"Play It Again, Sam" (1972):
Woody Allen almost passed Keaton over for this "Casablanca" sendup because she was too tall. Had he, one of the most iconic film collaborations may never have happened. "Play It Again, Sam" premiered to magnanimous reviews and ignited a pairing that's seen enduring success.
Keaton's follow-up to "Play It Again, Sam" was this sci-fi parody about a health-food store owner who's cryogenically frozen and reawakened 200 years later. Again, Keaton and Allen were met with praise from all corners. The movie has 100 percent positive reviews
on Rotten Tomatoes.
"Love and Death" (1975):
This satire about two Russians in the Napoleonic era marks Allen's transition between "Sleeper" and "Annie Hall." It, too, earned high praise and a significant box-office tally. "Besides being one of Woody's most consistently witty films, 'Love and Death' marks a couple of other advances for Mr. Allen as a film maker and for Miss Keaton as a wickedly funny comedienne," wrote New York Times critic Vincent Canby
"Annie Hall" (1977):
Allen and Keaton's dynamic only proliferated as the '70s concluded, and with "Annie Hall" the duo became Oscar winners (Allen, Best Director; Keaton, Best Actress). The movie itself stole Best Picture from the first "Star Wars" installment, and AFI ranks it the 11th greatest film of passion
. Allen was surprised that it emerged as his signature movie, but critics called it "touching"
and "clever."Box office:
Say what you will about what light the cross-generational romance in "Manhattan" shines on Allen's current controversies, but the Oscar-nominated romance was met with universal praise. Unsurprisingly, there's no traditional happy ending for this dramedy, but that didn't damage the duo's esteem among moviegoers or the movie's box-office prosperity.