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The List of all the Tamil Movies of 2018 that you can Watch now 

 Tamil cinema, which is popularly called as Kollywood, has produced some of the greatest artists over the years. The consumption of the latest Tamil movies online is growing tremendously. It witnessed a steep surge in its following across India. In fact, the search for Tamil movies on online streaming site has seen a sharp surge in the last few years. Every film is an event for celebration in every part of Tamil Nadu. Such a fan following could only be achieved with the right balance of commercial and art elements in the narrative that echoes with the sentiments of the audience. Tamil industry churns out great movies every year that feature in our annual list of ‘The Best Indian films‘, and 2018 has been no different. Tamil movies released in 2018 saw impressive debut films, an experimental cinema that broke the rules, and quite a few films with women in the lead.




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We have listed the latest & popular Tamil Movies of 2018 and where to stream them online – Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. These movies can be downloaded in High Definition (HD) for offline viewing on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Hotstar is the best site to watch Tamil movies online for free and legally. You just need to create an account and login. Here is the link to it – Hotstar. It supports HD viewing as well.

Find out the best of Tamil movies in the list of ‘Top 10 Tamil cinema of 2018’ by The Hindu. You can check Wikipedia for all the upcoming Tamil movies in 2019. Of all the Tamil movies released in 2018, Saamy Square, Mr Chandramouli, Sketch and Seema Raja were heavily criticized and panned by masses. Check out here the latest Tamil movies of 2019 that can be watched online in HD.




 


15. Maari 2 | Balaji Mohan | Comedy Drama | IMDb 5.6

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It’s no brainer that Maari 2 is a sequel film to Maari, starring Dhanush & Balaji Mohan directing it. The team is back with a change in female actor to gorgeous Sai Pallavi. Maari, a fun-loving rowdy, creates many enemies in his area due to his arrogant but righteous behaviour. Beeja, a dreaded gangster, vows to seek revenge against Maari for killing his brother.

14. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam | Mani Ratnam | Drama | IMDb 7.4

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

With crime/action drama Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (‘Crimson Red Sky’, 2018) ace Tamil film-maker Mani Ratnam once again plows through one of his pet themes, albeit in a rickety manner: conflicts and friction inherent in the relationship between zealous men of power.

It starts with an assassination attempt on a powerful ageing don (Prakash Raj) and the shock waves of this news are used as a good framing device to introduce us the don’s ruthlessly enterprising yet wildly different three sons (played by Arvind Samy, Arun Vijay, and Simbu). Each of the actors receives attention akin to mass-heroes, their dangerously suave posture perfectly polished with artifice and markedly effective AR Rahman score.




 The sons’ suspicion immediately falls on the leader of a warring clan. However, what follows is not an explosive gang rivalry but an implosion that pushes three brothers to fight over their father’s throne. Vijay Sethupathi plays an alcoholic, suspended police officer with ulterior motives, who has established strong ties with the mob family through his friendship with the eldest son.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (143 minutes) is a fairly entertaining feature with relentless bloodshed, gripping performances, and eventually nothing much to reflect over or remember.

13. Sila Samayangalil | Priyadarshan | Social Drama | IMDb 7.2

Stream –  Sila Samayangalil on Netflix

Sila Samayangalil is a tense social drama about seven individuals waiting for their HIV test result. It’s a Netflix Original directed by Priyadarshini, the film has a great ensemble of actors that includes Prakash Raj, Ashok Selvan, Shreya Reddy, Nassar an Anjali Rao. It creates awareness about HIV/AIDS without getting preachy and melodramatic about it.




12. 2.0 | Shankar Panicker | Sci-Fi Thriller | IMDb 6.5

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Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth in 2.0 (2018, Tamil)

After the havoc Chitti created in Enthiran, Vaseegaran has dismantled it. Vaseegaran (played by Rajinikanth) has built new human-robot Nila (played by Amy Jackson), designed for understanding human feelings better. Chennai city is under a bizarre threat when the cell phones start to disappear from everywhere. A bird-shaped creature starts murdering people in the most absurd ways.

