in the shadows
I think you will find that Meg Ryan scene in “When Harry Met Sally” and the customer who says, “I’ll have what she’s having.” was director Rob Reiner's mother.
There are many old movies that rattle around in my head.
One of my early childhood favorites was “I Married A Witch” a theme I was inclined to explore in adulthood.
The anti-war movie “A Walk In The Sun” directed by Lewis Milestone also was an early favorite of mine.
There are a few Cagney movies (my father looked very much like him). “Public Enemy,” “White Heat,” etc..
There is a whole batch of complete movies that depending on mood I would put up as my favorites: The Lion In Winter (O'Toole & Hepburn version), High Road To China, A Bridge Too Far, Light Sleeper, Leaving Las Vegas, Quest for Fire, Tank Girl, The Secretary, Blues Brothers, The Waitress, Tears of the Sun, Medicine Man, Utu, At Play In The Fields Of The Lord, Electra Glide In Blue, Treasure of Sierra Madre, 13th Warrior, Unforgiven, The Ninth Gate, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, To Have And Have Not, Soylent Green, Tombstone, The Dogs Of War, Wild Geese, Last Of The Dogmen, The Wild Bunch, Down Periscope, Atlantic City, High Noon (followed by Outland), both Scarface movies, The Misfits, The Wild One and of course King Kong.
I am a big fan of “Quigley Down Under,” “Practical Magic,” most of the old “Topper” movies, and of course the classics that make up their own class such as “Casablanca,” and “The Maltese Falcon.”
More than whole movies, individual scenes stay with me; one that comes to mind today is Eli Wallach’s scene in “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” when he says, “You gonna talk, talk; you gonna shoot, shoot.”
...of course there also is the Clemenza line from “The Godfather” : “Leave the gun, take the canoli.”
...and the scene in Dr. Strangelove when George C. Scott’s character General Turgidson at the end of the movie says, “Mr. President, we must not allow... a mine shaft gap!”
Then there is the Robert Duvall scene in “Apocalypse Now” “"You smell that? Do you smell that?...Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know, that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like - victory....some day, this war's gonna end."
Another favorite is the scene between the characters Shelly and Nora in “White Palace” where Nora explains how she keeps Max. (Forum standards prohibit a quote)