Top Grossing Malayalam Movies (Yearwise) :

2020 – Anjaam Pathiraa – KUNCHACKO BOBAN *OnGoing*

Anjaam Pathiraa (transl.Fifth Midnight) is a 2020 Indian Malayalam-language crime thriller film written and directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas. The film stars Kunchacko Boban, Sharaf U Dheen, Unnimaya Prasad, Sreenath Bhasi, Remya Nambeesan, Indrans, and Jinu Joseph in substantial roles. Sushin Shyam composed the music, while Shyju Khalid was the cinematographer. Principal photography began on 1 August 2019. The film was released in Kerala on 10 January 2020.

2019 – Lucifer – MOHANLAL

Lucifer is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language action film directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran and written by Murali Gopy. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor through the production house Aashirvad Cinemas, the film marks Prithviraj’s directorial debut and features Mohanlal in the lead role, alongside a supporting cast including Vivek Oberoi (in his Malayalam debut), Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Indrajith Sukumaran, Saniya Iyappan, Saikumar, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Nyla Usha, and Prithviraj Sukumaran in an extended cameo role. Deepak Dev composed the music for the film, and the cinematography was handled by Sujith Vaassudev.

Development of the film began in 2016 when Murali pitched a story to Prithviraj at the sets of Tiyaan in Ramoji Film City, it was when he decided to make Lucifer his directorial debut. Title of the film was taken from an unrealised project of director Rajesh Pillai which was also written by Murali with another story. Pre-production of Lucifer began in 2017 and Murali completed the final draft of the screenplay in February 2018. Principal photography began in mid-July that year and lasted till January 2019, with filming carried out in Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Ernakulam, and Kollam districts, and Mumbai, Bangalore, Lakshadweep, and Russia.

Lucifer was released in theatres worldwide on 28 March 2019. It was also dubbed and released in Tamil and Telugu. The film performed well at the box office. It crossed the ₹50 crore mark in four days, ₹100 crore mark in eight days, and the ₹150 crore mark in 21 days becoming the fastest Malayalam film to reach all three milestones. It is also the first Malayalam film to gross over ₹50 crore in overseas box office. Lucifer is currently the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever. A follow-up to the film, titled L2: Empuraan is set to begin production in the second half of 2020 with Mohanlal and Prithviraj returning to reprise their roles with the latter again directing.

2018 – Kayamkulam Kochunni – NIVIN PAULY, MOHANLAL
Kayamkulam Kochunni is a 2018 Indian Malayalam-language epic period film directed by Rosshan Andrrews and written by Bobby & Sanjay. It is based on the life of Kayamkulam Kochunni, a famed highwayman who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor during the British Raj in the early 19th century Central Travancore. The film stars Nivin Pauly in the title role; Mohanlal makes an extended cameo appearance as highwayman Ithikkara Pakki.

Principal photography commenced on 30 September 2017 in Udupi, Karnataka and was completed on 1 June 2018. Made on a budget of ₹45 crore, it was the most expensive Malayalam film made until then. The film released on 11 October 2018 met with positive critical response and was well received at the box office, becoming the second highest-grossing Malayalam film of that time. It is currently the third highest-grossing Malayalam film.

2017 – Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol (മുന്തിരിവള്ളികൾ തളിർക്കുമ്പോൾ) – MOHANLAL

Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol (transl.When the grapevines sprout) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language domestic drama film directed by Jibu Jacob and written by M. Sindhuraj. It is loosely based on the Malayalam short story “Pranayopanishath” by V. J. James. Produced and distributed by Sophia Paul through Weekend Blockbusters, the film stars Mohanlal and Meena as panchayat secretary Ulahannan and his wife Annyamma. The soundtrack features songs composed by Bijibal and M. Jayachandran, and a film score by Bijibal. The film is about Ulahannan, a man having a midlife crisis, who rediscovers himself and overcomes boredom in his routine life.

