16 Best Malayalam Movies Of 2021

Tovino Thomas

What were the best Malayalam movies of 2021? Very less number of movies and even lesser number of good movies. Found hard to compile this list. These are the best Malayalam movies according to our writers.

16. Operation Java (Zee5)

A small budget well made well engaging cybercrime thriller with good performances from the whole cast.

Genre: Crime Thriller
Director: Tharun Moorthy

Madhuram Malayalam Movie

15. Madhuram (SonyLIV)

The romantic scenes between Joju George and Shruti Ramachandran itself make this movie enter the list. It is not a romantic comedy, but an emotional journey. Great performances by Joju George, Nikhila Vimal, Indrans, Shruti Ramachandran. This is one of the three Arjun Ashokan movies in this list. He is growing. Very fast.

Genre: Drama
Director: Ahammed Khabeer

Kurup Malayalam Movies 2021

14. Kurup

It is not a biopic with realistic approach. It is a thriller with all commercial elements mixed well and it has a lot of good actors too. In that way it is a very good experience. Music of Sushin Shyam makes it even better.

Genre: Crime Thriller
Director: Srinath Rajendran
Stars: Dulquer Salmaan, Indrajith Sukumaran, Sobhita Dhulipala, Shine Tom Chacko, Sunny Wayne, Vijayaraghavan and Tovino Thomas

13. Kaanekkaane (SonyLIV)

A story of love, loss, betrayal and human errors. An unconventional drama. You see two of this year’s best performances – Suraj Venjaramoodu and Tovino Thomas.

Genre: Drama Thriller
Director: Manu Ashokan
Script: Bobby and Sanjay
Stars: Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Shruti Ramachandran

Aarkkariyam Malayalam Movie

12. Aarkkariyam

Slow burner. An awesome movie, with the amazing Biju Menon, Parvathy and Sharafudheen, that combines mystery, sentiment and drama in a seamless way.

Genre: Mystery Drama
Director: Sanu John Varghese

11. Nayattu

A technically good thriller movie with tight script, and great performances from the lead actors. We have opinion against the movie’s politics but still for its quality of filmmaking it enters the list.

Genre: Political Thriller
Director: Martin Prakkat
Script: Shahi Kabir
Stars: Kunchako Boban, Joju George and Nimisha Sajayan

Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam

10. Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam (SonyLIV)

It’s hard to find a comedy drama as realistic as this one and still makes you laugh out louder. Yes. Jan-E-Man comes closer. Anyway, Thinkalazhcha Nischayam is not just a comedy film but also it represents majority of the houses in Kerala, yes, India.

Genre: Comedy Drama
Director: Senna Hegde
Stars: Manoj K. U, Ajisha Prabhakaran, Anagha Narayanan, Unnimaya Nalppadam, Sunil Surya

9. Ajagajantharam

A wow of a movie in action genre. Malayalam industry is not famous for handling action movies as much as thriller or comedy or feel good films. Ajagajantharam is a treat to watch for action thriller fans. Tinu Pappachan is no one film wonder.

Genre: Action
Director: Tinu Pappachan
Stars: Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Arjun Ashokan and Sabumon Abdusamad

8. Jan-E-Man

A comedy movie that will enter your DVD collection box. The best time to view? Any day, any time.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Chidambaram
Script: Chidambaram, Ganapathi and Sapnesh Varachal
Stars: Basil Joseph, Arjun Asokan, Lal, Balu Varghese, Ganapathi, Sidharth Menon, Sajin Gopu, Thankam Mohan, Riya Saira

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7. Malik (Amazon Prime Video)

A modern day classic feat. Mahesh Narayanan tries to catch Maniratnam’s Nayakan and it comes closer to what Malayalam ever did.

Genre: Political Thriller
Director: Mahesh Narayanan
Stars: Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Vinay Forrt, Jalaja, Joju George, Dileesh Pothan and Indrans
Music: Sushin Shyam

Home Malayalam Movie Prime Video

6. Home (Amazon Prime Video)

Home wrestles with audience’ emotion. Makes you laugh so hard, then make you cry. Watch it with your parents. Home is a joy to watch. But there won’t be enough tissues in your house to stop your tears.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Rojin Thomas
Script: Rojin Thomas
Stars: Indrans, Manju Pillai, Sreenath Bhasi, Naslen K. Gafoor, Kainakary Thankaraj, Johny Antony

5. Joji (Amazon Prime)

An intense film adaption of William Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition, treachery, and guilt.

Genre: Crime Thriller
Director: Dileesh Pothan
Script: Syam Pushkaran

4. Churuli (SonyLIV)

Lijo Jose Pellissery keep outdoing himself raising the bar for all future filmmakers. Churuli is like a puzzle. This is by far the most complex story that is enjoyable to watch.

Genre: Mystery
Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery
Script: S. Hareesh
Story: Vinoy Thomas
Stars: Vinay Forrt, Chemban Vinod Jose, Joju George, Soubin Shahir and Jaffar Idukki

Drushyam 2 Malayalam Mohanlal

3. Drishyam 2 (Amazon Prime)

Jeethu Joseph and Mohanlal is back with Drishyam 2. This time with even more cleverer Georgekutti. It is filled with awe-twists. This is a film for every thriller lovers.

Genre: Crime Thriller
Director: Jeethu Joseph
Script: Jeethu Joseph
Stars: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Murali Gopy, Asha Sharath, Siddique, Sai Kumar

2. The Great Indian Kitchen (Amazon Prime Video)

An outstanding film with powerhouse performance by Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Venjaramood. An uncompromising film.

Director: Jeo Baby
Script: Jeo Baby

1. Minnal Murali (Netflix)

The best super hero subject made in India. Awesomeness at its peak. Guru Somasundaram is a revelation and Tovino is going to the top of the league with this one. Basil Joseph is the king.

Genre: Superhero, Comedy, Action
Director: Basil Joseph
Stars: Tovino Thomas, Guru Somasundaram, Aju Varghese

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