Remembering Nora Ephron, the Queen of Rom-Coms

Remembering Nora Ephron, the Queen of Rom-Coms

Karen Alfonso
Nora Ephron at right. Images from Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and Julie and Julia at left. (Getty Images TriStar | MGM | Columbia Pictures)
Nora Ephron (photo courtesy | | Getty Images TriStar | MGM | Columbia Pictures)

How many Saturday nights have we stayed indoors with a bucket of popcorn and cried and laughed our hearts out watching classic movies like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and more recently Julie & Julia? The woman behind these iconic movies, Nora Ephron passed away last night at age 71 after suffering from acute pneumonia. Ephron was a noted filmmaker, screenwriter and author. She was credited for introducing to Hollywood in the late ’80s and early ’90s strong female characters and responsible for Meg Ryan being credited as “America’s Sweetheart”.

If you haven’t already checked out here movies here’s are a few movies you can…

1) When Harry Met Sally

Women can “fake it” very easily. Just how easily? Well that was documented in the now infamous scene between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. That iconic dialogue from a fellow diner who says “I’ll have what she’s having” has gone down in movie history.

2) Sleepless in Seattle

That magical combination of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan has got to be my favourite rom-com of all time. Ephron wrote and directed this film. I can’t help but shed a tear when in the climatic scene the couple meet at the top of the Empire State Building.

3) Julie & Julia

It must not be easy to act alongside Meryl Streep but Amy Adams (remember her as the princess from Enchanted?) holds her own in this film inspired by the lives of American cookbook author Julia Childs and food blogger Julie Powell. The most memorable scene is undoubtedly the lobster one where Adam’s character says  “I have to murder and dismember a crustacean” always manages to incite a few laughs from me (and goosebumps.) A beautiful movie to be watched by all you foodies out there.

4) You’ve Got Mail

Now life pre-internet seems so archaic. This movie perfectly summed up the internet boom with email helping boost our love lives. The enigmatic chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan returns which is good enough reason to watch it. Certainly, a feel-good film to watch on those lazy Sunday afternoons.

Which one of these was your favorite? Leave me a comment below!