Sindhuraj obtained the rights to adapt “Pranayopanishath” from James after it was first published in a Malayalam weekly. He developed a new story by setting it in a different background and adding additional characters, and by incorporating his own novelette Schoolilekku Poya Penkutty. In 2015, Paul was looking for a story for a film she was planning with Mohanlal in the lead role, and greenlit Sindhuraj’s story. He began writing the screenplay that year and, Jacob was later hired to direct the film. Principal photography began on 15 July 2016 in Kozhikode, Kerala, where over eighty percent of the film was shot. Additional scenes were filmed at locations in Alappuzha; filming ended in Shimla in October.

Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol was scheduled to be released in India on 22 December 2016 during Christmas. Its release was delayed due to a strike in the Malayalam film industry, which halted the screening of Malayalam films in Kerala. The film’s opening date was rescheduled, and it was released in India on 20 January 2017. It was well received at the box office, grossing ₹50 crore worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time. Mohanlal received the National Film Award – Special Jury Award for his performance in the film.

2016 – Pulimurugan (പുലിമുരുകൻ)- MOHANLAL

Pulimurugan is a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language action film directed by Vysakh and starring Mohanlal in the title role. It was produced by Tomichan Mulakuppadam through Mulakuppadam Films and was written by Udayakrishna—half of the duo Udayakrishna and Sibi K. Thomas—in his first independent screenplay. The film also stars Kamalinee Mukherjee, Jagapati Babu, Lal, Vinu Mohan, and Bala. The film score and soundtrack were composed by Gopi Sundar, while cinematography was handled by Shaji Kumar and edited by Johnkutty.

Principal photography commenced on 16 July 2015 in Hanoi, Vietnam, and was completed in early February 2016. The film was released in India on 7 October 2016. Made on a budget of ₹25 crore, it became the first film in the Malayalam film industry to earn more than ₹100 crore and ₹150 crore, and was the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever, until 2019 and the third highest-grossing South Indian film of 2016.

Two songs from the film—”Kaadanayum Kaalchilambe” and “Maanathe Maarikurumbe” were selected among the 70 eligible songs contending for the Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination in the 90th Academy Awards. The film score was also selected among the 141 eligible scores contending for the Academy Award for Best Original Score nomination.

2015 – Premam – NIVIN PAULY

Premam (English: Love) is a 2015 Indian Malayalam-language coming-of-age musical romantic drama film written, edited, and directed by Alphonse Puthren. Produced by Anwar Rasheed for Anwar Rasheed Entertainment, the film stars Nivin Pauly, Sai Pallavi, Madonna Sebastian and Anupama Parameswaran in the lead roles. The film featured 17 debutant actors. Rajesh Murugesan composed the music. The plot follows George and his friends from their teenage to adulthood.

Premam was released on 29 May, 2015 in India, followed by UAE on 11 June. The film received positive critical response, with praise for direction, acting, cinematography, editing, humor and songs. Produced at a budget of ₹4 crore (US$560,000), it grossed an estimated sum of ₹60 crore (US$8.4 million) worldwide making it one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of all time. It became the first Malayalam film to run for over 250 days in Tamil Nadu. The film had a theatrical run of 175 days in Kerala and 275 days in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The film was also remade in Telugu in 2016 with the same name.

2014 – Bangalore Days – NIVIN PAULY, DULQUER SALMAAN, FAHADH FAASIL
Bangalore Days is a 2014 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Anjali Menon, and co-produced by Anwar Rasheed and Sophia Paul under the banner Anwar Rasheed Entertainments and Weekend Blockbusters. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Nazriya Nazim, Nivin Pauly, Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Isha Talwar and Nithya Menen. The plot revolves around three cousins from Kerala who move to Bangalore, continuing Menon’s trend of films about family relationships.

