->'''Annie''': ''[watching ''Film/AnAffairToRemember'']'' Now that was when people ''knew'' how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance... nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was...\\
'''Becky''': A movie! That's your problem! You don't want to be in love. You want to be [[ThisIsReality in love in a movie]].

SleeperHit[[labelnote:*]][[{{Rimshot}} Ba-dum tsshh]]![[/labelnote]] from the early [[TheNineties Nineties]] which infused a fluffy RomanticComedy with a degree of PostModernism. As director/co-writer Creator/NoraEphron put it, "Our dream was to make a movie about how movies screw up your brain about love and then if we did a good job, [[StartXToStopX we would become one of the movies that screwed up people's brains about love forever]]."

Creator/TomHanks is Sam Baldwin, a widower grieving over his wife's death. His cutie son Jonah's idea of helping him involves calling a radio talk show and putting his dad on the air. Annie Reed (MegRyan) happens to tune in when this happens and she falls in love with him. Sam and Annie then spend the rest of the movie trying to find reasons not to meet. You can guess what happens at the end.

The film is a bit non-traditional in that the romantic leads don't even meet [[spoiler: until the very end (except briefly earlier on)]].

!!This film provides examples of:

* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Jonah is absolutely adorable, and way too smart for his age.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: DREAMS COME TRUE's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAH_9Fu44q4 "Winter Song"]] is the theme song for the movie in Japan, although the lyrics are in English.
* AnnoyingLaugh / TheHyena: That horrendously annoying woman Sam dates. Jonah even says she sounds like a hyena.
* BagsOfLetters
* BigWhat: Spoken by Jessica's mother when she and Sam ask Jessica where Jonah went and she says, "He's on his way to New York".
* BlindDate
* BoyMeetsGirl
* DeadpanSnarker: Sam
* DisposableFiance: Walter, possibly the most disposable of all disposable fiancÚs.
* DistantPrologue: The opening scenes establish the death of Sam's wife and his decision to move to Seattle. After the intro, the time stamp informs the viewer that it's 18 months later.
* FatBestFriend: Becky to Annie
* FunctionalGenreSavvy: Annie, played with and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
* TheGhost: Becky's boyfriend Rick.
* HeldGaze: The Anniversary Edition [=DVD=] cover shows Creator/TomHanks and MegRyan looking into each other's eyes like this because it is the quintessential "romantic" pose.
* HotScoop: Annie's a journalist.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Walter at the end.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Sam's reaction when he sees Annie.
* ManlyTears: Played for laughs, when Sam and Greg tear up while reminiscing about ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''.
* MaybeEverAfter
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: Walter's allergies.
* MissingMom
* MistakenForRomance: Annie sees Jonah and Sam embracing a woman and assumes she's Sam's new girlfriend (it doesn't help that her hairstyle is identical to Victoria's, whom she saw in a photograph). It turns out she's Sam's ''sister'', come to town for a visit.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Seattle has no subway.
* NoRomanticResolution: What happens after they meet?
* ParentWithNewParamour: At one point, Sam dates a woman who Jonah hates.
* PostModernism
* RaceForYourLove
* SkyscraperMessages: The finale puts a giant red heart shape on the four sides of the Empire State Building.
* StalkerWithACrush: Annie looks Sam up on the hi-tech 90's computer and pretty much stalks him through the city.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Victoria?
* YouWatchTooMuchX: See Becky's quote at the top of the page.