The Best Movies Based on Nicholas Sparks Books

Voting 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
    Video: YouTube
    38 VOTES

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

    In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.
    • Released: 2004
    • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden
    • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
    38 votes

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  • A Walk to Remember
    Video: YouTube

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

    Set in North Carolina, "A Walk To Remember" follows the rite of passage of a jaded, aimless high school senior (Shane West) who falls in love with a guileless young woman (Mandy Moore) he and his friends once scorned. The two develop a powerful and inspirational relationship in which they discover truths that take most people a lifetime to learn.
    • Released: 2002
    • Actors: Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah, Lauren German
    • Directed by: Adam Shankman
    37 votes

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  • The Choice
    Video: YouTube
    15 VOTES

    The Choice

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

    Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) is a ladies' man who thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who's preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend (Tom Welling). Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they're willing to go to keep the hope of love alive.
    • Released: 2016
    • Actors: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Wilkinson
    • Directed by: Ross Katz
    15 votes

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  • The Last Song
    Video: YouTube
    20 VOTES

    The Last Song is based on the novel of the same name.

    Estranged from her father (Greg Kinnear) for a number of years, teenage Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) isn't pleased when her mother ships her and her younger brother down to a Southern beach town to spend the summer with him. While her father uses a shared love of music to try to reconnect with her, Ronnie finds romance with a handsome local (Liam Hemsworth).
    • Released: 2010
    • Actors: Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston, Bobby Coleman
    • Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson
    20 votes

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  • The Longest Ride
    Video: YouTube

    The Longest Ride is based on the novel of the same name.

    The Longest Ride is a 2015 American romantic drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr., based on Nicholas Sparks' 2013 novel of the same name. The lives of a professional bull rider, an art lover and an elder man the first two saved from a car accident are about to change.
    • Released: 2015
    • Actors: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda
    • Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.
    24 votes
  • Safe Haven
    Video: YouTube
    23 VOTES

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

    Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) moves to a small town on the North Carolina coast, determined to make a new life for herself. She takes a job as a waitress and keeps a low profile, but she is soon won over by the warmth and caring of the close-knit community, especially that of widower Alex (Josh Duhamel). With the help of Alex and his children, Katie learns to love and trust again -- but when a mysterious stranger arrives and starts asking questions, Katie's dark past threatens to reclaim her.
    • Released: 2013
    • Actors: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons, Noah Lomax
    • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
    23 votes

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