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The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made 

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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.

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 newer titles like Vishwaroopam and controversial Tamil films like Anima and Persona.

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Nayakan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Tinnu Anand

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mani Ratnam

Nayakan, also known as Nayagan, is a 1987 Indian Tamil crime drama film written and directed by Mani Ratnam and starring Kamal Haasan. It is loosely based on the real-life Bombay underworld don ...more
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Indian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Aruna Irani, Johnny Lever

Released: 1996

Directed by: S. Shankar

Indian is a 1996 Tamil language Indian action-thriller directed by Shankar and produced by A. M. Rathnam. The film stars Kamal Haasan in dual roles with Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, ...more
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Love is God is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Nassar, R. Madhavan

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 ...more
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Thalapathi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Amrish Puri

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 ...more
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Thevar Magan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Thevar Magan Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Revathi

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 ...more
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Mudhalvan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
SanthoshRajan added Sushmita Sen, Cochin Haneefa, Vadivelu

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
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Baashha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Rajinikanth, Vijayakumar, Nagma

Released: 1995

Directed by: Suresh Krissna

Baashha is a 1995 Indian Tamil action drama film starring Rajinikanth, Nagma and Raghuvaran. The film was directed by Suresh Krissna, and features music by Deva. Rajinikanth won Filmfans ...more
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Anniyan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Vikram, Prakash Raj, Nassar

Released: 2005

Directed by: S. Shankar

Anniyan is a 2005 Indian Tamil psychological thriller film written and directed by Shankar and produced by V. Ravichandran of Oscar Films. The film attempts to highlight increasing social apathy ...more
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Mouna Ragam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Revathi, Karthik, Kanchana

Released: 1986

Directed by: Mani Ratnam

Mouna Ragam is a 1986 Indian Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Mani Ratnam, and produced by G. Venkateswaran. The film narrates the life of Divya Chandramouli, who is robbed of ...more
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Apoorva Sagodharargal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Srividya

Released: 1989

Directed by: Singeetam Srinivasa Rao

Apoorva Sagodharargal is a 1989 Tamil dramedy film directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. It starred Kamal Hassan in three roles, as a mechanic, a circus clown who is a dwarf and a police officer, ...more
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Thuppakki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Vijay, Kajal Aggarwal, Jayaram

Released: 2012

Directed by: A.R. Murugadoss

Thuppakki is a 2012 Indian Tamil action film written and directed by AR Murugadoss. It features Vijay and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, Vidyut Jamwal as main antagonist, as well as Jayaram ...more
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Sethu... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Sethu... Vikram, Sriman, Sivakumar

Released: 1999

Directed by: Bala

Sethu... is a 1999 Indian Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by debutant Bala. The film stars Vikram and Abitha in the lead roles with Sivakumar and Sriman in other pivotal roles. ...more
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Released: 1981

Directed by: K. Balachander

Thillu Mullu is a 1981 Tamil comedy film directed by K. Balachander. The film features Rajinikanth, Madhavi in lead roles while 'Thengai' Srinivasan, Nagesh, and Sowkar Janaki play supporting ...more
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Moondram Pirai is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Silk Smitha

Released: 1982

Directed by: Balu Mahendra

Moondram Pirai is a 1982 Indian Tamil drama film written, directed and filmed by Balu Mahendra. The film features Kamal Haasan and Sridevi in the lead roles, while Silk Smitha, Poornam ...more
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VarunVjn added Nayantara, Asin, Manobala

Released: 2005

Directed by: A.R. Murugadoss

Ghajini is a 2005 Indian Tamil psychological thriller film directed by A. R. Murugadoss released on 29 September 2005. The film stars Suriya, Asin, Nayantara, Pradeep Rawat and Riyaz Khan. It ...more
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Roja is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Nassar, Pankaj Kapur, Janagaraj

Released: 1992

Directed by: Mani Ratnam

Roja is a 1992 Tamil-language Indian political drama-romance film co-written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Arvind Swamy and Madhoo in the lead roles. The film was subsequently dubbed in ...more
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Sivaputrudu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Vikram, Simran, Karunas

Released: 2003

Directed by: Bala

Pithamagan is a 2003 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Bala. The film stars Vikram, Suriya, Laila and Sangeetha in the lead and Simran making a pivotal cameo as herself. Produced ...more
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Paruthiveeran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Karthi, Priyamani, Sujatha

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ameer

Paruthiveeran is a 2007 Indian Tamil film written and directed by Ameer Sultan. The film stars Karthi in his feature film debut as the titular character, with Priyamani as the female lead and ...more
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Kannathil Muthamittal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Prakash Raj, Siddharth, R. Madhavan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mani Ratnam

Kannathil Muthamittal is a 2002 Tamil drama film directed and produced by Mani Ratnam. It features P. S. Keerthana, Madhavan and Simran in the leading roles with Nandita Das, J. D. Chakravarthy, ...more
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adukalam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
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Michael Madana Kama Raja... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
arun added Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Urvashi

Released: 1991

Directed by: Singeetam Srinivasa Rao

Michael Madhana Kama Rajan is a 1990 Tamil comedy film directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and written by Kamal Haasan, with Crazy Mohan penning the dialogues. The film also feature large ...more
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Bombay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Prakash Raj, Sonali Bendre, Nassar

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mani Ratnam

Bombay is a 1995 Indian Tamil drama film directed by Mani Ratnam, starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film is centred on events, particularly ...more
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Kuruthipunal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kuruthipunal Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Geetha

Released: 1995

Directed by: P. C. Sreeram

Kuruthipunal is a 1995 Tamil action thriller film directed by veteran cinematographer P. C. Sreeram. The film stars Kamal Haasan in the lead role, with Arjun and Nassar in supporting roles. The ...more
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Gunaa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Girish Karnad, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

Released: 1991

Directed by: Santhana Bharathi

Gunaa is a 1991 Tamil drama film directed by Santhana Bharathi and written by Sab John. The film stars Kamal Haasan, newcomer Roshini in lead roles with Rekha, S. P. Balasubramaniam, Girish ...more
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Anjali is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Revathi, Prabhu, Raghuvaran

Released: 1990

Directed by: Mani Ratnam

Anjali is a 1990 Tamil language feature film directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Raghuvaran, Revathi, Master Tarun, Baby Shruti and Baby Shamili in the leading roles. The background score and ...more