Vaseegaran reconfigures & reinstate Chitti, and seeks help to fight against the bird.  2.0 is a smart spectacle that works for its sheer audacity to deliver a big budget popcorn entertainment with an undercurrent of the socially relevant issue.

In spite of Tamilrockers leaking the film for free download on the eve of its release, 2.0 went on smashing the box office and emerged as the biggest box office movie of 2018. It is the 2nd highest grossing film in India, behind Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, and the highest grossing Tamil movie.

 




11. Kaala | Pa. Ranjith | Social Drama | IMDb 6.9

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Rajnikanth in Kaala 2018 (Tamil Movie)

Mumbai is a multi-lingual cosmopolitan city. It has been a subject of interest for film-makers to tell stories of various shades from the city. Pa. Ranjith weaves a family drama with the land-grabbing issue that has plagued Mumbai recently.

Union minister, Hari Dhadha (played by Nana Patekar) tries to evict the people from Dharavi and seize their land. Kaala (played by Rajinikanth) comes to the rescue of the area and his people. The fight between Hari Dhadha and Kaala ensues, leading to Kaala’s personal loss. Kaala decides to take revenge on him and protect the people of Dharavi.




10. Vada Chennai | Vetrimaaran | Crime Drama | IMDb 8.7

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Dhanush as Anbu playing Carrom board in Vada Chennai

‘Vada Chennai’ was the most anticipated Tamil movie of 2018 for two reasons. Vetrimaaran returns to direction after critically acclaimed Visaranai and he teams up with the most talented actor in Tamil movies – Dhanush. Vada Chennai has traces of Vetrimaaran’s most accomplished film ‘Aadukalam’. The sprawling and multi-threaded narrative has a non-linear structure.
It infuses intense emotions of love, loyalty and betrayal organically in the story. An under-educated young boy Anbu (Dhanush) gets embroiled in local politics. It takes him through the rustic and dark underbelly of Madurai [in Aadukalam] and North Chennai [in Vada Chennai]




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Vada Chennai featured in our annual list of The 15 Best Indian Movies of 2018.

It’s hard to keep up with the pace due to frequent change in timeline and a plethora of characters thrown in a mixer. Eventually, it adds to the ambiguous morality of the lead characters and the repercussions of their actions.
The strong foundation for the sequel, Vada Chennai 2, has been laid. Many subplots are yet to be tied up neatly. The characters have already etched in mind, if not the heart. You can read the complete of the film here.




9. Ratsasan | Ram Kumar | Murder Mystery | IMDb 8.8

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Vishnu in Ratsasan Tamil Movies of 2018
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Arun (Vishnu Vishal) is an aspiring film-maker staying in a small town of Tamil Nadu. He wants to make a movie on psychopaths. Circumstances force him to join the Police force after his father passes away.

He is reluctant at first and takes time to adjust to the new job. He soon gets involved in chasing a mysterious serial killer who murders school going girls. The third act, after the revelation of the murderer, appears stretched and convoluted.




In spite of that, Ratsasan is an engaging layered drama that addresses child abduction and molestation in a realistic way. Vishnu Vishal is terrific as a novice investigator who displays vulnerability and curiosity clearly. He will be next seen in ‘Idam Porul Yaeval’, also starring Vijay Sethupathi, directed by Seenu Ramasamy.

8. Pariyerum Perumal | Mari Selvaraj | Social Drama | IMDb 9

Tamil movies 2018 – Stream  Pariyerum Perumal on Amazon Prime

Pariyerum perumal Tamil Movies 2018
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Pariyerum Perumal took the critics and audience by surprise. It made a powerful, non-cliche anti-caste statement that echoed with the sentiments of audiences. An aspiring law student (Kathir) from a lower caste begins a friendship with his classmate, a girl from a higher caste.




The trouble starts when the family of the girl gets to know about their friendship. Enjoying the rating of 9 on IMDb, the movie gained word of mouth momentum and proved sleeper hit. Pariyerum Perumal songs are passionately weaved in the story to take the narrative forward. It is rare that weaves social issue seamlessly with a drama that isn’t manipulative.

