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List of famous film directors from Sri Lanka, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Sri Lanka has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Sri Lanka directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Sri Lanka and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

With items ranging from Prasanna Jayakody to Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Sri Lanka directors?" and "Which directors are from Sri Lanka?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Sri Lanka in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Sri Lanka directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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A.S.A. Sami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
A.S.A. Sami Died at 83 (1915-1998) A.S.A. Sami was a film director.

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Asitha Ameresekere is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 47 Asitha Ameresekere is a British-Sri Lankan Filmmaker and Writer. Ameresekere was born in London, and was educated at the Overseas Children's School in Sri Lanka, Harrow School in London and read ...more

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Asoka Handagama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Asoka Handagama age 56 Asoka Handagama is a Sri Lankan filmmaker. He obtained his primary and secondary schooling in a provincial school and went on to study Mathematics at the University of Kelaniya where he was ...more

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Balu Mahendra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Died at 75 (1939-2014) Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran, commonly known as Balu Mahendra, was a cinematographer, director, screenwriter and film editor, who worked in various Indian film industries, primarily in Tamil ...more

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Bernard White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 59 Bernard White is a Sri Lankan-born, Detroit-raised American actor, screenwriter and film director. A 1977 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School, he graduated from Michigan State ...more

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Chandran Rutnam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Chandran Rutnam age 70 Chandran Rutnam is a Sri Lankan film maker. Rutnam has hosted numerous Hollywood films for their location shoots in Sri Lanka and Malaysia. He was the Line Producer/Production Supervisor on ...more

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Dharma Sri Munasinghe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Died at 74 (1930-2004) Dharma Sri Munasinghe was a Sinhala radio playwright and film screenwriter and director, best known for his work as the writer of the famous Sinhala radio plays Muvan palessa and Monara thenna. ...more

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Dharmasena Pathiraja is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 75 Dharmasena Pathiraja is a Sri Lankan film director and screenwriter.

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Dharmasiri Bandaranayake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Dharmasiri Bandaranayake age 69 Kala Suri Dharmasiri Bandaranayake is a Sri Lankan Film director and playwright. Bandaranyake's debut Hansa Vilak in 1980 dealt with facets of a society at odds with itself. His other films like ...more

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G. D. L. Perera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 83 G. D. L Perera is a Sri Lankan film director and dramatist. Perera's interest in drama began as a student at Prince College, Kotahena where he met arts patron Edwin Hewakapuge. He joined the ...more

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Gamini Fonseka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Died at 68 (1936-2004) Sembuge Gamini Shelton Fonseka was a Sri Lankan film actor, film director and politician. Fonseka was born on 21 March 1936 in Dehiwela the third child of William and Daisy Fonseka. Starting ...more

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Jackson Anthony is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 69 Jackson Anthony is an actor in Sri Lankan cinema. Though he has become popular from his career as an actor. He has appeared before the public in versatile forms; director, producer, singer, ...more

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Jennifer Reeves is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 47 Jennifer Reeves is a film director, film editor, cinematographer, film producer, screenwriter and actress.

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Lester James Peries is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 99 Sri Lankabhimanya Lester James Peries is an internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan film director, screenwriter, and film producer. An active filmmaker since 1949, Peries has been involved in over ...more

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M. G. Ramachandran is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Died at 70 (1917-1987) Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known by his initials MGR, was an Indian film actor who worked primarily in Tamil films as an actor, director, producer, and politician who also served ...more

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Mahagama Sekera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Died at 47 (1929-1976) Mahagama Sekara is one of Sri Lanka's well known poets and was a significant figure in Sinhalese poetry. He was also a teacher, lyricist, playwright, novelist, artist, translator and a ...more

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Malaka Dewapriya is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 39 Malaka Dewapriya Sinhala: මාලක දේවප්‍රිය, IPA: is a Sri Lankan film maker, visual artist, Sri Lankan writer, Sinhala Radio Play writer, short film and video director .

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Nick Sivakumaran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Nick Sivakumaran age 45 Nick Sivakumaran is a film producer, editor, director, cinematographer and a screenwriter.

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Prasanna Jayakody is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Prasanna Jayakody age 50 Prasanna Jayakody is a budding Sri Lankan film director. His debut film Sankara, won The Special Jury Prize The Silver Pyramid at the Cairo International Film Festival 2006 and the Best Debut ...more

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Prasanna Vithanage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Prasanna Vithanage age 56 Prasanna Vithanage is a filmmaker in Sri Lanka. His films have won many awards, both local and international, and have also been commercially successful. In his early theatre work, he translated ...more

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Ranjan Ramanayake is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Ranjan Ramanayake age 55 Sadda Vidda Rajapakse Palanga Pathira Ambakumarage Ranjan Leo Sylvester Alphonsu; known as Ranjan Ramanayake is an award winning actor, film director, singer, writer, philanthropist turned ...more

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Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Sanjeewa Pushpakumara age 41 Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a Sri Lankan film director, writer, and producer. He grew up in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sri ...more

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Shelton Payagala is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Died at 65 (1944-2009) Payagalage Don Shirley Shelton was a film director and writer who began as an acting instructor since the mid-1970s. He was born in Hatton, Sri Lanka in 1944 and died on 23 June 2009.

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Siri Gunasinghe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 93 Siri Gunasinghe is a sanskritist, art historian, premier Sinhalese poet, novelist, literary critic and film maker.

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Suba Sivakumaran is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Suba Sivakumaran age 37 Suba Sivakumaran is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Titus Thotawatte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
Died at 82 (1929-2011) Titus Thotawatte was a Sri Lankan director and editor. He made several popular and technically skilled Sri Lankan action movies in the 1960s and 1970s and later developed Sinhala children's ...more

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Vimukthi Jayasundara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
age 41 Vimukthi Jayasundara is a Sri Lankan film director, screenwriter and visual artist.