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The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books  

Ranker Film
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List Rules Only movies based on literature focused on women's issues from any time period.

Love is in the air and on the page when great books are adapted into chick flicks. The best movies based on chick books feature feminism, romance, and life lessons all rolled into one fantastic story. Many movies based on chick fiction have spawned several sequels. Some of the best chick flicks based off books have even been nominated for Academy Awards.

What movies adapted from chick books will you find on this list. The Devil Wears Prada has to be at the top. Based on Lauren Weisberger's novel of the same name, the engaging film finds a recent college graduate navigating the competitive world of fashion and writing. Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt are all featured in the all-star cast. Bridget Jones's Diary is another good romantic film based off a book.

Whitney Houston and Angela Basset star in Waiting to Exhale which is adapted from Terry McMillan's novel. Other good chick flicks based on books include The Notebook, Eat Pray Love, and In Her Shoes.

How will we ever determine which chick flick deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good movies we may have missed.

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner
The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more
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Eat Pray Love is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem
Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, based on Gilbert's best-selling memoir of the same name. Ryan Murphy co-wrote and ...more
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Da... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is a 2012 American romantic fantasy and adventure film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The second part ...more
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Nights in Rodanthe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
James Franco, Diane Lane, Richard Gere
Nights in Rodanthe is a 2008 American/Australian romantic drama film. It is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane in ...more
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Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair
Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel by Amanda Brown. Sorority girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) decides to enroll in Harvard Law School ...more
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Da... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is the 2011 film based off the fourth and final novel in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. This currently optioned property is expected to start production ...more
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The Twilight Saga: New Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
New Moon is the sequel to 2008's Twilight, based on a novel of the same name written by Stephanie Meyer.
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Confessions of a Shopaholic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Isla Fisher, John Goodman, John Lithgow
Confessions of a Shopaholic is a 2009 American romantic comedy film based on the Shopaholic series of novels by Sophie Kinsella. Directed by P. J. Hogan, the film stars Isla Fisher as the ...more
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Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston
Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. The film was adapted from the 1992 novel of the same name by ...more
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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah
A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age teen romantic drama based on the 1999 romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Shane West and Mandy Moore, was ...more
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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. ...more
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Safe Haven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel
Safe Haven is a 2013 American romance film starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. It was released theatrically in North America on February 14, 2013. The film was directed by ...more
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The Last Song is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston
The Last Song is a 2010 American coming of age teen romantic drama film developed alongside Nicholas Sparks's novel by the same name. The film was directed by Julie Anne Robinson in her feature ...more
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Just like Heaven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder
Just Like Heaven is an American romantic comedy fantasy film released on September 16, 2005, in the United States and Canada. Set in San Francisco, it was directed by Mark Waters, starring Reese ...more
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, ...more
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In Her Shoes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Toni Collette
In Her Shoes is a 2005 American comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner. It is directed by Curtis Hanson with an adapted screenplay by Susannah Grant and stars ...more
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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep
The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who ...more
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The Sisterhood of the Travelin... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed ...more
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The Nanny Diaries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys, Chris Evans
The Nanny Diaries is a 2007 American comedy-drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, ...more
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Under the Tuscan Sun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh
Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane. Based on Frances Mayes' 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan ...more
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Message in a Bottle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner, Paul Newman
Message in a Bottle is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on a novel with the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the film stars Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, and Paul ...more
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Si... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a 2002 American comedy-drama film starring an ensemble cast headed by Sandra Bullock, directed and written by Callie Khouri. It is based on Rebecca ...more
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Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth
Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more
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Must Love Dogs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Diane Lane, John Cusack, Christopher Plummer
Must Love Dogs is a 2005 romantic comedy film based on Claire Cook's eponymous 2002 novel. Starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, it is the third film directed and written by Gary David Goldberg ...more
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The Sisterhood of the Travelin... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books
Blake Lively, Lucy Hale, Alexis Bledel
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is a 2008 sequel to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The original cast return to star in the movie, which was directed by Sanaa Hamri. ...more