The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everyone into homebodies. This only means that people have a lot of time in their hands. And what better way to use this extra time than by combing through your streaming account and bingeing on your favorite movies and series?
We’re pretty sure that you’ve binged on lots and lots of Western movies and K-dramas. But if you’re looking for much more relatable material, you can always go for Pinoy movies! The fun never stops even if you can’t go to the movie theaters with your friends because you can enjoy Filipino films through various Pinoy movie sites.
That’s right! You don’t have to leave home to enjoy a movie or two with your loved ones. From the latest Pinoy blockbusters to classic films, you can always find the titles you’re looking for, assuming you know where to look. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.
As one of the biggest streaming services in the world, you can’t go wrong with Netflix. Their local library boasts a variety of Pinoy movies online, from popular rom-coms to critically-acclaimed films. Recently, Netflix started hosting local TV titles as well, most prominently the ever-famous “Ang Probinsyano”series.
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“SavingSally” – This 2016 film starring Rhian Ramos and Enzo Marcos tells the story of a comic book artist’s quest to save the love of his life from all her troubles. It features a combination of gorgeous animation and stellar acting from the two starring leads. It’s a fun and thoughtful movie that everyone in the family can enjoy.
“Kita Kita” –Looking to cry your eyes out? The love story of a blind tourist guide and her neighbor in Japan will surely warm your heart. Starring Alessandra de Rossi and comedian Empoy Marquez, the film packs an emotional story backdropped by gorgeous sceneries of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
“BuyBust” – If you’re looking for heart-stopping action, then this movie will be right up your alley. Starring Anne Curtis and mixed martial artist Brandon Vera, it tells the action-packed story of a failed buy-bust operation and one woman’s quest to survive.
“Four Sisters and a Wedding” – “Bakit parang kasalanan ko?” You’ve seen the GIF, so it’s only fair to check out where it came from. It’s a comedy film with a lot of heart and laugh-out-loud moments. If you’re looking for a family-centric film to watch with your folks, then this instant classic is a solid pick.
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Think Apple is just about groundbreaking laptop computers and smartphones? The tech giant has already entered the streaming market with Apple TV+. What makes it a force to reckon with in the streaming industry is that it packs high-end features at an affordable price. Shows are shown in 4K resolution, and the platform itself also boasts HDR-graded imagery. While one may think that Apple TV+’s catalog is full of Western content, it actually has a slew of Pinoy movies. Surprisingly, some of them are classics!
Moneymax Recommends: Pinoy Movies to Watch on Apple TV+
“Feng Shui 2″ – Considered as a contemporary classic horror film, Feng Shui has scared a generation and definitely kept everyone from looking into baguas. In this second installment, Joy (Kris Aquino), continues her quest to destroy the cursed bagua, and joining her is a police officer named Lester (Coco Martin). Both will stop at nothing just to get rid of the jinxed artifact and keep deaths from happening.
“On The Job” – Neo-noir action thrillers are rare in the Philippine cinema. And if you’re looking for one that also features subtle social commentaries, then Erik Matti’s On The Job is for you. Basically, this is a story of hitmen and law enforcers caught in a vicious power struggle and complicated web of lies and corruption.
“Sana Maulit Muli” – Before KathNiel, LizQuen, and AlDub, there was AgaLea (Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga). And their award-winning masterpiece will make you view long-distance relationships in a different light. “Sana Maulit Muli” also touches on cultural differences and how they shape romantic relationships. Yes, it’s that realistic, which makes it a bittersweet watch.
“Jowable” – Looking for a movie that will make you laugh and at the same time make you wonder why you’re still single (Just kidding!)? Then, Jowable is a must-watch! Starring Kim Molina, this movie features the adventure of a woman yearning for an intimate and meaningful relationship. We know you can relate!
Price: Free. But if you want an immersive and ad-free experience, you can go for the VIP subscription worth USD 2 or PHP 100 per month.
Moneymax Recommends: Pinoy Movies to Watch on WeTV iflix
“Block Z” – Because zombie movies never go out of style. Starring a bunch of today’s young actors led by Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia, this film tells the story of a group of students fighting a horde of zombies. If you don’t mind the scares, then this movie should be a perfect pick for the next date night.
“Petrang Kabayo” – Remember when comedian Vice Ganda wasn’t the star we know today? Revisit the movie that made Vice a household name in this modern take on a classic character. This film will provide everyone a dose of giggles in no time.
