Malayalam Movies

by vv-vishnuvijay | last updated - 16 Feb 2013 | Public

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)

151 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

8.7
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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.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mohanlal, Sumalatha, Parvathi, Asokan

Votes: 2,126

2. Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986)

137 min | Romance

8.6
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A man falls in love with his new neighbor but then finds that her family life is difficult.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mohanlal, Shari, Thilakan, Vineeth

Votes: 1,224

3. Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009)

Crime, Drama, History

7.7
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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 | Stars: Mammootty, T. Damodaran, Sasi Kalinga, Suresh Krishna

Votes: 1,031

4. Chithram (1988)

159 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.7
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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.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Renjini, Poornam Vishwanathan

Votes: 2,548

5. Yavanika (1982)

147 min | Drama

7.9
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Yavanika (The Curtain)...is the search for the truth..the truth behind the curtain (as it always be..), slowly unfolds as the story progress in a rapid pace and finally splits wide to it's ... See full summary »

Director: K.G. George | Stars: Gopi, Jalaja, Venu Nagavalli, Thilakan

Votes: 382

6. Piravi (1988)

110 min | Drama

7.6
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Raghu, the only son of Raghava Chakyar was born late for him. So he poured his entire love and affection on him. Raghu, studying in an engineering college in a far away city has to arrive ... See full summary »

Director: Shaji N. Karun | Stars: Premji, Archana, Lakshmi Krishnamurthy, V.K. Sriraman

Votes: 187

7. Kilukkam (1991)

155 min | Comedy, Family

8.6
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A tourist guide finds himself taking care of a mentally challenged girl with a troubled past.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Jagathi Sreekumar, Revathy, Thilakan

Votes: 1,912

8. Manivatharile Aayiram Sivarathrikal (1987)

Drama, Romance

7.1
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Veena, a teenager, goes to visit her maternal grandfather in Ooty with her father to attend her mother's 13th death anniversary, where she learns about her parents' love story.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mammootty, Suhasini, M.G. Soman, Devan

Votes: 70

9. Yaathra (1985)

124 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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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. An orphan and a forest officer by ... See full summary »

Director: Balu Mahendra | Stars: Mammootty, Shobana, Adoor Bhasi, Thilakan

Votes: 180

10. Kireedam (1989)

124 min | Action, Drama

8.9
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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.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Parvathi

Votes: 3,071

11. His Highness Abdullah (1990)

156 min | Drama, Musical, Thriller

7.9
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A qawwali singer passes as a Brahmin in order to infiltrate a palace and kill the king.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Gautami, Sreenivasan

Votes: 914

12. Vasthavam (2006)

145 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.1
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Director: M. Padmakumar | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Kavya Madhavan, Jagathi Sreekumar, V.K. Sriraman

Votes: 277

13. Kamaladalam (1992)

154 min

7.7
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The story of love, grief and betrayal with the back drop of dance and arts.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Monisha, Parvathi, Nedumudi Venu

Votes: 330

14. Vargam (2006)

Action, Crime

6.5
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Director: M. Padmakumar | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Renuka Menon, Devan, Vijayaraghavan

Votes: 85

15. Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988)

137 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) led by Sethuram Iyer investigate an unnatural death.

Director: K. Madhu | Stars: Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jagathi Sreekumar, Janardanan

Votes: 1,256

16. Vatsalyam (1993)

Drama

8.1
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Raghavan, a farmer, devotes his life to ensure that his brother Vijayakumaran gets educated. But with time and under the influence of his rich wife, Vijayakumaran ends up destroying all relationships.

Director: Cochin Hanifa | Stars: Mammootty, Geetha, Siddique, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Votes: 651

17. Aranyakam (1988)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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When feudal lords try to exploit the tribal people, a group of naxals put up resistance. The feudal lords decide to suppress the resistance. Who will emerge triumphant in the fight for justice?

Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Saleena, Devan, Vineeth, Parvathi

Votes: 83

18. Devasuram (1993)

187 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.7
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The heir to a village elder's family squanders his inheritance and bullies all and sundry.

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mohanlal, Revathy, Nedumudi Venu, Innocent Vareed Thekkethala

Votes: 2,719

19. Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993)

160 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.7
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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.

Director: Rajasenan | Stars: Jayaram, Narendra Prasad, Meena, Janardanan

Votes: 387

20. Manichithrathazhu (1993)

169 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

8.9
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When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Vinaya Prasad

Votes: 4,435

21. Amaram (1991)

150 min | Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Mammootty, Mathu, Murali, Asokan

Votes: 1,116

22. No: 20 Madras Mail (1990)

177 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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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.

Directors: Joshi, Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Mammootty, M.G. Soman, Suchitra

Votes: 775

23. Utharam (1989)

Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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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 | Stars: Mammootty, Sukumaran, Parvathi, Suparna Anand

Votes: 212

24. In Harihar Nagar (1990)

133 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.7
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Four unemployed men try to impress a new neighbor. Hilarity ensues, until the antagonist puts in an appearance.

Directors: Lal, Siddique | Stars: Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish, Asokan

Votes: 1,764

25. Mathilukal (1990)

120 min

7.7
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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. They are separated by a high wall so that they never see each other and... See full summary »

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: Mammootty, Thilakan, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Murali

Votes: 361

26. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)

168 min | Action, Drama, History

8.6
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The film offers an alternative version of the epic battle between two legendary Chekavars from the villain's perspective.

Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Balan K. Nair, Madhavi

Votes: 1,979

27. Varavelpu (1989)

144 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A man tries to do good for the community but is thwarted by the corruption of the local government.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mohanlal, Revathy, Murali, Sreenivasan

Votes: 1,019

28. Thaniyavartanam (1987)

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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 | Stars: Asha Jayaram, Baby Kottarakara, Mammootty, Valsala Menon

Votes: 445

29. Traffic (2011)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.1
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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.

Director: Rajesh Pillai | Stars: Sreenivasan, Kunchacko Boban, Sudip Joshy, Rahman

Votes: 2,812

30. Bharatham (1991)

147 min | Musical, Drama

8.5
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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.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Urvashi, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Votes: 1,304

31. Thazhvaram (1990)

130 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

8.1
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A man comes to an isolated valley to take revenge on his friend who murdered his wife.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Mohanlal, Salim Ghouse, Sumalatha, Anju

Votes: 413

32. Vellanakalude Naadu (1988)

129 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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A PWD contracter and his old love life

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Sreenivasan, Karamana Janardanan Nair

Votes: 621

33. Thirakkatha (2008)

Drama, Romance

7.5
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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 | Stars: Priyamani, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Anoop Menon, Samvrutha Sunil

Votes: 508

34. Aaram Thamburan (1997)

163 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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A stranger comes to live in a small town and rapidly changes the local balance of power.

Director: Shaji Kailas | Stars: Mohanlal, Kollam Ajith, Alleppey Ashraf, Augustine

Votes: 1,737

35. Sargam (1992)

141 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Vineeth, Manoj K. Jayan, Rambha, Urmila Unni

Votes: 130

36. Moonnam Pakkam (1988)

114 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Jagathi N.K. Achari, Ajayan, Asokan, Jayabharati

Votes: 564

37. Ramji Rav Speaking (1989)

150 min | Comedy, Crime

8.6
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Three unemployed men find answers to all their financial problems when they decide to get involved in a kidnapping scheme.

Directors: Lal, Siddique | Stars: Saikumar, Mukesh, Innocent Vareed Thekkethala, Rekha Mallick

Votes: 1,638

38. Sandesham (1991)

138 min | Comedy, Drama

8.9
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A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Thilakan, Mathu

Votes: 1,733

39. Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997)

155 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Meenakshi is confused between the word her father had given to Akhilachandran and her love.

Director: Kamal | Stars: Jayaram, Manju Warrier, Biju Menon, Balachandra Menon

Votes: 197

40. T.P. Balagopalan M.A. (1986)

Drama, Comedy

7.8
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The story revolves around a good,down-to-earth T.P Balagopalan(Mohanlal) who has a part time with small salary.The story starts when he falls in love with Anitha(Shobhana) who is in need of... See full summary »

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Maniyanpilla Raju, Balan K. Nair

Votes: 452

41. Sarvakalasala (1987)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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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 | Stars: Mohanlal, Jagathi Sreekumar, Sukumaran, Adoor Bhasi

Votes: 263

42. Thalavattam (1986)

147 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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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). Story progresses as Vinod recovers with the help of Dr. Savithri, ... See full summary »

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, M.G. Soman, Karthika

Votes: 797

43. Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998)

158 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Story of a wife who has to deal with her lazy, immature and irresponsible husband.

Director: Sreenivasan | Stars: Sreenivasan, Sangeetha, Thilakan, Innocent Vareed Thekkethala

Votes: 915

44. Kaliyattam (1997)

130 min | Drama

7.4
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An adaptation of "Othello" set in the south Indian state of Kerala.

Director: Jayaraaj | Stars: Suresh Gopi, Lal, Manju Warrier, Biju Menon

Votes: 200

45. Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu Vettam (1987)

Drama

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A sad teacher couple do not have any children until their family friend's daughter comes to live with them. She was in love with a person and her father turned her out of her house. The couple now accept her as their own daughter.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Nedumudi Venu, Sharada, Parvathi, Devan

Votes: 107

46. Padheyam (1993)

140 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Bharathan | Stars: Mammootty, Chippy, Nedumudi Venu, Sasikala

Votes: 119

47. Mazhavil Kavadi (1989)

143 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Jayaram, Sithara, Urvashi, Innocent Vareed Thekkethala

Votes: 169

48. Dhruvam (1993)

Action, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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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 | Stars: Mammootty, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Janardanan

Votes: 557

49. Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983)

116 min | Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Gopi, Sangeeta Naik, Mohanlal, Shalini

Votes: 70

50. Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu (1984)

130 min | Family

7.7
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An 'out of town' girl on an unannounced visit change the lives of her lonely grandma and several other people in the neighbourhood by her spirited and naughty ways.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mohanlal, Padmini, Nadia Moidu, Fazil

Votes: 272

51. Spadikam (1995)

150 min | Action, Drama

8.6
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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). Frustrated with his father's ... See full summary »

Director: Bhadran | Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Sphadikam George, Urvashi

Votes: 2,581

52. Perumthachan (1990)

140 min

7.7
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In Kerala Legend, a pious and respected 'Perumthachan' or master carpenter of mixed background, builds temples and statues which is renowned all over kerala. He falls in love with the '... See full summary »

Director: Ajayan | Stars: Manoj K. Jayan, Monisha, Prashanth, Thilakan

Votes: 296

53. Pavithram (1994)

Comedy, Drama

7.8
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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 | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Vinduja Menon, K.P.A.C. Lalitha

Votes: 415

54. Godfather (1991)

150 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.5
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Two youngsters from rival clans fall in love.

Directors: Lal, Siddique | Stars: N.N. Pillai, Mukesh, Kanaka, Philomina

Votes: 1,605