While we see hundreds of movies being made every year, they either become blockbusters, super hits, break even or end up flops. Out of all these movies, irrespective of the box office fate, a few rare movies become cult classics and will be remembered forever. We are fortunate enough to have cult classics in every language at regular intervals. We bring you seven Telugu classics everyone needs to watch.


Directed by K.Viswanath, Sankarabharanam released in the year 1980 and went on to become one of the cult favorites of all times. Starring JV Somayajulu and Manju Bhargavi in lead roles, the movie is about a devout and famous classic singer, Sankara Shastri, who finds a fan in a prostitute’s daughter, Tulasi. Though it has been four decades since it released, the movie is still talked about and the songs remain evergreen.

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Ram Gopal Varma made his debut with Shiva, starring Akkineni Nagarjuna and Amala in lead roles. There was a time when Telugu cinema was defined as Pre-Shiva and Post-Shiva era. Such is the impact this movie created, and the cycle chain episode is still a rage. Released in the year 1990, it has redefined the movie making process of Telugu cinema and stood as an encyclopaedia to many upcoming directors of those times.

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Gundamma Katha

Released in 1962, Gundamma Katha is about Gundamma, who has two sons and a stepdaughter. The two brothers teach their mother a lesson when she mistreats the stepdaughter. Starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Suryakantham and Savitri in lead roles, the movie was a blockbuster and remained a cult classic of Telugu Cinema. Even today, the makers failed to remake this gem as they could not find a match to Suraykantham.

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Directed by Krishna Vamsi, Antahpuram is an action drama featuring Soundarya, Prakash Raj, Sai Kumar and Jagapathi Babu in lead roles. The movie remained in the hearts of the fans for its portrayal of Rayalaseema faction and was a recipient of many awards. The main leads such as Prakash Raj, Jagapathi Babu, Soundarya and Sai Kumar gave their best performances of their careers.

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This Nagarjuna starrer Annamayya is a devotional movie based on the story of Annamayya, a great poet and a devotee of Lord Balaji. Directed by K.Raghavendra Rao, this movie is the biggest blockbuster among the devotional flicks and paved way for many more movies of this genre.

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Aditya 369

Directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, this Balakrishna starrer movie is based on a Time machine. Released in 1991, this was a first of its kind in Telugu cinema that was never attempted before or after. Known for his mass image, Balakrishna succeeded in showing his prowess in a classic movie as well.

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Though it has been more than six decades that Mayabazar released, this epic fantasy movie is still looked upon as a cult classic of all times. Directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy, Mayabazar features NTR, Savitri and SV Ranga Rao in lead roles. The song Vivaha Bojanamu is still a craze among kids and family audience.

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