Woody Allen Ranked



Don’t Drink the Water (1994) – Fun, but never really made too much of a connection with me.


Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) – Some of the vignettes are genius, others are just okay.



Take the Money and Run (1969) – Strong debut with mockumentary style that Woody Allen would further develop and master in later years with Zelig.


New York Stories (segment “Oedipus Wrecks“) (1989) – A fun little vignette.



Radio Days (1987) – Great little film that tosses us straight into the fifties era and the days when radio shows were the best entertainment someone could get.


September (1987) – An interesting exercise that doesn’t quite work.



Bananas (1971) – Mostly focused on just joking around, but it’s a great example of how funny Woody Allen’s earliest jokes were.


Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) – I would have enjoyed this more if it were all Maria Elena and Juan Antonio, but still pretty good.



New York Stories (segment “Oedipus Wrecks“) (1989) – A solid and truly funny vignette.


Bananas (1971) – Funny, but only focused on the joke and mostly just a series of jokes. But, boy are the jokes hilarious.



Small Time Crooks (2000) – Tracy Ullman really shines and Woody gives an enjoyable rags to riches story.


Mighty Aphrodite (1995) – Mira Sorvino is electric.



Alice (1990) – An underrated gem that gives a pretty fun look at magic.


Don’t Drink the Water (1994) – Fun and filled with memorable characters and zany situations.



Bullets Over Broadway (1993) – Really entertaining film that investigates the ability of writing a film.


Sleeper (1973) – A step forward, though still pretty joke oriented.



Deconstructing Harry (1997) – Good look at the creative process. Amusing little film.


Take the Money and Run (1969) – A strong debut for Allen as a writer/director. Funny and especially interesting for its experimental mockumentary style.



Stardust Memories (1980) – Woody’s character was really well-crafted and shined pretty brightly compared to some of his other films.


Another Woman (1988) – Great serious film with a powerhouse performance from Gena Rowlands.

Juan Barquin

Just yer average twenty-something college student with no time on his hands who ends up watching (and writing) too many movies and shows for his own good.

15 Responses

  1. amy says:

    I just gotta come here and say that… I’m not really familiar with Woody Allen’s filmography as a whole. LOL – Some people I’ve talked with have told me that I just don’t get Jewish humor (??) – I got that with A Serious Man too. Can anyone explain? LOL

    Having said that, I do like Vicky Christina Barcelona… and next to Penelope Cruz (was never really sold on her until that), Rebecca Hall was right next to her. I also liked Match Point, but in a different sense…

    I did think Whatever Works and Tall Dark Stranger were pretty bad though.

    Oh… and I’m admitting this here:
    Annie Hall… I didn’t feel it. LOL

  2. Castor says:

    Wow very impressive that you ranked all 42 of his movies. I really haven’t seen too many of his work and I need to fix that! A bit surprised that Annie Hall is outside of the top 2 :) Highly looking forward to Midnight in Paris this weekend!

  3. Rodrigo says:

    I will shamefully admit that I only watched two films involving Woody Aleen and one of them wasn’t with him as the director.

    Still, very impresssive to see you guys ranking all of his movies.

  4. Callahan says:

    I wish you guys made two separate lists or agreed on an order, as much as I loved what you both had to say I found it difficult to keep track of both lists at the same time considering the amount of films Woody has made.

  5. Nora says:

    This post is fantastic! I’m a huge Woody Allen fan and both of you guys had really insightful things to say about each movie. Congrats on finishing his entire filmography, wow! And Manhattan is my favorite Allen film as well :D

  6. ersby says:

    Great list – it’s nice to see Zelig getting some plaudits. It was years ahead of its time. I think my favourite is Manhattan Murder Mystery, just because it’s so funny and perfectly acheives what it sets out to do.

  7. Juan Barquin says:

    It’s a little bit hard for me to admit this, but after two viewings of Midnight in Paris, I think I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s stolen fourth place on my list.

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