“Seven Sundays” – WeTV iflix also has its share of feels. This movie features a powerhouse consisting of Dingdong Dantes, Aga Muhlach, Enrique Gil, Cristine Reyes, and Ronaldo Valdez. If you’re looking for a good cry while missing your family during the pandemic, stream this movie the next time you get the chance.
“My Ex and Whys” – Back to the kilig flicks with this gem from the power couple Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano. This film tries to answer the question: Is it okay to start things over with your ex? And it did answer the question by providing us an emotional story of exes courtesy of LizQuen.
ABS-CBN may have left the airwaves, but their spirit lives on in their streaming platform, iWantTFC (a merger of iWant and TFC, both ABS-CBN platforms). It features an extensive catalog of ABS-CBN shows and Star Cinema films that you once enjoyed. iWantTFC has a free tier with access to their library, but the titles under the free tier are nothing to scoff at. If you’re a Kapamilya, then you won’t need other Pinoy movie sites.
Moneymax Recommends: Pinoy Movies to Watch on iWantTFC
“Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?” – A movie spawned by a popular book, it stars Kim Chiu and Xian Lim at the height of their loveteam’s popularity. It’s a fun rom-com that everyone who has been in love could probably relate to. Hopefully, you’ll find answers as to why your crush doesn’t like you back.
“Mano Po” – Relive the first installment of the popular movie franchise about a powerful Filipino-Chinese dynasty. Watch the acting prowess of Maricel Soriano, Kris Aquino, Richard Gomez, Ara Mina, and Eddie Garcia and experience Pinoy drama like never before.
“Tatak ng Tondo” – Or if you’re looking for more nostalgia, how about a classic action flick from the King of Philippine Movies himself, Fernando Poe Jr.? Relive the classic fights, conflicts, and clichés that inspired the Pinoy action films we have today.
“Corazon, Ang Unang Aswang” – Ever wondered who the first aswang was? Let this movie give you a hypothetical answer. Starring Erich Gonzales in a daring role as the titular Corazon, this film aims to bring the scares to your living room.
Cignal is more than just the leading local cable provider in the Philippines. They also launched their own streaming platform for their subscribers. With Cignal Play, you can now stream all live channels from your desktop or phone, plus more exclusive titles from their library.
Moneymax Recommends: Pinoy Movies to Watch on Cignal Play
“Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi” – Imagine not being able to enjoy the fruits of modern technology. That’s the driving force behind this wonderfully written film. Starring Sue Ramirez, this movie carefully illustrates how the internet has changed the way we communicate and view love.
“Born Beautiful” –The sequel to the popular 2016 film “Die Beautiful,” this film starring Martin del Rosario continues the exploration of gender norms and sexuality in a funny and thoughtful way. If you’re in the mood for a comedy with a lot of heart, then add this film to your queue.
“Maledicto” –Want to know what “The Exorcist”will look like in a Philippine setting? Then check out this horror film starring Tom Rodriguez and Jasmine Curtis-Smith. It may not be as scary as the 1973 classic, but it will surely get the job done.
“Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” – Superstar Nora Aunor still has some acting prowess left on her gas tank and you can experience it in one of her recent films. In this drama, Nora Aunor plays the titular Mabuti, a local healer who was at the right place at the wrong time. If your folks are die-hard Noranians, stream this movie immediately.
Believe it or not, you can catch full versions of popular Pinoy movies online via YouTube. Studios sometimes release their movies for a limited time so that anyone can watch what they missed in movie theaters. So before you pay a streaming service for a specific title, better check out YouTube first. As of writing, the following films are still available on YouTube.
Moneymax Recommends: Pinoy Movies to Watch on YouTube
“Heneral Luna” – The historical film that made a lot of buzz back in 2015 is now available on YouTube. It tells the story of General Antonio Luna and his struggle for independence from the impending American colonization. Learn more about our country’s past in a more entertaining format for the whole family.
“Smaller and Smaller Circles” – Another awards darling that’s as thrilling as its premise. This 2017 film stars Nonie Buencamino and Sid Lucero as two Jesuit priests investigating a series of murders in 1997. As they inch closer to the truth, they unravel more than what they bargained for. Check it out while it’s still free.
