1. Thalapathi (1991)
Thalapathi is an 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 stars Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Arvind Swamy, Jaishankar, Amrish Puri, Srividya, Bhanupriya, Shobana, Geetha. It is one of the Best Rajinikanth movies and has received positive reviews from critics. The theme is loosely based on the friendship between Karna and Duryodhana of the Hindi epic, Mahabharata. The score and soundtrack were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was 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 the 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 the company of his friend Sriramachandramoorty Chandran pretends to be a cultured, well-mannered, and patriotic person which impresses Sriramacha-Sundaramoorthy. Rajinikanth movies are the heartbeat of Rajinikanth fans. The movie received positive reviews from critics, who particularly praised Rajinikanth’s performance as he was known for doing mainly action films up until 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, and 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. The trend of outdoor shooting in the Tamil film industry began. Bharathiraja’s directorial debut, 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, one each at the Southern Filmfare Awards and National Film Awards ceremonies.
4. Mullum Malarum (1978)
Mullum Malarum (English: Thorn and Flower) is an Indian Tamil drama film directed by J.Mahendran and produced by Venu Chettiar. It was released on August 15, 1978, starring Rajinikanth, Sarath Babu, Fatafat Jayalaxmi, and 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 critics and audiences and became 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 an Indian Tamil drama film directed by Suresh Krissna and produced by R.M.Veerappan. It was released on 15 January 1995 starring Rajinikanth, Nagma, and Raghuvaran. It is one of the finest movies of Rajnikanth who won the Filmfans Association Award and Cinema Express Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film. The film was later remade in Kannada as Kotigobba, starring Vishnuvardhan and Priyanka Upendra in the lead roles. Manikkam meets Priya, a rich girl who travels frequently in his auto. She develops respect and feelings for him due to his nobility. The flashback shows that Manikkam was once a don named Manik Baashha in Bombay.
6. Padayappa (1999)
7. Muthu (1995)
Muthu is an Indian Tamil musical drama film directed by K.S. Ravikumar. It was released on October 23, 1995, starring Rajinikanth, Meena, and 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 Zamindar bequeaths a major portion of his property. The film was a blockbuster 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. Krishnam Raju’s movie Prana Snehitulu is a remake of Rakesh Roshan’s Hindi movie Khudgarz, which in turn is based on Jeffrey Archer’s novels 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 the wedding. Annamalai holds the wedding and earns his anger. Meanwhile, Annamalai falls for Subu, whom he subsequently marries.
9. Billa (1980)
Billa is an Indian Tamil action-thriller movie by Rajinikanth, produced by Suresh Balaje and directed by R.Krishnamurthy. It was released on 26 January 1980 starring Rajinikanth, K.Balaji, and 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 bumper in Rajappa to pose as Billa and infiltrate the gang. This is one of the best movies from Rajinikanth movies. The rest of the film deals with how Rajappa learns more about Billa’s gang and tries to get all of them arrested.