All Time Top Telugu Movies

Telugu Film industry was born and grown in Madras along with Tamil Film Industry until it has moved to Hyderabad completely before and during the regime of the Legendary Actor and Politician Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR). There were many legends from 1930 who has contributed to Telugu Film Industry and made memorable films. In this article, we are bringing you the list of these all-time Top Telugu Movies ever made based on their popularity among the common folk, critics reviews, and Box Office Success.

Bhakta Prahlada (1932)


Bhakta Prahalad Movie was the first Telugu film released in 1932. The demon king, Hiranyakashipu, receives a blessing that he cannot be killed by a human, animal or God, he can’t be killed for the duration of day or night, and he cannot be killed interior or outdoor. The son of demon king Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada, is a strong devotee of Lord Vishnu. As Gods are taken into consideration enemies to demons and Vishnu being the maximum hated God, Hiranyakashipu tries to teach his son to change his perspective, however, Prahlada comes up with a more mature argument against his father and teachers. Finally, Hiranyakashipu decides to kill his son, however, Lord Vishnu appears within the form of half of human and half-lion, and kills him at the door of his house at the time of sunset putting a stop to the rule of the demons over Earth.

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Directed byChilakalapudi Seeta Rama Anjaneyulu (CSR) and Hanumappa Muniappa Reddy (H.M. Reddy)
Produced byH.M. Reddy
StarringValluru Subbaiah, Naguboina Sudheer, Surabhi Kamalabai
Music byH. R. Padma Nabha Sastri
Camera ManGovardhanabai Patel
Production companyKrishna Movies banner
studio Imperial studio in Bombay
Running time102 min
Release date6th February 1932

Lava Kusa (1934)

Lava Kusa (1934) - Telugu Top Rated Moviesn of All Time
Lava Kusa (1934) – Telugu Top Rated Movie of All Time

Cast & Crew

Directed byChittajalu Pullayya
Produced byMotilal Chamriya
Composed byPrabhala Satyanarayana
DialoguesValiababosyula Ramana Murthy
studioEast India Films
Release date22nd December 1934

After returning from Sri Lanka, Sriram takes over the throne of Ayodhya. The survivors of the Ravana family came to Ayodhya to take revenge.  The pretend to be Dhobis and wait for Rama to come out of the palace for his customary checks. One day Rama takes a common man form and goes for a visit to Ayodhya to check the opinion of people about his rule. The paid finds Rama and talks About Sita and how she is not helping to rule better. Then Rama sacrifices his happiness for the sake of the people and decides to send his pregnant wife Sita Devi to the Forest. He orders his brothers to drop Sita in the forest where Laxman takes up the burden and drops her in the forest.

In the forest, Sita lives in the Ashram of Maharshi Valmiki and gives birth to Twins Lava and Kusa. They bring all the rhymes to Valsi and bring them to teach all the arts. Rama in Ayodhya repented for leaving his innocent wife, increasingly different from his responsibilities as a king. Ram is advised to do Ashwamedha Yaga and perform all the preparations for the ceremony.

Ashwamedha Yaga by Rama and his fight with his Sons

The sacrificial horse used as part of the Yaga was the responsibility of Satragna. When the horse wanders near Valmiki’s ashram, Lava holds that horse. Savior loses the lava and goes to Ayodhya with the lava and horse. Meanwhile, Kusha knows his brother’s bad news, overtakes him, defeats him and saves his brother. Laxman starts fighting with the boys. He also loses to the twins. Then Rama comes to fight with his sons without knowing that they are his sons. His sons also could not recognize him. While Rama is defeated by the boys, when the boys go back to the ashram, Hanuman looks here and threatens the boys to wipe out.

Hanuman finds it impossible overpower the children. Lava and Kusa capture Hanuman and take him to their mother. Hanuman recognizes Sita and tells all about Sita and her children to Rama. Rama comes to Sita and asks her to come to Ayodha but Sita rejects to return to Ayodhya. Sita prays to Mother Earth to take her. Then the ground opens and Sita disappears into the Ground. Sri Ramana takes the twins to Ayodha.

Palnati Yuddham (1947)

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Palnati Yuddham (1947) – Telugu Top Rated Movies of All Time

Cast & Crew

Directed byGudavalli Ramabrahmam, L. V. Prasad
Produced byKoganti Venkata Subba Rao
Written bySamudrala Sr (dialogues)
Story byVempati Sadasivabrahmam
Based onBattle of Palnadu
StarringAkkineni Nageshwara Rao, Govindarajula Subba Rao, Kannamba, S. Varalakshmi
Music byGalipenchala Narasimha Rao
CinematographyJiten Bannerjee
Edited byMaanikyam
Production companySri Sarada Productions
Distributed byPrasad Productions
Release date24 September 1947
Running time129 mins

The Palanadu Kingdom, part of Current Day Guntur, Nalgonda, and Praksham districts was ruled by Kina Anugu during 1100 – 1200 AD. Before his death, he appoints his eldest son Nalagama Raja as the king and asks his Minister Brahm Naidu. During the reign of the King Anugu, a wealthy and powerful woman Nagamma enters the kingdom. Brahma Naidu is a Vaishnavite whereas Nagamma is a Shivite.
The Minister Brahmana is a progressive thinker. He allows Harijan entry into Brahmana famous temples and appoints a Harijan, Kannama Dass, as the army commander. This irks the rich and upper caste and prince Narasinga Raju, they seek the help of Nagamma.

The Trouble and the Division of Kingdom

During one of the Kings Sessions, Nagamma accuses Brahmana of creating trouble with this actions of including Harijans. Irked by the proceedings, Malideva demands a division of the kingdom. Much against her, Nalagama divides the kingdom and gives Macherla to Malideva. Malideva rules Macherla with Brhmana as his Minister.

Nalagama rules Gurajala with Nagamma as his minister. Nagamma plans to unite the country and to make the prince Narasinga as the king. She invites Malideva for a traditional Cockfight where the loser has to leave the kingdom for Seven Years. Malideva loses the fight as Nagamma cheats in the fight and leaves the kingdom.

The War that Cleans up the Clan

After Malideva returns after 7 years, Nagamma refuses to hand over his Kingdom back and also plots to kill Alaraju, the Sun-in-law of King Nalagama. This results in war and the death of almost the entire clan. Nagamma realizes her mistake and seeks pardon from Brahmana.


Patala Bhairavi (1951)

Patala Bhairavi (1951) - Top Rated Movies of All Time
Patala Bhairavi (1951) – Telugu Top Rated Movies of All Time

Cast & Crew

Directed byKadiri Venkata Reddy
Produced byB. Nagi Reddy, Aluri Chakrapani
Written byPingali Nagendra Rao
Screenplay byKadiri Venkata Reddy, Kamalakara Kameswara Rao
StarringN. T. Rama Rao, S. V. Ranga Rao, K. Malathi
Music byGhantasala
CinematographyMarcus Bartley
Edited byC. P. Jambulingam, M. S. Money
Production companyVijaya Vauhini Studios
Release date15th March 1951
Running time195 minutes

The story revolves around the lives of Thota Ramudu, the son of a Gardener, who needs to amass the same amount of wealth of the King of Ujjain to marry the Princess and a Sorcerer who needs to sacrifice an intelligent and brave young man to Goddess Pathala Bhairavi to gain access to a statuette which can grant any wish. The sorcerer plans to sacrifice Ramudu but gets killed by Ramudu. Ramudu wins the statuette and fulfills his goals. Sorcerer comes back to life and kidnaps the princes Indumathi along with the statuette. Ramudu fights back and kills the sorcerer and marries Indumathi.

Prem Nagar (1971)

Prem Nagar (1971) - Telugu Top Rated Movies of All time
Prem Nagar (1971) – Telugu Top Rated Movies of All Time

Cast & Crew

Directed byK. S. Prakash Rao
Produced byD. Ramanaidu
Written byAcharya Aatreya (dialogues)
Screenplay byK. S. Prakash Rao
Story byAarikepuddi Kausalya Devi (Koduri)
Based onPrema Nagar (Novel)
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao, Vanisree
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
CinematographyS. Venkataratnam
Edited byK. A. Marthand
Production companySuresh Productions
Distributed byNavayuga Films
Release date24 September 1971
Running time170 mins
Budget4 crores
Box office8 crores

This movie is based on the Prema Nagar (Novel). The second son of a wealthy family, Kalyan (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) is a happy man who is enjoying his life with women and wine. And Lata (Vanisree) is a middle-class family young lady, joins as the secretary of Kalyan. When she knew that he was an alcoholic, she wants to resign but a servant begs her not to resign as Kalyan’s behavior has changed for the better since he met her.

