June 21, 2009

Ranking Woody Allen's Films

In honor of Woody Allen directing his 40th film in Whatever Works (which I will have a review for soon), Entertainment Weekly ranked all of his films from best to worst, with the result being this list:
1. Manhattan (1979)
2. Annie Hall (1977)
3. Bananas (1971)
4. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
5. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
6. Match Point (2005)
7. What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
8. Zelig (1983)
9. Sleeper (1973)
10. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
11. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
12. Love and Death (1975)
13. Take the Money and Run (1969)
14. Stardust Memories (1980)
15. Small Time Crooks (2000)
16. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
17. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
18. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
19. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
20. Cassandra’s Dream (2007)
21. Husbands and Wives (1992)
22. Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
23. Interiors (1978)
24. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
25. Oedipus Wrecks from New York Stories (1989)
26. A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)
27. Radio Days (1987)
28. Whatever Works (2009)
29. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
30. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
31. Scoop (2006)
32. Alice (1990)
33. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
34. Another Woman (1988)
35. Melinda and Melinda (2004)
36. Shadows and Fog (1991)
37. Hollywood Ending (2002)
38. Celebrity (1998)
39. Anything Else (2003)
40. September (1987)
-I think it's a pretty good list overall, though I'd definitely move the list around a lot (and will put my own ranking in the blog at some point in the next day or so, depending on if I can see the last Woody Allen movie or two I still need to see)...what would your top 10 Woody Allen movies be?


  1. I haven't seen all that many, but the ones I have seen I'll rank as follows:

    1. The Purple Rose of Cairo
    2. Annie Hall
    3. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    4. Hannah and Her Sisters
    5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    That's it. I've seen most of "Take the Money and Run" as well (but not all of it), and would rank it ahead of "Barcelona", but not the others. I have to see "Broadway Danny Rose" and "Interiors" at some point as well.

  2. 1. Annie Hall
    2. Manhattan
    3. Sleeper
    4. Match Point
    5. The Purple Rose of Cairo
    6. Bananas
    7. Hannah and Her Sisters
    8. Radio Days
    9. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    10. Crimes and Misdemeanors


  3. 1. Annie Hall
    2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    3. The Purple Rose of Cairo
    4. Match Point
    5. Hannah and Her Sisters
    6. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    7. Sleeper
    8. Manhattan
    9. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex...
    10. Bananas

    I was very tempted to put Vicky Cristina Barcelona first, because everytime I see that movie I just get ths warm and fuzzy feeling inside. It's not a masterpiece of a movie, but it's exceptional at what it tries to do.

  4. 1. Hannah and Her Sisters
    2. Manhattan
    3. Annie Hall
    4. Purple Rose of Cairo
    5. Vicky Christina Barcelona
    6. Husbands and Wives
    7. Match Point
    8. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    9. Sleeper

    Sadly I have only seen 9, he is easily in my top three of directors though, I cannot wait to see Whatever Works.

  5. 1. Hannah and Her Sisters
    2. Manhattan
    3. Vicky Christina Barcelona
    4. Bullets Over Broadway
    5. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    6. Scoop
    7. Mighty Aphrodite
    8. Annie Hall

  6. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    Annie Hall
    Match Point
    Melinda vs. Melinda

    These are the six that I've seen, I've liked them all a good deal, but Crimes and Misdemeanors is my favorite by a fairly large margin (and I love Dostoevsky)

  7. Am I the only one that thinks that Anything Else is better than it gets credit for?

  8. 1. Hannah and Her Sisters
    2. Annie Hall
    3. The Purple Rose of Cairo
    4. Mighty Aphrodite
    5. Vicky Cristina BarcelonaCrimes
    6. Sleeper
    7. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    8. Love and Death
    9. Manhattan
    10. Bullets Over Broadway

  9. here's my personal top 40, for debate:
    1.Annie Hall
    3.Radio Days
    4.Deconstructing Harry
    5.Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex
    6.The Purple Rose of Cairo
    8.Match Point
    9.Mighty Aphrodite
    10.Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    11.Hannah and her Sisters
    12.Anything Else
    14.Crimes and Misdemeanors
    15.Melinda and Melinda
    16.Small Time Crooks
    17.Broadway Danny rose
    21.Bullets over Broadway
    22.Whatever Works
    23.Stardust Memories
    24.Sweet and Lowdown
    25.Husbands and Wives
    26.Manhattan Murder Mystery
    27.A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
    28.Take the Money and Run
    29.Cassandra's Dream
    30.Love and Death
    31.What's Up tiger Lily?
    33.Everyone Says I Love You
    35.Another Woman
    36.Oedipus Wrecks
    38.Hollywood Ending
    39.Shadows and Fog
    40.The Curse of the Jade Scorpian

  10. even the worst Woody flick is decent entertainment