Romantic movies always play a vital role in Tamil cinema. From the 80’s to 2K’s, everyone has some interest in love and likes to watch more romantic movies rather than other journal movies. Tamil cinema has released lots of romantic movies to their audience and got huge success from the audience. Here are some of the best Tamil romantic movies that you must watch at least once. They are segmented as decades
80’s Tamil romantic movies
Anbuku Naan Adimai 1980
Anbuku Naan Adimai was done by the familiar cast Superstar Rajinikanth with Rathi, directed by Thyagarajan under the banner Devar films. It was released 4th June 1980 with a movie-length of 129 Minutes.
Anbukku Naan Adimai shares the sentimental scenes between two brothers, one is a thief and the other is an inspector.
Oru Thalai Ragam 1980
Oru Thalai Ragam is a heartbroken love story from T.Rajendran. Starred by Shankar and Roopa under the banner Mansoor creations. The movie was released with a length of 145 minutes on 2nd May 1980.
Oru Thalai Ragam Narrates the one side love story of the guy who falls in love with his classmate.
Alaigal Oivathillai 1981
Alagai Oivathillai is being made as a debut film for both Karthik and Radha released on 18th July 1981 which is directed by Bharathiraja and story by the Manivannan under the production company “Pavalar Creations”.
The movie is about a love story between Vichu (Karthik), Hindu guy and Mary (Radha), Christian Girl.
Indru Poi Naalai Vaa 1981
Indru Poi Naalai Vaa is a comedy romantic film released on March 27, 1981, with a length of 137 Minutes. It was written and directed by Bakiyaraj under Rishad Creations. Bhakiraj and Raadhika play a major role in this movie under the music composition of Ilaiyaraja.
Indru Poi Naalai Vaa states how three boys try to impress Jaya (Radhika), an innocent girl.
Moondram Pirai 1982
Moondram Pirai is a romantic drama movie starring Kamal Haasan and Sri Devi which makes the breakthrough in their career. Written and directed by Balu Mahendra and produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, released on February 19, 1982. Music was composed by Ilaiyaraja.
Moondram Pirai narrates how a woman recovers her memory after the car accident with the help of a school teacher.
Munthanai Mudichu 1983
Munthanai Mudichu was released on 22nd July 1983 starred by Bhakiyaraj and Kavitha Rajini known by stage name Urvashi. Munthanai Mudichu was written and Directed by K.Bhagyaraj and produced by AVM Productions.
This story narrates how Urvashi falls in love with a school teacher, married him by false accusing, and manages to take care of him and his 2-year-old son.
Muthal Mariyathai 1985
Mudhal Mariyathai starring Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganeshan and Radha released on 15th August 1985 with the running time of 160 minutes. It was directed and produced by Bharathiraja and music by Ilaiyaraja.
This story narrates the flashbacks of the man who is at the dead-end of his life.
Mouna Ragam 1986
Mouna Ragam is a top-class romantic movie written and directed by Mani Rathnam, produced by Venkateshwaran ( Sujatha Films ). Mohan as Chandrakumar, Revathi as Divya, and Karthik as Manohar play a lead role. Music by Isaignani Ilaiyaraja. It was released on 15th August 1986 with a running time of 145 minutes and hit the box office.
Divya is a young fair girl forced to marry Chandrasekar. First, she neglected because of her Ex-lover Karthik who was shot dead and accepted due to her father’s bad health. Finally, how Chandrakumar and Divya managed to live a happy life is the story of this movie
Agni Natchathiram 1988
Agni Natchathiram is one of the iconic movies in mani Rathnam, written and directed by mani Ratnam, produced by Sujatha Films. The lead roles in this movie are Prabhu, Karthi, Amala, Vijaya Kumar, and Nirosha. It was released on 15th April 1988 with a movie-length of 146 minutes.
In this movie, Prabhu pairs with Amala and Karthik pairs with Nirosha. The rest of the movie is about who is going to claim Ramasaamy as his father.
En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan 1989
En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan was released on 3rd February 1989 with a movie-length of 135 Minutes, cast by Vijayakanth, Rekha and Subashini. This movie was directed by Manobala under the banner Manthralaya Cine Creations.
This movie narrates the possessiveness of two young ladies.
90’s Tamil romantic movies
Idhayam is always being the best movie for the one side lovers released on 6th September 1991, written and directed by Kathir under the production company Sri Sathya Jyothi Films. Murali and Heera Rajagopal plays the lead role
This movie narrates the love story of the introverted guy who doesn’t have the courage to propose to her.
Roja is a thriller romantic film that deserves three National Film Awards directed by Mani Ratnam under the producer K. Balachander. It was released on 15 August 1992 with a movie-length of 137 minutes. Arvind Swami and Madhoo Play a vital role in Roja. Background Score and Music by A.R.Rahman.
