Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan (born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra; November 19, 1961)[1] is an American actress and producer. Ryan began her acting career in 1981 in minor roles before joining the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in 1982. Subsequently, she began to appear in supporting roles in films during the mid 1980s like box office hit Top Gun, achieving recognition in independent films such as Promised Land (1988) before her performance in the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989) brought her widespread attention and her first Golden Globe nomination.

Ryan subsequently established herself, both nationally and internationally,[2] as one of the most successful actresses in the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly in romantic comedy films such as Sleepless in Seattle (1993), French Kiss (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), and Kate & Leopold (2001). Her other films include The Doors (1991), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), Courage Under Fire (1996), Addicted to Love (1997), City of Angels (1998), Proof of Life (2000), and The Women (2008). In 2015, she made her directorial debut with Ithaca, a film in which she also acted.

Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan 2009 portrait
Ryan in 2009
Margaret Mary Emily Hyra

November 19, 1961 (age 57)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1981–present
Dennis Quaid
(m. 1991; div. 2001)
Children2, including Jack Quaid

Early life

Ryan was born and raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, the daughter of Susan Jordan (née Duggan), a former actress and English teacher, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher.[3][4][5] She is of German, Irish, and Polish descent. She was raised Roman Catholic[6] and attended St. Pius X Elementary School in Fairfield. She has two sisters, Dana and Annie, and a brother, musician Andrew Hyra, a member of the band Billy Pilgrim. Her parents divorced in 1976 when she was 15 years old.[7]

Ryan graduated from Bethel High School in 1979.[8] She studied journalism as an undergraduate, first at the University of Connecticut and then at New York University. During college, she acted in television commercials and the soap opera As the World Turns to earn extra money. Due to her success as an actress, she dropped out of college a semester before she planned to graduate.[9][10] When she joined the Screen Actors Guild, she used the surname "Ryan", her grandmother's maiden name.[5]


Early work

After her film debut in George Cukor's Rich and Famous, Ryan played Betsy Stewart in the daytime drama As the World Turns, from 1982 to 1984, and her character was featured in a popular romantic story arc. Around that same time, she appeared in a Burger King commercial. Several television films and smaller film roles followed, including appearances in Charles in Charge, Armed and Dangerous, Amityville 3-D and Promised Land; for her role in the lattermost she received her first Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 1986, she played Carole Bradshaw, the wife of Naval Flight Officer Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards) in Top Gun. Ryan appeared in the film Innerspace (1987) with her future husband Dennis Quaid, and later in the remake of D.O.A. (1988) and in The Presidio (1988).

1994–1999: Commercial breakthrough

Her first leading role was the romantic comedy film When Harry Met Sally... (1989), which paired her with comedic leading man Billy Crystal and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her portrayal of Sally Albright includes an oft-recounted scene in which her character, lunching with Crystal in Katz's Delicatessen in Manhattan, theatrically demonstrates for him how easy it is for a woman to fake an orgasm.[11]

Ryan next starred in The Doors, which was moderately successful, and Prelude to a Kiss, which flopped.[12] The year 1993 saw the release of the hugely successful romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, which paired Ryan for a second time with Tom Hanks. They had previously been paired as romantic leads in the film Joe Versus the Volcano—a commercial disappointment which later developed a cult following. Hanks and Ryan would be paired for a third time in the film You've Got Mail.[13] She was offered the role of the protagonist Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), but rejected it due to its gruesome and violent themes.

In 1994, Ryan took a role that differed from the romantic-comedy ingenue character for which she had become famous. In Luis Mandoki's When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), a romantic social drama film also starring Andy Garcia, she played an alcoholic high-school guidance counselor. The film and her performance were both well received by critics.[14] One critic called the film "a first-class production, accentuated by fine performances and an unflinching script",[15] and another praised Ryan for her "roller-coaster role".[15] The film was a notable success in its domestic run, grossing $50 million in the United States alone,[16] and garnered the actress her first Screen Actors Guild Award.[17] The same year, Ryan returned to type, starring alongside Tim Robbins in Fred Schepisi's romantic comedy I.Q. The film centers on a mechanic and a Princeton doctoral candidate who fall in love, with the aid of the graduate student's uncle, Albert Einstein (played by Walter Matthau). Ryan later won Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award, and People Magazine dubbed her one of "the 50 most beautiful people in the world".

