With at least four distinct phases throughout his long career, writer-director-actor Woody Allen was one of the few American filmmakers rightly labeled an auteur. From the irreverent absurdity of his early satires like "Bananas" (1971) and "Sleepers" (1973) to his chronicles of neurotic New Yorkers in "Annie Hall" (1977), "Manhattan" (1979) and "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), Allen's obsessions with beauty, psychiatry, intellect and relationships existed in all his work. Unique among filmmakers, Allen made highly personal films with mainstream money while managing to exert creative control over the product - all the while earning a high-level of critical respect and numerous Academy Awards. By keeping budgets low, the prolific filmmaker reached his mostly urban audience on a regular basis, churning out one movie practically each year. His creative fires never extinguished, as he directed dramas like "Interiors" (1978), morally ambiguous tragicomedies like "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) and period comedies like "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). Even when stepping outside of his comfort zone with "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996) and "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999), Allen had the creative acumen to pull it off. Though he suffered personal scandal over his romantic involvement with adopted daughter, Soon Yi Previn, as well as a professional nadir with "Small Time Crooks" (2000) and "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001), Allen regained his critical stature with "Match Point" (2005), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008) and "Midnight In Paris" (2011), which cemented his place in cinema history as one of its finest directors.