Total Recall: Diane Keaton's Best Movies

We count down the best-reviewed work of the Big Wedding star.

Diane Keaton

If you're the type of film fan who goes in for all-star romantic comedy extravaganzas, this weekend's The Big Wedding could be the cinematic event of the season -- a good old-fashioned, light-hearted look at all the horseplay, tomfoolery, and shenanigans that lead up to one bride and groom's betrothal, with the added bonus of the familiar faces of Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, and Diane Keaton. Cinematic legends, all of them, but this week we're focusing on Keaton's contributions, and when you take a look at the amazing array of films she's appeared in, we think you'll understand why. Break out your favorite vests, baggy pants, and fedoras -- it's time for Total Recall!


93%

10. Manhattan Murder Mystery

The most recent of the eight films she's made with Woody Allen, 1993's Manhattan Murder Mystery, almost didn't come Keaton's way; initially, the part of Carol Lipton, an amateur detective whose efforts to solve the mystery of a neighbor's death draw in her neurotic husband (Allen) and a family friend (Alan Alda), was supposed to go to Allen's longtime muse Mia Farrow -- but when their notorious breakup forced him to find a new leading lady, he reached out to a dependable friend. The result was decidedly one of his more lightweight films, but for quite a few critics, that was part of its affable charm; as Owen Gleiberman wrote for Entertainment Weekly, "Nobody labors quite like Woody Allen to produce a modest entertainment."

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94%

9. Reds

An epic 194-minute biopic about the tortured affair between radical journalists John Reed (Warren Beatty) and Louise Bryan (Keaton) during the early 20th century, set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, Reds wasn't exactly the most commercially friendly film of 1981 -- but thanks to positive word of mouth and a stellar cast that also included Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Gene Hackman, and M. Emmet Walsh, it ended up grossing more than $50 million during its theatrical run, on the way to picking up three Academy Awards (against a dozen nominations). Calling it "Political drama and sweeping romance in one," Carol Cling of the Las Vegas Review-Journal marveled, "Only Warren Beatty would, or could, do it."

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97%

8. Play It Again, Sam

Woody Allen didn't direct the 1972 film adaptation of his Broadway hit Play It Again, Sam, but he did star in it and write the screenplay -- and he did make sure to bring over Keaton, his leading lady from the stage. While the whole thing still didn't amount to much more than an affable homage to Casablanca, there's no denying the strength of that impeccable source material, or the skill and affection with which Sam pays tribute to an assortment of scenes, lines, and characters that every film buff knows by heart. "Maybe the movie has too much coherence, and the plot is too predictable; that's a weakness of films based on well-made Broadway plays," admitted Roger Ebert. "Still, that's hardly a serious complaint about something as funny as Play It Again, Sam."

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98%

7. Manhattan

By the end of the 1970s, Keaton had starred in six Woody Allen films -- with the fifth, Annie Hall, sending her home with an Academy Award for Best Actress. She didn't repeat the feat with their sixth collaboration, 1979's Manhattan, but it's safe to say audiences and critics responded to the end result; Allen's story of a neurotic TV writer character caught in a(n admittedly unlikely-seeming) love triangle between a teenager (Mariel Hemingway) and an intellectual (Keaton) is regarded as one of the high points of his distinguished career. As Vincent Canby wrote for the New York Times when Manhattan was released, "Mr. Allen's progress as one of our major filmmakers is proceeding so rapidly that we who watch him have to pause occasionally to catch our breath."

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98%

6. Annie Hall

Keaton's career was already well on its way in 1977, but her turn as the title character in Woody Allen's Annie Hall rocketed her into Hollywood's upper echelon, earning her a Best Actress Oscar and heaps of critical accolades for a performance of a character who'd form the (often misunderstood) template for countless quirky-but-lovable leading ladies in subsequent rom-coms. While Keaton's affinity for the character makes sense, given that Allen constructed it based on what she's described as an "idealized version" of herself, that doesn't detract from the sheer winsomeness in the film; as Vincent Canby observed for the New York Times, "There will be discussion about what points in the film coincide with the lives of its two stars, but this, I think, is to detract from and trivialize the achievement of the film, which, at last, puts Woody in the league with the best directors we have."

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Comments

Dave J

Dave J

For some reason I can watch Diane Keaton on anything she's in except when it comes to a Woody Allen movie! And I have nothing against Woody Allen films either!

Apr 24 - 05:01 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

She's goddamn beautiful at the age of 67. Goodness, the world has turned for the ugly/slutty these days with Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, and more.

Apr 24 - 05:05 PM

John Tyler

J *

Jennifer Lawrence is sexy, dammit.

