Top 15 Malayalam Films of 2019 (Critics' Choice)

by nairtejas | created - 20 Jan 2019 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

These are the best Malayalam films of 2019 as selected by eminent critics. This list takes into consideration the reviews and ratings by, (K R Rejeesh and S Mullappilly), Lensmen Reviews (Aswin Bharadwaj S), (Neelima Menon), Film Companion (various reviewers), and Veeyen.

Because a lot of times we need the perspective of multiple people to come to a meaningful conclusion, I have started this new list of the top films in Mollywood that came out in 2019. You can also browse my other lists here:

The films are updated every week or two and are ranked on the basis of their aggregate score, which is a mean value of all the ratings given by the critics. Because not all films are reviewed by every critic, a title is added into this list only if it has been reviewed by four or more people/publications (including me). So, in essence, all Malayalam films releasing between January 2019 and December 2019 will be considered by these six critics + me.

Appreciate your constructive thoughts in the comments section below. Thank you and enjoy! For more such analyses, visit my blog -

Last updated: 13 January 2020.

Past Honorees: Ambili, Kakshi: Amminippilla, And the Oscar Goes To..., Luca, June, Lucifer, Athiran, Satyam Paranja Viswasikkuvo, Praana, Oru Yamandan Premakadha, Vijay Superum Pournamiyum, Vaarikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam, 9, Madhuraraja, Allu Ramendran, Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu.

Half-yearly rankings: 15 Best Malayalam Movies of 2019 So Far


Note: Only films with at least 4 critics' ratings (out of 7) for each of them are selected.

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1. Kumbalangi Nights (2019)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The film revolves around four brothers who share a love-hate relationship with each other. Their relationship progresses to another level when Saji, Boney, and Franky decide to help Bobby stand by his love.

Director: Madhu C. Narayanan | Stars: Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir, Fahadh Faasil, Sreenath Bhasi

Votes: 4,614

Rated the highest by Veeyen (assumed 9 stars). Read my review -

2. Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 (2019)

140 min | Comedy, Drama

Story of a conventional, conservative small town villager and his son who has to move away from home due to his profession. Their relationship gets an endearing twist when an AI humanoid enters their lives and fills in their emptiness.

Director: Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval | Stars: Soubin Shahir, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kendy Zirdo, Saiju Kurup

Votes: 1,965

Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review -

3. Jallikattu (2019)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A portrait of a remote village where a buffalo escapes and causes a frenzy of ecstatic violence.

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery | Stars: Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, Santhy Balachandran

Votes: 2,159

Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review -

4. Virus (I) (2019)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Thriller

A real life account of the deadly Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, and the courageous fight put on by several individuals which helped to contain the epidemic.

Director: Aashiq Abu | Stars: Parvathy Thiruvothu, Tovino Thomas, Asif Ali, Soubin Shahir

Votes: 2,204

Rated the highest by Film Companion (assumed 9 stars). Read my review -

5. The Elder One (2019)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A transgender child from Lakshadweep sets off to Mumbai in pursuit of Akbar, an elder brother who left the island due to his sexual orientation.

Director: Geethu Mohandas | Stars: Nivin Pauly, Shashank Arora, Sanjana Dipu, Sobhita Dhulipala

Votes: 371

Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my MAMI MFF review -

6. Helen (V) (2019)

117 min | Drama, Thriller

An ordinary suburban girl suddenly disappears, leaving her loved ones in a desperate search as she must face the ultimate battle - the one for her life.

Director: Mathukutty Xavier | Stars: Anna Ben, Lal, Noble Babu Thomas, Aju Varghese

Votes: 803

Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review -

7. Thanneermathan Dinangal (2019)

136 min | Comedy, Romance

A rom-com based in a school where a schoolteacher named Ravi Padmanabhan comes into the lives of Jason and his friends.

Director: Girish A.D. | Stars: Vineeth Sreenivasan, Mathew Thomas, Anaswara Rajan, Nalsen K. Gafoor

Votes: 1,468

Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review -

8. Finals (I) (2019)

122 min | Drama, Sport

The film revolves around the struggles faced by Alice, a cyclist.

Director: P.R. Arun | Stars: Rajisha Vijayan, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Niranjan, Maniyanpilla Raju

Votes: 85

Rated almost equally by everyone.

9. Unda (2019)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

The film narrates the events that occur when a unit of policemen from Kerala reach the Naxalite prone areas in North India for election duty.

Director: Khalid Rahman | Stars: Mammootty, Asif Ali, Dileesh Pothan, Shine Tom Chacko

Votes: 2,445

Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review -

10. Ishq (2019)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Two youngsters who try to find joy after they lose out on love and their need for a mutual trust to sustain love and happiness.

Director: Anuraj Manohar | Stars: Shane Nigam, Ann Sheetal, Shine Tom Chacko, Jaffer Idukki

Votes: 1,268

Rated the lowest by Film Companion (assumed 6 stars). Read my review -

11. Thamaasha (2019)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

A funny and naughty male teacher and his encounters with love

Director: Ashraf Hamza | Stars: Vinay Forrt, Chinnu Chandni Nair, Navas Vallikkunnu, Divya Prabha

Votes: 660

Rated the highest by Lensmen and Veeyen (8 stars). Read my review -

12. Uyare (2019)

125 min | Drama

Pallavi is a strong-willed woman who has always aspired to become a pilot. How she gets back on her feet through sheer resilience after being beset by a series of personal crises forms the crux of the film.

Director: Manu Ashokan | Stars: Parvathy Thiruvothu, Tovino Thomas, Asif Ali, Siddique

Votes: 1,609

Rated the lowest by me (4 stars). Read my review -

13. Vikruthi (2019)

123 min | Comedy

Sameer, an expatriate and Eldho, a school peon. During one of Sameer's vacation, both of their lives take an intriguing turn because of the misuse of social media.

Director: Emcy Joseph | Stars: Suraj Venjaramoodu, Soubin Shahir, Vincy Aloshious, Sudhi Koppa

Votes: 352

Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review -

14. Kettiyollaanu Ente Maalakha (2019)

135 min | Comedy

Sleevachan is a farmer and the sole breadwinner of his family. After getting all his sisters married, he decides to marry himself. As the wedding date approaches, Sleevachan worries about how his married life will go.

Director: Nissam Basheer | Stars: Asif Ali, Veena Nandhakumar, Manohari Joy, Basil Joseph

Votes: 542

Rated almost equally by everyone. Read my review -

15. Thottappan (2019)

140 min | Drama

Thottappan starts with the story of two thieves in an island village of Rural-Kochi, Ithakk and Johnappan. They both are hard-core friends and operate robberies together for years.

Director: Shanavas K. Bavakutty | Stars: Vinayakan, Priyamvada Krishnan, Manoj K. Jayan, Manu Jose

Votes: 55

Rated the highest by NowRunning (7.5 stars).

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