It is the thrilling love story of Husband and Wife in the Army land.
Bombay is another iconic movie from Mani Ranam, cast by Arvind swami and Manisha Koirala. It is produced by Aalayam Productions and distributed by Ayngaran International released on 10 March 1995 under the Music Composition of A.R. Rahman.
This movie narrates the love story of two inter-caste couples.
Kadhal Kottai 1996
Kaadhal Kottai deserves the National Film Award for the best-featured film. It was released on July 12, 1996, with a movie-length of 167 minutes written and directed by Agathiyan under the banner Sivasakthi Movie Makers. Ajith Kumar and Devayani play a lead role. It is one of the featured Ajith movies.
Kaadhal Kottai is about a long-distance relationship between Suriya (Ajith Kumar) and Kamali (Devayani)
Kadhaluku Mariyathai 1997
Kadhaluku Mariyathai was starred by Vijay and Shalini released on 19th December 1999 under the Murugan Cine Arts. its movie length is 165 minutes under the direction by Fazil
This movie narrates how Jeevanantham manages Mini’s brothers to marry her.
Minsara Kanavu 1997
Minsara Kanavu is one of the iconic movies for Prabhu Deva, Kajol and Arvind Swamy directed by Rajiv Menon and produced by AVM production. The movie was released on 14 January 1997 with a movie-length of 154 minutes. Music by A.R.Rahman.
This movie is about the love story of two men with a single woman.
Jeans always remain in the audience hearts which shows the 7 wonders of the world directed by Shankar and produced by Amritraj Solomon Communications released on 24 April 1998. Prashanth and Aishwarya rai are the lead roles. Music was done by A.R. Rahman
This story about the love story of Identical twins
Thulladha Manamum Thullum 1999
Thulladha Manamum Thullum is another iconic movie from Vijay with Devayani, directed by Ezhil under the production of super good films. It was released on 29 January 1999 with a movie-length of 150 Minutes.
This story is about a love story of an innocent guy who was accused of a gangster by his lover.
Kadhalar Dhinam 1999
Kadhalar Dhinam is a happy ending romantic movie starring Kunal, Sonali Bendre, and Nassar which is directed by Kathir under Sri Suriya Movies released on 9th July 1999 with the movie length of 151 minutes.
The story is about how Raja & Roja get married through Roja’s father’s insistence.
Sethu is a romantic movie released on 10th December 1999 written and directed by Bala under the production of Kandasamy and distributed by Sharmasha productions. Vikram and Abitha played the lead role in this movie with a length of 130 minutes. Music by Ilaiyaraja. Sethu movie won the National Film Awards for the best feature movie.
This movie narrates the heartbroken love story of a rugged boy and frightened women.
2000’s Tamil romantic movies
Kandukondain Kandukondain 2000
Kandukondain Kandukondain is performed by legends Ajith, Mamooty, Abbas, Tabu, and Aishwarya Rai directed by Rajiv Menon under the V creations production. It was released on 5 May 2000 with a movie-length of 158 Minutes. The music and background score was done by A.R. Rahman.
The Movie states the struggles of the family who lost their father at an unusual time.
Minnale was performed by Madhavan, Abbas, and Reema Sen directed by Gautham Menon under the banner Cee (I) Tv Entertainment. The movie was released on February 2, 2001, with a movie-length of 171 minutes. Harris Jayaraj composed for this movie
This movie narrates the love story of a local guy who fell in love with the bride of an American return guy.
Alaipayuthey another iconic movie from Mani Ratnam acted by madhavan and shalini released on 14th April 2000 with a movie length of 138 minutes under the production company “Madras Talkies”. The music was composed by A.R.Rahman
This story says the struggles of married couples after the love marriage
Kadhal Kondein 2003
Kadhal Kondein is a Psychological romantic movie starring Dhanush and Sonia Agarwal directed by Selvaraghavan inspired by “Fear”, the American movie under the banner R.K. Productions. It was released on 4th, July 2003 with a movie-length of 185 minutes under the music composition of Yuvan Shankar Raja
The Movie narrates the love story of an abused guy in his childhood who lost his mother in earlier life.
7/G Rainbow Colony 2004
Ravi Krishna made his debut film on this film released on 15th October 2004 with a movie length of 185 minutes. Sonia Agarwal plays the lead role with Ravi Krishna directed by Selvaraghavan under Sri Suriya Productions. Ravi Krishna won the Filmfare Best Male Debut ( South ) for this movie. Yuvan Shankar Raja performed music for this movie and received the Filmfare Best Music Director Award.
The movie narrates the best love story of one sided lover.
Kaadhal movie was released on 17 th December 2004 based on the true love story acted by Bharath and Sandhiya. The movie was directed by Balaji Sakthivel under the banner S Productions.
This movie narrates the story of a Poor boy and a wealthy girl.
