In a possibility male chauvinistic world, it is always welcoming to see some progressive changes. Female lead movies are one of them.
We have had Superstars for a long time now we are finally getting to see lady Superstars. Here are the best 20 Women-centric Tamil movies.
List of Best Women Centric Movies in Tamil Cinema
2036 Vayadhinile (At the age of 36) – 2015
Director: Rosshan Andrrews
Jyothika gave a great breakthrough in this movie. As a strong female lead and as the name suggests at the age of 36 years being a housewife thrives to earn equality from her own family.
The character ends up getting rewarded from the President himself like compensation for the sacrifices she had to do for family.
19Roja (Rose) – 1992
Director: Mani Ratnam
Roja is a movie revolving around a simple village girl born in Tirunelveli district ends up marrying a RAW agent and later gets involved with politicians and terrorists to save the life of her husband.
18Kandukondain Kandukondain (I have seen, I have seen) – 2000
Director: Rajiv Menon
This star-studded movie revolves around two women. One who is dreamy and who wants her life to go in a flow and takes time to realize what she needs and another one who is bold and goal oriented and clear of what she needs. This story revolves around the lives of these two sisters.
17Magalir Mattum (Ladies Only) – 2017
Jyothika’s Magalir Mattum is a happy colorful movie where the female lead mingles with three women leading different lifestyles but all of them commonly curbed to male chauvinism. Makes them realize how independent they can be.
16Snegithiye (Oh Friend! (female)) – 2000
Jyothika and Sharbani Mukherjee played the lead roles along with Tabu. The movie is about a group of three prankster college girls ends up as a suspect in a murder case which they didn’t commit and eventually resolve it at the end.
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15Mozhi (Language) – 2007
Director: Radha Mohan
Jyothika’s character as a deaf and dumb person just outlines the movie name. Deaf and dumb female lead facing her life trying to be normal not wanting any special care and how she faces her mental barriers about love, marriage, and children are inspiring lessons indeed.
14Anaamika (aka) Nee Enge En Anbe – 2014
Director: Sekhar Kammula
Anaamika is a story of a Tamil girl played by Nayanthara, who is in search for her husband in streets of Hyderabad soon after a bomb blast. With high hopes and going through a lot of struggles, she finds the truth with the help of a police officer.
13Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek) – 2002
Director: Mani Ratnam
One of the best women centric movies in Kollywood which revolves around a small girl’s emotions who gets to know she is an adopted child goes in search of her mother with her brought-up parents into the jungles of Sri Lanka.
The emotions involved along with the separatist war going on, a movie for heavy hearts.
12Aval Oru Thodharkadai (She is a Never Ending Story) – 1974
Director: K. Balachander
K Balachander was a foreseer indeed. A feministic Tamil movie about a middle-class working woman who is burdened with the responsibility to earn for the family after her father’s demise.
She loses her love and freedom in the course of bringing up her family with an irresponsible brother yet faces them all and lives through it at the end.
11Mouna Ragam (Silent Symphony) – 1986
Director: Mani Ratnam
The story revolves around a woman who is forced into an arranged marriage when she is still in the memories of her ex-lover who died in front of her, developing a matured love life in the divorce waiting for time-period outlines the entire story.
10Taramani – 2017
Taramani is a typical 21st-century movie where people are still trying to settle down with the prevailing half-baked western culture. The movie exposes the things an independent woman has to face, convince and adjust to living with an orthodox man.
Check the Life lessons which Taramani teaches you.
9Kolamavu Kokila (Kolam-powder Kokila) – 2018
Director: Nelson Dilipkumar
Nayanthara playing the role of a middle-class family girl gets into drug dealing business accidentally and finds it tough to get out of it as well. Forced to deal drugs and in the taste for money, she lives through the business and even escapes out of it cleverly.
8Maya – 2015
Director: Ashwin Saravanan
The story of a single mother who faces all the mess to bring up her child amidst the ghost troubles.
7Aramm (Good Deed) – 2017
Director: Gopi Nainar
Story derived from a real-life story revolving around a district collector, the role played by Nayanthara, who does everything possible to relieve a baby girl that fell into a pit bypassing the political pressures.
6Irudhi Suttru (Final Round) – 2016
Director: Sudha Kongara
The movie showcases about a 17-year-old fish seller girl who ends up winning the boxing championship after getting properly trained by a professional coach facing the barriers from administration politics.
5Kanaa (Dream) – 2018
Director: Arunraja Kamaraj
“If you want something you should cry for it” is the theme. A girl from a farmer family breaks through the sex, language, orthodox barriers to play for the Indian cricket team.
Kanaa is designed to be one among the greatest women centric movies with the male-dominated sports background.
4Kaatrin Mozhi (The Language of Air) – 2018
Director: Radha Mohan
Jyothika, a great performer in women centric movies, plays the lead role in the movie aspires to become an RJ and ends up hosting a late night show on the air. The way she faces the societal barriers for what she likes is the story.
3Magalir Mattum (Ladies Only) – 1994
Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao
Three women leading different lifestyles become victims of a lecherous boss. How they get together and plan to get even with him is the plot of this female-oriented movie. The herd of cows is powerful than a lion indeed.
2Iraivi (Goddess) – 2016
Director: Karthik Subbaraj
Three men are financially struggling, and their wives help to revive them. Despite their efforts, three men end up in jail or dead and so these women are forced to lead an independent life. Iraivi is one of the best women centric movies in Tamil cinema that clearly brings out the struggles of women in this male chauvinistic world.
1Aruvi (Stream) – 2017
Director: Arun Prabhu
Heart aching story of a simple girl belonging to the middle-class family who gets affected by HIV Virus accidentally through a coconut vendor still gets judged by her own parents wrongly. The way she strives through the troubled society to lead the rest of her life teaches us all a lesson.
Hey Man, Haven’t you watched any of these movies in this list? Go watch now. And, Woman! Do not miss to share this with the man whom you admire and love.