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->'''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]].

A 1993 SleeperHit[[labelnote:*]][[{{Pun}} We know]]: [[{{Rimshot}} Ba-dum tsshh]]![[/labelnote]] 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]]." The film stars Creator/TomHanks and Creator/MegRyan, in their second screen pairing (preceded by ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano'' and followed by ''Film/YouveGotMail'').

Hanks is Sam Baldwin, a recently-widowed architect from Chicago who's trying to start life anew in Seattle with his eight-year-old son Jonah (Ross Malinger). Jonah's idea for helping his father find a new wife involves calling a radio talk show on Christmas Eve and putting Sam on the air. Annie Reed (Ryan), a Baltimore news reporter who's engaged to the pleasant-but-bland Walter (Bill Pullman), happens to tune in to the show and falls in love with Sam. 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.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Jonah is absolutely adorable, and way too smart for his age.
* AdultFear: Losing one's spouse.
** Sam's desperation to find Jonah after the latter sneaks off to New York City is wrenching.
--> "What if something happened to you? What if I couldn't get to you? What would I have done? You're my family. You're all I have."
* 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.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Annie manages to follow Sam and Jonah from Lake Union to Alki Beach despite them being in a boat while she's in a car. This either requires Annie managing to guess where Sam and Jonah are headed and drive at improbable speeds, or have an amphibious rental car.
%%* 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
* CreatorCameo: When Annie is in the kitchen in the middle of the night listening to the 'best of' radio callers, the caller 'Disappointed in Denver' is voiced by director Creator/NoraEphron.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Sam
* DeadPersonConversation: Maggie appears to Sam on New Year's Eve to share a drink with him.
* DisposableFiance: Walter, possibly the most disposable of all disposable fiancés.
* 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.
* DoorClosesEnding: After Annie, Sam, and Jonah get on the elevator, the doors close and we cut to the outside of the Empire State Building.
%%* FatBestFriend: Becky to Annie
%%* FunctionalGenreSavvy: Annie, played with and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
%%* FunWithAcronyms: Jessica and Jonah engage in this.
%%* TheGhost: Becky's boyfriend Rick.
* HappilyMarried: All dialogue makes it obvious that Sam and his wife were this.
* HeldGaze: The Anniversary Edition [=DVD=] cover shows Creator/TomHanks and Creator/MegRyan looking into each other's eyes like this because it is the quintessential "romantic" pose.
%%* 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''.
** Sam seems quite close to tears of relief when he finds Jonah at the end of the film.
%%* 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: In 1993, Seattle had a bus tunnel, not a subway.
* NoRomanticResolution: What happens after they meet?
* ParentWithNewParamour: At one point, Sam dates a woman who Jonah hates. Conversely, without even having met her, he readily declares Annie as "my new mom."
%%* PostModernism
* RaceForYourLove: Annie tears across New York City to reach Sam at the Empire State Building.
* SecondLove: Annie will be this to Sam.
* SexyShirtSwitch: A deleted scene from the original script has Sam having a fantasy about Annie dressed like this.
* 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.
* TemptingFate: Sam's last line of the prologue is to declare, "This kind of thing doesn't happen twice", referring to great love he had for his wife, in response to his sister's insistence that he'll meet someone eventually. Sure enough, his reaction when he sees Annie shows that he's wrong.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Victoria?
%%* YouWatchTooMuchX: See Becky's quote at the top of the page.