The 50 best films of Mammootty

by BudStamperOK | created - 01 Jan 2012 | updated - 04 Feb 2012 | Public

I am sure most of you will not agree with the number one movie on this list. But Mammootty was just sensational in Sangham. I do not know many of the films he made in the early 80s. I am sure some of them should have been on this list. And there is only one film from his post-2000s filmography. I have not watched Sukritham which I have heard is a classic.

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1. Sangham (1988)

129 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Joshi | Stars: Asiz, Prathapa Chandran, Jagadish, Ganesh Kumar

Votes: 100

This film rules! Mammootty and Thilakan were great as a father-son duo. Mammootty always excels in Christian roles. The long fight with Prayikyar Appa was great too.

2. Thaniyavartanam (1987)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

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: 498

A man thinks he is going crazy as a result of the rituals and superstitions in his highly religious family. This was hailed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan as one of the best films of the year.

3. Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu (1987)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sreedharan, a simpleton tries to impress his nephew 'Ashwathi' and decides to marry her, but under several circumstances he came to know her tragic past and helps her.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mammootty, Neena Kurup, Suresh Gopi, Sreenivasan

Votes: 156

Wonderful morally repugnant comedy about a middle aged mechanic desperately trying to marry his beautiful but arrogant and obnoxious modern cousin. Sreenivasan as the Chinese cook was outrageous.

4. Utharam (1989)

Drama, Mystery

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: 224

Nice murder mystery though the ending ruined it a little bit. Suparna Anand was adorable while Sukumaran was great as the desolate husband.

5. Nair Saab (1989)

Action, Thriller

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 | Stars: Mammootty, Mukesh, Suresh Gopi, Lalu Alex

Votes: 317

The first half was a slap stick comedy. The second half was unnecessarily melodramatic. Great entertainment, nonetheless.

6. Mrigaya (1989)

142 min | Adventure, Drama

A remote village in Kerala hires a hunter to kill a ferocious leopard.

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mammootty, Lalu Alex, Paravoor Bharathan, Mahesh

Votes: 510

Just wonderful, Mammootty in a truly unique role as Varunni, the tiger hunter. It really is a unique I.V.Sasi film.

7. Kottayam Kunjachan (1990)

Action, Comedy, Drama

The story revolves around Kottayam' Kunjachan (Mammotty), an erstwhile thug, has just been released from jail.

Director: T.S. Suresh Babu | Stars: Mammootty, Babu Antony, Mala Aravindan, Baiju

Votes: 368

Truly hilarious action movie about warring Christian families. Sukumaran and his gang were great too. Their entry in the movie (in a jeep) was sensational and was one of the highlights of my childhood movie going experiences.

8. Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988)

137 min | Mystery, Thriller

Prabhakara Varma is called upon to investigate the death of Omana, the daughter-in-law of a local businessman. It looks like a suicide but, Varma is sure that is not so.

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

Votes: 1,498

Excellent murder mystery. Mammootty was brilliant as Sethu Ram Iyer.

9. Yavanika (1982)

147 min | Mystery

Yavanika (The Curtain) 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: 405

A superior murder mystery compared to Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, but Mammootty is not really the central character. The film has some excellent songs and features sensational performances by Bharat Gopi and Jalaja.

10. Aavanazhi (1986)

Not Rated | 156 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mammootty, Geetha, Sukumaran, Janardanan

Votes: 197

Police brutality! But Mammootty was sensational as Inspector Balram. Nobody can play a cop like Mammootty.

Mammootty as a vagabond who befriends a woman and her kid who are literally living off the land. But it all ends in tragedy when the woman's husband turns up.

12. Koodevide? (1983)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama

Alice, who lives with her brother, is a teacher at a convent school in Ooty. A neglected and unruly son of a MP, Xavier Puthooran joins the school in Alice's class. Alice manages to turn ... See full summary »

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Suhasini, Mammootty, Rahman, Jose Prakash

Votes: 148

Shobana was so adorable back in the day. The "oru madhura kinavin" song is a classic. Mamootty was playing mature roles even as early as 83.

13. Kanamarayathu (1984)

130 min | Drama

A young girl who is brought up in an orphanage starts college in a different city where she meets her sponsor (whom she doesn't recognize) - a chronic bachelor and another young man who is all smitten by her.

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mammootty, Shobana, Rahman, Seema

Votes: 90

Tale of jealousy, Mammootty was excellent as an older man jealous of the budding friendship between Suhasini (a teacher) and Rahman (her student).

14. Vidheyan (1994)

112 min | Drama

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.

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan | Stars: M.R. Gopakumar, Mammootty, Tanvi Azmi, Sabitha Anand

Votes: 351

One of Mammootty's best villains (he hasn't played too many). He really nailed the character.

15. Ponthan Mada (1994)

119 min | Drama

Set in 1940s, the low-caste Ponthan Mada bonds with his colonial landlord Sheema Thampuran, who was expelled to British India from England during his youth for supporting the Irish ... See full summary »

Director: T.V. Chandran | Stars: Mammootty, Laboni Sarkar, Naseeruddin Shah

Votes: 333

Mammootty and Naseruddin Shah in a film directed by T.V.Chandran. There is a great scene when Mada's woman (whom he couldn't protect) asks him to go along with her.

