Noel Vera's 100 Best Filipino Films

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1. 48 oras (1950)

Action, Drama, Thriller

A man has 48 hours to find the men who wronged hi, before a bullet in lodged his chest reaches his heart.

Director: Gerardo de Leon | Stars: Rogelio de la Rosa, Virginia Montes, Enrico Pimentel, Lopito

Votes: 7

2. Abot kamay ang pangarap (1996)

100 min | Crime, Drama

This is the story of a peasant woman who is a victim of love and oppression. A servant seduced and impregnated by her male employer who has a difficulty conceiving with her neurosurgeon wife became a victim of treachery and oppression.

Director: Carlos Siguion-Reyna | Stars: Maricel Soriano, Dina Bonnevie, Tonton Gutierrez, Michael De Mesa

Votes: 24

3. Agila ng Maynila (1988)


I need the movie agila ng maynila

Director: Pablo Santiago | Stars: Fernando Poe Jr., Vic Vargas, Encar Benedicto, Charlie Davao

Votes: 8

4. Ang alamat ni Julian Makabayan (1979)


Julian's wife was raped when she protested his arrest, and later gives birth to a son. When the son dares to love the daughter of a wealthy Spaniard, he is hunted down.

Director: Celso Ad. Castillo | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Charo Santos-Concio, Eddie Garcia, Perla Bautista

Votes: 45

7. Altar (2007)

90 min | Horror

Anton is a former boxer who retired upon accidentally killing an opponent in the ring during a prizefight in the U.S. Returning to the Philippines, he finds himself destitute and jobless. ... See full summary »

Director: Rico Maria Ilarde | Stars: Zanjoe Marudo, Nor Domingo, Dimples Romana, Dido de la Paz

Votes: 17

8. Anak dalita (1956)

119 min | Crime, Drama

A war hero meets a prostitute in the postwar ruins of Manila.

Director: Lamberto V. Avellana | Stars: Rosa Rosal, Tony Santos, Joseph de Cordova, Vic Silayan

Votes: 39

9. Asedillo (1971)

120 min | Action

"Asedillo" is perhaps the quintessential Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) film; it was the picture that established FPJ's image as expert gunslinger and defender of the poor. The film tells the story... See full synopsis »

Director: Celso Ad. Castillo | Stars: Fernando Poe Jr., Paquito Diaz, Barbara Perez, Jose Romulo

Votes: 13

10. Babae sa breakwater (2003)

124 min | Drama

In a poor village by the Manila Bay breakwater, two brothers, Buboy and Basilio, come to the city to escape from the violence at home. They meet a prostitute named Pakita and become close ... See full summary »

Director: Mario O'Hara | Stars: Gardo Versoza, Yoyoy Villame, Lou Veloso, Lucita Soriano

Votes: 83

12. Unsung Heroine (1995)

86 min | Family, Documentary

This documentary takes a hard look at the facts about the Filipina domestic, an Overseas Contract Worker (OCW) hanged in Singapore for the murder of her friend and fellow OCW, the nursemaid... See full summary »

Director: Tikoy Aguiluz | Stars: Helen Gamboa, Dennis Marasigan, Irma Adlawan, Pen Medina

15. 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

16. Batch '81 (1982)

100 min | Drama

The lives of seven neophytes as they strive to enter a Greek letter fraternity through a difficult hazing process. The entire experience is seen through the eyes of Sid Lucero, one of the neophytes.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Mark Gil, Sandy Andolong, Ward Luarca, Noel Trinidad

Votes: 134

17. 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

18. Bayani (1992)

98 min

A tale about the rise, fall and resurection of the "Katipunan" and its Supremo. A semi-biography of Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio.

