The Films Of Woody Allen

(Feature Films, Written and/or Directed By)

The rating you see are not those of a professional, or of one aspiring to be so. They are chosen primarily based on personal preference rather than objective fact. Indeed, mainstream acceptance has actually been a preeminent clue that it will not be one of my favorites.
I take into consideration the following: (1) Character development & depth; (2) Quality of direction & acting, (3) Pacing, use of screen time, & general cohesiveness of story, (4) Ingenuity, originality, pioneering; (5) Caliber of soundtrack/dance numbers; (6) Personal impact after the film has long ended (Does it make me view the world differently? Rethink a belief I have long held? Inspire me to change something?); (7) Ability to withstand the test of time.
This is all considered, of course, within the perameters of the time period in which the film was made; the cultural and social norms of its time, as well as what audiences needed or wanted at the time.
That being said, I am the first to admit to gladly succumbing to a film based on entertainment value or nostalgia alone.

The Key:

10: An instantaneous classic; A most memorable film with scenes, lines, characters of prominence; A definite all-time-favorite,

9: An amazing film. A definite favorite; not quite on par with my all-time-favorites, but so, so close (even if for superficial/nostalgic reasons).

8: A great film! May not stand the test of time, but a most valuable film; Meaningful story, substantial character depth, notable artistic achievement. Could be considered a favorite.

7: A very good film! A solid win, but not a favorite.

6: Better than the average film; Entertaining. Glad I watched it and liked it, but a little long/uninteresting at times, lacking character depth, overall meaning, or artistic direction.

5: Neutral. Another average film to check off the list. Could go either way; Elements of the film were inconsistent, with some being impressive, others of substandard or even worthless quality.

4: Worse than average film; Uninspired. Regret watching it and definitely did not like it, but at least I can say I have seen it.

3: Another few hours of my life, gone forever. Am not even glad to say I have seen it.

2: An impressively inadequate film. They call this art? Not quite the worst of the worst, but close enough.

1: Cannot believe I forced myself to watch it; hated it. Worst of the worst!
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1.
Love and Death (1975)
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In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon. (85 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
2.
Annie Hall (1977)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
3.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
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An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
4.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
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In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
5.
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
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In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster. (84 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
6.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
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Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (106 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
7.
Radio Days (1987)
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A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
8.
Sleeper (1973)
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A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
9.
Manhattan (1979)
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The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
10.
Take the Money and Run (1969)
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The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber. (85 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
11.
Bananas (1971)
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When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
12.
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
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A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart. (85 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
13.
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
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In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced. (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
14.
Stardust Memories (1980)
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While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
15.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben... (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
16.
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
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When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
17.
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
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A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
18.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
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Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
19.
Zelig (1983)
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"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people. (79 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
20.
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
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In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
21.
Match Point (2005)
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At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. (124 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
22.
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
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Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
23.
Alice (1990)
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A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer. (102 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
24.
Celebrity (1998)
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The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce. (113 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
25.
Husbands and Wives (1992)
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When their best friends announce that they're separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their own marriage. (103 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
26.
Interiors (1978)
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Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents' sudden, unexpected divorce. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
27.
Small Time Crooks (2000)
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A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
28.
Hollywood Ending (2002)
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A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness. (112 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
29.
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
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A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a troubled marriage while her stepsister gets engaged. (101 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
30.
Another Woman (1988)
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Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help. (81 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
31.
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In Woody Allen's directorial debut, he took the Japanese action film Key of Keys and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe. (80 mins.)
 
32.
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
33.
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels. (103 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
34.
Scoop (2006)
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An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
35.
What's New Pussycat (1965)
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A playboy who refuses to give up his hedonistic lifestyle to settle down and marry his true love seeks help from a demented psychoanalyst who is having romantic problems of his own. (108 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
 
36.
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two alternating stories, one comedy and the other tragedy, about Melinda's attempts to straighten out her life. (99 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
37.
Anything Else (2003)
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Jerry Falk learns a lesson the hard way when he falls head over heels in love with a beautiful but flighty girl, Amanda. (108 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
38.
Whatever Works (2009)
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A middle-aged, misanthropic divorcée from New York City surprisingly enters a fulfilling, Pygmalion-type relationship with a much younger, unsophisticated Southern girl. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
39.
Shadows and Fog (1991)
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With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer. (85 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
40.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
41.
To Rome with Love (2012)
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The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. (112 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
42.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate. (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
43.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
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A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love... (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
44.
September (1987)
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At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children. (82 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
45.
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
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A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. (97 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
46.
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
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The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies. (108 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
47.
Irrational Man (2015)
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A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen