Top 10 List: A Look At Our Favourite Telugu Movies In Every Genre

The charm of Tollywood is everlasting in more ways than one. While the insane fandom of the superstars keeps growing, the quality of Telugu movies keeps getting better. It is not just a medium of entertainment but also, a powerful tool to convey a message to the masses. And depending on your taste in films, you can take a pick from any genre of your liking.

So, if you haven’t explored the world of Telugu movies yet, here is a curated list for you to choose from.

Romance/ Rom-Com

Ala Modalaindi (2011)

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Starring Nani, Nithya Menen and Sneha Ullal in the lead roles, this super entertaining romantic comedy had the perfect combination of excitement, humor and emotion. Moreover, the film marked the debut of famous comedian Thagubothu Ramesh. And it garnered critical acclaim for the effortless performances and smooth narrative.

Manmadhudu (2002)

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One of the biggest blockbusters of Nagarjuna’s career, Manmadhudu is one of the most popular romantic Telugu movies. Starring Sonali Bendre in the lead, the film also got several remakes in other languages.


Arjun Reddy (2017)

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Vijay Deverakonda starrer Arjun Reddy  was one of the highest grossing Telugu movies of 2017. The film narrated the story of a surgeon with serious anger issues. In addition to the intriguing plot, it was the powerful performances that contributed towards making the film a grand success.

Pokiri (2006)

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Mahesh Babu and Ileana D’Cruz played the lead roles in this action entertainer directed by Puri Jagannadh. The film revolved around an undercover police officer who had to infiltrate a mafia and accomplish a dangerous mission. Apart from the power-packed intensity of the plot, it was the performances that left a lasting impact on the minds of the audience. Certainly, a must-watch for the fans of Telugu movies.


Arundhati (2009)

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One of the best horror movies made in Telugu cinema, Arundhati was directed by Kodi Ramakrishna. Featuring Anushka Shetty in the titular role, the movie revolves around a generation-old battle against a black magician.

Deyyam (1996)

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Produced and directed by the king of horror movies Ram Gopal Varma, Deyyam is a classic addition to the horror genre in Tollywood. Made during the during the golden era of horror, Deyyam tells the story of a young boy and his imaginary friends who seem to be getting more sinister day by day!

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Mahanati (2018)

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A grand visual treat, Mahanati brought to life the story of legendary actress Savitri. With a strong star cast including Keerthy Suresh and Dulquer Salmaan in the lead, the film maintained perfection in every detail. Whether it was the plot or recreating the iconic scenes from Savitri’s life, Mahanati never disappointed.

The success of Mahanati encouraged Tollywood to further take an enthusiastic leap on the biopic bandwagon. As a result, there is now a long line-up of Telugu biopics that we can look forward to. Examples include Syeraa Narsimha Reddy and the much talked-about NTR biopic, all scheduled for a 2018 release.


The Baahubali series (2015 & 2017)

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Image source: Dharma Productions

An S.S. Rajamouli directorial, Baahubali: The Beginning and its sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion added unforgettable masterpieces to Telugu cinema. From breathtaking visuals to larger than life action sequences, the series presented the perfect blend of entertainment. And not just for the fans of Telugu movies but also, the majority of the general audience.

Magadheera (2009)

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Another masterpiece by  S. S. Rajamouli, Magadheera explores the mysterious concept of reincarnation. The plot makes its way through a love story that has managed to cross the oceans of time!

The beauty of Telugu movies lies in the variety that is offered along with the out of the box concepts that the filmmakers constantly experiment with. On one hand, there is a visual treat offered in every genre and on the other, there are the exceptional performances, unique sound tracks and memorable dialogues. All of it comes together to offer the complete package that we know as Tollywood.

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