"To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope you're getting this down."
A somewhat abridged list of movies is presented here:
Whats New Pussycat (1965) - Woody Allen's first movie (although it was directed by Clive Donner). Peter O Toole tries to be faithful to his fiancee, but he's a Chick Magnet. Peter Sellers is his psychoanalyst, who is stalking one of his patient's stalkers in a motel in France. Allen plays O'Toole's friend who has a crush on the fiancee. The film originally going to star Warren Beatty, but when Woody was hired to rewrite it, he kept building up a bit part for himself and shrinking Beatty's role so blatantly that the star quit.
Whats Up Tiger Lily? (1966) - A secret agent is sent to Sim Sim Salabim to find a lost egg salad recipe. Gag Dubbed from a Japanese movie. The concept was so novel at the time that he appears in an introduction to explain the concept to the audience. Interestingly, the project was originally offered to Lenny Bruce, who turned it down and recommended Allen for it instead.
Casino Royale 1967 - Not written or directed by Allen, but he plays Jimmy Bond, James Bond's "disappointing" nephew, who is the head of SMERSH and plans to kill all men over 4' 6" tall, so that he gets all the girls.
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) - A short Mockumentary satirizing Richard Nixon's politics. Made for PBS, but they were afraid of losing their government support, so it was never aired.
The Front (1976) - This Martin Ritt-directed comedy-drama stars Allen as a bookie who lends his name to television screenplays written by his blacklisted friend during the anti-Communist Witch Hunt of the '50s.
Annie Hall (1977) - Woody Allen's most famous movie — and, perhaps, along with Manhattan, his best (though Allen himself doesn't think much of either of them). It focuses on the difficult relationship between a comedian and the ditzy Annie Hall. In the end, they split up. Winner of four Academy Awards: Best Picture (for which it beat Star Wars), Best Director (Allen), and Best Screenplay (Allen), Best Actress ( Diane Keaton). (Allen was also nominated for Best Actor.)
Manhattan (1979) - Woody Allen in an intricate Love Dodecahedron with a seventeen-year-old girl, Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Probably his second most beloved movie, after Annie Hall. Allen considered the film such an abject disaster that he told the studio he'd make another for free if they didn't release it.
Stardust Memories (1980) - While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker (guess who) recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films. Also the one that gave critics and fans the phrases "the early, funny ones" and "the later, serious ones".
Radio Days (1987) - A narrator tells the story of his youth and the influence of radio in it.
September (1987) - Yet another Love Dodecahedron, and a tragic story relating mother-daughter relationship, influenced by Ingmar Bergman. Inspired by stage play TV broadcasts. Allen filmed the whole movie, then threw out the whole cast, and started again with a new cast.
Another Woman (1988) - A philosophy teacher observes the everyday of another woman and decides to change everything bad in her own life.
Oedipus Wrecks (1989) - A short film (part of New York Stories) about a lawyer who makes his Large HamJewish Mother disappear in an illusionist act. She reappears, floating in the sky over Manhattan, and she's not happy.
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989) - A ophthalmologist hires a hitman to kill his mistress, and a movie director is hired to make a documentary about his brother-in-law whom he despises.
Alice (1990) - A seemingly happy housewife realizes that she's a Stepford Smiler. She visits an herbalist that gives her three kinds of herbs which provide her with super-powers so she can straighten up her life.
Shadows And Fog (1991) - An homeage to German Expressionism, a vigilante mob tries to catch a Serial Killer in the midst of a circus.
Husbands And Wives (1992) - When their best friends announce that they're separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their marriage.
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) - A nosy housewife drags her reluctant husband into an amateur investigation of their neighbour's death.
Dont Drink The Water (1994) - An American family is trapped in a US embassy behind the Iron Curtain while the ambassador's incompetent son is in charge. Based on his 1966 play, this TV adaptation was directed by Allen, who was dissatisfied with the earlier 1969 film adaptation.
Celebrity (1998) - After his divorce, a man blows every chance he has to be famous, while his ex-wife reaches stardom without doing much. Stars Kenneth Branagh doing a Woody Allen impression.
Antz (1998) - An ant saves his colony from drowning at the hands of his General. A Shout Out to Metropolis. (As with The Front, Allen didn't write it or direct it, but he starred in it, and his character seems to have been tailored specifically for him.)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) - A insurance investigator is hypnotized to steal jewels. His most expensive movie in terms of budget and also his biggest flop.
Hollywood Ending (2002) - A movie director suffers hysterical blindness while filming the movie that will restart his career.
Anything Else (2003) - Woody Allen serves as oracle to the love life of a young man. Notable in that it can easily be seen as a remake of Annie Hall.
Melinda And Melinda (2004) - A group of screenwriters write two stories with the same premise to discover if life is tragic or comic.
Match Point (2005) - A former professional tennis player is torn between his rich, high society wife and his lower class, sexually adventurous mistress. When his mistress gets pregnant and threatens to tell his wife, he resorts to drastic measures to keep his infidelity a secret. Set in and around London, rather than in New York.
Cassandra's Dream (2007) - Woody Allen's return to Darker and Edgier works. An uncle convinces his two nephews to help him to get rid of an ex-partner who is testifying against him in court. Set in and around London, rather than New York.
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010) - Allen returns to London. The plot involves different members of a family after the father divorces the mother. Cast includes Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas.
Midnight In Paris (2011) - Set in Paris, the film stars Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and supermodel/actress Carla Bruni (the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy). Allen's biggest critical hit in years, surpassing even the success of Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Its also his best performing film financially, taking in over $56 million at the US box office (his previous record was the $40 million-grossing Hannah and Her Sisters).
Blue Jasmine (2013) - Set to be Woody's first New York film since Whatever Works, the film features Louis C.K., Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett and Andrew "Dice" Clay.
Tropes common to his work include:
The Anti-Nihilist: Several of Allen's protagonists are people who find reality to be miserable, full of suffering, and pretty much worthless. They generally seek to find something meaningful in their lives, try to escape from their reality, and/or simply try to enjoy their existence as best they can while they can. (Annie Hall, Stardust Memories, and Midnight in Paris)
Auteur License: From his first film as director, Take the Money and Run. His contracts stipulate that once he has agreed the basic story with the film company, he has complete creative control
Big Apple Sauce: One of his trademarks as nearly all Woody Allen films made in the 20th century take place in New York.
Averted lately with every film (other than Whatever Works) since Melinda and Melinda being shot in Europe.
Cerebus Syndrome: Sort of, while he continued to make mostly comedies while dabbling in drama here and there, there was a point in time that fans wanted him to make more films like his "older, funnier" films.
Creator Backlash: Allen hates most of his films because they can never live up to the expectations he has while making them. He finds audiences' attachment to Annie Hall and Manhattan irrational and perplexing.
Money, Dear Boy: Averted. Most of his films have really small budgets and his salary is relatively small. Also averted by big name stars that take pay cuts solely to work with him (allegedly the set fee for famous actors in his movies is five-thousand dollars per day of filming).