WOODY WEDNESDAY Top 50 Woody Allen Movies

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I think CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS should be higher on the list.

Top 50 Woody Allen Movies

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Stardust Memories

1. Stardust Memories (1980)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama 7.4  Rate

While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenCharlotte RamplingJessica HarperMarie-Christine Barrault

Votes: 19,138 | Gross: $10.39MWatch Now 
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I adore the Felliniesqueness . Retrospective dreamlike style made me swoon. Director directing a movie about director directing movies. Not only that, but also directory trying to find meaning in his art. “Ozymandias Melancholia”. I’m sold. Beautiful. 10/10

The Purple Rose of Cairo

2. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance 7.7  Rate 75 Metascore

In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia FarrowJeff DanielsDanny AielloIrving Metzman

Votes: 42,147 | Gross: $10.63MWatch Now 
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The main characters love for movies and using movies as an escape from reality is what made this movie shine for me. The adorable characters and story do a huge job in elevating this movie to masterpiece proportions. 9.9/10

Midnight in Paris

3. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance 7.7  Rate 81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen WilsonRachel McAdamsKathy Bates,Kurt Fuller

Votes: 348,603 | Gross: $56.82MWatch Now 
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Wow! One of the best ideas for a story I’ve heard in a while. Adore the nostalgia factor, love Owen, love the story. The music is perfection in and of itself. A modern masterpiece 9.8/10

Manhattan

4. Manhattan (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance 8  Rate 83 Metascore

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend’s mistress.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenDiane KeatonMariel HemingwayMichael Murphy

Votes: 119,446 | Gross: $45.70MWatch Now 
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Beautiful, gorgeous, nostalgic. A love letter to the city Woody grew up in. The cinematography, acting and the script are stellar. Woody Allen at his finest. 9.8/10

Annie Hall

5. Annie Hall (1977)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance 8  Rate 92 Metascore

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenDiane KeatonTony Roberts,Carol Kane

Votes: 232,403 | Gross: $39.20MWatch Now 
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The most Woody that Woody can get. Best romantic comedy ever made. The sheer individuality and originality of the characters is enough for this movie to become an instant classic. 9.8/10

Hannah and Her Sisters

6. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama 7.9  Rate 90 Metascore

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia FarrowDianne WiestMichael Caine,Barbara Hershey

Votes: 60,503 | Gross: $40.08MWatch Now 
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Amazingly written story and realistically written characters. Probably writing – wise the most quality Allen film. 9.7/10

Radio Days

7. Radio Days (1987)

PG | 88 min | Comedy 7.6  Rate 74 Metascore

A nostalgic look at radio’s golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia FarrowDianne WiestMike StarrPaul Herman

Votes: 28,176 | Gross: $14.79MOn Disc 
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Pure biographic nostalgia. Funny, sweet and just a pleasure to watch. 9.6/10

Love and Death

8. Love and Death (1975)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, War 7.8  Rate 89 Metascore

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenDiane KeatonGeorges Adet,Frank Adu

Votes: 32,209Watch Now 
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The most humorous Allen movie I have seen. Had a sort of Python feel to it. Made me laugh constantly. Slapstick at its finest mixed with Allen’s usual fears and revelations. 9.5/10

Zelig

9. Zelig (1983)

PG | 79 min | Comedy 7.8  Rate

“Documentary” about a man who can look and act like whoever he’s around, and meets various famous people.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenMia FarrowPatrick HorganJohn Buckwalter

Votes: 36,489 | Gross: $11.80MOn Disc 
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Woody Allen critiquing people without a personality. The documentary style and the humor in the film make this movie his most unique. 9.6/10

Deconstructing Harry

10. Deconstructing Harry (1997)

R | 96 min | Comedy 7.4  Rate 61 Metascore

Suffering from writer’s block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenJudy DavisJulia Louis-Dreyfus,Stephanie Roth Haberle

Votes: 39,322 | Gross: $10.57MOn Disc 
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Insanely meta, raunchy, and clever. Woody Allen writes about characters that resemble him and those characters write characters that resemble the characters that Woody Allen wrote. I’ll say nothing further. 9.4/10

Play It Again, Sam

11. Play It Again, Sam (1972)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Romance 7.7  Rate

A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Woody AllenDiane KeatonTony Roberts,Jerry Lacy

