When talk turns to penning a great comedy film script, Woody Allen is often referred to as one of Hollywood’s best scribes. And now that honour seems to be official – the Writers Guild of America has named Annie Hall as the funniest movie of all time.
Members of the writers’ union have weighed in on what they deem to be the best comedies released in the English-language. The result is a list of 101 features topped by 1977’s Annie Hall.
Directed and co-written by Allen, and starring him opposite Diane Keaton, Annie Hall is centred on a neurotic New Yorker who falls in love with the titular heroine, a budding singer. The romantic comedy was a huge success at the time – winning four Oscars, including Best Picture – and remains a highly-acclaimed classic.
Other Allen titles that made the cut are Sleepers, Bananas, Love and Death, Manhattan and Broadway Danny Rose.
Taking second place is Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond’s Some Like It Hot. Followed by Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie.
More contemporary entries selected by the Writers Guild range from The Royal Tenenbaums to Mean Girls to Borat.