Malayalam Movies

A list of some of the great and must watch Malayalam movies. All the movies which I mention here are released after 1980. The list includes both art and commercial movie. These are my favorite movies. The list is in random order.
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1.
Thoovanathumbikal (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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
 
2.
Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A beautiful and well-told love story of a guy who falls in love with his new neighbor, but then finds that her family life is difficult. stepfather. (137 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
3.
Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A private detective investigates a cold case , which is the first registered murder case in Kerala, after 50 years.
Director: Renjith
 
4.
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
 
5.
Yavanika (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Yavanika (The Curtain)...is the search for the truth..the truth behind the curtain (as it always be..)... (147 mins.)
Director: K.G. George
 
6.
Piravi (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Raghu, the only son of Raghava Chakyar was born late for him. So he poured his entire love and affection on him... (110 mins.)
Director: Shaji N. Karun
 
7.
Kilukkam (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A tourist guide finds himself taking care of a mentally challenged girl with a troubled past. (155 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
8.
Manivatharile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Fazil
 
9.
Yaathra (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story unfolds as Unnikrishnan (Mammootty), a convict, now free from the jail tells his tragic love story to his fellow passengers in a school bus... (124 mins.)
Director: Balu Mahendra
 
10.
Kireedam (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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
 
11.
His Highness Abdullah (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A qawwali singer passes as a Brahmin in order to infiltrate a palace and kill the king. (156 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
12.
Vasthavam (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(145 mins.)
Director: M. Padmakumar
 
13.
Kamaladalam (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of love, grief and betrayal with the back drop of dance and arts. (154 mins.)
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
14.
Vargam (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: M. Padmakumar
 
15.
Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) led by Sethuram Iyer investigate an unnatural death. (137 mins.)
Director: K. Madhu
 
16.
Vatsalyam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Familial strife follows a marriage across social classes.
Director: Cochin Hanifa
 
17.
Aranyakam (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: T. Hariharan
 
18.
Devasuram (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The heir to a village elder's family squanders his inheritance and bullies all and sundry. (187 mins.)
Director: I.V. Sasi
 
19.
Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young man marries a Tamil girl, and fearing his family, he brings her to the house as a servant. Problem starts when his elder brothers falls for her too. (160 mins.)
Director: Rajasenan
 
20.
Manichithrathazhu (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed. (169 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
21.
Amaram (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
22.
No: 20 Madras Mail (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
23.
Utharam (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
One fine morning, not any different from every other day, a promising poet shoots herself. Leaving no trace of motive, her husband's best friend and journalist, Balu embarks on a journey to find the truth.
Director: V.K. Pavithran
 
24.
In Harihar Nagar (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Four unemployed men try to impress a new neighbor. Hilarity ensues, until the antagonist puts in an appearance. (133 mins.)
 
25.
Mathilukal (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Confined to the narrow space of a prison cell, Bashir falls in love with a woman in the neighbouring prison compound... (120 mins.)
 
26.
Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The film offers an alternative version of the epic battle between two legendary Chekavars from the villain's perspective. (168 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
27.
Varavelpu (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man tries to do good for the community but is thwarted by the corruption of the local government. (144 mins.)
 
28.
Thaniyavartanam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A school teacher living in a village belongs to a family with a history of lunatic males, and soon he falls prey despite being normal due to society misinterpreting his actions.
Director: Sibi Malayil
 
29.
Traffic (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The lives of some different people get intertwined when a girl is in urgent need of a heart transplant with the only heart donor being many miles of traffic away. (122 mins.)
Director: Rajesh Pillai
 
30.
Bharatham (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.
Thazhvaram (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man comes to an isolated valley to take revenge on his friend who murdered his wife. (130 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
32.
Vellanakalude Naadu (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A PWD contracter and his old love life (129 mins.)
Director: Priyadarshan
 
33.
Thirakkatha (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Film director Akbar, after his extremely successful first film, decides to base his second film on the life of a very popular yesteryear actress Malavika, whose present whereabouts are not known.
Director: Renjith
 
34.
Aaram Thamburan (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A stranger comes to live in a small town and rapidly changes the local balance of power. (163 mins.)
Director: Shaji Kailas
 
35.
Sargam (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(141 mins.)
Director: T. Hariharan
 
36.
Moonnam Pakkam (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An old man spends his life in solitude awaiting his grandson to come for vacation after 6 years. He thought he was the most happiest man in the world until he found out that fate has something unpredictable for him. (114 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
37.
Ramji Rav Speaking (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Three unemployed men find answers to all their financial problems when they decide to get involved in a kidnapping scheme. (150 mins.)
 
38.
Sandesham (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents. (138 mins.)
 
39.
Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Meenakshi is confused between the word her father had given to Akhilachandran and her love. (155 mins.)
Director: Kamal
 
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41.
Sarvakalasala (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
This story deals with an orphan named Lal who keeps studying in a college even though he has earned three Masters Degrees. Various events happening in the college form the plot of the story.
Director: Venu Nagavalli
 
42.
Thalavattam (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
43.
Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Story of a wife who has to deal with her lazy, immature and irresponsible husband. (158 mins.)
Director: Sreenivasan
 
44.
Kaliyattam (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An adaptation of "Othello" set in the south Indian state of Kerala. (130 mins.)
 
45.
Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Bharathan
 
46.
Padheyam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: Bharathan
 
47.
Mazhavil Kavadi (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(143 mins.)
 
48.
Dhruvam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
49.
Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A couple who lost their daughter in an accident decides to adopt a girl from the local orphanage. But problems arise when the child's real mother seeks to find her. (116 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
50.
Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Girly, who has a serious brain disease, spends her final days with her Grandma. (130 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
51.
Spadikam (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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
 
52.
Perumthachan (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Kerala Legend, a pious and respected 'Perumthachan' or master carpenter of mixed background, builds... (140 mins.)
Director: Ajayan
 
53.
Pavithram (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young man's relationship with his career, fiancee and brother is brought under stress by the birth of an unexpected sister.
Director: Rajeev Kumar
 
54.
Godfather (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two youngsters from rival clans fall in love. (150 mins.)