Top 10 Sri Lankan Films (1947-1997)

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Top 10 Sri Lankan Films (1947-1997)

Technically, the first film produced in Sri Lanka dates back to 1925, which was a silent film called “Rajakeeya Wickremeya” (Royal Adventure). But, unfortunately, the film reels got burnt before it was shown in Sri Lanka. Now the film is lost forever. After several silent films, in 1947 the first sound film was produced in Sri Lanka called “Kadawunu Poronduwa” (Broken Promises). 50 years later, in 1997, a government committee in Sri Lanka compiled a list of the best 10 films of the first 50 years of Sri Lankan cinema.

RankFilm titleDirectorYear released
1NidhanayaLester James Peiris1972
2GamperaliyaLester James Peiris1963
3ViragayaTissa Abeysekara1987
4Bambaru AwithDharmasena Pathiraja1978
5Sath SamuduraSiri Gunasinghe1967
6Thun Mang HandiyaMahagama Sekara1970
7PalangettiyoVasantha Obeysekera1979
8DadayamaVasantha Obeysekera1984
9RekavaLester James Peiris1956
10ParasathumalGamini Fonseka1966
10WelikatharaD. B. Nihalsinghe1970
The list of the top 10 films (1947 -1997) / Source: Wikipedia

Further details about the films can be seen in the video below:

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