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As the pill-popping, Vodka-swilling title character of "Blue Jasmine," Cate Blanchett joins a long line of actresses who have played crazy in Woody Allen films. No one has created more complex, multi-faceted female roles than the New York maestro, but let's face it: these gals are never more mesmerizing than when they're screaming, shouting, and throwing a major tantrum.
To celebrate this latest wacky inclusion, here's our list of the nine nuttiest female performances in Woody Allen films.
9. Christina Ricci, 'Anything Else' (2003)
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At first glance, Amanda Chase (Christina Ricci) looks like she'd make a really great girlfriend, especially to a nerd like Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs). But looks can be deceiving: once you get to know Amanda in "Anything Else," you start to think that maybe Jerry should stick to dating apple pies. Based on the evidence of this film, the pastry would prove a more stable relationship.
8. Mia Farrow, 'Broadway Danny Rose' (1984)
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Before she was the Woodman's worst enemy, Mia Farrow served as the writer/director's perennial muse in no less than thirteen films. If you ever wondered what the wan-faced, soft-spoken actress would look like with long nails, dark sunglasses and a really bad haircut, look no further than "Broadway Danny Rose," in which Farrow portrays Tina Vitale, the wise-cracking girlfriend of a high ranking mobster. Here's one dame you don't wanna double-cross.
7. Scarlett Johansson, 'Match Point' (2005)
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Who wouldn’t wanna hook up with the gorgeous Nola Rice (Scarlett Johansson) in "Match Point," especially if afterwards you get to go home to your posh British flat and your lovely wife? Yep, seems like the ideal life for anybody. Until you accidentally knock Nolaup, that is. Then you're in for a whole world of crazy.
6. Diane Keaton, 'Annie Hall' (1977)
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With the title role in "Annie Hall," Diane Keaton created the definitive Woody Allen heroine: smart, funny, sexy, talented and extremely kooky. Is it any wonder the two made eight films together? Yet Keaton gets knocked down a few pegs on the list because, unfortunately for her, she's not the craziest character in the film: that title belongs to her brother Duane, played by the maestro of weird, Christopher Walken. But that's for a whole other list.
5. Anjelica Huston, 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' (1989)
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Before there was "Match Point," there was "Crimes and Misdemeanors," the film that first taught us it's all fun and games until your mistress goes f**king nuts. When wildly unstable Dolores Paley (Anjelica Huston) threatens to bring optometrist Judah Rosenthal's (Martin Laundau) cushy upper-crust life crumbling down if he doesn’t tell his wife about their affair, the good doctor decides to do the only sensible thing: have her killed. And they say there aren't any good men out there.
4. Cate Blanchett, 'Blue Jasmine' (2013)
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That’s right, Cate Blanchett is so crazy in "Blue Jasmine," she managed to knock some real heavyweight contenders out of the top nine. In this modern-day retelling of "A Streetcar Named Desire," Blanchett plays Jasmine, a New York socialite who loses everything — including her mind — when her husband (Alec Baldwin) goes to prison for fraud. She guzzles Vodka, pops Xanex like they're Tic-Tacs, talks endlessly about her troubles to anyone who'll listen (mainly herself) and somehow manages to make us feel sorry for rich people.
3. Penelope Cruz, 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' (2008)
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When we first see Javier Bardem in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," we learn that his ex-wife, Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz), stabbed him during a particularly nasty confrontation. Later in the film, she fires a gun at him and his latest girlfriend (Rebecca Hall), shooting her in the foot. Need we say more as to Cruz's inclusion on the list?
2. Dianne Wiest, 'Bullets Over Broadway' (1994)
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Dianne Wiest owes her two Best Supporting Actress Oscars to Woody Allen: first came her coke-addicted, emotional train wreck middle child in "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), followed by her Norma Desmond-esque grand dame of the theater Helen Sinclair in "Bullets Over Broadway." "Don’t speak!" she exclaims to idealistic playwright David Shayne (John Cusack), even when he's not saying anything at all.
1. Judy Davis, 'Husband and Wives' (1992)
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Of all the loony ladies in Woody Allen films, Judy Davis holds the title Looniest of Them All for her role as Sally in "Husbands and Wives." Not to take anything away from the actress’'equally nutty work in "Celebrity" (1998) and "Deconstructing Harry" (1997), but this is one for the ages. As the embittered wife of a philandering husband (Sydney Pollack), Davis goes from zero-to-sixty at the drop of a hat, brimming with so much nervous energy you feel she might explode at any minute — and we just can't get enough of it.