The 32 best Malayalam movies I've seen

by sreenu-91068 | created - 20 Nov 2016 | updated - 22 Nov 2016 | Public

This is a list comprising 32 of the best Malayalam movies I've seen.There may be better but these are the best from what I've seen.

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1. Manichitrathazhu (1993)

Not Rated | 169 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

When a forbidden room in an old bungalow is unbolted, the spirit of a vengeful dancer is unleashed.

Director: Fazil | Stars: Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Vinaya Prakash

Votes: 7,681

2. Devasuram (1993)

Not Rated | 187 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The heir to a village elder's family squanders his inheritance and bullies all and sundry.

Director: I.V. Sasi | Stars: Mohanlal, Revathy, Nedumudi Venu, Innocent

Votes: 4,386

3. Thaniyavartanam (1987)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

A school teacher living in a village belongs to a family with a history of lunatic males, and soon he falls prey despite being normal due to society misinterpreting his actions.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mammootty, Thilakan, Mukesh, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Votes: 1,581

4. Sadayam (1992)

147 min | Drama, Thriller

Sadayam follows the final days of a condemned prisoner, for murdering two little girls.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Janardanan, Kaveri, Mahesh

Votes: 550

5. Thanmathra (2005)

160 min | Drama

Will an unexpected turn of events change Rameshan's life forever and prevent him from witnessing his dream where his son becomes a reputable IAS Officer?

Director: Blessy | Stars: Mohanlal, Meera Vasudevan, Arjun Lal, Nedumudi Venu

Votes: 3,483

6. Chithram (1988)

159 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A woman hires a stranger to pose as her husband because she doesn't want her ailing father to know that her fiance broke their engagement.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Renjini, Poornam Vishwanathan

Votes: 4,119

7. Kireedam (1989)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Drama

The life of a young man turns upside down when he intervenes in a dispute in order to rescue his father (a cop) from a ruthless local outlaw.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Parvathi

Votes: 5,070

8. Kilukkam (1991)

155 min | Comedy, Family

Nandini is an illegitimate child who comes to Ooty in search of her father. She meets Joji, a tourist guide, and pretends to be mentally unstable in order to get shelter in his house.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Jagathi Sreekumar, Revathy, Kollam Thulasi

Votes: 3,067

9. Sandesham (1991)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

A satire on contemporary Kerala politics where brothers turn local leaders of rival parties, leading to distress for their aged and once-proud parents.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Sreenivasan, Jayaram, Thilakan, Mathu

Votes: 3,215

10. Bharatham (1991)

147 min | Musical, Drama

The tale of two classical musician brothers: while the elder squanders his life and talent away, the younger one fulfills their joint responsibilities towards their family.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Urvashi, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Votes: 2,147

11. Kala Pani (1996)

178 min | Action, Drama, History

Govardhan, a doctor by profession, is wrongly accused of bombing a train and is jailed by the British in Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He witnesses the sufferings of hundreds of Indian prisoners there.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Amrish Puri, Prabhu, Tabu

Votes: 3,464

12. Amaram (1991)

150 min | Drama

An uneducated fisherman wants his daughter to be educated and become a doctor but his dreams get shattered when she falls in love with her childhood friend.

Director: Bharathan | Stars: Mammootty, Mathu, Chitra, Murali

Votes: 2,225

13. Thoovanathumbikal (1987)

151 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Jayakrishnan falls in love with two girls, Radha and Clara, and fights his confusion about whom he should marry and spend his life with.

Director: P. Padmarajan | Stars: Mohanlal, Sumalatha, Parvathi, Asokan

Votes: 3,265

14. Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014)

158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Set in the pre-independent India, Aloshi returns from the war to his estranged family and childhood love, only to find his elder brothers taking the side of a ruthless business man to overthrow their father.

Director: Amal Neerad | Stars: Fahadh Faasil, Jayasurya, Lal, Isha Sharvani

Votes: 1,787

15. Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986)

133 min | Comedy, Drama

The only way Gopalakrishnan can escape from certain bankruptcy is to sell the property he owns in the city and use the proceeds to settle his debts. To do that, he has to evict his tenants ... See full summary »

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mohanlal, Karthika, Thilakan, Sreenivasan

Votes: 892

16. Pranchiyettan and the Saint (2010)

140 min | Comedy, Drama

Pranchiyettan is a successful businessman who often has talks with an imaginary St. Francis of Assisi. The story deals with how he goes about changing his embarrassing image to making a name for himself using wealth and contacts.

Director: Renjith | Stars: Tini Tom, Jayaraj Warrier, Jesse Fox Allen, Mammootty

Votes: 4,479

17. Midhunam (1993)

147 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Will Sethumadhavan be able to start his Dakshayani Biscuit factory.

