Best Malayalam movies of 2018

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1. Sudani from Nigeria (2018)

123 min | Comedy, Sport

Story of an African football player and a local football club manager from Malappuram, Kerala.

Director: Zakariya Mohammed | Stars: Soubin Shahir, Samuel Abiola Robinson, Savithri Sreedharan, Sarasa Balussery

Votes: 2,763

2. Kammara Sambhavam (2018)

182 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Kammaran Nambiar is a crooked man whose life story as an unscrupulous Indian peasant is turned into a film where he is glorified as a freedom fighter with much manipulation of history.

Director: Rathish Ambat | Stars: Dileep, Siddharth, Murali Gopy, Namitha Pramod

Votes: 874

3. Captain (2018)

145 min | Biography, Sport

Former Indian football captain V P Sathyan is found dead under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Prajesh Sen | Stars: Jayasurya, Anu Sithara, Deepak Parambol, Renji Panicker

Votes: 576

4. Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil (2018)

138 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Jacob, a manager at a big financial firm, finds himself behind bars when he tries to save the woman he loves from being involved in a criminal case. The only way for him to survive and to escape was to break out of prison.

Director: Tinu Pappachan | Stars: Antony Varghese, Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod Jose, Tito Wilson

Votes: 1,113

5. Aadhi (2018)

Not Rated | 158 min | Action, Thriller

Aadhi, an aspiring musician, travels to another state in hopes of making it big. While there, an unexpected event leaves him trapped, unable to return to his family and running for his life.

Director: Jeethu Joseph | Stars: Pranav Mohanlal, Sharafudheen, Meghanadhan, Siddique

Votes: 1,797

6. Poomaram (2018)

152 min | Drama

A war waged between two colleges at the youth festival, with Goutham (Kalidas Jayaram) leading the Maharaja's college to regain their lost glory from the all-time winners, the St. Teresa's college led by Irene (Neetha Pillai).

Director: Abrid Shine | Stars: Kalidas Jayaram, Kunchacko Boban, Neeta Pillai, Meera Jasmine

Votes: 681

7. Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri (2018)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Kuttan Pillai lives with his wife in a rural village and has an obsession with the jack fruit tree in his yard. During the Shivaratri festival, something strange happens that forms the main story.

Director: Jean Markose | Stars: Suraj Venjaramoodu, Asha Sreekanth, Biju Sopanam, Srinda Ashab

Votes: 456

8. Aabhaasam (2018)

121 min | Comedy

The story of Aabhaasam is about an overnight bus journey from Bangalore to Kerala where the travelers analyze the schizophrenic society and how it has evolved through different times.

Director: Jubith Namradath | Stars: Nassar, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Divya Gopinath, Anil Nedumangad

Votes: 432

9. R.I.P. (2018)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

Set in Chellanam, Kochi, the story of Ee. Ma. Yau revolves around the death of Vavachan Mesthiri in a coastal village. It showcases the events that unfold between two evenings and looks at death from different perspectives.

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery | Stars: Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinayakan, Dileesh Pothan, Kainakary Thankaraj

Votes: 1,908

10. Aami (2018)

155 min | Biography, Drama

The biopic on iconic Kerala writer Kamala Das alias Kamala Surayya alias Madhavikutty.

Director: Kamal | Stars: Manju Warrier, Murali Gopy, Tovino Thomas, Anoop Menon

Votes: 421

11. Orayiram Kinakkalal (2018)

135 min | Comedy, Thriller

Sreeram, an ex NRI, with few other people, gets involved in an easy money-making plan. In this unusual ride, each one ends up showing different shades of their personality, revealing how far they are willing to go to fulfill their dreams.

Director: Pramod Mohan | Stars: Biju Menon, Roshan Mathew, Sharu Varghese, Kalabhavan Shajohn

Votes: 179

12. Eeda (2018)

152 min | Drama, Romance

Anand and Aiswarya who hail from nearby villages in North Malabar. A chance meeting in their native place develops into a passionate affair in Mysore. But their lives suddenly become intertwined in a series of violent events.