7. Sarkar | A.R. Murugadoss | Political Thriller | IMDb 7.1

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Vijay in Sarkar Tamil Movies 2018

A.R.Murugadoss returns with a political drama that catches the pulse of Indian politics. Many political parties in India has raised a concern about electoral fraud. And Sarkar capitalises on the issue and fleshes out a drama starring Tamil movies Superstar, Vijay.

Sundar Ramasamy, an NRI businessman, returns home to cast his vote in the general election. He learns that someone else has cast the vote on his behalf. When he decides to investigate the matter, he finds himself pitted against two corrupt politicians.




6. Mahanati | Nag Ashwin | Biographical Drama | IMDb 8.7

Tamil movies 2018 – Stream Mahanati on Amazon Prime

Mahanati chronicles the life of Indian actress Savitri (Keerthy), depicting her tumultuous rise to prominence in Telugu cinema, marriage with Gemini Ganesan (Salmaan), and subsequent fall from grace, viewed from the perspective of a journalist (Samantha Akkineni) and a photographer (Arjun Reddy fame Vijay Deverakonda).

It’s an emotionally gripping story that doesn’t cut a dramatic slack during its three-hour-long haul. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu writes, “The film belongs to Keerthy and Dulquer as they imbibe the mannerisms of the legendary actors they’re portraying but don’t end up as caricatures. Dulquer scores with his effortless ease, and Keerthy owns every moment on screen.”

Keerthy Suresh won Best Actress award at 66th National Film Awards 2019.




5. Bhaagamathie | G. Ashok | Supernatural Horror | IMDb 7

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Anushka Shetty in Bhaagamathie Tamil Movies 2018

Bhaagamathie is a rare Tamil movie of 2018 that had critics and audience divided upon its release. Emerging as a box office-winner, Anushka Shetty leads from the front and carries the film singularly on her shoulder even when the narrative flaws outgrow her staggering performance.
 
Even the premise that feels similar and the convoluted narrative, it works as a riveting thriller. Anushka stars as IAS officer Chanchala Reddy. She is imprisoned in a dilapidated haunted house while on an interrogation of a politician they suspect of corruption.




4. Seethakaathi | Balaji Tharaneetharan | Drama | IMDb 7

Tamil movies 2018 – Stream Seethakaathi on Amazon Prime

Vijay Sethupathi in Seethakathi
Even with a selective minimal range of expressions, Vijay Sethupathi has proved himself again and again with his choice of diverse scripts. Seethakaathi, which marks his 25th Tamil movie, is another feather in his cap.

Seethakaathi is a poignant story of a theatre artiste. It is a meditative exploration of life and death. The body could be mortal but the relationship of artist and his art is immortal. Priyanka Sundar in her review writes, “Seethakaathi achieves what Kamal Haasan’s Uthama Villain aimed to do.”




3. U Turn | Pawan Kumar | Mystery Thriller | IMDb 7

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Samantha in U Turn - Tamil Movies 2018

Film-maker Pawan Kumar remakes his own Kannada Language hit film U-Turn. Samantha Akkineni reprises the role of Shraddha Srinath, an intern with The Times of India.

While working on the article involving the violation of traffic rules leading to road incidents on a flyover, Rachna gets embroiled in the murder of a motorist on the flyover. Thinkal Menon of The Times of India wrote in his review, “An interesting remake with enough twists and turns, and a climax that could have been more convincing.”




2. 96 | C. Prem Kumar | Romantic Drama | IMDb 8.8

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Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan starrer Tamil Movie ’96’ contains a multitude of emotions wrapped in the warmth of nostalgia. 96 is about two high school sweethearts who meet at the reunion after 22 years.

Even though the plot is quite simple, C. Prem Kumar doesn’t resort to cliches and weaves an emotional narrative riding high on school memories and the feeling of the first love. Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha share a chemistry that crackles to life on screen. It is one of the best song albums for a Tamil movie released in 2018.

1. Merku Thodarchi Malai | Leninbharati | Social Drama | IMDb 8.9

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If there is any Tamil movie of 2018 that you should watch right away, it should be cinematographer Theni Esawar and debutant director Lenin Bharathi’s ‘Merku Thodarchi Malai.’