Votes: 22,539Watch Now 
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Not directed by Allen, but his writing and his “acting” are pitch perfect in this film. Hilarious and also a career best performance by Allen. 9.4/10

Husbands and Wives

12. Husbands and Wives (1992)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance 7.6  Rate

When their best friends announce that they’re separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their own marriage.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenMia FarrowSydney Pollack,Judy Davis

Votes: 24,555 | Gross: $10.56MWatch Now 
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Woody’s take on marriage with realistic conversations. Very very quality. 9.3/10

Manhattan Murder Mystery

13. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Mystery 7.4  Rate

A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor’s wife suddenly drops dead.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenDiane KeatonJerry AdlerLynn Cohen

Votes: 33,207 | Gross: $11.29MWatch Now 
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Great story, great twists, funny Woody, ditsy Keaton. Highly enjoyable. 9.1/10

Match Point

14. Match Point (2005)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller 7.6  Rate 72 Metascore

At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Scarlett JohanssonJonathan Rhys Meyers,Emily MortimerMatthew Goode

Votes: 187,817 | Gross: $23.09MWatch Now 
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Intense and way more serious than other Allen films. Still quality and quite thrilling. 9.0/10

Another Woman

15. Another Woman (1988)

PG | 81 min | Drama 7.4  Rate

Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist’s office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor’s help.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Gena RowlandsMia FarrowIan HolmBlythe Danner

Votes: 11,595 | Gross: $1.56MOn Disc 
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Fantastic Bergmanesque drama. Practically perfect writing and definitely perfect performances. 9.0/10

Crimes and Misdemeanors

16. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama 8  Rate 77 Metascore

An ophthalmologist’s mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Martin LandauWoody AllenBill Bernstein,Claire Bloom

Votes: 49,216 | Gross: $18.25MOn Disc 
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Another great story, more quality writing and great acting. 9.0/10

Irrational Man

17. Irrational Man (2015)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama 6.6  Rate 53 Metascore

A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Joaquin PhoenixEmma StoneParker Posey,Joe Stapleton

Votes: 48,658 | Gross: $4.03MWatch Now 
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Interesting story, brilliant performances, realistic dialogue. Intriguing premise and of course, the always perfect Emma Stone 9.0

Take the Money and Run

18. Take the Money and Run (1969)

M | 85 min | Comedy, Crime 7.3  Rate 67 Metascore

The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenJanet MargolinMarcel Hillaire,Jacquelyn Hyde

Votes: 25,678On Disc 
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Fantastic slapstic, the start of it all. 9.0

Blue Jasmine

19. Blue Jasmine (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama 7.3  Rate 78 Metascore

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love…

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Cate BlanchettAlec BaldwinPeter SarsgaardSally Hawkins

Votes: 175,811 | Gross: $33.41MWatch Now 
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Blanchett’s career-best performance, witty writing, stellar casting and all around quality 8.9

Broadway Danny Rose

20. Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

PG | 84 min | Comedy 7.5  Rate 80 Metascore

In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenMia FarrowNick Apollo Forte,Sandy Baron

Votes: 21,422 | Gross: $10.60MOn Disc 
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A quaint comedy with a gangster theme that works way too well, almost didn’t recognize Mia in the film 8.8

Bullets Over Broadway

21. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime 7.5  Rate

In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: John CusackDianne WiestJennifer Tilly,Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 32,705 | Gross: $13.38MOn Disc 
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Cusack is perfectly cast as the Woody role, another gangster story that moves the story forward, full of artsy intellectualism 8.6

Sleeper

22. Sleeper (1973)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi 7.3  Rate 77 Metascore

A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenDiane KeatonJohn BeckMary Gregory

Votes: 37,120On Disc 
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The Woody Allen movie that surprised me the most, its Blade Runner mixed with everything Woody – Hilarious 8.4

Magic in the Moonlight

23. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance 6.6  Rate 54 Metascore

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin FirthEmma StoneMarcia Gay Harden,Hamish Linklater

Votes: 57,801 | Gross: $10.51MWatch Now 
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This movie is very underrated. It isn’t perfect but it has everything that makes a good movie. Emma and Colin work well as the awkward huge age difference couple backed up by a fantastically cute “magical” story 8.2

The Front

24. The Front (1976)

PG | 95 min | Drama 7.4  Rate

In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Woody AllenZero MostelHerschel Bernardi,Michael Murphy

Votes: 7,310Watch Now 
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Not directed or written by Woody but I’ll still included. Underrated. Very good story, great acting and fun writing. 8.2

New York Stories

25. New York Stories (1989)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance 6.4  Rate

A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.

