Top 10 Tamil Actors of the 1980s

This list shows who were the Top 10 Actors in Tamil during the 80s period.

The Top Ten

Rajinikanth Rajinikanth (born 12 December 1950) is an Indian film actor who works primarily in Tamil cinema and is considered as Super Star of Kollywood after M. G. Ramachandran. After earning ₹26 crore (equivalent to ₹55 crore or US$8.2 million in 2016) for his role in Sivaji (2007), he was the highest paid more.

He was ruling Tamil Film Industry (Kollywood), during this age. He gave many Blockbusters Pokkiri Raja, Murattu Kalai, Thanikattu Raja, Thillu Mullu... Raja Chinna Roja...

Raja Chinna Roja was first Indian Film to feature Live action and animation.

In 1988, he acted in an American Film "Blood stone", as an Indian Taxi Driver.
His 100 th Film Ragavendra also came during this period. It was said that he gave 26 films of a continuous Hits.

He is still Top... !

He is the man of humanity!

Star always blinks

God of cinema

Kamal Hassan Kamal Haasan (born as Parthasarathi on 7 November 1954) is a Tamil actor, Film director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer and lyricist who works primarily in Tamil cinema. Kamal has won awards including three National Film Awards, the second-most by any Indian actor, and nineteen Filmfare Awards. more.

During this Period he was next to Rajinikanth. There were Huge Fan Following for Rajini and Kamal.

He gave many hits such as, Varumaiyin Niram Siggapu, Moondram Pirai which were Super Hits.

He made his Bollywood Debut "Ek Duje Keliye" during this Period, which was a big succes. Later he appeared in Raaj Tilak's Sagar, which gave him Film fare award for Best supporting Actor

In 1989, he gave a Mega Hit movie named "Apoorva Sakotharagal"

God of acting

I think he must be in top if Rajnikanth didn't enter the Tamil cinema
Kamal Hassan had a great era in 80s he made more and more movies and more success from the beginning of 80s till the end he made a great success his movies like. Vazhve maayam,moondraam pirai,punnagai mannan were a amazing success in Tamil history.The one movie is enough to list kamal top of the list every body knows it the movie ulaga "NAYAGAN's" spectacular success.


Mohan was known as the "Chocolate Boy" of 1980, he had a Very Huge Fans in Tamilnadu. He was also known as Mike Mohan, because of his appearance in movies.

The Period 1980s was considered as the "Mohan Periods" in Tamil Film Industry (Thanks to Ilayaraja & SPB)

During this period, Mohan's three Films were released at a same time, and became Blockbuster.

In 1982, he received Film fare Award for "Payanagal Mudivathilai". Out of his 83 films, 61 were Hits.

He was called as "Silver Jubilee Star", since all his movies had a Fantastic Run. He gave many hits - Payanangal Mudivathilai, Mella Thirantha Kathavu, Mouna Ragam, Nooravathu Naal and so on.

His movie "Uruvam" released in 1991, destroyed "The Mohan Phenomenon" and soon he Faded.

All time hero and The real Superstar of tamil film industry

He is my favourite hero in my life

Mohan is the real superstar💯


Vijayakanth appeared in his 1979 "Inikkum Illamai", but his 1984 "Vaidhegi Kathirunthal" was a turning Point and Career changing movie.

Later In 1985, he appeared in Puthiya Sagaptham, Karimeedu Karuvayan.

In 1986, He won Film fare Best Tamil Actor Award for the Blockbuster movie "Amman Koyil Kizhakale". Also in 1986 he gave a Super Hit movie "Oomai Vizhigal".

Later in 1990's he gave his 100th movie "Captain Prabhakaran", after that movie he was called as Captain by his Fans.

His police roll is very opted to the purachikalangar

He is a leading actors in 1980s

He is my favourite


One of the notable and Successful Actor, Director of 1980's is Bhagayaraj. He also had more fans in Kollywood.

