My Top 30 Greatest Filipino Films of All Time

by hopties | created - 17 Jan 2011 | updated - 07 Feb 2011 | Public

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1. City After Dark (1980)

TV-MA | 150 min | Drama

The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers and families' conflicts are radically pitted against each other as they live in the night streets rampant with drugs... See full summary »

Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Charito Solis, Alma Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Rio Locsin

Votes: 166

2. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

TV-14 | 125 min | Drama, Mystery

Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr., Joonee Gamboa

Votes: 1,710

3. Scorpio Nights (1985)

TV-MA | 126 min | Drama

Young Danny resides above the room of a security guard and his wife in a shabby apartment. Every day, the husband goes home, eats his dinner, washes the dishes, goes straight to bed and ... See full summary »

Director: Peque Gallaga | Stars: Daniel Fernando, Anna Marie Gutierrez, Orestes Ojeda, Eugene Enriquez

Votes: 321

4. West Side Avenue (2001)

315 min | Crime, Drama

A Filipino teenager is shot to death on a New Jersey, USA sidewalk: an investigation starts and his family and friends are interviewed. Along the way, more about him is revealed and so is ... See full summary »

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Yul Servo, Joel Torre, Gloria Diaz, Angel Aquino

Votes: 158

5. Burlesk Queen (1977)

129 min | Drama, Romance

To support her paralytic father, Chato works as a utility girl for a burlesque star Virgie Nite. But when Virgie gets drunk on the night of her scheduled show, Chato pitches in for her. And... See full summary »

Director: Celso Ad. Castillo | Stars: Vilma Santos, Rosemarie Gil, Rolly Quizon, Leopoldo Salcedo

Votes: 83

6. Weighed But Found Wanting (1974)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

This landmark film is considered by many to be one of the most important in Philippine cinema. The son of a wealthy man, Junior has everything he could possibly want. But the emptiness of ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Lolita Rodriguez, Lilia Dizon, Eddie Garcia, Hilda Koronel

Votes: 309

7. Demons (2000)

100 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A story about young lovers, rich girl Nena and Jose, a poor boy who works in the fishponds owned by Nena's family. The film traces their relationship as it develops, from prosperity into ... See full summary »

Director: Mario O'Hara | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Anita Linda, Matet De Leon, Leo Rabago

Votes: 63

8. Kisapmata (1981)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A crime-drama-suspense genre film not often seen in Philippine cinema. A controlling patriarch loses it over his daughter's marriage and her attempts to escape from their incestuous household.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Charo Santos-Concio, Jay Ilagan, Vic Silayan, Charito Solis

Votes: 219

10. Jaguar (1979)

100 min | Crime, Drama

He has battled with the screen's heavies, starred opposite its most desirable beauties, lived through the full range of human emotions. Now he is ready for the big time. Phillip Salvador takes the big role in "Jaguar."

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Phillip Salvador, Amy Austria, Johnny Delgado, Anita Linda

Votes: 98

11. Blood of the Vampires (1966)

GP | 90 min | Drama, Horror

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.

Director: Gerardo de Leon | Stars: Amalia Fuentes, Romeo Vasquez, Eddie Garcia, Johnny Monteiro

Votes: 338

12. Three Years Without God (1976)

TV-14 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, War

A woman falls in love with a Japanese soldier during the Japanese Occupation in the Philippines; the whole town turns against her.

Director: Mario O'Hara | Stars: Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, Bembol Roco, Orlando Nadres

Votes: 134

13. Aguila (1980)

210 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Flashbacks encompass the history of the Philippines as well as the life story of the elderly Daniel Aguila. The Aguila family gathers to celebrate Daniel's 88th birthday, but the old man is... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Fernando Poe Jr., Amalia Fuentes, Christopher De Leon, Elizabeth Oropesa

Votes: 55

14. Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (1980)

TV-PG | 104 min | Comedy, Musical

The film revolves around two couples who find themselves in conflict with the foreign commercial giants that control the Philippine economy, the Japanese and the Chinese.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Charo Santos-Concio, Jay Ilagan, Sandy Andolong

Votes: 100

15. Insiang (1976)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

The life of a young girl living with her mother in the slums of Manila becomes unbearable when her mother's young boyfriend moves in with them.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Mona Lisa, Rez Cortez, Marlon Ramirez

