Romance

The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books  

Ranker Film
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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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Me Before You is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman
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 Notebook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner
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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After is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Shane Paul McGhie
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 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
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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Dear John is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, Richard Jenkins
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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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
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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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
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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Crazy Rich Asians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan
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) 9 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
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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The Last Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston
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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The Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh
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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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden
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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Beastly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris, Mary-Kate Olsen
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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One Day is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess
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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Flipped is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Stefanie Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Penelope Ann Miller
Flipped is a 2010 comedy-drama film written by Andrew Scheinman and Rob Reiner and directed by Rob Reiner.
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P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland
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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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper
Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more
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Something Borrowed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Peyton List
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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Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth
Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more
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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk
The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and Malpaso ...more
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The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Ron Livingston
The Time Traveler's Wife is a 2009 American romantic science fiction drama film directed by Robert Schwentke. The story follows Henry DeTamble, a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic ...more
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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more
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Water for Elephants is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz
Water for Elephants is a 2011 American romantic drama film directed by Francis Lawrence. Richard LaGravenese wrote the screenplay, which was based on Sara Gruen's 2006 novel of the same name. It ...more
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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romantic Movies Based on Books
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan
Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola ...more
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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
Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of ...more