Friday, January 20th, 2023

Malayalam cinema is one of the best regional cinemas and has given exclusive content. Over the past decade, Malayalam cinema has brought unique storylines and spectacular performances by actors. Malayalam movies are not only reaching outside their regional zone but also India. If you are also looking for some great performances, typical man-centric, distinct directional style, and beautiful cinematography, then start watching Malayalam films. Mulayam cinema is doing a great job in every genre they cover. Here we have the list of the top 10 Malayalam crime thriller movies not to miss.

1. Drishyam

Drishyam is a crime thriller Malayalam film starring Mohanlal and Meena as the main cast. Directed and written by Jeethu Joseph, the film has received widespread critical acclaim from critics for its screenplay, performance, and direction. The film follows Georgekutty, a man who struggles to protect his family when they come under suspicion when Varun Prabhakar goes missing.

2. Joji

Joji is a Malayalam crime drama film inspired by William Shakespeare's play Macbeth. The film has Fahadh Faasil as the titular character alongside Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, and Unnimaya Prasad. The film revolves around Joji, who wants to become rich without the help of his family. However, things become complicated when an unexpected event occurs in the family.

3. C U Soon

C U Soon is a Malayalam mystery thriller film starring Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew, and Darshana Rajendran as the main cast. Directed and written by Mahesh Narayanan, the film is set on a computer screen and shot on iPhone. The film follows a software engineer from Karela who is looking for the missing fiancée of her cousin.

4. Anjaam Pathiraa

Anjaam Pathiraa is a Malayalam crime thriller film that follows a squad of police detectives assisted by a criminologist named Anwar Hussain. Directed and written by Midhun Manuel Thomas, the film features Kunchacko Boban, Sharaf U Dheen, Sreenath Bhasi, Jinu Joseph, and Unnimaya Prasad. The film has received positive reviews from critics, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of 2022.

5. Nayattu

Nayattu is a political survival thriller film directed by Martin Prakkat and features Kunchako Boban, Joju George, and Nimisha Sajayan as the main cast. The story follows three police officers on the run for life after being framed for a crime by corrupt politicians. The film has received widespread critical acclaim for its cast performances and direction.

6. Ira

Ira is a Malayalam crime thriller film starring Unni Mukundan and Gokul Suresh as the main characters. The film follows Aryan, whose life becomes upside down when he becomes a suspect in a murder. Fortunately, his friend is an investigating officer who helps him prove his innocence.

7. Joseph

Joseph is a Malayalam crime thriller film directed by M. Padmakumar and written by Shahi Kabir. The plot revolves around a retired police officer known for his investigative prowess who gets pulled into a criminal case. The film features Joju George, Dileesh Pothan, Irshad, Athmiya Rajan, Sudhi Koppa, Johny Antony, Malavika Menon, and Madhuri Braganza as the main characters.

8. Vettah

Vettah is a Malayalam Psychological crime mystery thriller film directed by Rajesh Pillai and has Kunchacko Boban, Manju Warrier, Indrajith Sukumaran, and Sandhya as the main cast. The film revolves around two police officers who take on a case to find a missing actress. However, even after admitting to his crime, the criminal refuses to reveal anything.

9. Memories

Memories is a Malayalam slasher crime thriller film starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Meghana Raj, S. P. Sreekumar, Miya George, Vijayaraghavan, Suresh Krishna, and Rahul Madhav as the main cast. The film revolves around Sam Alex, an alcoholic police officer who investigates a series of murders with a similar pattern.

10. 12th Man

12th Man is a Malayalam mystery thriller film directed by Jeethu Joseph and features Mohanlal as the main character. The film starts with eleven friends getting together for a bachelor party. However, their celebrations become a misfortune because of a death and a phone call. Therefore, a drunk police officer steps in to unravel the mystery behind this.


Undoubtedly, Malayalam cinema is making great movies and putting in all effort. Here, this includes the top 10 Malayalam crime thrillers you can watch.