20 best Tamil thriller movies on OTT: Vikram, Deja Vu, Cadaver, and more

From Vikram to FIR, here are some of the best Tamil thriller movies on OTT

Tamil cinema has produced some of the best thriller movies in the last few years. These Tamil thriller movies have now made their way to OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Zee5, and Disney Plus Hotstar. The list includes Kamal Haasan-starrer Vikram, psychological thriller Deja Vu, FIR, Mahaan, Gargi, and more. The movies involve elements of suspense, mystery, and tension that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. On that note, here is a quick look at some of the best Tamil thriller movies that you can watch online in India.

List of Tamil thriller movies to watch on OTT: streaming platform

Deja VuAmazon Prime Video
CadaverDisney Plus Hotstar
MahaanAmazon Prime Video
FIRAmazon Prime Video
Veeramae Vaagai SoodumZee5
Iravin NizhalAmazon Prime Video
Etharkkum ThunindhavanNetflix
Kurangu BommaiZee5


Kamal Haasan is back on the big screen with his much anticipated Lokesh Kanagaraj directorial, Vikram. While originally planned with superstar Rajinikanth in the lead, Haasan stars in the role of Agent Arun Kumar Vikram in this “spiritual” sequel to the 1986 Vikram. The movie has seen a fair deal of success at the box office and is now available to watch online for Tamil action movie fans. In fact, Vikram is the second film in the Lokesh Cinematic Universe, followed by Kaithi in 2019.

  • Vikram IMDb rating – 8.3
  • Vikram cast – Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil
  • Vikram release date – June 3rd, 2022
  • Where to watch – Zee5

Deja Vu

This 2021 Arulnithi starrer is a superb psychological thriller that follows the story of a detective who is investigating a series of mysterious events. One of the rare instances where a Tamil mainstream movie has explored themes of memory loss, time travel, and fate. Arulnithi does real justice to his complex lead role. Now streaming online, watch Deja Vu for its gripping sequences and solid acting prowess by the Tamil film superstar.

  • Deja Vu IMDb rating – 6.7
  • Deja Vu cast – Arulnithi, Chetan, Mime Gopi
  • Deja Vu release date – July 22nd, 2022
  • Where to watch – Amazon Prime Video


Another recent release that has taken Tamil movie fans by storm is Cadaver. For those who love horror, this brilliant film features an ensemble cast including Nayanthara, Yamuna Chinnadurai, and Vishal. The film is about a team of medical students who are on a night shift at a morgue when strange and frightening things start to happen, leading to a series of terrifying events. Taking you back to plots that remind you of RGV’s golden age, Cadaver is full of horror and twists and turns that keep your goosebumps up until the credits roll. Definitely a must-watch.

  • Cadaver IMDb rating – 6.6
  • Cadaver cast – Amala Paul, Riythvika Panneerselvam, Munishkanth
  • Cadaver release date – August 12th, 2022
  • Where to watch – Disney Plus Hotstar


If a fresh female-led thriller flick is not on your list, Gargi should be your next binge-watch online. It is the story of a school teacher’s father arrested for raping a 10-year-old girl. A lawyer, who recognises flaws in the case, puts her hands up to take up the case no one is willing to. With stiff opposition and strong media criticism, she must bolster the courage and evidence to be able to prove that the accused did not commit the crime he is being made guilty of. Sai Pallavi is brilliant in the lead role as a courageous lawyer.

  • Gargi IMDb rating – 8.1
  • Gargi cast – Hariharan Raju, Gautham Ramachandran
  • Gargi release date – July 15th, 2022
  • Where to watch – SonyLIV


Coming back to a run-of-the-mill action thriller, Mahaan is a Karthik Subbaraj directorial that stars Vikram, Simran, Dhruv Vikram, and Bobby Simha in lead roles. It revolves around commerce teacher Gandhi Mahaan and his son Dadabhai Naoroji. The father moves away from family and friends to focus on his liquor business as the son, an extreme Gandhian, commits revenge on his bearer in order to enforce the Gandhian principles of his family that he believes were violated by his father. The film received positive reviews from audiences and critics alike.