In 1995, critic Richard Corliss called her "the current soul of romantic comedy". That same year, she appeared opposite Kevin Kline in Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss, a romantic comedy that catered to her "America's Sweetheart" image, and Ryan was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. (This award is given to "outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry".)[18]

In 1996, Ryan starred in the film Courage under Fire alongside Denzel Washington and Matt Damon. The following year, she voiced the lead role in the animated film Anastasia, which garnered good reviews and enjoyed box office success. She also appeared opposite Matthew Broderick in Addicted to Love playing a female lead at least superficially different from her usual direction, as one of a pair of jilted lovers bent on revenge.

In 1998, she starred in two films. City of Angels drew positive reviews and became a financial success, topping nearly $200 million worldwide. You've Got Mail once again paired Ryan with Hanks, earning her a third Golden Globe nomination and making over $250 million worldwide. She also appeared in 1998's Hurlyburly with Sean Penn.

2000–2006: Breaking away from usual roles

Ryan's first film of the 2000s was Hanging Up, a Diane Keaton-directed family comedy-drama about a trio of sisters who bond over the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father. Also starring Keaton, Lisa Kudrow and Walter Matthau, the film adaptation of Delia Ephron's 1995 novel received poor reviews from critics.

The same year, Ryan was cast in the action thriller Proof of Life with Russell Crowe, directed by Taylor Hackford. In the film, she portrayed the distraught wife of a kidnapped engineer, played by David Morse, while relying on a resourceful troubleshooter who makes a profession of dealing with international bandits. While the film became a lukewarm critical and commercial success, grossing $63 million worldwide, it garnered much reportage in the tabloid press in association with Ryan and Crowe's affair.[19] Stephen Holden, film critic for The New York Times, did not think the film worked well and opined that the actors did not connect.[20]

Meg Ryan
Ryan in September 2006

A year later, she once again returned to her romantic comedy roots with Kate & Leopold (2001), alongside Hugh Jackman. A film about a British Duke who travels through time from New York in 1876 to the present and falls in love with a successful market researcher in the modern New York, the James Mangold-directed film received a mixed-to-positive response,[14] with Lael Loewenstein of Variety summing it as "a mostly charming and diverting tale".[21] At a total gross of $70 million, it would be Ryan's highest-grossing film of the decade.[22]

In 2003, Ryan broke away from her usual roles, starring alongside Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Jane Campion's erotic thriller film In the Cut. Co-producer Nicole Kidman had originally been cast in the lead, but the actress eventually dropped out after five years of development, leaving the role to Ryan, who appeared nude in a lengthy and rather graphic love scene for the first time in her career. Although her image-conflicting depiction earned Ryan and the film much media attention, the film failed with critics and grossed only $23 million in theaters.[23]

She continued the strategy of acting against type with a leading role in Charles S. Dutton's directorial debut Against the Ropes (2004), a fictionalized sport drama about American boxing manager Jackie Kallen, the first woman to become a success in the sport. The film grossed less than $6 million in the U.S. and was panned by critics, in part because of its resemblance to other boxing films, such as the Rocky series.

2007–2009: Independent films

Following a three-year hiatus, Ryan returned to film with Jon Kasdan's 2007 independent film In the Land of Women, a film she described as "kind of like The Graduate, but with cancer".[24] Starring alongside Kristen Stewart and Olympia Dukakis, she played Sarah Hardwicke, a mother and wife facing breast cancer, who connects with her neighbor's much younger grandson, played by Adam Brody. Released to mixed reviews by critics,[25] the film grossed $17.5 million worldwide,[26] exceeding its budget of $10 million.[27] Ryan received a positive response for her performance, with Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times noting it "the best work [she] has done in forever".[28]

Ryan's first film release of 2008 was The Deal, a satirical comedy film based on Peter Lefcourt's 1991 novel of the same title about Hollywood. Directed by Steven Schachter and co-starring William H. Macy, the film was shot in Cape Town and other South African locations and celebrated its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Garnering generally mixed to negative reviews, it failed to draw interest among film studios, resulting in a straight-to-DVD release in January 2009.[29] In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge said, "The characters seem to be doing all the laughing, while the general public has nothing to cling to but the horndog flirtation between mismatched leads William H. Macy and Meg Ryan—hardly ideal ingredients for mainstream success."[30] Ryan also starred in George Gallo's My Mom's New Boyfriend, shot in 2006 but released direct-to-DVD in 2008.[31] Co-starring Colin Hanks, Selma Blair and Antonio Banderas, the action comedy received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with David Nusair of Reel Film noting it "an unmitigated disaster virtually from its opening frames".[31]

