These films promise and deliver entertainment. We can all agree that sometimes we like good subtitled or dubbed versions of South Indian movies. Often when we talk about South Indian cinema all we can think of is a lot of energy, dance, and action, and don’t forget Masala! In this post, we present you with some of the best south Indian movies to watch.
Many film industries are intensively producing films in the local languages of South India. These local industries produce thriving and profitable films as well as critically acclaimed films. It’s no exaggeration to say that every second a Bollywood blockbuster remakes a South Indian movie.
So, let’s take a look at 10 of the best South Indian movies that every movie lover should see at least once in their lifetime!
1. Soorarai Pottru
IMDB – 9.1/10
Soorarai Pottru tells the story of Maar, a young man from a remote village. He dreams of starting his own airline someday, and he has to overcome many obstacles to get there. This is an inspiring story, and this emotional journey in the film is like a journey of which you are a part. A must-see if you wonder if he will be able to complete his quests or not!
IMDB – 9/10
The next movie on the list is the heartbreaking story of Amudhavan, a single father who becomes discouraged after his wife leaves him and his cerebral palsy child.
He struggles to care for his growing daughter, who is constantly rejected by society. The film reveals some harsh truths about society’s norms that make it interesting. Keep the tissue box handy!
3. C/o Kancharapalem
IMDB – 9/10
This sister film follows four love stories across religion, ethnicity, and age in a small town. From a young boy’s unrequited love to a middle-aged man’s office romance, watch cute yet touching stories unfold in the most beautiful way. This perfect movie will inspire awe in a beautifully shot film and make you want to fall in love again.
4. Pariyerum Perumal
IMDB – 8.8/10
This movie can be said to be a modern reinterpretation of unfortunate lovers such as Romeo and Juliet and Here Lanza. This is the story of a low-caste law student, Farien, who falls in love with a high-caste girl, Jyoti.
Due to the class difference between the two families, the relationship between the two families annoys the members of the Jyoti, who are endlessly pursuing Fararian. If you are curious about the appearance of these two lovers, if you are in a relationship, be sure to watch this movie.
5. Drishyam 2
IMDB – 8.7/10
Drishyam 2 follows the story of a family threatened by an ongoing investigation that could change the course of their lives forever. And yes, just like the previous ones, this one has some great action scenes. Watch this exciting movie and see if George Cutty can save his family! And in the meantime, keep a bucket of popcorn aside.
6. Kumbalangi Nights
IMDB – 8.6/10
This drama film tells the story of four brothers Saji, Bonnie, Bobby, and Franky who live in a small, shabby house in the village of Kumbalangi. They don’t have a good reputation in town, they’re poor and they don’t get along well with each other.
This sets the basic premise of the film that these people learn to set aside differences and become one. A dramatic scene that reminds us of the importance of family and the power of harmony.
IMDB – 8.5/10]
Mahanati is based on the life of actress Savitri Ganesan. This heartbreaking film follows Savitri, one of South Indian cinema’s most respected actresses, through various tragic events in her personal life. She cannot overcome her depression and she eventually becomes an alcoholic.
The film provides insight into the dark side of the film industry and how actors/actresses may face their own problems or tragedies, even if they choose to smile at the camera.
Aruvi is a black comedy about a girl who grew up in an ever-changing socio-economic consumption environment. However, she struggles to adjust and is ashamed of being rude to her family. As much as that, she struggles to live on her own while overcoming many difficulties she faces. That’s what the story is about, and the masterpiece lies in the way the story is told to your audience!
IMDB – 8.5/10
This hard-hitting movie follows four laborers who are tortured by the police to confess to a theft they have not committed. But just when they think that they have been saved by an honest policeman, they find that the worst is yet to come!
Showcasing an ugly side of the political system, this movie doesn’t sugarcoat the repercussions of abuse of power in the movie and it surely makes it difficult to watch, but it’s definitely worth it. A brilliant masterpiece for all those of you who like crime/thriller movies.
IMDB – 7.5/10
The film depicts the struggle for power within the party as the leader of the party dies. In the end, the adopted child takes his place, but he faces another problem. Directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran, the film was released last year in 2019 and stars Bobby, Zayed Masood, Jatin Ramdas, and Khureshi Abraham.
If you’re a movie lover, language is never an obstacle, as the content is ultimately king. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best South Indian movies and now you just need to start seeing them all if you haven’t seen them yet!