Top 10 Best Tamil Actors

When it comes to Tamil cinema, there is no shortage of talented actors. From their impeccable acting skills to their on-screen charisma, these actors have become household names and have contributed immensely to the growth and success of Tamil cinema.
The Top Ten
1 Vijay Vijay is celebrated for his versatility in a career spanning over three decades. Known for his impeccable comic timing as well as the emotional depth he brings to his roles, he has become one of Tamil cinema's most bankable stars. Vijay has the unique ability to elevate even a simple scene through his nuanced performance, capturing the essence of every character he portrays. His box office success, combined with critical acclaim for films like "Thuppakki" and "Mersal," secures his position as one of the industry's leading actors.

Vijay is the mass! He went through a struggle, but every actor goes through it at one point in their career (e.g., Ajith, Vikram, and Surya). "Velayudham" is going to be a hit, "Nanban" will be a BLOCKBUSTER, and Vijay's film with Gautham Menon is going to be MASS.

Vijay, the one and only result-oriented hero, is the mass hero in the Tamil film industry, next to our ever superstar Thalaivar Rajnikanth.

Vijay is the best in everything. No one can beat him in anything. Surely he is the next superstar. Every hero should learn dance from him - not only dance, but everything. This is just my personal view.

I request other actors' fans, especially Ajith fans, not to fight with Vijay fans or any other actor's fans. Every actor is the best in their own style, so please don't comment negatively on other actors. I like Ajith too, and all the other actors. But my first priority is Vijay.

2 Ajith Kumar Renowned for his effortless portrayal of complex characters, Ajith Kumar has an enigmatic screen presence that captivates audiences. He has received numerous awards and accolades, showcasing his talent in genres ranging from romance to action to drama. Films like "Vaali," "Mugavaree," and "Villain" showcase his versatility and the ability to delve deeply into his characters. He also enjoys a massive fan following, which speaks volumes about his impact in the Tamil film industry.

A man without any publicity or show-off like other heroes next to Rajnikanth! He came to the industry without anybody's help!

A real-life hero, a man of discipline, a role model for most young people, and one of the finest performers on screen. A man with loads of willpower, a never-say-no-hearted human, known for his huge openings, a humble soul who knows how to respect other humans irrespective of their social status. A simple common man, outspoken and multi-talented.

He is the only Indian actor to hold a pilot license, a great cook, an F3 racer, an aeromodeller, and a professional photographer. He is beloved by everyone on sets, a man with zero ego and attitude, a successful hero with no backup from family members, and a mechanic to start with. He is a man who does loads of help with no publicity, one of the best-looking Asian actors in blazers, and the only actor to look good with grey hair. He is the actor who gained fans even among other actors after Rajni, and he is the only actor to dissolve the fan club without losing a single fan. He has never lost his fans till date, even during the worst period. We love you a lot for the way you are, Thala. We are proud to be your fans. If you are not a Thala fan, you lack maturity.

3 Suriya Known professionally as Suriya, his skills lie in his chameleon-like ability to adapt to diverse roles across various genres. He has received several awards for films like "Vaaranam Aayiram" and "Kaakha Kaakha," where he showcased not just leading-man charisma but also deep emotional vulnerability. A critical and commercial darling, Suriya also focuses on socially relevant films, making him a distinct figure in Tamil cinema. His varied filmography and the respect he commands from critics and audiences alike testify to his acting prowess.

He is a really hardworking person and looks like a hero. He has a good face to accommodate all the characters. He has a good enough attitude to listen to seniors. For sure, he will become a good hero in South India.

He's one of the precious gems that can be found. Suriya is a truly versatile and handsome actor. Why hasn't he been given a title yet? I would suggest Six Pack Nayagan.

A hardworking person who chooses the best movies that suit him and entertain the viewers.

4 Rajinikanth A living legend in Indian cinema, Rajinikanth’s larger-than-life on-screen presence is unmatched. Beyond his iconic style and dialogues, his acting skills in emotionally charged roles, such as in the film "Mullum Malarum," have been universally praised. He has received multiple awards during his illustrious career and is regarded as one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. Rajinikanth’s sheer magnetism and indelible impact on the film industry make him an unparalleled figure in Tamil cinema.

