1975: Apoorva Raagangal (Rare Melodies), co-starring Kamalahaasan, marks Rajni's Tamil debut. Played a negative character. A controversial film about relationships between men and women with wide age gaps.
1977: Padhinaru Vayadhinilae (At the Age of 16). Co-starring Sridevi and Kamal where Rajni plays a rowdy character, Parattai. Known for his one-liner 'Idheppadi irukku?' (How's that?).
1980: Billa, remake of Don. Rajni's hits in the 1980s were largely Amitabh remakes. Andha Kanoon (1983) with Amitabh and Chaalbaaz (1989) with Sridevi, where Rajni speaks a distinct Hindi, were the high points of his brief Bollywood foray. His sole Hollywood film Bloodstone (1988), produced by Ashok Amritraj, bombed.
1995: Muthu. Co-starring Meena, became a cult hit in Japan with subtitles. Led to the formation of Tokyo Rajnikant Fans Association.
1999: Padayappa. Starring Ramyakrishna as an arrogant woman, with shades of Jayalalitha, whom the hero eventually tames.
2002: Baba. Rajnikant's wife Latha tried converting him into a brand. Over-hyped, but a huge flop.
2005: Chandramukhi. Remake of Malayalam superhit film Manichitrathazhu. His biggest blockbuster. Inching towards 800th day run in a Chennai cinema.