Five key performances
THE GODFATHER (1972)
And the Godfather Part II, obviously. Keaton made the most of a thankless role: the WASP outsider who marries into a Mafia clan. She is rarely in the heart of the action, but her character is vital as a measure of the extent to which the Corleones are adopting white-bread American values.
ANNIE HALL (1977)
The partnership between Woody Allen and Diane Keaton delivered an enormous string of comic classics: Love and Death, Sleeper, Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery. But this is the film that really engages with Keaton’s persona.
Though praised at the time and nominated for seven Oscars, Warren Beatty’s study of left-wing journalist John Reed now feels like an underrated film. Keaton was superb as fellow journalist Luise Bryant.
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (1996)
The revenge comedy brought together Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn for a comedy that offered fluid expression of an increasingly common female frustration. A huge hit, it later became a stage musical.
SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (2003)
Nancy Meyers knows how to work a good cast. Her 2003 comedy cast Keaton as a playwright juggling the attentions of Jack Nicholson and (why not?) Keanu Reeves. Diane received her most recent Oscar nomination for the film.