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List of the best Rajnikanth movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Rajnikanth's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Rajnikanth movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Rajnikanth movies will be at the top of the list. Rajnikanth has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Rajnikanth movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Rajnikanth films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Rajnikanth role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Rajnikanth performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like Tamacha, Padayappa and more!

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Rajnikanth movies?" and "What are the greatest Rajnikanth roles of all time?"

Notable directors that have worked with Rajnikanth include names like Manobala, K. Balachander and Mani Ratnam. If you're a fan of Rajnikanth, then check out our lists of the best Dhanush and Prabhas movies as well.

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Thalapathi Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Amrish Puri Thalapathi is a 1991 Indian Tamil crime 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 ...more

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Thillu Mullu 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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Mullum Malarum Rajinikanth, Shobha, Venniradai Moorthy Mullum Malarum is a 1978 Indian Tamil drama film directed by J. Mahendran and produced by Venu Chettiar. The film, which features Rajinikanth, Sarath Babu, Fatafat Jayalaxmi and Shoba, marked ...more

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Annamalai Rajinikanth, Meena, Rekha Mallick Annamalai is a 1992 Tamil film directed by Suresh Krishna, starring Rajinikanth, Kushboo and Sarath Babu in the lead roles. It is a remake of Krishnam Raju's movie Prana Snehitulu, which was a ...more

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Netrikkann Rajinikanth, Lakshmi, Saritha Netri Kann is a 1981 Tamil film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth, Lakshmi and Saritha in the lead roles.

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Baashha 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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Mr. Bharath Rajinikanth, Sharada, Goundamani Mr. Bharath is a Tamil film is directed by SP. Muthuraman. The film stars Rajnikant, Sathyaraj, Ambika, Goundamani, S. V. Shekhar and others. The plot is about a son's revenge against his ...more

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Velaikaran Rajinikanth, Nassar, Senthil Velaikaran is a 1987 Indian Tamil action-comedy film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth, Sarath Babu and Amala. This film is the remake of the Bollywood film Namak Halaal starring ...more

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Muthu Rajinikanth, Meena, Vadivelu Muthu is a 1995 Indian Tamil musical drama film directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The film stars Rajinikanth, Meena, and Sarath Babu. It was the debut film for K. S. Ravikumar with Rajinikanth. The ...more

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Padayappa Rajinikanth, Prakash Raj, Nassar Padayappa is a 1999 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The film features Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Ramya Krishnan and Soundarya in the lead roles, while Abbas, ...more

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Aval Appadithan Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Saritha Aval Appadithan is a 1978 Indian Tamil drama film co-written and directed by C. Rudhraiya, on his directorial debut. The film was produced by Ragamanjari in association with the M.G.R. ...more

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Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri Rajinikanth, Venniradai Moorthy, Y. G. Mahendra Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri is a 1977 Tamil-language Indian feature film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Sivakumar, Rajinikanth and Sumithra.

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16 Vayathinile 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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Sivaji Rajinikanth, Nayantara, Shriya Saran Sivaji is a 2007 Indian Tamil action film directed by S. Shankar and produced by AVM Productions. Rajinikanth and Shriya Saran play the lead roles, with Suman, Vivek and Raghuvaran playing other ...more

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Mappillai Rajinikanth, Dileep, Chiranjeevi Mappillai is a 1989 Tamil film directed by Rajasekhar starring Rajinikanth and Amala in lead roles. A remake of the Telugu film Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu, the Tamil version was produced by ...more

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Nallavanuku Nallavan Rajinikanth, Radhika Sarathkumar, Karthik Nallavanuku Nallavan is a Tamil film, directed by SP. Muthuraman. The film was a remake of 1983 Telugu film Dharmaatmudu starring Krishnam Raju and Jayasudha. The film was later remade in ...more

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Dharma Durai Rajinikanth, Dileep, Madhu Dharma Durai is a 1991 Tamil drama film starring Rajinikanth, Gouthami, Charan Raj, Nizhalgal Ravi and Senthil. The film was a remake of the 1989 Kannada film Deva with Vishnuvardhan in the lead ...more

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Mannan Rajinikanth, Prabhu, Manorama Mannan is a 1992 Indian Tamil language film starring Rajinikanth, Vijayashanti, Kushboo, Manorama, Pandari Bai, Goundamani, and Visu. The film is a remake of the 1986 hit Kannada film Anuraga ...more

