25 must watch telugu movies

8 07 2008

I was just doing my regular timepass of browsing and thought would do some googling on telugu movies.I searched for “top telugu movies”.The results came out to be sites to download movies and some movie news sites contradicting my expectations of having a list of top tolly movies.So , thought y would i compile one,after all i have more than enough movies till now.

So , here goes my top 25 list and an extra 5 which i like some portions of the movie very much.

Missamma(1955) – Until i saw this movie , i hated watching old movies. But changed my opinion after watching this. Became a fan of savitri. The songs remain extremely popular to this day, casting a magical spell over the listeners. Live wire performances by Savithri, NTR and ANR make this movie a thorough entertainer.

Maya Bazaar(1957) -the ultimate classic..it stands by its own way. The most perfect and impressive work of Cinematography, till date in Tollywood. I wont say much about it as people who have seen the film can understand it and if you have not seen the film then i pity you.

Sagara Sangamam(1983)–the performances of Dr.Kamal and jayaprada makes u stuck to the seat..A master piece from K.Viswanath.

Anveshana (1985)–the best thriller in tollywood till date..bhanupriya at her best..excellent background score by ilayaraja..

Chantabbai(1986)–a jandhyala classic with the the splendid performances of chiranjeevi and suhasini..every character has its own strength..a 200% perfect comedy..

Pushpaka vimanam(1988)-the commendable performance of kamal hasan makes this silent movie a legendary one..kudos to singeetam ..

Swarna Kamalam(1988)-another masterpiece from K.Viswanath.

Geetanjali(1989)–an excellent work of cinematography and a brilliant music from the maestro ilayaraja…best of mani ratnam.

Jagadeka veerudu atiloka sundari(1990)—the best socio fantasy in tollywood ..the best combination ever possible …chiranjeevi with sridevi.produced by aswini dutt and directed by raghavendra rao..

Aditya 369(1991)-the one and only sci-fi movie in telugu film industry till now..a splendid work of singeetam srinivasarao..the only best film of Bala krishna..

Appula apparao(1991)–the superb comedy ..best of rajendra Prasad..watched tens of times..

Kshana kshanam(1991)–the best of RGV in my view.with sridevi in lead role and best role ever.u cant expect better than this in tollywood ..

Aa okkati adakku(1993)–the jandhyala classic..rajendra prasad at best with rambha in lead role..what else..beautiful comedy..

Annamayya(1997)–the best performance from nagarjuna..made a wave in tollywood.made the industry struck to basics of feeling the inner pulse of audience.

Kushi(2000)–The best of the power star and bhoomika..superb concept,screenplay and direction.

Nuvve nuvve(2002)–i still cant forget the laddu-pandu sequence of sunil and ms narayana..an excellent work of trivikram with shriya in the lead..what more do u require..a perfect comedy ….u cant forward even a bit while watching even after 10 times…

Amma nanna oka tamilammayi(2003)–a movie which makes u feel watching atleast once more..

Nuvvu naaku nachav(2003)–powered by trivikram dialogues, performances by venkatesh ,prakash raj,suhasini..and the beauty of arti agarwal. and excellent screenplay…complete entertainer..

Okkadu(2003)–When i heard it has faction elements in movie..i was thumb struck how maheshcan be a factionist.OMG..cant watch..But it turned out to be too good that i watched 2 shows on opening day itself..{bunking all classes..doing adventures. another big story}

Tagore(2003)–Only chiranjeevi could do it..dats it…

Anukokunda oka roju(2005)–One of the best works you can see in Telugu film, with a dark theme and colour used to capture the atmosphere and pulse of the audience…a suspense thriller ..charmi at her best..excellent screenplay by chandrasekhar yeleti…

Athadu(2005)–the perfect blend of trivikram,mahesh,trisha and ofcourse brahmi…one of best movie of recent times…techincally,the best climax of tollywood…

Godavari(2006)–this is the best i had seen in recent years.shekhar kammula rocks..cinematography at its best showcasing the beauty of godavari..

Pokiri(2006)–made a new style of making movies and picturising hero ..it had almost every element required for the tollywood audience to enjoy..

Sri ramadasu(2006)–another best from the raghavendra rao and nagarjuna combo… a musical epic…

the xtra five..

takkari donga(2002)–the scenic locations and lisa ray along side bipasha basu..the second cowboy movie of tollywood….

nuvvu vastanante nenu vaddantana(2005).—trisha rulez..a perfect entertainer..

manmadhudu(2002)–trivikram dialogues and sonali bindre rulez..

malliswari(2004)–superb comedy..

ghajini(2005)–the flashback is the best love story i have ever seen…

Bommarillu(2006)..this is what i call screenplay..reverberating

performances of prakash raj, siddharth, and jenelia makes it a perfect film.


