Nowadays, romantic comedies might now be the preserve of Judd Apatow & Co, but there was a time that Nora Ephron ruled the rom-com roost. In honour of her passing yesterday, Wonderland count down the seven best scenes from her films, including that scene from “When Harry Met Sally”.
(1) New Year’s Eve in “When Harry Met Sally”
Every New Year’s Eve, we like to pretend we’re Meg Ryan (minus the perm) waiting for Billy Crystal to turn up and confess his love to us. Except Billy Crystal would look less like Billy Crystal and more like Jon Hamm.
(2) “I wanted it to be you” from “You’ve Got Mail”
This is the OKCupid dream: meeting the love of your life online, even if you think he’s a money-grabbing businessman bent on destroying your independent bookshop.
(3) The Empire State Building scene in “Sleepless in Seattle”
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks meet at the top of the Empire State, sealing the pair as the romcom couple of the 90s.
(4) Katz’s Delicatessen in “When Harry Met Sally”
A moment of true cinematic genius, and the moment that unsuspecting men were introduced to the concept of the fake orgasm.
(5) John Travolta dancing in “Michael”
Travolta plays a hapless angel who comes to Earth to sooth the pain of the broken-hearted. The film might be one of Ephron’s less distinguished works, but it did give us this Pulp Fiction-esque scene of Travolta grooving to Aretha Franklin.
(6) Meryl Streep in “Julie and Julia”
Romance isn’t just for the young. Showing that there’s nothing sweeter than an older couple in love, one of the sweetest romcom pairings in recent history was Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci in this adaptation of Julia Child’s chef.
(7) Meryl Streep (again) in “Silkwood”
Ephron proved that she wasn’t just a romcom queen with this hard-hitting screenplay about a nuclear power plant worker who crusaded for safer labour laws – and it garnered Streep an Oscar nomination.