12+ Best Telugu Movies Of All Time

Published on 29th Sep 2021 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

Famous Telugu Movies You Must Watch

Telugu cinema, over the years, has attracted a lot of viewers. They are delivering exceptional movies that stand out from the rest with a perfect script, great casting, phenomenal music and brilliant direction. There are many filmmakers in Telugu cinema who are bringing their A-game and contributing to the success and growth of Telugu movies.

If you are looking forward to exploring Telugu cinema and don’t know where to start, below-mentioned is a list of some of the most famous Telugu movies you must watch-

Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya - 2019

Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya - 2019
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Director: Swaroop RSJ
Watch it on: Amazon Prime Video
Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is a must-watch Telugu movie if you enjoy spy movies. Starring Polishetty and Shruti Sharma in the lead roles, it is a textbook crime drama. Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya follows a Nellore-based detective who finds himself in danger when he starts investigating the case of a dead body abandoned near a railway track. One of the most famous Telugu movies, the movie won three awards at Zee Cine Awards Telugu. Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya was highly praised for its cast performance, music and screenplay.
Watch the trailer of one of the best Telugu movies of all time, Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya: https://youtu.be/iPfVbR5oAWE

Nani’s Gang Leader - 2019

Nani’s Gang Leader - 2019
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Director: Vikram Kumar
Watch it on: Amazon Prime Video
A Telugu action-comedy movie, Nani’s Gang Leader is one of the best Telugu movies of all time. The movie featured Nani with Kartikeya Gummakonda, Priyanka Arul Mohan, Lakshmi, Saranya Ponvannan, Shriya Reddy, Praanya P. Rao, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, and Vennela Kishore in pivotal roles. Nani’s Gang Leader follows five women from different walks of life who seek the help of a crime novelist to avenge the death of their loved ones. A famous Telugu movie, it is unusual, entertaining with great cast performances.
Watch the trailer of one of the must-watch Telugu movies, Nani’s Gang Leader: https://youtu.be/dAvy8uM9UZY

Game Over - 2019

Game Over - 2019
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Director: Ashwin Saravanan
Watch it on: Netflix
Game Over is a psychological thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seats. One of the must-watch Telugu movies, it revolves around a woman with PTSD defending her home from mysterious intruders. Game Over was shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu. It was also dubbed and released in Hindi. It is a paranormal-meets-noir kind of movie with Indian concepts combined with western. One of the best Telugu movies of all time, it was well-received by the audience as well as critics.
Watch the trailer of one of the most famous Telugu movies, Game Over: https://youtu.be/2fliIDAIiPY

Jersey - 2019

Jersey - 2019
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Director: Gowtam Tinnanuri
Watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar
One of the best Telugu movies of all time, Jersey is a must-watch if you are a cricket fanatic! The movie explores the topic of late bloomers who want to progress in sports. A famous Telugu movie, Jersey tells the story of a talented but failed cricketer who returns to cricket in his mid-30s, driven by the desire to represent the Indian cricket team, and fulfil his son's wish for a jersey as a gift. It received great reviews from the audience and critics and bagged many awards at numerous award ceremonies. Jersey is being remade in Hindi under the same title starring Shahid Kapoor in the lead role.
Watch the trailer of the must-watch Telugu movie, Jersey: https://youtu.be/AjAe_Q1WZ_8
 

Rangasthalam - 2018

Rangasthalam - 2018
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Director: Sukumar
Watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar
The Telugu period action-drama movie, Rangasthalam, featuring Samantha Akkineni and Ram Charan in the lead roles is a must-include in the list of must-watch Telugu movies. The movie follows two brothers fighting the village’s local government and a corrupt society. Rangasthalam garnered appreciation from critics as well as the audience for its brilliant cast performance. It is one of the most famous Telugu movies and won the National Film Award for Best Audiography.  Rangasthalam was dubbed in Kannada and released under the title Rangasthala in 2019.
Watch the trailer of one of the best Telugu movies of all time, Rangasthalam: https://youtu.be/sueMmTm-M4Y
 

Awe! - 2018

Awe! - 2018
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Director: Prasanth Varma
Watch it on: Netflix
A psychological cross-genre movie, Awe! is one of the must-watch Telugu movies. It is a refreshing movie with a strong script, progressive characters and beautiful narration. Awe! tells the story of six people going through various issues in their life and somehow land up in the same restaurant where they witness a life-changing event take place. It is one of the best Telugu movies of all time that deals with psychological issues and social problems like child abuse, sexual abuse and drug abuse. Awe! was praised by the audience as well as the critics for its portrayal of lesser-explored social issues.
Watch the trailer of one of the most famous Telugu movies, Awe! : https://youtu.be/xOEscQChX7M

 

Arjun Reddy - 2017

Arjun Reddy - 2017
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Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Watch it on: Amazon Prime Video
Partially inspired by Sandeep Vanga’s life as a physiotherapy student, Arjun Reddy is a must-watch Telugu movie. It tells the story of a high-functioning alcoholic surgeon with anger issues who chooses a self-destructive path after the marriage of his college sweetheart. It was considered one of the “25 Greatest Telugu Movies Of The Decade” by Film Companion. Arjun Reddy was remade in Hindi under the title Kabir Singh (2019) and twice in Tamil - Adithya Varma (2019) and Varmaa (2020). It is one of the most famous Telugu movies that is deep and hard-hitting.
Watch the trailer of one of the best Telugu movies of all time, Arjun Reddy: https://youtu.be/aozErj9NqeE