16. Golanthara Vartha (1993)

Comedy, Drama

The film revolves around an active social worker, Rameshan Nair. He was leading a happy family life but problems begin when a girl enters his life.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Shobana, Sreenivasan, Kanaka, K.P.A.C. Lalitha

Votes: 123

Just a treat. Sathyan Anthikad really captured the mood of the Kerala village very well.

17. Kauravar (1992)

157 min | Crime, Drama

A killer protects his daughter from his vengeful group of criminals

Director: Joshi | Stars: Babu Antony, Kunchan, Mammootty, Murali

Votes: 294

Excellent revenge flick. Though it became quite sentimental towards the end.

18. Amaram (1991)

150 min | Drama

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: 1,308

One of Mammootty's most famous films where he plays a fisherman who finds it hard to deal with the illiterate lover of his daughter.

19. Samrajyam (1990)

122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

The movie narrates the story of an underworld Don's upraise and fall.

Director: Jomon | Stars: Mammootty, Captain Raju, Madhu, Srividya

Votes: 243

Stylish underworld flick. Its a bit high up in the list, but the film was a novelty back in the day.

20. Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu (1990)

140 min | Mystery, Thriller

When an elderly and socially well-respected judge is found murdered in a series of gruesome killings involving elderly victims, a cop must revisit history and start with an old unsolved ... See full synopsis »

Director: Joshi | Stars: Lalu Alex, Azeez, Paravoor Bharathan, Chitra

Votes: 194

I bet not many of you have seen this film. It was a colossal flop. But it is a solid and eerie murder mystery if you ask me.

21. Charithram (1989)

Mystery, Thriller

Philip is desperate to prove that Raju is not his brother but a lookalike and an imposter. Together with his trusted friends, he repeatedly tries to test him in order to expose him.

Director: G.S. Vijayan | Stars: Rahman, Shobana, Lizy, Janardanan

Votes: 64

Really intriguing, albeit far fetched thriller.

22. Thanthram (1988)

Action, Mystery, Thriller

The mysterious demise of her husband sees the widow fighting against his family who are after his enormous wealth.

Director: Joshi | Stars: Mammootty, Urvashi, Jagannatha Varma, Ratheesh

Votes: 44

Mammootty as a geeky lawyer.

23. August 1 (1988)

Action, Thriller

A Crime Branch Detective fights the clock to prevent a looming assassination attempt on the Kerala Chief Minister's life.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mammootty, Captain Raju, Prathapachandran, Jagadish

Votes: 237

Mammootty as Perumal, another of his badass cop roles. Captain Raju was also great as the villain. Sukumaran and Sunny were stellar in their supporting roles.

24. New Delhi (1987)

143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A journalist is illegally jailed for exposing two corrupt politicians, He exacts revenge through his new mysterious newspaper.

Director: Joshi | Stars: Jeetendra, Mammootty, Sumalatha, Devan

Votes: 596

Malayalam commercial cinema was excellent back in the 80s. Thyagarajan was a rage for a while after he appeared in this film.

25. Pranamam (1986)


The story revolves around a group of drug addicted college students. Usha(Suhasini) is a journalist who is trying to help them to recover from the addiction with the help of a cop(Mammootty... See full summary »

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Suhasini, Asokan, Vineeth, Babu Antony

Votes: 43

There was a great scene when KPAC Lalita comes to claim her younger brother (played by Vineeth). Mammootty played a cop yet again.

26. Kariyila Kattu Pole (1986)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Deputy Superintendent of Police Achuthankutty tries to solve the mystery of film director Harikrishnan's death. Three women are the main suspects.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mohanlal, Mammootty, Rahman, Karthika

Votes: 334

War of the sexes and a murder investigation. Famous for the sinister bed that leads to an accidental death.

27. Dany (2002)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

Watch the full movie, Dany online, only on Eros Now. Dany, who lives an isolated life, meets Bhargavi. They both develop a camaraderie. But when Dany dies, Bhargavi fights to perform his Christian funeral rites amidst orthodox Hindus.

Director: T.V. Chandran | Stars: Mammootty, Vani Viswanathan, Mallika Sarabhai, Siddique

Votes: 120

Not entirely convincing take on Indian history alongside the life of an idle and unambitious man.

28. Oru Maravathoor Kanavu (1998)

140 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Director: Lal Jose | Stars: Mammootty, Biju Menon, Mohini, Sreenivasan

Votes: 213

Mamootty always does wonderfully well in these Nadan Christiani roles. The sexist scene where he gives advice to Divya Unni was hilarious.

Mammootty as a handicapped school teacher. The film has a very tragic ending.

30. Mazhayethum Munpe (1995)

138 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman falls in love with her college professor, while the professor wants to marry his sick childhood love.

Director: Kamal | Stars: Mammootty, Shobana, Annie, Sreenivasan

Votes: 339

Love triangle featuring the adorable Annie.

Nice little action thriller. Mammootty was excellent as Nathu.

