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 box office.
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 Policegiri.
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 Mugguru Mongallu.
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.