20 Best Telugu Movies of 2023 on Netflix, Prime and other OTT platforms

From gripping dramas to entertaining blockbusters, our curated selection ensures you don't miss the best of Telugu cinema in 2023. Experience the magic of storytelling at its finest with these standout movies.

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In 2023, audiences have been treated to a stellar lineup of Telugu films that have not only dominated the box office but also captured the hearts of the viewers. If you’re contemplating a leisurely Sunday afternoon, it’s time to grab a tub of popcorn and indulge in these cinematic gems available on various OTT platforms. In this list, we present some of the best Telugu movies of 2023, each accompanied by a brief and succinct introduction. Explore details such as cast members, director, genre, IMDb rating, streaming platform, and more.

Our selection of the top 20 Telugu films is based on thorough evaluations from both box office performance and reviews across diverse platforms. Get ready for a cinematic experience that promises entertainment and excellence.

Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire

Salaar a.k.a Deva, a mechanic from Tinsukia, Assam is forced to go back to his old life of violence and warfare. The story revolves around Deva and Varada Raja Mannar’s friendship in the powerful place of Khansaar.

Cast: Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Easwari Rao, Shruti Hassan, Sriya Reddy

IMDB Rating: 6.8

Where to watch:

Director: Prashanth Neel

Genre: Action, Drama and Thriller

Hi Nanna

Viraj is a single dad, living with his daughter Mahi. She is curious about her mother, but Viraj isn’t ready to reveal the story, causing a rift between them. The girl goes missing but is saved by a girl named Yashna. They force Viraj to tell the story of his wife, Varsha.

Cast: Nani, Mrunal Thakur, Kiara Khanna, Nassar, Jayaram, Priyadarshini Pulikonda

IMDB Rating: 8.4

Where to watch: Netflix (Tentative release date – January 5, 2024)

Director: Shouryuv

Genre: Drama and Romance

Waltair Veerayya

Waltair Veerayya, a drug dealer in need of money, receives an offer that could potentially get him out of his current situation. He receives a call from a mysterious acquaintance who offers to pay him for bringing a notorious drug lord from Malaysia to India. Veerayya considers the hazardous endeavour that lies ahead, and the offer leads to a dangerous undertaking that has the potential to change his destiny.

Cast: Chiranjeevi, Ravi Teja, Shruti Haasan, Catherine Tresa, Bobby Simha, and Prakash Raj

IMDB Rating: 6.2

Where to watch: Netflix

Director: Bobby Kolli

Genre: Action and Thriller

Dasara

Three childhood friends in a coal-dependent village experience difficulty following an argument with the town’s headman’s son overturns their lives as well as throws their longstanding friendship in danger between the intricate details associated with their coal-centric culture.

Cast: Nani, Keerthy Suresh, and Dheekshith Shetty

IMDb Rating: 6.6

Where to Watch: Netflix

Director: Srikanth Odela

Genre: Action and Thriller

Baby

The relationship between childhood sweethearts who also happen to be neighbours are put to the test shortly after they enter college and make new friends. Their affection for one another is tested amid the difficulties of adjusting to new social dynamics, compelling them to face the intricacies of love in the changing context of college life.

Cast: Anand Devarakonda and Vaishnavi Chaitanya

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Where to Watch: Aha

Director: Sai Rajesh Neelam

Genre: Romance and Drama

Samajavaragamana

Bala Subramanyam, working as a ticketing clerk at a cinema theatre, is his family’s sole breadwinner. His father is trying hard to get a degree so that he will inherit the ancestral property. The heroine, Sarayu is also trying hard to pass the degree exams, and Balu agrees to take tuition for his dad and Sarayu.