Director: Ajithkumar | Stars: Shane Nigam, Nimisha Sajayan, Manikandan R. Achari, Alencier Ley Lopez

Votes: 405

13. Aalorukkam (2018)

124 min | Drama

Pappu Pisharadi, an aging man, is on a constant hunt for his son, who left him 16 years back, which is when he is brought to a hospital where he meets Dr. Seetha and Priyan, who promise to help him find his son.

Director: V C Abhilash | Stars: Indrans, Sreekanth Menon, Vishnu Agasthya, Aliyar

Votes: 96

14. Premasoothram (2018)

162 min | Romance

A tale of two men falling for the same girl Ammukuty, who is completely oblivious of their love. While Prakashan and Suku fight amongst themselves for her love, a third man vying for it enters her life.

Director: Jiju Asokan | Stars: Chemban Vinod Jose, Balu Varghese, Lijo Mol Jose, Vishnu Govindhan

Votes: 92

15. Ira (II) (2018)

139 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Aryan is like every other lover, who finds the world a better place just because of that one person. Life takes a sudden twist when he is implicated of a serious crime which he didn't commit and Rajeev who comes as a savior in his life.

Director: Saiju S.S. | Stars: Unni Mukundan, Gokul Suresh, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Niranjana Anoop

Votes: 681

16. Abhrahaminte Santhathikal (2018)

131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Derick Abraham, a fiery and dutiful police officer, continues to be the best officer until his brother Philip Abraham gets arrested for false murder charges. Will he be able to investigate the case and serve justice to his brother?

Director: Shaji Padoor | Stars: Mammootty, Anson Paul, Renji Panicker, Yog Japee

Votes: 4,486

17. Kuttanadan Marpappa (2018)

140 min | Comedy, Drama

When John Paul, a wedding photographer, meets Jessy for the first time, he instantly finds himself attracted to her. His crush eventually turns into love, the feeling which is reciprocated from Jessy's end too.

Director: Sreejith Vijayan | Stars: Kunchacko Boban, Aditi Ravi, Shantikrishna, Innocent

Votes: 328

18. Hey Jude (2018)

146 min | Drama

Two odd ball characters, a youngster named Jude and the other, a talented singer named Crystal. When these two characters come together, their lives undergo several changes, leading to love, self-discovery, healing and transformation.

Director: Shyamaprasad | Stars: Nivin Pauly, Trisha Krishnan, Siddique, Vijay Menon

Votes: 980

19. Njan Marykutty (2018)

126 min | Drama

A transsexual man's attempt to realize his true orientation in a society that stigmatizes gender transformation. Will Marykutty come out victorious while shredding all the taboos associated with transsexuality?

Director: Ranjith Sankar | Stars: Jayasurya, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Innocent, Aju Varghese

Votes: 430

20. Aravindante Athidhikal (2018)

122 min | Comedy, Drama

A young boy, found in an old temple, is raised by a lodge owner but yearns to see his mother who left him.

Director: M. Mohanan | Stars: Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sreenivasan, Nikhila Vimal, Urvashi

Votes: 903

21. Carbon (I) (2018)

146 min | Adventure, Thriller

Sibi Sebastian and his never ending struggle to make it big in life, his quest for new horizons and opportunities. While others pass by, his relentless determination takes him to the most unexpected situation in his life.

Director: Venu Isc | Stars: Fahadh Faasil, Mamta Mohandas, Manikandan R. Achari, Chethan Jayalal

Votes: 988

22. Thobama (2018)

158 min | Comedy

Story and friendship of three childhood friends

Director: Mohsin Kassim | Stars: Siju Wilson, S.V. Krishna Shankar, Sharafudheen, Punya Elizabeth

Votes: 19

23. Naam (2018)

Comedy

A group of six guys and three girls who meet in college become thick friends and eventually take their friendship beyond the classroom and the campus. All goes well for the group until they are faced with sudden crisis.

Director: Joshy Thomas Pallickal | Stars: Tovino Thomas, Mareena, Tony Luke, Aditi Ravi

Votes: 27

24. Koode (2018)

155 min | Drama, Fantasy

The story is set against the backdrop of hills of Nilgiris where two siblings, Joshua and Jenny, who come from a middle-class family. Together, they dwell on the serenity and calmness of the mountains.

