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1. Weighed But Found Wanting (1974)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

This landmark film is considered by many to be one of the most important in Philippine cinema. The son of a wealthy man, Junior has everything he could possibly want. But the emptiness of ... See full summary »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Lolita Rodriguez, Lilia Dizon, Eddie Garcia, Hilda Koronel

Votes: 309

2. Orapronobis (1989)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In 1985, in the obscure town of Santa Filomena, the Orapronobis, a cult under the leadership of Kumander Kontra (Roco), murders a foreign priest who gave the last rites to an alleged rebel,... See full synopsis »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Phillip Salvador, Dina Bonnevie, Gina Alajar, Bembol Roco

Votes: 147

3. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

TV-14 | 125 min | Drama, Mystery

Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr., Joonee Gamboa

Votes: 1,677

4. The Refugee's Melody (1998)

99 min | Drama

Rebellious teenagers Hue and Ly, prompted by Hue's boyfriend, attempt to escape Hanoi and their fathers' control to China where they then discover their own homesickness.

Director: Tran Phuong Thuy | Stars: Mai Thu Huyen, Nong Thu Trang, Hoai Nam Vo

5. The Raid 2 (2014)

R | 150 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

71 Metascore

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara

Votes: 118,903 | Gross: $2.63M

6. Den hen lai len (1974)

106 min | Drama

Melodrama set in Vietnam during the 1940s. Two young singers who fall in love have their relationship disrupted by family opposition and by revolutionary activities against the French and ... See full summary »

Director: Vu Tran | Stars: Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Tu Lam Vu, Cuong Ca, Thanh Vo

Votes: 14

7. When the Tenth Month Comes (1984)

95 min | Drama

Duyen faces a daily struggle to care for her young son and her weakened father-in-law, while keeping secret the fact that her husband died in a battle during the war.

Director: Dang Nhat Minh | Stars: Vân Lê, Luu Viet Bao Dang, Yen Hoang, Phu Cuong Lai

Votes: 382

8. Metro Manila (2013)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

This riveting crime thriller follows Oscar, a recent emigrant to Manila who gets pulled into a harrowing world of corruption and violence when he takes a job as an armored car driver to support his family (in Tagalog w/ English subtitles).

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega, Erin Panlilio

Votes: 8,296

9. Mê Thao: There Was a Time When (2002)

107 min | Drama, Romance

A rich man's fiance dies in a car accident.

Director: Linh Viet | Stars: Duong Don, Le Dung Nhi, Trang Minh, Nga Thúy

Votes: 76

10. The Floating Lives (2010)

105 min | Drama, Romance

The film portrays the life of a family separated from the mainstream of modern society, yet containing within its microcosm the complex layers and dramas of human relationship: conjugal ... See full summary »

Director: Phan Quang Binh Nguyen | Stars: Thi Hai Yen Do, Tang Thanh Ha, Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Dustin Nguyen

Votes: 347

11. The Abandoned Field: Free Fire Zone (1979)

90 min | Drama, War

The story of a young man and his wife who struggle to survive against a hostile force intent upon driving them out of their home in the swamps of the Mekong Delta.

Director: Hong Sen Nguyen | Stars: Toi Lam, Thuy An Nguyen, De Xuan, Chi Hong

Votes: 145

12. First They Killed My Father (2017)

TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak

Votes: 17,306

13. Laskar Pelangi (2008)

TV-G | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In the 1970s, a group of 10 students struggles with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village on the farming and tin mining island of Belitung off the east coast of Sumatra.

Director: Riri Riza | Stars: Cut Mini Theo, Zulfanny, Ikranagara, Lukman Sardi

Votes: 2,254

14. Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass (2015)

103 min | Drama

Set in the countryside village of Vietnam, Yellow Flowers on the Green grass is a touching tale of innocent love, friendships and brotherhood.

