Philippine Cinema

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1. 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: 380

2. This Is How We Were Before, How Are You Doing Now? (1976)

TV-PG | 136 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Set at the turn of the 20th century during the Filipino revolution against the Spaniards and, later, the American colonizers, it follows a naive peasant through his leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Gloria Diaz, Eddie Garcia, Dranreb Belleza

Votes: 78

3. Bona (1980)

85 min | Drama


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

Votes: 74

4. Heneral Luna (2015)

R | 118 min | Action, Biography, History

58 Metascore

Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.

Director: Jerrold Tarog | Stars: John Arcilla, Arron Villaflor, Mon Confiado, Bing Pimentel

Votes: 1,759 | Gross: $0.20M

5. On the Job (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials.

Director: Erik Matti | Stars: Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez

Votes: 2,398 | Gross: $0.16M

6. Service (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A drama that follows the travails of the Pineda family in the Filipino city of Angeles. Bigamy, unwanted pregnancy, possible incest and bothersome skin irritations are all part of their ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Gina Pareño, Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Coco Martin

Votes: 1,292 | Gross: $0.06M

8. ABNKKBSNPLAko?! (2014)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

The childhood memories of the author, from his earliest days as a student until his first few years at work.

Director: Mark Meily | Stars: Jericho Rosales, Andi Eigenmann, Vandolph, Meg Imperial

Votes: 63

10. Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

Four sisters try to stop the wedding of their younger brother and in doing so, all discover resentments among each other.

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina | Stars: Brenna Garcia, Bea Alonzo, Bea Basa, Veyda Inoval

Votes: 536

11. Vesuvius (2012)

10 min | Short, Drama, Horror

An image seemingly that of the Virgin Mary appears upon a man. The image begins to speak to the man in whispers. Since then, the man has not been the same.

Director: Erik Matti | Stars: Gio Alvarez, Lauren Young, Rustica Carpio, Alison Segarra

Votes: 15

12. Mariquina (2014)

116 min | Drama

Unlike the former Philippine First Lady, Imelda is indifferent towards shoes. To her, they are fraught with the bittersweet nostalgia of childhood, one that was marred by a difficult ... See full summary »

Director: Milo Sogueco | Stars: Mylene Dizon, Ricky Davao, Bing Pimentel, Barbie Forteza

Votes: 56

13. Cain and Abel (1982)

TV-14 | 112 min | Action, Drama

A modern-day version of the biblical legend on Cain and Abel. Strong-willed matriarch Señora Pina favors her younger son Ellis over the older Loren whom she blames for the death of her husband.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Phillip Salvador, Carmi Martin, Cecille Castillo

Votes: 48

14. New Moon (2001)

TV-PG | 130 min | Action, Drama, War

A Muslim doctor returns to his home land where the Philippine military is at war against the MILF While he endeavors to lead his family and other civilians to safety, he struggles to reconcile his professional and religious principles.

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Cesar Montano, Caridad Sanchez, Amy Austria, Jericho Rosales

Votes: 49

15. 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: 107

16. Haplos (1982)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A man returns to his home town where he becomes involved with two women: one he has known since his childhood and the other one, a mysterious woman he met in the town cemetery while visiting the grave of his departed mother.

Director: Butch Perez | Stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Rio Locsin, Delia Razon

Votes: 34

17. One More Chance (I) (2007)

TV-PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

Longtime couple Basha (Bea Alonzo) and Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) are practically inseparable, so when they split up, it's not surprising how heartbroken each feels. But Basha, stifled by the ... See full summary »

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina | Stars: John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Derek Ramsay, Maja Salvador

Votes: 647

18. 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: 972

19. A Second Chance (IV) (2015)

130 min | Drama

A couple with a tumultuous romantic past finds married life to be just as difficult.

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina | Stars: John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Janus del Prado, Dimples Romana

Votes: 326

20. Honor Thy Father (2015)

TV-14 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A family is caught in a financial ruin after being involved in a ponzi scheme.

Director: Erik Matti | Stars: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Dan Fernandez, Tirso Cruz III

Votes: 249

21. No Other Woman (2011)

TV-14 | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Furniture supplier Ram (Derek Ramsay) is happily married to Charmaine (Cristine Reyes). One day, Ram lands a big client, a new luxury resort. But he needs the help of Kara (Anne Curtis), ... See full summary »

Director: Ruel S. Bayani | Stars: Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, Cristine Reyes, Tirso Cruz III

Votes: 267

22. I Will Wait for You in Heaven (1991)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama, Romance

Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his stepsister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation.

Director: Carlos Siguion-Reyna | Stars: Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Michael De Mesa, Jackie Lou Blanco

Votes: 58

23. 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: 1,280

24. Seklusyon (2016)

TV-14 | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In 1947 those aspiring to be priest, are sent to a remote convent to live in seclusion (Seklusyon) on the last day of their training. The purpose is to shield them from evil of the world. ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Matti | Stars: Rhed Bustamante, Neil Ryan Sese, Ronnie Alonte, Lou Veloso

Votes: 432

25. Ina, kapatid, anak (1979)

93 min

Pura, who has been gone for 20 years, returns to her father's house. Her arrival reignites a bitter rivalry she has with her half-sister, Emilia, which sets the entire household astir.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Lolita Rodriguez, Charito Solis, Rio Locsin, Ric Rodrigo

Votes: 39

26. Oro, Plata, Mata (1982)

TV-MA | 194 min | Drama, War

Two affluent families struggle and learn to survive during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

Director: Peque Gallaga | Stars: Manny Ojeda, Liza Lorena, Sandy Andolong, Cherie Gil

Votes: 200

27. Moments in a Stolen Dream (1977)

TV-PG | 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: 52

28. Magnifico (2003)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Even though he is not good in school and belongs to a poor and unfortunate family, Magnifico still have a big heart and a large amount of optimism that enabled him to help not only his family but also the community.

Director: Maryo J. de los Reyes | Stars: Lorna Tolentino, Albert Martinez, Gloria Romero, Celia Rodriguez

Votes: 495

29. The Woman in the Septic Tank (2011)

TV-PG | 87 min | Comedy

Jocelyn, Rainier, and Bingbong are three film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar-worthy film. They set out to do a quick pre-production as a courtesy call to their lead ... See full summary »

Director: Marlon Rivera | Stars: Eugene Domingo, JM de Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez

Votes: 345

30. 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: 79

31. Heaven Is Not Divided (1985)

TV-PG | 127 min | Drama

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: 17

32. Kinatay (2009)

TV-MA | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

57 Metascore

A young man tries to make some money so he can marry his girlfriend. He takes a job for $2,000 and then soon realizes that this job involves killing a woman.

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Coco Martin, Maria Isabel Lopez, Julio Diaz, John Regala

Votes: 1,306

33. Ang tatay kong nanay (1978)

116 min | Drama

Coring, a gay beautician, is left with a baby by his former ward, Dennis (Philip Salvador). The baby grows up (the boy is played by a very young Niño Muhlach) thinking that Coring is his ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Dolphy, Niño Muhlach, Phillip Salvador, Marissa Delgado

Votes: 54

34. 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: 608

35. Tatlo, dalawa, isa (1974)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

(Tagalog with English subtitles) Filipino cinema lenged, Lino Brocka, directs this compilation of three intimate stories about the perseverance of hope featuring a drug addict, an abandoned daughter and a repressed catholic.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Jay Ilagan, Perla Bautista, Laurice Guillen, Soxy Topacio

Votes: 45

37. Weighed But Found Wanting (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: 270

38. Rosario (2010)

120 min | Drama, Romance

The film tells the saga of Rosario, a young and liberated woman in the 1920s who has just arrived from New York, and is spending her vacation in their hacienda.There, she meets and falls in... See full synopsis »

Director: Albert Martinez | Stars: Dolphy, Phillip Salvador, Jennylyn Mercado, Yul Servo

Votes: 65

39. Sa kabila ng lahat (1991)

122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Newsreporter Is Involved In A Extra-Marital Affair With A City Mayor,However Things Starting To Get Worse When He Suffered A Heart Attack.The Scandal Shatters Her Career,And So Her Life ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Dina Bonnevie, Tonton Gutierrez, Nanette Medved, Celeste Legaspi

Votes: 8

40. Phil-American Boy (1997)

TV-PG | 113 min | Drama

Former nightclub singer Tessie is a single mother living with her son Christopher, a teenager who longs to meet his American soldier father meanwhile Tessie firmly believes her new boyfriend Dante is the right man for her.

Director: Jose Javier Reyes | Stars: Patrick Garcia, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Edu Manzano, Anna Larrucea

Votes: 31

41. Madrasta (1996)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama

A woman marries a man whose marriage has been recently annulled and finds being a stepmother to his children to be very hard and trying.

Director: Olivia M. Lamasan | Stars: Sharon Cuneta, Christopher De Leon, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Claudine Barretto

Votes: 71

42. Kill Barbara with Panic (1995)

TV-14 | 94 min | Horror

A woman must fight against the evil will of her selfish sister, even beyond death.

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Lorna Tolentino, Dawn Zulueta, Tonton Gutierrez, Antoinette Taus

Votes: 38

43. Sa aking mga kamay (1996)

TV-14 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A handsome serial killer is on the loose, preying on unfaithful wives... and his next victim might just be the wife of the investigator of his case.

Director: Rory B. Quintos | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Aga Muhlach, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Kier Legaspi

Votes: 22

44. Live Show (2000)

110 min | Drama

Story revolves around the sad plight of the live sex performers Rolly (Paolo Rivero), Gigi (Klaudia Koronel), Rosita (Ana Capri), Sandra (Hazel Espinosa and Vio (Simon Ibarra) and what ... See full summary »

Director: Jose Javier Reyes | Stars: Paolo Rivero, Ana Capri, Klaudia Koronel, Hazel Espinosa