The film received 3 Kerala State Film Awards including Best Actor and Best Actress awards for Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim respectively, and Best Screenplay for Anjali Menon, while Parvathy Thiruvothu went to win Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress & Anjali Menon winning the Filmfare Award for Best Director. The film was later remade in Tamil as Bangalore Naatkal (2016), directed by Bommarillu Bhaskar.

2013 – Drishyam – MOHANLAL

Drishyam (transl.Visual) is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language drama-thriller film written and directed by Jeethu Joseph. It stars Mohanlal and Meena in the lead roles and features Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Kalabhavan Shajon, Asha Sarath, Siddique, Roshan Basheer and Neeraj Madhav in supporting roles. The film was produced by Antony Perumbavoor for Aashirvad Cinemas. It follows the struggle of Georgekutty and his family, who come under suspicion when Varun Prabhakar, the son of the Inspector-general of police, goes missing after an attempt to physically harass Georgekutty’s daughter.

The film began principal photography in the first week of October 2013 at Thodupuzha in Kerala, where the film was extensively shot. Filming was completed in 44 days which was originally scheduled for 52 days. The cinematography was done by Sujith Vaassudev and was edited by Ayoob Khan. The soundtrack of the film was composed by Anil Johnson and Vinu Thomas.

Released on 19 December 2013 in Kerala, Drishyam received widespread positive reviews with critics praising the screenplay, the performances and direction. It was the first Malayalam film to collect ₹500 million from the box office. The film grossed over ₹750 million worldwide and ran for more than 150 days in theatres. It remained the highest-grossing Malayalam film of all time until it was surpassed by Pulimurugan in 2016. It also became the longest-running film in the United Arab Emirates, running 125 days.

Drishyam won numerous accolades, including the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value and the Filmfare Award for Best Film – Malayalam and screened at the 45th International Film Festival of India and the 8th Asian Film Festival. It was remade into four other Indian languages: Drishya (2014) in Kannada, Drushyam (2014) in Telugu, Papanasam (2015) in Tamil and Drishyam (2015) in Hindi. It was also remade in Sinhalese language as Dharmayuddhaya (2017) and in Chinese as Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019), thereby becoming the first Indian film to be remade in Chinese.

2012 – Mayamohini – DILEEP

Mayamohini is a 2012 Indian Malayalam comedy film directed by Jose Thomas and written by Udayakrishna and Siby K. Thomas, starring Dileep in the lead role with Biju Menon, Lakshmi Rai, Baburaj, Mythili and Spadikam George in supporting roles.The film was the highest grossing Malayalam film of the year. The movie was remade in Kannada as Jai Lalitha.

2011 – Christian Brothers – MOHANLAL, SURESH GOPI, DILEEP
Christian Brothers is a 2011 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film directed by Joshiy and written by Udayakrishna and Siby K. Thomas. The film stars an ensemble cast led by Mohanlal, Sarath Kumar, Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Raai Laxmi, Kanika, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy and Kavya Madhavan. The film features musical score composed by Rajamani and songs by Deepak Dev. Christian Brothers was released worldwide on 18 March 2011 and had the largest release for a Malayalam film at that time, it performed well at the box office and became the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year.

2010 – Pokkiri Raja – MAMMOOTTY, PRITHVIRAJ SUKUMARAN
Pokkiri Raja (English: Rogue Raja) is a 2010 Indian Malayalam-language action film written by the duo Udayakrishna-Siby K. Thomas, directed by debutante Vysakh and starring Mammootty, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Shriya Saran in the lead roles. The music is composed by Jassie Gift. The film marked the debut of Shriya Saran in Malayalam cinema.

The film was released on 7 March 2010 in Kerala. It was remade in Hindi as Boss. A sequel Madhura Raja released on 12 April 2019.

