Out of all the genres, Tamil Cinema’s crime and horror thrillers usually hold the must-watch tag. Regardless of the time period, Tamil cinema has been the giving best of crime thrillers for several years now. In this article, we have listed down thrillers the ‘Best Crime Thrillers of Kollywood’ genre movies post ‘2000’.
Released in 2005, Anniyan directed by Shankar and starring Vikram, Sada is one of the best movies of the actor and director. It is a psychological crime thriller that targets corruption, immorality, and exploitation of the poor. The film was critically acclaimed and a box office hit.
Starring Kamal Haasan as the male lead and directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon this film matched the much-created hype before the release. The action sequence and Kamal’s sharp performance as DCP shook the audience and also the concept of ‘GAY LOVE’ was first time portrayed in a Tamil movie.
Directed by KV Anand starring Surya and Tamannaah as the lead, this film did pretty well in the box office. While the story is about smuggling diamonds from Africa, it shifts direction where gang leaders are dead against each other.
Debut director Thiagarajan Kumarraja’s film Aaranya Kaandam had Jackie Shroff playing the male lead. A typical gangster movie that brings together occurrences of six characters, this film was critically acclaimed and was noted for its amazing screenplay.
A National Award Winning film that was filmed from the novel ‘Lock up’ by M. Chandrakumar. The film highlighted the police cruelty towards the arrested wards. Directed by Vetrimaaran this film showcases the tortures faced by the innocents who are convicted and get victimised. This movie paved a path to India’s official entry to the Oscars.
Directed by Mohan Raja, this film was both critically acclaimed and box office hit. Right from the scripting to Jayam Ravi’s acting and Aravind Samy’s performance as a baddie, the team simply nailed it. The plot revolves around IPS Officer Mithran who wants to arrest Siddharth Abhimanyu, an affluent scientist who uses secret illegal medical practices for profit.
Released in 2015, Papanasam is a thriller film directed by Jeethu Joseph, a remake of his 2013 Malayalam film Drishyam. The film tells the story of, a middle-class cable TV operator, and his family who are found suspicious when the son of IG, goes missing. The film was critically acclaimed for its realistic portrayal of its characters.
Debut director Karthick Naren’s Dhruvangal Pathinaaru released in 2016, the film’s lead role was essayed by Rahman. The plot revolves around a retired police officer who is forced to relive his past as he narrates the story to his friend’s son. The film was critically acclaimed and a box office hit, it ran for 100 days on the big screen.