vote on everything
Watchworthy
875 voters

The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books

Updated September 29, 2020 4.9k votes 875 voters 42.9k views36 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.

...more
  • 1
    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    353
    53

    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    More The Notebook 

    15 Cheesy Details Reminding Us Why We Still Love 'The Notebook'#216 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • 2
    Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    352
    60

    Me Before You

    Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin

    Directed byThea Sharrock

    More Me Before You 

    #63 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time#64 of 136 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

  • 3
    The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    307
    59

    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

    More The Fault in Our Stars 

    #228 of 364 The Best Movies Based On Books#23 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • 4
    A Walk to Remember is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    207
    37

    A Walk to Remember

    Shane West, Mandy Moore

    Released2002

    Directed byAdam Shankman

  • 5
    After is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    504
    199

    After

    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

    Released2019

    Directed byJenny Gage

    More After 

    #15 of 31 The Best Movies About Generation Z (So Far)#11 of 65 The Best New Teen Movies of the Last Few Years

  • 6
    Twilight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    267
    94

    Twilight

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2008

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    More Twilight 

    #214 of 489 Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are#237 of 457 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

  • 7
    The Lucky One is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    107
    23

    The Lucky One

    Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Hicks

  • 8
    Dear John is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    137
    46

    Dear John

    Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum

    Released2010

    Directed byLasse Hallström

  • 9
    Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    190
    89

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson

    Released2015

    Directed bySam Taylor-Johnson

  • 10
    The Last Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    121
    43

    The Last Song

    Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth

    Released2010

    Directed byJulie Anne Robinson

  • 11
    Pride & Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    60
    1

    Pride & Prejudice

    Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan

    Released2005

    Directed byJoe Wright

  • 12
    Crazy Rich Asians is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    150
    70

    Crazy Rich Asians

    Constance Wu, Henry Golding

    Released2018

    Directed byJon M. Chu

  • 13
    One Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    82
    20

    One Day

    Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2011

    Directed byLone Scherfig

    More One Day 

    #47 of 80 The Best Movies About Depression#49 of 51 Romantic Movies Your Girlfriend Forces You To Watch

  • 14
    Flipped is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    73
    22

    Flipped

    Stefanie Scott, Rebecca De Mornay

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Reiner

  • 15
    P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    77
    27

    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

  • 16
    The Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    88
    46

    The Spectacular Now

    Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Ponsoldt

    More The Spectacular Now 

    #13 of 14 14 Teen Movies That Definitely Made You Cry#4 of 15 The Most Underrated Teen Movies Of The Decade

  • 17
    Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    57
    22

    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

  • 18
    Beastly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    62
    30

    Beastly

    Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2011

    Directed byDaniel Barnz

  • 19
    Something Borrowed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    44
    18

    Something Borrowed

    Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin

    Released2011

    Directed byLuke Greenfield

  • 20
    Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    45
    22

    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant

    Released2001

    Directed bySharon Maguire

    More Bridget Jones's Diary 

    #576 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#78 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • 21
    The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    47
    25

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    More The Time Traveler's Wife 

    #169 of 1,233 The Best Novels Ever Written#89 of 99 NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

  • 22
    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    27
    4

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    More The Princess Bride 

    Who Would Star In 'The Princess Bride' If It Were Made Today?Small But Poignant Details Fans Noticed In 'The Princess Bride'

  • 23
    Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    36
    22

    Water for Elephants

    Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson

    Released2011

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    More Water for Elephants 

    #114 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#95 of 105 The Best Valentine's Day Movies

  • 24
    The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    35
    23

    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    More The Blue Lagoon 

    #167 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#25 of 43 The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle

  • 25
    Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
    29
    16

    Gone with the Wind

    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

    Released1939

    Directed bySam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

    More Gone with the Wind 

    #3 of 28 Civil War Movies List#10 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

FilmsFilmEntertainmentRomanceAdaptationsBest Moviestop 25