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)

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: 114

2. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

Not Rated | 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: 751

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 »

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

Votes: 192

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 »

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

Votes: 87

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: 62

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 »

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

Votes: 234

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 »

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

Votes: 43

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.

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

Votes: 81

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.

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

Votes: 207

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.

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

Votes: 95

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: 35

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.

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

Votes: 57

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.

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

Votes: 607

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 »

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

Votes: 20

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 »

Directors: Ishmael Bernal, Emmanuel H. Borlaza, Peque Gallaga | Stars: Charito Solis, Herbert Bautista, William Martinez, Janice de Belen

Votes: 49

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 »

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

Votes: 71

21. Patayin mo sa sindak si Barbara (1974)

96 min | Horror

There is something strange about this motion picture.

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

Votes: 43

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 »

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

Votes: 59

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 »

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

Votes: 32

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.

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

Votes: 547

26. Himala (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, Veronica Palileo, Spanky Manikan, Gigi Dueñas

Votes: 314

27. Tirador (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: 198

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

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: 74