When people tell me they wish they were able to watch more Filipino movies, I can’t help but scratch my head. They spew short-sighted arguments out of their mouths, like clockwork. Among these are issues of proximity, availability, and pricing — all of which are very real issues, but there’s more to it than that.
Some excuses are just downright hilarious — ”I have time for only one movie per week,” points my colleague, who is obviously spending his one-movie-per-week allotment on top-dollar blockbusters Hollywood keeps churning. What’s worse is that this is the same person who keeps telling me he wants to watch more of our own movies. What gives?
O.K., look. The culture of moviegoing and programming in the Philippines has quite some ways away from being decent. But what many fail to address is that things are changing and efforts are being made.
Now more than ever, Filipinos are given multiple options as to how they want to consume movies. There are micro-theaters who program a lot of local independent movies, and there are streaming services like Netflix, iflix, Mubi, and the like which allow you to watch Filipino movies online.
Watch Filipino Movies For FREE: A running list of titles to stream online
This list of Filipino movies that anyone can (legally) stream for free hopes to help you get your cinematic fix without having to spend a single dime.
In this post, I’ve compiled all the full-length films that you can watch online“
A documentary filmmaker from Manila sets out to cover the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, but gets in over his head when he meets a retired, corrupt politician who is ready to tell all. // Drama, Thriller
Direction: Jerrold Tarog, Ruel Dahis Antipuesto
Screenplay: Jerrold Tarog
Stars: Publio Briones III, Jerrold Tarog, Greg Fernandez
A young girl develops an unknown infection that causes her to evolve into a horrifying monster. // Drama, Horror
Direction: Richard Somes
Screenplay: Richard Somes, Dwight Gaston
Stars: Ronnie Lazaro, Tetchie Agbayani, Joel Torre, Aleera Montalla
“That Thing Called Tadhana” (2014)
A story about a broken-hearted girl who meets a boy in a not so normal way. Together, they go to places and find out “where do broken hearts go?”. // Drama, Comedy, Romance
Direction: Antoinette Jadaone
Screenplay: Antoinette Jadaone
Stars: Angelica Panganiban, JM De Guzman, Joem Bascon
“Himala Ngayon” (2012)
A docu on what went on behind the making of the iconic Ishmael Bernal film “Himala,” one of the main features in 1982’s Metro Manila Film Festival.// Documentary
Direction: Sari Dalena, Keith Sicat
“Ganito Kami Muli”
A journey through a masterpiece and an exploration of the Filipino identity…“Ganito Kami Muli”, a documentary on Eddie Romero’s classic film, “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon!” //Documentary
“Rome & Juliet” (2006)
Juliet, a conservative pre-school teacher, is meant to wed Marc, a young politician. She hires Rome as her wedding planner, with whom she develops a deep friendship. // Drama, Romance
Direction: Connie Macatuno
Screenplay: Connie Macatuno, Chris Violago
Stars: Andrea Del Rosario, Mylene Dizon, Rafael Rosell
Things go out of hand when a high-schooler scrambles to prepare for a college exam. // Drama
Direction: Roman Carlo Olivarez
Screenplay: Alfred Reyes, Inna Miren Salazar
Stars: Felix Roco, Joseph Roble, Hiyasmin Neri
“Sa North Diversion Road” (2005)
Five pairs of characters, played by two character actors, take a journey to self-discovery along the North Diversion Road. // Drama
Direction: Dennis Marasigan
Screenplay: Dennis Marasigan
Stars: Irma Adlawan, John Arcilla
“Ang Anak Ni Brocka” (2005)
What if Lino Brocka had an illegitimate son? A group of TV reporters dig into the great Filipino director’s life, visiting the places where he spent his childhood, trying to find the answer to this question. // Comedy, Mockumentary
Direction: Sigfreid Barros Sanchez
Screenplay: Sigfreid Barros Sanchez
Stars: Gina Alajar, Phillip Salvador, Bembol Roco
A tomboyish call center agent falls for her openly gay co-worker. // Drama, Romance
Direction: Siege Ledesma
Screenplay: Siege Ledesma
Stars: Yeng Constantino, Felix Roco, Matthew Valeña
“Six Degrees of Seperation from Lilia Cuntapay” (2011)
A professional horror movie extra prepares for her first ever acting award nomination. // Comedy, Drama, Mockumentary
Direction: Antoinette Jadaone
Screenplay: Antoinette Jadaone
Stars: Lilia Cuntapay, Geraldine Villamil, Antoinette Jadaone
Red, a legendary fixer in the underground world of Visayas, is called to patch things up-but he soon finds himself framed for the very thing he was asked to repair, forced into decisions that put his life at stake. // Drama
Direction: Jay Abello
Screenplay: Jay Abello, Dwight Gaston
Stars: Jericho Rosales, Mercedes Cabral, Nico Antonio
“My Paranormal Romance” (2011)
A girl named Merry attains a third eye and spends the time trying to get rid of it. // Comedy, Romance
Direction: Victor Villanueva
Screenplay: Diem Judilla
Stars: Phoebe Kaye Fernandez, Van Roxas, Publio Briones III
“Blue Bustamante” (2013)
In 1990 George Bustamante leaves his family in the Philippines and emigrates to Japan, where he finds work as a stunt double in the famous TV series, Force Five. // Comedy
Direction: Miko Lovelo
Screenplay: Miko Lovelo, John Ferrer
Stars: Joem Bascon, Jun Sabayton, Dimples Romana
“Mamay Umeng” (2012)
In a quaint provincial town, an elderly man awaits his inevitable fate. // Drama
Direction: Dwein Baltazar
Screenplay: Dwein Baltazar
Stars: Gerry Adeva, Crizzalyn Enriquez, Sue Prado
Cinema Artist Philippines Movies
Mike De Leon’s Vimeo page is a wellspring of political thought and, you guessed it, good movies. Not only does he upload his own stuff (his hard-hitting video essays and short films are fascinating), but he also uploads old movies from filmmakers such as Lamberto Abellana.
It’s worth noting that I’m not 100% certain about the legality of the upload, but being that Mike De Leon is a co-founder of the film company (with Lino Brocka), I’d say it’s safe to assume that we’re in the clear by sharing these movies with you.
Here are some movies you can watch now.
- “Pag-Asa” (1951)
- “Huk sa Bagong Pamumuhay” (1953)
- “Lapu-Lapu” (1955)
- “Kontrabando” (1950)
- “Mutya ng Pasig” (1950)
- “Anak Dalita (1956)
- “Waray-Waray” (1954)
- “Badjao” (1957)
- “Kundiman ng Lahi” (1959)
More movies are available on Mike De Leon’s Vimeo page.
Free iWant Movies
Though iWant is a premium streaming service, it also lets you watch movies and television series for free. You’ll have to scour through its library of content, though. And if you find a movie that doesn’t say “premium” in it, you’ll be able to watch it with free (we assume with ads).
Check out iWant’s omnibus trailer for its free movie offerings.