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Nicholas Sparks: 7 Romantic Movies

Nicholas Sparks is one of the bestselling authors of romance novels. Here are seven films based on his books.

Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks
Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks
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Do you want a romantic movie to watch with your spouse or date? Something special for Valentine's Day or a Friday night at home?

You really can't go wrong with a Nicholas Sparks movie. Women love them and men (secretly) enjoy them.

Nicholas Sparks is an American novelist and screenwriter. To date, he has penned eighteen bestselling novels. Hollywood adapted seven of them for the big screen. Two more are said to be in the works.

Sparks lives in North Carolina, where most of his books and movies are set. His stories explore the common themes of love, loss, family and faith. Despite a few altered endings, the Nicholas Sparks movies remain faithful to the books.

Tender Love Stories

Sparks weaves believable stories that his readers and viewers can relate to. "None of my characters are rich or famous, and the situations they find themselves in could happen to anyone," he said.

For a tender, romantic experience, here are seven Nicholas Sparks movies to watch with your sweetheart. Visit your library or movie store to pick up a copy today.

And be sure to follow this hub to the end for an interview with Nicholas Sparks by Jon Barns of the Indianapolis Public Library.

If some lives form a perfect circle, others take shape in ways we cannot predict or always understand.

-- Theresa Osborne

Message in a Bottle (Keepcase)
Message in a Bottle (Keepcase)
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1. Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle (1999) is a bittersweet tale based on a 1998 book. The story is set in contemporary Chicago and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The story tells of a Chicago newspaper researcher who finds a tragic letter in a bottle on a Cape Cod beach. Intrigued by her discovery, she travels to North Carolina to track down the author.

Before long, she locates the man, a widowed shipbuilder. As their attraction blossoms into romance, he struggles to put the past behind him and move on.

Robin Wright Penn, Kevin Costner and Paul Newman star in this award-nominated film that explores love, loss and grief. The movie is rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality.

Jamie has faith in me. She makes me want to be different, better.

-- Landon Carter

A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
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2. A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember centers on two teenagers who fall deeply in love despite their dissimilar ambitions and personalities. The 2002 film is based on a 1999 novel.

Unlike the book, which is set in the 1950s, the movie takes place in contemporary times. The story depicts the growing relationship between a popular but rebellious boy and the bookish daughter of a southern preacher.

Mandy Moore, Shane West and Peter Coyote star in this award-winning film that explores teen love, faith and grief. The movie is rated PG for mild language and some sensuality.

I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.

-- Noah Calhoun

The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook (2004)
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3. The Notebook

The Notebook is an endearing 2004 film based on a 1996 novel. The real-life story of his wife's grandparents inspired Sparks to create this fictional work.

The story focuses on two young lovers, a poor boy and a wealthy girl in 1940s North Carolina. He teaches her about passion and freedom, but their social differences keep them apart.

Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner and Gena Rowlands star in this award-winning movie about love, social class and the heartbreaking realities of Alzheimer's disease. The film is rated PG-13 for scenes of sexuality.

There's another kind of love.... One that makes you feel that anything is possible.

-- Adrienne Willis

Nights in Rodanthe
Nights in Rodanthe
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4. Nights in Rodanthe

A 2002 novel inspired the 2008 movie Nights in Rodanthe. The story is partly based on Spark's personal experiences, particularly on his courtship of the woman he eventually married.

Set in the late 1980s, on a stormy weekend, the movie tells of a divorced surgeon who meets an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn.

Turning to each other for comfort, they begin a life-changing romance. Years later, the woman tells their love story to her daughter.

Diane Lane, Richard Gere and Christopher Meloni star in Nights in Rodanthe. It carries a PG-13 rating for sensuality.

The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all.

-- Savannah Curtis

Dear John
Dear John
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5. Dear John

Dear John is a based on a 2006 novel. Despite early negative reviews, the 2010 film was a box office success.

The story follows an army sergeant who falls in love with a college girl while he is home on leave. When he re-enlists after the September 11 attacks, the two keep their love alive through letters.

However, their relationship takes an unexpected turn when he receives her "Dear John" letter. The movie and the book have different endings.

Exploring themes of love, loss, war and illness, this award-winning movie stars Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and Richard Jenkins. It is rated PG-13 for scenes of sensuality and war violence.

Sometimes you have to be apart from the people you love, but that doesn't make you love them any less. Sometimes it makes you love them more.