Apr 24 - 05:47 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

She's average looking.
http://static.wetpaint.me/network/ROOT/photos/460_340/JenniferWithWithoutMakeup--155757941306034862.jpg

Apr 24 - 06:01 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

aaaannnddd she wouldn't give you or any your alter egos the time of day, so what does that say about you Jerry?

Apr 24 - 06:06 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

She wouldn't give it up to this:
http://media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com/192x/60/4d/11/604d115feb2d52102d53eb0e2f44631b.jpg
I tried to make sure they got my good side

Apr 24 - 06:10 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

JUST KIDDING GUYS! She's not ugly, but she isn't a beauty queen either

Apr 24 - 06:19 PM

Evan Lewis

Evan Lewis

You put her into a category of ugly/slutty, which is totally unwarranted. She has a self deprecating genuineness about her that endears her to her fans, but is rare in Hollywood. The really sad thing is she would probably agree with your comment that she's no beauty queen, so your comment is just mean and unnecessary.

Apr 26 - 07:33 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I like Lawrence, too. She's built like a real woman. Got hips on that girl, ummhmmm.

Apr 24 - 06:20 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Lol. Someone's in love with her body

Apr 24 - 06:23 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I wouldn't kick her out of bed.

Apr 24 - 06:57 PM

John Tyler

J *

I agree, she's real pretty, especially at the Oscars. Hell, even my wife found her pretty-looking and she said I had good taste in women.

Apr 25 - 01:15 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I prefer the User Rating in terms of order, but anyway you cut it a very impressive career.

Apr 24 - 05:30 PM

John Tyler

J *

Jennifer Lawrence is sexy, dammit.

Apr 24 - 05:47 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

She's average looking.
http://static.wetpaint.me/network/ROOT/photos/460_340/JenniferWithWithoutMakeup--155757941306034862.jpg

Apr 24 - 06:01 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

aaaannnddd she wouldn't give you or any your alter egos the time of day, so what does that say about you Jerry?

Apr 24 - 06:06 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

She wouldn't give it up to this:
http://media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com/192x/60/4d/11/604d115feb2d52102d53eb0e2f44631b.jpg
I tried to make sure they got my good side

Apr 24 - 06:10 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

JUST KIDDING GUYS! She's not ugly, but she isn't a beauty queen either

Apr 24 - 06:19 PM

Evan Lewis

Evan Lewis

You put her into a category of ugly/slutty, which is totally unwarranted. She has a self deprecating genuineness about her that endears her to her fans, but is rare in Hollywood. The really sad thing is she would probably agree with your comment that she's no beauty queen, so your comment is just mean and unnecessary.

Apr 26 - 07:33 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I like Lawrence, too. She's built like a real woman. Got hips on that girl, ummhmmm.

Apr 24 - 06:20 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Lol. Someone's in love with her body

Apr 24 - 06:23 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I wouldn't kick her out of bed.

Apr 24 - 06:57 PM

John Tyler

J *

I agree, she's real pretty, especially at the Oscars. Hell, even my wife found her pretty-looking and she said I had good taste in women.

Apr 25 - 01:15 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

She's average looking.
http://static.wetpaint.me/network/ROOT/photos/460_340/JenniferWithWithoutMakeup--155757941306034862.jpg

Apr 24 - 06:01 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

aaaannnddd she wouldn't give you or any your alter egos the time of day, so what does that say about you Jerry?

Apr 24 - 06:06 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

She wouldn't give it up to this:
http://media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com/192x/60/4d/11/604d115feb2d52102d53eb0e2f44631b.jpg
I tried to make sure they got my good side

Apr 24 - 06:10 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

aaaannnddd she wouldn't give you or any your alter egos the time of day, so what does that say about you Jerry?

Apr 24 - 06:06 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Speaking of classic Saturday Night Live, I'll let Bill Murray handle the honor: "Diane Keaton? Well, everybody's been in love with you since Godfather II, honey, and now we've got a chance to show you how we feel. I think you've got it in the bag. Just remember - be yourself and don't let that pretty little head swell, OK? Alright."

And I'm glad that "Sleeper" and "Love and Death" bested "Annie Hall". Those are the better Woody comedies, imo.

Apr 24 - 06:06 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

LOL! That was back when SNL was funny. Now, it's a bunch of unfunny shit.

