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The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books 

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Updated February 21, 2020 1.9k votes 485 voters 21k views 33 items

List Rules Only movies based on or inspired by romance literature.

Love is in the air in Hollywood and on the silver screen. The best movies based on romance books feature star-crossed lovers fighting to be with one another no matter the obstacles. Many films based on romantic novels reaffirm the power of hope, love, and devotion while others end with broken hearts. Some of the best romantic films based off books have even won Academy Awards.

What romantic novels adapted into movies will you find on this list? The Notebook has to be near the top. Based on Nicholas Sparks' book of the same name, the 2004 film finds an older man sharing the story of a young couple falling in love. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams even became a real-life couple after working together on the film. A Walk to Remember and Nights in Rodanthe – are also romantic movies that are Nicholas Sparks' books. Other good movies on this list include historical romance novels made into movies Gone with the Wind.

Undying love was at the heart of the Twilight franchise which was based on Stephenie Meyer's book series. Other good romance books made into movies include Bridget Jones's Diary, Fifty Shades of Grey, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Which romantic movie adaptations do you love? Give your favorites a vote up and add even more romantic films inspired from literature to this list. Also look to this list for new movies based on romance fiction as they come out.

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After is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Shane Paul McGhie

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jenny 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 ...more

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick 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 ...more

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Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman

Directed by: Thea Sharrock

Me Before You is a 2016 American-British romantic comedy drama film directed by Thea Sharrock and adapted by Jojo Moyes from her 2012 novel of the same name. The film was released on June 3,

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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2008

Directed by: Catherine 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. ...more

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A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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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Dear John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, Richard Jenkins

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lasse 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 ...more

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The Last Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston

Released: 2010

Directed by: Julie 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 ...more

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Crazy Rich Asians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American film directed by Jon M. Chu, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan. American-born Chinese economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) accompanies her boyfriend ...more

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The Lucky One is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

Released: 2012

Directed by: Scott 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 ...more

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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, based on the E.L. James's 2011 novel of the same name. 21-year-old Anastasia "Ana" ...more

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The Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The ...more

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One Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lone Scherfig

One Day is a 2011 romance drama film directed by Lone Scherfig. It was adapted by David Nicholls from his 2009 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Focus Features ...more

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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

Released: 2007

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. It ...more

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Flipped is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Stefanie Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Penelope Ann Miller

Released: 2010

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Beastly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris, Mary-Kate Olsen

Released: 2011

Directed by: Daniel Barnz

Beastly is a 2011 romantic fantasy drama film loosely based on Alex Flinn's 2007 novel of the same name. It is a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast and is set in modern-day New York ...more

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Emma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O'Connor, Johnny Flynn

Released: 2020

Directed by: Autumn de Wilde

EMMA is an upcoming British comedy-drama film directed by Autumn de Wilde and based on the novel of same name by Jane Austen. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing ...more

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Silver Linings Playbook ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

Released: 2012

Directed by: David O. Russell

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Something Borrowed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Peyton List

Released: 2011

Directed by: Luke Greenfield

Something Borrowed is a 2011 American romantic comedy film based on Emily Giffin's book of the same name, directed by Luke Greenfield, starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, ...more

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Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz

Released: 2011

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sharon Maguire

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The Time Traveler's Wife... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Ron Livingston

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern

Released: 1980

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

Released: 1994

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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