Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Top 21 Films Directed by Woody Allen

It's rare that a director can have so many movies on his resume and virtually no stinkers. There are several more "pretty good" movies that almost make this best-of list. In fact, I can't ever remember not liking a Woody Allen movie. And his books of short comedy pieces, Side Effects and Without Feathers, are must-reads for anyone with a quirky sense of humor. From the less great to the immaculate:

22. Radio Days (1987)
21. Stardust Memories (1980)
20. Scoop (2006)
19. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
18. Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
17. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
16. Bananas (1971)
15. Celebrity (1998)
14. What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
13. Husbands and Wives (1992)
12. Match Point (2005)
11. Crime and Misdemeanors (1989)
10. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
09. Blue Jasmine (2013)
08. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
07. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
06. Sleeper (1973)
05. Zelig (1983)
04. Take the Money and Run (1969)
03. Manhattan (1979)
02. Love and Death (1975)
01. Annie Hall (1977)


  1. no offense, but this list has some issues... radio days is a fantastic movie, one of my favorites of his... and no mighty aphrodite?!

  2. No offense taken. I'll admit Radio Days may have taken a hit because I remember liking it but I haven't actually seen it since 1987, so I can't actually remember it nearly as well as most everything else on the list. And Mighty Aphrodite would probably be #22 for me. Still really good. The only one I'm really having second thought on is Bananas, which I'm thinking only has a few hilarious minutes and is not overall as good as Radio Days or Mighty Aphrodite. Maybe we can have a Radio Days/Aphrodite watching party sometime.