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90 responses

12 07 2008

I wonder hw Bommarillu culd nt make into the top 25 along with aithe :S

13 07 2008

yea ravi..thnx for pointing it out..bommarillu must have been in the list..iam adding it ..(Y)

11 07 2012

what did u find in bommarillu ,just tel me one solid reason which made u think it cud make into top 25…. genelia`s over acting made me go mad……….the climax was meaningless and how come u forgot about our old classical movies like, swathi muthyam…………………………………………think wat an art is n decide wat an acting is n wat an art is…………

12 05 2013

where s anand and happydays dude

13 07 2008


3 08 2008


29 04 2010

aithe was a superb movie, i guess u can nt miss tat out & than even Anand … tat was an excellent one ..

25 08 2010
Siva Charan

Nuvve Nuvve
dont remember how many times pilla and me revised it at D 208

11 11 2010

a okkati adakku ki director is e.v.v sathyanarayana not jandhyala.

29 11 2010
naj mun

u have missed many brilliant movies such as parugu, athidi,murari, arya 2, happy,King and kick!
I Wonder how not even one among these could make an appearance on ur top list!!!

29 11 2010
vamsi krishna tellakula

This post was written in 2008. :)

23 01 2011
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14 02 2011

more movies are there like
darling includes prabhas and kajal agarwal, magadheera, the biggest movie of telugu, without content added after release manjunatha, and shankardada mbbs [superb comedy by chiru himself and srikant ofcourse], shiva by rgv, aadhi of jnr. ntr, gamyam [could be], gaganam is one

16 02 2011

Definitely a very good list. I must say that I agree with almost every pick at the top of the list, but started feeling some of the lower ones may not deserve to be in the top 25 of all-time Telugu movies. My list would have included Bapu’s “Sampoorna Ramayanam” and “Pelli Pustakam”, and RGV’s “Shiva”.

6 03 2011

This is my Top10 movies list
1.Nayakudu 1987-Kamal Hasan the Great
2.Maaya Bazar
3.Kshana Kshnam
4.Aha Naa Pellanta
10.Koncham Istam Koncham Kastam

17 06 2011

Hello vamsikris21
If you don’t mind can you please tell me some old movies on our old poets, kings and any history movies.

24 10 2011

i wonder wy ADAVARI MATALAKU ARDHALE VERULE could’nt make it in top 25.
dis is best tollywood film potraying real life characters.

22 11 2011

thats decent list.. but in my opinion… 1. Rudraveena 2. Aha Na Pellanta 3. Swayamkrushi 4. Maro Charitra 5. Shiva 6. Saagara Sangamam 7. Leader 8. Nuvvu Naaku Nacchav 9. Athadu 10. Kushi are the top 10 list..

30 11 2011

This is my Top 10 List:

1. Bhairava Dweepam
2. Nayakudu 1987-Kamal Hasan the Great
3. Nuvvu Naaku Nachav
4. Athadu/Pokiri
5. Dookudu
6. Aha naa Pellanta
7. Saagara Samgamam
8. Vetagadu ( NTR Sr.)
9. Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari ( Chiru + Sreedevi)

15 05 2012

Good thoughtful list.. thanks

14 02 2012
Phani akunuri

U forget a gd movie that is athadu

14 02 2012

Very nice, u forget a gd movie that is athadu

22 02 2012

How can you miss great movie like Kaidhi by chiru,Aa Nuluguru by rajendra prasad,
Dhana veera soora karna by legendry NTR,

11 07 2012

ya bro ……….i agree wit u for 100% ……dana veera shura karna.. amazing movie …….it spreads the pride of our mother tongue

15 03 2012

it simply shows that you dont have any idea of telugu movies made between 1950-70

18 03 2012
Ravi Shankar Reddy

what abt SHIVA mannnnnnnnnnnnnn

12 04 2013

Shiva should make anyBest films list in india — as it changed the significance of technical values forever…

21 04 2012

The worst thing about our telugu people is we like any thing other than telugu. we still get confuse about straight telugu movie and tamil -dubbed telugu
movie..very few telugu movies can make a greatest ever list.. I picked 20 films till 1995 with notable ommisions such as sagara sangamam, swathi kiranam, aalapana etc..,
If we counton all mythological movies, we have there are 100′s of movies and telugu people mastered the art of making mythological movies.. So I exempted most of the movies of this genre.

