The 100 best romantic movies: 10-1
Experts including Tom Hiddleston, Joan Collins and EL James vote for the best films about love and romance
Annie Hall (1977)
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Diane Keaton, Woody Allen
Best quote: 'Don’t knock masturbation. It’s sex with someone I love.'
Defining moment: Call the lobster squad! Dinner has escaped.
Irrational, crazy and absurd. ‘Annie Hall’ gives us love in its all its messy glory. It’s the anatomy of break-up. ‘Where did it all go wrong?’ asks Woody Allen’s neurotic comedian Alvy Singer after his split from scatterbrain singer Annie (Diane Keaton, enjoying a killer fashion moment in boyish slacks and a fedora).
Allen has said that ‘Annie Hall’ was his first film to go ‘deeper’. And at its heart is the sad message that finding your soulmate doesn’t guarantee a happy ending. Or, as an old woman tells Alvy: ‘Love fades.’ But for all that, ‘Annie Hall’ is hands down the most hilarious film ever made about love, hysterically funny and packed with gags. CC
Read the Time Out review of 'Annie Hall'
'It just doesn’t get any better than “Annie Hall”. This film made me want to be an actor, fall in love, and live in New York. All of which I have now done, but not in that order.'
‘I must have watched it about 100 times. It says so much about so many things. They're such a great couple and it’s heartbreaking when they break up. I guess they're both hard to live with, so you don't feel that bad. But when they're getting along it's very sweet.’
'I'm thinking mostly of the lobster scene and Woody trying to recreate it later with another woman. It's odd that failed relationships and rejections can fall into this category but I think we're probably all as sentimental about cinema's heartache as we are about its successes.'
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