Top 10 Best Tamil Movies Of All Time

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If there’s any movie industry that is as popular as Bollywood, it’s Tollywood. There are a number of Tamil movies that have been so popular; they had to be dubbed in other languages as well just so people could watch it. Tamil movies are known to be high budget movies that are grand and have amazing cinematography. If you love Tamil movies, and you’re wondering which ones are the best, here’s a list of some of the most popular Tamil movies till date.

10. Nayakan

Director – Mani Ratnam
Release date – 21 October 1987

Nayakan was one of the most amazing crime drama Tamil movies by Mani Ratnam. This is considered by many as Kamal Haasan’s best performance. The movie was said to be based on a real life underworld don from Mumbai, Varadarajan Mudaliar. This movie depicts the struggle faced by South Indians that live in Mumbai. It is definitely one of the best Tamil movies of all time.

9. Sivaji

Director – S. Shankar
Release Date – June 15, 2007

Sivaji was one of the most popular Tamil movies that starred the popular Rajnikanth. Produced by M.S Guhan and M. Saravanan, this was one of Rajnikanth’s biggest hits. It managed to gross Rs. 780 Million at the box office. The movie was first released in 2007 in Tamil and dubbed in Telegu. It was later released in Hindi in 2010 worldwide. Sivaji was so popular is became a commercial success. The movie won three Filmfare awards, two Vijay awards and a National Film Award.

8. Bombay

Director – Mani Ratnam
Release date – 10 March 1995

This was another classic Mani Ratnam movie that depicted the Bombay riots of 1992 to perfection. Bombay is all about an inter religion marriage between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl that get married and come to settle in Bombay. While everything goes on well for a while, trouble starts ensuing when the riots break out between Hindu’s and Muslim’s over the controversial demolition of the Babri Masjid.

7. Enthiran

Director – S. Shankar
Release Date – October 1, 2010

This is another Rajnikanth starrer that made it big at the box office. Enthiran is to date one of the most loved Tamil movies of all time. It also features Aishwarya Rai in lead roles; Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam and Karunas. This movie was dubbed in Hindi as well as Telugu and was highly appreciated. The Hindi version was called Robot and the Telugu version was called Robo. The budget for Enthiran was Rs. 1.32 Million and it managed to Gross Rs. 1.79 Billion at the Box office. This movie is one of the best movies Rajnikath acted in.

6. Thuppakki

Director – AR Murugadoss
Release Date – 13 November 2012

Thuppakki is considered one of the best action movies of all time in the Tamil movie industry. The movie features Kajal Aggarwal and Vijay is lead roles and the talented Vidyut Jammwal as the villain. This movie is known to introduce the Arri Alexa camera to the world of Indian cinema. This movie is all about an army officer trying to track down a terrorist group and foil their plans.

5. Roja

Director – Mani Ratnam
Release Date – 14 August 1992

Roja is considered one of the best Tamil war thriller and romantic movies of all time. Arvind Swamy and Madhoo play the lead roles. The movie won several accolades including three national awards. This movie perfectly highlights the growing plight of terrorist attacks around the world.

4. Vishwaroopam

Director – Kamal Haasan
Release date – January 25, 2013

Vishwaroopam is a popular Tamil movie that was also released in Hindi with the title Vishwaroop. Kamal Hasan plays the lead role. The movie also stars Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah and Jaideep Ahlawat. This was a huge success at the box office. The movie grossed at Rs. 2.2 Billion.

3. Lingaa

Director – K. S. Ravikumar
Release date – December 12, 2014

Yet another Rajnikanth super hit, Lingaa is to date one of the best Tamil movies that has released in India. It also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty and has a very strong storyline. This movie was released on Rajikanth’s birthday and his fans went crazy to watch the movie on its release date. The movie was shot with a Rs. 80 crore budget and grossed the box office at Rs. 150 crore.

2. Baahubali

Director – S. S. Rajamouli
Release Date – July 10, 2015

Baahubali was one of the most expensive movies in India which was also released in Hindi and Telugu. It stars Rana Daggubati, Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah and was one of the most popular movies in 2015. The movie was made with a budget of Rs. 120 crore and earned a whopping Rs. 650 crore making it the highest grossing movies of all time. The movie was also released internationally and won a number of awards including the Best Feature Film – Golden Lotus.

1. Kabali

Director – Pa. Ranjith
Release Date – July 22, 2016

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