The quotidian life of the landless labours is jeopardised when the political emergence conflicts with personal politics, and, ultimately, ruin the harmonious living. The film reflects the inward turbulence of the lead protagonist that peaks to a violent incident, forever changing the fate of his life.
 



The film opens with languid paced forty minutes shot of labours trekking uphill on ‘Western Ghat.’ It is one of the most beautifully photographed sequences you would see this year in Indian cinema. It is almost poetic until these labours carry a sack of cardamom downhill, on their back, which makes it elegiac. The ‘Merku Thodarchi Malai’ songs strengthen the narrative.

Check out 10 Top Tamil Movies available on Netflix that includes Merku Thodarchi Malai

Some part of the third act may feel out of sync. It could be due to an abrupt moralistic change in the lead character to achieve the desired climax. It is, nonetheless, one of the most thoughtful films on the labour class.

Honourable Mention

Tamil Movies of 2018 that can be streamed online.

vishwaroopam 2 Tamil movies 2018

    • Vishwaroopam 2 |  Kamal Haasan | Thriller | IMDb 6 –  One of the most anticipated Tamil movie of 2018, Vishwaroopam 2 was a sequel to Kama Hasaan’s acclaimed Vishwaroopam.
      Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri (played by Kamal Haasan), a RAW agent, tries to prevent a terrorist organisation from executing a deadly mission against three countries. Stream Vishwaroopam 2 on Hotstar
    • Vanjagar Ulagam  | Manoj Beedha | Murder Mystery | IMDb 6.2 – With the resurgence of murder mysteries that has gripped Tamil cinema, Vanjagar takes a bold narrative in a similar territory.  Shyam wakes up to learn that he is the prime suspect in a murder, but one journalist believes that a mysterious gangster might be involved. Stream it on Netflix

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    • Echcharikkai | Sarjun KM | Thriller | IMDb 6.6 – A recently released prisoner and his uncle kidnap a wealthy businessman’s daughter to hold for ransom, but things take an unexpected turn when the businessman launches an investigation of his own. Stream Echcharikkai on Netflix

    • Imaikkaa Nodigal | R. Ajay Gnanamuthu | Thriller| IMDb 7.4 – A suave CBI officer (Nayanthara), is in search of a serial killer who kidnaps and kills the children of important people. The killer, however, is targeting his nemesis next. It also stars Anurag Kashyap playing an antagonist. Stream Imaikka Nodigal on Amazon Prime

    • Naachiyaar | Bala | Thriller | IMDb 6.9 – Naachiyaar, a diligent and determined police officer, sets out to catch the culprit who raped Arasi, an underage girl who is being hidden by her uncle and his henchmen. Stream Naachiyaar on Amazon Prime
    • Nota | Anand Shankar | Political Drama | IMDb 6.5 – After a chief minister is charged for corruption, he is forced to pass the baton to his son. The young man, with no political experience, soon finds himself stuck to the chair for a longer time. Vijay Deverakonda (popular for Arjun Reddy (2017)) plays Varun Subramanyam, the lead protagonist in the film.                              Stream Nota on Amazon Prime
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    • Kaatrin Mozhi| Radha Mohan | Comedy Drama | IMDb 7.5Viji, a passionate woman, lives a peaceful life with her husband and a young son but dreams of becoming independent someday. Her life takes a huge turn when she becomes a radio jockey. Stream Kaatrin Mozhi on Amazon Prime



    • Pyaar Prema Kaadhal | Elan | Romantic Drama | IMDb 6.6Sree Kumar, a young man, falls in love with Sindhuja, a vivacious woman. However, complications soon arise as his parents would probably disapprove of his relationship. Stream Pyaar Prema Kaadhal on Zee5

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  • Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Sollrean | Arumuga Kumar | Comedy – In the distant lands of Yamasingapuram, a hidden village in forest hills of Andhra, we come across a tribal group known as organic thieves. They rob gold and money without hurting anyone and that’s their title for. Stream Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Sollrean on Amazon Prime.

 

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