Director: Victor Vu | Stars: Thinh Vinh, Khang Trong, Lam Thanh My, My Anh

Votes: 1,229

15. Blessings of the Land (1959)

TV-PG | 111 min | Drama

A young married couple, Maria and Jose (Rosa Rosal and Tony Santos) start life together creating a lanzones orchard in the countryside. They have four children - Miguel (Leroy Salvador), ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Silos | Stars: Rosa Rosal, Tony Santos, Leroy Salvador, Carmencita Abad

Votes: 90

16. The Rocket (2013)

96 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Laos. In a land ravaged by war and exploitation, a boy whose family believe he is cursed must redeem himself by taking part in a dangerous rocket competition.

Director: Kim Mordaunt | Stars: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam, Boonsri Yindee

Votes: 3,039

17. The Deserted Valley (2001)

90 min | Drama, Romance

A story about three lonely teachers and their love.

Director: Pham Nhue Giang | Stars: Hâu Nguyen Duy, Anh Hong, Hanh Tuyet, Trang Thu

Votes: 68

18. Miracle (1982)

TV-14 | 124 min | Drama

Elsa saw the blessed Virgin Mary who had changed her life and caused a hysteria in a poor isolated village.

Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Nora Aunor, Spanky Manikan, Gigi Dueñas, Laura Centeno

Votes: 457

19. Nostalgia for Countryland (1995)

116 min | Drama, Romance

The dynamics of a Vietnamese rural village change when an urban woman returns to the village she originally belonged to and begins a love triangle.

Director: Dang Nhat Minh | Stars: Tat Binh Dang, Yen Hoang, Vân Lê, Bich Ngoc

Votes: 132

20. Last Life in the Universe (2003)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A suicidal, obsessively compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to lie low in Thailand with a pot-smoking woman coping with the recent loss of her sister.

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Takashi Miike, Laila Boonyasak

Votes: 11,069 | Gross: $0.03M

21. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

After the loss of both parents, 11 years old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Kim | Stars: Ingkarat Damrongsakkul, Toni Rakkaen, Thira Chutikul, Arthur Navarat

Votes: 855

22. Amdaeng Muen kab nai Rid (1994)

125 min | Drama, Romance

Based upon a real case under the reign of King Rama II of Thailand, Muen and Rid are passionately in love. However, Muen's father has promised his daughter to another man. Unable to accept ... See full summary »

Director: Cherd Songsri | Stars: Chintara Sukapatana, Ron Rittichai, Duangdao Jarujinda, Santisuk Promsiri

Votes: 65

23. One Evening After the War (1998)

108 min | Drama, War

After the end of the Cambodian Civil War, people in Cambodia struggled in their return to their normal lives. Among them is a kick boxer Savannah (Narith Roeun). A survivor of the war, who ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Chea Lyda Chan, Ratha Keo, Sra N'Gath Kheav, Peng Phan

Votes: 134

24. A Tree in Tanjung Malim (2004)

24 min | Short

A woman on the brink of adulthood has a conversation with a world-weary older man during the course of one night.

Director: Chui Mui Tan | Stars: Fei Ling Foo, Pete Teo

Votes: 65

25. Grandmother (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Two elderly women bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons. One is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Anita Linda, Rustica Carpio, Tanya Gomez, Jhong Hilario

Votes: 856

26. Tongpan (1977)

60 min | Drama

Tongpan is a 1977 Thai 16 mm black-and-white docudrama that re-creates a seminar that took place in Northeast Thailand in 1975 to discuss the proposed Pa-Mong Dam on the Mekong. Interwoven ... See full summary »

Director: Euthana Mukdasanit | Stars: Peter Bell, Surachai Chantimatorn, Ong-art Ponethon, Khamsing Srinork

Votes: 40

27. The Rice People (1994)

125 min | Drama

In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, "from UN lorries". They have never seen a rice field. One day, these children will have to learn to ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn

Votes: 291 | Gross: $0.04M

28. From What Is Before (2014)

TV-MA | 338 min | Drama

88 Metascore

The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and ... See full summary »

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Perry Dizon, Roeder Camanag, Hazel Orencio, Karenina Haniel

Votes: 662

29. Insiang (1976)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

The life of a young girl living with her mother in the slums of Manila becomes unbearable when her mother's young boyfriend moves in with them.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Mona Lisa, Rez Cortez, Marlon Ramirez