Apr 24 - 06:11 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Jay, you ignorant misguided slut, once again you miss the point entirely. Why should I pay hard-earned tax dollars so welfare tarts like yourself can have sex anytime they want without regard to consequences? Now I'll pay for something practical, like sterilization, but abortions - never! With one exception: if I had been around when your mother was carrying you, not only would I have paid for the abortion, but I would have performed it myself." - Dan Aykroyd

Apr 24 - 06:28 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

See, now people know it's a joke.
Here's an impersonation of John Wayne during the first Thanksgiving
"I'm John Wayne at the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims. Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrims." -Peter

Apr 24 - 06:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"That's so funny I forgot to laugh." - Gilda Radner

Apr 24 - 07:24 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

"How 'bout I whoop yo candy ass." -The Rock

Apr 25 - 01:59 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Because you're stupid" - Chevy Chase.

Apr 26 - 11:15 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

She wouldn't give it up to this:
http://media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com/192x/60/4d/11/604d115feb2d52102d53eb0e2f44631b.jpg
I tried to make sure they got my good side

Apr 24 - 06:10 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

LOL! That was back when SNL was funny. Now, it's a bunch of unfunny shit.

Apr 24 - 06:11 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Jay, you ignorant misguided slut, once again you miss the point entirely. Why should I pay hard-earned tax dollars so welfare tarts like yourself can have sex anytime they want without regard to consequences? Now I'll pay for something practical, like sterilization, but abortions - never! With one exception: if I had been around when your mother was carrying you, not only would I have paid for the abortion, but I would have performed it myself." - Dan Aykroyd

Apr 24 - 06:28 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

See, now people know it's a joke.
Here's an impersonation of John Wayne during the first Thanksgiving
"I'm John Wayne at the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims. Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrims." -Peter

Apr 24 - 06:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"That's so funny I forgot to laugh." - Gilda Radner

Apr 24 - 07:24 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

"How 'bout I whoop yo candy ass." -The Rock

Apr 25 - 01:59 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Because you're stupid" - Chevy Chase.

Apr 26 - 11:15 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

JUST KIDDING GUYS! She's not ugly, but she isn't a beauty queen either

Apr 24 - 06:19 PM

Evan Lewis

Evan Lewis

You put her into a category of ugly/slutty, which is totally unwarranted. She has a self deprecating genuineness about her that endears her to her fans, but is rare in Hollywood. The really sad thing is she would probably agree with your comment that she's no beauty queen, so your comment is just mean and unnecessary.

Apr 26 - 07:33 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I like Lawrence, too. She's built like a real woman. Got hips on that girl, ummhmmm.

Apr 24 - 06:20 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Lol. Someone's in love with her body

Apr 24 - 06:23 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I wouldn't kick her out of bed.

Apr 24 - 06:57 PM

John Tyler

J *

I agree, she's real pretty, especially at the Oscars. Hell, even my wife found her pretty-looking and she said I had good taste in women.

Apr 25 - 01:15 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Lol. Someone's in love with her body

Apr 24 - 06:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Jay, you ignorant misguided slut, once again you miss the point entirely. Why should I pay hard-earned tax dollars so welfare tarts like yourself can have sex anytime they want without regard to consequences? Now I'll pay for something practical, like sterilization, but abortions - never! With one exception: if I had been around when your mother was carrying you, not only would I have paid for the abortion, but I would have performed it myself." - Dan Aykroyd

Apr 24 - 06:28 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

See, now people know it's a joke.
Here's an impersonation of John Wayne during the first Thanksgiving
"I'm John Wayne at the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims. Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrims." -Peter

Apr 24 - 06:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"That's so funny I forgot to laugh." - Gilda Radner

Apr 24 - 07:24 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

"How 'bout I whoop yo candy ass." -The Rock

Apr 25 - 01:59 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Because you're stupid" - Chevy Chase.

Apr 26 - 11:15 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

See, now people know it's a joke.
Here's an impersonation of John Wayne during the first Thanksgiving
"I'm John Wayne at the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims. Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrims." -Peter

Apr 24 - 06:31 PM

Alex H.

Alex Haines

Wow, more than half of the movies on this list are a 98% or above. I don't think I've heard of any other actor or actress that did that

Apr 24 - 06:52 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I can give you two actors that has accomplished this feat by the names of Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood, and if you want you can also include Harrison Ford as well!

Apr 25 - 04:47 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

True, but not as many 100%ers. Think Clint and Bobby only have 3 combined. All great actors though. Not sure if Keaton gets as much credit as she deserves for her career.

Apr 25 - 05:05 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I wouldn't kick her out of bed.

Apr 24 - 06:57 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"That's so funny I forgot to laugh." - Gilda Radner

Apr 24 - 07:24 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I think that the Big Wedding just might ruin this streak...

Apr 24 - 09:42 PM

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