Too Late the Hero (1970)
Director: Robert Aldrich
Starring: Michael Caine and Henry Fonda
Premise: An office-bound American lieutenant is sent on a combat mission to destroy a Japanese radio transmitter.
Location: Boracay and Subic Bay; Setting: New Hebrides (now Vanuatu)
Too Late The Hero is the first of two war-oriented films shot in Boracay that year (the second was Nam's Angels which was about the Vietnam War).
Other films that were shot in the Philippines include: Thirteen Days (2000), The Real Glory (1939), Hamburger Hill (1987), Missing in Action (1984), The Boys in Company C (1978), Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1999), Noriega: God's Favorite (2001). A number of B films have also been shot in the country.
An Officer and A Gentleman (1982)
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Richard Gere
Premise: The son of a Navy sailor overcomes his struggles as he enrolls in a Navy Aviator Candidate School.
Location: Subic (Gere’s character, Zachary Mayo’s father, was a Navy boatman formerly stationed in Subic. Scenes from Subic were used for flashback images); Setting: Washington
Unfortunately, Richard Gere never made it to Philippine shores but at least Subic was exhibited internationally. An Officer and A Gentleman was the third highest-grossing film in 1982 and achieved enormous box-office and critical success.