Muthu-- The blockbuster film was later released in Japanese, which was responsible for creating a huge fan-base of the actor in Japan.
Thalapathi-- The movie directed by Mani Ratnam had Rajinikanth, Mammootty and Shobana in main roles. The film saw spectacular performances by all the actors, but audiences took a long time to make peace with the death of Rajni’s character in the film.
Baasaha-- In this action thriller, Rajinikanth played the role of a protagonist, who seeks to avenge the murder of his friend. The film is responsible for catapulting Rajini into the zone of super stardom. His punch dialogues and mannerisms are remembered to date.
16 Vayathinile-- Rajnikanth played Parattai, a village rogue who often said the dialogue, 'ithu eppadi irukku?' (How is it?). The teasing line and Rajiikanth’s performance left the audiences spellbound.
Bairavi-- He got his superstar title with this film. This was also the first film where Rajinikanth played the main hero.
Bloodstone-- His only English film appearance was a mystery-adventure film. Though the film did not live up to the expectations, it is remembered for the superstar’s English debut.
Enthiran-- Rajinikanth was seen in dual roles – a scientist and a robot. The superstar's character as a robot who later becomes the villain was well-received by fans.
Thillu Mullu-- He pulls off the carefree graduate character named Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Chandran in this classic laugh-a-thon. It was the first time ever that the actor shaved his moustache.
Ninaithale Inikkum-- In this youthful entertainer, Rajinikanth played a guitarist alongside frequent co-star Kamal Haasan who was the music troupe’s lead singer in the film. The superstar was challenged to lose a finger if he failed to flip his cigarette 10 times.
Mullum Malarum-- Rajinikanth as Kali got several accolades and left his female fans swooning. With this character, he shunned doubts about his acting ability, if any.
Moondru Mudichu-- Rajinikanth pretends to help his roommate (Kamal Haasan) to win him his love (Sridevi) back. However, secretly, he plots to create a rift between Kamal and Sridevi.