Director: Raymond Red | Stars: Raymond Alsona, Grace Amilbangsa, John Arcilla, Raul Arellano

Votes: 22

21. 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

22. Boatman (1985)

115 min | Drama

The first thing we see in Tikoy Aguiluz's Boatman is the gleaming revealed blade of a balisong (a switchblade knife made in the province of Batangas). A group of prepubescent boys line up ... See full summary »

Director: Tikoy Aguiluz | Stars: Sarsi Emmanuelle, Suzanne Love, Josephine Manuel, Ronnie Lazaro

Votes: 16

25. 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

26. 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

27. Bona (1980)

85 min | Drama

BONA loves Gardo. Gardo loves Gardo. Gardo loves going to bed with almost any woman he can attract. Once - apparently in the absence of anyone better - he even takes Bona to bed, but by the... See full synopsis »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Nora Aunor, Phillip Salvador, Marissa Delgado, Raquel Monteza

Votes: 67

28. Condemned (1984)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Yolly (Nora Aunor), a flower vendor and her brother Efren (Dan Alvaro), who works as a driver and hired assassin for a ruthless money laundering lady Connie (Gloria Romero), live a ... See full summary »

Director: Mario O'Hara | Stars: Nora Aunor, Gina Alajar, Gloria Romero, Rio Locsin

Votes: 21

29. Ebolusyon ng isang pamilyang Pilipino (2004)

540 min | Drama

The collapse and the struggle of a poor farming clan in Philippines.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Elryan de Vera, Angie Ferro, Pen Medina, Marife Necesito

Votes: 213

31. Fe, Esperanza, Caridad (1974)

Action, Comedy, Drama

A trilogy featuring Nora Aunor giving life to the stories of 3 women: Fe - an emerging movie Superstar who has an invalid husband, Esperanza - a young wife living in a middle class ... See full summary »

Directors: Lamberto V. Avellana, Gerardo de Leon, Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Nora Aunor, Dindo Fernando, Ruben Rustia, Jay Ilagan

Votes: 12

33. Genghis Khan (1950)

88 min | Action

Temujin, who later became Genghis Khan is wise, or sometimes cunning. He goes through several heroic episodes; competing at the Man of Men contest, falling in love with the enemy ... See full summary »

Directors: Lou Salvador, Manuel Conde | Stars: Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Inday Jalandoni, Jose Villafranca

Votes: 24

34. Hesus, rebolusyunaryo (2002)

112 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Hesus Mariano is caught in a deadly match between his mentor Rebel Leader Miguel Reynante and military Colonel Arnold Simon. Drawing inspiration from his childhood sweetheart Hilda, Hesus ... See full summary »

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Mark Anthony Fernandez, Donita Rose, Joel Lamangan, Ronnie Lazaro

Votes: 41

35. 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

36. Hindi nahahati ang langit (1985)


A wealthy man comes to terms with his adopted sister.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Dina Bonnevie, Edu Manzano

Votes: 14

38. 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

41. Init sa magdamag (1983)

Drama, Romance

About a woman who changes personality to please the man she's with, and about the man who brings her sexuality to full bloom.

Director: Laurice Guillen | Stars: Lorna Tolentino, Dindo Fernando, Joel Torre, Anita Linda

42. 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

43. The Rites of May (1976)

105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

During a homecoming to his provincial home, a young man gets involved with a woman strangely haunted and ultimately possessed, by her sister's spirit, paving the way to revealing the painful truth about her unsolved disappearance.

Director: Mike De Leon | Stars: Tommy Abuel, Mario Montenegro, Charo Santos-Concio, Mona Lisa

Votes: 73

45. 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

46. Kasal? (1980)

Drama, Romance

Joel and Grace are about to get married. But they recall their past loves how they met and how their relationships ended. And just before their wedding, their former loves meet them.

Director: Laurice Guillen | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Hilda Koronel, Jay Ilagan, Chanda Romero

Votes: 6

47. 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

48. Kundiman ng lahi (1959)


A coming-of-age story of a barrio lass in a patriarchal archipelago.

Director: Lamberto V. Avellana | Stars: Charito Solis, Eddie Rodriguez, Rosa Aguirre, Joseph de Cordova

49. 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

51. Laman (2002)

115 min | Thriller, Drama