Some popular movie villains of the pre-war era:
1. Brian Soriano 1. Nati Rubi
2. Fernando Royo 2. Etang Discher
3. Ben Rubio 3. Patring (Monang) Carvajal
4. Rolando Liwanag 4. Naty Bernardo
5. Exequiel Segovia
6. Ben Perez
7. Teddy Benavides
8. Manuel Barbeyto
9. Ernesto la Guardia
10. Jaime G. Castellvi
11. Alfonso Carvajal
12. Jose Troni
13. Nardo Vercudia
14. Andres Centenera
15. Fermin Barva
16. Fernando Po
During World War II, almost all actors and actresses of these war years depended on stage shows only, mostly on major Manila movie theaters, to provide for their livelihood.
The premiere directors of the era were (but not limited to):
The biggest stars of the era were (but not limited to):
The Big Four studios produced most of the notable films of Philippine cinema during this era. LVN Pictures, under the leadership of the grandmotherly Doña Sisang de Leon, specialized in superproductions, rural comedies and musicals, but also produced socially-relevant films such as Avellana's Anak Dalita (1956), Tony Santos's Badjao (1957) and Manuel Silos's Biyaya ng Lupa (1959). Sampaguita Pictures mainly produced high-gloss, glamorous pictures such as Maalaala Mo Kaya (1954). On the other hand Premiere Productions released most of the action films of the decade, such as Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (1952), Salabusab (1954) and Huwag Mo Akong Limutin (1960).
Due to the high production values of the motion pictures during this era, these movies started to win awards internationally. In 1952, Genghis Khan became the first film to be shown in the Cannes Film Festival, a feat that would not be defeated until the 1970s. In 1956, Anak Dalita copped the Golden Harvest Award (Best Picture) of the prestigious Asia-Pacific Film Festival.
In addition, the stars of these productions also won international awards. Lilia Dizon, for example, may have not romped away with the FAMAS Best Actress Award fo the time, but the prince of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, presented her with the Best Actress Award from the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 1954. Leroy Salvador was also recognized in his performance as Best Supporting Actor for the film Huk sa Bagong Pamumuhay (1953) in the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.
During this era, the first award-giving bodies were also established. The first award-giving body, the Maria Clara Awards of the Manila Times Publishing, Inc, was composed of film publicists and writers who voted for the exemplary achievements of Filipino motion pictures for a certain calendar year. In 1953, the Maria Clara folded up to give way to the establishment of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences, the Philippines' answer to the United States' Academy Awards. With this, the Philippines set a trend in Asian cinema; FAMAS was the first film industry award-giving body in Asia.
FAMAS has awarded its most coveted Best Picture Award to the following films:
it was also said that 1980's is the height of action films.
In 1998, another large television station ventured in movie production. GMA Network Films, Inc. also known as GMA Films released Sa Pusod ng Dagat and Jose Rizal which became critical acclaimed and commercial success. Followed by Muro Ami in 1999.