Nora Ephron’s Greatest Hits: The Top 10 Quotes From Her Movies
Yesterday, Nora Ephron died. She was a prolific writer and director and one of the filmmakers who paved the way for the romantic dramas we know and love today. Her sharp humor, compelling story lines and her unique viewpoint into the female psyche set her apart from other women filmmakers out there. Although she's no longer with us, we'd like to celebrate her work in our own way. So we've composed a top ten quotes from her movies throughout the years.
"These damn things are as hot as a stiff cock!"
Meryl Streep is a versatile actress who has proven her worth on the big screen time and time again. One of the more under appreciated roles that she took on in recent years is her portrayal of the famous cook Julia Child in Nora Ephron's 'Julie & Julia.' Though there aren't too many quotable moments in the film, easily one of the most comical is when this is uttered out of Streep's mouth. It just makes us giggle every time.
Michael: "Remember what John and Paul said." Frank Quinlan: "The apostles?" Michael: "No, the Beatles. All you need is love."
Before people associated John Travolta with lawsuits over awful rumors, they recognized him as an actor. In enters 'Michael,' one of his more popular (and spiritual) films that he made back in the nineties. The story centers on two reporters who find the archangel on Earth, leading them through a whirlwind adventure. Since his character is an angel, he naturally would utter meaningful lines to any human within earshot. This quote marks one of those points in a lighthearted way.
Joe Fox: "The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino."
If you've watched 'You've Got Mail' the number of times this reporter has, every once in awhile this quote pops up while waiting in line to order at a local Starbucks. What Tom Hank's character Joe Fox speaks is the truth to a degree. Plus that and it makes us feel absolutely fancy while ordering. As the internet would say, ordering some elaborate but still simple cup of coffee makes us feel "Like a Sir."
Harry: "I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
Why do we have it so low on the list? Let us explain it to you. While it may be memorable, it's not exactly the most quotable piece in the whole movie. At the same time we can't deny the fact that it makes every women sigh, wishing she could find the perfect guy to say something similar to what Harry (Billy Crystal) said to Sally (Meg Ryan) at the end of the movie, especially that last line. No wait, scratch that. We want somebody to say that last line to us, exactly like that.
"Richie used .22's because the bullets are small and they don't come out the other end like a .45, see? A .45 will blow a barn door out the back of your head, and there's a lot of dry cleaning involved, but a .22 will just rattle around like Pac-Man until you die."
'My Blue Heaven' is easily one of the most hilarious scripts that Nora Ephron wrote in her career. Or more so it's one of many great/funny scripts that she's written in the span of her career. The movie stars Steve Martin as basically a Henry Hill-like character thrown into the witness protection program with hilarious results. Even though some will argue that 'Goodfellas' is equally as funny, that movie doesn't have somebody with Steven Martin's hairdo.
Harry: "Oh, but 'baby fish mouth' is sweeping the nation? I hear them talking."
While most of the nation is swept up in Draw Something fever, there are those of us who remember it's simple origins in the board game Pictionary. During a scene in 'When Harry Met Sally,' Meg Ryan's character is desperately trying to hint what phrase she's trying to tell them. For some reason one of the guesses is "baby fish mouth." We still don't understand to this day how somebody could come to that conclusion, or even figure out what the heck she was trying to draw, but it's still great.
Rachel Samstat: "It's possible. It is possible to... to love someone so much you were to think were one to love them so much you just don't even see anything. You decide to love him and you decide to trust him. You're in the marriage. You're in the day-to-dayness of the marriage and you sort of notice that things are not the way they were but it's a... it's a distant bowel. But when things do turn out to have been wrong it's not that you knew all along, it was just that you knew you were somewhere else." Betty: "You'd have to be living in a dream." Rachel Samstat: "Yes. Yes. And the dream dies. And the dream breaks into a million tiny little pieces which leaves you with a choice. You can either stick with it, which is unbearable, or you can go off and dream another dream."
Meryl Streep has played a number of courageous women on screen for decades on end. Easily one of the the bravest women she played was Rachel Samstat in 'Heartburn.' Considered to be one of Nora Ephron's strongest movies to date, the film loosely chronicles the relationship between Ephron and her former husband Carl Bernstein.
Harry: "You do realize of course that we could never be friends." Sally: "Why not?" Harry: "What I'm saying is - and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form - is that men and women can't be friends because the sex part gets in the way."
There are a number of people who think that what Billy Crystal's character says in 'When Harry Met Sally' is true. That sex gets in the way when it comes to any friendship between a man and a woman and that no true friendship can result from a fact like this. At some point surely almost every girl out there has put this supposed theory to the test. Wonder what the conclusion were on those experiments.
Annie Reed: "Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental." Okay, we know this isn't the most cheerful quote, but it's still memorable to a degree. 'Sleepless in Seattle' is definitely one of the bigger romantic comedies that pertains to the idea of fate. That there's one person out there just for you. The two main characters don't even meet each other until the end but that didn't stop millions of women from swooning over the romance of it all.
It's a Meg Ryan/'When Harry Met Sally' marathon going on in this list. There's a couple of reasons for that. The first is that Meg Ryan pretty much turned into a national darling after doing a couple of Nora Ephron's films. At the same time Ephron has a lot to do with that. She wrote such compelling, funny and sweet stories that everyone still loves them to this day. Her biggest script easily is 'When Harry Met Sally,' so why wouldn't we quote it? It's her most quotable piece of work. Granted, we know that this particular quote is more so a series of fake moans, but we all definitely still remember that. And we still want whatever she just had at that deli too.