Must watch Malayalam Movies

A list of must see Malyalam language films.
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1.
Pranayam (2011)
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(150 mins.)
Director: Blessy
 
2.
Bhramaram (2009)
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A jeep driver finds his old schoolmates to prove his innocence after 30 years. (150 mins.)
Director: Blessy
 
3.
Mizhikal Sakshi (2008)
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(111 mins.)
Director: Ashok R. Nath
 
4.
Paradesi (2007)
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5.
Keerthi Chakra (2006)
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Based on a real life incident that happened during the Kargil War. (130 mins.)
Director: Major Ravi
 
6.
Thanmathra (2005)
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Will an unexpected turn of events change Rameshan's life forever and prevent him from witnessing his dream where his son becomes a reputable IAS Officer? (160 mins.)
Director: Blessy
 
7.
Naran (2005)
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Velayudhan is a good hearted drunkard local rowdy that lives in Mullankoli village. Gopinathan tries to ruin his life and does evil things to the village. Velayudhan has to get rid of him. (150 mins.)
Director: Joshi
 
8.
Udayananu Tharam (2005)
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An artist performs best when he doesn't know he's being filmed. (162 mins.)
Director: Roshan Andrews
 
9.
Narashimham (2000)
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The story of how Induchoodan exacts his revenge after being wrongly convicted of a heinous crime. (175 mins.)
Director: Shaji Kailas
 
10.
Vanaprastham (1999)
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A depressed Kathakali artist falls in love with a member of an aristocratic family. (119 mins.)
Director: Shaji N. Karun
 
11.
Summer in Bethlehem (1998)
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Dennis (Suresh Gopi) and Ravishankar (Jayaram) tries to find Ravishankar's secret admirer when Ravi's relatives joins them to spend their vacation.
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
12.
Harikrishnans (1998)
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Harikrishnans are investigating the murder case of Guptan
Director: Fazil
 
13.
Kanmadam (1998)
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Responsible for the accidental death of a man he met on the streets of Mumbai, Vishwam returns to Kerala to give the news to the latter's debt- ridden family, but instead falls in love with his sister. (162 mins.)
 
14.
Aaram Thamburan (1997)
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A stranger comes to live in a small town and rapidly changes the local balance of power. (163 mins.)
Director: Shaji Kailas
 
15.
Guru (1997)
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Situations turn a man who believes in secularism into an extremist. He plots to bomb a monastery where the survivors of a riot take refuge. (136 mins.)
Director: Rajiv Anchal
 
16.
Kala Pani (1996)
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Govardhan, a doctor by profession, is wrongly accused of bombing a train and is jailed by the British in Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses the sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there. (178 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
17.
Spadikam (1995)
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Chacko Master(Thilakan) is a school headmaster in Mathematics. He is a very strict teacher and does not go easy with his own son Thomas (Mohanlal)... (150 mins.)
Director: Bhadran
 
18.
Thenmavin Kombath (1994)
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Best friends fall in love with the same girl. (164 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
19.
Minnaram (1994)
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A man's dreams of a married life shatters when his ex-girlfriend shows up with a baby and claims that it's his child. (150 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
20.
Manichithrathazhu (1993)
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When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed. (169 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
21.
Chenkol (1993)
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The sequel to Kireedam (1989), Chenkol continues the story of Sethumadavan who hopes to regain his lost life after 8 years in prison. (163 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
22.
Kireedam (1989)
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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
 
23.
Devasuram (1993)
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The heir to a village elder's family squanders his inheritance and bullies all and sundry. (187 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
24.
Yodha (1992)
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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
 
25.
Vietnam Colony (1992)
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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.)
 
26.
Kamaladalam (1992)
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The story of love, grief and betrayal with the back drop of dance and arts. (154 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
27.
Abhimanyu (1991)
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A daily-wage welder from Bombay's red light district gets involved in the underworld. (140 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
28.
Ulladakkam (1991)
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Mohanlal plays a psychiatrist who treats a patient (Amala), who starts liking and becoming obsessive about him. (120 mins.)
Director: Kamal
 
29.
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
 
30.
Bharatham (1991)
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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
 
31.
Lal Salam (1990)
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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
 
32.
His Highness Abdullah (1990)
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A qawwali singer passes as a Brahmin in order to infiltrate a palace and kill the king. (156 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
33.
Aye Auto (1990)
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The love affair between an orphan and an auto-rickshaw driver is opposed by the girl's grandmother but supported by her grandfather. A romantic comedy played against a back-drop depicting the daily grind of life as a cabbie. (137 mins.)
Director: Venu Nagavalli
 