Directors: Woody AllenFrancis Ford CoppolaMartin Scorsese | Stars:Woody AllenNick NolteRosanna ArquetteMarvin Chatinover

Votes: 15,444 | Gross: $10.76MWatch Now 
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Woody – 8.2, Scorsese – 8.0, Coppola – 5.2 Woody’s story is absolutely hilarious.

Interiors

26. Interiors (1978)

PG | 92 min | Drama 7.5  Rate 67 Metascore

Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents’ sudden, unexpected divorce.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Diane KeatonGeraldine PageKristin Griffith,Mary Beth Hurt

Votes: 16,353Watch Now 
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Dark and gritty Woody. Not what I’m used to but the take on a broken family was done really well and it went way deeper than I thought it would. Keaton was, as always, phenomenal. 8.1

Melinda and Melinda

27. Melinda and Melinda (2004)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance 6.5  Rate 54 Metascore

Two alternating stories, one comedy and the other tragedy, about Melinda’s attempts to straighten out her life.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Will FerrellVinessa ShawChiwetel Ejiofor,Wallace Shawn

Votes: 29,484 | Gross: $3.83MWatch Now 
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The way this story is formed made it all the better. Comedians think about stuff. Wonderful 8.0

Alice

28. Alice (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance 6.6  Rate 67 Metascore

A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia FarrowWilliam HurtJoe MantegnaJune Squibb

Votes: 12,082 | Gross: $7.33MWatch Now 
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Mia being Mia (according to Woody). Its just a story about a woman trying to figure her life out and why her life isn’t what she thought it would be plus some weird ass plants 8.0

Mighty Aphrodite

29. Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance 7.1  Rate 59 Metascore

When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy’s birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenMira SorvinoPamela BlairRene Ceballos

Votes: 35,255 | Gross: $6.70MOn Disc 
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Woody loves adding ancient themes into stories where you wouldn’t expect ancient themes to be added. Very fun with great acting 8.0

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

30. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Romance 7.1  Rate 70 Metascore

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Rebecca HallScarlett JohanssonJavier BardemChristopher Evan Welch

Votes: 223,690 | Gross: $23.22MWatch Now 
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Full of sensuality and the idea of “artistic love”. Pretentious in the most Woody Allen way (which is a positive) 8.0

Sweet and Lowdown

31. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music 7.3  Rate 70 Metascore

In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Sean PennSamantha MortonWoody Allen,Ben Duncan

Votes: 30,181 | Gross: $4.20MOn Disc 
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Never in my life would I expect Sean Penn to do a great Woody Allen. In my eyes its a story of a tough guy softening up because of a woman and finding his purpose in her. 8.0

Anything Else

32. Anything Else (2003)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance 6.4  Rate 43 Metascore

Jerry Falk learns a lesson the hard way when he falls head over heels in love with a beautiful but flighty girl, Amanda.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenJason BiggsChristina Ricci,Danny DeVito

Votes: 27,837 | Gross: $3.20MWatch Now 
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Underrated. Biggs isn’t perfect but he’s does his best and it works out. Woody for me steals the show acting wise (even though he is the same as always he works very well here). The movie is funny as hell and pay attention to Devito 7.9

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

33. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance 6.3  Rate 51 Metascore

Sally’s parents’ marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally’s own marriage also begins to disintegrate.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Anthony HopkinsNaomi WattsJosh Brolin,Gemma Jones

Votes: 41,081 | Gross: $3.25MWatch Now 
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What is Josh Brolin doing in a Woody Allen movie. Well he did whatever he did very well. Typical story of people loving people who are with other people… and a writer trying to write. Anthony Hopkins… I’ve said enough 7.8

To Rome with Love

34. To Rome with Love (2012)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance 6.3  Rate 54 Metascore

The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenPenélope CruzJesse Eisenberg,Ellen Page

