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"Zelig" (1983): The documentary-style, socially astute film finds Allen's chameleonic title character popping up throughout the 1920s and '30s thanks to cleverly recreated newsreels.

13 Woody Allen must-see films

With more than 40 films under his director's hat, it can be overwhelming to approach the cinematic cannon of Woody Allen. Here's a primer of 13 of his best.

"Mighty Aphrodite"

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"Mighty Aphrodite" (1995): Investigating one of Woody Allen's favorite themes -- the instability of marriage, and coupling in general -- Allen plays a sportswriter in a bad relationship with Helena Bonham Carter. Some of the humor comes via the Greek chorus.

"Bullets Over Broadway"

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"Bullets Over Broadway" (1994): Set in the theater world of the 1920s, the critically acclaimed film stars John Cusack as a playwright stealing work from Chazz Palminteri, a gangster who has a way with words.

"Radio Days"

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"Radio Days" (1987): A Depression-era, nostalgic look at the Golden Age of radio, the film features a giant cast -- Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Julie Kavner -- that includes Seth Green as a Queens kid who escapes his stressful Queens home life thanks to a radio superhero.

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"Hannah and Her Sisters"

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"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986): In a film that proves yet again Woody Allen's adeptness at developing female characters, we follow the love lives of Hannah, played by Mia Farrow, and her sisters Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest.

"Broadway Danny Rose"

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"Broadway Danny Rose" (1984): Woody Allen stars as a hopeless theater agent in a comedy beautifully shot in black and white.

"Zelig"

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"Zelig" (1983): The documentary-style, socially astute film finds Allen's chameleonic title character popping up throughout the 1920s and '30s thanks to cleverly recreated newsreels.

"Annie Hall"

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"Annie Hall" (1977): Diane Keaton and Woody Allen are at their most charming in a rare romantic comedy that won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

"Bananas"

Woody Allen does slapstick with ex-wife Louise Lasser
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Woody Allen does slapstick with ex-wife Louise Lasser in his 1971 film "Bananas."

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"Midnight in Paris"

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"Midnight in Paris" (2011): Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams co-star in Allen's love letter to the city of lights, which garnered the director his biggest box office hit and an Oscar for best original screenplay.

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

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"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008): Woody Allen sets this tale of a love triangle, with two corners of it Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johannson, in Spain.

"Match Point"

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"Match Point" (2005): His first film shot in London, the tale of love (and murder) co-stars Scarlett Johannson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

"Small Time Crooks"

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"Small Time Crooks" (2000): A throwback to the Warner Brothers gangster comedies of the 1930s and '40s starring Tracy Ullman, Hugh Grant and Woody Allen

"Take the Money and Run"

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"Take the Money and Run" (1969): Woody Allen stars as comic con Virgil Starkwell.

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