Top 10 Tamil movies of 2023: Jailer, Leo, Viduthalai, Chithha, and more

Among the many Tamil movies released this year, we have picked the top 10 in this article. The list comprises pulse-pounding experiences like ‘Jailer’ and ‘Leo,’ catering to fans of Thalaivar and Thalapathy, as well as those who appreciate ‘massy’ cinema. There are some feel-good Tamil movies in the mix as well. Without further ado, let’s delve into the top Tamil movies of 2023, exploring details such as where to watch, genre, cast, IMDb rating, and more.


Chithha (Uncle) centres around the lead character and his bond with his niece. He has an average Joe life taking care of the niece like his own daughter and has also come across a woman he likes. But the story takes a turn when the kid goes missing one day and what happens next is the plot of the movie. Will he be able to rescue her without a scratch on her or not? Watch the movie to find out. 

  • Genre: Thriller, drama
  • IMDB rating: 8.4
  • Cast: Siddharth, Nimisha Sajayan, Anjali Nair
  • Director: S.U. Arun Kumar
  • Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar

Viduthalai Part 1

Constable Kumerasan has just joined the police force and has been stationed in a turbulent zone within a hilly and forest region. Here he encounters the tension between the local people and the men in uniform. He gets caught up in this mess. Whose side will he choose and what consequences are he bound to face because of his choices? Find out in this gripping raw drama starring a brilliant Soori and Vijay Sethupathi. 

  • Genre: Crime Thriller
  • IMDB rating: 8.3
  • Cast: Soori, Vijay Sethupathi, Bhavani Sre
  • Director: Vetrimaaran
  • Where to watch: Zee5

Jigarthanda Double X

A spiritual successor to the 2014 film titled Jigarthanda. This time there is a Double X suffix to the name. The core plot is again about a filmmaker called upon to a remote village to shoot a film on the life of a gangster there. While he reaches there, both the filmmaker and the audience realize there’s more to the story. You are in for some special cinematic elements and exhilarating storytelling. 

  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • IMDB rating: 8.4
  • Cast: Raghava Lawrence, S.J. Suryah, Shine Tom Chacko
  • Director: Karthik Subbaraj
  • Where to watch: Netflix


A cartoonist accidentally gets the power to hear future events in advance. Meanwhile, his life and the people in his locality fall into a massive scam and they are in a situation of losing the roof over their heads. Will our hero be able to use his newfound power to help himself, his family and all those people? He also has to take on a political leader who is behind the aforementioned scam. 

  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • IMDB rating: 7.4
  • Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Aditi Shankar, Mysskin, Sunil
  • Director: Madonne Ashwin
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Por Thozhil

An investigative thriller to find a serial killer. Ashok Selvan plays the part of a new recruit to the force as well as this team. He is a lil rough around the edges and feels intimidated by his superior officer played by Sarathkumar. But will he rise to the occasion and will the duo be able to catch hold of the culprit? 

  • Genre: Thriller, Action 
  • IMDB rating: 8
  • Cast: R. Sarathkumar, Ashok Selvan, Nikhila Vimal
  • Director: Vignesh Raja
  • Where to watch: Sony Liv

Good night

A feel-good, slice-of-life film. Yes, there’s space for that too, right? People loved it for its character dynamics and heartwarming narrative set in an everyday family and society. A man faces problems in his life because of snoring. As simple as that. But the way it has been presented on the screen with several amusing and relatable moments and elements. The charm of the leading pair and the developing relationship between them is too beautiful to watch.  

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • IMDB rating: 7.7
  • Cast: Manikandan K, Meetha Raghunath, Ramesh Thilak
  • Director: Vinayak Chandrasekaran
  • Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar


The story shows a family of four who are devotees of Lord RAM on a spiritual trip to Rameshwaram down south. They commence their journey from Ayodhya and on their way they face some mishaps. A Tamilian stranger comes to their aid but amid all the chaos, will the head of the family manage to have faith and will things get sorted out in the end? mind you, things do get ugly and the portrayal seems very genuine.

  • Genre: Thriller, Action
  • IMDB rating: 8.3
  • Cast: M Sasikumar, Yashpal Sharma, Preethi Asrani
  • Director: R. Manthira Moorthy
  • Where to watch: Zee5

Ponniyin Selvan Part 2

The second part of Mani Ratnam-directed historical epic drama continues the story where the first part ended. The grandeur of the sets and cinematography also carries on and so does the acting by Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Jayam Ravi and the rest of the star cast. If you were a fan of the first part and interested in witnessing the cinematic treatment of this story of Chola Kingdom, check it out. You will get to see a whole lot of politics, valour, and opulence oozing out of the screen.

  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • IMDB rating: 7.3
  • Cast: Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Karthi
  • Director: Mani Ratnam 
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video


Thalapathy and Lokesh Kanagraj join hands for yet another blockbuster venture. This one’s titled Leo based on the titular character’s name. Well, the story presents Vijay as Parthiban, a family man running a cafe in a town in Himachal Pradesh. He is having a peaceful family life but some villainous characters intrude into his life causing a threat to his family and his existence. Where does Leo come into all of this? Who is Leo? Is Parthiban Leo? Is Leo, the movie a part of LCU? All your queries get answered by the end. But before that, there are a lot of enthralling action sequences coupled with energetic music by Anirudh. 

  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • IMDB rating: 7.5
  • Cast: Vijay, Trisha, Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Sarja
  • Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj
  • Where to watch: Netflix


As the title suggests, the protagonist was a jailer but now living a retired life with his wife, son, and son’s family. His son is a police officer following his father’s footsteps. Due to his involvement in some cases, a psychotic smuggler slash gangster is miffed. Suddenly, one day Muthuvel Pandian (aka Jailer) learns about his son’s death at the hands of the gangster. The latter next tries to kill Pandian and the rest of his family. However, this is Thalaivar he is going against. Watch the action-packed movie to watch what happens next. Plus there are several exciting cameos to watch out for. 

  • Genre: Action, Crime
  • IMDB rating: 7.1
  • Cast: Rajnikanth, Vinayakan, Vasanth Ravi
  • Director: Nelson Dilipkumar 
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Top Tamil movies of 2023

MoviesRelease dateOTT platform
ChithhaSeptember 28thDisney+ Hotstar
Viduthalai Part 1March 31stZee5
Jigarthanda Double XNovember 10thNetflix
MaaveeranJuly 14thAmazon Prime Video
Por ThozhilJune 9thSony Liv
Good NightMay 12thDisney+ Hotstar
AyothiMarch 3rdZee5
Ponniyin Selvan Part 2April 28thAmazon Prime Video
LeoOctober 19thNetflix
JailerAugust 9thAmazon Prime Video


Which is the top-grossing Kollywood movie of 2023?

Leo is the highest-grossing Tamil movie of 2023 at 610 crores (worldwide). This is followed by Jailer at 605 crores (worldwide collection).