34 Best Malayalam Thriller Movies of All Time to Watch Now

Best Malayalam Thriller Movies

Malayalam cinema has long been celebrated for its gripping narratives and masterful storytelling, and in the realm of thrillers, it truly shines. It has a rich tradition of producing top-notch thrillers that have garnered critical acclaim and captivated audiences worldwide. Whether you’re a fan of Malayalam crime thriller movies or Malayalam psychological thrillers movies, in this comprehensive list, we have curated the best Malayalam thriller movies of all time, guaranteed to offer a unique blend of entertainment and intrigue that is perfect for thrill-seekers of all ages.

In our selection, you’ll find a diverse array of Malayalam thrillers that span various subgenres, from crime dramas to psychological mysteries. Each film has been meticulously chosen for its ability to keep viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. So grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and prepare for a cinematic experience with the best Malayalam thriller movies that are must-watch classics.

List of Top Malayalam Thriller Movies of All Time to Watch Now:

Drishyam Movie (2013) Cast, Release Date, Story, Review, Poster, Trailer, Budget, Collection


Release date: 19 December 2013
Director: Jeethu Joseph
Starring: Mohanlal, Meena, Asha Sarath, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Siddique
Storyline: A man goes to extreme lengths to save his family from punishment after the family commits an accidental crime.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar
Sequel: Drishyam 2

Mumbai Police Movie Poster

Mumbai Police

Release date: 3 May 2013
Director: Rosshan Andrrews
Starring: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jayasurya, Rahman
Storyline: ACP Antony is the only one who knows the truth behind ACP Aaryan’s murder. Antony meets with an accident, losing his memory, and is unable to reveal the killer. He is forced to investigate the murder again hoping that he remembers something.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar

Rorschach Movie Poster


Release date: 7 October 2022
Director: Nissam Basheer
Starring: Mammootty, Sharafudheen, Jagadish, Grace Antony, Bindu Panicker, Kottayam Nazeer, Sanju Sivram, Asif Ali
Storyline: It is about Luke Anthony who has a mysterious past and is out on a mission to seek revenge from someone who has destroyed him deeply.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar

Joseph Movie Poster


Release date: 16 November 2018
Director: M. Padmakumar
Starring: Joju George, Dileesh Pothan, Athmiya Rajan, Malavika Menon, Madhuri Braganza
Storyline: The story develops through the life of four retired policemen. It has the tone of a thriller investigation. An issue affecting the life of Joseph, the central character, and his family is being investigated. It is one of the best Malayalam thriller movies on Amazon Prime.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video


Release date: 7 April 2021
Director: Dileesh Pothan
Starring: Fahadh Faasil, Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, Unnimaya Prasad, Basil Joseph
Storyline: Joji, an engineering dropout and the youngest son of a rich family lives with his aspirations of becoming super wealthy. Driven by greed and blind ambition, he decides to execute his plans following an unexpected event in the family.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Vettah Movie Poster


Release date: 26 February 2016
Director: Rajesh Pillai
Starring: Kunchacko Boban, Indrajith Sukumaran, Manju Warrier, Sandhya, Deepak Parambol
Storyline: Two police officers are trapped in a web of deception and lies from everyone they trust after they take up a case involving a mysterious man who is arrested for a double homicide.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video, SunNXT

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

Release date: 30 June 2017
Director: Dileesh Pothan
Starring: Suraj Venjaramoodu, Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Alencier Ley Lopez, Vettukili Prakash
Storyline: Prasad and Sreeja enter wedlock and move to a new place to continue the rest of their lives. Unfortunate events begin to take place after Prasad, a small-time thief, robs Sreeja’s gold chain during a bus journey.

Available on: Apple TV

Munnariyippu Movie Poster


Release date: 22 August 2014
Director: Venu
Starring: Mammootty, Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu, Prithviraj Sukumaran (cameo), Prathap Pothan
Storyline: Anjali, a freelance journalist meets C.K. Raghavan, an interesting inmate who’s outstaying his sentence in jail for a crime he says he didn’t commit. His vastly different views peak her interest and she documents his life and happenings.

