Nora Ephron’s Movie Legacy: 6 Memorable Scenes

From "When Harry Met Sally…" to "Michael," a half-dozen standouts from Nora Ephron's big-screen legacy

Last Updated: June 27, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

Nora Ephron, who died on Tuesday at the age of 71, left behind a cinematic legacy rife with memorable big-screen moments. As we remember the writer-director, TheWrap looks back on six of the more memorable snippets from Ephron's movie legacy.

Also read: Nora Ephron Dies at 71

"Heartburn" (1986): The pie scene

After delivering a lengthy speech on the nature of love and the fading thereof at a dinner party, Meryl Streep's Rachel Stamstat takes a more direct approach to expressing her thoughts on the matter by delivering a pie to the face of Jack Nicholson's Mark Forman character.

"Sleepless in Seattle" ( 1993): The airport scene

Recently widowed Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) attempts to convince his son Jonah that he's not getting too serious about his girlfriend Victoria, explaining to him that no one's perfect — just as Meg Ryan's Annie Reed walks into his field of vision. 

"When Harry Met Sally…" (1989): "I'll have what she's having"

Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) gets together with Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) for a bite to eat .. and to demonstrate the nuances of faked orgasms.

You've Got Mail (1988) — "I wanted it to be you"

In which Kathleen (Meg Ryan) finds out that the man she fell in love with online has been Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) all along, all to the strains of "Over the Rainbow."

"Michael" (1996): The dance scene

John Travolta, in the role of a hard-partying Archangel Michael, dances up a storm and seduces the women in a bar.

"Silkwood" (1983): "It's terrible when they scrub a person"

Meryl Streep, as Karen Silkwood, a whistleblower at a plutonium processing plant, demonstrates why she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for the film — and why Ephron and Alice Arlen were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.



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