Votes: 1,272

31. Travelling Circus (1988)

76 min | Drama

Tells the bittersweet story of a small traveling circus stopping in an impoverished ethnic minority village in Vietnam's central highlands. Through the eyes of a village youngster, we ... See full summary »

Director: Linh Viet | Stars: Son Bac, Khuong Be, Ngan Thai, Anh The

Votes: 75

32. Buffalo Boy (2004)

102 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have ... See full summary »

Director: Minh Nguyen-Vo | Stars: The Lu Le, Thi Kieu Trinh Nguyen, Huu Thanh Nguyen, Zan Sram Kra

Votes: 573

33. Three Seasons (1999)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bui | Stars: Ngoc Hiep Nguyen, Ngoc Minh, Phat Trieu Hoang, Diem Kieu

Votes: 3,184 | Gross: $2.02M

34. City After Dark (1980)

TV-MA | 150 min | Drama

The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers and families' conflicts are radically pitted against each other as they live in the night streets rampant with drugs... See full summary »

Director: Ishmael Bernal | Stars: Charito Solis, Alma Moreno, Lorna Tolentino, Rio Locsin

Votes: 163

35. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 73,055 | Gross: $4.56M

36. A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1965)

107 min | Drama

A story that explores family conflict between 2 sisters and their painter father before the World War 2, in Intramuros, Old Manila.

Director: Lamberto V. Avellana | Stars: Daisy H. Avellana, Naty Crame-Rogers, Conrad Parham, Vic Silayan

Votes: 32

37. Oro, Plata, Mata (1982)

TV-MA | 194 min | Drama, War

Two affluent families struggle and learn to survive during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

Director: Peque Gallaga | Stars: Cherie Gil, Sandy Andolong, Liza Lorena, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio

Votes: 240

38. The White Silk Dress (2006)

142 min | Drama

Wartime epic involving a poverty-stricken family who struggle to make ends meet, and the mother who does the unthinkable to provide her daughters with the traditional silk dresses required to attend school.

Director: Luu Huynh | Stars: Thien Tu Tran, Truong Ngoc Anh, Khanh Quoc Nguyen, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

Votes: 505

39. Child of Sorrow (1956)

119 min | Crime, Drama

A war hero meets a prostitute in the postwar ruins of Manila.

Director: Lamberto V. Avellana | Stars: Rosa Rosal, Tony Santos, Joseph de Cordova, Vic Silayan

Votes: 65

41. Sandy Lives (1999)

90 min | Drama, Romance

For twenty years, Canh has lived in North Vietnam, unable to return to his home in the south where his wife is waiting for him. She is happy to reunite with her husband until she learns ... See full summary »

Director: Nguyen Thanh Van | Stars: Duong Don, Anh Hong, Hoa Mai, Cong Ninh Nguyen

Votes: 106

42. The Little Girl of Hanoi (1974)

72 min | Drama, War

A young Vietnamse girl must find her lost family after her city was destroyed by US's bombing campaign in 1972.

Director: Hai Ninh | Stars: Xuan Kim, Lan Huong Nguyen, Tu Thanh, Anh The

Votes: 161

43. Scorpio Nights (1985)

TV-MA | 126 min | Drama

Young Danny resides above the room of a security guard and his wife in a shabby apartment. Every day, the husband goes home, eats his dinner, washes the dishes, goes straight to bed and ... See full summary »

Director: Peque Gallaga | Stars: Daniel Fernando, Anna Marie Gutierrez, Orestes Ojeda, Eugene Enriquez

Votes: 311

45. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A Vietnamese servant girl, Mui, observes lives within two different Saigon families: the first, a woman textile seller with three boys and a frequently absent husband; the second, a handsome young pianist with his fiancée.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Man San Lu, Thi Loc Truong, Anh Hoa Nguyen

Votes: 8,541 | Gross: $1.91M

46. Headshot (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

Uwais plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence.

Directors: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto | Stars: Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang, Very Tri Yulisman

Votes: 14,163

47. Fishing Platform (2008)

88 min | Drama

6.8