Available on: SunNXT


Release date: 8 September 2016
Director: Priyadarshan
Starring: Mohanlal, Samuthirakani, Meenakshi, Nedumudi Ven
Storyline: A blind man tries to protect a girl from a psycho killer.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar

Lucifer Movie Poster


Release date: 28 March 2019
Director: Prithviraj Sukumaran
Starring: Mohanlal, Vivek Oberoi, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Indrajith Sukumaran
Storyline: A political Godfather dies and a lot of thieves dressed up as politicians take over the rule. The question arises regarding the successor of God, unfolding a few names, along with God’s most beloved angel, Lucifer.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Angamaly Diaries

Release date: 3 March 2017
Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery
Starring: Antony Varghese, Anna Rajan, Tito Wilson, Appani Sarath
Storyline: Vincent Pepe who wanted to be a powerful leader of a righteous gang that ruled the city, like his seniors. And then there’s the rival clan with the malicious gangsters of Angamaly a locale on which the film is based.

Available on: Netflix

Kannur Squad Movie Poster

Kannur Squad

Release date: 28 September 2023
Director: Roby Varghese Raj
Starring: Mammootty, Rony David Raj, Azees Nedumangad, Shabareesh Varma, Kishore, Vijayaraghavan
Storyline: Based on the real story of a team of police officers who were part of the Kannur Squad, a crime investigation unit, formed by former Kannur SP S. Sreejith IPS.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar

7th Day

Release date: 11 April 2014
Director: Syamdhar
Starring: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Tovino Thomas, Vinay Forrt, Janani Iyer, Yog Jappe, Anu Mohan, Praveen Prem
Storyline: A suspended crime branch officer gets involved in the investigation of a twisted case after he suspects a group of 5 friends of weird behavior.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar


Release date: 7 October 2016
Director: Vysakh
Starring: Mohanlal, Jagapathi Babu, Kamalini Mukherjee
Storyline: When a small village near a forest is under the threat of man eating tigers and a drug mafia, the villagers seek the help of an unstoppable force, a hunter invincible.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar

Memories Movie Poster


Release date: 9 August 2013
Director: Jeethu Joseph
Starring: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Meghana Raj, Miya George, S. P. Sreekumar
Storyline: Sam Alex, a drunkard ex-cop, is forced to investigate a series of murders which are committed in the same pattern. His search leads to a serial killer, and something more than what he expected.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar


Release date: 28 February 2020
Director: Akhil Paul and Anas Khan
Starring: Tovino Thomas, Mamta Mohandas, Saiju Kurup, Ren discovers breakthroughs in a serial killing case as further victims are added to the list. Shikha teams up with Samuel and uncovers evidence that might lead to the killer’s identity.

Available on: Netflix, Zee5, aha


Release date: 9 April 2021
Director: Appu N. Bhattathiri
Starring: Kunchacko Boban, Nayanthara
Storyline: John Baby, who is recouping from a traumatic accident, meets Nitin, a young boy who interests him with murder stories. When Baby explores the possibility of Nitin’s stories by mapping the events, it matches with the real-time incidents.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Salute Movie Poster


Release date: 17 March 2022
Director: Rosshan Andrrews
Starring: Dulquer Salmaan, Manoj K. Jayan, Diana Penty, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Saniya Iyappan
Storyline: S.I Aravind Karunakaran, a police officer on voluntary leave, is haunted by an old case he investigated. How far will he go to unravel the mystery and bring the truth to light?

Available on: Sony LIV


Release date: 6 March 2020
Director: Muhammad Musthafa
Starring: Anna Ben, Sreenath Bhasi, Roshan Mathew
Storyline: The plot follows a phone call romance between an auto-rickshaw driver, Vishnu, and a village girl, Jessy, who have never met each other.

Available on: Netflix


Release date: 3 March 2022
Director: Aashiq Abu
Starring: Tovino Thomas, Anna Ben, Sharafudheen, Joy Mathew
Storyline: Naradan is a dramatic journey of Chandraprakash, a popular news anchor in the media world who is desperate to prove his worth.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Padavettu Movie Poster


Release date: 21 October 2022
Director: Liju Krishna
Starring: Nivin Pauly, Aditi Balan, Shammi Thilakan
Storyline: The coming-of-age drama portrays the relentless pursuit of the layman, the oppressed section of society who is in a constant struggle and fight to reclaim their unique identity and rightful place in a world meant for all.