-- Steve Miller

The Last Song
The Last Song
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6. The Last Song

Another 2010 film, The Last Song tells of a troubled teenage girl who reconnects with her father through their mutual love of music.

The producers developed the movie alongside the book. Sparks wrote the screenplay as well as the novel, making The Last Song his first script to be optioned for film.

Although the book is set in North Carolina, the movie changed the setting to Georgia after the state campaigned for months to host the film production.

The Last Song stars Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and Greg Kinnear. It is rated PG for mild language, sensuality and some violence.

You should be kissed every day, every hour, every minute.

-- Logan Thibault

The Lucky One
The Lucky One
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7. The Lucky One

Released in 2012, The Lucky One is a new Nicholas Sparks movie based on his 2008 novel.

The story follows a Marine who returns home after three tours in Iraq, to search for the woman who was his good luck charm during the war.

Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner star in the movie. It is rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.

Your Turn

What is your favorite Nicholas Sparks movie? Take the poll or leave a comment and tell us about it. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.

What is your favorite Nicholas Sparks movie?

  • Message In A Bottle
  • A Walk To Remember
  • The Notebook
  • Nights In Rodanthe
  • Dear John
  • The Last Song
  • The Lucky One
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Sarah Masson 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I loved the movies of The Notebook and A Walk to remember, two of my favs :D

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Hi Sarah, thanks for sharing! These are two of my favorites, as well.

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lolalullaby 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Love the Notebook, I quite enjoyed Message in a bottle and Dear John too.

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Darlene Sabella 3 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello Sarah, thank you for sharing this authors work with us, I never read anything about romance. I love the writing style and this is an awesome hub, I hope you visit with me sometime...rate up love & peace darski

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

@lolalullaby, "Message In A Bottle" is probably my favorite one, so far. I really enjoyed "A Walk To Remember," but I wish the movie had stayed in the same 1950s setting as the book.

@Darlene Sabella, thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate the encouragement.

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lolalullaby 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I was slightly confused by Nights in Rodanthe - the production design was gorgeous but I just could not get into the chemistry between Richard and Dianne. Wouldn't it have been lovely if 'A walk to remember was set in the 50's. Think of the costumes. But of course, the modern retelling of the story made it accessible to modern teenagers.

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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Nice list....my wife's favorite is The Time Traveler's Wife.....it has to be close to your Top 7........The Notebook has gotten bigger and bigger each year as more and more talk about it...great hub

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Hi Cogerson, thank you so much!

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trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana Level 2 Commenter

1,2,4 and 6 are my new classics. I just wish the best liked characters didn't have to die all of the time ... I'm starting to see it coming.

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Hello, trusouldj. Thank you for reading my hub, and for sharing your picks. And you're right...most of us have come to expect the bittersweet stories and endings.

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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I thought The Notebook was so sweet. Their loyalty and love is classic to God's plan of committment. All of the ones you listed sound wonderful. Perhaps the Father will send me a Boaz man to watch them with. lol

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Thank you, Hyphenbird. And I'll pray that God will send you your Boaz. I met mine four years ago, and we recently celebrated our third anniversary. Oh, and he watched "The Notebook" with me, too!

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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Happy Spring! "The Lucky One" is scheduled to release next month. Who is planning to watch this film?

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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

"The Lucky One" opened this weekend. Have you seen the film? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Level 6 Commenter

I've seen 1,2,3 and Message In A Bottle is my favorite!!! I hope to see The Lucky One soon!

 
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ThePracticalMommy 2 years ago from United States Level 1 Commenter

They're all great; how can I pick just one? I guess I'd have to say The Notebook is my favorite, even though the books are always better. :)

Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors. I haven't read The Lucky one yet, but when I do, I'll be seeing the movie.

Great hub! Voted up and awesome :)

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Level 6 Commenter

I'm back with part two of my original comment from yesterday. I saw The Lucky One today and it was outstanding! I didn't read the book so I can't compare it, but I'm a pleased fan!:)

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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Hi, Linda and Marissa! Thank you so much for your input. I haven't seen "The Lucky One" yet, but it's definitely on my list of films to see this spring. Thanks again for your comments and the vote up!

abinet 2 years ago

message in a bottle is my favorite movie of all time.

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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Hub Author

Hello, abinet. "Message in a Bottle" is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks movies, too. Thank you for reading my article and telling us your choice!

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