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How To Watch You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, And Other Nora Ephron Movies Online

 Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in sweaters in When Harry Met Sally
Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in sweaters in When Harry Met Sally

It is hard to imagine coming up with a list of the best romantic comedies without including one, two, three, or more of Nora Ephron’s classic movies, both as a director and writer. Throughout her life and career, the three-time Oscar nominee gave the world some of the funniest and most unforgettable movie moments as well as a level of genuine human emotion that is both heartbreaking and breathtaking.

Though the beloved journalist, writer, and director passed away at age of 71 in June 2012, Ephron’s more than a dozen movies have kept her spirit with us for the past decade. And while we’re all familiar with undeniable classics like When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail, there are other films either written or directed by Ephron that are also worth checking out. Here’s how to do just that…

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless In Seattle (1993)  - Writer/Director

After hearing widower Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) open up about his late wife on a radio talk show, reporter Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) throws caution into the wind and puts everything at risk, including her engagement, to meet the man she can’t help but admire. Though not her directorial debut, Nora Ephron established herself as a must-watch filmmaker with Sleepless in Seattle, a defining 1993 movie.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail.
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail.

You've Got Mail (1998) - Writer/Director

Oblivious to the fact they are bitter enemies in the real world, Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) begin a swirling, and completely anonymous, relationship after meeting in an AOL chat room. Nora Eprhon’s seminal rom-com, You’ve Got Mail, is also a time capsule to the waning days of the 20th century.

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Gaby Hoffman and Julie Kavner in This is My Life
Gaby Hoffman and Julie Kavner in This is My Life

This Is My Life (1992) - Writer/Director

Nora Ephron made her directorial debut with her 1992 adaptation of This Is My Life, a short and sweet comedy about Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner), a single mother who sets out to trade her cosmetics job at Macy's for a microphone as a stand-up comic. Though not as remembered as her rom-coms, Ephron’s first outing as a director is still worth a watch.

Rent/buy This is My Life on Amazon.

Steve Martin in Mixed Nuts
Steve Martin in Mixed Nuts

Mixed Nuts (1994) - Writer/Director

A cute Christmas comedy featuring Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, and Madeline Kahn? Say no more! Released in 1994, Mixed Nuts centers on a man named Philip (Martin) as he attempts to keep his suicide-prevention hotline open during the holiday season, which proves to be no easy task. This one is wacky, quirky, and full of heart.

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John Travolta in Michael
John Travolta in Michael

Michael (1996) - Writer/Director

When a pair of reporters (William Hurt and Robert Pastorelli) and a supposed angel expert (Andie MacDowell) catch wind of an angel spotting in the heartland, the group travels to Iowa to get to the bottom of the unbelievable story. However, instead of finding some yokel with gimmicked wings, they find what could very well be the real thing (John Travolta) in Michael.

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John Travolta in Lucky Numbers
John Travolta in Lucky Numbers

Lucky Numbers (2000) - Director

In 2000, Nora Ephron came out with Lucky Numbers, a crime caper starring John Travolta as a popular yet nearly bankrupt weatherman who attempts to pull off a lottery scam to save his failing snowmobile business. Though not the late filmmaker’s best work, this movie is still amusing and features one hell of a cast including Lisa Kudrow, Tim Roth, Ed O’Neill, and Bill Pullman, to name a few.

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Nicole Kidman in Bewitched
Nicole Kidman in Bewitched

Bewitched (2005) - Writer/Director

When struggling actor Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is given the role of Darrin Stephens in the remake of the classic sitcom, Bewitched, he quickly learns that Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman), the actress hired to play the iconic Samantha Stephens, has far more in common with her character than anyone would have guessed.

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Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia.
Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia.

Julie & Julia (2009) - Writer/Director

More than a quarter-century after Meryl Streep stole the show in Nora Ephron’s screenwriting debut, Silkwood (an '80s movie that doesn’t get talked about enough), the beloved actress appeared in what would be the filmmaker’s final movie, 2009's Julie & Julia. Partly focused on the life and career of famed chef Julia Child (Streep) with the other half focused on blogger Julie Powell (Amy Adams) as she attempts to make each of Child’s 500+ recipes, this charming biographical comedy is equally amusing and moving.

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Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally
Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally (1989) - Writer

Though When Harry Met Sally is a Rob Reiner movie, and a great one at that, it’s hard to imagine the timeless story of Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) and not also think about its screenwriter, Nora Ephron. Perhaps the best friends-to-lovers romantic comedy of all time, this movie, with its outstanding writing, is perfect, absolutely perfect.

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Jack Nicholson and Meryl Street in Heartburn
Jack Nicholson and Meryl Street in Heartburn

Heartburn (1986) - Writer

Based on her book, which was inspired by her marriage to Carl Bernstein, Nora Ephron’s Heartburn, directed by Mike Nichols, tells the story of Manhattan writer Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep) and political columnist Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) as they attempt to change, and change one another, to make their relationship work. Building a family (and a home of their own) is hard work for the couple in this 1986 romantic dramedy.

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Emily Lloyd and Jerry Lewis in Cookie
Emily Lloyd and Jerry Lewis in Cookie

Cookie (1989) - Writer

Directed by Susan Seidelman, Cookie is a Nora Ephron-penned 1989 comedy that follows a troubled youth named Carmela “Cookie” Voltecki (Emily Lloyd) as she is taken under the wing of her biological father, a recently paroled gangster by the name of Dominick “Dino” Capisco (Peter Falk). Diane Wiest, Bob Gunton, and Jerry Lewis all show up in this oft-forgotten crime comedy.

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Steve Martin in My Blue Heaven
Steve Martin in My Blue Heaven

My Blue Heaven (1990) - Writer

One month before Martin Scorsese came out with Goodfellas, the iconic gangster movie adapted from a book written by her husband, Nicholas Pileggi, Nora Ephron came out with My Blue Heaven, which was also inspired by the life of Henry Hill. This time around, Steve Martin plays Vinnie Antonelli, a mobster in the witness protection program. Though he’s supposed to keep a low profile, that’s not an easy task for the loud and colorful Antonelli, much to the chagrin of Barney Coopersmith (Rick Moranis), the federal agent keeping him out of trouble.

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Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, and Lisa Kudrow in Hanging Up
Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, and Lisa Kudrow in Hanging Up

Hanging Up (2000) - Writer

And then there is Hanging Up, the 2000 dramedy about three sisters – Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, and Diane Keaton (who also directed it) – as they put their own lives on hold to tend to their ailing father (Walter Matthau in his final role). Nora Ephron wrote the screenplay alongside her sister and frequent collaborator, Delia, who wrote the book on which the film was based.

Rent/buy Hanging Up on Amazon.

If you’re looking for a laugh, a reason to cry, or want to check out a forgotten gem, these Nora Ephron movies will certainly do the trick.