Dhruva - 2016

Dhruva - 2016
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Director: Surender Reddy
Watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar
Dhruva is an official remake of this Tamil movie Thani Oruvan and one of the best Telugu movies of all time. It revolves around an IPS officer on a chase to arrest a wealthy scientist, who uses secret medical and illegal practices for profit. Dhruva is a famous Telugu movie that promises edge-of-the-seat entertainment with edgy action, arresting episodes and superb mind games. The movie was praised by the audience as well as the critics for its cast performance.
Watch the trailer of one of the must-watch Telugu movies, Dhruva: https://youtu.be/r_yVN37aCYI
 

Pelli Choopulu - 2016

Pelli Choopulu - 2016
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Director: Tharun Bhascker
Watch it on: Jio Cinema
Pelli Choopulu is a romantic comedy, making it a perfect choice for a weekend watch! One of the must-watch Telugu movies, it is partly inspired by a real-life incident of "Spitfire BBQ" food truck. The plot of Pelli Choopulu revolves around two youngsters who meet during match-making and are brought together by their aspirations. It is one of the most famous Telugu movies that was a commercial success and a breakthrough for the movie’s cast and crew. Pelli Choopulu was remade in Bollywood under the title Mitron (2018) and in Malayalam as Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019).
Watch the trailer of one of the best Telugu movies of all time, Pelli Choopulu: https://youtu.be/9v9nESxBpqU

Manam - 2014

Manam - 2014
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Director: Vikram Kumar
Watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar
The fantasy drama Manam explores the concept of rebirth and eternal love. It is one of the best Telugu movies of all time that follows a wealthy businessman attempting to bring a young couple together who resemble his deceased parents. Manam is an unusual movie set in various time periods over the course of 100 years. It is one of the must-watch Telugu movies characterised by its great script as well as sublime and intriguing characters. Manam was screened at the 45th International Film Festival of India in the Homage to ANR section.
Watch the trailer of one of the most famous Telugu movies, Manam: https://youtu.be/Y4Bq4SQc_eM

Attarintiki Daredi - 2013

Attarintiki Daredi - 2013
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Director: Trivikram Srinivas
Watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar
An action drama movie, Attarintiki Daredi is one of the best Telugu movies of all time. It follows a business heir disguising as a driver, trying to mend strained relationships within his family. It is a must-watch Telugu movie that can be perfectly described as sheer entertainment with equal amounts of drama and action. Attarintiki Daredi was remade in Kannada under the title Ranna (2015), in Bengali as Abhimaan (2016) and in Tamil as Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven (2019). The movie was highly praised by critics and bagged many awards at various award functions.
Watch the trailer of one of the most famous Telugu movies, Attarintiki Daredi: https://youtu.be/a3U-U4VCUdQ

Magadheera - 2009

Magadheera - 2009
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Director: S. S. Rajamouli
Watch it on: Amazon Prime Video
The fantasy action movie Magadheera is reincarnation-themed and one of the best Telugu movies of all time. The plot of the movie revolves around four people: a valiant warrior, a princess, the commander-in-chief of the army and an emperor, who all die before their wishes are fulfilled and the plot then jumps forward 400 years. One of the most famous Telugu movies, Magadheera became the longest-running South Indian movie of 2009. It is a brilliant artistic expression and a sensory treat to indulge in. Magadheera was remade in Bengali under the title Yoddha: The Warrior in 2014.
Watch the trailer of the must-watch Telugu movie, Magadheera: https://youtu.be/_LaejRruLKI
 

Pokiri - 2006

Pokiri - 2006
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Director: Puri Jagannadh
Watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar
Pokiri is an action thriller famous Telugu movie that satisfies undemanding cinema lovers. The movie revolves around a local goon whose killer instincts earn him not only his girlfriend's disapproval and a corrupt cop's enmity but also the attention of a wanted don. Pokiri was one of the fourteen South Indian movies to be screened at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) Film festival. One of the must-watch Telugu movies, it was remade in Tamil as Pokkiri (2007), in Hindi as Wanted (2009), in Kannada as Porki (2010).
Watch the trailer of one of the best Telugu movies of all time, Pokiri: https://youtu.be/nWgHIe6Sy_o

Siva - 1989

Siva - 1989
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Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Siva, also known as Shiva, is a Telugu crime-action movie. One of the best Telugu movies of all time, its basic plot is adapted from The Way Of The Dragon (1972). Shiva revolves around the conflict between college student-turned-gangster Siva and Bhavani, a reputed crime boss mentored by a politician. It is one of the most famous Telugu movies that explore topics like student exploitation by anti-social elements and the effects of crowd psychology. To celebrate the silver jubilee of Shiva, a documentary titled Exploring Shiva After 25 Years was released; it is the first documentary about a Telugu movie.
Watch the trailer of the must-watch Telugu movie, Shiva: https://youtu.be/bkA_jcwbjQw

Which of the above-mentioned best Telugu movies of all time are you adding to your watchlist? Let us know in the comments below!

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