It's often been said that the best relationships are built on a foundation of friendship, and I don't think any film I've seen better exemplifies this concept than When Harry Met Sally. Sometimes it takes a while to realize who you're supposed to spend the rest of your life with. To paraphrase Gillian Anderson, one day you wake up and you find that you're looking at someone you've known forever, and something's changed. This film simply wouldn't work without the formidable chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Both of them are so damn likable and perfect for each other. In this film, we get to see the evolution of friendship, then best friendship, then love. At the very least, it's made me start to realize the benefits of romcoms. Not all of them, but some.
Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) meet when Harry needs a ride to New York, and his girlfriend's friend Sally agrees to drive him there from Chicago. Along the way, they get on each's others nerves and can't stand one another. Years later, they run into each other at the airport as their both about to get serious with their respective partners whom they later break up with. More years later, they have a chance encounter at a bookstore that leads to them becoming best friends. Then, as the friendship deepens and certain emotional moments happen, they take the plunge and must decide if its going to strengthen or destroy their friendship. A lot of people have been there, myself included. It's a tough road to take, but this film takes the high road and remains optimistic about their future.
You'd have to have a cold dead heart to not enjoy When Harry Met Sally. Apart from being a great relationship movie, it's also funny as hell. The combo of Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner was a flawless writer/director collaboration that resulted in one of the most relatable and hilarious romantic comedies ever made.