Tom Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a depressed widower whose son calls a national radio talk show in hopes of finding a new mother and a new wife for his father. Thousands of single women across the country listen to Sam's sad story, and many respond, including Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a Baltimore writer who's already engaged to Walter (Bill Pullman). But she can't get Sam's voice out of her mind. As fate would have it, however, the two never can find a way to meet, even as both crisscross the country. The film, directed by Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally), has deliberate similarities to the Cary Grant-Deborah Kerr classic An Affair To Remember and was one of the most popular romantic comedies of the 1990s.