The Best malayalam movies of all time

Best Malayalam Movies


1. Manichithrathazhu (1993)

This 1993 thriller directed by Fazil is always voted as the best Malayalam Movie ever made. This movie is since remade in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali and all these remakes are commercial successes

Cast and Crew Manichithrathazhu

Directed by        Fazil

Produced by      Swargachitra Appachan

Written by          Madhu Muttam

Starring                Mohanlal, Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Nedumudi Venu, Vinaya Prasad, Innocent, Kuthiravattom Pappu, Sudheesh, Thilakan

Music by              :M. G. Radhakrishnan

2. Oru Vadackan Veeragadha (1989)

Many Directors have tried their luck on movies based on the Chekavas of Northern Malabar, the warriors. The Legends of Aromal Chekavar ar and the man who cheated him, Chandu the Cheat was the theme of many Malayalam movies both in the black and white and era and later. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha presents an alternative version of the same legend, as it presents the incident from Chandu’s perspective, suggesting that grave injustice has been done to Chandu. The movie received four national awards and six Kerala State awards.

Cast and Crew Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha

Directed by        Hariharan

Produced by      P. V. Gangadharan

Written by          M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Starring               Mammootty, Balan K. Nair, Suresh Gopi, Madhavi, Geetha, Captain Raju, Sukumari

Music by              Bombay Ravi

3. Amaram (1991)

One of the best works of Director Bharatan, Amaram is considered as one of the best classics of Malayalam. Movie depicts both hope and despair and how it transforms human life.

Cast and Crew Amaram

Directed by        Bharathan

Produced by      Babu Thiruvalla

Written by          A. K. Lohithadas

Starring                Mammootty,, Maathu, Murali, KPAC Lalitha, Ashokan

Music by              Raveendran (Songs), Johnson (Score)

Cinematography              Madhu Ambat

4. Thenmavin Kombathu (1994)

A light hearted movie made in Priyadarshan Style has captured the imagination of young hearts for its flow and simplicity.

Cast and Crew Thenmavin Kombathu

Directed by        Priyadarshan

Produced by      N. Gopalakrishnan

Written by          Priyadarshan

Starring                Mohanlal, Shobana, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, KPAC Lalitha, Sukumari, Sreenivasan, Sankaradi

Music by              Original Background Score:- S. P. Venkatesh, Songs:- Berny-Ignatius

5. Chemmeen (1965)

This Artistically and technically outstanding movie was way ahead of the Malayalam movies of that time. Movie is based on a novel by Thakazhi Sivashankara Pilla which shares the same name as the movie. This movie received National Film Award for Best Feature Film and Gold Medal at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Cinematography

Cast and Crew Chemmeen

Directed by        Ramu Kariat

Produced by      Babu Ismail Sait

Screenplay by   S. L. Puram Sadanandan

Based on             Chemmeen by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

Starring                Madhu, Sathyan ,Sheela, Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair,

Music by              Salil Chowdhury

Cinematography              Marcus Bartley

6. Vaishali (1988)

Directed Bharatan, this movie tells the story of Rishyasrungan and devadasi girl who was assigned the mission of seducing Rishyashrungan, the son of Mahirshi Vibhandakan and bringing him to Chambapuri to perform a mahayagam to cause rain. The Bharatan touch and the music make it one of the best Malayalam movies.

7. Thaniyavarthanam (1987 )

Sibi Malayalil’s Taniyavarthanam defined how a good Malayalam movie should be for movie lovers. The complexities of human mind coupled with traditions make a deadly mix. The movie defined Malayali psyche.

Cast and Crew Thaniyavarthanam

Directed by        Sibi Malayil

Produced by      Nandakumar

Written by          A. K. Lohithadas

Starring                Mammootty, Thilakan, Mukesh

Music by              M G Radhakrishnan

Cinematography              Saloo George

8. Ozhimuri (2012 )

Ozhimuri stood out from the new generation movies that flooded in 2012 by its story line and direction. Ozhimuri is based on the novel ‘Uravidangal’ by veteran bilingual writer Jeyamohan.

Cast and Crew Ozhimuri

Directed by        Madhupal

Produced by      P.N. Venugopal

Written by          Jeyamohan

Starring             Lal, Asif Ali, Bhavana, Mallika,   Shweta Menon

Music by              Bijibal

Cinematography              Azhagappan

9. Nirmalyam (1973)

The film received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and Kerala State Film Award for Best Film in 1974. Actor P.J.Antony received National award for the best actor for his role as Velichappadu in this movie. The movie is an adaptation of the short story “Pallivalum Kalchilambum” by M. T. Vasudevan Nair.

