Best of Woody Allen.
written by Souranath Banerjee.
Personally a big fan of Woody Allan – the man who redefined classy, witty comedy in the history of World Cinema.
He is a Writer, Director, Actor, Musician – directed more than 45 feature films and still going strong.
And here is a list of Woody Allen’s best films of all times. Do let me know if you agree with me or even if you don’t.
10. Bananas (1971)
This is one of his early films where Woody is willing to do anything stupid and funny to make you laugh. His effort of slapstick comedy punched with clever sarcasm works fine and yes – it does make us laugh.
This film is packed with humorous one liners and jokes as Woody attempts to make fun of the third world political scenario.
Just sit back and get entertained.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyqm-wWnX0A
9. Take the Money and Run (1969)
I laughed my ass off while watching this film. It’s Woody’s second film (in a way his first proper feature film) and it’s a laugh riot.
In a mock-documentary style Woody portrays the life story of a petty criminal who unfortunately couldn’t master the knack of stealing.
Superb story telling and probably one of his most funny films ever.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yNhsuxqMXk
8. Match Point (2005)
Scarlett Johansson – one cannot help but fall in love with her.
In this film (besides Tennis) we learn that it’s all about luck – as Jonathan Rhys Meyers says “I’d rather be lucky than good”.
But what happens when you are about to get lucky and love (or may be lust) threatens to ruin it all?
Suspense and drama, love and betrayal, cool and sexy. Just love it.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wISRAOb6xm0
7. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
A person too neurotic in his real life can only survive through his art. One of Woody’s most criticized films perhaps but again hilariously funny. I love it.
Woody creates a strange world where – being ‘out of focus’ is the new illness, unfaithful couples fuck in-front of the blind grandma, therapists need therapies themselves, where hookers give the best advice and ‘hell’ seems to be a cool place to hangout.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9wYgL-Mglw
6. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Love, passion, lust and romance all shaken and stirred to make this unique cocktail – a film that celebrates relationships of all kinds.
I dig this film for it’s superb characterizations and the sexy story telling.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-RdUcXAKiw
5. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
An excellent take on infidelity, felony, guilt and justice (God’s justice to be more precise).
Woody presents us with the perfect fusion of wit and serious drama; undoubtedly one of his best screenplays.
The film was nominated for Oscars in three categories including ‘Best Direction’. On of my all time favorites.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wXqwL3akhw
4. Blue Jasmine (2013)
The very recent one and again a masterpiece.
Comic yet brutal, a story of delusional Jasmine who struggles to cope with her sudden climb down on the social ladder.
Script writing at it’s best by Woody – great actors, fine music and the elegant Cate Blanchett ( she won the Oscar for her role and so well deserved).
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FER3C394aI8
3. Manhattan (1979)
An insight into a love story between a 42 year old man and a 17 year old girl, now the same man also falls in love with his best friend’s mistress!!
How crazy can it go than this?
A treat to your eyes and one of the most classy works of Woody.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7N7aAFRIz4
2. Annie Hall (1977)
The ultimate romantic comedy – starts with the nervous attempts to find love, then a funny yet complicated relationship and finally to loose it all.
A film you can watch over and over … a genuine love story.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBzHphcc2Jw
1. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
The story of ‘the second best jazz guitarist in the world’ – Sean Penn and Samantha Morton at their best. This film engages you with the classic Chaplin like emotions – laughter with a hint of sadness in it.
Great music. Innovative story telling. Superb acting.
Probably the most underrated film of Woody Allen but for me – it’s his best creation till date.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6stUcaJx5f4
(The ‘+1’ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most crazy one. A must watch).
+1. Zelig (1983)
An unique idea and skillfully executed, a perfect satire of the current society.
The film was much ahead of it’s time; one of my personal favorites.
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agkCEOHQVgg