Votes: 1,303

17. 3rd World Hero (2000)

93 min | Drama

Part-investigative documentary, part-satire and shot entirely in black-and-white, the film tackles the mystery that surrounds the life and death of the Filipino hero, Jose Rizal.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Ricky Davao, Joel Torre, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez

Votes: 150

18. Sa North Diversion Road (2005)

TV-PG | 97 min | Drama

A man and a woman play 10 different characters in 10 scenes, all of which take place in a car traveling along the North Diversion Road. Together, they go on a journey to self-discovery, ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Marasigan | Stars: John Arcilla, Irma Adlawan, Madeleine Nicolas, Rolando Inocencio

Votes: 31

19. Shake, Rattle & Roll (1984)

124 min | Comedy, Horror

Shake, Rattle and Roll (1984) is the first of the popular series of Filipino horror movies composed of three episodes. Baso (Glass) shows the adventure of three friends who performs Spirit ... See full summary »

Directors: Ishmael Bernal, Emmanuel H. Borlaza, Peque Gallaga | Stars: Joel Torre, Rey 'PJ' Abellana, Arlene Muhlach, Rosemarie Gil

Votes: 82

20. Bayan Ko (1984)

108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An apolitical worker in a printing press who works as a scab during a company strike belatedly realizes that everyone is affected by the evils of society.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Phillip Salvador, Gina Alajar, Venchito Galvez, Ariosto Reyes Jr.

Votes: 123

21. Patayin mo sa sindak si Barbara (1974)

113 min | Horror, Mystery

There is something strange about this motion picture.

Director: Celso Ad. Castillo | Stars: Susan Roces, Dante Rivero, Rosanna Ortiz, Beth Manlongat

Votes: 61

22. Blessings of the Land (1959)

TV-PG | 111 min | Drama

A young married couple, Maria and Jose (Rosa Rosal and Tony Santos) start life together creating a lanzones orchard in the countryside. They have four children - Miguel (Leroy Salvador), ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Silos | Stars: Rosa Rosal, Tony Santos, Leroy Salvador, Carmencita Abad

Votes: 92

23. Relasyon (1982)

114 min | Drama, Romance

The story follows the trials of a woman as she risks to build a meaningful relationship with a married man despite the different hurdles that abound.

Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Jimi Melendez, Ernie Zarate

Votes: 79

24. Moments in a Stolen Dream (1977)

TV-PG | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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, waking up every morning to the same old day that... See full summary »

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Hilda Koronel, Laurice Guillen, Moody Diaz

Votes: 67

25. Daughters of Eve (1985)

TV-MA | 125 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman chooses celibacy, turns to religion, and demonizes men in order to control her intense sexual desire. Her sister suddenly visits her seaside village, which opens many old wounds and leads to tragedies.

Director: Elwood Perez | Stars: Sarsi Emmanuelle, Maria Isabel Lopez, Myra Manibog, Mark Joseph

Votes: 756

26. Miracle (1982)

TV-14 | 124 min | Drama

Elsa saw the blessed Virgin Mary who had changed her life and caused a hysteria in a poor isolated village.

Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Nora Aunor, Spanky Manikan, Gigi Dueñas, Laura Centeno

Votes: 465

27. Slingshot (2007)

86 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

From Filipino bad-boy director Brillante Mendoza comes Slingshot, an exhilarating portrayal of teenage thugs and petty thieves, all out to get what they can in the teeming slums of Asia's notorious city of sin, Manila.

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Jiro Manio, Coco Martin, Kristoffer King, Nathan Lopez

Votes: 241

28. Omeng Satanasia (1977)

Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Due to numerous failures, an aging scientist who is trying to create a formula to bring back his youth decided to sell his soul to a gay demon and must find true love within a year.

Director: Frank Gray Jr. | Stars: Dolphy, Babalu, Azenith Briones, Jerry Pons

Votes: 13

29. Pisay (2007)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

Amidst the chaos of Martial Law in this Third World country in the 1980s, six teenagers in the top high school for the sciences discover themselves as they go through the joys and pains of ... See full summary »

Director: Auraeus Solito | Stars: Gammy Lopez, Annicka Dolonius, Carl John Barrameda, Elijah Castillo

Votes: 95

30. Broken Marriage (1983)

106 min | Drama


Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Orestes Ojeda, Lito Pimentel

Votes: 71

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