Latha, promises Kalyan’s mother, that she will stop Kalyan from drinking. Latha tries to stop Kalyan from drinking; argues with him and she throws the glass away. Kalyan gets furious and throws a bottle at her and injuring her. Realizing his mistake, he destroys all his bottles and promises Latha that he will never drink again.

Kalyan Falls in Love with Latha

After that incident, Kalyan falls in love with Latha and plans he build a new palace on the name of his love called Prem Nagar. Keshav Varma, his Brother tells his mother about Kalyan’s plan. To make Latha leave Kalyan, Keshav Varma accuses Latha stealing his wife’s jewelry. Kalyan asks Latha about the Jewelry, Latha leaves Kalyan utterly dejected that he could suspect her of such wrongdoing. Later Kalyan overhears his servant Dasu (Rajababu) talking to another servant about Keshav’s malicious plan.

Kalyan meets Latha, confesses his ignorance and apologizes to her. But Latha does not forgive him and Kalyan becomes seriously ill. Meanwhile, Latha’s family schedules her Marriage. Kalyan’s Mother receives Latha’s wedding card when she meets Latha to seek forgiveness. She informs about the marriage to Kalyan. Kalyan attends Latha’s Marriage, but the Marriage gets canceled when Latha’s Sister-in-law sees Laths meeting Kalyan Privately and informs to all the guests. Kalyan’s mother proposes Latha that Latha should marry Kalyan. Latha agrees to that and goes to the palace to meet Kalyan. Kalyan out of depression consumes poison. Latha rescues Kalyan and takes him to Hospital, where he is saved, the movies end with a happy note.

Premabhishekam (1981)

Premabhishekam (1981) - Telugu Top Rated Movies of All Time
Premabhishekam (1981) – Telugu Top Rated Movies of All Time

Cast & Crew

Directed byDasari Narayana Rao
Produced byVenkat Akkineni, Nagarjuna Akkineni
Written byDasari Narayana Rao
StarringAkkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi, Jayasudha,
Music byChakravarthy
CinematographyP. S. Selvaraj
Edited byB. Krishnam Raju
Production companyAnnapurna Studios
Release date16 February 1981
Running time147 mins

Rajesh (Akkineni Nageshwara Rao) sees beautiful Devi(Sridevi) and falls in love with her. He expresses his love to Devi, but Devi does not agree. Rajesh changes his bad habits, after seeing a changed Rajesh for her, Devi accepts his love and agrees for a marriage. Dr. Chakravarthy (Mohan Babu), the brother Devi comes to know that Rajesh is going to die of his illness and tries to stop the marriage.

Devi asks Rajesh to elope and get married for which Rajesh agrees. Later Rajesh is told by his Doctor about his illness. , telling him that Devi knows Rajesh and then they want to marry without knowing anyone. Rajesh also comes to know that his close friend Prasad (Murali Mohan) also loves Devi.

Rajesh does not like to destroy Devi’s life, so asks Prasad to marry Devi. He tries to make a bad impression with Devi so that she would reject him and marry Prasad. Rajesh tries to show that he is with Jayanthi who is a prostitute (Jayasudha). Knowling Rajesh’s relation with the Prostitute, Devi tells her brother that she will marry somebody else and marries Prasad.

Rajesh marries Jayanthi as per her Wish, Jayanthi wanted to marry Rajesh as he was dying and wanted to give him a chance of married life before he dies. Devi comes to know the truth, meets Rajesh where he was lying on his bed. Rajesh Wishes her a happy life and then dies on the bed.

