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7 Meg Ryan Movies That Set Our Expectations For Men Just Way Too High

It seems like in the 90's and early 2000's Meg Ryan popped up in every romantic comedy that made it to the silver screen.

Starting her acting career in 1981 in minor roles, she joined the cast of the CBS soap opera, As The World Turns in 1982. Continuing to appear in support roles, in the mid-1980s, she achieved her first Golden Globe Nomination in 1989 for When Harry Met Sally.

After that, Meg Ryan established herself as one of the most successful actresses of the 90's and early 2000's.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Grossing over $220 million worldwide, this romantic comedy-drama had us all captivated by the story-line and moving characters.

Appearing next to Tom Hanks, Ryan is able to make us fall in love all over again.

French Kiss (1995)

Hoping on a plane to Paris, Ryan flies to meet her straying fiance and gets into trouble when a charming crook sitting next to her uses her to smuggle a stolen diamond necklace.

Ryan appears alongside Kevin Kline in this romantic comedy film that had American reviewers split on the success of this movie. The film ended up grossing $101,982,854 worldwide so it was far from a failure.

Anastasia (1997)

Voicing the lead character Anastasia Romanov, Meg Ryan lead this 20th Century Fox movie to overall success grossing $139,804,348 worldwide.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Billy Crystal teams up with Meg Ryan to deliver us a classic romantic comedy that we still enjoy going back to watch. Important for the time, it raises the question, "can men and women ever just be friends?"

"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

You've Got Mail (1998)

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan join each other on screen again! They really don't make romantic comedies like they used to, because these two were just amazing together.

Looking back at this movie, it reminds us of AOL email and gives us a full dose of nostalgia.

Kate & Leopold (2001)

From an era when we were seeing a lot of time-traveling love stories, we got Kate and Leopold. Meg Ryan stars alongside Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber to give us a romantic comedy that is worth re-watching.

City of Angels (1998)

Another romantic comedy, this one has Nicolas Cage take on the role of an angel that falls in love with a mortal woman, who just happens to be Meg Ryan. While the movie may have gotten mixed reviews, the soundtrack was nominated for several awards.

But where did Meg Ryan go after the early 2000's?

In 2003, Ryan broke away from her usual roles and starred alongside Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh in the erotic thriller In The Cut. This role would have Ryan appear nude in a lengthy, graphic love scene for the first time in her career.

She continued to choose roles out of her former comfort zone, before taking a three-year hiatus.

The actress was married to actor Dennis Quaid in 199,1 and had a son together, Jack Quaid born in 1992. The couple divorced in 2001 after Ryan revealed Quaid had been unfaithful to her in their marriage.

In 2006, Ryan adopted a 14-month-old girl from China who she named Daisy True.

In 2010 Ryan and singer John Mellencamp got together. They ended their on-again-off-again relationship in 2015.

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