This 1957 classic love story starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr is hailed by many as one of the most romantic films of all time. In fact, it was No. 5 on AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Passions list and it even inspired Nora Ephron’s 1993 film “Sleepless in Seattle,” which is also on this list. This unforgettable, romantic tear-jerker is ultimately a tale of two people who meet at the wrong time and fall madly in love. A series of misunderstandings keeps them apart until fate reunites them and gives them a chance to beat the odds.
Nora Ephron was nominated for her first Best Original Screenplay Oscar for this film, which explores a thought-provoking question: Can a man and woman truly be “just friends”? Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan couldn’t be more perfectly cast as Harry and Sally in this witty and wonderful romantic comedy that follows the emotional evolution of an enduring 12-year friendship that begins after driving from Chicago to New York together after college. Endearing segments of long-time married couples telling stories of how they met are weaved into the film and the final scene in which Harry makes a sweeping, declaration to Sally is arguably one of the best Kleenex-ready moments in film history.
This movie’s heartwarming premise is simply irresistible: A young boy tries to help his dad (Tom Hanks) find love again after his mom dies of cancer. Sniff, sniff … Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote this film that pairs romantic co-stars Hanks and Meg Ryan together for the second time; this time as Sam and Annie. Sam is a handsome guy-next-door widower and Ryan plays Annie, a bubbly reporter who is engaged but not entirely happy. The 1957 classic love story “An Affair to Remember” is referenced in the film and served as creative inspiration for Ephron, who received her second Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination (along with co-writers David S. Ward and Jeff Arch) for this film. Sam and Annie’s story offers a sweet, romantic take on what could happen if you take a risk on love.