Votes: 78,154 | Gross: $16.69MWatch Now 
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The IMDB rating doesn’t do this movie justice. The opera singer story alone is funny as hell let alone the rest of the movie. Ellen page was a bit miscast in this movie cause Juno just cannot let me escape my vision of her. Doesn’t really focus on Rome as much as Midnight in Paris focuses on Paris. Its just … a few stories in Rome and they’re great 7.8

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

35. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

R | 88 min | Comedy 6.8  Rate 66 Metascore

Seven stories are trying to answer the question: what is sex? Or maybe they are not trying.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenGene WilderLouise Lasser,John Carradine

Votes: 35,188Watch Now 
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I could imagine being 17 in the year 72 and this being the ultimate summer comedy – would have a better rating but some of the sketches just weren’t that funny. The final sketch is just hilarious though. 7.7

September

36. September (1987)

PG | 83 min | Drama 6.6  Rate

At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who’s in a relationship with Peter, who’s falling for Stephanie, who’s married with children.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Elaine StritchDenholm ElliottMia Farrow,Dianne Wiest

Votes: 8,221 | Gross: $0.49MOn Disc 
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Can’t say too much about this movie cause it is kind of not at all Woody Allen like except for the adultery. Great acting and great story confined to a house. Very interesting 7.7

Café Society

37. Café Society (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance 6.6  Rate 64 Metascore

In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Jesse EisenbergKristen StewartSteve CarellBlake Lively

Votes: 59,941 | Gross: $11.10MWatch Now 
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The most colorful of his films, another sort of gangster story interwoven with trying to break out into the film business in early 1930’s. Steward was unusually charming and Eisenberg was Eisenberg but the movie as a whole worked well 7.7

Small Time Crooks

38. Small Time Crooks (2000)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime 6.7  Rate 69 Metascore

A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job’s cover business becomes a spectacular success.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenTracey UllmanHugh Grant,Carolyn Saxon

Votes: 34,253 | Gross: $17.07MOn Disc 
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A funny movie about the fact that being rich carries its own mentality with it. The movie is pretty funny with a few problems that hold it back 7.7

Cassandra's Dream

39. Cassandra’s Dream (2007)

PG-13 | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance 6.7  Rate 49 Metascore

The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin FarrellEwan McGregorHayley Atwell,Peter-Hugo Daly

Votes: 47,588 | Gross: $0.97MWatch Now 
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A very interesting story with great acting but boring film-making. Its similar to Match Point in a way. The film-making is simple, slow and elegant but in Match Point it brings out the Dostoevsky – like story. Here it is just makes it tedious but still the story and performances make up for the rest as much as they can 7.6

Everyone Says I Love You

40. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance 6.8  Rate

A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a troubled marriage while her stepsister gets engaged.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenGoldie HawnJulia Roberts,Edward Norton

Votes: 33,109 | Gross: $9.71MOn Disc 
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A low budget Woody Allen musical with a Woody Allen story. I don’t believe you can make a brilliant musical without a higher budget for surreal musical segments and scenes. It’s still funny as hell, great acting and the songs fit in some cases. (Woody isn’t a great singer to be honest) 7.6

Wonder Wheel

41. Wonder Wheel (2017)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama 6.2  Rate 45 Metascore

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator, his beleaguered wife, and the visitor who turns their lives upside-down.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Justin TimberlakeJuno TempleRobert C. KirkKate Winslet

Votes: 17,761 | Gross: $1.40MWatch Now 
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A very typical Woody, gangster story but with the addition of a near perfect Kate Winslet performance. The rest of the cast is commendable as well 7.5

Celebrity

42. Celebrity (1998)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama 6.3  Rate 41 Metascore

The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Kenneth BranaghJudy DavisLeonardo DiCaprioGreg Mottola

Votes: 22,531 | Gross: $5.03MOn Disc 
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Poor editing made this movie less impactful than it could have been. Branagh gave a great Woody performance and there were a lot of laughs in the film. It does jump a bit too much making it hard to follow but its still quite worth the watch. 7.4

Scoop

43. Scoop (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery 6.7  Rate 48 Metascore

An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Scarlett JohanssonHugh JackmanJim Dunk,Robert Bathurst

Votes: 75,023 | Gross: $10.53MWatch Now 
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This movie is torn apart too much and its really not that bad at all. Fun story, fine acting and I actually liked the postmortem deus ex machina puppet that pushes the story forward. Its a different type of storytelling 7.4