Maya Bazaar(1957)

Maya Bazaar (1957) - Telugu Top Rated Movies of All Time
Maya Bazaar (1957) – Telugu Top Rated Movies of All Time

Cast & Crew

Directed byK.V Reddy
Produced byB. Nagi Reddy, Aluri Chakrapani
Screenplay byLike Venkata Reddy
Story byPingali Nagendra Rao
StarringNT Rama Rao, Savitri, SV Ranga Rao
Music byGhantasala, S. Rajeswara Rao
CinematographyMarcus Bartley
Edited byCP Jambulingam, G. Kalyanasundaram
Distributed byVijaya Vauhini Studios
Release date27 March 1957
Running time184 minutes

Mayabazar Chitra (1957) is a legendary Indian film released in Telugu and Tamil. Based on the story of Mahabharata, Arjuna’s son, Abhimanyu, and Shashiram, combined with Krishna’s efforts in a lively, Mayabazar story.
Subramanian argues that once they grow up Balaram and Revathi, they will marry their daughter with their son Abhimanyu. Years later, the Pandavas lose their kingdom and go to the incline. Shakuni decides to marry the bishop with the daughter of the daughter of Durgodha, with the promise of her sister Subhadra that she has given her the promises of Kavaras and Balarama.

Reveti is very happy after her rich, Lord Krishna Bhimasena and his son, Ghatotakacha, bring the young lovers to the right to bring their attention to the Abhimanyu and the arrows. Ghatotchacha fulfills his work with his magic powers.

Indra (2002)

Indra (202) – Telugu Top Rated Movies of All Time

Cast & Crew

Directed byB. Gopal
Produced byC. Ashwini Dutt
Written byChinni Krishna, Paruchuri Brothers
StarringChiranjeevi, Arti Agarwal, Sonali Bendre, Mukesh Rishi, Sivaji
Music byMani Sharma
CinematographyV. S. R. Swamy
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Release date24th July 2002
Running time173 minutes

Since 1965, there have been intense hatred and hostility between the two families, two Indrasen and Reddy two and two uncles, one of whom are two paternal and Reddy family. Weir Shiva was arrested, convicted, and imprisoned. When he is discharged, the challenges and demands to Indra.

His five sons vow his death pear to avenge his death. Then their sister, Snehlata, returns from the US and wants to marry two daughters, especially her brother’s disgruntled, especially to Veeran Shankar, to want to commit to Indrisson to kill her son and save her life.

Although Reddy’s negotiated some areas to build a water reservoir, Indra ends up with her commitment to marry her property, estate, and Snehlata. On the wedding day, the Snehalata goes to the temple for prayers, and Indrasan said that three of his brothers were killing and annihilating. See what happens when Snehlata joins forces with Shiva to take revenge for her brother’s death.

Baahubali: The Beginning

Bahubali The Beginning - Telugu Top Rated Movie of AllTime
Bahubali The Beginning – Telugu Top Rated Movie of All Time

Cast & Crew

Directed byS. S. Rajamouli
Produced byShobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Written byK. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Screenplay byS. S. Rajamouli, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Story byK. V. Vijayendra Prasad
StarringPrabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar
Music byM. M. Keeravani
CinematographyK. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Production companyArka Media Works
Distributed byArka Media Works, UV Creations, Studio Green
Release date10 July 2015
Running time158 minutes
Budget180 Crore
Box office650 crore

This is the story of two cousins in the Kingdom of Mahishmati in India where the cousins fight for the throne. Young Sivudu grows in the tribes and travels to the distant places above the waterfall, the beautiful tribal princess, falling in love with Tamanna and helping his quest to save the Devasena prison from the King’s casket.
In this quest, the legendary King Bahubali was his mother from the slave commander in his father’s father and father of the Devasena prison king Balala. Katappa is referring to the myth about his father Bahubali’s legends and the crowned king Shiva in the childhood Balala and Bahubali historical struggle against the brutal king who attacks the Mahishimati kingdom, the throne. This strengthens the hatred of the table to his brother Raju Bahubali.

