Sally and Harry would be eligible for their
This month marks the 25th anniversary of
The line "I'll have what she's having" is an iconic movie quip that has made its way into the popular lexicon, originating from the film's most memorable scene — Sally demonstrating a fake orgasm inside
"I just get a kick out of the fact that my mother says a line listed as one of the top lines in movie history," says Reiner, who reminisced about the movie with USA TODAY. "They link it with
The film's style has been widely copied in the ensuing years, though no rom-com since has come close to capturing the hearts of viewers quite like When Harry Met Sally.
"I saw it when it came out and continue to watch it over and over," says Marguerita Drew, 47, a high school English teacher from
It also provides the satirical cornerstone for They Came Together, a spoof of romantic comedies starring
When Harry Met Sally is "one of the best rom-coms ever made," says
Initially, some critics dismissed it as a
Reiner maintains the key is the story's universality. Much of the movie is concerned with whether men and women can be friends, as well as the skirmishes on the dating front lines.
"It's this awkward dance that men and women do with each other and I don't think that changes, no matter what age you are," Reiner says. In his latest movie, And So It Goes,
The relatability of the actors helped. Neither were stars at the time, Reiner points out.
"Billy Crystal looks like an ordinary guy," Drew says. "And Meg Ryan was cute, but she looks like someone you knew. This could be a slice of anybody's life, a slice of my life."