Right from his 1979 - 1999, most of his Films were Super Hits. His notable Films were - Bhama Rukhmani, Oru Kai Osai, Mouna Geethangal, Indru Poi Naalai Vaa, Thooral Ninu Pochu, Darling Darling Darling, Munthanai Mudichu, Enga Chinna Raasa, Rudhra, Idhu Nama Aaalu, Aaararo Aaariraro & Andha Yezhu Natkal".

His DrumStick scene from Munthanai Mudichu was noted and it was spoken.
Also he Recieved Filmfare Award for "Munthanai Mudichu"

Bhagayaraj's Romance were appreciated by critics and liked by the audience.

Sathyaraj = Karthi

In 80s, it was like

Mohan = Ajith Kumar

Bhagyaraj = Vijay

Vijayakanth = Vikram+Suriya

Karthik = Dhanush

Prabhu = Simbu

Karthik Murali Karthikeyan Muthuraman (born 13 September 1960), best known by stage name Karthik, is an Indian film actor, playback singer and politician. He is the son of actor R. Muthuraman. He has also appeared in some Telugu films. Karthik has been the recipient of the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and the more.

He made his Debut in 1981 "Alaigal Ovaidhilai". Later he acted in Films like Ninaivellam Nithya, Nalla Thambi Ninaivugal.

He acted in a Blockbuster movie "Nallavanukku Nallavan", with Rajinikanth

In 1986, his role was noted in a move named "Mouna Ragam". His acting was appreciated by all. His Dialouge "Chandramouli Chandramouli" was noted and it became a Famous Dialogue.

In 1988, he featured in Mani Ratnam's "Agni Natchathiram", which became a Block Buster

During, the 80 Periods, he received three Film fare Awards, and Two Tamilnadu State Film awards

As hadesome hero

I m stuning with his performance in most of his movies.He has his own unicue in acting and body language.his acting can't be compared with any other. Its true till now (2018) no replacement for his place in tamil cinema.

Beautiful face


My favorite actor in Tamil cinema. I like his attitude. He doesn't smoke. doesn't drink. He acts as the real gentleman. He doesn't dance and fight like other heroes but, he he does his actions and love scenes very attractively.

Actor Ramarajan great actor

Ramarajan sir a great great

Village super star


Thanthi T.V. survey is completely fake. During the survey of Top 10 1990s Actors, they said Ajith had more fame than Vijay, Prashanth and Aravind Swamy. But during those days Ajith was acting in side role to Vijay in Rajavin Parvaiyile & to Prashanth in Kaloori Vaasal. If really Ajith had more fame, why would he act in side role?. Thanthi T.V. also said Vikram and Suriya had more fans than Prashanth, Aravind Swamy and Prabhu Deva, which is completely fake. Vikram's first hit was Sethu which was released in 1999. Suriya started acting in 1997 and gave his first hit in 1999 Povellam Ketu Par.

Don't believe Thanthi T.V. survey, this list is correct.

List is based on Fan base only. In 80s Next to Kamal and Rajini, it was Mohan-Bhagyaraj. In 90s it was Vijayakanth-Karthik-Prabhu. 2000s, 2010s Vijay-Ajith

List is based on talent but should be based on fan base

During the time of 80's he was leaded the industry with more fan base next to rajini,kamal

Sivaji Ganesan

Sivaji Ganesan in 1980, was not as he was in MGR Peroids. He did more Matured Roles. He acted in Films like Rishi Moolam, Yemanukku Yeman & Chiranjeevi.

In 1985, He gave a Blockbuster "Mudhal Mariyadhai", directed by Bharathi Raja. He got awards and credits for the Movie.

Later he appeared in two 1990 Block busters Kamal's Devar Magan & Rajinikanth's "Paddayappa"

An unparalleled inborn actor in the world.

The Contenders

Sathyaraj Sathyaraj is an Indian film actor, producer, director, media personality and a former politician who has predominantly appeared in Tamil films.
T. Rajendar
Pratap K. Pothen
Shiva Kumar

In 1979, his 100 th film was released, "Rosapoo Ravikai kari", where he received Film fare Best Actor Award.

In 1980's he got Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Actor for "Avan Aval Adhu" and "Agni Sakshi"

He was considered as one the Leading Actor during Mid 70's to Late 80's

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