34.
No: 20 Madras Mail (1990)
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Enroute Madras via train, when three friends get falsely accused of a mysterious homicide, they escape and desperately search for the real killer. (177 mins.)
Director: Joshi, Priyadarshan
 
35.
Akkare Akkare Akkare (1990)
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After Nadodikkattu (1987) and Pattana Pravesham (1988), CIDs Ramdas and Vijayan are back for another wacky adventure... (156 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
36.
Dasharatham (1989)
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Rajeev, an orphan eccentric millionaire, has his own strange taste towards everything. With less knowledge about family relationships, he struggles hard to achieve his aim to become a father without marrying. (154 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
37.
Adhipan (1989)
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Director: K. Madhu
 
38.
Vandanam (1989)
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Two cops tries to capture a jail-broken felon, a psychopath who seeks revenge on his adversaries, while one of the cops falls for the felon's daughter. (168 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
39.
Naaduvazhikal (1989)
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(143 mins.)
Director: Joshi
 
40.
Varavelpu (1989)
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A man tries to do good for the community but is thwarted by the corruption of the local government. (144 mins.)
 
41.
Chithram (1988)
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A woman hires a stranger to pose as her husband because she doesn't want her ailing father to know that her fiance broke their engagement. (159 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
42.
Vellanakalude Naadu (1988)
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A PWD contracter and his old love life (129 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
43.
Aryan (1988)
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Dispossessed Brahmin Mohanlal priest moves to Bombay where he finds a new calling in the hitman business. (181 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
44.
Pattanapravesam (1988)
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Six months after the events of the prequel (Nadodikattu), C.I.D. officers Ramdas (Mohanlal) and Vijayan... (158 mins.)
 
45.
Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikkunnu (1988)
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Mukundan (Mohanlal) got permanent status at his job, and things are starting to look good. But then his old college classmate Viswanath (Srinivasan) comes into his life, after many years and things start going straight downhill. (149 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
46.
Nadodikkattu (1987)
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After losing their jobs, Dasen and Vijayan don't see any chances to get work in Kerala. So they try to escape to the Middle East, but they end up in Tamil Nadu and where mistaken as 2 CIDs by a group of smuglers (158 mins.)
 
47.
Thoovanathumbikal (1987)
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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
 
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49.
Boomiyile Rajakkanmar (1987)
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(134 mins.)
 
50.
Irupatham Noottandu (1987)
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The son of a Kerala political chieftain leads a gold smuggling operation with a maverick partner. (140 mins.)
Director: K. Madhu
 
51.
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
 
52.
Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986)
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A man falls in love with his new neighbor but then finds that her family life is difficult. (137 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
53.
Rajavinte Makan (1986)
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The film follows underworld don Vincent Gomas (Mohanlal) and his rivalry against the Kerala Home minister N. Krishnadas (Ratheesh). (132 mins.)
 
54.
Gandhinagar 2nd Street (1986)
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A jobless Malayali youth poses as a Nepali to get a job as a watchman. (137 mins.)
 
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56.
Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986)
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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... (133 mins.)
 
57.
Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu (1986)
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Jealous spouses get in the way of their respective children's romances.
Director: Bhadran
 
58.
Boeing Boeing (1985)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
59.
Pranchiyettan and the Saint (2010)
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Pranchiyettan is a successful businessman who often has talks with an imaginary St. Francis of Assisi. The story deals with how he goes about changing his embarrassing image to making a name for himself using wealth and contacts. (140 mins.)
Director: Renjith
 
60.
Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009)
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A private detective investigates a cold case , which is the first registered murder case in Kerala, after 50 years.
Director: Renjith
 
61.
Kerala Cafe (2009)
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Ten stories meet at Kerala Cafe. (140 mins.)
 
62.
Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009)
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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
 
63.
Loudspeaker (2009)
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The movie is all about the relationships between two rare bred men from extremely different strata of society, but more in common than is apparent from the first look. (162 mins.)
Director: Jayaraaj
 
64.
Big B (2007)
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Four brothers hunt for the killer and the truth behind their loving foster mother who was murdered in cold blood, . (130 mins.)
Director: Amal Neerad
 
65.
Kayyoppu (2007)
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The movie tells the story about Balachandran, a person with passion for books and literature. (95 mins.)
Director: Ranjith
 
66.
Palunku (2006)
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Director: Blessy
 
67.
Karutha Pakshikal (2006)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Kamal
 
68.
Rappakal (2005)
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Director: Kamal
 
69.
Kaazhcha (2004)
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Pavan is a boy who reached Kerala after he lost everything in the Gujarat earthquake on Republic Day... (137 mins.)
Director: Blessy
 
