Best Malayalam Movies to Watch Right Now
Best Malayalam Movies to Watch Right Now. (Photo Credit – IMDb)

The magic of Mollywood knows no bounds. Despite the absence of traditional pan-Indian blockbusters, Malayalam films have captured hearts far beyond Kerala’s shores, earning recognition as a pan-Indian sensation. While ambitious attempts like “King of Kotha,” “Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea,” and “Malaikottai Vaaliban” may have faced challenges, the true marvel lies in how local gems have won over audiences nationwide. Join us on an exploration as we unveil the top 10 Malayalam movies that break cultural barriers, promising an enchanting journey filled with heart-warming tales, unforgettable characters, and breathtaking visuals. Get ready to immerse yourself in the joyous world of Mollywood and experience cinema like never before!

10. Second Show (2012)

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Gauthami Nair, Sunny Wayne
  • Runtime: 2h 6m
  • IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
  • Available on: YouTube

The film begins with Harilal, an ex-convict known as Lalu, recounting his tumultuous past to a stranger during a chance encounter at a rainy bus stop. Lalu reflects on his humble beginnings as a driver for the local sand mafia and his eventual alliance with Chaver Vavachan, driven by Vavachan’s quest for retribution following his brother’s demise. As Lalu navigates a world rife with violence and deceit, his life takes a dramatic turn upon meeting Geethu, a nurse whom he had previously mistreated but with whom he develops a profound connection. Despite enduring numerous trials and tribulations, including betrayals and personal losses, Lalu ascends the ranks of the criminal underworld, driven by a fervent desire for vengeance against Vishnu Budhan.

9. Anandabhadram (eternally safe) (2005)

  • Genre: Fantasy thriller
  • Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Kavya Madhavan, Manoj K. Jayan
  • Runtime: 170 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
  • Available on: YouTube

In a tale reminiscent of childhood bedtime stories, Ananthan embarks on a journey to his ancestral village of Shivapuram, guided by his mother’s stories of their family’s magical legacy and the protection of the revered nagamanikyam jewel. However, his homecoming turns sinister as he confronts the malevolent Digambaran, hell-bent on revenge against Ananthan’s lineage. Despite initial skepticism, Ananthan wins over the villagers and forms a bond with Bhadra. As Digambaran’s nefarious plans unfurl, Ananthan, Bhadra, and their ally Chemban stand against his manipulative tactics and murderous intentions. “Anandabhadram” is praised for its exceptional music, stunning cinematography, strong performances by the cast, and effective incorporation of horror elements. Additionally, it was dubbed into Tamil, Telugu (as “Sivapuram”), Hindi (as “Phir Wohi Darr”), and English.

8. Devadoothan (2000)

  • Genre: Psychological thriller/mystery
  • Cast: Mohanlal, Jayaprada, Vineeth Kumar
  • Runtime: 160 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
  • Available on: Youtube

‘Devadoothan’ is a unique and groundbreaking venture in Malayalam cinema, celebrated for its exceptional music and achieving cult status over time. Despite its eventual cult following, the film faltered during its theatrical release. Blending horror and musical elements, ‘Devadoothan’ faced challenges in finding its audience, with factors such as Mohanlal’s image primarily as an action hero back then and inadequate marketing contributing to its initial box office disappointment. The storyline revolves around Vishal Krishnamoorthy, grappling with financial struggles and career setbacks, who reluctantly returns to his alma mater to direct a musical production. As rehearsals unfold, Vishal uncovers mysterious ties to the college’s past, including the enigmatic musical instrument called “Seven Bells” and a tragic love story involving Alina and Nikhil Maheshwar. Through revelations and supernatural encounters, Vishal unravels the truth behind Nikhil’s disappearance and Alina’s fate.

7. Celluloid (2013)

  • Genre: Biographical drama
  • Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Mamta Mohandas, Sreenivasan
  • Runtime: 2h 9m
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
  • Available on: Sun NXT

“Celluloid” is a heartfelt biopic chronicling the life of J. C. Daniel, widely revered as the pioneer of Malayalam cinema. The film achieved remarkable success at the box office, resonating with audiences through its portrayal of Daniel’s unwavering dedication to filmmaking. Despite encountering numerous hurdles, Daniel’s unyielding resolve propels him to procure the essential equipment and support, culminating in a collaboration with the legendary filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke and the casting of Rosamma, later known as P K Rosy, in the lead role of his groundbreaking film “Vigathakumaran.” However, the screening of “Vigathakumaran” sparks outrage among upper-caste viewers, leading to Rosy’s social exclusion and Daniel’s subsequent struggles.

6. Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014)

  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
  • Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Lal, Jayasurya, Isha Sharvani
  • Runtime: 2h 38m
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
  • Available on: Disney Plus Hotstar

Set amidst the enchanting landscape of mid-20th century Munnar, “Iyobinte Pusthakam” emerges as a captivating period drama delving into the intricacies of family dynamics. At its heart lies the tale of Iyob and the fierce rivalry brewing among his sons—Aloshy, Ivan, and Dimitri. Set in pre-independent India, the film follows Aloshi’s return from war to a fractured family, only to uncover his brothers’ allegiance to a ruthless businessman intent on seizing their father’s legacy. Iyob grapples with betrayal from his own children as they compete for power. Against this backdrop, the narrative navigates Iyob’s challenges and decisions amidst familial turmoil, presenting a nuanced exploration of loyalty, betrayal, and heritage.

5. Joseph (2018)

  • Genre: Crime thriller/mystery
  • Cast: Joju George, Dileesh Pothan, Athmiya Rajan
  • Runtime: 2h 18m
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10
  • Available on: Prime Video

The narrative unfolds around the lives of four retired policemen, evoking a tone reminiscent of a thrilling investigation. Central to the plot is Joseph, a former Kerala Police officer renowned for his investigative prowess, whose life is marked by loneliness and a poignant backstory. Often seen drinking alone or in the company of a select few friends, Joseph is called upon by the police force when intricate crimes occur. However, when a personal tragedy befalls someone Joseph still holds dear, he decides to delve into the matter, embarking on a sacrificial journey to uncover the shocking truth behind his ex-wife’s accident.

4. Memories (2013)

  • Genre: Crime thriller
  • Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Vijayaraghavan, Suresh Krishna
  • Runtime: 2h 23m
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10
  • Available on: Youtube

Sam Alex, an SP of Kerala Police, struggles with alcoholism following the tragic murder of his wife Teena and daughter before his eyes. Initially reluctant to delve into a parallel investigation involving the disappearance of young married men, Sam eventually takes up the case at his mother Marykutty’s insistence. With perseverance, Sam uncovers clues pointing to an eccentric suspect with ambivalent feelings toward women. The film diverges from typical Indian action investigation thrillers, adopting a cinematic style reminiscent of Hollywood movies.

3. Thaniyavartanam (1987)

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Cast: Mammootty, Thilakan, Mukesh
  • Runtime: 2h 0m
  • IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
  • Available on: YouTube

In this film, Mammootty delivers a remarkable performance portraying Balagopalan Master, a school drawing teacher, as he navigates the challenges within his declining Nair joint family, deeply rooted in superstition and tradition, in a rural Kerala village. The family’s belief in a generational curse, foretelling the madness of one male member, becomes a haunting reality when Balan experiences a harrowing nightmare. Despite his attempts to prove his sanity, societal biases lead to his isolation and continued struggles. The film serves as a powerful critique of the harmful impact of superstition on individuals and communities, resonating with its relevance in contemporary society.

2. Kireedam (1989) & Chenkol (1993)

  • Genre: Drama, Action
  • Cast: Mohanlal, Thilakan, Parvathy
  • Runtime: 2h 4h & 2h 43m
  • IMDb Rating: 8.9/10 & 7.8/10
  • Available on: Youtube

“Kireedam” and its sequel “Chenkol” offer a poignant exploration of the profound repercussions of a single mistake in one’s life. Central to the narrative is the father-son relationship between Achuthan Nair, an honorable police constable, and his son Sethumadhavan. When Sethu intervenes in a confrontation with the criminal Keerikadan Jose, his actions inadvertently lead him into a spiral of crime and violence despite his father’s efforts to protect him. The films delve into the emotional turmoil and tragic consequences that unfold as Sethu’s attempt to assist his father ultimately results in dire outcomes. Thilakan and Mohanlal deliver outstanding performances that portray the father-and-son dynamics in the film.

1. Bramayugam (2024)

  • Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller
  • Cast: Mammootty, Arjun Ashokan, Sidharth Bharathan, Amalda Liz
  • Runtime: 2h 19m
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
  • Available on: Sony LIV

The movie presents a captivating folk horror story in black-and-white, garnering praise from critics and viewers alike. It unfolds in 17th-century Malabar, tracing the journey of Thevan and Koran as they flee from Portuguese enslavement and stumble upon a dilapidated mansion near the Bharatappuzha River. Welcomed by the mansion’s master, Kodumon Potti, Thevan becomes entangled in the house’s mysteries. However, he soon uncovers a dark secret: the mansion harbors an otherworldly creature that ensnares anyone who enters, condemning them to lifelong servitude. Celebrated for its performances, cinematography, sound design, background score, and production design, the film is hailed as one of the finest horror offerings in Malayalam cinema.

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