Tamil movies have been getting a lot of attention and praise for their unique plots, engrossing plots, and intense filmmaking in recent times. Tamil movies are known for their originality and new concepts that filmmakers introduce every year. The dubbing of Tamil movies into different regional languages has increased their reach manifolds. A larger share of the Indian population now has access to Tamil movies. It is one of the key reasons that several Tamil movies see a Bollywood remake. The South Indian film industry has been flourishing in recent years, and the Tamil film industry has a lot to contribute to that progress.

The Tamil film industry has progressed significantly over the past decade. There was no shortage of big filmmakers in the Tamil film industry. What has improved in the scripts, acting skills, use of technology, plot, and intent? For an industry that is strongly connected to Indian roots and takes us through the lifestyle of cities, towns, and villages across South India, the Tamil film industry has done well in bringing new concepts with every passing year. We all have seen some very good Tamil movies till now. The time between 2010 and 2020 has been a golden period of Tamil cinema.

We have compiled a list of some of the best Tamil thriller movies for you.

Game Over: game over


Game Over is a very engrossing psychological thriller by Ashwin Saravanan. The movie’s plot revolves around a serial killer whose face is not revealed as audiences wait eagerly to see who’s behind the mask. The lead character has been portrayed by Taapsee Pannu, who plays a woman suffering from PTSD and has to protect her house from intruders. The film was released in both Tamil and Telugu in 2019. The movie can be watched on Netflix.



Psycho is a popular psychological thriller by Mysskin. The film showcases the story of a psychopath who beheads women and sees their heads as trophies. Udhayanidhi Stalin is in the lead role. The police launch a hunt for the psychopath before he makes more women his victim. If you are someone who loves conspiracies and thrillers, this one is a must-watch.



Kaithi is a 2019 Tamil action thriller by Lokesh Kanagaraj that stars Karthi, Narain, and others. The plot of the film is set in a hostel for orphan children. Things turn ugly as a gang of smugglers makes their way into the hostel. As Dilli, an ex-convict tries to meet his daughter after leaving the prison, his efforts go in vain as Inspector Bejoy conducts a drug raid. The movie was a box office hit, and it was released in 2019.

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U Turn: 

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U-Turn is a popular mystery thriller featuring Samantha Akkineni in the lead role. The Pawan Kumar directorial also features Aadhi Pinisetti and Bhumika Chawla. The movie’s plot revolves around the death of a motorist who breaks a traffic rule at a particular flyover. This is followed by an intern journalist reaching the culprit of the accident. It is the remake of the Kannada film of the same name. The film is available to watch on several OTT platforms.


With over 15 million views, Penguin is one of the most popular Tamil films. Directed by Easvar Karthic, the mystery thriller has Keerthy Suresh in the lead role. It is the story of a pregnant woman who is having evil dreams about the kidnapping of her first child. The mystery of the kidnapping of her first child has left her traumatized. Will she be able to solve the mystery? You can watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video.

Vikram Vedha: 

One of the most popular action thrillers of recent times, Vijay Sethupathi and Madhavan starer Vikram Vedha is inspired by the Indian folktale Baital Pachisi. Three stories are narrated in the film. The film received an amazing response from the audience and was a hit after its release in 2017. It is hailed as one of the best Tamil thrillers. It will keep you engaged throughout the end. You can watch the movie on Hotstar Disney. 



The 2018 Tamil psychological thriller by Ram Kumar has Vishnu Vishal and Amala Paul in lead roles. It also features Kaali Venkat, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan, and Ramdoss in lead roles. It is an inspiring story of an aspiring film director who decides to join the police forces after his father’s demise. The film has some scary and jaw dropping scenes. You won’t be able to control your emotions while watching this masterpiece. This film can be watched on Disney+ Hotstar.