Pokiri (2006)

Cast & Crew

Directed byPuri Jagannadh
Produced byPuri Jagannadh, Manjula Ghattamaneni
Written byPuri Jagannadh
StarringMahesh Babu, Ileana, Prakash Raj
Music byMani Sharma
CinematographyShyam K. Naidu
Edited byMarthand K. Venkatesh
ProductionIndira Productions
companyVaishno Academy
Distributed byVaishno Academy
Release date28 April 2006
Running time168 minutes

Magadheera (2009)


Cast & Crew

Directed byS. S. Rajamouli
Produced byAllu Aravind, B. V. S. N. Prasad
Screenplay byS. S. Rajamouli
Story byK. V. Vijayendra Prasad
StarringRam Charan, Kajal Aggarwal, Dev Gill, Srihari
Music byM. M. Keeravani
CinematographyK. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Production companyGeetha Arts
Distributed byGeetha Arts
Release date31 July 2009
Running time166 minutes
Budget350 million
Box office1.5 billion


Gabbar Singh (2012)

Gabbar Singh
Gabbar Singh

Cast & Crew

Directed byHarish Shankar
Produced byBandla Ganesh
Screenplay bySatish Vegesna, Ramesh Reddy
Story byAbhinav Kashyap, Dilip Shukla
StarringPawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
CinematographyJayanan Vincent
Edited byGautham Raju
Production companyParameswara Art Productions
Release date11 May 2012
Running time152 minutes
Budget30 crore
Box office150 crore

Gabbar Singh is a 2012  Telugu action-drama movie. The movie is a remake of the 2010 Hindi movie Dabangg.

Arjun Reddy (2017)

Cast & Crew

Directed bySandeep Vanga
Produced byPranay Reddy Vanga
Written bySandeep Vanga
StarringVijay Deverakonda, Shalini Pandey
Music byRadhan, Harshavardhan Rameshwar
CinematographyRaju Thota
Edited byShashank Mali
Production companyBhadrakali Pictures
Release date25 August 2017
Running time186 minutes

Arjun Reddy is a 2017  Telugu-language drama movie. This movie was one of the best cult classic movies ever. This movie has won several awards and was praised by critics.

Arjun Reddy, a house surgeon and who has anger management issues. when his love failed and he gets to drugs and drinks.How his life was later changed.

Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018)

Aravindha Sametha review and Box Office Collections

BannerHarika & Hassine Creations
Directed byTivikram Srinivas
Lead ActorsJr. N. T. R, Pooja Hegde, Eesha Rebba
MusicS. Thaman
EditingNaveen Nooli
ProducerS.Radha Krishna
written byTivikram Srinivas
Running Time172 minutes
Release DateOctober 11th, 2018

Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava is the action-entertainer movie based on the story of two factionist families based in two Rayalaseema Villages. There is a thirty-year-long war between opposing factions of these two villages: Kommaddi led by Narappa Reddy (Naga Babu) and Nallagudi led by Bhasi Reddy (Jagapati Babu).

Veera Raghava Reddy, the Son of Narapa Reddy comes back to the village after spending 12 years in London. He loses his father to an attack by Bhasi Reddy’s gang. Veera Raghava then decides to leave the village in a hope that the fight will douse off with no opposition and goes to Hyderabad to live.

In Hyderabad, Veera Raghava lives with Aravinda (Pooja Hegde) family who influences his beliefs and thinking. Meanwhile, the opposition gang headed by Bhasi Reddy keeps chasing him. the situation unfolds that Veera Raghava has to return to his village and put an end to factionalism.

This movie was the highest grossing in NTR’s career. Click here for the Box Office Details about this movie Aravinda Sametha.

Rangasthalam (2018)

Rangasthalam Cast & Crew

Cast Ramcharan, Samantha Akkineni, Jagapathi Babu, Aadhi Pinisetty, Gautami, Anasuya Bharadwaj
ProductionNaveen Yerneni, Ravi Shankar
MusicDevi Sri Prasad
Production companyMythiri Movie Makers
Languages releasedTelugu
Release date30-Mar-2018
Edited byNavin Nooli
Written bySukumar

Rangasthalam is a 2018  Telugu action drama movie. This movie has to get appreciation from everywhere and especially Ram Charan has been praised a lot for his acting. The movie is all about a village drama set in the 1980s in a fictional town of Rangasthalam abutting the River Godavari. Ramcharan plays the role of Chittibabu as village man who faces certain threats. This film is fully filled with action-packed. This movie was highest grossing in Ramcharan career.


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