Michael may be an archangel, but he’s not quite the way you’d expect him to be: He loves cigarettes, he uses a wide variety of decidedly non-angelic phrases—and he dances like this. Nora’s words are usually her strong point—she was a journalist and essayist after all—but this wordless scene with a just-coming-back-into-the-spotlight John Travolta is spot-on.
5. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Talk about ahead of your time: Nora was tackling online dating before it was the norm. She reunited Sleepless in Seattle’s Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks for You’ve Got Mail. The common themes of Nora’s works are all here—the long wait, finding out that someone you thought was all wrong for you is actually perfect for you, and so on—but this time, it’s set against an entirely new landscape: The Internet.
6. Julie & Julia (2009)
Unlike many of Nora’s films, this one isn’t a romance—or at least, it’s not a romance between a man and a woman. It might still be considered a romance, but it’s between two women in two different generations, their shared passion (food), and the extraordinary journeys on which that passion takes them. Julie & Julia is also the first film to be based on a blog—unsurprising in light of You’ve Got Mail. Oh, and also: Cooking lobsters? No easy feat.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.