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The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books

Updated November 11, 2020 5.3k votes 946 voters 45.5k views72 items

List RulesOnly 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 classic 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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    The Notebook
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    Me Before You
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    Me Before You

    Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

    Directed byThea Sharrock

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    The Fault in Our Stars
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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

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    A Walk to Remember
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    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

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    After
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    After

    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

    Released2019

    Directed byJenny Gage

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    Twilight
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    Twilight

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2008

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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    The Lucky One
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    The Lucky One

    Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Hicks

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    Pride & Prejudice
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    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    Dear John
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    Dear John

    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum

    Released2010

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Fifty Shades of Grey
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    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson

    Released2015

    Directed bySam Taylor-Johnson

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    The Last Song
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    The Last Song

    Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth

    Released2010

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

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    Crazy Rich Asians
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    Crazy Rich Asians

    Constance Wu, Henry Golding

    Released2018

    Directed byJon M. Chu

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    One Day
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    One Day

    Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2011

    Directed byLone Scherfig

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    Flipped
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    Flipped

    Stefanie Scott, Rebecca De Mornay

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    P.S. I Love You
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    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

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    The Spectacular Now
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    The Spectacular Now

    Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Ponsoldt

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    Silver Linings Playbook
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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

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    Beastly
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    Beastly

    Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2011

    Directed byDaniel Barnz

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    Something Borrowed
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    Something Borrowed

    Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin

    Released2011

    Directed byLuke Greenfield

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    Bridget Jones's Diary
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    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2001

    Directed bySharon Maguire

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    The Princess Bride
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    The Time Traveler's Wife
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    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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    Water for Elephants
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    Water for Elephants

    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson

    Released2011

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Emma.
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    Emma.

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O'Connor

    Released2020

    Directed byAutumn de Wilde

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    Gone with the Wind
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    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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