14 classic Filipino films to make you fall more deeply in love with movies!
14 classic Filipino films to make you fall more deeply in love with movies!

To understand how art evolves over time is to celebrate how yesterday’s masterpieces have inspired today’s creations. As we reel back to the classics, our appreciation also grows for contemporary romance, drama, and comedy films. And if that isn’t a win-win situation, we don’t know what is! So, join us as we revisit the best of what the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s have to offer a new generation of audiences. 


Would you believe that it’s been close to half a century since these movies hit the big screen? There’s “Ikaw Ay Akin” featuring the love triangle of Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and Christopher de Leon; “Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw” which is another Vilma-Christopher-starrer about a young coed falling in love with her cousin; “Nunal sa Tubig” following a fisherman who gets into love affairs with two women; “Mga Bilanggong Birhen”, a period piece starring Alma Moreno; and “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos”, a film that tells the story of a schoolteacher who was raped during the 1940s Japanese occupation. 


For a fun ‘80s rundown, the following films are sure to ignite your love for dramatic storylines: “Soltero", which literally translates into young bachelor, will take you into the world of Jay Ilagan’s character and his thirst for love; “High School Scandal”, a coming-of-age story of two high school students adding to their sexual experiences and awareness; and the award-winning romance film “Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit” starring Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta. To top off your ‘80s drama binge, the 1986 superhero film “Captain Barbell” starring Dolphy makes the perfect palate cleanser! 


And if you agree that the ‘90s brought many of today’s screen idols to the fore, then these films are perfect for you: “Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal” starring Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, and Eddie Gutierrez in a story of a sheltered daughter who’s a disappointment to her father; and “Kapag Langit ang Humatol” top-billed by Vilma Santos, Richard Gomez, and Gloria Romero, about a housemaid whose rags-to-riches story is driven by her vindictive desires. 


Just to make your classic watchfest more exciting, we’ve also added the 2011 film “Agawan Base”, where Jolina Magdangal plays the role of an agnostic documentary film director who covers the story of a Christian boy from the slums. 


Speaking of directors, let’s not forget that a lot of these classics were helmed by some of Philippine movies’ most esteemed filmmakers: Ishmael Bernal, Mario O’Hara, Gil Portes, Carlos Siguion-Reyna, and Laurice Guillen, just to name a few. Because these films were directed by masters, no wonder they stand the test of time. 


You can watch all these classic movies on Star Cinema’s YouTube channel via this link