27 Best Tamil Thriller Movies To watch Right now!
The OTT platforms and online distribution of tv series and movies have contributed heavily to the diversity and creativity of the art. Newer forms, better storytelling, and most importantly the exposure that we as the audience have experienced are immense. Regional cinemas, in particular, have received their much-deserved admiration. And its lookout and recommendations have been in want. In today’s article, we focus on getting to you the Best Tamil Thriller Movies. So that you can begin bingeing right away!
Released on 13th January 2021
Cast: Joseph Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Arjun Das, Malavika Mohanan
Directed by: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Thalapathy and Sethupathi lock horns in Lokesh Kanagaraj’s thriller action film Master. The movie begins by exploring the negative character of Sethupathi’s Bhavani, the one-punch man, and the way in which he uses teenagers to confess for his crimes and spend time in Juvenile. Joseph Vijay plays the titular role of being a ‘Master’ and is assigned to work in the following Juvenile Centre. He soon realizes that all is not well over here. As the kids sent to polished here are turning into criminals owing to Bhavani’s actions. Soon both characters come face to face in one of the best Mass Tamil Thriller Movies of the year.
Master is streaming on Amazon Prime
Released on 5th October 2018
Cast: Vishnu Vishal, Amala Paul, Naan Saravanan
Directed by: Ram Kumar
Ratsasan roughly translated means ‘Demon’ and that forms the crux of this psychological thriller. The movie begins with a note of a psychotic killer who picks out teenage schoolgirls to be his victim. On the other hand, we have a failed movie director Arun Kumar (played by Vishnu Vishal) who now goes on to join the police force as an Assistant Sub-Inspector. His dream of wanting to make a movie about psychopaths now turns into reality for him as he faces the brutal villain.
Ratsasan is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar
3. Vikram Vedha
Released on 21 July 2017
Cast: Madhavan, Vijay Sethupathi, Shraddha Srinath
Directed by: Pushkar- Gayathri
Vikram Vedha is another Tamil thriller movie directed by the husband-wife duo of Pushkar & Gayatri. Thrust in the tales of the Indian legends “Vikram-Betaal”, the film narrates the story of Vikram (played by Madhavan) who is a police officer. Sethupathi plays the bad guy Vedha, a thug after whom Vikram is set to catch and apprehend. But the story takes a turn when Vedha himself surrenders to Vikram. From there on Vedha goes on to detail three stories to him that makes Vikram question his own ideology about what’s good and what’s bad.
Vikram Vedha is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
Released on 19th October 2012
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Remya Nambeesan, Aadukalam Naren
Directed by: Karthik Subbaraj
Synopsis: Pizza is Karthik Subbaraj’s debut film and what a way to begin with. With Sethupathi in the lead role of Michael Karthikeyan, the film is a horror-thriller watch with suspense-filled storytelling. Michael is a pizza delivery guy who does not believe in the tales of the dead. Whereas his girlfriend is a writer who experiments with horror stories. Things turn upside down for Michael when one day he goes to deliver pizza at a Bungalow and encounters a supernatural entity. Pizza is an unmissable watch and should be on any list of Tamil thriller movies.
Released on 25th October 2019
Cast: Karthi, Narain (Sunil Kumar), Arjun Das
Directed by: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Tamil thriller movies and Kaithi go hand in hand. Lokesh Kanagaraj is all set with it’s sequel as well Dilli (played by Karthi) spent the last ten years in jail and is finally out now. His release his extra special for him because he is to meet his daughter for the first time in ten years. But his plans get interrupted by Inspector Bejoy (played by Narain) who seeks out and convinces Dilli for his aid with regard to a drug smuggling case.
Released on 11th May 2018
Cast: Vishal Reddy, Srinivasa Sarja, Samantha Akkineni
Directed by: P. S. Mithran
Major Kathiravan (played by Vishal) is suspended from his post owing to his short temper and anger issues. All the while he tries to work on it, he meets Dr. Rathi (played by Samantha) and soon they both fall in love. When Kathiravan goes back to his home he realizes that there is a lot of money matter over there, and promises to resolve them all. Kathiravan does all he can to get some money loaned for his sister’s marriage.
