An Affiar to Remember: Everett Collection
EW Staff
November 22, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Why ”An Affair to Remember” is a top tearjerker

Mention the top of the Empire State Building and women everywhere swoon. After all, ”it’s the nearest thing to heaven.” Romantics know it’s the meeting place for Nicky (Cary Grant) and Terry (Deborah Kerr) six months after they fall madly in love while sailing back from Europe. The catch? She’s hit by a car on her way to meet him. There he stands for hours, never noticing the sirens on the street below. Terry may never walk again but she insists Nicky never know until she can stand to greet him.

KLEENEX MOMENT Nicky confronts his beloved but she still refuses to share her secret. He paces and accuses, all while she remains supine on the sofa. It is only as he prepares to leave her forever that he finally grasps the truth.

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