Available on: Netflix

C U Soon

Release date: 1 September 2020
Director: Mahesh Narayanan
Starring: Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew, Darshana Rajendran
Storyline: A software engineer, living in Kerala, is prompted by his family to look for his cousin’s missing fiancee. As they stumble upon her video-based suicide note, he races against time to find her.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video


Release date: 4 November 2022
Director: Jeethu Joseph
Starring: Asif Ali, Renji Panicker, Hannah Reji Koshy, Jaffar Idukki, Baburaj
Storyline: The plot follows Giri Shankar, a C.P.O. disregarded by his colleagues and looked upon with contempt by his villagers, as he takes revenge for a humiliating incident, his life turns upside down.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Night Drive Movie Poster

Night Drive

Release date: 11 March 2022
Director: Vysakh
Starring: Indrajith Sukumaran, Roshan Mathew, Anna Ben
Storyline: The movie depicts the story of a young couple and how they land in trouble when they meet with an accident.

Available on: Netflix

Take Off

Release date: 24 March 2017
Director: Mahesh Narayanan
Starring: Parvathy Thiruvothu, Kunchacko Boban, Fahadh Faasil, Divya Prabha
Storyline: In 2014, a group of Malayali nurses was captured when terrorists took over the city of Tikrit in Iraq. This movie recounts the ordeal suffered by the nurses following their capture.

Available on: JioCinema


Release date: 25 August 2006
Director: Lal Jose
Starring: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Narain, Jayasurya, Indrajith Sukumaran, Kavya Madhavan
Storyline: College classmates meet for a 10-year reunion, which does not go as smoothly as planned. Love is discovered, friendships are broken and secrets about tragic events in the past are revealed.

Available on: OTT N/A

12th Man Movie

12th Man

Release date: 20 May 2022
Director: Jeethu Joseph
Starring: Mohanlal, Unni Mukundan, Anusree, Anu Sithara, Saiju Kurup
Storyline: Eleven friends get together for a bachelor party, but the celebrations go awry because of a phone call and a death. A drunk cop steps in to unravel the mystery.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar


Release date: 20 September 2018
Director: Amal Neerad
Starring: Fahadh Faasil, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sharafudheen, Arjun Ashokan
Storyline: After losing his job Abin along with his wife Priya, who has suffered a miscarriage, decides to shift from Dubai to Priya’s family estate in Kerala. However, peace eludes the couple as they run into a set of new troubles.

Available on: OTT N/A


Release date: 22 October 2010
Director: Arun Kumar Aravind
Starring: Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Samvrutha Sunil, Fahadh Faasil, Aparna Nair, Innocent, Mamukkoya
Storyline: The lives of an architect and his wife are turned upside down when a stranger kidnaps their daughter and blackmails them to do some crimes for him.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Kuruthi Movie Poster


Release date: 11 August 2021
Director: Manu Warrier
Starring: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Roshan Mathew, Naslen K. Gafoor, Murali Gopy, Mamukkoya, Shine Tom Chacko
Storyline: Conflicts started to happen in Moosa Khader’s home after the entry of a police officer and a murder convict.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha

Release date: 5 December 2009
Director: Ranjith
Starring: Mammootty, Shwetha Menon, Mythili, Gowri Munjal
Storyline: A woman is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Several discrepancies arise in the findings, which eventually leads to the closure of the case. Years later, Haridas decides to reopen the case.

Available on: SunNXT


Release date: 25 June 2009
Director: Blessy
Starring: Mohanlal, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Suresh Menon, Murali Gopy, Bhumika Chawla
Storyline: A jeep driver finds his old schoolmates to prove his innocence after 30 years.

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar

CBI film series

  • Oru CBI Diary Kurippu (1988)
  • Jagratha (1989)
  • Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004)
  • Nerariyan CBI (2005)
  • CBI 5: The Brain (2022)

22 Female Kottayam

Release date: 13 April 2012
Director: Aashiq Abu
Starring: Rima Kallingal, Fahadh Faasil
Storyline: A 22-year-old nurse who was betrayed and raped exerts some extreme revenge on her tormentors.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video, SunNXT


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