Rajinikanth should be placed on top of the tree. What did Vijay do in the film industry other than copying styles of various artists? The only thing he does to perfection is dance. Is that the criteria you chose to select your number one in Tamil cinema?

Kamal at number 5! It's so sad that you people have forgotten the definition of an actor. And the Everest of Indian cinema placed at number 4! What a shame that you guys have voted that Joseph Vijay is number 1 in Tamil cinema.

Padayappa, Chandramukhi, Sivaji, Enthiran - these are record-breaking blockbuster movies! Who can break it except Superstar RAJNI?

5 Kamal Haasan A multi-faceted talent, Kamal Haasan is not just an actor but also a director, producer, and writer. His roles in films like "Nayagan," "Indian," and "Hey Ram" are considered masterclasses in acting. He has garnered numerous awards throughout his career, including several National Film Awards. The depth and breadth of his performances, along with his continuous contributions to Indian cinema, set him apart as one of the greatest actors in the Tamil film industry.

He is definitely one of the world's best actors, comparable with Marlon Brando, Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson. Also, he is one of the world's best directors and a top-class filmmaker in all respects. You can nowhere catch a man like him, acting for 54 years and still with a top position and large followers. A multifaceted actor, he has given blockbusters in all 5 languages in which he has acted. He has won the highest number of Filmfare awards and many national awards, and the highest number of his films have represented India for Oscar entries. Actor, director, producer, script and screenplay writer, choreographer, playback singer, lyricist, and many more.

6 Sivaji Ganesan A doyen of Tamil cinema, Sivaji Ganesan was known for his powerful dialog delivery and stage-trained acting. He excelled in historical dramas like "Veerapandiya Kattabomman" and social-themed movies like "Pasamalar," showcasing his wide-ranging talent. Over his six-decade-long career, he was honored with numerous awards, including the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award. His monumental contributions to Tamil cinema and acting have left an indelible legacy.

Of course, Sivaji is an actor par excellence. It is actually an honor only for all awards to reach him rather than for him to acquire awards. He is the first Indian to have acquired an International Award in the movie "Veera Pandia Kattabomman," and probably the first to have been praised as being far better by Marlon Brando, a 3-time Oscar Award winner, himself in the United States. Brando confessed Sivaji could act like him but not him like Sivaji. That's the greatest accolade for India for having given birth to an extraordinary son with an unmatched, exceptional quality of acting talent.

7 Dhanush Dhanush has carved a niche for himself with his naturalistic acting and the ability to excel in both rural and urban roles. Not only is he well-regarded in Tamil cinema, but he also received international acclaim for his performance in the film "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir." With several awards under his belt, including National Film Awards, he continues to choose projects that showcase his wide-ranging talents. His achievements in both commercial and independent cinema establish him as one of the best actors in Tamil film.

Dhanush is the future superstar. He has the talent, and he is the son-in-law of a superstar. He will rock forever. He has won a national award.

He is simply one of the best actors! When he acts, it seems so real. He is extremely talented and never shows off, as opposed to some other actors who are untalented and arrogant (Simbu, for example). Dhanush is funny, can move swiftly, can sing, and can act like it's real life. He is one of the most versatile actors. I believe he will continue to rise for a long time!

He's the embodiment of simplicity and talent in the younger generation compared to other young stars.

8 Vikram Kennedy Known professionally as Vikram, he is lauded for his commitment to method acting and his uncanny ability to transform himself for various roles. His performances in films such as "Anniyan" and "I" have received critical acclaim for their intensity and complexity. Vikram has earned multiple awards, including the prestigious National Film Award, reinforcing his reputation as a powerhouse of talent. His dedication to the craft and ability to immerse himself in diverse roles make him a standout actor in Tamil cinema.

He is the best actor in the Tamil film industry. There's no replacement for this actor. He is a very hard worker, creating new ways of acting in the current film industry. His realistic acting in action movies and any character is beautifully executed.

Why are people like Ajith and Vijay even at the top? They don't even act. The only reason they're so popular is that they act in those stupid movies with cool stunts and music. They don't even do those stunts either - they're done by doubles. This generation is spiraling downward.