70.
Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004)
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Sethurama Iyer and the CBI re-open an old case upon hearing from a death-row criminal that he didn't commit one of the seven murders he was convicted of.
Director: K. Madhu
 
72.
The Truth (1998)
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The film begins with some insight into a Brahmin family, with Patteri Thilakan as the patriarch, who...
Director: Shaji Kailas
 
73.
Udyanapalakan (1996)
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Director: Harikumar
 
74.
Hitler (1996)
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The story of a protective brother and his five sisters. (153 mins.)
Director: Siddique
 
75.
Azhakiya Ravanan (1996)
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A millionaire (Mammootty) returns to his village without disclosing who he was in the village. (120 mins.)
Director: Kamal
 
76.
The King (1995)
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A firebrand bureaucrat takes on a corrupt elected representative involved in terror plots. (198 mins.)
Director: Shaji Kailas
 
77.
Mazhayethum Munpe (1995)
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A young woman falls in love with her college professor, while the professor wants to marry his sick childhood love.
Director: Kamal
 
78.
Sukrutham (1994)
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(148 mins.)
Director: Harikumar
 
79.
Vatsalyam (1993)
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Familial strife follows a marriage across social classes.
Director: Cochin Hanifa
 
80.
Ponthan Mada (1994)
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Set in 1940s, the film is about the irrational bonding of the low-caste Ponthan Mada with his colonial landlord Sheema Thampuran, who was expelled to British India from England during his youth for supporting the Irish Republican Army. Crossing the class boundaries, the two communicate through Thampuran's window, with Mada hanging from a palm tree. (119 mins.)
Director: T.V. Chandran
 
81.
Vidheyan (1994)
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Thommy is a loyal and obedient slave of his aggressive and tyrannical master Bhaskara. He serves his master so faithfully that he goes to the extent of killing Bhaskara's wife on his orders. (112 mins.)
 
82.
Dhruvam (1993)
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Narasimha Mannadiar is a village lord famous for his thirst for justice and fearlessness. Hyder Marakkar, a notorious criminal awaiting capital punishment has means to prevent it. Mannadiar must battle to ensure that justice is prevailed.
Director: Joshi
 
83.
Pappayude Swantham Appoos (1992)
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The movie explores the relationship between a father who is depressed after the death of his wife and his neglected son. (146 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
84.
Johnnie Walker (1992)
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Johnnie shares a good relationship with his brother who studies in another city. When his brother visits him, he convinces Johnnie to start studying again.
Director: Jayaraaj
 
85.
Soorya Manasam (1992)
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Director: Viji Thampi
 
86.
Inspector Balram (1991)
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Kannur-based Circle Inspector Balram is married to Seetha, and has a daughter, Amrtha. He faces a lot of hostility... (88 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
87.
Nayam Vekthamakkunnu (1991)
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(137 mins.)
 
88.
Amaram (1991)
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An uneducated fisherman wants his daughter to be educated and become a doctor but his dreams get shattered when she falls in love with her childhood friend. (150 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
89.
Kuttettan (1990)
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Director: Joshi
 
90.
Iyer the Great (1990)
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Vaikundam Soorya Narayana Iyer (Mammootty ), a normal business executive leads a normal family life along with his wife and his mother ... (123 mins.)
Director: Bhadran
 
91.
Kalikkalam (1990)
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Kalikkalam unveils the of a burglar who is known by different names in different places.He is a kind...
 
92.
Samrajyam (1990)
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The movie narrates the story of an underworld Don's upraise and fall. (122 mins.)
Director: Jomon
 
93.
Mathilukal (1990)
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Confined to the narrow space of a prison cell, Bashir falls in love with a woman in the neighbouring prison compound... (120 mins.)
 
94.
Kottayam Kunjachan (1990)
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The story revolves around Kottayam' Kunjachan (Mammotty), an erstwhile thug, has just been released from jail.
 
95.
Mrigaya (1989)
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Plot is of a village in Kerala away from facilities .There has been atttack by a leopard every year... (142 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
96.
Nair Saab (1989)
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A new batch of trainees arrives at the army training center (SAT) situated near border in Kashmir. Their trainer is Major Nair Saab (Mammootty) who is a man known for his hard-and-fast training strategies.
Director: Joshi
 
97.
Jagratha (1989)
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Sethurama Iyer and the CBI investigate the mysterious murder of a famous actress.
Director: K. Madhu
 
98.
Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)
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The film offers an alternative version of the epic battle between two legendary Chekavars from the villain's perspective. (168 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
99.
Nineteen Twenty One (1988)
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(197 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
100.
August 1 (1988)
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A Crime Branch Detective fights the clock to prevent a looming assassination attempt on the Kerala Chief Minister's life.
Director: Sibi Malayil