Everybody, at one point or another in their lives, is forced to make a decision that will put an emotional weight on them for the rest of their lives. Sophie Zawistowski (Meryl Streep), a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, was forced to make one of the most heart-rending and emotionally shattering decisions a woman would ever have to make. Making efforts to move past, she and her boyfriend Nathan Landau (Kevin Kline) make the most of every day. The two befriend an aspiring author named Stingo (Peter MacNicol) and they all hang out together, but all of this is tested by the thoughts that haunt Sophie, as well as Nathan's obsession with the Holocaust.

Streep is shattering in her Oscar-winning role and she's ably supported by Kline and MacNicol. This movie, interestingly, was declared to be one of the greatest movies of all time by the American Film Institute on their "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition". Whether this was due to the movie itself or to Streep's performance is a decision that's still being talked about to this day.