Cast: Sree Vishnu, Reba Monica John, Naresh, Pramodini, Keyuri, Sudharshan, Srikanth Iyyengar

IMDB Rating: 7.4

Where to watch: Aha

Director: Ram Abbaraju

Genre: Romance and Comedy

Virupaksha

Assigned the daunting assignment of demonstrating a perplexing pattern of terrifying murders that have rendered the town residents terrified and confused, a human being embarks on an investigation that demonstrates rather than only the graphic incidents but also an underground plot that demonstrates an entirely different reality hidden beneath the seemingly peaceful surface of civilization.

Cast: Sai Dharam Tej, Samyuktha, Sunil, Brahmaji, Rajeev Kanakala, Ajay, and Ravi Krishna

IMDB Rating: 7.2

Where to watch: Netflix

Director: Karthik Varma Dandu

Genre: Mystery and Horror

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Bro

After meeting with a fatal accident, a young man bargains with a god for more time on Earth. Soon, he learns the importance of humility and family, realizing that second chances come with lessons that reshape the essence of his existence.

Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Sai Dharam Tej, Ketika Sharma, Urvashi Rautela, Priya Prakash Varrier.

IMDB Rating: 6.7

Where to watch: Netflix

Director: Samuthirakani

Genre: Comedy and Action

Bhagvanth Kesari

An ex-prisoner Nelakonda Bhagavanth Kesari becomes the guardian angel of Vijayalakshmi after her father and Kesari’s friend dies in an accident. Kesari wants Viji to join the army, but she wants to marry her boyfriend Rahul Sanghvi. Rahul is a ruthless businessman who even assassinates the Deputy CM of the state.

Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sreeleela, Kajal Aggarwal, Arjun Rampal, Aadukalam Naren, Pallak Lalwani, R. Sarathkumar

IMDB Rating: 6.3

Where to watch: Prime Video

Director: Anil Ravipudi

Genre: Action and Thriller

Balagam

After the family patriarch dies, a young man turns to manipulation as a way to deal with his problems. Nevertheless, as he plans his schemes to succeed, he over time, realizes the price of his own personal avarice.

Cast: Priyadarshi, Kavya Kalyanram, Sudhakar Reddy, Kota Jayaram, Muralidhar Goud, and Mime Madhu

IMDb Rating: 8

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Director: Venu Yeldandi

Genre: Drama and Comedy

Writer Padmabhushan

An aspiring writer finds out an individual has secretly released a popular book under his name after his first attempt at publication fails. As he works to identify the real author and piece together a story of literary intrigue and self-discovery, the plot becomes more complex.

Cast: Suhas, Tina Shilparaj, Rohini, and Ashish Vidyarthi

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Where to Watch: Zee 5

Director: Shanmukha Prasanth

Genre: Comedy and Drama

Rangamarthanda

After giving away his fortune to his two children, a stepped-down theatre artist known as “Rangamarthanda” faces an upsetting development: both of his children mistreat him and his spouse. The story explores the nuanced aspects of family dynamics.

Cast: Prakash Raj, Ramya Krishna, Brahmanandam, Rahul Sipligunj, Ali Reza, Anasuya Bharadwaj, and Aadarsh Balakrishna.

IMDb Rating: 8.2

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Director: Krishna Vamsi

Genre: Drama

Martin Luther King

After obtaining a voter ID, an anonymous man attracts the attention of rival factions, raising the question of whether to use the privilege for one’s own benefit or as an agent for social transformation.

Cast: Sampoornesh Babu, V.K. Naresh, and Venkatesh Maha

IMDb Rating: 8.8

Where to Watch: SonyLiv

Director: Puja Kolluru

Genre: Drama

Bhola Shankar

Cab driver Shankar departs from Hyderabad towards Kolkata with his beloved sister Mahalakshmi, while they are travelling to get her admitted into an arts college. They become friends with an unexpected stranger, who surprisingly ends up as being their companion and helpful helper.

Cast: Chiranjeevi, Tamannaah Bhatia, Keerthy Suresh, and Sushanth

IMDB Rating: 3.2

Where to watch: Netflix

Director: Meher Ramesh

Genre: Action and Thriller

Mad

The narrative takes place in an engineering college, depicting the amusing shenanigans displayed by the male students who enjoy making fun of the dorm room warden. The story illustrates the special relationship that exists in friendship inside the academic setting, capturing the colourful energy of student life amongst all the chaos and fun.