Director: Anjali Menon | Stars: Parvathy Thiruvothu, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nazriya Nazim, Atul Kulkarni

Votes: 1,664

25. Neerali (2018)

128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sunny meets with an accident. As his life hangs in the balance on the edge of a cliff in the middle of nowhere, he must not only contend with the great adversity he is in, but the adversaries lurking in the shadows as well.

Director: Ajoy Varma | Stars: Mohanlal, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Parvati Nair, Nadia Moidu

Votes: 1,734

26. Iblis (I) (2018)

120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

The love of half-witted Vyshakh for the beautiful Fida and how it takes him places that are beyond reality.

Director: Rohith V.S. | Stars: Asif Ali, Madonna Sebastian, Lal, Siddique

Votes: 226

27. Maradona (2018)

148 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

Maradona, a young man, due to some dangerous situations, moves out of his hometown and reaches Bangalore to stay with his distant relatives. However, during his stay there, his situation worsens further.

Director: Vishnu Narayn | Stars: Tovino Thomas, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sharanya R. Nair, Tito Wilson

Votes: 500

28. Oru Pazhaya Bomb Kadha (2018)

147 min | Comedy

Sreekuttan, a physically challenged young man, meets Shruthi after which he finds himself in the most challenging situation he has ever faced. Will he be able to come out of the situation or be overwhelmed by his physical inabilities?

Director: Shafi | Stars: Bibin George, Hareesh Kanaran, Prayaga Martin, Kalabhavan Shajohn

Votes: 260

29. B. Tech (2018)

146 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

A bunch of engineering students in Bengaluru struggle to get through the course due to their lackadaisical attitudes and frequent skirmishes within the college. An incident outside the ... See full summary »

Director: Mridul Nair | Stars: Asif Ali, Aparna Balamurali, Anoop Menon, Sreenath Bhasi

Votes: 690

30. Shikkari Shambhu (2018)

146 min | Comedy, Mystery

When an entire village is terrorized by the news of a tiger on the loose, they turn to Peeli and his jolly gang of friends for help. Rumour has it that Peeli is the son of famed hunter Varunni.

Director: Sugeeth | Stars: Kunchacko Boban, Shivada Nair, Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Hareesh Kanaran

Votes: 425

31. Vikadakumaran (2018)

131 min | Comedy, Thriller

Binu Sebastian, a small-time advocate, makes his living by taking up petty cases and leads a simple life. His life takes a drastic turn when he stumbles upon a sensational case and decides to take it up.

Director: Boban Samuel | Stars: Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Manasa Radhakrishnan, Indrans

Votes: 263

32. Kinavally (2018)

141 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Vivek is celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife Ann, who decides to invite four of his friends to surprise her husband. But, their celebrations are short-lived as they start experiencing paranormal activities around them.

Director: Sugeeth | Stars: Hareesh Kanaran, Sujith Raj Kochukunju, Krrish Menon, Sowmya Menon

Votes: 464

33. Pyppin Chuvattile Pranayam (2017)

Not Rated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An island and its people, a self-contained world where goodwill and camaraderie prevail over everything else. At the center of this world are Govutty and Tina, and their endearing love story.

Director: Domin D'Silva | Stars: Neeraj Madhav, Sarath Kumar, Reba Monica John, Aju Varghese

Votes: 251

34. Neeli (2018)

Drama, Horror

As Lakshmi learns to accept the setbacks and begins a new chapter in her life, her daughter, Thara goes missing. She embarks on a journey in search of her daughter and comes across four strangers.

Director: Althaf Rahman | Stars: Mamta Mohandas, Anoop Menon, Baburaj, Rahul Madhav

Votes: 200

35. Mohanlal (2018)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy

Meenu who was born on the same day when the Mollywood superstar Mohanlal appeared for the first on the silver screens across Kerala, through the iconic movie Manjil Virinja Pookal.

