Ranking Woody Allen

My viewing of Manhattan today puts my list of “Woody Allen movies seen” at 11.  I’ve still got a hell of a lot of work to do since he’s done over 40 movies but its a decent start.  Come to think of it, I haven’t seen a Woody Allen movie that I didn’t like… I just enjoy them in varying degrees.  Here’s how I would rank them thus far.

  1. Annie Hall (1977)
  2. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  3. Match Point (2005)
  4. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
  5. Sleeper (1973)
  6. Manhattan (1979)
  7. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
  8. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
  9. Cassandra’s Dream (2007)
  10. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
  11. Love and Death (1975)

Note: The fact that Love and Death came in last is a testament to Allen’s quality of work more than it is a statement of my disapproval for that film.  I actually liked it quite a bit.

What would your list look like?  Please leave comments.

5 Responses to “Ranking Woody Allen”
  1. “Sweet and Lowdown”, “Alice” and “Hannah and Her Sisters” should be on your list someone. Also: “September” is pretty good.

  2. I think the next ones I’m going to do are “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Husbands and Wives.”

    I’d like to see how you would rank all the Woody Allen movies you’ve seen. What’s your count?

  3. Marcy says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen 10 Woody Allen movies but Hannah and Her Sisters is my absolute favorite. Manhattan is also excellent.

  4. “Bananas” is great early Woody Allen. I thought his most recent, “Whatever Works,” was one of his better scripts in the last few years. “Small Time Crooks” and “Manhattan Murder Mystery” are also good, in a more light and fun way.

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