Philippine Cinema: The Essentials

A comprehensive list.

Notes:
- Pre-1970s movies are those mentioned by Nicanor Tiongson in his essay "Kasaysayan at Tunguhin ng Pelikulang Pilipino: The History and Prospects of the Filipino Film"
- Films from 1970-2009 are those with reviews in the Urian Anthology book series, regardless if the review was positive or negative
- 2010-present films are those nominated in the Best Film/Picture category of the Gawad Urian, FAMAS, and Youth Critics Circle, plus THE HOWS OF US and HELLO, LOVE, GOODBYE as significant blockbuster films
- Most pre-World War 2 films are now considered lost

NOT ON LETTERBOXD:
Patria Amore (1919)
Dimasalang (1930)
Ang Aswang (1932)
Sa Pinto ng Langit (1932)
Punyal na Ginto (1933)
Pag-ibig ng Kadete (1934)
Kilabot…

  • Country Maiden
  • Child-bearer
  • Ifugao
  • The Ruins
  • The Sea Gypsies
  • Above All
  • Genghis Khan
  • Blessings of the Land
  • Nardong Putik
  • Your Husband is My Lover
  • Karugtong Ang Kahapon
  • Near, Far the Morning
  • Batu-Bato sa Langit (Ang Tamaa'y Huwag Magagalit..!)
  • Thirst
  • Nympha
  • The Legend Of Julian Makabayan
  • Dipped in Gold
  • The Bells of San Jose
  • Weighed But Found Wanting
  • Manila in the Claws of Light
  • Wildflower
  • The Tenants
  • This Is How We Were, How Are You Doing Now?
  • Once a Moth
  • Insiang
  • Three Years Without God
  • The Rites of May
  • A Speck in the Water
  • A Hero Stripped
  • Two Nest... One Bird
  • Burlesk Queen
  • The World is not Yours, Baby Porcuna
  • When the Crow Turns White, When the Heron Turns Black
  • Maid
  • Rubia Servios
  • High School Circa '65
  • Jaguar
  • Pleasure
  • The Blacksmith: The Third Act
  • How to Dream
  • Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita?
  • Abot Hanggang Sukdulan
  • Daughters of Eve
  • Bilibid Gays
  • Aguila
  • Marriage?
  • Will Your Heart Beat Faster?
  • City After Dark
  • Brutal
  • Bona
  • Salome
  • In Just the Wink of an Eye
  • Batch '81
  • Cain & Abel
  • The Affair
  • Moral
  • Gold, Silver, Death
  • Miracle
  • Of the Flesh
  • Broken Marriage
  • Sister Stella L.
  • Flowers of the City Jail
  • 'Merika
  • My Own Country
  • Wrenched from Heaven
  • Miguelito, the Rebel
  • Scorpio Nights
  • Private Show
  • Virgin Forest
  • Unfaithful Wife
  • The New King
  • Temptation
  • The Moonchild
  • Your Wife, My Wife
  • Macho Dancer
  • On Borrowed Time
  • Fight for Us
  • Count the Stars Up Above
  • Prisoner in the Dark
  • Oliver
  • Revolutions Happen Like Refrains in a Song
  • Mabuting Kaibigan Masamang Kaaway
  • The Real Life of Pacita M.
  • Now and Forever
  • The Maggie dela Riva Story (God... Why Me?)
  • Phone Sex
  • In Efren's Paradise
  • Buddy en Sol (Sine ito)
  • Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo
  • Alabang Girls
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll III
  • Aswang
  • Darna: The Return
  • Dirty Affair
  • Heaven's Judgment
  • My Other Woman
  • I Will Wait for You in Heaven
  • Forgive Me
  • Only You
  • Hero