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Best Telugu Thriller Movies of All Time

Best Telugu Thriller Movies (Last Updated – June 2021):

“What will happen next?” – “I don’t know! Just watch it.”

“I guess… the killer is Hero’s friend” – “Ugh! Now I’m gonna kill you if you don’t shut your mouth.”

Isn’t it you when you are watching breathtaking, edge-of-the-seat thriller movies? We heard your quest for thrillers and came up with the top-rated, most loved thriller movies of Tollywood. Here we go…

1. Kshana kshanam (1991)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Kshana kshanam (1991)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Kshana kshanam (1991)

Ram Gopal Varma’s 1991 road-thriller, Kshana Kshanam, is one of the highest-rated Telugu films on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Sri Devi’s innocent looks, Venkatesh’s heroic moves, and Keeravani’s music composure are the capital captures of the film. Kshana Kshanam won four state Nandi Awards, including Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and two Filmfare awards for Best Actress-Telugu and Best Music Director- Telugu. Flavor your tonight with Kshana Kshanam on Amazon Prime.

2. Aithe (2003)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ aithe (2003)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Aithe (2003)

Chandra Sekhar Yeleti’s debut film Aithe has become a benchmark film for Tollywood thriller movies. Featuring Pavan Malhotra in a pivotal role, the director sewed a fabulous story on underground criminal mafia and hijacking. The film was simultaneously shot in Telugu and Hindi and later remade in Tamil and Malayalam. Aithe has won a Nandi Special Jury Award, a National and a State Filmfare award. Watch the movie on Amazon Prime if you haven’t yet.

3. Anukokunda Oka Roju (2005)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Anukokunda Oka Roju (2005)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Anukokunda Oka Roju (2005)

Anukokunda Oka Roju is one of the gems from the director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, popular for the ‘Aithe’ movie. The film goes on a mysterious path and puts your brain to work by collecting missing links and piecing them together like a jigsaw puzzle. Charmme Kaur, who acted as a struggling chorus singer, captivated the audience’s emotions throughout the play with her strong acting skills. The film received two Nandi Awards and a Filmfare Award. It is available on Amazon Prime.

4. Athadu (2005)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Athadu (2005)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Athadu (2005)

Super Star Mahesh Babu and sensible director Trivikram Srinivas’s action thriller, Athadu movie is a well-known movie for Telugu audiences. The film has won 3 Nandi Awards and a Filmfare Awards South in Best Director Category. It was remade in 4 languages and dubbed in 6 different languages including, Polish, the official language of Poland. No wonder that Athadu is an ultimate rewatchable and popcorn movie when it comes to entertainment. Planning to watch it again? Enjoy it on Disney Hotstar and Amazon Prime.

5. 1: Nanokkadine (2014)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Nanokkadine
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – 1: Nanokkadine (2014)

1: Nenokkadine is director Sukumar’s psychological action thriller and Mahesh Babu’s best experimental film. It became the fourth-highest-grossing Telugu film at the United States box office when it was released. The film received three awards at the 4th South Indian International Movie Awards and two awards at the 11th CineMAA Awards. Mahesh Babu, as schizophrenic (a mental disorder in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior), Indian Rockstar outperformed in every aspect through Nenokkadine. Watch the movie on SunNxt.

6. Kshanam (2016)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Kshanam (2016)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Kshanam (2016)

Voracious actor Adivi Sesh never fails to thrill his fans with new and power-packed scripts. Kshanam is one such mystery thriller film directed by Ravikanth Parepu, having a robust storyline. The film acquired positive reviews from critics and was highly appreciated by movie lovers. It collected about ₹ 4.8 crores in AP and Telangana just in 10 days since its release. Sesh received Nandi and IIFA awards for Best Screenplay writer, while Anasuya Bharadwaj won the SIIMA award for best-supporting actress. Enjoy the edge of your seat thriller, kshanam in SunNxt.

7. Evaru (2019)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Evaru (2019)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Evaru (2019)

Evaru is Adivi Sesh’s yet another thrilling missile directed by Venkat Ramji and none less than his many dynamites. The suspicious crime thriller revolves around an investigation of an alleged rape victim for murdering a high-ranked police officer in an attempt at self-protection. Regina Cassandra, in her female lead role, delivered a justifiable performance. The movie is adapted from ‘The Invisible Guest,’ a Spanish film, but remade as per Telugu audience with great technical values. Add this film to your must-watch movies list and enjoy it on Amazon Prime.

8. Mathu Vadalara (2019)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Mathu Vadalara (2019)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Mathu Vadalara (2019)

A suspense-driven thriller in combination with a hilarious outburst defines the Mathu Vadalara movie. It is a debut film of director Ritesh Rana which shot on a budget of ₹2.1 crores. Actors Sri Simha and Sitya steal the show with their comedy timing and brilliant acting. Visual wonders and the background before the climax are intoxicatingly frenzying. Music director Kala Bhairava, who also composed music for Color Photo, took the film to the next level with his vibrant music. Cackle a loud laugh with the gripping comedy thriller Mathu Vadalara on Amazon Prime.

9. Rakshasudu (2019)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Rakshasudu (2019)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Rakshasudu (2019)

Rakshasudu is a remake of the Tamil super hit movie Ratsasan(2018), starring Vishal and Amala Paul. The protagonist of the film, Bellamkonda Sreenivas, persuaded his best acting with this movie that it is said to be his career’s best film. Coming to the story, the psychological thriller film swirl around a serial killer, Christofer, who is afflicted with Werner Syndrome (also known as adult progeria) in his early childhood. The rest is a mystery. The film is full of twists and turn and is considered a real breathtaking thriller by cine critics. It is available on SunNxt.

10. Naandhi (2021)

Best Telugu Thriller Movies_ Naandhi (2021)
Best Telugu Thriller Movies – Naandhi (2021)

Naandhi is a recent massive industry hit filmed based on a crime thriller. The movie is the most significant turning point in Allari Naresh’s career, who mostly showed up in the comedy genre. The storyline makes a real difference compared to his other films and stood as a strong reason for the movie’s success. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, notable in Ravi Teja’s Crack movie, has played a pivotal role in Naandhi. The film collected ₹6.4 crores in the first week and is the first commercial success for Naresh after nearly eight years. Witness the brilliance of Naandhi in Aha.

Well, we believe many other brilliant thriller movies are waiting for an enthusiast thriller film lover like you. We presented ten films that are rated above 8.0 in IMDB. Wanna watch the best experimental films? We have that for you.

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