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The Best Chick Flicks Based on Books

Updated September 20, 2019 302 votes 27 voters 1.1k views34 items

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.

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    Nights in Rodanthe
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    Nights in Rodanthe

    James Franco, Diane Lane

    Released2008

    Directed byGeorge C. Wolfe

    Nights in Rodanthe is a 2008 American/Australian romantic drama film. It is a film adaptation... more on Wikipedia
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    Eat Pray Love
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    Eat Pray Love

    Julia Roberts, James Franco

    Released2010

    Directed byRyan Murphy

    Eat Pray Love is a 2010 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Julia Roberts as... more on Wikipedia
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    The Devil Wears Prada
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of... more on Wikipedia
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    Safe Haven
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    Safe Haven

    Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough

    Released2013

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Safe Haven is a 2013 American romance film starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie... more on Wikipedia
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    The Notebook
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on... more on Wikipedia
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    Legally Blonde
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    Legally Blonde

    Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Luketic

    Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, based on the novel... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
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    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    Blake Lively, America Ferrera

    Released2005

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The... more on Wikipedia
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    A Walk to Remember
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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    A Walk to Remember is a 2002 American coming-of-age romantic tragedy film directed by Adam... more on Wikipedia
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    Just like Heaven
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    Just like Heaven

    Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2005

    Directed byMark Waters

    Just Like Heaven is an American romantic comedy fantasy film released on September 16, 2005,... more on Wikipedia
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    Waiting to Exhale
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    Waiting to Exhale

    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byForest Whitaker

    Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker, based on... more on Wikipedia
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    Confessions of a Shopaholic
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    Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Isla Fisher, John Goodman

    Released2009

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    Confessions of a Shopaholic is a 2009 American romantic comedy film based on the Shopaholic... more on Wikipedia
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    The Nanny Diaries
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    The Nanny Diaries

    Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    In Her Shoes
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    In Her Shoes

    Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine

    Released2005

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    In Her Shoes is a 2005 American comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Last Song
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    The Last Song

    Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth

    Released2010

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

    The Last Song is a 2010 American coming of age teen romantic drama film developed alongside... more on Wikipedia
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    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
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    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2012

    Directed byBill Condon

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is a 2012 American romantic fantasy and adventure... more on Wikipedia
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    Message in a Bottle
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    Message in a Bottle

    Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner

    Released1999

    Directed byLuis Mandoki

    Message in a Bottle is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on... more on Wikipedia
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    Under the Tuscan Sun
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    Under the Tuscan Sun

    Diane Lane, Sandra Oh

    Released2003

    Directed byAudrey Wells

    Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and... more on Wikipedia
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    After
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    After

    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

    Released2019

    Directed byJenny Gage

    After is a 2019 new adult romance film directed by Jenny Gage, based on the novel by Anna... more on Wikipedia
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    The Lucky One
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    The Lucky One

    Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Hicks

    The Lucky One is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Scott Hicks and released April 2012.... more on Wikipedia
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett

    Released1998

    Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney... more on Wikipedia
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    Dear John
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    Dear John

    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum

    Released2010

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Dear John is a 2010 American romantic drama film starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Best of Me
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    The Best of Me

    Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

    The Best of Me is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and written... more on Wikipedia
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    Bridget Jones's Diary
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    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2001

    Directed bySharon Maguire

    Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is... more on Wikipedia
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    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
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    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd

    Released2002

    Directed byCallie Khouri

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a 2002 American comedy-drama film starring an... more on Wikipedia
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    Can You Keep a Secret?
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    Can You Keep a Secret?

    Alexandra Daddario, Tyler Hoechlin

    Released2019

    Directed byElise Duran

    Can You Keep a Secret? is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Elise Duran and... more on Wikipedia