If there’s any film that offers a tribute to cinema in the thriller genre, then it has to be Drishyam (Visual).
Directed by Jeetu Joseph, the film follows the story of the happy family of Georgekutty and the atrocities they face at the hands of police after they become the prime suspects regarding the abduction of the only son of the Inspector General of Police.
Whether they survive the chaos or not forms the rest of the story.
Munnariyippu (Warning) is a mystery thriller film with a dark secret revealed only at the end. Directed by Venu, the film follows the story of a convicted prisoner who even after serving his sentence professes that he hasn’t committed the crimes he was convicted of.
Throughout the film, the story keeps the audience intrigued and confused until the truth is revealed in the end.
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Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009)
Well, the list of best Malayalam hit movies list is incomplete without a historical war drama. So, here’s one titled Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja.
Directed by Hariharan, this 2009 war drama is based on the life of Pazhassi Raja, an Indian king who fought the British in the 18th century. The film features Mammootty in the titular role alongside an ensemble cast of some great actors.
Adaminte Makan Abu (2011)
Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam) is a brilliantly crafted story of an elderly couple trying to fulfill their desire for Hajj Pilgrimage.
Directed by Salim Ahamed, the film was praised all over for its emotional quotient and typical hardships of a common man in India. The film won several National Awards including Best Actor for Salim Kumar. This film was also the official entry from India for Oscars that year in the Foreign Language category.
Premam (Love) became a huge sensation among the Kerala youth at the time of its release. Directed by Alphonse Puthren, the film is a coming-of-age musical romantic comedy.
The film hit the right cords among the youngsters in Kerala by depicting three love stories comprising of a teenage crush, a college love affair, and the serious relationship that turns into marriage. It’s one of the best youth films and became a cult favorite instantly.
Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016)
Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Mahesh’s Revenge) is an innocent comedy film set on revenge theme.
Directed by Dileesh Pothan, the film follows the life of a photographer who gets into a tussle between his friend and another group of youngsters while attempting to resolve a conflict.
However, he is knocked to the ground creating an embarrassing scene in front of his neighbors. As a result, he takes a vow to never wear his slippers until he has avenged his insult. It is one of those films that keep you guessing what happens next!
Pulimurugan (Tiger-Murugan) deserves a special mention in our top Malayalam hit movies list. It is the biggest hit in the history of Malayalam cinema and the first Malayalam language film to cross Rs. 100 crore mark as well as Rs. 150 crore mark at the box office collections.
Directed by Vysakh, the film follows the life of a lorry driver who also happens to be the savior for the villagers from man-eating tigers in the nearby forest. The film gained fame for its spectacular graphics and cinematography setting new benchmarks for Malayalam cinema.
Bangalore Days (2014)
Another coming-of-age romantic drama, the 2014 film Bangalore Days is a story about three cousins who have grown together as best friends. When all the three grow up a move on with their respective lives, they miss each other dearly.
The film is actually about their time spent together when they reunite in Bangalore for different reasons. It’s a fun, lovable film about friendship, romance, and togetherness.
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Over to you!
Malayalam cinema is known for its bold approach when it comes to art and cinema but it also ensures that the films remain attached to the traditional roots.
That’s what makes them different and unique from the rest.
The filmmaking has often evolved along with new times but still keeps up with culture and traditions resulting in a perfect blend that entertains people from all generations in Kerala.
While language would be the biggest barrier, I really advise you to watch the films included in our top Malayalam hit movies list at least once. You can always use the subtitles to understand the language if you are not from Kerala.