Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Nora Ephron remains one of the greatest screenwriters and directors in the romantic comedy genre. Her work ranges from the remake of the popular TV show Bewitched in 2005 to the delightful Julie & Julia (2009), which earned Meryl Streep her sixteenth Academy Award nomination. Ephron herself only received three Academy Award nominations (all for “Original Screenplay”), but her final nomination was for co-writing one of the greatest romantic films in contemporary cinema. That film is none other than the 1993 classic Sleepless in Seattle, which still remains a seminal love story for the modern age.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan do some of their best work in this lighthearted film filled with romance and quaint humor. Some critics might regard this film as a cliched love story, but that is actually part of the appeal of this film (and that trait might also explain why this film earned a “Best Original Screenplay” nomination). Some people might also not know that this film is somewhat similar to An Affair to Remember (1957), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. In fact, Sleepless in Seattle directly references that 1950s classic! It is safe to say that this particular film is Nora Ephron’s masterpiece (even though that term is very subjective)… much like the meaning of love itself.


Sleepless in Seattle has one of the most iconic titles in cinematic history. In fact, a lot of the greatest love stories (both literary and cinematic) present some of the greatest plots ever imagined, and famous examples include Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet. Sleepless in Seattle might not be the greatest love story ever told, but it is still a timeless motion picture thanks to the imagination of one of the greatest women that Hollywood has ever known.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for every reference to other famous films (including Fatal Attraction and An Affair to Remember)

Do Not Be Sober: every time any of the characters cry (or have their eyes well up with tears)

Drink a Shot: for every discussion of love, fate, and destiny

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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