Selvaraghavan and Danush's best till date. Technically brilliant movie with no single dull moment. ” - ranjithhk
 
8.
Lullaby (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
9.
Baasha (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Low famed auto driver Manikam is desperate in hiding his dark underworld side to keep his promise with father. (145 mins.)
Director: Suresh Krishna
“ Can an actor single-handedly raise a movie to another level ? Watch this movie then you will agree why people call Rajini as Thalaivar. ” - ranjithhk
 
10.
Mudhalvan (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
11.
Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, her family eventually agrees to take her to Sri Lanka, where they are abducted by the terrorist group known as the Tamil Tigers. (123 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ Heart touching movie.Kudos to Mani Ratnam's bold stance to the Eelam issue. Its international acclaim and awards speaks for this movie. ” - ranjithhk
 
12.
Chennai 600028 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The film is based on street cricket played in India, focussing on various themes as friendship, love and rivalry in a suburban area... (141 mins.)
Director: Venkat Prabhu
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
13.
Bombay (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where the have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart. (141 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
14.
Sethu (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A love brings to light the soft-natured characteristic features that lie buried in the sub-conscious mind of a seemingly hard-core student. Some unexpected tragic events mould his life into an epic-like story! (180 mins.)
Director: Bala
“ Two upcoming legends of Tamil cinema born in this movie (Bala and Vikram). ” - ranjithhk
 
15.
Subramaniapuram (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (145 mins.)
Director: M. Sasikumar
“ A true bold and daring film for a debutant director. ” - ranjithhk
 
16.
Roja (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Roja lives in a Tamil village, and her sister is about to marry a man from the city, who decides to marry Roja instead and gets a job assignment in Kashmir, where some militants decide to kidnap them. (137 mins.)
Director: Mani Ratnam
“ As a kid I felt my patriotism towards my country while watching this movie. Credit goes to the legends Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman. ” - ranjithhk
 
17.
Ghilli (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A village girl escaping a bloody family feud is sheltered by a city collegian (160 mins.)
Director: Dharani
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
18.
Billa (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The intertwined stories of an international Don in Malaysia, David Billa, chased by the cops, an Indian police officer... (130 mins.)
Director: Vishnuvardhan
“ This movie can be a reference to Stylish film making in Tamil. Nobody would have carried this role better than Ajith. ” - ranjithhk
 
19.
Will You Cross the Skies for Me? (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (157 mins.)
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk
 
20.
Soodhu Kavvum (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A botched kidnapping attempt leads to much confusion. (135 mins.)
“ 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. ” - ranjithhk