Woody Allen Ranked

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Juan

Manhattan (1979)

 

Manhattan was one of my first Woody Allen movies when I had finally realized who he was.

To be honest, it hadn’t really hit me at this point what this man would become to me and I found myself slightly unenthused about the movie. A year later when I rewatched it, my breath was literally taken away at how gorgeous Manhattan looked through the eyes of Woody Allen — specifically with the sounds of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

I was so impressed at how flawlessly Allen made this film, and there was no doubt in my mind that this was what I considered his masterpiece.

Marya

Hannah and her Sisters (1986)

 

This is Allen’s most perfect film. Everything about it is executed with such precision. This is once in a lifetime time perfection. His most fully fleshed out characters. Every performance is dynamite and there are so many layers to every character you have to watch the film multiple times to get everything.

Hanna and her Sisters is one of those films that continues to get better every time you watch it. It is positively timeless. I can’t decide what my favorite part is, so I’ll just say everything. Same goes for the cast, though I do have a soft spot for Dianne Wiest. Just watch it and see for yourself.

Your turn — Pick up to five different Woody Allen films~

Your Top5 Woody Allen Films?

  • Annie Hall (1977) (18%, 101 Votes)
  • Manhattan (1979) (15%, 85 Votes)
  • Other [add a comment] (14%, 75 Votes)
  • Hannah and her Sisters (1986) (13%, 74 Votes)
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) (8%, 42 Votes)
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) (7%, 39 Votes)
  • Sleeper (1973) (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Zelig (1983) (4%, 20 Votes)
  • Bullets Over Broadway (1994) (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Love and Death (1975) (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Deconstructing Harry (1997) (3%, 15 Votes)
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Stardust Memories (1980) (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Radio Days (1987) (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Broadway Danny Rose (1984) (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Shadows and Fog (1991) (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 174

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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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