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Priya Rajinikanth, Sridevi, Ambareesh Priya is a 1978 Tamil film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajnikanth, Sridevi and Ambarish. The story is an adaptation from writer Sujatha's Ganesh - Vasanth novels. The film was a ...more

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Enthiran Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Kalabhavan Mani Enthiran is a 2010 Indian Tamil science fiction film co-written by S. Shankar and Sujatha Rangarajan and directed by Shankar. It stars Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the leads with ...more

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Sri Raghavendrar Rajinikanth, Vishnuvardhan, Manorama Sri Raghavendra is a 1985 Tamil film directed by SP. Muthuraman. The film was Rajinikanth's 100th film. He plays the role of the Hindu saint Raghavendra in this movie. It was produced by ...more

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Rajadhi Raja Rajinikanth, Vijayakumar, Radha Rajadhi Raja is a Tamil film directed by R. Sundarrajan. The movie was released on March 4, 1989, with music by Ilaiyaraaja. Rajinikanth played a double role in the movie. The film was a ...more

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Johnny Rajinikanth, Sridevi, Suruli Rajan Johnny is a Tamil film directed by Mahendran. It had Rajinikanth and Sridevi in the main roles with Rajinikanth in a dual role.

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Arunachalam Rajinikanth, Rambha, Manorama Arunachalam is a 1997 Tamil drama film directed by Sundar C and written by Crazy Mohan. The film features Rajinikanth, Soundarya and Rambha in the lead roles, with Jaishankar and Ravichandran in ...more

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Panakkaran Rajinikanth, Bharath Gopi, Gautami Tadimalla Panakkaran is a 1990 Tamil language film starring Rajinikanth and Gouthami. The film is a remake of Lawaaris, a 1981 Bollywood box office hit film starring Super Star Amitabh Bachchan. The film ...more

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Chandramukhi Rajinikanth, Nayantara, Nassar Chandramukhi is a 2005 Indian Tamil comedy-horror film written and directed by P. Vasu, and was produced and distributed by Ramkumar Ganesan of Sivaji Productions. The film features Rajinikanth, ...more

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Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai Rajinikanth, Cho Ramaswamy, Thengai Srinivasan Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai is a 1979 Tamil film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth. It was produced by Panju Arunachalam. The cast also included Thilak, Cho, Thengai Seenivasan, ...more

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Aame Katha Rajinikanth, Jayasudha, Sripriya Sethupathi Aame Katha is a 1977 Telugu film directed by K. Raghavendra Rao starring Jayasudha in the title role. It also featured Rajinikanth in an extended guest role.

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Pandiyan Rajinikanth, Khushboo, Jayasudha Pandian is a 1992 action Tamil language movie directed by the Tamil director SP. Muthuraman. It stars Rajinikanth, Kushboo, Janagaraj and Jayasudha in the lead roles. It was released on October ...more

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Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Jayachitra Ilamai Oonjal Adukirathu is a 1978 Tamil-language Indian feature film directed by C. V. Sridhar. It has Kamal Hassan and Sripriya in lead roles with Rajinikanth and Jayachitra in supporting ...more

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Justice Gopinath Rajinikanth, Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar Justice Gopinath is a 1978 Indian Tamil film, directed by D. Yoganand. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, K. R. Vijaya and Major Sundarrajan in lead roles. The film had musical score by ...more

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Moondru Mugam Rajinikanth, Radhika Sarathkumar, Rajyalakshmi Moondru Mugam is Tamil feature film starring Rajinikanth doing a triple role as Alex Pandian, Arun and John. It was a Mega Hit blockbuster and completed a 250-days run at the box office. This ...more

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Thambikku Entha Ooru Rajinikanth, Revathi, Madhavi Thambikku Entha Ooru is a 1984 Indian Tamil language film directed by Rajasekhar, starring Rajinikanth, Madhavi, Sulakshana, Sathyaraj and Senthamarai. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. It ...more

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Naan Sigappu Manithan Vijay, Rajinikanth, K. Bhagyaraj Naan Sigappu Manithan is a 1985 Tamil film directed by S.A. Chandrasekhar. The film stars Rajinikanth, Sathyaraj, Bhagyaraj, Ambika in lead roles with music by Ilaiyaraja. This was remade in ...more

