15 Tamil Movies To Look Forward To In 2022 (2024)

Tamil cinema in 2021 was a mix of classy hits like Doctor, Master and Karnanreleasing alongside hard-hitting OTT films such as Jai Bhim and Sarpatta Parambarai. Apart from these biggies, even films like Mandela, Thaen, Writer and Kadaseela Biryani made a mark, ensuring the year had a healthy mix of films despite the long lockdown in the middle.

As we move onto 2022, Tamil cinema is all set to have an even bigger comeback with wider releases, bigger star vehicles, comeback films of superstars and the consolidation of the OTT market. Here's a list of 14 such films from every genre that can bring back some cheer.


Director: H Vinoth

Valimai has been on the news for so long that the film was a part of most-awaited lists in both 2020 and 2021. This H Vinoth film is Ajith Kumar's comeback after late 2019's Nerkonda Parvai and his second with the director. After its trailer release, the film was finally slated for a January release but even that was pushed after theatres announced newer restrictions. The police movie is among the most anticipated actions films of the year with Yuvan Shankar Raja's music and Bonney Kapoor as producer.


Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj

Coming off the success of three hits Maanagaram, Kaithi and Master, Lokesh Kanagaraj's new film with his icon Kamal Haasan is already a hot property in the trade circles. Add to his name superlative actors such as Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil and we get one of the best casts that is practically feasible. Anirudh's music, a stellar supporting role and the first look only increases the expectations for this film.


Director: Nelson Dilipkumar

Superstar Vijay saw potential in this director even before Doctor released. But after the dark comedy's success, the actor's choice appears to have been perfect. Beast will feature some of the director's favourite actors along with interesting casting decisions in Selvaraghavan and Pooja Hegde. Given that Vijay has rarely acted in a dark comedy will make this film even more intriguing.

Ponniyan Selvan

Director: Mani Ratnam

The veteran director's period magnum opus is one the industry itself has been anticipating for a very long time. With a powerhouse of talent enough to mark a dozen odd films individually, rarely do we get a film with so much going in. Apart from the director and AR Rahman the galaxy of stars includes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Prakash Raj, Lal, Vikram Prabhu among many more.

Etharkum Thunindhavan

Director: Pandiraj

The director, coming off two blockbusters, appears to shift away from his typical family dramas to make a more serious action film with this Suriya starrer. The first look and the first song adds to the film's promise that is said to be based around the Pollachi sex scandal. Apart from Suriya, the film stars Priyanka Mohan fresh off Doctor . This could also be Suriya's first theatrical release after direct-to-OTT hits Soorarai Pottru and Jai Bhim.


Director: Ciby Chakaravarthy

First-timer Ciby Chakaravarthy has managed to assemble THE most happening team that's fresh off the success of Doctor. With Sivakarthikeyan, Anirudh and Priyanka Mohan coming together for a fun college comedy, the film might just the one to push to the star to the top league.


Director: R Ajay Gnanamuthu

This film might feel like it was long in the making but that hasn't reduced the excitement for this Vikram comeback. With a first look poster featuring the star in seven outfits, his fans are hoping that Cobra will finally be the big hit he deserves. With Srinidhi Shetty, Miya George, KS Ravikumar and Irfan Pathan, apart from AR Rahman's music, the film could just be the return of Anniyan levels of popularity for Chiyaan.


Director: Karthik Naren

Dhanush's third consecutive OTT release (after Jagame Thanthiram and Atrangi Re) is said to be his first playing an investigative journalist. Directed by Karthik Naren, the film's first look adds a lot of curiosity to this film which is also his first with Malavika Mohanan.


Director: Karthik Subbaraj

The hit director has already managed a casting coup by bringing together both Vikram and his son Dhruv for Mahaan. This gangster saga becomes even cooler because it brings back his regulars Bobby Simha and Simran in important roles. Expected to be an direct-to-OTT release, Mahaan should release in the first quarter of the year.


Director: Ravikumar R

Tamil cinema could witness its first full-fledged movie to feature the character of an alien if Ayalaan releases this year. Starring Sivakarthikeyan with AR Rahman's music for the first time, the film is said to be a CG spectacle with a lot of excitement for children—Sivakarthikeyan's core audience.

Kaatru Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal

Director: Vignesh Shivan

The much-loved team of Naanum Rowdy Dhaan returns with a major addition in Samantha. The film's first single, by Anirudh Ravichander, is already a huge hit and the film promises the biggest romance of the year with both Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi coming together. The film is expected to hit screens in February.

Naai Sekar Returns

Director: Suraj

This comedy could be Vadivelu's big comeback after many years of M.I.A. Based on his character from 2006's Thalai Nagaram, this spin-off will feature a comedy ensemble of Lollu Sabha Seshu, Ababdaraj, Vigneshkanth, Sivaangi and Redin Kingsley. The many dogs in the film will also make it a hit among children.

Hey Sinamika

Director: Brinda

The films borrows its title and lead actor from Mani Ratnam's O Kadhal Kanmani and this too promises a nice, breezy romance like the 2015 hit. Starring Dulquer Salman and Aditi Rao Hydari, the film is said to be about a stay-at-home husband. Along with Kaatru Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal, this is the other major romance of the season.

Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu

Director: Gautham Vasudev Menon

STR finally seems to have regained some momentum with Venkat Prabhu's superhit Maanadu after many years of duds. With the promising looking teaser of Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu featuring an amazing score by AR Rahman, it could just be the star's big return to form and a much-needed hit for the director too.

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect

Director: R Madhavan

Although a bi-lingual, the film based on a scandalous spy case involving an ISRO officer, is special because it is Madhavan's first film as director. Co-starring Simran, Gulshan Grover among many others, the films could be the best biopic of the year too.