32. Inspector Balram (1991)

88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Kannur-based Circle Inspector Balram is married to Seetha, and has a daughter, Amrtha. He faces a lot of hostility, was suspended from work, and even imprisoned, due to his honesty. While ... See full summary »

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mammootty, Murali, Kiran Kumar, M.G. Soman

Votes: 222

A pretty worthy sequel to AVANAZHI.

33. Adayalam (1991)

Latha (Rekha) who is running her father's business empire after he suffered a debilitating stroke, receives a call from a mysterious stranger Raji, threatening to reveal embarrassing ... See full summary »

Director: K. Madhu | Stars: Lalu Alex, Janardanan, Kalpana, Kunchan

Votes: 53

Features that famous goofy song that goes JAMES BOND, SUPERPOWER, NEEYEN MUNNIL KAALATAVAL. SECRET AGENT AAYI KUTTAKARE THEDAN :) :) :) which I used to love as a kid.

34. Iyer the Great (1990)

Not Rated | 123 min | Thriller

Vaikundam Soorya Narayana Iyer (Mammootty ), a normal business executive leads a normal family life along with his wife and his mother . One day, up on climbing a tall tree in order to ... See full summary »

Director: Bhadran | Stars: Devan, Geetha, Mammootty, Ratheesh

Votes: 194

Plot borrowed from a number of Hollywood movies but still a very entertaining watch.

35. Akkare (1984)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

Gopi is having a moderate but highly respected life as a Tehsildar(regional land and tax officer) but his wife wants more.

Director: K.N. Sasidharan | Stars: Gopi, Madhavi, Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu

Votes: 66

More of a Bharat Gopi film.

36. Poovinnu Puthiya Poonthennal (1986)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A man takes in a child he finds on the street, and saves him from the clutches of two killers, as he tries to unlock the mystery and origins of the child.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Babu Antony, Suresh Gopi, Mammootty, Nadia Moidu

Votes: 63

This film had great music.

37. Arappatta Kettiya Graamathil (1986)

109 min | Drama

The movie narrates the story of three friends' visit to a brothel to celebrate Vishu.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mammootty, Asokan, Nedumudi Venu, Sukumari

Votes: 176

Mammootty was great as Sakaria. The film was excellent until they ruined it towards the end. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a bad remake of this movie.

Mammootty as a moody and hot tempered school teacher.

39. Kuttettan (1990)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Joshi | Stars: Mammootty, Jagadish, Saritha, Mathu

Votes: 110

Mammootty plays a casanova. This was a hilarious film.

40. Pranchiyettan and the Saint (2010)

140 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Renjith | Stars: Mammootty, Jesse Fox Allen, Priyamani, Siddique

Votes: 3,224

One of the better films in the post-2000 dark ages of Malayalam cinema. Though Mammootty is the only good thing in the whole film.

41. No: 20 Madras Mail (1990)

177 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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: 814

Mammootty was one of the few good things in this otherwise over the top rubbish.

42. Thalapathi (1991)

Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An orphan named Surya raised in a slum befriends a good crime boss named Devaraj and works for him. Their existence is threatened when a new honest district collector arrives.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana, Arvind Swamy

Votes: 6,733

Overtly stylish Manirathnam flick. Mammootty's dancing was worse than Sunny Deol's :)

43. Azhakiya Ravanan (1996)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

A millionaire (Mammootty) returns to his village without disclosing who he was in the village.

Director: Kamal | Stars: Mammootty, Sreenivasan, Bhanupriya, Biju Menon

Votes: 493

Good over the top fun. Once again, Mammootty has to literally carry this film as an morally repugnant film producer.

A bit of a lost gem with Mammootty as a middle aged man who develops feelings for a teenage girl. And she reciprocates his feelings. Kalabhavan Mani made an impact as a drunk electrician.

Goofy Balachandra Menon directed film with Mammootty as a fruity politician.

46. Kalikkalam (1990)

Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Kalikkalam unveils the of a burglar who is known by different names in different places.He is a kind person and uses the money burgled to help poor and orphans. During one of his burglaries... See full summary »

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mammootty, Murali, Sreenivasan, Shobana

Votes: 191

Mammootty as an ingenious thief with a good heart.

47. Adikkurippu (1989)

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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

Votes: 99

Excellent thriller with Sukumaran as a wily chief minister and Jagathi Sreekumar in the rare role of a victim.

48. Mudra (1989)

120 min | Drama

The movie revolves around a bunch of inmates in a Juvenile home and the movie depicts several corruptions happening in such a facility.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mammootty, Baiju, Mahesh, Karamana Janardanan Nair

Votes: 50

Mammootty as a no nonsense but good hearted supervisor of a boys reform school.

49. The King (1995)

198 min | Action, Thriller

A firebrand bureaucrat takes on a corrupt elected representative involved in terror plots.

Director: Shaji Kailas | Stars: Mammootty, Murali, Vani Viswanathan, Ganesh Kumar

Votes: 610

Not my favorite Shaji Kailas film. But its worth a watch. Mammootty carries this ridiculous film on his shoulders.

50. Dhruvam (1993)

Not Rated | 138 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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: 611

Boy, this film had some starcast - Mammootty, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi and Vikram. But it was a bit of a damp squib.