The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made

This list of the best Tamil movies ever made has been ranked by fans and critics. These good Tamil films entertain fans and international audiences around the globe. Tamil cinema, also known as Kollywood, comes from India, featuring the Tamil language. The top Tamil movies are hugely popular and widely loved. You'll quickly see that this list is more than just a top 20 Tamil movie list. You get to help decide the best of the best with your votes.

What are the best Tamil movies of all time? This list of the top Tamil films includes the greatest movies in the history of Tamil cinema. It includes popular titles like Baashha, Mouna Ragam, and Thalapathi, as well as titles like Vishwaroopam and controversial Tamil films like Anima and Persona. There are even a few Tamil comedy films on this list.

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  • Love is God
    Kamal Haasan, Nassar, R. Madhavan
    2,766 votes
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Sundar C.
    Anbe Sivam is a 2003 Indian Tamil drama film written by Kamal Haasan and directed by Sundar C. The film follows the events of an unexpected journey from Bhubaneswar to Chennai which is undertaken by ...more
  • Nayakan
    Kamal Hassan, Saranya Ponvannan, Janakaraj
    3,803 votes
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Mani Ratnam
    An aging Mafia don looks for a way to go out painlessly.

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  • Thalapathi
    Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Amrish Puri
    2,844 votes
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Mani Ratnam
    Thalapathi is a 1991 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Mani Ratnam and produced by G. Venkateswaran under the banner of G. V. Films. It stars Rajinikanth, Mammootty and Shobana in the ...more
  • Thevar Magan

    Thevar Magan

    Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Revathi
    2,235 votes
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Bharathan
    Thevar Magan is a 1992 Indian Tamil drama film produced by, written by and starring Kamal Haasan in the title role. It was directed by Bharathan and also stars Sivaji Ganesan, Nassar, Revathi and ...more
  • Mudhalvan
    Sushmita Sen, Cochin Haneefa, Vadivelu
    1,618 votes
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: S. Shankar
    Mudhalvan is a 1999 Tamil political thriller film co-written, directed and co-produced by S. Shankar. The film features Arjun, Manisha Koirala and Raghuvaran in the lead roles with Manivannan, ...more
  • Indian
    Kamal Hassan, Aruna Irani, Manisha Koirala
    2,491 votes
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: S. Shankar
    An honest veteran, having served in the Indian Army, decides to teach corrupt officials a lesson. He targets officials, ministers, and bureaucrats to make them work diligently without accepting ...more