Websites such as Pinoy Movies and Wow Pinoy Movies have vast databases of both new and old films available in Tagalog. These movies can be watched directly on the website. Movie categories include romance, comedy, drama, action, horror and independent. The sites also include trailers, movie reviews and information about Filipino actors and actresses.
The types of movies popular in the Philippines has changed since the 1930s, when film production first became popular in the country. The first wave of cinema focused on local stories and nationalistic propaganda, but during the 1940s, they became more realistic, focusing on popular themes of the decade such as war and heroism. The 1950s saw an improvement in production quality that was then lost in the commercially based films of the 1960s. Action and independent films caught on in the 1970s and 1980s. Popularity of romantic comedies and slasher films rose in the 1990s.
Large box office hits began to decline in the early 2000s, and the Philippines saw a reemergence of independent films. While independent films are still popular, box office hits have regained traction since the beginning of the 2010s.
The majority of modern movies are released in Tagalog. Tagalog is the native language of the Philippines, particularly in the Central and South Luzon areas, with 28 million residents speaking the language and 96 percent of the country's population understanding it. The language is considered an Austronesian one and is currently referred to as the Filipino language. It shares the title of the Philippines' co-official language with the English language.