Sathyamoorthy (played by Srinivasa Sarja) takes advantage of such desperate people using cyber crime. When Kathiravan grasps that he has cheated, he turns up to find the truth. Irumbi Thirai is one of the most impressive Tamil thriller movies which revolve around hacking and cyber crime.
Released on 19th June 2020
Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Madhampatty Rangaraj, Nithya Kriupa
Directed by: Eashvar Karthic
Eashvar Karthic is a talented director, and his movie Penguin is another example of the best tamil thriller movies out there. Rhythm (played by Keerthy Suresh) is distressed with nightmares of her child who was kidnapped six years back. She soon encounters strange incidents and characters, and takes it upon herself to find the truth behind his son Ajay’s disappearance.
Penguin is streaming on Amazon Prime
Released on 24th November 2020
Cast: Kumar Natarajan, Arjun Das, Vinoth Kishan
Directed by: V. Vignarajan
Andhaghaaram follows the lives of three men who are intertwined which each other in ways that they can never imagine. Arjun Das plays Vinod, a cricket a coach; Vinoth Kishan is a visually challenged character Selvam; and finally Kumar Natarajan plays Dr. Indran. Seemingly weird incidents take place in their lives and bring them all together in one of the best supernatural tamil thriller movies in a long time.
Andhaghaaram is streaming on Netflix
9. Jagame Thandiram
Released on 18th June 2021
Cast: Dhanush, James Cosmo, Joju George, Aishwarya Lekshmi
Directed by: Karthik Subbaraj
Suruli (played by Dhanush) is a local gangster at Madurai. He gets rounded up by Peter Sprott (played by James Cosmo) a white supremacist gangster to London In order to help him fulfill his racist desires. Soon Suruli gets caught between money making and moral values. Jagame Thandiram focuses on illegal immigrants and their side of the story and is one of Dhanush’ best in the list of tamil thriller movies.
Jagame Thandiram is streaming on Netflix
10. Aaranya Kaandam
Released on 10th June 2011
Cast: Ravi Krishna, Jackie Shroff, Sampath Raj, Yasmin Ponnappa, Guru Somasundaram
Directed by: Thiagarajan Kumararaja
Aaranya Kaandam is a film that focuses on drug trafficking. The movies revolves around the lives of the six characters and the events unfold within the span of twenty hours. The film is a take on the dark aspects of people and their lives and should definitely be on your list of tamil thriller movies.
Aaranya Kaandam is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
11. Vada Chennai
Released on 17th October 2018
Cast: Dhanush, Aishwarya Rajesh, Ameer Sultan, Andrea Jeremiah
Directed by: Vetrimaaran
Anbu (played by Dhanush) is a proficient carrom player. Circumstances place him in between some gang wars and he is forced to take proceedings into his own hands. From thereon it’s matter of life and survival, and to have a name for himself. Vada Chennai is a typical Dhanush mass film, made just for him and wouldn’t miss out to be one of the best tamil thriller movies.
Vada Chennai is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
Released on 27th May 2016
Cast: Vijay Kumar, Mime Gopi, Suruli, Chandru Kumar, Jeyakanth Velu.
Directed by: Vijay Kumar
Uriyadi revolves around the lives of four college students who get involved into a political feud. Mime Gopi plays the character of Kumar who is a soon to be politician. Suruli who plays Ramnathan gets into a quarrel with the four college friends Lenin, Karthi, Suresh and Akhil. Soon Kumar gets into the scene due to his politics. The lives of all the characters get intertwined only to create more chaos to be resolved at the end. Uriyadi was Vijay Kumar’s debut film and it has been such a huge success. The film is regarding as one of the best political tamil thriller movies.
Uriyadi is streaming on Amazon Prime
13. 8 Thottakal
Released on 7th April 2017
Cast: Vetri, Aparna Balamurali, Nassar, M.S.Bhaskar
Directed by: Sri Ganesh
Sathya (played by Vetri) is a Sub-Inspector the Police Department. But due to his honest nature he is disliked by his colleagues. Sathya while tailing a gangster loses his pistol and that lands him in trouble. The lost gun is now being used by certain thugs and gangsters for their robberies and when this news goes viral Sathya is suspended. He is now hell bent on unravelling the truth as it’s not only about finding his gun, but also about the murders that take place around it. If you’re new to tamil thriller movies, 8 Thottakal might be a good start.
