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A great number of classics, iconic characters, and quotable movie lines that definitely ring a bell to every Filipino—this is Fernando Poe Jr.’s entire filmography in a nutshell. Building the foundation for the local action film genre and making his mark as the face of a gallant man of honor championing the oppressed, he earned the title ‘King of Philippine Movies.’ 

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Having rendered approximately 300 films in his five-decade stint in the industry, some of which were written, directed, and produced by him at the same time, FPJ wasn’t given the royal moniker for no reason. His complete body of work is a testament to his generous contribution to the Philippine arts (he was posthumously declared a National Artist for Film in 2006).

Fernando Poe Jr.’s films had significantly impacted the local movie industry as his work inspired most action films of today even to the very minute detail. 

On his 80th birthday, we go down memory lane as we commemorate Da King’s contribution to Philippine cinema with his most memorable films of all time.

 

Ang Panday (1980)

Based on the fictional comics of the same title by Carlo J. Caparas, Ang Panday is unquestionably a fan favorite. Starred and directed by the King himself, it was followed by three more sequels and had several remakes that even kids of today are familiar with the mythic tale of Flavio, a blacksmith who forged a dagger out of a magical meteor.

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Ang Dalubhasa (2000)

The King of Philippine Cinema is a military doctor in this action drama where he is a lone survivor of a massacre that killed his wife and daughter. Seeking to avenge the death of his family, he spent years hunting down the perpetrators and tried to go back to live a normal life, which seems to continually evade him. Ang Dalubhasa took its audience to a wild ride in Jaime de Guzman’s unpredictable life, but nonetheless presents a glimmer of hope to every viewer. Released in 2000, this film is considered to be the first blockbuster in Philippine film in the 21st century.

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Isang Bala Ka Lang! (1983)

’Wag mo sabihing malakas ka! ‘Wag mong sabihing marami kang tauhan! At ‘wag mo rin sabihing marami kang salapi. Pare-pareho lang tayo. Isang bala ka lang!” An iconic quote that basically sums up the film’s message, Isang Bala Ka Lang tells the story of Berting, an ex-convict cop who fights for the rights of innocent people victimized by crimes when the law turns a blind eye.

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Kahit Konting Pagtingin (1990)

Giving more depth to Da King’s versatility as an actor and offering a fresh take on his career, Kahit Konting Pagtingin is a romantic action-drama co-starred by respected actors Sharon Cuneta, Bing Loyzaga, and Ricky Davao. With its powerhouse of talent, the film was such a critical hit that it was followed by a sequel titled Minsan Pa, five years later.

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Ang Probinsyano (1997)

Directed and produced by Da King, who also stars the twin lead roles, Ang Probinsyano is a story of the provincial cop Cardo, who assumes his slain twin brother’s identity to apprehend the drug syndicate and corrupt policemen responsible for his death. The film proves itself to be a definite classic with its reboot of today’s four-year run TV remake of the same name comprising over a thousand episodes starring Coco Martin. With its influence on pop culture, it’s safe to say that not one Filipino of today is unaware of Cardo’s ventures as a cop-hero.

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Asedillo (1971)

An essential FPJ film, Asedillo won FPJ one of his five FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Science) Awards. A FAMAS Hall of Famer, the King cements his movie reputation as a defender of rights in this movie set in the 1930s during the time of the American occupation. He played the role of Teodoro Asedillo, a former public school teacher turned rebel who founded Anak Pawis, a communist-inspired organization, and eventually led a movement to fight for the rights of the working class.

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The Ravagers (1965)

A war drama set in 1945 World War II, the film revolves around a story of American-led freedom fighters in the Philippines who engage in an action-packed battle against the Japanese occupation forces to liberate a captured convent. Dubbed as the “biggest war movie ever filmed in the Philippines,” The Ravagers was up for an international release and was filmed with a cost and cast never attempted before.

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Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko (1999)

In this action-comedy drama, Fernando Poe Jr. plays the role of a single dad to his only daughter Joey played by well-renowned actress Judy Ann Santos. The chemistry between the two lead actors proposes an amusing father-daughter relationship that gave its audience the perfect balance of laughs and cries. The film earned more than P100 million by the end of its run in the theatres and became the first Philippine-made film to have exceeded P100M in box office gross.

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