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Kavikkuyil Rajinikanth, Sridevi, Sivakumar Kavikkuyil, Kavikuyil or Kavi Kuyil is a 1977 Tamil film directed by Devaraj Mohan and starring Sivakumar, Sridevi and Rajinikanth. Fatafat Jayalakshmi plays Rajinikanth's love interest. Sridevi ...more

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Raja Chinna Roja Rajinikanth, Gautami Tadimalla, Shalini Kumar Raja Chinna Roja is a 1989 Tamil children's film directed by SP. Muthuraman. It is loosely based on the 1965 English musical The Sound of Music with a song of the original fully used in Tamil. ...more

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Rare Melodies Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Srividya Apoorva Raagangal is a 1975 Indian Tamil social drama film directed by K. Balachander. The film features Kamal Haasan, Srividya in lead roles while Rajinikanth, Jayasudha, Nagesh, Major ...more

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Nattukku Oru Nallavan Rajinikanth, Juhi Chawla, V. Ravichandran Nattukku Oru Nallavan is a Tamil,Kannada and Telugu film which has story, screenplay, dialogues and direction by V. Ravichandran. The film was simultaneously released in Kannada and Telugu under ...more

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Kai Kodukkum Kai Rajinikanth, Dharmendra, Revathi Kai Kodukkum Kai is a 1984 Tamil film starring Rajinikanth and Revathy in the lead roles. A partial remake of the 1976 Kannada Portmanteau film Katha Sangama and was a extended version of short ...more

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Kuselan Rajinikanth, Nayantara, Dhanush Kuselan is a 2008 Tamil drama film directed by P. Vasu. A remake of the Malayalam film Kadha Parayumbol, it was produced by Pushpa Kandaswamy, Aswani Dutt and G. P. Vijayakumar in two languages. ...more

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Moondru Mudichu Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi Moondru Mudichu is a 1976 Tamil film that was directed by K. Balachander. The movie stars Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth and Sridevi in major roles. The movie revolves around three people, a college ...more

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Puthukavithai Rajinikanth, Sukumari, Saritha Puthukavithai is a Tamil film is directed by SP. Muthuraman. The film is a remake of the 1976 hit Kannada film Naa Ninna Mareyalare with Rajkumar and Lakshmi, famous Tamil actress in the lead.

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Andha Kanoon Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Hema Malini Andha Kanoon is a 1983 Bollywood drama film directed by T. Rama Rao, starring Rajnikant, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Reena Roy and Madhavi has a special extended guest appearance portraying ...more

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Anthuleni Katha Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Jaya Prada Anthuleni Katha also spelled as Antuleni Katha is a 1976 Telugu film directed by K. Balachander starring Jayaprada in the lead role, with Rajinikanth, Sripriya and Phataphat Jayalaxmi in ...more

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Uzhaippali Vijay, Rajinikanth, Vivek Uzhaippali is a love-comedy Tamil language movie directed by the Tamil Director P. Vasu. It stars Rajinikanth and Radha Ravi in the lead roles. The film was much in news as, distributors banned ...more

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Bloodstone Rajinikanth, Ilayaraja, Bob Christo Bloodstone is a 1988 American mystery-adventure film produced by Ashok Amritraj and Sunanda Murali Manohar, directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Nico Mastorakis; starring Brett Stimely, ...more

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Uruvavugal Maralam Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Suhasini Maniratnam Uruvangal Maralam is a 1983 Tamil Indian feature film directed by S.V.Ramanan, starring Y. Gee. Mahendra in lead role paired by Suhasini. The film has a galaxy of supporting stars like Sivaji ...more

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ChaalBaaz Rajinikanth, Anupam Kher, Sridevi ChaalBaaz is a 1989 Bollywood Comedy film directed by Pankaj Parashar. The film was a remake of 1973 Hindi movie Seeta Aur Geeta. Starring Sridevi in a double role, the tells the story of two ...more

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Bewafai Rajinikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Pran Bewafai is a 1985 Hindi film starring Rajesh Khanna and Rajinikanth. This was the first film starring these two actors. The film was directed by R. Thyagaarrajan. Dhandayuthapani produced only ...more

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Manithan Rajinikanth, Sreenivasan, Srividya Manithan is a 1987 Indian Tamil language film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajinikanth, Rupini, Raghuvaran, Senthil, Delhi Ganesh, Srividya. The film received moderate reviews from the ...more