Honestly, Vikram is probably THE best actor in the Tamil film industry (apart from Kamal maybe). He's acted in so many different roles and pulled them all off flawlessly.

9 Silambarasan Rajendar Often referred to as Simbu, Silambarasan Rajendar has earned a reputation for his knack for playing rebellious characters with flair and intensity. His on-screen chemistry with co-stars and the emotional depth he brings to his roles have often been the highlights of his films. He has ventured into various genres, earning praise and accolades for his performances in films like "Manmadhan" and "Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa." His unique style and willingness to take risks make him a compelling actor in Tamil cinema.

Versatile but not on track. Born actor. He is destined for bigger things, but he spoils himself. He has the most loyal fan base after Rajni and Ajith. Probably the most versatile after Kamalhassan. Many rate his abilities as an actor above or at least equal to the likes of Suriya, Dhanush.

Having said all of these things, he has not reached the places his contemporaries like Dhanush have. That's a shame on him. Tamil cinema shouldn't let loose such great talent. Many don't like him, but many would agree with what I have said above.

10 Karthi Karthi has been highly commended for his ability to shift effortlessly between commercial and content-driven cinema. He gained widespread acclaim for his role in the drama "Paruthiveeran," showcasing his flair for bringing authenticity to rural characters. He has demonstrated a broad range of acting skills across genres, including thrillers like "Kaithi" and romantic dramas like "Oopiri." The critical and commercial success he has achieved highlights him as a multifaceted talent in Tamil cinema.

He is known for his simplicity. Please do follow this, Karthik, even when you achieve greater heights in your life. I wish you a happy married life.

He is a real actor in Tamil. His actions are mind-blowing. What an actor! He is the most handsome star in Tamil. We love KARTHI. You are the hero.

He is a good-hearted person. He maintains good relationships with others. He won't hurt anyone while he talks. He is a good son to his parents.

The Contenders
11 Sivakarthikeyan Sivakarthikeyan’s rise to stardom is noteworthy for his skills in comedy and drama. With an innate ability to connect with the audience, he brings authenticity and warmth to his roles. Films like "Velaikkaran" and "Remo" showcase his versatility as an actor who can handle a variety of genres. His steadily growing career, coupled with a string of successful films, underscores his talent and audience appeal.

No words to tell about him. He is such a great, generous, lovely, cute, extraordinary, talented, handsome, pretty, childish, charming, nice talker, dream boy, etc. I think he is an inspiration to all the cinema actors, not only in Tamil but in all languages.

He is a great gift from God to the cinema industry. He is going to break great records in the cinema industry. He is the next superstar - not next. He is the superstar. There are more words to tell about Siva, but this is enough. And one more reason I like him is that he looks like my husband, who is my boyfriend.

12 Arya Arya has received recognition for his ability to excel in both romantic and action roles. Films like "Naan Kadavul" and "Madrasapattinam" underscore his ability to adapt to different genres and character demands. He has won numerous awards throughout his career, which testifies to his talent and versatility. Arya's magnetic screen presence and the acclaim he has received for his performances solidify his reputation as a gifted actor in the Tamil film industry.

His willingness, versatility, and the best honest personality, not just on screen but in real life.

I like Arya very much. He is a great star in India. He was really great. I like you so much.

I love his eyes. He is such a darling. He tries different roles and different films.

13 Vijay Sethupathi Vijay Sethupathi is lauded for his ability to excel in unconventional roles and challenging scripts. His work in films like "96" and "Super Deluxe" demonstrates his range as an actor and his ability to evoke deep emotions. Known for his subtle and nuanced performances, he has gained critical acclaim and numerous awards, including several for Best Actor. His adventurous choice of roles and natural acting skills position him as one of the leading talents in the industry.

He is simply superb in what he does. He's the only actor in the world to say that he doesn't want his fans to follow him or spend money on him, like buying posters for his movies or struggling to watch his movies on the first day. He also told all his fans to go learn, do their work, and not follow him. Follow your family and friends, learn, and earn money through hard work. Movies are just for entertainment. No one else says things like this. He is a man of genuine goodness.

