It was not until sometime in high school that I sat down and finally watched a Woody Allen picture. (Turner Classic Movies had for years already been a staple of my TV-watching schedule but never, for whatever inexplicable reason, did I happen to catch an Allen film there.) That first Allen film happened to be his 1993 release, Manhattan Murder Mystery, which brilliantly paired him back with Diane Keaton - for the first time since 1979's Manhattan. I did not expect to laugh myself so silly and I still, having since then seen nearly every single Allen film, consider Manhattan Murder Mystery among his funniest and most underappreciated pictures.
Over the years, I did play a ton of catch-up on the Allen filmography and, at this point, three of his films grace my list of the top 50 films of all-time - Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors. It's a trio of pictures I absolutely must watch at least once a year.
In honor of his birthday today, I am delighted to present this list of my 10 favorite films of one of my all-time favorite filmmakers...
10. Annie Hall (1977)
9. Another Woman (1988)
8. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
7. Husbands and Wives (1992)
6. Interiors (1978)
5. September (1987)
4. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
3. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
2. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
1. Manhattan (1979)