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As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time

Posted June 29, 2011 to photo album "As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time"

One Day tells the two-decade story of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dex (Jim Sturgess). Like other films, from When Harry Met Sally to Brokeback Mountain, One Day recognizes how our relationships change and deepen over time. We look at 10 other great films of loves that go on.

Two for the Road (1967)
Scenes From a Marriage (1973)
The Way We Were (1973)
Annie Hall (1977)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
5x2 (2004)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

As with Same Time, Next Year, one can make the case that When Harry Met Sally acts as a kind of precursor to One Day: Rob Reiner's classic romantic comedy charts the progression of the relationship between two main characters, as they move from a misfiring first encounter to cautious friendship and, finally, romance. Covering a 12-year period in the lives of smart but neurotic New Yorkers Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan), When Harry Met Sally posits the idea that "Men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way." (Ironically, the movie was originally to end with Harry and Sally remaining friends, which was deemed to be a realistic conclusion – however, love won out in the end.) The title characters are heavily based on Reiner and Nora Ephron, the film's screenwriter. In the mid 1980s, while meeting to discuss another project, Ephron became fascinated by the stories that Reiner, then recently divorced from fellow director Penny Marshall, told her about his life as a single man, and thus the idea for the movie originated. For a film about a love affair that takes its time, it was fitting that the distribution of When Harry Met Sally embraced a similar idea: Columbia gave the film a platform release, putting it out in a small number of theaters and slowly generating word of mouth. The strategy worked: America fell head over heels with the movie, which took close to $100 million at the box office and now is a beloved, crowd-pleasing classic.