Cast: Sangeeth Shobhan, Narne Nithin, Ram Nithin, Sri Gouri Priya Reddy, Ananathika Sanilkumar, Gopika Udayan.

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Where to Watch: Netflix

Director: Kalyan Shankar

Genre: Drama

Tiger Nageswara Rao

Against the historical setting of the 1970s, the legendary criminal Tiger Nageswara Rao masterminds a series of bold heists, becoming legendary for his devious tactics that constantly outwit the police. The story explores the exciting realm of crime and mystery as his adventures take place, highlighting the skilled craftsmanship behind Tiger Nageswara Rao’s audacious adventures.

Cast: Ravi Teja, Anupam Kher, Jisshu Sengupta, Renu Desai, and Nupur Sanon

IMDb Rating: 6.5

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Director: Vamasi Krishna Naidu and Vamsi Krishna Akella

Genre: Action and Thriller

Khushi

A young man who comes from an agnostic household falls head over heel in love with the daughter of his father’s dedicated Hindu rival in this tale of forbidden love. In spite of expectations from society, the couple seeks respect and acceptance while dealing with the difficult waters of their relationship amid conflicts between their differing religious beliefs and families.

Cast: Vijay Devarakonda and Samantha

IMDb Rating: 5.4

Where to Watch: Netflix

Director: Shiva Nirvana

Genre: Romance and Comedy

Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty

Miss Shetty and Mr. Polishetty is a delightful and hilarious comedy duo, known for their witty banter, comedic sketches, and entertaining content. Their dynamic performances bring joy and laughter, making them a popular duo in the world of entertainment, leaving audiences in splits with their unique blend of humor.

Cast: Keshav Deepak, Abhinav Gomatam, Harshavardhan

IMDb Rating: 7

Where to Watch: Netflix

Director: Mahesh Babu P.

Genre: Comedy, Romantic

Asalu

Childhood sweethearts Vaasu and Saavi experience a tragic turn in their lives when Vaasu’s memory fades away due to an accident very soon before they tie the knot. Vaasu has been sent to spend time with his brother in Vizag without first knowing where Saavi is. Interestingly, Saavi, who is engaged to Vivek, also lives there.

Cast: Karunya Chowdary, KarronyaKatrynn and Mahendran

IMDb Rating: 3.4

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Director: Srinivas Bandari

Genre: Thriller and Drama

Mem Famous

Take off on an energetic and colourful journey brimming with unforgettable experiences of loved ones, romance, and friendship, all set against the backdrop of a bustling, beautiful village. As the story progresses, lose yourself amid the alluring hues of daily existence, where bonds are formed and relationships thrive.

Cast: Sumanth Prabhas and Saarya Laxman

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Director: Sumanth Prabhas

Genre: Romance and Comedy

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Best Telugu Movies of 2023 on OTT

Movie Name Language IMDb Rating Release Date
Waltair Veerayya Telugu 6.2 12 January 2023
Dasara Telugu 6.6 30 March 2023
Baby Telugu 7.3 14 July 2023
Virupaksha Telugu 7.2 21 April 2023
Bro Telugu 6.7 28 July 2023
Balagam Telugu 8 3 March 2023
Writer Padmabhushan Telugu 7.6 3 February 2023
Rangamarthanda Telugu 8.2 22 March 2023
Martin Luther King Telugu 8.8 27 October 2023
Bhola Shankar Telugu 3.2 1 August 2023
Mad Telugu 7.5 6 October 2023
Tiger Nageswara Rao Telugu 6.5 20 October 2023
Khushi Telugu 5.4 1 September 2023
Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty Telugu 7 7 September 2023
Asalu Telugu 3.4 13 April 2023
Mem Famous Telugu 7.2 6 May 2023