Which films would you add to this list?

15 Tamil Movies To Look Forward To In 2022 (2024)


Which Tamil movie has the highest rating in 2022? ›

  • Taanakkaran. 20222h 21m. ...
  • Saani Kaayidham. 20222h 16m. ...
  • Nenjuku Needhi. 20222h 18m. 7.2 (1.6K) Rate. ...
  • Thiruchitrambalam. 20222h 11m. 7.9 (15K) Rate. ...
  • Sardar. 20222h 46m. 7.5 (7.9K) Rate. ...
  • Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. 20222h 37mNot Rated. 8.7 (59K) Rate. ...
  • Otru. 20222h 2m. 7.1 (1.2K) Rate. ...
  • Gargi. 20222h 20m. 8.1 (6.9K) Rate.

Which is the No 1 Tamil movie in India? ›

Highest-grossing films worldwide
RankTitleWorldwide gross
1Baahubali 2: The Conclusion₹1,810.595 crore
22.0₹699.89 crore
3Jailer₹607–650 crore
4Baahubali: The Beginning₹600–650 crore
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How many Tamil movies are there in 2022? ›

The best films of Tamil cinema in 2022 are also its biggest hits. Vikram, Ponniyin Selvan 1, and Vendhu Thaninthathu Kaadu overshadowed the year when audience decided to back good content. More than 200 films were released in Tamil cinema in 2022.

Who is no 1 in Tamil cinema? ›


He is one of the highest earning actors in Asia. Primarily starring in Tamil movies, he has also worked in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Hollywood movies. He was born in Bangalore (India), and was employed as a bus conductor before he joined the Madras Film Institute.

Which movie has a 5 star rating? ›

Five Star Movies
1939Gone With the WindDrama, Civil War
1967The GraduateDrama
2013GravityDrama, Suspense
2000High FidelityUrban Comedy, Drama
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Who is the king of Tamil film industry? ›

Shivaji Rao Gaikwad (born 12 December 1950), known professionally as Rajinikanth is an Indian actor who works predominantly in Tamil cinema. In a career spanning over five decades, he has done 170 films that includes films in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, and Malayalam.

Which movie has the highest collection in Tamil Nadu? ›

The highest-grossing films of all time in Tamil Nadu stand as follows:
  • Leo: Rs. 230 crore approx (29 days)
  • Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1: Rs. 222 crore.
  • Jailer: Rs. 189 crore.
  • Vikram: Rs. 181 crore.
  • Baahubali: The Conclusion: Rs. 146 crore.
  • Varisu: Rs. 144.50 crore.
  • Master: Rs. 142 crore.
  • Bigil: Rs. 141 crore.
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Which is the longest movie in Tamil Nadu? ›

TitleRunning timeLanguage
Thalaivaa182 mins (3 hr 2 min)Tamil
Kammara Sambhavam182 mins (3 hr 2 min)Malayalam
Padayappa181 mins (3 hr 1 min)Tamil
Taal181 mins (3 hr 1 min)Hindi
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Which actor has the most movies in Tamil? ›

the pride of actors). In a career that spanned close to five decades, he had acted in 288 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Sivaji Ganesan is the only Tamil actor to have played the lead role in over 250 films.

What is the latest movie in Tamil Nadu? ›

  • Kalki 2898 AD. Maharaja. Maharaja.
  • Pokkiri. Thuppakki. Thuppakki.
  • Garudan. Aranmanai 4. Aranmanai 4.
  • PT Sir. Kaththi. Kaththi.
  • Bad Boys: Ride or Die. Deadpool & Wolverine. Deadpool & Wolverine.

Which Tamil movie is coming in 2024? ›

Upcoming Tamil Movies List with Release Date (2024)
Movie NameOTT Release Date
Garudan28 Jun 2024
Uyir Thamizhukku25 Jun 2024
Kalki 2898 AD27 Jun 2024
Indian 212 Jul 2024
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What is the first Tamil movie in the world? ›

The first Tamil silent film, Keechaka Vadham, was directed by R. Nataraja Mudaliar in 1918. The first Tamil talking feature film, Kalidas, a multilingual directed by H. M. Reddy was released on 31 October 1931, less than seven months after India's first talking motion picture Alam Ara.

Which is the most awaited South Indian movie? ›

Here's taking a look at the top 10 upcoming south Indian movies in 2024:
  • Kalki 2898 AD: Prabhas, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan.
  • Kanguva: Suriya, Bobby Deol.
  • Pushpa 2 The Rule: Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna, Fahadh Faasil.
  • Kantara A Legend Chapter 1: Rishab Shetty, Saptami Gawda.
  • Turbo: Mammootty.
May 21, 2024

What is the highest rating movie 2022? ›

Top 100 best rated movies from 2022
  • Manticore. 2022. ...
  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio. 2022. Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson. ...
  • The Banshees of Inisherin. 2022. Martin McDonagh. ...
  • Trenque Lauquen. 2022. Laura Citarella. ...
  • Triangle of Sadness. 2022. Ruben Östlund. ...
  • Babylon. 2022. Damien Chazelle. ...
  • Joyland. 2022. Saim Sadiq. ...
  • RRR. 2022. S.S. Rajamouli.

What is the number 1 movie in the world 2022? ›

1. Avatar: The Way of Water.

Who is the biggest movie star in the world 2022? ›

Highest Grossing Stars of 2022 at the Worldwide Box Office
RankNameStar Score
1Zhang Yi254
2Margot Robbie209
3Wu Jing191
4Robert Pattinson190
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Who is the best actor in Tamil cinema 2022? ›

SIIMA Award for Best Actor – Tamil
The 2022 recipient: Kamal Haasan
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Tamil film
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