The Definitive Ranking of Woody Allen’s Movies

Anything Else
Christina Ricci and American Pie's Jason Biggs do not make for a great Woody Allen movie; that's the lesson to be learned here.
Hollywood Ending
This 2002 endeavor is just a bit too tired for our tastes; a formerly great filmmaker must work with his ex-wife for a new movie, but becomes blind the day before...yawn.
Shadows and Fog
While nice to look at, Allen's attempt at homage to German Expressionism falls short, largely do to its strange casting (Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, John Malkovich, Madonna?).
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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Aging Allen paired with a young Charlize Theron is just one of this movie's many problems; that's how bad this one was.
Melinda and Melinda
Partly shaped as a comedy, partly as a drama, the film isn't really either. It's not that great of a film, at all.
It's his worst-performing film, and it's one he shot twice, and has since said he'd like to shoot again. If it ends up anything like this, we'd prefer he didn't.
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Cassandra's Dream
Casting Colin Farrell in a movie about brothers hired as hit men hardly sounds like a Woody Allen movie...and we sort of wish it wasn't a Woody Allen movie.
Whatever Works
Larry David stars as a character who is part-Larry, part-Woody, not-at-all funny. Throw in Evan Rachel Wood speaking in a weird accent, and you have this not so great movie.
The title of this flick could have been taken from its cast alone, with Branagh, Griffith, and Di Caprio amongst others, it has its highs, but isn't an Allen classic.
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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Despite a really great cast - Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas - the movie is anything but great.
To Rome With Love
Despite working with Penélope Cruz for a second time here, this movie's premise is a bit thin and overall seems lacking.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* (*but were afraid to ask)
The vignettes featured in this film are funny in theory, but overall leave something to be desired when all is said and done.
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Magic in the Moonlight
Such a promising and lovely cast, featuring Colin Firth (hand praise emoji) and Emma Stone, yet such a tired and lackluster premise. It is pretty to look at though.
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Pretty much a remake of Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), the film is a pretty light weight romp about a few couples and the misunderstandings that arise one weekend.
Everyone Says I Love You
A Woody Allen musical is about as polarizing as a movie could possibly get. With a cast as famous as this one (Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn), it could have been better.
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Not super well-received, but much better than it's given credit for. It's a likable enough Woody detective story costarring his mid-2000s muse of sorts, Scarlett Johansson.
Another Woman
While actually a pretty great film on its own, it just doesn't live up to the strength of Allen's other 80s movies.
Small Time Crooks
His most successful film between Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Match Point (2005), it's part awful and part genius. Appropriate for this point in his career.
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Sweet and Lowdown
It's well-acted, charming, and light-hearted, yet overall, has just never become on of our favorites.
Radio Days
Hilarious remembrance of the 1940s and of childhood, the combination of stories usually proves riotously funny, though it does occasionally lag.
Mighty Aphrodite
While we could do without the Greek chorus narration, Mira Sorvino's high-pitched hooker alone is worth watching.
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Love and Death
While the premise never appealed to us, Diane Keaton and some of the can't-miss facial expressions in this film are worth watching.
Becoming a leader of a South American revolution while trying to impress a girl is really something only Woody Allen could do, for better or for worse.
A showcase for Mia Farrow, this reimagining of Alice in Wonderland is strange, yet supremely enjoyable. Farrow's single-take confession is marvelous.
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What's Up Tiger Lily?
Although gimmicky and a bit ludicrous, this dubbed spy thriller and the search for the greatest egg salad is ultimately undeniably funny.
Stardust Memories
This obviously Fellini-inspired movie about a director in a rough spot may have been poorly received upon its release, but its found its footing with time.
Take the Money and Run
Classic Allen, an incompetent bank robber, that's just crazy enough to rise about the mundane and cement itself as something special.
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Play It Again, Sam
A funny movie about a man so obsessed with Casablanca that Bogart visits him. We have a soft spot in our hearts for this "early, funny" film of his.
Sandwiched between Manhattan and Annie Hall, this stark drama may not be what many expect from Woody Allen, but it's truly a great film nonetheless.
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Woody's reunion with the incomparable Diane Keaton proved successful in this Hitchcockian romp. Anjelica Huston and Alan Alda round out the killer cast for quite a fun flick.
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A mockumentary about a chameleon-like man enduring the Forrest Gump Effect - somehow in all of the right places throughout history for hilarious effect.
Deconstructing Harry
A writer becomes haunted by his characters, based on his real life. This is Woody making fun of himself in a brutal, funny, and insightful way.
Husbands and Wives
A poignant examination of long term relationships filmed during the height of the Soon-Yi scandal, this Mia and Woody flick is not to be missed.
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Blue Jasmine
If a movie is Cate Blanchett's best, it can be nothing less than excellence. That's the case with Blue Jasmine, a reinvented self-destructive socialite in the midst of a breakdown.
Midnight in Paris
Traveling back in time to Paris in the 1920s every night, Owen Wilson plays a Woody type with such a likable finesse. The film never lags, is dreamlike, and has Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein.
Broadway Danny Rose
Reminiscing on the fictional Danny Rose, an old talent manager, brings about memories of old New York in all its glory.
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Bullets Over Broadway
A playwright without much talent, a mobster with a penchant for poetry, a full-blown diva, and a wannabe actress with a voice from hell, this is gold from beginning to end.
Match Point
The first of Woody's European films, it's also arguably his best. He foregoes the nebbish comedy we'd expected an opts for scandal, society, and soaking-wet sex scenes. Gripping, titillating, and oh so good.
Hannah and Her Sisters
The movie that made a star of Dianne Wiest and won Michael Caine his first Oscar -- this is a career-defining and sensational, almost flawless film.
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Genius. Two American tourists seduced by a Spanish artist with a crazy ex-wife. Penélope Cruz's role as Maria Elena is one of the best performances of the decade.
Sort of like Austin Powers, Allen is frozen in 1973 and wakes up 200 years later. Unlike Austin Powers, this movie is pee-your-pants funny and is satire at its best.
The Purple Rose of Cairo
A meditation on fiction's influence on reality and on which is more enjoyable: real life or the movies. Mia Farrow and Jeff Bridges are divine, hilarious, and just about perfect.
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Crimes and Misdemeanors
Just the right combination of comedy and drama, with perfect performances from Landau and Huston (and Alda and Waterston), there's no going wrong here.
Beautiful, from its cinematography to its music and its musings, there's nothing we don't love about this movie.
Annie Hall
Obviously, Anne Hall is #1. It's iconic! Meeting your soulmate doesn't always mean you'll have a happy ending...but it does make for one hell of a movie.