Shadows and Fog

44. Shadows and Fog (1991)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy 6.7  Rate

With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenMia FarrowMichael KirbyDavid Ogden Stiers

Votes: 14,807 | Gross: $2.74MWatch Now 
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This is the weirdest Woody movie (filming and cinematography wise). Still the performances are great (Woody in particular does a good job, and Malkovich) 7.4

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

45. A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)

PG | 88 min | Comedy 6.7  Rate 51 Metascore

A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenMia FarrowJosé FerrerJulie Hagerty

Votes: 16,861 | Gross: $9.08MOn Disc 
at Amazon

This movie disappointed me in a few ways. There were quite a bit of jokes that fell flat for me and quite a few scenes that were boring. The movie did do comedy well though and it is still better than most modern comedies. There are quite a lot of jokes that work too and when they work they work. 7.4

Hollywood Ending

46. Hollywood Ending (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance 6.6  Rate 46 Metascore

A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenTéa LeoniBob DorianIvan Martin

Votes: 24,101 | Gross: $4.84MWatch Now 
From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

This movie is… fine. Just fine. There are highs and lows. The highs are high and the lows are quite low. The highs make the movie very watchable and a pleasure to watch. 7.3

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

47. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery 6.8  Rate 52 Metascore

An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Greg StebnerWoody AllenJohn Tormey,John Schuck

Votes: 35,323 | Gross: $7.50MOn Disc 
at Amazon

For now the most typical cliché Woody Allen movie. I didn’t like it too much but it had its funny moments. The whole concept of the scorpion in the movie lost me a bit towards the middle when it became the main plot device 6.9

What's Up, Tiger Lily?

48. What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

PG | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime 6  Rate 63 Metascore

In Woody Allen‘s directorial debut, he took the Japanese action film Key of Keys (1965) and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe.

Directors: Woody AllenSenkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Woody AllenThe Lovin’ SpoonfulFrank BuxtonLen Maxwell

Votes: 8,534On Disc 
at Amazon

Its goofy and makes no sense, but its funny. I guess it sort of paved the way for Woody’s cinematic comedy career. 6.7

Bananas

49. Bananas (1971)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy 7.1  Rate 67 Metascore

When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody AllenLouise LasserCarlos Montalbán,Nati Abascal

Votes: 31,248Watch Now 
From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Woody tried to do something with this film and in my eyes he didn’t succeed the way he could have. For me, this is a watered down version of Love and Death (the far superior, slapstick based comedy). Again the movie is a mixed bag for me but the lows outweigh the highs. When Woody tries too hard to make strong political comments he looses me a bit as a fan during the runtime of the movie 6.7

Whatever Works

50. Whatever Works (2009)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Romance 7.2  Rate 45 Metascore

A middle-aged, misanthropic divorcée from New York City surprisingly enters a fulfilling, Pygmalion-type relationship with a much younger, unsophisticated Southern girl.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Evan Rachel WoodLarry DavidHenry Cavill,Adam Brooks

Votes: 66,110 | Gross: $5.31MWatch Now 
From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

The most political Woody movie I’ve seen and my least favorite. The heavily left leaning movie is the physical embodiment of its own main character, which in my eyes is the more bitter and lout alter ego to Woody himself. Not very well performed and an even worse message. This is the only Woody movie for now that I’d advise people to skip 6.0


DISCUSSING FILMS AND SPIRITUAL MATTERS

By Everette Hatcher III

“Existential subjects to me are still the only subjects worth dealing with. I don’t think that one can aim more deeply than at the so-called existential themes, the spiritual themes.” WOODY ALLEN

Evangelical Chuck Colson has observed that it used to be true that most Americans knew the Bible. Evangelists could simply call on them to repent and return. But today, most people lack understanding of biblical terms or concepts. Colson recommends that we first attempt to find common ground to engage people’s attention. That then may open a door to discuss spiritual matters.

