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10 Best Tamil Films To Watch On Hotstar, Amazon Prime & Netflix


In the last few years, the OTT platform has gained more popularity, and Kollywood has seen a rise in the number of OTT viewers too. We all know of some precious Tamil movies, which have kept us hooked to them with grace. The range of best Tamil films to watch is wide, but we’ve sorted the top ten for you to make your binge easy on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Hotstar:

1. Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)


IMDb Reviews: Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru represents Operation Bawaria undertaken by the Tamil Nadu police through the 1990s and 2000s. The factor which makes it stand apart from the other films according to critics is their depiction of police officials, which are entirely different from what other movies so far have shown.

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Critic Review: The actor Karthi is a perfectly suited police officer, who makes this action thriller movie convertible with his wits and punch dialogues. This movie is packed with the remarkable screenplay of H Vinoth, thrilling plot, beautiful romance, and the storyline which will make you bite your nails. 

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime 

Our Ratings: 4.3

2. Pariyerum Perumal (2018)

IMDb Reviews: Pariyerum Perumal, produced by Ranjith and directed by Mari Selvaraj. The story is surrounding around Dalit man and a group of people from intermediate caste. It showcases the challenges faced by people due to caste discrimination in different form. 

Critic Review: This film has changed the perspective of Tamil movies in terms of untouchability and caste-based discrimination. The storyline of this film has challenged the old aspect of our society and has tried to bring a new revolution. The simple and realistic acting of actors is heartwarming. 

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime 

Our Ratings: 4.6

3. Vada Chennai (2018)

IMDb Reviews: Vetrimaaran’s Vada Chennai, will make you wonder about a lot of things throughout the movie. Dhanush once again showed what he is capable of doing, and once again the two of them have brought a wonderful movie. 

Critic Review: This gangster drama, the first of a trilogy, charts Anbu’s rise from a simple and young carrom board player to a thug who forms a gang to save his neighbourhood from getting erased, And the struggle he has faced so far. You’ll love how wonderfully this movie will bring the uniqueness of it. 

Where to Watch: Hotstar

Our Ratings: 4.3

4. Sila Samayangalil (2018)

IMDb Reviews: Priyadarshan’s Sila Samayangalil is a melancholic piece of Tamil cinema in a hospital. As a group of people wait for their HIV test results, the film beautifully narrates their tales with the simplicity, which will make you fell in love with them.  

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Critic Review: All of the characters have a suspicion on each other. As brilliant actor Prakash Raj’s character, a middle-aged man, quietly gazes at others in the room; you see how the filmmaker has captured his story on the stigma that’s associated with the disease.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Our Ratings: 4.6

5. Metro (2016)

IMDb Reviews: Metro is a crime thriller that unfolds bit by bit. Set in Chennai, the film revolves around chain snatching in the city. And how dangerous it could be for all the common people to live, and the thriller of the movie will make you want more. 

Critic Review: While the film can’t equal the best thrillers made in Tamil cinema, it has enough action to make your jaw drop. Writer-director Ananda Krishnan throws in the story of a family to establish a sentimental cord. It’s still worth watching. 

Where to Watch: Netflix

Our Ratings: 4.1

6. Aruvi (2017)

IMDb Review: Aruvi delves into the stigma associated with HIV. Filmmaker Arun Prabu Purushothaman uses non-linear storytelling to show how Aruvi (Aditi Balan) is shunned by her family after accidentally getting infected with the disease.

Critic Review: Like Sila Samayangalil, this movie in 2017 had quickly become one of the most talked of dramas in 2017 for the topic it had presented in front of the audience. Aditi’s towering performance earned her several accolades. The movie is perfectly socialized with the real issue. 

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

Our Ratings: 4.6

7. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018)

IMDb Review: Mani Ratnam’s return to the action genre is a treat for the visual and aural senses. He brings together the brilliant cast and music of AR Rahman’s music and Santosh Sivan’s cinematography. 

Critic Review: This movie will hold your hand and walk you through the betrayals that are unleashed by a band of brothers in this action thriller. This Mani Ratnam film is an easy watch as it does not delve into bigger themes or reference mythology.  

Where to Watch: Hotstar

Our Ratings: 4.5

8. Merku Thodarchi Malai (2018)

IMDb Reviews: Merku Thodarchi Malai is a study on landless labourers of South India. The only well-known names in the film credits are Vijay Sethupathi and Ilaiyaraaja who serve as the producer and the composer respectively.

Critic Review: This movie is set in the Western Ghats where workers carry spices on their backs from the top of the hills to the foothills. Cinematographer Theni Eswar shot most of the film using natural light, allowing us to see the vivid browns and the greens of the hills in its pristine state.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Our Ratings: 4.3

9. Adhe Kangal (2017)

IMDb Reviews: Kalaiyarasan, who’s become the go-to everyman to star in Tamil thrillers, plays a blind chef in Adhe Kangal. The movie, however, doesn’t use his character’s disability to seek sympathy.

Critic Review: Actress Sshivada, the true star of this romantic thriller, plays his romantic interest Deepa whose actual motives are revealed much later. Adhe Kangal was remade in other languages but didn’t hit the sweet spot the original did. It’ll make you feel great how beautiful the movie is. 

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

Our Ratings: 4.4

10. Aaranya Kaandam (2011)

IMDb Review: Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s directorial debut Aaranya Kaandam used dark humor to tell the story of a gang of criminals. Jackie Shroff plays an aging don who double-crosses his associate in this noir film.

Critic Review: Aaranya Kaandam ran into trouble with the Censor Board for its explicit language and content. The movie didn’t fare too well at the box office but has been picked up fans over the years. But if you like the great storyline and unique content, then this is perfect for you. 

Where to Watch: Hotstar

Our Ratings: 4.1

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