Sri Lanka is an island located in the Indian Ocean about 31 miles or 50 km away from India it’s the closest point. It has a population of 21 million inhabitants. It is a tourist hot spot in South Asian. Sri Lanka features lush jungles, beautiful beaches, and many historical sites. These are attractive for filmmakers who would want to shoot a film in a tropical setting but do not want to incur the cost of shooting in a completely remote location. For this reason, there are several popular Hollywood movies filmed in this Island.
Here are the top Hollywood movies filmed at least a part of it in Sri Lanka.
1) The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the famous movies on the list. This is an all-time classic. The film is based on the historical construction of Burma Railway. Even though the film sets in Burma, the entire film was actually filmed in Sri Lanka. They made a real bridge and it was blown up.
2) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
A movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford
and Kate Capshaw. The plot of the movie follows an archeologist named Indiana Jones pursuing fortune and glory in Old Shanghai, is pulled into a dangerous adventure in India. With his faithful companion Short Round and nightclub singer Willie Scott, Indie goes in search of the magical Sankara stone and uncovers an ancient evil which threatens all who come into contact with it.
The movie was supposed to be filmed in India but the Indian government denied permission because it found the script too offensive. Then the filming was shifted to Sri Lanka.
3) Elephant Walk (1954)
“When John Wiley (Peter Finch), an affluent plantation owner, brings his new wife, Ruth (Elizabeth Taylor), to his estate in the jungles of Ceylon, she’s overjoyed by the exotic location and luxurious accommodations, until it becomes clear her new husband is more interested in palling around with his friends than spending time with her. Left alone on the plantation, Ruth strikes up a friendship with the foreman, Dick Carver (Dana Andrews), and it isn’t long before a love triangle develops.”
The filming took place in Colombo, Ceylon. It starred the famous actress Elizabeth Taylor.
4) The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997)
This is the live-action adaptation to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book novel. The movie was shot in the mountains of Kandy and features popular Sri Lankan actors including Wijeratne Warakagoda, Sunil Hettiarachchi, and Raja Sumanapala.
“In the 1890s, Mowgli (Jamie Williams) is happily growing up in the jungle under the protection of Baloo, the bear. Mowgli’s carefree existence is threatened when he is seen by American circus scout Harrison (Bill Campbell). Eager to get his hands on Mowgli for a sideshow, Harrison seeks help from Mowgli’s uncle, Buldeo (Gulshan Grover), who wants the young boy gone in order to pocket the inheritance his late brother left him. With Baloo’s help, Mowgli races to evade his pursuers.”
5) Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)
An adventure film directed by John Derek loosely based on the novel of the same name. Even though the film sets in Africa, it was filmed in Sri Lanka.
“Innocent Jane (Bo Derek) seeks her flamboyant British father (Richard Harris) in Africa and meets Tarzan (Miles O’Keeffe), who shows her around.”