2009 – Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja – MAMMOOTTY
Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja is a 2009 Indian Malayalam-language biographical period action film based on the life of Pazhassi Raja, a Hindu king who fought against the British in the 18th century. The film was directed by Hariharan, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and produced by Gokulam Gopalan. It stars an ensemble cast consisting of Mammootty, Manoj K. Jayan, Kanika Subramaniam, Sarath Kumar, Padmapriya, Thilakan, Peter Handley Evans, Harry Key, Linda Arsenio and Jagathi Sreekumar. The music score and soundtrack were created by Ilaiyaraaja, while its sound design is by Resul Pookutty. The political situation of the time is portrayed from an Indian viewpoint in the film, and the locals are treated sympathetically.

The film won National Film Award for Best Background Score, Best Audiography and Special Jury Award (for Padmapriya). It received numerous other accolades including eight Kerala State Film Awards and seven Filmfare Awards South.

Pazhassi Raja was produced at a cost of ₹27 crore, making it the costliest film made in Malayalam until then. Originally filmed in Malayalam, Pazhassi Raja was dubbed in Tamil as well as Hindi. The film released on 16 October 2009 across Kerala with 150 prints.

2008 – Twenty:20 – MOHANLAL, MAMMOOTTY, SURESH GOPI, DILEEP
Twenty:20 is a 2008 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film written by Udayakrishna and Siby K. Thomas and directed by Joshiy. The film stars Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram and Dileep and was produced and distributed by actor Dileep through Graand Production and Manjunatha Release. The film was produced on behalf of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) as a fundraiser to financially support actors who are struggling in the Malayalam film industry. All the actors in AMMA worked without payment in order to raise funds for their welfare schemes. The film features an ensemble cast, which includes almost all artists in AMMA. The music was composed by Berny-Ignatius and Suresh Peters.

The first two-week distributors share of the film stood at ₹5.72 crore (US$800,000). The film managed to secure third position (with 7 prints, 4 in Chennai) in Tamil Nadu’s box office in its opening week. The total number of opening prints releasing inside Kerala was 117; outside Kerala, approximately 25 prints were released on 21 November 2008, including 4 prints in the USA and 11 prints in the UAE. The film collected ₹32.6 crore (US$4.6 million) in its total run. It was the highest-grossing film in Malayalam cinema until 2013.

2007 – Mayavi – MAMMOOTTY

Mayavi is a 2007 Malayalam-language action film directed by Shafi and written by the Rafi Mecartin duo, starring Mammootty in the title role with Salim Kumar, Manoj K. Jayan, Gopika, Vijayaraghavan, and Saikumar. It was a commercial success and was remade in Tamil as Vallakottai in 2010, starring Arjun Sarja which was directed by A. Venkatesh.

2006 – Classmates – PRITHVIRAJ, JAYASURYA, INDRAJITH
Classmates is a 2006 Malayalam coming-of-age romantic thriller film directed by Lal Jose and written by James Albert. The film has an ensemble cast consisting of Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Indrajith, Narain, Kavya Madhavan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Balachandra Menon and Radhika. The music is composed by Alex Paul with lyrics by Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma. The cinematography was by Rajeev Ravi and the editing by Ranjan Abraham. Audiography was done by M. R. Rajakrishnan.

The story revolves around the college graduate class of 1991. In 2006, working in different corners of the world, the friends get together for a class reunion to revive the joy and laughter of their student days. On the night of the reunion, one of the classmates is almost murdered and goes into a coma.

Upon release, the film became the highest-grossing Malayalam film, at that time. It is frequently referenced in Keralite popular culture. The film went on to win the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Popular Film (Prakash Damodaran and P. K. Muralidharan) and Best Story (James Albert). It was later remade into Tamil as Ninaithale Inikkum, and in Telugu and Marathi as Classmates and Classmates respectively.