Director: Priyadarshan | Stars: Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Urvashi, Jagathi Sreekumar

Votes: 913

18. Drishyam (2013)

Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A man goes to extreme lengths to save his family from punishment after the family commits an accidental crime.

Director: Jeethu Joseph | Stars: Mohanlal, Meena, Asha Sharath, Ansiba

Votes: 29,073

19. Nadodikkattu (1987)

158 min | Comedy

After losing their jobs in Kerala, Dasan and Vijayan decide to migrate to the Middle East. But they end up in Tamil Nadu where they are mistaken as two CID officers by a group of smugglers.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Shobana

Votes: 3,778

20. Kayyoppu (2007)

95 min | Drama

The movie tells the story about Balachandran, a person with passion for books and literature.

Director: Renjith | Stars: Mammootty, Kushboo, Mukesh, Nedumudi Venu

Votes: 487

21. Summer in Bethlehem (1998)

143 min | Comedy, Drama

Ravishankar pretends to own the farmhouse of his friend Dennis when his relative, Col. Menon, pays a visit along with his granddaughters. Dennis and Ravishankar try to find Ravishankar's secret admirer among the girls.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Manju Warrier

Votes: 1,061

22. Traffic (2011)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

The lives of some different people get intertwined when a girl is in urgent need of a heart transplant with the only heart donor being many miles of traffic away.

Director: Rajesh Pillai | Stars: Sreenivasan, Kunchacko Boban, Sudip Joshy, Rahman

Votes: 3,925

23. Varavelpu (1989)

Not Rated | 144 min | Comedy, Drama

Murali returns to his home in Kerala after working in Dubai for seven years. He decides to do social service for the people in his hometown, but fails due to the local politicians.

Director: Sathyan Anthikad | Stars: Mohanlal, Revathy, Murali, Sreenivasan

Votes: 1,600

24. Spadikam (1995)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Drama

A small-town criminal constantly clashes with his strict school headmaster father at the expense of their family lives.

Director: Bhadran | Stars: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Sphadikam George, Urvashi

Votes: 4,296

25. Yoddha (1992)

149 min | Action, Comedy

Fate brings a young man from rural Kerala to be the protector of a young Lama in Nepal, who is being chased by a dangerous cult.

Director: Sangeeth Sivan | Stars: Mohanlal, Siddharth Lama, Madhoo, Jagathi Sreekumar

Votes: 3,393

26. Irupatham Noottandu (1987)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

The son of a Kerala political chieftain leads a gold smuggling operation with a maverick partner.

Director: K. Madhu | Stars: Mohanlal, Ambika, Suresh Gopi, Janardanan

Votes: 579

27. Devadoothan (2000)

158 min | Musical, Drama, Horror

Mohanlal plays a famous music singer/composer who reminisces about an unknown energy/ spirit that led him to compose songs.

Director: Sibi Malayil | Stars: Mohanlal, Jaya Prada, Janardanan, Murali

Votes: 714

28. New Delhi (1987)

143 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A journalist is illegally jailed for exposing two corrupt politicians, He exacts revenge through his new mysterious newspaper.

Director: Joshiy | Stars: Asokan, Cochin Hanifa, Jeetendra, Mammootty

Votes: 1,169

29. Vatsalyam (1993)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

Raghavan, a farmer, devotes his life to ensure that his brother Vijayakumaran gets educated. But with time and under the influence of his rich wife, Vijayakumaran ends up destroying all relationships.

Director: Cochin Hanifa | Stars: Mammootty, Geetha, Siddique, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Votes: 2,167

30. Kaazhcha (2004)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

Pavan is a boy who reached Kerala after he lost everything in the Gujarat earthquake on Republic Day. Operator Madhavan happens to meet the boy among the beggars. Initially he dislikes the ... See full summary »

Director: Blessy | Stars: Mammootty, Yash Gawli, Padmapriya, Sanusha

Votes: 2,425

31. Nirakkoottu (1985)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Journalist Sasikala sets out to meet Ravi Varma, a murder convict, after penning an award-winning story about him. However, the accused escapes from prison the day before his scheduled execution.

Director: Joshiy | Stars: Mammootty, Sumalatha, Urvashi, Babu Namboothiri

Votes: 236

32. Mumbai Police (2013)

145 min | Mystery, Thriller

ACP Antony is the only one who knows the truth behind ACP Aaryan's murder. Antony meets with an accident, losing his memory and is unable to reveal the killer. He is forced to investigate the murder again hoping that he remembers something.

Director: Roshan Andrews | Stars: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jayasurya, Rahman, Mukundan

Votes: 5,126



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