Director: Sajid Yahiya | Stars: Manju Warrier, Indrajith Sukumaran, Soubin Shahir, Shebin Benson

Votes: 473

36. Kalyanam (2018)

116 min | Comedy, Romance

Sarath is deeply in love with Shari looks for the perfect opportunity to tell her. The movie revolves around a wedding, where who marries who is answered.

Directors: Rajesh Nair, Usha Rajesh | Stars: Shravan Mukesh, Varsha Bollamma, Sreenivasan, Mukesh

Votes: 314

37. Panchavarnathatha (2018)

148 min | Comedy

The story of a bird charmer as he goes on to influence the lives of people while witnessing a change in his own.

Director: Ramesh Pisharody | Stars: Jayaram, Kunchacko Boban, Anusree, Salim Kumar

Votes: 393

38. Street Lights (2018)

129 min | Crime, Thriller

James, a Crime Branch police office faces thrilling events during his pursuit to solve a mystery.

Director: Shamdat Sainudeen | Stars: Mammootty, Stunt Silva, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Hareesh Kanaran

Votes: 1,146

39. Parole (2018)

150 min | Drama

Alex is a comrade and an active communist leader. Due to some unfortunate events, Alex gets arrested and is imprisoned but is compelled to come out on Parole to solve a mystery he left behind.

Director: Sharrath Sandith | Stars: Mammootty, Siddique, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Iniya

Votes: 639

40. Theevandi (2018)

144 min | Comedy

Theevandi is a political satire depicted through light humor where the protagonist Bineesh hardly knows a thing even about himself.

Director: Fellini T.P. | Stars: Tovino Thomas, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Samyuktha Menon, Saiju Kurup

Votes: 1,152

41. Ranam (2018)

136 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Trapped in a life of crime, a mysterious getaway driver, lives with this code of conduct and protects his only friend. When he meets someone who can potentially change his entire world, he yearns at a chance for redemption.

Director: Nirmal Sahadev | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Rahman, Giju John, Isha Talwar

Votes: 1,039

42. Oru Kuttanadan Blog (2018)

137 min | Drama

Sudhi is writing a blog titled Oru Kuttanadan Blog, based on the serene beauty of a village Kuttanad. The blog largely revolves around Hari, who is an idol to the youth.

Director: Sethu | Stars: Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu, Lalu Alex, Raai Laxmi

Votes: 385

43. Padayottam (2018)

134 min | Comedy, Crime

The story revolves around a local don Chenkal Raghu, from Thiruvananthapuram and how the society perceives him.

Directors: Rafeek Ibrahim, Nithin Michael | Stars: Biju Menon, Dileesh Pothan, Saiju Kurup, Sudhi Koppa

Votes: 393

44. Kala Viplavam Pranayam (2018)

121 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Kala Viplavam Pranayam is a story of four school friends trying to figure out their interests and options after school.

Director: Jithin Jithu | Stars: Anson Paul, Vineeth Vishwam, Saiju Kurup, Gayathri Suresh

Votes: 116

45. Mangalyam Thanthunanena (2018)

138 min | Comedy, Family

Roy and Clara, a newly-wed couple who find themselves in a tight spot after Roy loses his job in Dubai. Will Roy manage to get his act together and deal with the crisis on his own?

Director: Soumya Sadanandan | Stars: Kunchacko Boban, Nimisha Sajayan, Hareesh Kanaran, Shantikrishna

Votes: 166

46. Ente Mezhuthiri Athazhangal (2018)

148 min | Drama, Romance

Sanjay Paul, a chef settled in Paris who has traveled around the world wants to add Indian cuisine in his new restaurant. In his quest to get the secret recipes from his friends, he falls in love with Anjali, a custom-candle designer.

Director: Sooraj Tom | Stars: Anoop Menon, Mia George, Hannah Reji Koshy, Baiju

Votes: 619

47. Varathan (2018)

130 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

After losing his job Abin along with his wife Priya, who has suffered a miscarriage, decide to shift from Dubai to Priya's family estate in Kerala. However, peace eludes the couple as they run into a set of new troubles.

Director: Amal Neerad | Stars: Fahadh Faasil, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sharafudheen, Dileesh Pothan

Votes: 2,378

48. Lilli (2018)

TV-MA | 91 min | Thriller

5.8