Woody Allen is an American film director, writer, playwright, actor, comedian and musician. Born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in New York City on December 1st 1935, Woody was raised in a middle-class family. Manhattan has become Woody Allen’s film playground, having directed and written countless films that have been filmed in The Big Apple. Hannah and her Sisters with Mia Farrow, Manhattan starring Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep, and Mighty Aphrodite with Mira Sorvino are just three of his films that have scenes filmed in Manhattan. You will have the chance to see locations from many of this legend’s films on our TCM Classic Film Tour and the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour.
The 1960’s and 1970’s were very prolific years in Woody’s career. Slapstick comedies like Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), Sleeper, and Love and Death were just some of the movies he produced throughout the 1960’s. In 1977 Woody took a different approach with a modern romantic comedy and his film Annie Hall won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture for its more “mature” humor. This film starred Dianne Keaton as the main character, and also featured Christopher Walken and Shelley Duvall.
Woody Allen produced countless other films throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, many of them taking place in New York. Films like The Purple Rose of Cairo, starring Mia Farrow, which depicted life during The Depression, and Radio Days which depicted his childhood life in Brooklyn and the importance of the radio, were hits in the 1980’s. Other films include Husbands and Wives, starring Woody Allen himself with Mia Farrow, Juliette Lewis, and Judy Davis. Also, Bullets over Broadway starring John Cusack and Dianne Wiest, Small Time Crooks,Match Point with Scarlett Johansson and Cassandra’s Dream with Ewan McGregor.
Woody’s films range in all genres from comedy, musicals, dark and gloomy drama, romance, and action. He has received several awards and nominations for his work, especially several Academy Awards, and British Academy of film and television arts awards. Woody was also very active in the theatre, and both wrote and acted in various plays including From A to Z, Don’t Drink the Water, Play it Again Sam and The Floating Light Bulb.
On Location Tours makes sure to highlight all of the significant places throughout Manhattan that appeared in Woody Allen’s movies. On our guided tour you will see FAO Schwarz from the film Mighty Aphrodite, and the St. Regis Hotel featured in Hannah and Her Sisters. On this fun New York City tour you will also get to see the famous Empire Diner on 10th Avenue from his award winning film Manhattan. Woody’s film Manhattan has many scenes filmed at locations throughout Manhattan including the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Dean and Deluca, John’s pizzeria on Bleecker Street, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Woody Allen will forever be remembered as one of the most influential screenwriters of all time, and has certainly helped to shape the films we watch today. It’s nearly impossible to drive through Manhattan and not be in an area where one of his movies was filmed.
Woody Allen’s Works
There is a countless number of films directed by Woody Allen, many of which he also acted in, including: Whatever Works (2009), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Cassandra’s Dream (2007), Scoop (2006), Match Point (2005), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Anything Else (2003), Anything Else, Hollywood Ending (2002), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), Small Time Crooks (2000), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Celebrity (1998), Deconstructing Harry (1997), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Husbands and Wives (1992), Shadows and Fog (1991), Alice (1990), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), New York Stories (1989), Another Woman (1988), September (1987), Radio Days (1987), Hannah and Her Sisters(1986),The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Zelig (1983), A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982), Stardust Memories (1980), Manhattan (1979), Interiors (1978), Annie Hall (1977), Love and Death (1975), Sleeper (1973), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), Bananas (1971), Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) (TV), Take the Money and Run (1969), and What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966).
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.