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The Best Movies Based on Nicholas Sparks Books  

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List Rules Only movies based on novels by Nicholas Sparks.

There are only two certainties in life: death and crying if there’s a Nicholas Sparks film on television. There are quite a few movies based on Nicholas Sparks books. It’s up to you to decide which ones are the best Nicholas Sparks movies? Is it The Notebook, or one of his more recent movies?

Sparks’ younger sister Danielle died of cancer when she was only 33 years old. It’s no wonder then why the prolific author pens heartbreaking novels where one love interest not only has cancer but dies from the disease, leaving their romantic partner and an entire movie audience feeling tearfully devastated.

But not all Nicholas Sparks film adaptations end in death. In fact, some of his couples live long and happy lives together (you’ll cry a lot during those movies too). So, grab the tissues, watch out for his trademark narrative twist, and scoop yourself a small carton of Rocky Road ice cream. You’ll need it all while trying to decide which Sparks adaptation you love the most. The vote them up to see which Nicholas Sparks books made into movies make it to the top of the list.

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The Notebook is based on the novel of the same name.

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 young couple who fall in love during 1940. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident. The Notebook received mixed reviews but performed well at the box office and received several award nominations, winning eight Teen Choice Awards, a Satellite Award and an MTV Movie Award. The film became a sleeper hit and has gained a cult following. On November 11, 2012, ABC Family premiered an extended version with deleted scenes added back into ...more on Wikipedia

Released: 2004

Actors: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, James Marsden, Joan Allen, + more

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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A Walk to Remember is based on the novel of the same name.

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 directed by Adam Shankman, and produced by Denise Di Novi and Hunt Lowery for Warner Bros. A Walk to Remember was panned by critics. ...more on Wikipedia

Released: 2002

Actors: Mandy Moore, Marisa Miller, Daryl Hannah, Paz de la Huerta, Shane West, + more

Directed by: Adam Shankman

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The Lucky One is based on the novel of the same name.

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 as Logan Thibault, a U.S. Marine who finds a photograph of a smiling young woman while serving in Iraq, carries it around as a good luck charm, and later tracks down the woman, with whom he begins a relationship. The Lucky One received generally negative reviews from critics, many of whom found its writing generic and criticized Efron's casting. ...more on Wikipedia

Released: 2012

Actors: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Adam LeFevre, Ritchie Montgomery, + more

Directed by: Scott Hicks

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Safe Haven is based on the novel of the same name.

Safe Haven is a 2013 American romance film starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. It was released theatrically in North America on February 14, 2013. The film was directed by Lasse Hallström, and is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel of the same name. The film was originally set for a February 8 release, but was moved to February 14, 2013. The film was widely panned by critics, but was nonetheless financially successful with a worldwide gross of $97.6 million against its $28 million budget. ...more on Wikipedia

Released: 2013

Actors: Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, David Lyons, Mike Pniewski, + more

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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