1.Sankarabharanam is an epitome of all great movies about music — Sheer Telugu classic
2.Muthyala muggu shows every inch of telugu tanam –be its about a newly married telugu women or a Sarcastic telugu Villan
3.Mayabazar — Director KV reddy could imagine a laptop 60 years back ???? watch out for priyadarshini and mesmerizing screenplay
4.Nartanasala — A reason to be proud being a telugodu — SV RangaRao was the first indian to ever win an international award for best actor.. It happend in

1961 in canes film festival for this movie
5.Patala bhairavi — amazing photography by Marcus Bartley
6.Missamma — A delightful picture with some light treatment and wonderful performances by savitri and NTR
7.Gundamma katha – A well balanced multi starrer movie and family entrertainer
8.Preminchi choodu – Best romatic comedy and still the same concept is used by many directors
9.Swathi muthyam – there was no better story ever told
10.Avekallu – Aboriginal Suspense movie
11.Mosagallaki mosagadu – A telugu CowBOY classic
12.AHA NA Pellanta- We can regard this movie as best comedy movie ever
13.Premabhishekam – Best telugu romatic movie ever
14.SHIVAA – A movie which changed entire Indian cinema with its technical values(cult classic)
15.Seetha ramaiaih gari manavaralu – Great story with good emotions
16.ANveshana – Suspense thriller
17.YAMAGOLA- First socio fantsy film
18,Geethanjali – Platonic lovestory (cult classic)
19.Gulabi – An embeded social issue in a lovestory
20.Ankusam – Story of a self esteemed police officer

11 06 2012

excellent tammudu! manchi movies iechavu!

2 11 2012

Nice list.. I don’t see anything in the list due to sheer admiration to one actor. kudos …The tnly near perfect list in this post

12 04 2013

Thanks Manoj .. Actually its very difficult to judge movies without showing admiration towards a single actor.. I could only did itr because of my lovfe towards Telugu language and Telugu People irrespecive of the caste they belong to… Actually I didnt include not even 1 movie of my fav star..
Thanks for your complement …

26 01 2013

super sudhir….gud list….okkadu,pokiri,kushi ki unnantha value nee list ki ledu….adi mana dhourbhagyam!

12 04 2013

Thanks Chandu .. Actually its very difficult to judge movies without showing admiration towards a single actor.. I could only did itr because of my lovfe towards Telugu language and Telugu People irrespecive of the caste they belong to… Actually I didnt include not even 1 movie of my fav star..
Thanks for your complement …

17 12 2013

Hi Sudhir,

It was a nice list.. but a lot of great movies were still missing….

With out any order of numbering…most of the movies fit in. but did you consider the below:

1. Keelu gurram (Great period Socio-fantacy…)
2. Malleeswari (NTR & Bhanumati)
3. Lava Kusa (NTR was worshipped after this movie..)
4. Devadasu ( Acting skills of ANR publicly adored by all the greats of India Cinema industry )
5. Appu chesi pappu koodu..(Comedy with sublime social message)
6. Kanyashulkam (Great interpretation of novel to movie)
7. Saptapadi (Another great iconic movie by K Viswanath)
8. Alluri Sitaramaraju (All time great movie by Krishna)

Also, the great SVR was awarded in Jakarta Film Festival.. this is for your information and records….

17 12 2013

Missed to add Midhunam by Tanikella Bharani…great movie… great acting by SPB and Lakshmi…

25 12 2013

Thanks narasimhan!!! Yes it was in jakarta film that SVR got an award.the list you mentioned was definitely having depth. I already said im excluding most of the mythological movies frm list as telugu film industry was mastered the art..most of the mythological movies we made are epics..I took only Mayabazar -as its actually a creative story on top of mythology. Keelugurram is more like a folklore. malleeswari should definitely hit the list. when it comes for Devdasu vs premabhishekam – I choose Premabhishekam for its sheer value at boxoffice- though ANR’s acting was incredible. saptapadi was great except for one scene- we all know what it is…tell me which is better in comparision- appuchesi pappukoodu -or- aha na pellanta ? kanyashulkam -alluri seetaramaraju are fine …
Few other movies- Rangula ratnam, Bhookailash(Just for NTR’s fabulous acting skills),Daagudumoothalu/Dr chakravarthy,sudigundalu,vipranayana — were extraordinary.. Ifwill prepare an another list — thanks for your comments

21 04 2012

Dude u missed Arya in ur list

12 04 2013

Thanks for your reply Pramod.. Actually its very difficult to judge movies without showing admiration towards a single actor.. I could only did itr because of my lovfe towards Telugu language and Telugu People irrespecive of the caste they belong to… Actually I didnt include not even 1 movie of my fav star..
Thanks for your complement …

28 04 2012

My list goes like this.