Ryan's last film of 2008 was The Women, a remake of the 1939 production. The all-female cast comprises Annette Bening, Debra Messing, and Jada Pinkett Smith.[32] Written, produced and directed by Diane English, the film centers on a group of four female Manhattan socialites whose primary interest is idle gossip, with Ryan portraying a wealthy woman whose husband is cheating on her with a shop girl, played by Eva Mendes. Ryan was the first actress to join the long-delayed production, which struggled to find financing since the early 1990s, resulting in an independent production budgeted at $18 million.[32] Upon its release, The Women received a disastrous response from critics, with Richard Schickel of Time calling it "one of the worst movies I've ever seen".[33] The film was a financial success, however, becoming Ryan's most successful film since 2001's Kate & Leopold with a worldwide gross of $50 million.[34]

In 2009, Ryan starred alongside Kristen Bell and Justin Long in the independent comedy film Serious Moonlight. In this film, directed by actress Cheryl Hines and based on a screenplay by late writer Adrienne Shelly, who was murdered a year prior to filming, Ryan portrayed a high-powered female attorney who learns that her husband, played by Timothy Hutton, is about to leave their troubled marriage, and decides to hold him captive by duct-taping him to a toilet.[35] Picked up by Magnolia Pictures, the production received a limited release throughout North America only and grossed less than $150,000 worldwide.[36] Critical reaction to the film was generally mixed-to-negative,[37] although Ryan was praised for her "terrific" performance.[38] Also in 2009, Ryan guest-starred on the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Directing: 2010–present

Ryan was attached to several productions in the early 2010s—including the ensemble drama Lives of The Saints opposite Kat Dennings, Kevin Zegers, and John Lithgow,[39] and Long Time Gone, a film adaptation of the April Stevens novel Angel Angel,[40][41]—all of which failed to materialize. In April 2011, it was announced that Ryan would make her feature film directing debut with a film titled Into the Beautiful, described as "a contemporary Big Chill with longtime friends reconnecting", but it also was never made.[42]

In October 2012, Ryan was featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The series introduces women and girls living under difficult circumstances and fighting to challenge them.[43] The same month, Ryan's audiobook recording of William Saroyan's The Human Comedy was released. In October 2013, it was reported that Ryan would be returning to television to produce and star in a new comedy for NBC revolving around a former hotshot New York editor, which it again failed to get greenlit.[44]

Following another four-year hiatus, Ryan re-teamed with Lisa Kudrow on her improvisational comedy series Web Therapy, for which she filmed five episodes in 2013. The following year, she provided the future voice of Greta Gerwig's character in the pilot of How I Met Your Dad, a woman-centric variation of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.[45] CBS later passed on the project.[46]

Ryan's next feature film was the ABC Family film Fan Girl, an independent comedy about a 15-year-old girl, played by Kiernan Shipka, with a passion for filmmaking sets out to make a movie about her favorite band, All Time Low.[47] It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2015.[47]

Also in 2015, Ryan made her directing debut with Ithaca, a drama film based on the 1943 novel The Human Comedy by William Saroyan.[48] Filmed in Petersburg, Virginia,[49] it starred Ryan and had its world premiere at the Middleburg Film Festival in October.[50]

In August 2018, Ryan was honored with the Leopard Club Award at the 71st Locarno Festival as an icon of romantic comedy, stating that "No one could portray irony, kindness, wit and fragility like Meg Ryan did."

Personal life

Ryan married actor Dennis Quaid on February 14, 1991. They have one child together, Jack Quaid, born April 24, 1992.[51][52] She and Quaid announced their separation in June 2000,[53] and their divorce became final on July 16, 2001.[54]

In January 2006, Ryan adopted a 14-month-old girl from China whom she named Daisy True.[55][56][57] Since 2010, Ryan has been in a relationship with American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp.[58][59] On November 8, 2018, she announced her engagement to Mellencamp.[60]

