My Top 30 Greatest Filipino Films of All Timeby hopties | created - 17 Jan 2011 | updated - 07 Feb 2011 | Public
a growing list.
1. City After Dark (1980)
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 »
3. Scorpio Nights (1985)
126 min | Drama
In a crowded, multi-appartment house, a young student peeps on his neighbours making love and subsequently develops a steamy affair with the neighbour's wife. The affair slowly becomes an ... See full summary »
4. Batang West Side (2001)
315 min | Drama
A Filipino teenager is shot to death on the sidewalk of New Jersey, USA. An investigation starts into his death. His family members and friends are interviewed. Along the way, we find out ... See full summary »
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 »
6. Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang (1974)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama
(Filipino with English subtitles) 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 ... See full summary »
7. Pangarap ng puso (2000)
100 min | Drama, Horror
A story about young lovers Nena, a rich girl, 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 »
8. Kisapmata (1981)
90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
An 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.
11. Whisper to the Wind (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.
12. Tatlong taong walang Diyos (1976)
124 min | Drama, Romance, War
A woman fell in love with a Japanese soldier, during the Japanese Occupation in the Philippines. The whole town turned against her.
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 »
14. Kakabakaba ka ba? (1980)
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.
15. Insiang (1976)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
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.
18. Sa North Diversion Road (2005)
97 min | Drama
A man and a woman play ten different characters in ten 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 »
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) talks about the adventure of three friends who performed ... See full summary »
20. Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (1984)
108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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. When he does so, his boss asks him to sign a ... See full summary »
22. Biyaya ng lupa (1959)
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 »
24. Kung mangarap ka't magising (1977)
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 »
25. Silip (1985)
125 min | Crime, Drama
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.
27. Tirador (2007)
86 min | Crime, Drama
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.
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.
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 »