1. Geethanjali
2. Kshana Kshanam
3. Missamma (Old)
4. Daana Veera Soora Karna
5. Rajakota rahasyam
6. Maro charithra
7. Nayakudu ( Kamal Hasan )
8. Jagadeika veerudu athiloka sundari
9. Rudra veena
10. Konda veeti Donga
11. Gharshana ( Old )
12. Mouna Raagam ( by Mani Rathnam )
13. Akali Rajyam
14. Sri Ranga Neethulu
15. Govinda Govinda
16. Swayamvaram
17. Dalapathi
18. Premabhishekam
19. Sudigundalu
20. Roja
21. Bombay
22. Sampoorna ramayanam
23. Gharshana ( new )
24. Bhakta Prahlada
25. Veta ( something like Count of Monte cristo )
26. Appula appa rao
27. Justice Choudary
28. Indra
29. Little soldiers
30. Padaharella vayasu
31. Bharateeyudu
32. Pushpaka vimanamu
33. Ninne pelladatha ( Nagarjuna )
32. Ninne pelladatha ( NTR )
33. Athadu
34. Madarasapattinam ( 1947 love story in telugu )
35. Marana Mridangam.
36. Abhilasha
37. Pandava vanavasamu
38. Mayabazaar
39. Narthanasala
40. Gundamma Katha
41. Sri Krishna tulabharam
42. April okati vidudala
43. A okkati adakku
44. Yamaleela
45. Alluri sitarama raju
46. Mosagallaki Mosagadu
47. Sabash Suri
48. Shavukaru
49. Bangaru bhoomi
50. Avida maa avide

Sorry guys, I am bad at giving rankings. But, I bet all these are damn good.

9 05 2013

Please dont mentioned Tamil dubbed telugu movies like nayakudu in this list. Its an insult for telugu people.

5 05 2012

all movies are exceelent i jz love all the telgu movie…..itz best above all the cinema making industry,,,,,,,,,

9 06 2012

perfect list….missamma is the best movie i even seen such a type of movie especially “savitri garu” wat a performance……..but u dint consider “Bommarillu” in top movies….it is
better than “Sri Ramadasu”

11 06 2012

Aa okkati adakku is directed by EVV Satyanarayana, not by Jandyala..

11 06 2012

babu nareshuuuu! anji, shankar dada zindabad, andirivadu, stallin, panja, komaram puli, jhonny ,annavaram, orange, racha, araya 2, varudu…evanni marichipoyava tammudu!

23 06 2012

anni kirrak movies ra…hmm gajini (2005) koda ulty movie but dudding kada..!

27 06 2012

It’s bad,,, not see ‘SWATIMUTYAM’ in anybody’s list. This movie is still a study material to the new comers. BE SERIOUS while choosing/listing….

26 11 2013

see my list

20 07 2012

Tholiprema, kushi, Balu, Gabbar-Singh……………

31 07 2012

I appreciate you (VamS) for posting the finest Telugu movies ever produced! I am one of the biggest fans of Telugu old movies and a great fan of Savithri garu. I request you to add ‘Aha na pellanta’ (1000 times worth watching movie) to put up on your list. I wonder how you missed it. Anyway, for the guys who want a list of the best Telugu movies, this is the best web-site :)

10 08 2012

Hi guys please include Lava Kusa old telugu movie, this is the best forever

14 08 2012
bharat desi

where is vikramarkadu its top 5

18 08 2012

can i ask u one question? have u all seen anjali…movie i hope it wil be in the top position….

10 09 2012

all r wrng many film are left and chatrapathi,varsham ,yamadonga,simhadri dis nt good films

5 10 2012

East or west…Telugu movies are the best,hey guys I m not a telugu but after watching telugu movies I wish I ws telugu or atleast understand telugu language,inspite of all I love to see only and only telugu movies.nothing can beat it.

5 10 2012

was it intentional to leave all of K.Vishwanath movies above.. Sabash Suri better than Sagara Sangamam???….see where you are coming from….

20 10 2012

Love all ……Hey……………Roja should be in top 10 vamshi. :) :)

12 11 2012

Nice collection…..

2 12 2012

Where is happy days ?

