With the release of Thala Ajith's Yennai Arindhaal, Gautham Menon has successfully completed what was being termed as his cop trilogy. With all three cop flicks earning him tremendous success at the box office, Gautham Menon might be tempted to go for yet another police story.
Cop films have never ran out of gas in Kollywood for it has
always managed to grab the attention of Tamil audience. Right from
the very beginning, movies that portray a cop in the lead have
always found its admirers, subsequently ending as a winner at the
A few cop movies have failed to keep the cash registers ringing
for a long time despite carrying with it a good content, such
movies have been praised by critics and movie lovers. Either ways,
almost all cop movies have made it big in Kollywood in the past and
continues to do so even today.
Call it an inspiration one tends to draw from a cop flick or the
raw ingredients a police story always carries along with it, fans
have always supported such films and most probably will never say
no to a cop story in the near future as well.
This calls for a compilation of top 10 cop films Tamil cinema
has ever produced and we have done exactly that. Check out the
slides below to see if your favourite cop movie has found a place
in our list of 10 best cop movies.
Thanga Pathakkam is a 1974 classic directed by P.
Madhavan. Starring Sivaji Ganesan, KR Vijaya and Shrikanth in the
lead roles, it completed a 182-day run at the box office and was
remade in Hindi as Farz Aur Kanoon.
This 1995 action thriller was directed by veteran
cinematographer PC Sreeram. The film stars Kamal Haasan and Arjun
Sarja in lead roles. The film met with critical acclaim and was
India's official entry for the 68th Academy Awards under Best
Foreign Language Film category.
Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu is a 2006
crime-detective-thriller film written and directed by Gautham
Menon. Starring Kamal Haasan, Jyothika, Kamalinee Mukherjee and
Prakash Raj it was one of the first Indian films to make use of
Super 35mm technology.
This 2003 crime thriller was yet again directed by Gautham Menon
and was the first of his cop trilogy. Starring Suriya, Jyothika and
Jeevan, the film released to highly positive reviews and went on to
become the first Biggest Blockbuster in Suriya's career.
Anjathe was directed by Mysskin. The film opened to
rave reviews for its technical expertise, avant-garde filmmaking
and for the performance of actor Narain.. It was subsequently
remade in Kannada as Anjadiru.
Starring Kamal Haasan and Ambika in the lead, Kaaki
Sattai completed 100 days at the box office. The movie
received positive reviews from almost all critics and was about a
man with aspirations to become a cop.
Saamy is a 2003 film directed by Hari. Theatres in
Chennai had almost 100% occupancies when this film was released and
it managed to recover all its budget within 4 to 5 days. It was
also remade in Bengali as Barood and in Hindi as
Starring Rajinikanth in triple roles, Moondru Mugam was
a mega hit blockbuster and completed a 250-day run at the box
office. The film was remade in Hindi as John Jani
Janardhan, in Kannada as Gedda Maga and in Telugu as
Though this movie was released only recently, it has all the
ingredients in it to become one of the best cop story Tamil cinema
has ever produced. Once again directed by Gautham Menon, Yennai
Arindhaal stars Ajith, Trisha and Anushka in the lead.
Captain Prabhakaran is a 1991 film directed by RK
Selvamani. It features Vijayakanth in the lead role and was his
100th film, after which he earned the nickname "captain". The film
was a commercial success in South India upon its release.