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The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books

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List RulesOnly 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.

  • 1
    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum
    19
    5

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    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 goes to...  more
  • 2
    Blake Lively, America Ferrera
    17
    4

    Released2005

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    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 by...  more
  • 3
    Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough
    13
    4

    Released2013

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    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 Lasse...  more
  • 4
    Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth
    14
    5

    Released2010

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

    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 film...  more
  • 5
    Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo
    15
    8

    Released2005

    Directed byMark Waters

    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
  • 6
    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene
    15
    8

    Released2012

    Directed byBill Condon

    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 of a...  more
  • 7
    Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys
    15
    8

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

    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, it...  more
  • 8
    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson
    18
    12

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    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 to...  more
  • 9
    Isla Fisher, John Goodman
    15
    10

    Released2009

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    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 shopaholic...  more
  • 10
    13
    8

    Released2008

    Directed bySanaa Hamri

    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. The...  more
  • 11
    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene
    14
    10

    Released2009

    Directed byChris Weitz

    New Moon is the sequel to 2008's Twilight, based on a novel of the same name written by Stephanie Meyer....  more
  • 12
    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene
    14
    10

    Released2011

    Directed byBill Condon

    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 in...  more
  • 13
    James Franco, Diane Lane
    15
    10

    Released2008

    Directed byGeorge C. Wolfe

    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 their...  more
  • 14
    Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling
    9
    4

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Hicks

    The Lucky One is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Scott Hicks and released April 2012. It is an adaptation of the 2008 novel of the same name, by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Zac Efron as...  more
  • 15
    Diane Lane, Sandra Oh
    12
    8

    Released2003

    Directed byAudrey Wells

    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 Sun,...  more
  • 16
    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene
    13
    10

    Released2008

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    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. It is...  more
  • 17
    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin
    8
    6

    Released2019

    Directed byJenny Gage

    After is a 2019 new adult romance film directed by Jenny Gage, based on the novel by Anna Todd. A dedicated student, Tessa Young (Josephine Langford), enters her first semester in college where she...  more
  • 18
    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett
    10
    8

    Released1995

    Directed byForest Whitaker

    Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker, based on Terry McMillan's novel of the same name. The film centers around four unique women and how they deal...  more
  • 19
    Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine
    10
    9

    Released2005

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    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
  • 20
    Julia Roberts, James Franco
    12
    12

    Released2010

    Directed byRyan Murphy

    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 directed the...  more
  • 21
    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett
    8
    8

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

    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, Taye...  more
  • 22
    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling
    9
    10

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    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 young...  more
  • 23
    Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon
    5
    6

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Fever Pitch is a 2005 Farrelly brothers romantic comedy film starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. It is a remake of a 1997 British film of the same name. Both films are loosely based on the Nick...  more
  • 24
    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum
    5
    5

    Released2010

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Dear John is a 2010 American romantic drama film starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum. It was made by Screen Gems, a Sony company. It was released theatrically in North America on February 5,...  more
  • 25
    Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden
    5
    7

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    The Best of Me is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and written by Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe, based on Nicholas Sparks' 2011 novel of the same name. The film...  more