Best Unforgettable Filipino Movies
1. “GATAS… Sa Dibdib ng Kaaway” (2001)
"Far more intriguing than its English translation “In the Bosom of the Enemy”, this Filipino war drama starring Mylene Dizon is a 2001 film directed by Gil Portes. It was the Philippines’ submission to the 74th Academy Awards for the 2001 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee."
2. “Bata, Bata… Pa’no Ka Ginawa?” (1998)
"Also known as “Child, Child… How were you made?”, this award-winning movie starring Vilma Santos was based from a Tagalog novel written by famous author and Palanca-awardee Lualhati Bautista."
3. “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” (2005)
"One of the most critically-acclaimed Filipino movies abroad, The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros is a story about a gay teen who is torn between his love for a young cop and his loyalty to his family. The film was the official entry of the Philippines to the 2007 Academy Awards."
4. “Patikim ng Pinya” (1996)
"This erotic movie was one of Rosanna Roces’ breakout roles in the 90′s that made her one of the country’s famous sex symbols of that time."
5. “Menudo at Pandesal” (1987)
"Combining two of the most popular Filipino foods, this movie title will surely make anyone hungry. Starring Gloria Diaz and Carmi Martin, “Menudo at Pandesal” is another comedic film of the 80′s that has been imortalized by its catchy title."
6. “May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo” (1984)
"Starring Gloria Diaz, Amy Austria, Eddie Garcia, Tommy Abuel, and Suzanne Gonzales, this movie is another comedic film that went under the direction of the late Danny Zialcita, who also directed “Menudo at Pandesal” in 1987. The title sounds outright stupid but the movie is an entertaining piece nonetheless."
7. “Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi” (1983)
"Another Danny Zialcita masterpiece, the movie “Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi” spawned one of the most unforgettable lines in Filipino moviedom history. This is where Laurice Guillen immortalized the line:“Pwede bang makausap ang asawa ko na asawa mo na asawa ng bayan?”?
8. “T-bird at Ako” (1982)
"This intriguing movie is about a lesbian lawyer (Nora Aunor) who tried to assist the dancer (Vilma Santos) with her legal battles and unexpectedly, falls in love with her. Just so you know, this is another Danny Zialcita’s work of art and only proves how diverse and fine he was as an 80′s film director."
9. “Kapag Tumabang ang Asin” (1976)
"It seems that Danny Zialcita films are dominating our list because this 70′s movie starring Daria Ramirez and Chanda Romero is another movie with an eye-catching title that was polished by this iconic movie director."
10. “Curacha, Ang Babaeng Walang Pahinga” (1998)
"Who would ever forget the name Curacha that has been the nickname for every Filipino woman who has an extremely active lifestyle? Thanks to this 1998 Chito Rońo film, which has an equally intriguing English translation of Curacha: A Woman Without Rest, the name “Curacha” will never be forgotten."