- Match Point (2005) Some don’t like this one. The tension and suspense are, to me, pitch-perfect. Allen does murder stories really well, like:
- Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) The dual plot lines are so incongruous and unrelated, they end up becoming palate cleansers for one another.
- Deconstructing Harry (1997) This movies plays like a collage of scenes from 20 years of Woody Allen movies — that seems like a bad recipe but it works. If a friend had never seen a Woody Allen movie I might recommend this one first.
- Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) I love Allen’s female characters. They have depth. Maybe that’s why women like him.
- Bullets Over Broadway (1994) I laugh more at this than any of his other movies. Dianne Wiest is great and John Cusack does one of the better Allen characters.
It’s too hard to go without some honorable mentions that just missed the cut:
- Annie Hall (1977) – An obvious choice. For awhile I was off this one, or at least I didn’t rate it as high, but it sets so many bars and themes for his later movies.
- Interiors (1978) – Wonderfully shot. I love the cold moods.
- Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008) – His most sensual film, I think.
There aren’t too many artists going these days who can claim massive highs in four different decades. Of course he also made some terrible movies in between, but the catalog of work is pretty ridiculous.