Cast and Crew Nirmalyam

Directed by        M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Produced by      Novel Films

Written by          M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Based on             Pallivalum Kalchilambum by M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Starring                P. J. Antony, Shanta Devi, Kaviyoor Ponnamma

Music by              Original Songs: – K. Raghavan, Original Score:- M. B. Sreenivasan

Cinematography              Ramachandra Babu


10. Spadikam (1995)

Spadikam is considered as one of the best Malayalam movies ever produced. Mohanlal and Thilakan have displayed exemplary performance in this movie. The livid and vivid characterisation of their roles makes this movie one of the best ever made.

Cast and Crew Spadikam

Directed by        Bhadran

Produced by      R. Mohan

Screenplay by   Bhadran, Dr. Rajendra Babu

Story by               Bhadran

Starring                Mohanlal, Thilakan, Urvashi, Spadikam George, KPAC Lalitha, Silk Smitha,, Nedumudi Venu, Chippy

Music by              S. P. Venkatesh, P. Bhaskaran

Cinematography              J. Williams, S. Kumar

11. Chithram (1988 )

Box Office super hit of 1988 , Mohanlal the darling of Malayalam movie goers , the sole reason behind the success. It is considered as one of the highest grossing Malayalam movies.

Cast and Crew Chithram

Directed by        Priyadarshan

Produced by      P. K. R. Pillai

Screenplay by   Priyadarshan

Story by               Priyadarshan

Starring                Mohanlal, Ranjini, Nedumudi Venu, Poornam Vishwanathan, Sreenivasan, M. G. Soman, Sukumari, Lizy, Maniyanpilla Raju

Music by              Songs:- Kannur Rajan, Background Score:- Johnson

Cinematography              S. Kumar

The Best Malayalam Comedy Movies of All Time


Nadodikattu (1987 )

Portraying Kerala’s social issues of that time covered with humour, Nadodikattu was a huge success. The story revolves around two young men, roles perfected by Mohanlal and Sreenivasan . The movie and its characters have achieved near cult status in Kerala.

Cast and Crew Nadodikattu

Directed by        Sathyan Anthikkad

Produced by      Casino Productions

Screenplay by   Sreenivasan

Story by               Siddique-Lal

Starring                Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Innocent, Shobana, Captain Raju, Mamukkoya, Sankaradi

Music by              Shyam, Yusuf Ali Kechery (lyrics)

Cinematography              Vipin Mohan

Ramji Rao Speaking (1989 )

Another classic Malayalam Comedy movie, which achieved cult status, is written and directed by Siddique and Lal . The viewers could not stop laughing, a few were admitted to hospital during the screening of the show. Ramji Rao Speaking marked the debut of director duo Siddique-Lal, actors Saikumar, Rekha, N. F. Varghese, Harishree Ashokan, and music director S. Balakrishnan. The movie was remade into Hindi and Telugu.

Cast and Crew Ramji Rao Speaking

Directed by        Siddique and Lal

Produced by      A.M.Fazil, Joseph Valakuzhy (ouseppachan) Adheeya Films

Written by          Siddique-Lal

Starring                Saikumar, Mukesh, Innocent, Rekha, Devan

Music by              BichuThirumala/S.Balakrishnan

Cinematography              Venu

Pulival Kalyanam

A huge box office success, Pulival Kalyanam is one of the best Malayalam Comedies ever made. This was also the first Mega hit of actor Jayasurya. But unfortunately, Jayasurya ‘s contribution for the success of the movie is almost nil.

Cast and Crew Pulival Kalyanam

Directed by        Shafi

Produced by      Udayakrishnan

Written by          Udayakrishna, Siby K. Thomas

Starring                Jayasurya, Kavya Madhavan

Music by              Berny Ignatius

Punjabi House

Dileep’s Punjabi House, though not a mega hit is a very good comedy film. This movie inherits the simpleton style of Dileep movies.

Cast and Crew Punjabi house

Directed by        Rafi Mecartin

Produced by      New Saga Films

Written by          Rafi Mecartin

Starring                Dileep, Mohini, Cochin Hanifa, Harisree Asokan, Lal, Janardanan, Neena Kurup

Music by              Suresh Peters

Cinematography              Anandakuttan

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