Sillunu Oru Kadhal 2006
Sillunu Oru Kadhal is one of the milestone films for Suriya released on 8th September 2006 with a movie length of 178 minutes. Jothika, Bhoomika, and Vadivelu play the lead role under the direction of N. Krishna, produced by Studio Green. A.r. Rahman Joined the team for music.
The story narrates the love before the marriage Vs Love after the marriage.
Paruthiveeran is the epic village love story released on 23 february 2007 with a movie length of 162 Minutes. Karthi makes his debut in this movie, priyamani and saravanan are other lead roles directed by Ameer Sultan under the production Studio Green. Yuvan Shankar Raja is the music composer of this movie.
Paruthiveeran narrates the inter-caste village love story.
Yaradi Nee Mohini 2008
Yaradi Nee Mohini is the Telugu remake movie starring Dhanush and Nayanthara released on 4th April 2008 directed by Mithran Jawahar with the movie length of 180 minutes produced by R.K. productions. The background score was done by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
The movie narrates the love story of a boy who accidentally loves his best friend’s bride.
Vaaranam Aayiram 2008
Vaaranam Aayiram starred by Suriya and Sameera Reddy who made her debut. The movie was released on November 14th, 2018 with a movie-length of 169 minutes under the Aascar Films Pvt.Ltd. The music was composed by Harris Jayaraj
The movie shows the love story of a guy at a different age.
Last decade (2010’s) Tamil romantic movies
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa 2010
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa is one of the iconic romantic movies in Tamil cinema released on 26 February 2010 with a movie-length of 167 minutes. Silambarasan and Trisha play the lead roles directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon under the banner Escape Artists Motion Pictures. The background score and music was done by A.R.Rahman
Angadi Theru 2010
Angadi Theru is a commercial romantic movie written and directed by vasanthabalan under the Ayngaran Productions. Mahesh and Anjali made their debut in this movie released on 26 March 2017 with a movie length of 157 minutes. Vijay Antony and G.V, Prakash Kumar jointly composed music for this movie.
This movie tells the love story of a salesboy and salesgirl.
Madrasapattinam was a romantic drama movie released on 9th July 2010 with a movie video length of 165 minutes directed by A.L. Vijay under the banner AGS entertainment. Amy Jackson, who made her debut in this movie and Arya plays the lead roles in this movie. The music was done by G.V. Prakash Kumar
Madrasapattinam reveals the love story of an English woman and a local madras guy.
Mynaa was released on 5 th November 2017 with a movie length of 146 minutes written and directed by Prabhu Solomon under the banner Shalom Studios. Vidharth and Amala Paul are the lead roles in this movie. The Music composition was done by D. Imman.
The movie reveals the deep love story of an imprisoned guy.
3 was released on 30 th March 2012 with the movie length of 148 minutes directed by Aishwarya R Dhanush under the production Wunderbar Films. Anirudh Ravichander made his debut on this movie and given the most viewed song “Why this Kolaveri di” on youtube. Dhanush and Shruthi Haasan played lead roles in this film.
The movie is about a flashback of a love married woman who lost his love in early life.
Neethane En Ponvasantham 2012
Neethane En Ponvasantham was released on 14 December 2012 with a movie length of 145 minutes. Jiiva and Samantha Ruth Prabhu play the lead roles directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon under the banner Photon Kathaas. Ilayaraja gave a comeback to this movie after long years as a music director.
Neethane En Ponvasantham reveals the love story of couples at their different stages of life.
Raja Rani 2013
Atlee introduced himself through the movie Raja Rani released on 27 September 2013 with a movie length of 164 minutes. Arya, Jai, Nayanthara, Nazriya Nazim are the lead roles in this movie under the Fox Star Studios and A.R. Murugadoss Productions. The background score and music was done by G.V. Prakash Kumar.
This movie narrates the story that there is love after love failure.
O Kadhal Kanmani 2015
O Kadhal Kanmani is a romantic love story directed by Mani Ratnam who is a master for love stories under the Madras Talkies production. Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menon are the lead roles released on 17th April 2015 with a movie length of 138 minutes. The background score and music was done by A.R. Rahman.
O kadhal Kanmani states the love story of a young couple who have an interest in living-together.
Pyaar prema Kadhal 2018
Pyaar Prema Kaadhal is a romantic comedy Tamil movie directed by Elan under the banner YSR Films and released on 10th August 2018 with a movie length of 122 minutes. Yuvan Shankar Raja composes the music for this movie.
The movie is about the love story of a homely boy and a modern girl.
96 was a heartbroken love story starred by well known Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha released on 4th October 2018 with a movie length of 158 minutes. The movie was directed by C. Premkumar and produced by S. Nanthagopal ( Madras Enterprises ). The Music was from Govind Vasantha.
The movie reminds you of your school love story.