Ryan supports the Democratic Party, especially its environmental protection programs and initiatives.[61][62] In 2003, she supported Wesley Clark's campaign for U.S. president.[63] She supported John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election.[64]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Rich and Famous Debby Blake
1983 Amityville 3-D Lisa
1986 Top Gun Carole Bradshaw
1986 Armed and Dangerous Maggie Cavanaugh
1987 Promised Land Beverly "Bev" Sykes
1987 Innerspace Lydia Maxwell
1988 D.O.A. Sydney Fuller
1988 The Presidio Donna Caldwell
1989 When Harry Met Sally... Sally Albright
1990 Joe Versus the Volcano DeDe / Angelica Graynamore/ Patricia Graynamore
1991 The Doors Pamela Courson
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Rita Boyle
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Annie Reed
1993 Flesh and Bone Kay Davies
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Green
1994 I.Q. Catherine Boyd
1995 French Kiss Kate Also producer
1995 Restoration Katharine
1996 Courage Under Fire CPT Karen Emma Walden
1997 Addicted to Love Maggie
1997 Anastasia Anastasia Romanov (voice role)
1998 City of Angels Dr. Maggie Rice
1998 Hurlyburly Bonnie
1998 You've Got Mail Kathleen Kelly
2000 Hanging Up Eve Mozell Marks
2000 Proof of Life Alice Bowman
2001 Kate & Leopold Kate McKay
2003 In the Cut Frannie Avery
2004 Against the Ropes Jackie Kallen
2007 In the Land of Women Sarah Hardwicke
2008 The Deal Deidre Heam
2008 My Mom's New Boyfriend Martha Durand
2008 The Women Mary Haines
2009 Serious Moonlight Louise "Lou"
2015 Fan Girl Mary Farrow TV movie
2016 Ithaca Mrs. Kate Macauley Also director/producer


Year Title Role Notes
1982 As the World Turns Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos
1982 ABC Afterschool Special Denise Episode "Amy and the Angel"
1982 One of the Boys Jane recurring role; 13 episodes
1984–85 Charles in Charge Megan Harper 2 episodes
1985 Wildside Cally Oaks recurring role; 6 episodes
1990–91 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Dr. Blight (voice role) Cast member
1997 Northern Lights N/A Television Movie
Executive Producer
2003 Tinseltown TV Herself Episode: "December 6, 2003"
2007 The Simpsons Dr. Swanson (voice role) Episode: "Yokel Chords"
2008 Pangea Day Herself Television Movie
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself Episode: "The Reunion"
2011 Web Therapy Karen Sharpe 2 episodes
2013 Web Therapy Karen Sharpe 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Century of Cinema Herself Documentary with film personalities.
1998-2000 HBO First Look Herself Television Documentary
- The Making of 'Proof of Life' (2000)
- Getting Connected: On the Set of 'Hanging Up' (2000)
- The Making of 'You've Got Mail': A Conversation with Nora Ephron (1998)
1999-2001 The Directors Herself Television Documentary
- The Films of Lawrence Kasdan (2001)
- The Films of Rob Reiner (1999)
2000 The Making of 'Hanging Up' Herself Television Documentary
2002 Nature Herself Television Documentary
- The White Elephants of Thailand
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself
2003 What's Going On? Herself Television Documentary

- Intolerance in Northern Ireland

2004 Love Hollywood Style Herself Television Documentary
2006 The Making of 'Anastasia' Herself Video Documentary
2012 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Herself
2015 Everything Is Copy Herself
2016 Gylne tider Herself Television Documentary
Episode: "Gylne tabber og tilbakeblikk"

Awards and nominations

Ryan has received multiple awards and nominations throughout her career including three Golden Globe award nominations for Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for her performance in such romantic comedies as When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998).



Association Year Category Title Result
American Comedy Awards 1990 Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture When Harry Met Sally Won
1994 Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture Sleepless in Seattle Won
1996 Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture French Kiss Nominated
1999 Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture You've Got Mail Nominated
Annie Awards 1998 Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production Anastasia Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Awards 1993 Best Actress in a Leading Role Sleepless in Seattle Nominated
Bambi Awards 2008 Best Actress — International The Women Won
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 Favorite Actress — Drama/Romance City of Angels Nominated
1999 Favorite Actress — Comedy/Romance You've Got Mail Won
2001 Favorite Actress — Suspense Proof of Life Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1990 Best Actress When Harry Met Sally Nominated
David di Donatello Awards 1990 Best Foreign Actress When Harry Met Sally Nominated
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Audience Award Ithaca Nominated
Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2016 Film and Literature Award Ithaca Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 1990 Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical When Harry Met Sally Nominated
1994 Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical Sleepless in Seattle Nominated
1999 Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical You've Got Mail Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards 2009 Worst Actress (shared with cast) The Women Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 1989 Best Female Lead Promised Land Nominated
Kid's Choice Awards 1999 Favorite Movie Actress You've Got Mail Nominated
MTV Movie + TV Awards 1994 Best Female Performance Sleepless in Seattle Nominated
1994 Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Tom Hanks) Sleepless in Seattle Nominated
1995 Best Female Performance When a Man Loves a Woman Nominated
1999 Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Nicolas Cage) City of Angels Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards 1998 Best Voice-Over Performance Anastasia Nominated
People's Choice Awards 1993 Favorite Motion Picture Actress Sleepless in Seattle Nominated
1996 Favorite Motion Picture Actress French Kiss Nominated
Satellite Awards 1999 Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical You've Got Mail Nominated
Saturn Awards 1999 Best Actress City of Angels Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role When a Man Loves a Woman Nominated
The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards 2000 Worst On-Screen Group (shared with Diane Keaton & Lisa Kudrow) Hanging Up Nominated
2004 Worst Actress Against the Ropes Nominated
2004 Worst Fake Accent — Female Against the Ropes Nominated