2005 – Rajamanikyam – MAMMOOTTY
Rajamanikyam is a 2005 Indian Malayalam-language action film directed by Anwar Rasheed and written by T. A. Shahid. It stars Mammootty in the title role along with Rahman, Manoj K Jayan, Cochin Haneefa, Ranjith, Salim Kumar, Saikumar, Bheeman Raghu, Sindhu Menon, and Padmapriya. The music is composed by Alex Paul. It tells the story of Bellary Raja (Mammootty), a Karnataka based illiterate billionaire who tries to unite his warring siblings. The film was remade in Kannada as Bellary Naga (2009) with Vishnuvardhan in lead and in Bengali as Rajkumar with Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead.

2004 – Sethurama Iyer CBI – MAMMOOTTY
Sethurama Iyer CBI is a 2004 Malayalam mystery crime film directed by K Madhu, written by S. N. Swami, and starring Mammootty, Mukesh and Jagathy Sreekumar.Shyam composed the background score for the film.

This film is the third in the series of the CBI investigative thrillers featuring Mammootty as CBI officer Sethurama Iyer.

2003 – Balettan – MOHANLAL
Balettan is a 2003 Indian Malayalam-language family drama film directed by V. M. Vinu and written by T. A. Shahid. It stars Mohanlal, Devayani, Harisree Ashokan, Innocent, Nedumudi Venu, and Jagathy Sreekumar. The film was released on 28 August 2003. It won the Kerala Film Critics Association Awards for the Best Popular Film of the year. Balettan was the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year at the box office. The film was remade in Telugu as Rajababu with Rajasekhar

2002 – Meesha Madhavan – DILEEP

Meesha Madhavan (lit.Mustache Madhavan) is a 2002 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film directed by Lal Jose and written by Ranjan Pramod. The film stars Dileep in the title role, and Kavya Madhavan. The film was a commercial success at the box office and the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year. Meesha Madhavan raised Dileep’s stardom to a superstar level. This film was remade in Telugu as Dongodu (2003) starring Ravi Teja and in Kannada as Hori (2010) starring Vinod Prabhakar

2001 – Ravanaprabhu – MOHANLAL
Raavanaprabhu (Translation|Lord ravana) is a 2001 Indian Malayalam-language action drama film written and directed by Ranjith in his directorial debut. It is a sequel to the 1993 film Devaasuram written by Ranjith. The film stars Mohanlal in the dual role of Mangalassery Neelakandan and M. N. Karthikeyan, father and son. Napoleon reprises the role of Neelakandan’s archenemy Mundackal Shekharan. It also features Vasundhara Das, Innocent, Siddique, Revathi, Vijayaraghavan, and Saikumar. The plot follows M. N. Karthikeyan, Neelakandan’s son and his attempts to reclaim their ancestral home Mangalassery tharavadu.

The film features original songs composed by Suresh Peters and background score by C. Rajamani. Raavanaprabhu was released on 31 August 2001 during the time of Onam in Kerala. The film performed well at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing Malayalam film of the year. It won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value and Best Male Playback Singer for K. J. Yesudas, and also won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Malayalam for Peters.

2000 – Narasimham – MOHANLAL
Narasimham (transl.The man-lion) is a 2000 Indian Malayalam-language action drama film directed by Shaji Kailas and written by Ranjith. It stars Mohanlal in the lead role, along with Thilakan, N. F. Varghese, Aishwarya, Kanaka, Jagathi Sreekumar, and Bharathi Vishnuvardhan in other pivotal roles. Mammootty appears in a cameo role. The film was the first production of Aashirvad Cinemas, owned by Antony Perumbavoor, the former chauffeur of Mohanlal.

The film was released on 26 January 2000, India’s 50th Republic Day. Upon release, the film created box office history in Malayalam cinema, it grossed ₹220 million (US$3.1 million) at the box office against a budget of ₹20 million (US$280,000), making it the highest grosser of the year, and the highest grossing Malayalam film ever, at that time. The film ran for more than 200 days in theatres.

The film was re-released under the name Narasimham Returns in 2014, which premiered in Dubai. It was re-released in Kerala on several occasions and still enjoys a cult following. The film was remade in Telugu as Adhipathi (2001), starring Mohan Babu.

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