1. Thalapathi (1991)
Thalapathi is a Indian Tamil film written and directed by Mani Ratnam and produced by G.Venkateswaran under the banner of G.V.Films. It was released on November 5, 1991 and starring Rajinikanth,Mammootty, Arvind Swamy, Jaishankar, Amrish Puri, Srividya, Bhanupriya, Shobana, Geetha. It is one of the Best Rajinikanth movies and received positive reviews from critics. The theme is loosely based on the friendship between Karna and Duryodhana of hindi epic, Mahabharata. The score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was one among the deepavali releases of 1991.
2. Thillu Mullu (1981)
Thillu Mullu (English :Hodgepodge) is one of the leading Rajinikanth movies directed by K.Balachandar. The film was released on May 1, 1981 starring Rajinikanth, Madhavi, Thengai Srinivasan, Nagesh, Sowkar Janaki, Poornam Vishwanathan. The film was a remake of 1979 Hindi comedy film Golmaal directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. This movie was produced by Kalakendra Movies.The film is about Chandran who is advised by his family friend to attend the job at a company of his friend Sriramachandramoorty Chandran pretends to be a cultured, well-mannered and patriotic person which impressesSriramacha-ndramoorthy. This movie receives positive reviews from critics, who particularly praised Rajinikanth performance as he was known for doing mainly action films up untill that point in his career.
3. 16 Vayathinile (1977)
16 Vayathinile (English:At the Age of Sixteen) is a Tamil feature film directed by Bharathiraja. It was released on 15 September, 1977 starring Kamal Hassan, Sridevi, Rajinikanth.The film also marks the debut of the famous South Indian Comedian Goundamani. The film focused on rural Tamil Nadu and was the first Tamil film to be shot completely outdoors. It began the trend of outdoor shooting in Tamil film industry. This film was Bharathiraja’s directorial debut, it met with a strong critical reception upon release, was a blockbuster and completed a 175-day run at the box-office.The film won four State Awards and one each in the South Filmfare Awards and National Film Awards ceremonies.
4. Mullum Malarum (1978)
Mullum Malarum (English :Thorn and Flower) is a Indian Tamil drama film directed by J.Mahendran and produced by Venu Chettiar. It was released on 15 August, 1978 starring Rajinikanth, Sarath babu, Fatafat Jayalaxmi, Shoba. It tells the story of Kali, a winch operator who conflicts with his superior Kumaran at a power plant, which eventually leads to the loss of his arm and job. It received positive reviews from the critic and audiences and become a success. The film was a major breakthrough for Rajinikanth, whose performance as Kali received unanimous praise and is widely considered to be the best performance of his career. The film won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film and the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil film.
5. Baashha (1995)
Baashha is a Indian Tamil drama film directed by Suresh krissna and produced by R.M.Veerappan. It was released on 15 January 1995 starring Rajinikanth, Nagma, Raghuvaran. It is one of the finest movies of Rajnikanth who won Filmfans Association Award and Cinema Express Award for the Best Actor for his performance in the film.This film was later remade in Kannada as Kotigobba starring Vishnuvardhan and Priyanka Upendra in the lead roles. Manikkam meets Priya, a rich girl travels frequency in his auto. She develops a respect and feelings for him due to his nobility. The flashback shows that Manikkam was actually Once a Don named Manik Baashha in Bombay.
6. Padayappa (1999)
7. Muthu (1995)
Muthu is a Indian Tamil musical drama film directed by K.S.Ravikumar. It was released on October 23, 1995 starring Rajinikanth, Meena, Sarath Babu. It is an official remake of the Mohanlal starrer Malayalam film Thenmavin Kombath (1994). It was the first Indian film to have a major success in Japan and earned Rajinikanth, a huge fan following in Japan. A Kind-hearted Zamindar lived with his sister-in-law cousin Rajasekhar, helping people incessantly. His sister-in-law has a son, to whom the zamindar bequeaths a major portion of his property. The film was a block buster and completed a 175 day run at the box office.
8. Annamalai (1992)
Annamalai is a Tamil film directed by Suresh Krishna and produced by Pushpa Kandaswamy. It was released on 26 June 1992 starring Rajinikanth, Kushboo, Sarath Babu, Radha Ravi, Manorama, Janagaraj, Nizhalgal Ravi. It is a remake of Krishnam Raju’s movie Prana Snehitulu, which was a remake of Rakesh Roshan’s Hindi movie Khudgarz, which was in turn based on Jeffrey Archer’s novel Kane and Abel.Annamalai and Ashok have been best friends since childhood. Annamalai is a milkman while Ashok is the only son of a rich businessman.When Ashok falls in love with Geetha,a poor girl, his father is naturally against thew wedding. Annamalai holds the wedding and earns his anger. Meanwhile, Annamalai falls for Subu, whom he subsequently marries.
9. Billa (1980)
Billa is a one of the Indian Tamil action-thriller movies of Rajinikanth produced by Suresh Balaje and directed by R.Krishnamurthy. It was released on 26 January 1980 starring Rajinikanth, K.Balaji, Sripriya. It is extensively based on the Hindi film Don (1978), with changes made in the script to suit the Tamil audience. The film revolves around Billa, a feared Mafia don in Madras, who is fatally wounded during an encounter with the police. Wanting to uncover Billa’s accomplices, the police commissioner Alexander trains a lookalike village bumpkin Rajappa to pose as Billa and infiltrate the gang. The rest of the film deals with how Rajappa learns more about Billa’s gang and tries to get all of them arrested.