Excellent find from the South film industry. I am pretty sure he'll find success in whatever he steps into. Very, very versatile. I am from Pune, and I can follow a little Tamil, but I watch all his movies.

14 Ram Charan Teja Though predominantly a Telugu actor, Ram Charan Teja has also made an impact in Tamil cinema with dubbed versions of his films. Known for his intense screen presence and action skills, he has received several awards for his performances in films like "Magadheera" and "Rangasthalam." His commercial success, coupled with a devoted fan following, extends his influence beyond the Telugu film industry. His ability to captivate audiences across linguistic barriers makes him a significant figure in South Indian cinema.

He is a very good dancer and actor. That's it.

He is a very decent actor and a very good dancer. He will become a number-one star in the Telugu industry.

15 Jeeva Jeeva (often spelled as Jiiva) has carved a niche for himself by choosing roles that are both diverse and challenging. His performances in films like "Raam" and "Ko" were highly praised for their emotional depth and subtlety. His ability to connect with the audience is evident in his commercial successes and the fan following he has garnered over the years. Jeeva's calculated career choices and the consistent quality of his performances mark him as one of the compelling actors in the Tamil industry.

Jeeva is the most handsome hero! He is good at acting. He is a positive thinker and a broad-minded person. I love his film Rowthiram very much, and it is a mass film.

Jeeva is the hottest person I have ever seen, and I love him no matter what people say. I like all your movies, and I will continue to support you. Hope your movie Yaan will be a blockbuster hit! I love you, JEEVA!

Jeeva has a lot of capacity. He looks like an over-smart person.

16 R. Madhavan R. Madhavan has captured audiences' hearts with his charming on-screen persona and exceptional acting skills. His performances in movies like "Alaipayuthey" and "Minnale" have received critical acclaim, adding to his widespread popularity. Not restricted to Tamil cinema, Madhavan has successfully transitioned to Bollywood as well, proving his universal appeal. His charismatic performances, combined with a careful selection of versatile roles, affirm his standing as a skilled actor.

He is always the chocolate hero among women's hearts. Maddy always has good acting and is a versatile hero. I love to watch the film Thambi because it shows a good message to society. Finally, I would like to say, Come on, Maddy, please give more quality films.

His smile is appealing to everyone. His acting is natural. He deserves all the praise, applause, and fans.

Madhavan is one of the best and most hardworking actors in India. His film selection is superb, and he is very charming.

17 Santhanam Primarily known for his comedic roles, Santhanam has the unique talent of elevating a film with his humor and timing. He has since transitioned into lead roles, showing his versatility and range as an actor in films like "Dhilluku Dhuddu" and "Server Sundaram." His transition from a comedian to a leading man has been well-received, marking him as a multi-talented figure in Tamil cinema. The audience's affinity for his humor and his adaptability in different roles make him a cherished actor.

Santhanam's uncle is a very big comedian. I laugh like hell when I see his comedy. He is a very good comedian. I like him very much.

He is a great actor with all skills, especially humor, which most of the actors lack.

You are the best comedian I have ever liked more than the others.

18 Mammootty Although primarily a Malayalam cinema actor, Mammootty has left an indelible mark on Tamil cinema as well. Known for his commanding screen presence and versatility, he has been part of critically acclaimed Tamil films like "Thalapathi" and "Peranbu." He's a multiple award-winning actor, having bagged several prestigious honors, including National Film Awards. His performances across languages and his ability to portray complex characters make him a celebrated figure in South Indian cinema.

Complete actor of the world. Mega star of the world. Mega actor. Face of Indian Cinema. These are the titles given to this acting legend. He's the most versatile actor ever produced. His Tamil films like Thalapathy, Anandam, Makkal Atchi, Kandukonden Kandukonden, and his latest, Peranbu, show how versatile he is in the Tamil film industry.

19 M. G. Ramachandran Known as MGR, he was not just an actor but also a cultural icon and politician in Tamil Nadu. Renowned for his roles in films that portrayed him as a hero of the masses, MGR had an extraordinary connection with his audience. Films like "Adimai Penn" and "Enga Veetu Pillai" became landmarks in Tamil cinema, largely due to his compelling performances. His enduring legacy in both cinema and politics confirms him as one of the most significant figures in Tamil history.