8 Thottkal is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
Released on 14th April 2016
Cast: Joseph Vijay, Samantha Akkineni, Mahendran, Amy Jackson
Directed by: Atlee (Arun Kumar)
Vijay Kumar (played by Vijay) is an honest DCP who gets himself involved in a rape case. He takes matters into his own hands and kills the offender and later comes to know that he was the son of the Minister Vanamaamalai (played by Mahendran). Vanamaamalai soon causes disruption in Vijay’s life. After losing everything he goes into hiding to protect his daughter Nivi from all this mess. But his past comes back to haunt him and he has to settle everything once and for all now. Theri is one of the best Tamil thriller movies of Thalapathy.
Theri is streaming on Amazon Prime
Released on 28th July 2017
Cast: Arjun Sarja, Prasanna Venkatesan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Krishna, Sruthi Hariharan.
Directed by: Arun Vaidyanathan
Arjun Sarja plays the character of Ranjith Kalidass who is the DSP of Crime Branch. He along with his team of Inspector Joseph (played by Prasanna) and Inspector Vandana (played by Varalaxmi) get involved in a high profile case. The psychotic killer keeps leaving clues for the police after every murder that is committed. Soon when they start unravelling the truth, the end up discovering an enormous and dark truth. If you haven’t watched Nibunan, you haven’t got the best of tamil thriller movies.
Nibunan is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
Released on 14th September 2017
Cast: Vishal Reddy, Prasanna Venkatesan, Andrea Jeremiah, Anu Emmanuel, Vinay Rai.
Directed by: Mysskin
Kaniyan Poongundran (played by Vishal) is a detective who does meager cases. One fine day he is called upon by a small kid who’s dog has been killed. When Kaniyan goes over to inspect he finds out that the dog was shot by a bullet. As he continues his search deeper darker secrets are unravelled.
Thupparivaalan is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
Released on 2nd October 2020
Cast: Anushka Shetty, R. Madhavan, Anjali, Michael Madsen
Directed by: Hemant Madhukar
Nishabdham is another one of the horror Tamil thriller movies, that subsequently revolves around a villa that is supposedly haunted. Sakshi (played by Anushka Shetty) is a deaf and mute artist who visits the villa with her fiancé. Soon they experience supernatural elements and things take a turn when later on her fiancé is found dead in the basement. Detective Maha and Captain Richard are assigned to the case and they tried to solve this supernatural mystery.
Nishabdham is streaming on Amazon Prime
18. Imaikka Nodigal
Released on 30th August 2018
Cast: Nayanthara, Anurag Kashyap, Atharva, Raashi Khanna, Vijay Sethupathi.
Directed by: R. Ajay Gnanamuthu
Anjali Vikramadithyan (played by Nayanthara) is an IPS who gets caught with her past when a serial killer named Rudra starts murdering people when five years she herself had closed the case of Rudra. Soon things take a turn when Anjali’s family members are targeted and she has to unravel the truth. But the truth is not what it looks like. Imaikka Nodigal is another must-watch psychological film on the list of Tamil thriller movies.
Imaikka Nodigal is streaming on Amazon Prime
Released on 7th June 2019
Cast: Vijay Antony, Srinivasa Sarja, M Nassar, Ashima Narwal
Directed by: Andrew Louis
Kolaigaran begins with Prabhakaran IPS (played by Vijay Anthony) surrendering himself to the police and DCP Karthikeyan (played by Srinivasa) on the basis that he committed a murder. But soon when Karthikeyan investigates the whole case darker mysterious secrets and he continues to hunt for the truth. Kolaigaran is inspired by the Japanese novel ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’, and would be another great start for Tamil thriller movies enthusiasts.
Kolaigaran is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
Released on 5th February 2016
Cast: Dinesh Ravi, Anandhi, Murugadoss, Samuthirakani.
Directed by: Vetrimaaran
The film revolves around four daily wage workers who are forced to confess to a high-profile robbery case that they didn’t commit. Very soon the case enters the court but the four victims stick to the truth and speak out about the police atrocity. Muthuvel (played by Samuthirakani) vouches for them and supports them, and the judge sets them free. But soon the four realize that they have just been trapped further into this mess. Visaranai is a great experimental watch that should definitely go up on your Tamil thriller movies watchlist.
