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Nine Famous Woody Allen Films

Updated on December 3, 2015

Woody Allen, the American motion picture director, screenwriter, actor, comedian, playwright, and author, is better known for his bittersweet comic films. His first movie was, the What's New Pussycat? in 1965, for which he wrote the screenplay. In the below-mentioned list, I have tried to include most of the famous Woody Allen rom-coms and other memorable films:

9. Zelig (1983)

In this fictional documentary, a man achieves notoriety for his ability to look and act like anyone he meets. With his unique talent for mimicry, Zelig ingratiates himself with people of every sector of society. His chameleon-like skill catches the eye of a psychiatrist, who thinks Zelig is in need of serious cognitive analysis. Through the use of hypnosis, she discovers Zelig yearns for approval so strongly that he physically changes to fit in with those around him. Their relationship moves in a direction that is not covered in medical textbooks. The film is photographed and narrated in the style of 1920s black-and-white newsreels. Color segments include interviews of real and fictional personages. It uses cameo appearances by real figures from academia and other fields for comic effect.

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8. Another Woman (1988)

Woody Allen's Another Woman is about the mid-life crisis of Marion, an intelligent, beautiful, esteemed professor of philosophy who, having just passed "the big 5-0", is re-examining her life. She is married, she believes happily, to Ken, the successful cardiologist who is her second husband. She realizes that something important is missing, children, passion, and a certain recklessness, when she accidentally overhears the private analysis of a stranger, and finds the woman's regrets and despair awaken something personal in her.

7. The Purple Rose Of Cairo (1985)

An unhappily married depression era waitress earns money while her inattentive husband blows their meager income to get drunk and gamble. To assuage her loneliness, she escapes to the picture shows, becomes transfixed with a movie, "the Purple Rose Of Cairo", and especially with its lead character, archeologist Tom Baxter. When Tom literally steps out of the screen and into her life, the realities are thrown into chaos.

6. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Emmet Ray is not an easy guy to be around - he is inconsiderate and egomaniacal. He also happens to be a jazz guitarist of undeniable talent. despite his many faults, he ends up winning the heart of Hathe, a kind, young mute woman. Hathe's endless patience is tested with Emmet's incessant irresponsibility and infidelity, leading their relationship to a breaking point. Sean Penn steals the show, whose odious but talented jazzman is one of the director's more memorable scumbags. The real star turn, however, is Samantha Morton, who gives a performance of supreme silent movie control and comic timing as Penn's mute lover.

5. Stardust Memories (1980)

Released in 1980 to less than stellar box office, even by Woody Allen standards, "Stardust Memories" is, nonetheless, a remarkable and beautiful film. It is, on the surface, the story of a filmmaker Sandy Bates (Woody Allen) who is at an emotionally difficult time of his career; he becomes famous making funny films, and now he wants to make serious movies, because of all the pain and suffering he sees in the world around him. He gets resistance in such serious efforts from both his studio and from his fans. The story also discusses his conflicting attraction to two very different women: the earnest intellectual Daisy and the more maternal Isobel. Meanwhile, he is also haunted by memories of his ex-girlfriend the unstable Dorrie.

4. Manhatten (1979)

The movie stars Allen as a frustrated television writer Isaac Davis, who has just quit his job, is paying two alimonies, and dating a young woman named Tracy, who is only seventeen and still in high school. Largely because of their differences, a big part of which is due to their ages, he does not see a long-term future with her. His life has the potential to be even more tragicomical when he meets Mary...

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3. Alice (1990)

In this 1990 American romantic fantasy film, Mia Farrow's wealthy Manhattan housewife rediscovers the wonderland that is missing from her life. A well-to-do Manhattan woman Alice Tate finds her affections shifting from her stockbroker husband of 16 years to a Saxophone player, a veritable stranger. After realizing her feelings, she begins to experience back pains for which Alice meets a Chinese doctor whose herbal infusions allow her to turn invisible and thereby spy on both men in her life, the musician, and her cheating husband, then to summon up an old boyfriend, soar above the Manhattan rooftops, and generally defy the structures of middle age.

2. Annie Hall (1977)

Alvy Singer, a forty-year-old twice divorced neurotic New York stand-up comic, falls in love with Annie Hall, an insecure, flighty, aspiring nightclub singer. Alvy believed, with his fifteen years of therapy, he had sorted out all his problems to make his relationship last with Annie. The two of them have fun making a meal of boiled lobsters together. He teases her about the unusual men in her past. He met her playing tennis doubles with friends. Soon Annie admits, she loves him. Things become very tense when she moves in with him. Eventually, he finds her arm in arm with one of her college professors and the two begin to argue, whether this is the "flexibility" they had discussed. They eventually break up, a reconciliation follows, but there is an unspoken divide. The final meeting for them is a wistful coda when they have both moved on to someone new.

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1. Hannah and her sisters (1986)

The movie spans two years in the life of its large cast of characters - New Yorkers who labor in Manhatten. It begins and ends at family Thanksgiving dinners, with the dinner in the middle of the film acting as a turning point for several lives. The film is organized like an episodic novel, the structure of which is exploded time and again by the passion of the characters: an accountant in love with his wife's sister, a TV executive who fears he is going to die, a woman whose cocaine habit has made her life a tightrope of fear, an artist who pretends to be strong but depends pitifully on his girlfriend.

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