The most successful film of Tamil movie industry, both critically and commercially was Anbe Sivam. The movie is about two completely different people, Nalla Sivam (played by Kamal Haasan) and Anbarasu (played by ‘R Madhavan’) whose lives are changed drastically as they together take on their journey of life, initially meeting under contrasting circumstances.
2. Vishwaroopam (2013)
Vishwaroopam is a spy mystery thriller of 2013, starring Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose and Andrea Jeremiah. The movie is first to go air via DTH but was initially canceled due to the protest of theatre owners. The film released on 25 January worldwide excluding Tamil Nadu and released on 30 January in Hindi version. It also got 15 days ban in Tamil Nadu for the controversial portrayal of Indian security services involvement in the war with terrorism. Kamal Haasan wrote and directed the movie.
3. Nayagan (1987)
Nayagan is a crime drama film of 1987, another hit film portraying Kamal Haasan in the lead role; the movie is all about the life of an underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar. The movie has been directed by Mani Ratnam, also debut starring Saranya Ponvannan.
4. Thillu Mullu (1981)
First movie to cast a moustache free ‘Rajinikanth’ and also the highest rated Tamil movie on IMDB, a popular site for authoritative source of cine news. It is the remake of the Hindi film Gol Maal. He has played the role of a carefree student who pulls of jokes neatly, thus completely justifying his role. The film revealed his comic side on the silver screen.
5. Visaranai (2015)
Vaisaranai is a drama thriller, directed by ‘Vetrimaaran’ and produced by ‘Dhanush’. The movie received positive reviews from both the audience and critics. The film features ‘Anandhi’, Dinesh Ravi and Aadukalam Murugadoss in lead roles, showcasing corruption and police brutality in the name of injustice.
6. Kaaka Muttai (2014)
Kaaka Muttai is the national award winning film directed by 'M Manikandan'. This comedy drama movie of 2014 stars V. Ramesh, Aishwarya Rajesh and J. Vignesh in the lead roles. The movie is about two children of Chennai who dream of eating pizza. The film received positive reviews internationally. It also received two national film awards.
7. Thani Oruvan (2015)
This romantic thriller was directed by Mohan Raja, featuring Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy and ‘Nayantara’ in the lead roles. It later went to list its name among the best Tamil movies of all time. The movie revolves around an IPS officer who is in search of an illegally profiting scientist who uses his research for money.
8. Papanasam (2015)
Papanasam is a Malayalam movie ‘Drishyam’, remake starring Kamal Haasan, Gautami Tadimalla, Niveda Thomas in lead roles. The movie revolves around a common man who gives it all to protect his family from the law after they accidentally commit murder to defy themselves. This film was later remade in Bollywood with the same title as in Malayalam as “Drishyam” featuring Ajay Devgan, ‘Tabu’, Shriya Saran.
9. Thevar Magan (1992)
Kamal Haasan and Sivaji Ganesan starrer Thevar Magan is one of the best Tamil films of all time. The movie released in 1992 and received extremely positive reviews from audience and even got listed into classics.
10. 24 (2016)
24 is a 2016 Sci-Fi thriller. Directed by 'Vikram K Kumar', the movie features Suriya Sivakumar along with Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen in the lead roles. It is a science fiction movie that deals with the time mission and has presented a different storyline to the audience. Suriya steals the show in the movie.