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9 Filipino Action Movies That Will Keep You Hooked

Filipino action movies have something for every action aficionado. Whether you’re new to the genre or a long-time fan, here are some must-watch Filipino action films that will keep you hooked!

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1. On the Job (OTJ)

On The Job Cinema Trailer | Gerald Anderson, Piolo Pascual, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez | ‘On The Job’

On the Job is a critically acclaimed action thriller directed by Erik Matti. The film revolves around prisoners who are temporarily released to carry out assassinations for corrupt politicians. Starring Joel Torre, Gerald Anderson, and Piolo Pascual, On the Job is a gripping tale of betrayal, survival, and the dark underbelly of political corruption. Its realistic portrayal and intense action scenes have earned it international acclaim.

2. BuyBust


Directed by Erik Matti, BuyBust is a relentless action thriller that follows a group of elite anti-narcotics agents trapped in a deadly slum after a botched drug raid. Anne Curtis delivers a powerful performance as Nina Manigan, the lead agent fighting her way through hordes of enemies. The film is known for its high-energy combat sequences and gritty realism, making it a must-watch for action enthusiasts.

3. Heneral Luna

Heneral Luna Movie Official Trailer | Jerrold Tarog | John Arcilla | Mon Confiado | TBA Studios

Although primarily a historical biopic, Heneral Luna offers plenty of action for fans of the genre. The film chronicles the life of General Antonio Luna, a fiery and fearless leader during the Philippine-American War. John Arcilla’s portrayal of Luna is both compelling and intense, and the battle scenes are meticulously crafted, providing a gripping narrative that highlights the heroism and tragedy of war.

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4. Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral

Goyo – Ang Batang Heneral | Trailer 2 | Jerrold Tarog | Paulo Avelino | Art Acuña | TBA Studios

A sequel to Heneral Luna, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral continues the story of the Philippine-American War, focusing on General Gregorio del Pilar. Played by Paulo Avelino, Del Pilar is depicted as a young and charismatic leader facing insurmountable odds. The film features impressive battle sequences and a deeper exploration of the human side of war, making it a worthy successor to “Heneral Luna.”

5. A Hard Day

A HARD DAY Official Trailer [in cinemas April 11]

A Filipino adaptation of the South Korean film of the same name, A Hard Day stars Dingdong Dantes as Edmund Villon, a detective who accidentally kills a man in a car accident and tries to cover it up. His life spirals out of control when he is blackmailed by a mysterious witness. The action-thriller film is packed with suspense, high-stakes tension, and intense action sequences, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre.

6. Ang Probinsyano

Starring Fernando Poe Jr, Ang Probinsyano is a classic tale of good versus evil. The 1996 film follows the story of Cardo, a provincial cop who seeks justice for his twin brother’s murder in Manila. With its intense action sequences and compelling storyline, this film has become a staple in Filipino action cinema.

7. On the Job: The Missing 8

On The Job, The Missing 8 (Erik Matti, 2021) Trailer

A follow-up to the 2013 film, On the Job: The Missing 8, continues the gritty narrative with a new story. Directed by Erik Matti, the film stars Dennis Trillo, John Arcilla, and Dante Rivero. It dives deeper into the world of crime, corruption, and journalism. The film explores the connections between politics and media, with intense action sequences and a complex storyline that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

8. The Janitor

The Janitor Official Trailer | Richard Gomez and Dennis Trillo | ‘The Janitor’

Directed by Michael Tuviera, The Janitor is a gripping action-thriller that follows Crisanto Espina, a disgraced cop turned janitor, who is recruited for a deadly mission to eliminate criminals involved in a bank heist. Dennis Trillo’s intense performance and the film’s taut, suspenseful narrative make it a standout in the genre.

9. 10,000 Hours

10,000 Hours (Official Trailer)

Inspired by real-life events, 10,000 Hours stars Robin Padilla as Sen. Gabriel Alcaraz, a senator who becomes a fugitive after exposing government corruption. As he tries to clear his name, Alcaraz faces numerous threats and challenges. The film’s tight pacing, gripping action scenes, and strong performances make it a compelling watch.

Dive into this exciting world and discover the unique flavors of Filipino action cinema!

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