1001 Club - When Harry Met Sally... (1988)

#830. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

#830. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Why It's In The Book: "When Harry Met Sally provides indisputable proof, if it were needed, that all the right ingredients—a skilled comic director (Rob Reiner), great script (Nora Ephron), and brilliant casting (Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan) – do add up to a damn-near perfect piece of film entertainment…
A romantic comedy that tips its cap to Woody Allen movies like Annie Hall (1977), this is brought right up to date by Ephron's witty dialogue that accurately depicts the modern-day dating game…Against the backdrop of the most cinematic of cities, New York, scene upon scene is either a classic or features memorable dialogue: Sally fake orgasm in the deli, after which a woman at a neighboring table orders ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ (the lady played by Reiner’s own mother) and the store karaoke session when Harry bumps into his ex-wife are played expertly by the two leads, and support roles include Bruno Kirby as Harry’s pal and Carrie Fisher as Sally’s.
A triumph for all involved – Nora Ephron has yet to write a script that matches this one – the film turned Ryan into a highly sought-after leading lady and made Harry Connick Jr., who performs 1930s and ‘40s standards (including “It Had To Be You”) on the soundtrack, a bonafide star."
-1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Adolytsi - 10/10
"I can point to pretty much every excuse that might pop into your head as to why you wouldn’t want to see this, point to When Harry Met Sally, and say 'Well, this is the one exception'."
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Marie_Dressler - 10/10
"I consider it the most perfect film in its genre since It Happened One Night (1934)."
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Chip Lary - 9/10
"It is one of the very best romantic comedies ever made."
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Movie Guy Steve - 9/10
"… if romantic comedies could be written this well, acted this believably, and directed this skillfully, it wouldn’t matter how much the same story was recycled over and over."
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nicolas krizan - 9/10
"Love or friendship?"
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Squish - 8/10
"Add to all this a relatively-young-in-her-middle-age Carrie Fisher and the unsung Bruno Kirby... whose delivery of the line '"BABY FISH MOUTH! BABY FISH MOUTH!' is the funniest line of the entire film, and you have yourself at the very least a safe date / safe to watch with mom if she can take the occasional swearing / guilty pleasure a guy can watch alone and really laugh film."
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Overall Rating: 9/10


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