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Woody Allen

Highest Rated:   100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Lowest Rated:   14% Company Man (2001)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. Drawing universal insight from the traditions of Yiddish humor, Allen established himself both as a comic Everyman and one of American filmmaking's true auteurs, writing and directing features which broke with established narrative conventions and infused the screen-comedy form with unprecedented substance and depth.Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, on December 1, 1935, he adopted his stage name at the age of 17, and in 1953 enrolled in New York University's film program, quickly failing the course "Motion Picture Production" and soon dropping out of school to begin writing for comedian David Alber for the sum of 20 dollars a week. Two years later, Allen graduated to writing for television, working on the staff of the legendary Your Show of Shows, as well as penning material for Pat Boone. During his five-year tenure in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination, but like Mel Brooks, Allen found his writing career stifling, and he eventually decided to try his hand as a standup performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP.In 1965, Allen made his film debut, writing and starring in the Clive Donner farce What's New, Pussycat?; he also continued his standup career, but his interest in live performance was clearly waning. With 1966's What's Up, Tiger Lily?, a puckish re-tooling of a Japanese spy thriller complete with his own story line and dubbed English dialogue, he made his directorial debut. After appearing in the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale, his rise to fame continued when his play Don't Drink the Water was produced on Broadway. In 1969 Allen directed two short films for a CBS television special: Cupid's Shaft, a satire of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, and an adaptation of Pygmalion. However, Allen's career as a filmmaker fully took flight with the gangster send-up Take the Money and Run (1969), in which he starred, co-wrote, and directed. His status as an auteur was further solidified with 1971's Bananas and the following year's episodic Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask). Allen next appeared in Herbert Ross's 1972 feature Play It Again, Sam, followed by his own return to the director's chair for 1973's futuristic comedy Sleeper. While remaining as outlandish as his previous work, 1975's period comedy Love and Death signaled Allen's desire for respect as a serious filmmaker.Allen's breakthrough was 1977's Best Picture-winning Annie Hall; bittersweet and deeply personal, it established a new kind of comedy -- soul-searching and sophisticated, even the film's nonlinear narrative was experimental. A major commercial hit as well as a critical success, Annie Hall announced a new era of intelligence and complexity in American comedies, but Allen himself subsequently turned away from humor completely with 1978's Interiors, a brooding drama inspired by the films of his hero Ingmar Bergman. While earning a pair of Oscar nominations, the feature received wildly mixed reviews.With 1979's Manhattan, however, Allen's comic impulses and his desire for respect met halfway, and the results were remarkable; an autobiographical ode to his beloved New York City set against the music of George Gershwin, the film, luminously shot in black-and-white, was widely hailed as a masterpiece, and remains one of his definitive works. Its follow-up, 1980's Stardust Memories, recalled Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 in its depiction of a filmmaker torn between his audience's desire for comedy and his own aspirations toward more fulfilling work. Bergman was again the inspiration behind 1982's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, the first of Allen's films to star new paramour Mia Farrow; his fascination with his o

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Wonder Wheel
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2017
70% Café Society
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$11.1M 2016
45% Irrational Man
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2015
51% Magic in the Moonlight
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
55% Fading Gigolo
  • Murray
$3.2M 2014
44% The Unbelievers
  • Actor
2013
94% Casting By
  • Actor
$14.5k 2013
No Score Yet Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
  • Himself
2013
91% Blue Jasmine
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
43% Paris Manhattan
  • Himself
2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Un Voyageur
  • Actor
2013
44% To Rome with Love
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Jerry
$16.6M 2012
No Score Yet Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read
  • Actor
2012
93% Midnight in Paris
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$55.5M 2011
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$3.2M 2010
49% Whatever Works
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$5.3M 2009
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$23.2M 2008
84% Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
  • Actor
2008
46% Cassandra's Dream
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.9M 2007
No Score Yet Brother Theodore
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Je t'aime... moi non plus: Artistes et critiques
  • Actor
2007
40% Scoop
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Sid Waterman
$10.5M 2006
69% The Outsider
  • Actor
2006
77% Match Point
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$23.1M 2005
38% The Ballad of Greenwich Village
  • Actor
2005
53% Melinda and Melinda
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$3.8M 2005
No Score Yet Filmakers In Action (Cineastes en acció)
  • Actor
2005
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
  • Actor
2004
40% Anything Else
  • Screenwriter
  • David Dobel
  • Director
$3.2M 2003
No Score Yet Woody Allen: A Life in Film
  • Himself
2002
47% Hollywood Ending
  • Val
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$4.8M 2002
45% The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • C.W. Briggs
$6.8M 2001
83% Light Keeps Me Company
  • Actor
2001
14% Company Man
  • Lowther
2001
85% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
  • Actor
2001
67% Small Time Crooks
  • Director
  • Ray Winkler
  • Screenwriter
2000
No Score Yet Picking Up the Pieces
  • Tex
2000
78% Sweet and Lowdown
  • Director
  • himself
  • Screenwriter
1999
62% The Impostors
  • Producer (uncredited)
1999
41% Celebrity
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1998
96% Antz
  • Z
1998
86% Wild Man Blues
  • Actor
1998
72% Deconstructing Harry
  • Screenwriter
  • Harry Block
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet The Sunshine Boys
  • Al Lewis
1997
79% Everyone Says I Love You
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Joe
1996
77% Mighty Aphrodite
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Lenny Winerib
1995
44% Don't Drink the Water
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Walter Hollander
1994
96% Bullets Over Broadway
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1994
No Score Yet Academy Award Winners, The First 50 Years: Volume 10 - Hollywood Comes to Age
  • Actor
1994
93% Manhattan Murder Mystery
  • Larry Lipton
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1993
97% Husbands and Wives
  • Prof. Gabriel 'Gabe' RothGabe Roth
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1992
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Kleinman
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1992
32% Scenes from a Mall
  • Nick Fifer
1991
77% Alice
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Clifford Stern
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1989
73% New York Stories
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Sheldon Mills
$10.8M 1989
67% Another Woman
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1988
62% September
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
50% King Lear
  • Mr. Alien
1987
88% Radio Days
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • The NarratorNarrator
1987
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Mickey
1986
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1985
100% Broadway Danny Rose
  • Screenwriter
  • Danny Rose
  • Director
1984
100% Zelig
  • Director
1983
74% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
  • Director
  • Andrew
  • Screenwriter
1982
72% Stardust Memories
  • Sandy Bates
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1980
96% Manhattan
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Isaac Davis
1979
77% Interiors
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1978
97% Annie Hall
  • Alvy Singer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1977
75% The Front
  • Howard Prince
1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
100% Love and Death
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Boris
1975
100% Sleeper
  • Director
  • Miles Monroe
  • Screenwriter
1973
90% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask
  • FoolFabrizioCowardly SpermVictor
  • Director
1972
97% Play It Again, Sam
  • Allan
  • Screenwriter
1972
88% Bananas
  • Fielding Mellish
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1971
90% Take the Money and Run
  • Virgil Starkwell
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
29% Casino Royale
  • Jimmy Bond
1967
83% What's Up, Tiger Lily?
  • Narrator/Host/VoicesHimself/Dub Voice/Projectionist
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1966
31% What's New, Pussycat?
  • Screenwriter
  • Victor
1965
No Score Yet To My Great Chagrin: Brother Theodore
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
18% Crisis in Six Scenes
2016
  • Creator
  • Sidney J. Munsinger
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • 2016
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet Crisis in six scenes (inactive)
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Screenwriter

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