“I’m Drunk, I Love You”– The movie is also known as the film that united a lot of hopeless romantics back in 2017. Starring Maja Salvador and Paulo Avelino, re-experience drunken nights and unrequited love from the comfort of your home.
“CinemaOne Originals” – Remember the CinemaOne film festivals you’ve been meaning to attend but can’t find the time to do so? Now you can catch some of their best titles on YouTube for free. Some titles include Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi, Senior Year, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, among many others.
Viva is not just a film production company. It also has interests in music, talent management, publishing, and even food! (Trivia: Viva has food subsidiaries, such as Paper Moon and Pepi Cubano). More than this, Viva knows how to keep up with the times as it recently just forayed into the streaming industry with Vivamax.
Vivamax boasts a large catalog of top Filipino blockbuster movies and hit television series. It also features original works and concerts. And because Vivamax knows that Filipinos have a soft spot for Korean content, you’ll also find K-Dramas and K-Movies here. Mind you, this Pinoy movie site has a selection of Korean movies that has been showcased at Cannes!
Moneymax Recommends: Pinoy Movies to Watch on Vivamax
“Mañanita” – Penned by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Lav Diaz and directed by Paul Soriano, Mañanita takes you on a journey of an ex-military sniper who accepts a mission that will have an impact on her life. This is a befitting movie for those who are engrossed by character studies and understated moments.
“A Very Special Love” – One of the highest-grossing films in the Philippines, this film tells the story of publishing executive Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) and his editorial assistant Laida (Sarah Geronimo). Their story explores themes such as falling in love with the idea of a person and then somehow redeeming yourself from it. Sarah and John Lloyd’s chemistry is off-the-charts, and the film itself has a string of memorable lines, like “Sir, gaano ka-close?” and “Just lock the door…Lock the door when you leave.”
“Ulan” – This movie, which stars Nadine Lustre and Carlo Aquino, fantastically melds surrealism with romance. But what makes its storytelling truly special is the way Filipino folklore is used to further the film’s themes, namely love, pain, and longing.
“Bituing Walang Ningning” – Before the melodic lines “Balutin mo ako…” have been associated with partygoers who love packing the leftovers, the song first appeared in this timeless classic. And this movie is a classic for a reason! Bituing Walang Ningning tells the story of Dorina (Sharon Cuneta) and her rise to fame, ultimately becoming the rival of her idol Lavinia (Cherie Gil) in the music arena. Of course, who will ever forget Lavinia’s line, “You’re nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat!”? The movie is so iconic that it spawned a TV series and a musical decades later.
A new player in the local streaming scene, Upstream is the brainchild of producer Dondon Monteverde and director Erik Matti. The goal of Upstream is simple―create a virtual movie house experience since cinemas are still closed due to the pandemic.
Among the ones listed here, this Tagalog movies site is probably the most unique in terms of content consumption. Each title has a price tag, which means that you’ll have to pay every time you watch a movie or a TV show.
To watch the movie or TV show, you will have to make a reservation first and pay for the ticket through GMovies.ph, Upstream’s partner ticketing site. Once paid, you’ll be able to watch the film through your GMovies account. It works like a real-life movie house, right?
Upstream is still in its early stages, so there aren’t many movies yet. But its catalog is expected to expand in the future with its new partnerships with entertainment giants such as NBCUniversal.
Moneymax Recommends: Pinoy Movies to Watch on Upstream
“A Girl and A Guy” – Directed by Erik Matti, this film is an exploration of how the current generation views and consumes sex. We won’t say much, but you can think of it as a modern tale of how young adults deal with the labyrinths and tricks of intimate relationships.
“Runaway” – Set against the beautiful backdrop that is New Zealand, this film shows what happens when two people with different definitions of escaping meet each other. Hannah (Maureen Wroblewitz) runs away to New Zealand where she meets Ben (Kit Thompson), an expat who just wants to go back home to the Philippines.
Movie night at home may not match the movie theatre experience, but it’s a great alternative for your families to enjoy their favorite Filipino movies. As long as you know your Pinoy movie sites, you’ll definitely find the perfect movie, and you might even avoid spending money. Now start browsing movies for your next movie date.
Ricky is the zaniest Senior Content Writer at Moneymax, with over five years of writing experience in the digital marketing industry. He is a huge fan of pro wrestling, smartphones, and binge-watching. Follow Ricky on LinkedIn.
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