Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in "When Harry Met Sally."
Synopsis: Years after a post-college road trip, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) reunite in New York City as they ask themselves an age-old question: can a man and a woman be just friends? Why it's so good: From proclamations of love on New Year's Eve to the endlessly quotable diner scene, "When Harry Met Sally" has remained a classic due to Nora Ephron's unparalleled writing. Modern romantic comedies owe a lot to "When Harry Met Sally" (1989).
Synopsis: Years after a post-college road trip, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) reunite in New York City as they ask themselves an age-old question: can a man and a woman be just friends?
Broadcast News broke the story on love triangles
Graphic: Libby McGuire, Screenshot: 20th Century Fox
Broadcast News delivers its thesis in a tossed-off joke. Fiery news producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) storms into the office of blankly handsome star anchor Tom Grunick (William Hurt)—the would-be boyfriend she seems to love and loathe in equal measure. Jane sets off on a classic rom-com tirade about all the ways he’s mistreated her, only to stop herself when she realizes Tom’s dad is in the room as well. In most romantic comedies, it would be the scene where the parent passes knowing approval of their child’s spirited, opposites-attract partner. Instead, Tom’s dad offers a hilariously straightforward assessment: “The way she just acted is not the way an affectionate person acts.”