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Famous Movies From Sri Lanka

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List of popular movies from Sri Lanka, listed by popularity with movie trailers when available. All prominent movies shot in Sri Lanka are included. This list of famous films made in Sri Lanka includes additional information about the movies, such as who directed them and what genre they are. Any top rated movies made in Sri Lanka should appear on this list, with the most well-known ones at the top. The most popular cinema of Sri Lanka is included below, so if you see a movie that's missing then it probably isn't very well-known.

This list contains movies like Vazhakku Enn 18/9 and Thambikku Indha Ooru. This list answers the questions What movies were shot in Sri Lanka?"
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    Midnight's Children

    Shriya Saran, Anupam Kher

    Released2012

    Directed byDeepa Mehta

    Midnight's Children is a 2012 British-Canadian film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel of the same name. The film features an ensemble cast of Satya Bhabha, Shriya Saran, Siddharth Narayan,...  more
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    Baddegama

    Arthur C. Clarke, Vijaya Kumaranatunga

    Released1980

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Beddegama is a 1980 Sinhalese language film directed by Lester James Peries that follows the lives of village people in British Colonial Sri Lanka. The film is based on the 1913 book The Village in...  more
  • 3

    Released2010

    Directed byBadri

    Thambikku Indha Ooru is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language film directed by Badri. It stars Bharath, Sana Khan, Prabhu, Vivek and Madalsa Sharma in the lead roles. The film was released on 5 March 2010 to...  more
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    The Treasure

    Malini Fonseka, Gamini Fonseka

    Released1972

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Nidhanaya is a 1972 Sinhalese language film directed by Lester James Peries, starring Gamini Fonseka and Malini Fonseka. Movie is based on a short story written by G.B.Senanayake in one of his short...  more
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    Sandesaya

    Gamini Fonseka

    Released1960

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Sandesaya is a 1960 film. The film based on the war between the Sri Lankan people and the Portuguese invaders in Sri Lanka. It was directed by Sri Lankan film director Lester James Peries. It was...  more
  • 6

    Kettavan

    Silambarasan, Namitha

    Released2008

    Directed bySilambarasan

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    Gamperaliya

    Gamini Fonseka, Henry Jayasena

    Released1964

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Gamperaliya is a 1963 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries; it was adapted from the novel Gamperaliya by Martin Wickramasinghe. The film was groundbreaking in Sinhala cinema shot...  more
  • 8

    Wekande Walauwa

    Malini Fonseka, Ravindra Randeniya

    Released2003

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Wekande Walauwa is a 2002 award winning Sinhalese language film directed by Lester James Peries that follows the lives of wealthy people in Sri Lanka. As per the film director the story is inspired...  more
  • 9

    Yuganthaya

    Gamini Fonseka, Richard de Zoysa

    Released1983

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Yuganthaya is a 1983 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries; it was adapted from the novel Yuganthaya by Martin Wickramasinghe, and deals with the beginning of labor unions in Sri...  more
  • 10

    Desa Nisa

    Ravindra Randeniya, Joe Abeywickrama

    Released1972

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Desa Nisa is a 1972 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries. The film stars Joe Abeywickrema as Nirukada, an ugly man who worries that his blind wife will leave him if she regains her...  more
  • 11

    Madol Duwa

    Joe Abeywickrama

    Released1976

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Madol Duwa is a 1976 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries. The film stars Ajith Jinadasa as Upali, a young rebellious youth who travels to a small island to get away from the...  more
  • 12

    Bambaru Avith

    Vijaya Kumaranatunga, Malini Fonseka

    Released1978

    Directed byDharmasena Pathiraja

    Bambaru Avith is a 1978 dramatic film made by Sri Lankan director Dharmasena Pathiraja. It explores tradition and exploitation following the introduction of capitalism to a tiny fishing village and...  more
  • 13

    Golu Hadawatha

    Sriyani Amarasena

    Released1969

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Golu Hadawatha was a popular 1969 Sinhalese language romance film directed by maestro Lester James Peiris. The film stars Wickrema Bogoda and Anula Karunathilake in the lead roles. Based on a novel...  more
  • 14

    Awaragira

    Joe Abeywickrama

    Released1990

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Awaragira is a 1990 Sri Lankan film directed by Lester James Peries....  more
  • 15

    Akkara Paha

    Malini Fonseka

    Released1969

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Akkara Paha is a 1969 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries. The film stars Milton Jayawardena as Sena, a young man from a rural society who travels to the city to pursue a higher...  more
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    Between Two Worlds

    Huang Lu, Thusitha Laknath

    Released2009

    Directed byVimukthi Jayasundara

    "Sri Lanka's civil conflict raged so furiously for twenty-six long years that when it was declared over, one of the main reactions was numb disbelief. Director Vimukthi Jayasundara last explored the...  more
  • 17

    Rekava

    Shesha Palihakkara, D. R. Nanayakkara

    Released1956

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Rekava is a 1956 film based on village life and their mythical beliefs in Sri Lanka. It is the first Sinhalese film which was fully shot in Ceylon and was the first in the country to be shot...  more
  • 18

    The God King

    Ravindra Randeniya, Oliver Tobias

    Released1975

    Directed byLester James Peries

    The God King is a 1974 British-Sri Lankan historical film directed by Lester James Peries. The film is based on the historical clash between brothers Kasyapa and Moggalana on Sigiriya Rock. Producer...  more
  • 19

    Ranmuthu Duwa

    Gamini Fonseka, Joe Abeywickrama

    Released1962

    Directed byMike Wilson

    Ranmuthu Duwa was the first colour full-length Sinhalese language film to be produced in Sri Lanka in 1962. It was produced by Shesha Palihakkara and directed by Mike Wilson, who also made his debut...  more
  • 20

    White Flowers for the Dead

    Vasanthi Chathurani, Tony Ranasinghe

    Released1978

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Ahasin Polowata is a 1978 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries. The film stars Tony Ranasinghe as Sarath, an abusive husband who is haunted by his wife's death. Peries made the film...  more
  • 21

    Ganga Addara

    Vijaya Kumaranatunga, Henry Jayasena

    Released1980

    Directed bySumitra Peries

    Ganga Addara was a 1980 Sinhalese language film directed by Sumitra Peiris and produced by Sumathi Films. The film stars Vasanthi Chathurani and late Vijaya Kumaratunga in the lead roles. Adapted...  more
  • 22

    Delovak Athara

    Iranganie Serasinghe, Tony Ranasinghe

    Released1966

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Delovak Athara is a 1966 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries. The film stars Tony Ranasinghe as Nissanka, the son of a newly rich industrialist, who becomes embroiled in a murder...  more
  • 23

    Kaliyugaya

    Henry Jayasena, Punya Heendeniya

    Released1982

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Kaliyugaya is a 1981 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries; it was adapted from the novel Kaliyugaya by Martin Wickramasinghe, and follows the events of the film Gamperaliya. It was a...  more
  • 24

    Der Stein des Todes

    Elke Sommer, Heather Thomas

    Released1987

    Directed byFranz Josef Gottlieb

    Der Stein des Todes is a 1987 German-Sri-Lankan action film director by Franz Josef Gottlieb and starring Albert Fortell, Heather Thomas, Elke Sommer and Brad Harris. While in Sri Lanka attending the...  more
  • 25

    Ran Salu

    Punya Heendeniya, Tony Ranasinghe

    Released1967

    Directed byLester James Peries

    Ran Salu is a 1967 Sri Lankan drama film directed by Lester James Peries. The film follows the parallel paths of Sujatha and Sarojini Perera. P.K.D. Seneviratne wrote the screenplay dealing with...  more