Sleepless in Seattle: #7 in Romance Hall of Fame Romantic Travel Movies Category

A cinematic Valentine for anyone who has ever wished that real life could mirror the magic of movies, this 1994 Nora Ephron-directed homage to the quick quips of tongue-in-cheek twosomes from Hollywood’s Golden Era shows that, with hope in your heart, a love that is meant to be can span any distance in order to fulfill its destiny.

Filming Locations

Tiramisu may not be on the menu, but film-loving foodies can find an assortment of fresh seafood delights on the menu at the Athenian Inn, the Seattle restaurant and bar where Rob Reiner gives Tom Hanks a lecture on the do’s and don’ts of dating in the 1990’s.

Sam took his date out to dinner at a venue at 1904 4th Ave., which was known at the time as Dahlia Lounge (a restaurant still in business, although now at a new location.)

Although tourists may not actually be walking in the footsteps of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks when they step on to the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building (the scene was filmed in a Seattle studio), just like many of the 110 million sightseers who have visited the Big Apple landmark since 1931, film buffs will find themselves in awe as they look out cityscape at, as said in An Affair To Remember is “the closest thing to heaven in the city.”

Lovetripper Reader Recommendations

This movie is great to watch as it shows that love is never rational or “by the book.” Even though they are separated by many hundreds of miles, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks somehow make a connection over the radio that leads to very interesting and funny movie.– Mary Mae

Even though the main characters never meet until the final moments of the movie, this is still one of the most romantic big screen love stories that I’ve ever seen.– Sophie

It was such an innocent movie and one you could watch over and over.– Diane

Every DVD in my collection is from Hollywood’s Golden Era, with one notable exception– Sleepless In Seattle. This movie captures the comic timing and the romance of a cinema classic.– Nelson

I guess because two people who never expected to fall in love did with the help of a child.– Arlene

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the successors to the king and queen of old Hollywood romantic comedies, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. They brought wit and intelligence to their roles and in the process made the world fall in love with them.–Josie

Sleepless in Seattle is one of my all time favorite movies because it bridges generation gaps. My 15-year-old daughter loves the movie, I love it and so does my mother.– Belinda

The soundtrack’s modern remakes of romantic standards helped to conjure up the movie’s old Hollywood style.– James

The best movies have the ability to evoke emotion from viewers, and Sleepless in Seattle can bring a smile to anyone’s face.– Renee

It’s a movie that makes you believe that your soul mate really is out there.– Warren

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