Debut Film: Pallavi Anupallavi- Kannada
As a Director: Unaru (Malayalam, 1985), Mouna Raggam (Tamil, 1986), Nayagan (Tamil, 1987), Geethanjali (Telugu, 1989) Anjali (Tamil, 1990), Thalpathi (Tamil, 1991. Dubbed into Telugu and Hindi), Roja (Tamil, 1992. Dubbed into English, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and Marathi), Thiruda Thiruda (Tamil, 1993. Dubbed into Hindi and Telugu), Bombay (Tamil, 1995. Dubbed into Hindi and Telugu), Iruvar (Tamil, 1997), Dil Se (Hindi, 1998), Kannathil Muthamittal (Tamil, 2002), Yuva (Hindi, 2004), Guru (Hindi, 2007), Ravana (2009).This movie is being made in Hindi and Tamil language simultaneously.
In year 2002 Manirathnam was conferred with Padma Shri award.
Won Filmfare Best Director Award (Tamil) in 2002 for movie Kannathil Muthamital.
Won Filmfare Best Director Award (Tamil) in 1993 for movie Roja.