My Top 30 Greatest Filipino Films of All Time

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1.
City After Dark (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers and families' conflicts are... (150 mins.)
Director: Ishmael Bernal
 
2.
Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one. (125 mins.)
Director: Lino Brocka
 
3.
Scorpio Nights (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In a crowded, multi-appartment house, a young student peeps on his neighbours making love and subsequently... (126 mins.)
Director: Peque Gallaga
 
4.
West Side Avenue (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Filipino teenager is shot to death on the sidewalk of New Jersey, USA. An investigation starts into his death... (315 mins.)
Director: Lav Diaz
 
5.
Burlesk Queen (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
To support her paralytic father, Chato works as a utility girl for a burlesque star Virgie Nite. But... (129 mins.)
 
6.
Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(Filipino with English subtitles) This landmark film is considered by many to be one of the most important in Philippine cinema... (126 mins.)
Director: Lino Brocka
 
7.
Demons (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Mario O'Hara
 
8.
Kisapmata (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Mike De Leon
 
9.
Life on the Tracks (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: Ditsi Carolino
 
10.
Jaguar (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Lino Brocka
 
11.
Whisper to the Wind (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Siblings discover that their father has their vampire mother chained up in the cellar. The mother bites her son and soon everyone in the community is either dead or a vampire. (90 mins.)
Director: Gerardo de Leon
 
12.
Tatlong taong walang Diyos (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A woman fell in love with a Japanese soldier, during the Japanese Occupation in the Philippines. The whole town turned against her. (124 mins.)
Director: Mario O'Hara
 
13.
Agila (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Flashbacks encompass the history of the Philippines as well as the life story of the elderly Daniel Aguila... (210 mins.)
Director: Eddie Romero
 
14.
Kakabakaba ka ba? (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Mike De Leon
 
15.
Insiang (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The first Filipino film to show at the Cannes Film Festival is set in the slums of Manila. A beautiful girl gets raped by her mother's lover, and then learns how to exact revenge. (95 mins.)
Director: Lino Brocka
 
16.
Todo todo teros (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: John Torres
 
17.
3rd World Hero (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(93 mins.)
Director: Mike De Leon
 
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Shake, Rattle & Roll (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Shake, Rattle and Roll (1984) is the first of the popular series of Filipino horror movies composed of three episodes... (124 mins.)
 
20.
Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Arturo and his wife, Luz Manalastas, both work in a printing press. After Luz becomes pregnant, Arturo ("Turing") is forced to ask for a raise... (108 mins.)
Director: Lino Brocka
 
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22.
Biyaya ng lupa (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young married couple, Maria and Jose (Rosa Rosal and Tony Santos) start life together creating a lanzones orchard in the countryside... (111 mins.)
Director: Manuel Silos
 
23.
Relasyon (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: Ishmael Bernal
 
24.
Kung mangarap ka't magising (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
It's the coming-of-age story of a young college student, Joey (Christopher de Leon) who has lost all sense of direction and meaning in life...
Director: Mike De Leon
 
25.
Silip (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In the remote countryside of Ilongo, various women are sexually abused by local men. Two sisters meet Simon, the most attractive man in the village, and fight over him--one constantly haunted by Catholic dogma because of the abuse she suffered previously. (125 mins.)
Director: Elwood Perez
 
26.
Himala (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Elsa saw the blessed Virgin Mary who had changed her life and caused a hysteria in a poor isolated village. (124 mins.)
Director: Ishmael Bernal
 
27.
Slingshot (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(86 mins.)
 
28.
Omeng Satanasia (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Frank Gray Jr.
 
29.
Pisay (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Amidst the chaos of Martial Law in this Third World country in the 1980s, six teenagers in the top high... (118 mins.)
Director: Auraeus Solito
 
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