Essential Ephron: 5 movies to fall in love with


Posted at Jun 27 2012 04:04 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2012 12:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Screenwriter, director and producer Nora Ephron, best known for her romantic comedies, mostly starring Meg Ryan and Meryl Streep, has died in New York at age 71 after battling leukemia, media reports said on Tuesday.

During her long career, Ephron wrote for newspapers and magazines., as well as published books and essays. But she is perhaps best known for her work in movies. She was thrice nominated for an Oscar for her screenplays for "Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Silkwood."

Here are five of her most memorable romantic movies.

Heartburn (1986)

What's it about: Ephron adapted her autobiography for this movie starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson that looks at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to reporter Carl Bernstein, who co-wrote "All the President's Men." Rachel (Streep) is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark (Nicholson) at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. Rachel eventually finds out that Mark is having an affair while she is pregnant.

Memorable line: "I don't want to do it, honey. Can't we get somebody else to do it?" -- a very pregnant Rachel to husband Mark at the hospital

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

What's it about: The film follows Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) as they both search for love -- and fail. Soon they are confronted with the problem: "Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?"

Memorable line: "I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." -- Harry

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

What's it about: When Annie (Meg Ryan), a newspaper writer, hears Sam (Tom Hanks), talk about how much he loves and misses his dead wife, she, like many women in America, fall in love with him, despite already being engaged.

Memorable line: "Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic," Sam talking about what makes his wife special

You've Got Mail (1998)

What's it about: This romantic comedy reunites Ryan and Hanks in a modern-day remake of "Shop Around The Corner." Hanks plays Frank, the owner of a bookstore chain and Ryan is Kathleen, the woman Frank falls for online. Both are unaware that she runs the little shop his company is trying to shut down.

Memorable line: "People are always saying that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all... has happened. My store is closing this week. I own a store, did I ever tell you that? It's a lovely store, and in a week it'll be something really depressing, like a Baby Gap. Soon, it'll be just a memory. In fact, someone, some foolish person, will probably think it's a tribute to this city, the way it keeps changing on you, the way you can never count on it, or something. I know because that's the sort of thing I'm always saying. But the truth is... I'm heartbroken. I feel as if a part of me has died, and my mother has died all over again, and no one can ever make it right." -- Kathleen writing her thoughts online

Julie & Julia (2009)

What's it about: The film juxtaposes the lives of Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams) as a food blogger trying to recreate Child's recipes. Both are fueled with their passion for food and are struggling to be successful with loving husbands supporting them.

Memorable line: "You are the butter to my bread, you are the breath to my life," Paul Child to wife Julia