Regional cinema in India has taken a jump, especially during lockdowns. People are discovering new genres of cinema and streaming movies online. One such regional cinema that is getting popular is the Kannada film industry which has just suddenly caught the eyes of many people after giving a super hit like KGF. We think while you are at it, maybe you should explore some of the best Kannada films of all time. We have curated a list of the best Kannada movies of all time that every cinema lover should watch.
Here is a list of 14 best Kannada movies of all time that you must watch:
The biggest hit movie of Kannada cinema to date is KGF: Chapter 1. The movie revolves around the story of ‘Rocky’, a man who lost his mother at an early and left him with a mission to be wealthy and powerful and come out of the life of misery and poor. Since then, he is seeking power and money which brings him to Mumbai from where he gets to know about the real Gold mafia that exists in the country. The movie’s first part released in 2018 and has broken several box office records. The second chapter is scheduled to release in 2021. The cast of the film includes Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Anant Nag, Ramachandra Raju, Malavika Avinash and many more.
Directed by Pawan Kumar, Lucia is the story of a man suffering from insomnia who is tricked into taking a drug that makes him daydream about his fantasies and escape reality. This award-winning psychological thriller is completely crowdfunded and the story of the film is very intriguing. The cast of the movie includes Sathish Ninasam, Pawan Kumar, Sruthi Hariharan and many more.
Released in 2019, Pailwaan is the story of an orphan named Krishna who is nurtured by a wrestling Akhada owner. This sports drama marks the debut of Bollywood superstar Suniel Shetty in the Kannada film industry. Pailwaan showcases how Krishna become a fierce and great wrestler but due to love, he gets in a serious conflict with his coach. Apart from Suniel, the cast of the movie includes Sudeep, Akanksha Singh and Kabir Duhan Singh in key roles.
Raajakumara is the story of an obedient son who fulfils his duties despite the challenges thrown to him by others. In a sudden accident, he loses his whole family and decides to take care of the people at an old age home. Later, he gets to know that his family was killed by a political figure named Jagannath and faces him. The Kannada movie features Puneeth Rajkumar, Priya Anand, R. Sarathkumar, Anant Nag and many more.
A quirky drama movie of Kannada cinema co-written and directed by Raam Reddy. It is set in the Mandya district where three generation of men gets together due to a centenarian’s funeral. Witty storytelling and relatable rural life bring joy to your face after watching this. The cast of the movie includes Singri Gowda, Chennagowda, Abhishek H.N. and many more.
6. Mungaru Male
Released in 2006, this romantic drama Kannada movie showcases the story of two lovers named Preetham and Nandhini. The plot of the movie is that Preetham falls for Nandhini from the time he saw her. Nandhini’s marriage is already fixed and Preetham tries to win her back. The film has awesome music and beautiful monsoon vibes. The cast of the film includes Ganesh, Pooja Gandhi and Anant Nag in key roles.
Recently released Kannada movie ‘Roberrt’ is a Tharun Sudhir directed action-thriller. The story of the film revolves around Roberrt and his son who lives in Lucknow peacefully. One day when his son does something mischievous which leads him to deal with a huge blunder. The movie features Darshan, Asha Bhat, Sonal Moneiro and Vonid Prabhakar in key roles.
8. America! America!!
One of the classic and best Kannada movies of all time, ‘America America’ is the story of three childhood friends Surya, Shashank and Bhoomi. After Shanshank and Bhoomi’s marriage, they move to America and Surya unveils that he secretly likes Bhoomi. The cast of the film includes Akshay Anand, Ramesh Aravind and Hema Prabath in key roles.
Being currently remade in Bollywood as Bhool Bhulaiya 2, this 2010 movie is a mystery horror film. Aptharakshaka revolves around the story of a classical dancer who wins a painting of Nagavalli which leads her family to suffer immense misfortune. To get rid of this misfortune, the family seeks the help of Ramachandra Acharya, a sage, and Dr Vijay, a psychiatrist. The movie features Vimala Raman, Vishnuvardhan, Sandhya, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy and many more.
10. Ulidavaru Kandanthe
Another one of the best Kannada films of all time is ‘Ulidavaru Kandanthe’ which is directed by Rakshit Shetty. The movie showcases the story of a journalist who tries to unfold the truth behind a high-profile murder case. He gradually investigates different perspective of different people to find the guilty. The cast of the movie includes Rakshit Shetty, Yagna Shetty, Kishore and Rishabh Shetty in key roles.
11. Rama Shama Bhama
If you ask me for top-class Kannada comedy-drama of all time? Then ‘Rama Shama Bhama’ is no doubt the one. The story of the movie revolves around Rama who is a married man yet has an affair with Priya. The girl dates him regardless of the fact that he’s married but when his family and friends find out, things tend to change. The film stars actors like Ramesh Araving, Kamal Hasan, Daisy Bopanna and many more.
Based on the Indian epic Mahabharata, Kurukshetra is the story of the conflict between Kauravas and Pandavas over the dynastic succession leading to a war. This Kannada mythological war film is directed by Naganna which released in 2019. The movie features talented actors like Sonu Sood, Arjun Sarja, Sneha, Nikhil Gowda, V Ravichandran and many more.
13. Kirik Party
Released in 2016, ‘Kirik Party’ is a comedy-drama Kannada movie that showcases the story of Karna and his gang mischievous college gang. Things take an interesting turn when he falls for a final year engineering girl and is himself in the first year. The movie features Samyukta Hegde, Rakshit Shetty, Aravind Iyer and many more.
14. Act 1978
One of the best Kannada movies of all time is Act ‘1978’. The movie released in 2020 and showcases the story of a pregnant widow who is fed up with the corruption in the bureaucracy. Her way of justice is different and can lead to a certain path where there is no coming back. The cast includes Yagna Shetty, Shruti, Pramod Shetty and Sudha Belawadi in key roles.
We hope you had fun exploring these best Kannada movies of all time. Happy binging!