Ephron wrote the screenplay based on her semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, which was inspired by her second marriage, to journalist Carl Bernstein, and his affair with Margaret Jay, the daughter of a former British prime minister and the wife of a former British ambassador. The movie stars Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.
The movie stars Steve Martin as a former mobster recently inducted into the Witness Protection Program who is being watched over by an uptight FBI agent (Rick Moranis). My Blue Heaven came out a month before fellow mob-related film GoodFellas, which was based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, Ephron's third and current husband.
The drama, directed by Mike Nichols and co-written by Ephron, was inspired by the true-life story of Karen Silkwood, who died in a mysterious car accident while investigating alleged wrongdoings at a plutonium plant where she worked. Stars Meryl Streep and Cher received Oscar noms for their work on the movie, as did Nichols and Ephron.
Ephron directed the comedy starring Steve Martin and co-wrote the script with her her sister, Delia Ephron, based on the French comedy La Pere Noel est une ordure. The movie revolves around the shenanigans that ensue at a crisis hotline business on one Christmas Eve. The cast also includes Juliette Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Shreiber, Rita Wilson, Parker Posey, Jon Stewart and Parker Posey.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
This was the first of four movies that teamed Ephron with Meg Ryan, who starred with Billy Crystal as a pair of friends who don't realize they are meant to be together until several years after they first meet. Ephron wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for the Rob Reiner-directed movie -- which famously included the line "I'll have what she's having" -- earning her an Oscar nomination, among other honors.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan starr in the movie directed and co-written by Ephron, who received an Oscar nom for the screenplay. Inspired by the Cary Grant-Deborah Kerr film An Affair to Remember, the story line concerns a widower (Hanks) who becomes famous after his son calls in to find a new wife for his father on a nationwide radio program. Ryan's character then becomes intrigued, and the two finally meet at the top of New York's Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.
John Travolta stars as the archangel Michael, who is depicted as a slob who drinks and smokes. After he is sent to Earth to help out humans with their troubles, he meets up with a cast that includes Andie MacDowell, William Hurt and Bob Hoskins.
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reteamed for the movie, based on the Miklos Laszlo play Parfumerie, which had previously been adapted into the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner. Ephron directed and along with her sister, Delia, wrote the screenplay about a man and woman who are having a romantic relationship over e-mail and are unaware that their "lover" is, in fact, a person whom they immensely dislike.
Hanging Up (2000)
A trio of sisters -- played by Diane Keaton, who also directed, Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow -- bond over their ambivalence toward the impending death of their curmudgeonly father (Walter Matthau, in his final film appearance). Ephron wrote the screenplay with sister Delia.
Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell starr in the movie, a reimaging of the classic TV series that was directed by Ephron and co-written with her sister, Delia Ephron. In the film, Ferrell plays an actor approached to take on the Darrin role in a remake of the show, while Kidman plays an actual witch who gets cast as Samantha. Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Jason Schwartzman and Kristin Chenoweth co-star.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Ephron directed and wrote the movie, which was adapted from Julie Powell's book about her attempt to cook all 524 recipes in Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and an autobiography about Child. Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the famous chef, and Amy Adams played the young New Yorker looking to follow in her footsteps.