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 man falls in love with his new neighbor but then finds that her family life is difficult. (137 mins.)
Director: P. Padmarajan
 
3.
Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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 7.1/10 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 8.1/10 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 8.7/10 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 7.2/10 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 8.7/10 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 8.1/10 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 8.3/10 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 8.5/10 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 7.9/10 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 7.4/10 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 8.6/10 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 7.9/10 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 8.1/10 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 7.1/10 X  
Director: Bharathan
 
46.
Padheyam (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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  
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. (130 mins.)
Director: Fazil
 
51.
Spadikam (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 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.)