Pinoy Movies

Pinoy Movies

Filipino Pinoy films have a long history, and there are some that are better than others. These films can span different genres and themes. There are films with patriotic themes and films about crime and  policies. Regardless of your taste, there’s bound to be a film that speaks to you.

The golden age of Philippine cinema

The golden age of Philippine cinema ushered in a new genre. Popular films of the era tackled more adult realistic themes and embraced the ideal of the “true Filipino”. These films brought in a new audience and helped to establish the Philippine film industry. Teenagers and young adults were attracted to the films’  awakening and “hip” theme. Filmmakers were also encouraged by the growing popularity of cable television to make films on a shoestring budget. Despite the limited budgets, the Philippine cinema industry grew, producing approximately 200 films a year. This was also the period when the Philippine Commission realized the potential of cinema as a means of communication and purchased a complete film-making unit from Pathe. A year later, the Commission sent Charles Martin to Paris to train in filmmaking. He returned to the Philippines with a resolution to document various aspects of Philippine life

As the Philippines became more independent and diversified, the Filipino film industry began to thrive


Many early films made comments on current affairs and used historical or contemporary matter to tell a story. Films like “Ang Kriminal ng Barrio Concepcion” made the country a center for cutting-edge cinema. Since then, Filipino movies have dominated international film festivals and won awards left and right. Increasing awareness of Filipino cinema has resulted in the development of film theory and critics.

Films with patriotic themes

When it comes to patriotic Pinoy movies, there are a variety of genres to choose from. One of the most popular is historical drama. These films often feature the history of the Philippines and have become staples in Philippine cinema. Throughout the years, these films have captured the attention of Filipino audiences with their powerful stories and detailed sets and costumes. These films also recreate the ambiance of the past to give the audience a true sense of place.

Filmmakers of Philippine movies have been influenced by history


Before the American occupation of the Philippines, Filipinos had enjoyed a lot of cultural freedom, but the Spanish-American War of 1898 severely curtailed this freedom. This was partly due to the military censorship of the time, including the Flag Act of 1907. This was not an ideal time for the Philippine movie industry, as motion pictures had just begun to be developed.


The Philippine film industry grew to a thriving state in the 1930s and was renowned for its commentaries on socio-political issues. One of the most celebrated filmmakers at the time, Julian Manansala, is often called the ‘Father of the Nationalistic Film’. Several campaigners see a connection between the age of consent and the horrors  Filipino children suffer. Currently, one child out of every five suffers  abuse. This abuse has risen exponentially in recent years, particularly during covid-related lockdowns last year.

In the Philippines, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board censors films


For example, three Oscar-winning movies have been banned due to content. The Board’s decision to ban “Live Show,” a movie about people performing acts before audiences, is particularly controversial. Artists, filmmakers, and human rights groups have protested the ban, citing it as a stifling of the right to free expression.

Films with criminal themes

A Pinoy movie with a criminal theme is not necessarily a dark comedy. In fact, it’s often a light-hearted and entertaining one. This film is no exception, with multiple laugh-out-loud moments. It’s reminiscent of a Guy Richie movie, with its big cast and over-the-top plot, but with uniquely Pinoy lensing.

The crime genre doesn’t have a long tradition in the Philippines, and until the 2000s, it was virtually unknown. Though there were a few titles that flopped and failed to find an audience, others soared to success. Some of the most notable titles include Smaller Circles, about two Jesuit priests on the trail of a serial killer, and Blue Angel.


White Shadow about a lounge singer who commits suicide

In the 1950s, Filipino movies took on a new look as they were made in the studio system. In fact, the bomba genre emerged at this time, when the country’s social movement was becoming recognized beyond its borders. It is a subversive genre, in that it plays up to the establishment and undermines support for institutions.

Films with patriotic themes after World War II

After World War II, the Philippine cinema was filled with patriotic movies. In the late 1940s, MGM released “They Were Expendable” with a cast including John Wayne and Robert Montgomery. The film tells the story of fictional PT boat commanders during the first battle of the Philippines. It was made with the help of Robert Montgomery, a former PT boat commander who lent his knowledge to the film.


Final Words:

Filmmakers adapted a war documentary made by the New Philippines News, a local news organization, to depict the war and the lives of the Filipinos. The film was initially panned as too dark, too violent, and anti-patriotic. However, it has since gained popularity and is considered the first anti-war movie based on a WWII plot.

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