  • Mahaan IMDb rating – 7.6
  • Mahaan cast – Vikram, Simran, Dhruv Vikram
  • Mahaan release date – February 10th, 2022
  • Where to watch – Amazon Prime Video


With solid reviews from critics across the board, FIR is a Manu Anand directorial that shows the story of Irfan, an ordinary guy with an ordinary life, who must save himself from the evil image created by the media. He must fight back to bring himself back to his unassuming lifestyle. But is it possible that there is more to Irfan than meets the eye? This action thriller will keep you hooked until the end with superstar Vishnu Vishal bringing his acting prowess to the big screen in FIR.

  • FIR IMDb rating – 6.9
  • FIR cast – Vishnu Vishal, Manjima Mohan, Gautham Vasudev Menon
  • FIR release date – February 11th, 2022
  • Where to watch – Amazon Prime Video

Veeramae Vaagai Soodum

Translating to “Only Bravery Wins”, the movie title justifies the plot of this action thriller. With Vishal, Dimple Hayathi, and Baburaj in lead roles, this is notably the last movie of actor-director RNR Manohar. While a box office failure, Veeramae Vaagai Soodum has received good reviews from critics due to its plot about a middle-class man standing up for his rights and questioning the authorities who abuse their powers. This thriller flick has been written and directed by Thu Pa Saravanan.

  • Veeramae Vaagai Soodum IMDb rating – 6.3
  • Veeramae Vaagai Soodum cast – Vishal, Dimple Hayathi, Yogi Babu
  • Veeramae Vaagai Soodum release date – February 4th, 2022
  • Where to watch – Zee5

Iravin Nizhal

One of the non-mainstream films on the list, Iravin Nizhal has received success at the box office. The title translates to “Shadow of the Night”, which is exactly what the plot does by following Nandhu like a shadow as he struggles to deal with his internal guilt and his mortal rival. Every route of the way leads to only one question – will the financier succeed? This gripping watch brings you closer to the protagonist as the director tries to build a sort of sympathy in this mystery thriller.

  • Iravin Nizhal IMDb rating – 6.6
  • Iravin Nizhal cast – Parthiban Radhakrishnan, Brigida Saga, Master Aarav
  • Iravin Nizhal release date – July 15th, 2022
  • Where to watch – Amazon Prime Video

Etharkkum Thunindhavan

With a big budget of Rs 75 crores and an even bigger box office of almost Rs 200 crores, Etharkkum Thunindhavan is definitely one of the biggest Tamil movie hits of 2022. Now streaming online, the film has been written and directed by Pandiraj. Reprising Tamil cinema’s love for legal dramas and thrillers, the Etharkkum Thunindhavan is about a righteous lawyer who turns into an executioner to take on the serious issue of woman trafficking plaguing the country. He must face the evilest forces in an attempt to save our society from one of the worst illegal activities that no one has the guts to take on. But is it all worth it? Find out in this Tamil thriller streaming online.

  • Etharkkum Thunindhavan IMDb rating – 6.5
  • Etharkkum Thunindhavan cast – Suriya, Priyanka Arulmohan, Sathyaraj
  • Etharkkum Thunindhavan release date – March 10th, 2022
  • Where to watch – Netflix

Kurangu Bommai

Going back in time just slightly, Kurangu Bommai is a 2017 Tamil mystery and horror film directed by Nithilan Swaminathan. The movie features actors Vidharth, Bharathiraja and Delna Davis in lead roles. The plot revolves around a man who finds a mysterious doll and starts experiencing strange things. The story takes a suspenseful turn as he tries to find the truth behind the supernatural events that are happening to him. The unique storyline of the film was very well received at the box office and OTT subscribers also love it for its gripping sequences.

  • Kurangu Bommai IMDb rating – 8.0
  • Kurangu Bommai cast – Vidharth, Bharathiraja, Delna Davis
  • Kurangu Bommai release date – September 1st, 2017
  • Where to watch – Zee5

Other must-watch Tamil thriller movies on OTT

YashodaAmazon Prime Video6.7
Naane VaruveanAmazon Prime Video6.2
ParoleAmazon Prime Video7.3
Chithirai SevvaanamZee56.6