Woody Allen, one of the most important figures in American cinema history, celebrates his 81st birthday today.
Before becoming the famous and beloved arthouse filmmaker of unforgettable classics, he established a reputation as a stand-up comic, renowned for his quasi neurotic personality and his intellectual-come-honest absurdist sense of humor.
These features, along with others, he brought to his filmmaking, which is respected by critics, directors, artists and comics alike. How could it not be, with such classics as Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters and the more recent Midnight in Paris to his credit.
In the latter part of his career, he too has been attacked by media as a result of an enigmatic and tumultuous private life. Such things, however, pose an unconvincing argument in the way of celebrating a man that has certainly left his mark on cinema history and, despite what detractors say about his prolific working ways, has directed more interesting titles that weak ones.
Here is a list of 10 of his landmark films, in chronological order.