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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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Love is God is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Nassar, R. Madhavan
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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Indian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Aruna Irani, Johnny Lever
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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Nayakan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Tinnu Anand
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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Thalapathi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Amrish Puri
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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Mudhalvan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
SanthoshRajan added Sushmita Sen, Cochin Haneefa, Vadivelu
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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Anniyan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Vikram, Prakash Raj, Nassar
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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Thevar Magan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Revathi
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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Thillu Mullu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
arun added Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Madhavi
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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Mouna Ragam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Revathi, Karthik, Kanchana
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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Baashha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Rajinikanth, Vijayakumar, Nagma
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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Moondram Pirai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Silk Smitha
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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Apoorva Sagodharargal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Srividya
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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Roja is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Nassar, Pankaj Kapur, Janagaraj
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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Ghajini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
VarunVjn added Nayantara, Asin, Manobala
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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Sethu... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Vikram, Sriman, Sivakumar
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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Kannathil Muthamittal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Prakash Raj, Siddharth, R. Madhavan
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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Thuppakki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Vijay, Kajal Aggarwal, Jayaram
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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16 Vayathinile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
SanthoshRajan added Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi
16 Vayathinile is a 1977 Tamil feature film directed by Bharathiraja. The film stars Kamal Haasan, Sridevi and Rajinikanth. The film also marks the debut of the famous South Indian comedian ...more
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Michael Madana Kama Rajan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
arun added Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Urvashi
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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Anjali is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Revathi, Prabhu, Raghuvaran
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
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Sivaputrudu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Vikram, Simran, Karunas
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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Kaaka Muttai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
GopalKrishnan1 added Dhanush, Silambarasan, Babu Antony
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Bombay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Prakash Raj, Sonali Bendre, Nassar
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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Paruthiveeran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Karthi, Priyamani, Sujatha
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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Kaaka Kaaka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tamil Movies Ever Made
Jyothika, Ramya Krishnan, Gautham Menon
Kaakha Kaakha is a 2003 Tamil crime thriller film written and directed by Gautham Menon. Starring Suriya, Jyothika and Jeevan, the film featured music composed by Harris Jayaraj and ...more