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External links

Addicted to Love (film)

Addicted to Love is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Griffin Dunne, starring Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Tchéky Karyo, and Kelly Preston. The movie's title is based on Robert Palmer's song "Addicted to Love", a cover of which by Neneh Cherry is featured in the film.

Armed and Dangerous (1986 film)

Armed and Dangerous is a 1986 American comedy film starring John Candy, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia and Meg Ryan. It was directed by Mark L. Lester and filmed on location in and around Los Angeles, California.

City of Angels (film)

City of Angels is a 1998 American romantic fantasy film directed by Brad Silberling and starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. Set in Los Angeles, California, the film is a loose remake of Wim Wenders' 1987 film Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin), which was set in Berlin. As with the original, City of Angels tells the story of an angel (Cage) who falls in love with a mortal woman (Ryan), and wishes to become human in order to be with her. With the guidance of a man (Dennis Franz) who has already made the transition from immortality, the angel falls and discovers the human experience.

When producer Dawn Steel saw potential to pursue more story ideas in Wenders' original concept, she and her husband Charles Roven acquired the rights for an English-language adaptation. After years of delay, they found support from Warner Bros. and recruited Silberling and screenwriter Dana Stevens to execute the project. Themes were borrowed from Wenders' work, though the ending was altered, to a more tragic effect. City of Angels was filmed around California and dedicated to Steel, who died before the premiere.

The remake was released to financial success, but mixed reviews, with some critics judging it to be a mawkish adaptation. It was also noted for its soundtrack, and nominated for several awards, particularly for its performances and soundtrack.

Hanging Up

Hanging Up is a 2000 American comedy-drama film about a trio of sisters who bond over the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father to whom none of them were particularly close. The film stars Diane Keaton (who also directed), Meg Ryan, and Lisa Kudrow as the three sisters, and Walter Matthau (in his final film appearance) as the father. The film is based on 1995 book of the same name by Delia Ephron.

I.Q. (film)

I.Q. is a 1994 American romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and Walter Matthau. The original music score was composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The film centers on a mechanic and a Princeton doctoral candidate who fall in love, thanks to the candidate's uncle, Albert Einstein.

In the Cut

In the Cut is a 2003 Australian-American mystery and erotic thriller film written and directed by Jane Campion and starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Campion's screenplay is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susanna Moore. The film focuses on a college English professor who becomes entangled with a detective investigating a series of gruesome murders in her Manhattan neighborhood.

The film received a limited release on 22 October 2003 in the United States, and was subsequently given a wide release on Halloween that year in the United States and United Kingdom. The film received mixed to negative reviews from most critics.


Innerspace is a 1987 American science-fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. It was inspired by the 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage. It stars Dennis Quaid, Martin Short and Meg Ryan, with Robert Picardo and Kevin McCarthy, with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith. It earned well over $25 million in its domestic gross revenue and won an Oscar, the only film directed by Dante to do so.

Ithaca (film)

Ithaca is a 2015 American drama film directed by Meg Ryan and written by Erik Jendresen. It is based on the 1943 novel The Human Comedy by William Saroyan. The film stars Alex Neustaedter, Jack Quaid, Meg Ryan, Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater and Tom Hanks. The film was released on September 9, 2016, by Momentum Pictures.

Jack Quaid

Jack Henry Quaid (born April 24, 1992) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Marvel in the 2012 science fiction film The Hunger Games.

Mark L. Lester

Mark L. Lester (born November 26, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is known as a prolific director of cult films including the disco musical Roller Boogie, the vigilante thriller film Class of 1984, the Stephen King-adaptation Firestarter (1984), the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Commando (1985), and the action-comedy Armed and Dangerous (1986), starring John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Meg Ryan.