He should be in the number one position. If you don't believe me, you can go to and see who ranks first in India. Still, his movies, even after 40 years, are giving competition to all the heroes.

The one and only "Box Office King" of Tamil cinema is MGR. It has been more than 30 years since he died, but no one can touch his stardom in Tamil cinema. Moreover, he is a god for many people, including me, in Tamil Nadu. In my opinion, please don't compare him with any other heroes. Thank you.

One in a million. Par excellence! Genius! Master of silambam and martial arts. His films project human values, which are quintessential for life. Love his movies. Golden heart. Darling of the masses.

20 Jayam Ravi Jayam Ravi has shown versatility by taking on a variety of roles, from action-packed characters to romantic leads. Noteworthy for his dedicated approach to acting, he has received acclaim for films like "Thani Oruvan" and "Peraanmai." He consistently chooses roles that allow him to stretch his acting abilities, proving his dedication to the craft. His wide-ranging repertoire and audience appeal make him a standout actor in Tamil cinema.

One of the best Tamil actors. His acting in each movie is speechless. Hats off to you, sir.

The most handsome person who can handle different genres of movies. His dancing skills are mind-blowing. Engeyum Kadhal, all-time favorite.

Superb actor! A good, simple man. He should be in the top 10, no doubt! He is not the person to be ranked 18th.

21 Vishal Krishna Known professionally as Vishal, he has gained prominence through his performances in action-oriented roles. Not just an actor but also a producer, Vishal has made a mark with his command over commercial cinema, particularly in films like "Sandakozhi" and "Thimiru." His towering screen presence and knack for action sequences have garnered him a sizable following. His dexterity in balancing commercial success with critical recognition makes him a noteworthy talent in Tamil cinema.

His acting skills are superb, especially in the film Poojai. I love that one because it had full action and some comedy as well. His upcoming movie is Marudhu, so I wonder how that goes.

Great comeback with the film Pandiya Nadu. He changed his total character. Directors Bala, Shankar, and Mani Ratnam appreciated his performance in the movie. Bala is also going to do a film for him, so in the future, he will become the best.

Vishal started off great with movies like Sandaikozhi and Thimiru, but the last couple of years, nothing from him. He better deliver a hit soon, or Jeeva is going to take over.

22 Vadivelu Vadivelu is a legendary figure in Tamil cinema, primarily renowned for his comedic roles. His unique style of humor, characterized by witty one-liners and exceptional timing, has made him an indispensable part of numerous blockbuster films. Vadivelu has also demonstrated his ability to handle serious roles with the same finesse, earning him several awards. His long-standing career and unique contribution to Tamil cinema through comedy elevate him as one of the industry's best actors.

Great comedian. He helps a lot to overcome stress. Want to see more of Vadivelu's jokes in future movies.

We are waiting to see him back on screen.

23 Bharath Bharath has gained recognition for his dedication to physically demanding roles and his knack for portraying emotional depth. Films like "Kaadhal" and "Veyil" have showcased his ability to fully inhabit his characters. He has received multiple awards, acknowledging his talent and contributions to Tamil cinema. His versatility in handling a variety of genres has made him a respected figure in the industry.

He is talented, but he doesn't get support from others. He will soon find a top place in South Indian cinema.

Bharath is one of the most talented actors in South Indian cinema, better than the so-called famous actors.

24 Karthik Karthik has been appreciated for his ability to bring complexity and nuance to romantic roles. His performances in films like "Agni Natchathiram" and "Mouna Ragam" were praised for their depth and sensitivity. Noted for his on-screen charisma, Karthik has a natural ability to connect with audiences. His work has been recognized with numerous awards, cementing his status as a notable actor in Tamil cinema.
25 Chiyaan Vikram Known by his stage name Chiyaan Vikram, he is celebrated for taking on challenging roles that often require significant physical transformation. His performances in films like "Pithamagan" and "I" have garnered him numerous awards and critical acclaim. He has consistently demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to his craft, diving deep into the emotional and psychological complexities of his characters. His exceptional talent for embracing demanding roles places him among Tamil cinema's finest actors.
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