19 12 2012

Where is Magadheera????
It was a blockbuster…..
I liked Businessman also. Superb Movie

21 12 2012

Having read this I believed it was really informative.
I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put
this content together. I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both
reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth

8 01 2013
pradeep reddy

dude u forget many movies like pasivade pranam,bala ramayanam

10 01 2013

half knowledge ppl say only aditya 369 is best in balakrishna movies
wat about bhairava dweepam best graphic on those days and superb difrnt movie in telugu industry
samara simha reddy, mangama gari manavadu, trend setter for faction movies
there are many balakrishna movies which we can say proudly

14 01 2013
manjeet deepak

Where khaidi,chanti abbai,indra,pasivadi pranam nd so many mega star hit movies

16 01 2013

Prasthanam is a wonderful movie.

27 01 2013

Fucking wanker.. none of those movies are watched in australia

3 02 2013

aa naluguru should be there in list. the best movie i like

14 02 2013
Shiva prassd

1.Major chandrakanth
2.bramha(mohan babu)
4.kodhama simhan
5.aditya 369
Ramudu bheemudu
bobili raja d venkatesh
govindha govindha
ahana pellianta
police story
Apoorva shahoodharulu_kamal hassan
arya 2
viki dada
alluri sitaramaraju
mahesh khaleja enven though flop but suberb comedy and wonderfull acting from mahesh
brindavanam jr ntr
shankardada mbbs
akada ammayi ikka abbayi
nenumeeku telusa

11 03 2013

Aa okkati adakku was a movie directed by EVV not jandhyala…Aa okkati adakku(1993)–the jandhyala classic..rajendra prasad at best with rambha in lead role..what else..beautiful comedy..and Kushi is bullshit movie.. its not a movie at all.. its b grade movie

29 03 2013

apadbanghavudu by chiranjeevi
matru devo bhava
swayam krushi.

29 03 2013

alluri sitarama raju
most of the kamal hasan movies are excellent

29 03 2013

mouna ragam

14 05 2013

Kodama simham is the 2nd cowboy movie not takkari donga

16 06 2013

AA okkate aakku is directed by EVV not by janjyala..
Janjyala directed Rajendra prasad in Aahana Pellanta. One of the best ever

1 07 2013

chatrapati movie
prabhas is the best

27 07 2013

muttyala muggu
sagara sangamam
ahana pellanta
nuuvu naku nacchav

ever green movies msut watch

11 08 2013



18 08 2013
Lokesh Reddy

well everything is fine bt bommarillu could have been in top 25 list…..n u have missed a great movie “aa naluguru” that’s an excellent movie and it has a good message for the people n “Gamyam” also a message orianted n its worth of watching it so it should b in the top 25 list I hope…..!!

27 08 2013

little soldiers, chichindri, anand, aithe, varsham, nuv vasthan ante nenu vadhantana, godavari, happy, happy days,anaganaga oka raju oka rani,

27 08 2013

I missed out few good movies like nene pelladtha, murari, avakya biryani, arundhathi, gamyam, parugu, kushi, idiot, nuvve nuvve, aaksamantha, nuvu naaku nachayvu, seethama vakitlo sirimalu chatu, duukuduu, advari mataluku ardhale vere, pournami, bomarillu, sye, boys, chandhramukhi,malleshwari,vasu, raja, okkari ki okkuru, nee sneham, premikularoju, roja, prem desham, manasantha nuve, nuvu nenu, ye maaya chessave, mr perfect, allari, kadgam, snaham snaham, govinda govinda, jagadekh verrudu attiloka sundari,oosarvalli,anjali,santosham,prem ante idhera,life is beautiful,pokiri, arya, there r many bt unfortunately i watched only these few movies……i love telegu movies

21 09 2013

Tastes are different for each other. Any way this is also one of the best list.

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19 10 2013

guys … keep this blog alive..kudos to vamsi…dont forget to watch my list…sudhir

30 10 2013

my top 10 movies
….dini 619..
1.missamma 2.premabishekam 3.padaharella vayasu 4.rudraveena 5.adithya 369 6.khaidi 7.geetanjali 8.suswagatham 9.kshemanga velli labanga randi 10.magadheera
etc etc etc etc etc etc

1 11 2013

swayam krushi & RUDRAVEENA…

3 11 2013
Hemant Singh

Perfect list..

8 11 2013

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11 11 2013

I would put Akali Rajyam in there

26 11 2013

would like to add rangularatnam

13 01 2014
అనిల్ రెడ్డి

I have watched all the above movies. I would like to add Swathi mutyam.

12 02 2014

I appreciate your thought to make a list in the first place.. good job, I personally love all those top 25 movies.. regarding all these comments its impossible even to expect that a mere 25 list in 100+ year old film industry will satisfy the opinion of all telugu movie fans.. so guys plz stop pointing out and add other names you think worth adding..

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