Woody Allen’s 1989 movie, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS , is an excellent icebreaker concerning the need of God while making decisions in the area of personal morality. In this film, Allen attacks his own atheistic view of morality. Martin Landau plays a Jewish eye doctor named Judah Rosenthal raised by a religious father who always told him, “The eyes of God are always upon you.” However, Judah later concludes that God doesn’t exist. He has his mistress (played in the film by Anjelica Huston) murdered because she continually threatened to blow the whistle on his past questionable, probably illegal, business activities. She also attempted to break up Judah ‘s respectable marriage by going public with their two-year affair. Judah struggles with his conscience throughout the remainder of the movie. He continues to be haunted by his father’s words: “The eyes of God are always upon you.” This is a very scary phrase to a young boy, Judah observes. He often wondered how penetrating God’s eyes are.

Later in the film, Judah reflects on the conversation his religious father had with Judah ‘s unbelieving Aunt May at the dinner table many years ago:

“Come on Sol, open your eyes. Six million Jews burned to death by the Nazis, and they got away with it because might makes right,” says aunt May

Sol replies, “May, how did they get away with it?”

Judah asks, “If a man kills, then what?”

Sol responds to his son, “Then in one way or another he will be punished.”

Aunt May comments, “I say if he can do it and get away with it and he chooses not to be bothered by the ethics, then he is home free.”

Judah ‘s final conclusion was that might did make right. He observed that one day, because of this conclusion, he woke up and the cloud of guilt was gone. He was, as his aunt said, “home free.”

Woody Allen has exposed a weakness in his own humanistic view that God is not necessary as a basis for good ethics. There must be an enforcement factor in order to convince Judah not to resort to murder. Otherwise, it is fully to Judah ‘s advantage to remove this troublesome woman from his life.

The Bible tells us, “{God} has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV). The secularist calls this an illusion, but the Bible tells us that the idea that we will survive the grave was planted in everyone’s heart by God Himself. Romans 1:19-21 tells us that God has instilled a conscience in everyone that points each of them to Him and tells them what is right and wrong (also Romans 2:14 -15).

It’s no wonder, then, that one of Allen’s fellow humanists would comment, “Certain moral truths — such as do not kill, do not steal, and do not lie — do have a special status of being not just ‘mere opinion’ but bulwarks of humanitarian action. I have no intention of saying, ‘I think Hitler was wrong.’ Hitler WAS wrong.” (Gloria Leitner, “A Perspective on Belief,” THE HUMANIST, May/June 1997, pp. 38-39)

Here Leitner is reasoning from her God-given conscience and not from humanist philosophy. It wasn’t long before she received criticism. Humanist Abigail Ann Martin responded, “Neither am I an advocate of Hitler; however, by whose criteria is he evil?” (THE HUMANIST, September/October 1997, p. 2)

The secularist can only give incomplete answers to these questions: How could you have convinced Judah not to kill? On what basis could you convince Judah it was wrong for him to murder?

As Christians, we would agree with Judah ‘s father that “The eyes of God are always upon us.” Proverbs 5:21 asserts, “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.” Revelation 20:12 states, “…And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done (their whole way of feeling and acting, their aims and endeavors) in accordance with what was recorded in the books” (Amplified Version). The Bible is revealed truth from God. It is the basis for our morality. Judah inherited the Jewish ethical values of the Ten Commandments from his father, but, through years of life as a skeptic, his standards had been lowered. Finally, we discover that Judah ‘s secular version of morality does not resemble his father’s biblically-based morality.

Woody Allen’s CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS forces unbelievers to grapple with the logical conclusions of a purely secular morality. It opens a door for Christians to find common ground with those whom they attempt to share Christ; we all have to deal with personal morality issues. However, the secularist has no basis for asserting that Judah is wrong.

Larry King actually mentioned on his show, LARRY KING LIVE, that Chuck Colson had discussed the movie CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS with him. Colson asked King if life was just a Darwinian struggle where the ruthless come out on top. Colson continued, “When we do wrong, is that our only choice? Either live tormented by guilt, or else kill our conscience and live like beasts?” (BREAKPOINT COMMENTARY, “Finding Common Ground,” September 14, 1993)

Later, Colson noted that discussing the movie CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS with King presented the perfect opportunity to tell him about Christ’s atoning work on the cross. Colson believes the Lord is working on Larry King. How about your neighbors? Is there a way you can use a movie to find common ground with your lost friends and then talk to them about spiritual matters?(Caution: CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is rated PG-13. It does include some adult themes.)

Access this on the web at www.excelstillmore.com/html/beinformed/article1.shtml .(Originally published in December 2003 edition of Excel Magazine)

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