The film, directed by Reiner and written by Nora Ephron, was released in the summer of 1989
It’s unlike any other reunion!
Ryan, 57, and Crystal, 71 were joined by director Reiner, 72, at the Hollywood event presented by the 10th annual Turner Classic Movies Festival to watch a special screening of the beloved rom-com.
The film was a surprise hit when it was released in 1989, grossing over $90 million at the U.S. box office, securing an Oscar nomination for the late Nora Ephron’s screenplay and making deli sandwiches romantic.
Ryan played Sally Albright while Crystal played Harry Burns — two friends who end up falling in love.
Though the success of the film was something Reiner said he never expected, he wasn’t shocked that it’s been a fan-favorite for so long.
“You never know. You make a movie and hopefully you like it, and hopefully other people [do too],” he told reporters at Thursday’s event. “You have no idea if it will stand the test of time, and it’s kind of cool that it did.”
“I think that there are some basic truths about men and women that people connect with, and those kind of things, that dance, that weird dance that men and women do with one another kind of is basic and kind of there all of the time,” he added of the film’s longtime appeal.
Ryan also sweetly noted that her chemistry with Crystal was part of what made the film so special. “It’s the kind of music Billy and I knew how to play together,” she told the audience.
Both Ryan and Crystal’s performances in the film earned them a great deal of recognition.
Ryan’s role as Sally garnered her a nomination for a Golden Globe and helped propel her career in Hollywood. After the film, the actress snagged roles in popular romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.
Crystal also earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.
In January 2017, Crystal told the Orlando Sentinel the film is the one he’s asked about most often.
“People love that movie. It’s grown on people since it’s come out. It’s developed into our generation’s romantic comedy,” he said at the time. “What’s happened with that and The Princess Bride, they’re handed down like favorite books.”
When Harry Met Sally… also starred Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby.
The 10th annual Turner Classic Movies Festival is held from April 11 to April 14 in Los Angeles.