My Mom's New Boyfriend

My Mom's New Boyfriend is a 2008 romantic comedy crime film starring Colin Hanks, Antonio Banderas, Selma Blair, and Meg Ryan.It is rated PG-13 for "sexual content, language, some violence and drug material". The film received a limited theatrical release worldwide. However it was released straight-to-DVD in the United States on June 17, 2008. It was released under the title My Spy in the UK and Australia.


Paulhaguet is a commune in the Haute-Loire department in south-central France. Certain scenes from the 1995 romantic comedy "French Kiss", starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, were filmed there, as well as in nearby La Ravelle.

Proof of Life

Proof of Life is a 2000 American action thriller film directed and produced by Taylor Hackford. The title refers to a phrase commonly used to indicate proof that a kidnap victim is still alive. The film's screenplay was written by Tony Gilroy, who also was a co-executive producer, and was inspired by William Prochnau's Vanity Fair magazine article "Adventures in the Ransom Trade", and Thomas Hargrove's book The Long March to Freedom in which Hargrove recounts how his release was negotiated by Thomas Clayton, who went on to be the founder of kidnap-for-ransom consultancy Clayton Consultants, Inc.

The film stars Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe.

Shag (haircut)

A shag cut is a hairstyle that has been layered to various lengths. It was created by the barber Paul McGregor. The layers are often feathered at the top and sides. The layers make the hair full around the crown, and the hair thins to fringes around the edges. This unisex style became popular after being worn by various celebrities, including Joan Jett, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, David Cassidy, Jane Fonda and Florence Henderson in the 1970s. During the 1990s Jennifer Aniston popularized "The Rachel" hairstyle, and Meg Ryan wore a shag in the early 2000s.

Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy directed and co-written by Nora Ephron, based on a story by Jeff Arch. It stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, alongside a supporting cast featuring Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rob Reiner, Rosie O'Donnell, Gaby Hoffmann, Victor Garber, and Rita Wilson. Released on June 25, 1993, the film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $227 million worldwide.

The Deal (2008 film)

The Deal is a 2008 American satirical comedy film directed by Steven Schachter. The screenplay by Schachter and William H. Macy is based on the 1991 novel of the same title by Peter Lefcourt. Macy and Meg Ryan co-star.

The film was shot in Cape Town and other South African locations. It premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was the opening night attraction at the Sarasota Film Festival. It also was shown at the Philadelphia Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival, and the Traverse City Film Festival, among others, but never was given a theatrical release in the United States. It was released on Region 1 DVD on January 20, 2009.

When Harry Met Sally...

When Harry Met Sally... is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the title characters from the time they meet just before sharing a cross-country drive, through twelve years of chance encounters in New York City. The film raises the question "Can men and women ever just be friends?" and advances many ideas about relationships that became household concepts, such as "high-maintenance" and the "transitional person".The origins of the film were derived from Reiner's return to single life after a divorce. An interview Ephron conducted with Reiner provided the basis for Harry. Sally was based on Ephron and some of her friends. Crystal came on board and made his own contributions to the screenplay, making Harry funnier. Ephron supplied the structure of the film with much of the dialogue based on the real-life friendship between Reiner and Crystal. The soundtrack consists of standards performed by Harry Connick Jr., with a big band and orchestra arranged by Marc Shaiman. Connick won his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance.

Columbia Pictures released the film using the "platform" technique, which involved opening it in a few select cities, letting positive word of mouth generate interest, and then gradually expanding distribution over subsequent weeks. When Harry Met Sally... grossed a total of US$92.8 million in North America. Ephron received a British Academy Film Award, an Oscar nomination, and a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for her screenplay. The film is ranked 23rd on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs list of the top comedy films in American cinema and number 60 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". In early 2004, the film was adapted for the stage in a production starring Luke Perry and Alyson Hannigan.

When a Man Loves a Woman (film)

When a Man Loves a Woman is a 1994 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki and starring Andy García, Meg Ryan, Tina Majorino, Mae Whitman, Ellen Burstyn, Lauren Tom and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was written by Al Franken and Ronald Bass.

For her performance as an alcoholic mother, Ryan received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role. The film's title is taken from the song of the same name by Percy Sledge.

You've Got Mail

You've Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, directed by Nora Ephron, and co-written by Nora and Delia Ephron, inspired by the play Parfumerie by Miklós László. The film is about two people in an online romance who are unaware that they are also business rivals. It marks the third coupling of Hanks and Ryan, who had previously appeared together in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

You've Got Mail received mildly positive reviews from critics.

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