Visaaranai is streaming on Netflix
21. Game Over
Released on 14th June 2019
Cast: Tapsee Pannu, Anish Kuruvilla, Vinodhi Vaidyanathan, Sanchana Natarajan.
Directed by: Ashwin Saravanan
Game Over follows the life of Swapna (played by Tapsee Pannu) a game designer who suffers from PTSD. She especially has triggering feelings around the date she was raped which has caused this condition in her. In another part of the city a serial killer is on the loose and encounters Swapna. The killer enters Swapna’s house and from thereon the mystery is set to be unraveled. Game Over is one of the best dark psychological Tamil thriller movies.
Game Over is streaming on Netflix
Released on 24th January 2020
Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Aditi Rao Hydari, Nithya Menen, Rajkumar Pitchumani.
Directed by: Mysskin
Angulimala (played by Rajkumar) is a psychotic killer who only kills women and keeps their heads as a trophy for himself. Aditi Rai Hydari plays Dahini a radio jockey and her boyfriend is Gautham (Udhayanidhi Stalin) who is blind. Tahini gets kidnapped by the psychotic killer but Dahini challenges him that she visually challenged boyfriend would come for him. The deficiencies on the protagonist side and the dark and twisted plot make Psycho a wonderful watch in the list of best Tamil thriller movies.
Psycho is streaming on Netflix
Released on 25th January 2013
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Shekhar Kapur, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar.
Directed by: Kamal Hasan
Vishwaroopam is another thriller Tamil espionage film. The movie begins with Dr. Nirupama (played by Pooja Kumar) who is married to Vishwanath (Kamal Haasan) but doubts her husband. Vishwanath is a dance teacher but soon Nirupama discovers certain truth from his past and present which forms the crux the movie. The sequel film didn’t technically keep up the good work of the first film, but Vishwaroopam is another good watch of the Tamil thriller movies out there.
Vishwaroopam is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
24. Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum
Released on 27th September 2013
Cast: Sreeram Natarajan, Shaji Chen, Adithya, Mysskin.
Directed by: Mysskin
The movie begins with a stranger who is shot, is by the side of the road and Chandru (played by Sreeram) a medical student goes over to help him. He tries to get medical help but to no avail. In the end, he takes the stranger to his house and performs surgery on him, and saves his life.
But later on Chandru and his family land in trouble because the stranger was none other than a criminal called The Wolf who was on the run from the police. Soon the police have Chandru on to catch the Wolf as he is able to establish contact with him. Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum is a dark tale of chase and hunt and a must-watch for all devotees of Tamil thriller movies.
Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
Released on 13th September 2018
Cast: Samantha Akkineni, Aadhi Pinisetty, Bhumika Chawla, Rahul Ravindran.
Directed by: Pawan Kumar
Samantha plays the character of Rachna who is an intern at a major newspaper. Along with Aditya (Rahul Ravindran) she works on an article piece revolving certain incidents at a flyover. She soon discovers that a couple of regular motorists move the concrete blocks that divide the road in order to take a ‘u-turn’ and those misplaced blocks have been causing lot of accidents of late. But everything takes a twist before Rachna could interview the motorists as one of them gets killed and she is accused of the murder. The film is a remake of the director’s own Kannada film, but still tops our list of the best tamil thriller movies.
U-Turn is streaming on Netflix
26. Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru
Released on 17th November 2017
Cast: Karthi, Rakul Preet Singh, Abhimanyu Singh
Directed by: H. Vinoth
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru is based on the real-life incident “Operation Bawaria” carried out by the Tamil Nadu Police against robbery and murders across the National Highway caused by the ‘Lorry Gang’. Karthi plays DSP Theeran Thirumaran an honest police inspector who always gave it his all. He soon faces higher forces as he investigates the illegal ventures being carried out by them.
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
27. Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru
Released on 29th December 2016
Cast: Rahman, Ashwin Kumar, Prakash Vijayaraghavan.
Directed by: Karthick Naren
Dhuruvangal Pathinaru begins with the main character Inspector Deepak (played by Rahman) who is retired now, narrating his story to a young police aspirant. He runs him through his career-ending case and the mysteries around it. The film is a fantastic crime thriller with its share of dark storytelling.
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru is streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar
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