There will always be an audience interested in watching beautiful people fall in love in romantic dramas like The Longest Ride.
Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson star in George Tillman Jr.’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation as a former bull rider and a college student who are trying to make their relationship work.
The genre is full of challenges for the central couple to overcome, but by the end of the film, no one can help but cry as everything comes together in the end.
1. Dear John (2010)
The Longest Ride is not required to be based on Nicholas Sparks novels, but many of them are now that the author has created a cinematic sub-genre all his own.
In Lasse Hallstrom’s heart-wrenching tale of a soldier and a student trying to make things work over a long distance, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried play very attractive leads.
Things get more complicated and dangerous over the course of seven years as destiny conspires to keep the lovers apart, and you’ll be wondering the entire time whether they’ll ever find happiness together.
2. The Vow (2012)
Like The Longest Ride, Michael Sucsy’s tearjerking romantic drama The Vow begins with tragedy as the catalyst for the plot.
The husband of a newlywed finds himself in a coma after a car accident and discovers she has no memory of who she married. He then sets out to rekindle her feelings for him.
Stars Because Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams have worked together before in the romantic comedy genre, their chemistry is undeniable.
3. The Age of Adaline (2015)
Movies like The Longest Ride don’t have to be grounded in reality; Lee Toland Krieger’s The Age of Adaline, on the other hand, takes the romantic drama in a more fantastical direction.
Despite the fact that Blake Lively’s character hasn’t aged in almost eighty years and will avoid getting close to anyone for fear of them finding out her secret, she is forced to make difficult choices when a charming stranger enters her life.
As a result, the story is free to explore new directions, and among the requisite romantic subplots are some big ideas on love, loss, and mortality.
4. The Lucky One (2012)
Scott Hicks’ The Lucky One, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation on our list of films like The Longest Ride, weaves a sense of mystery through the story’s well-worn beats.
After his tour of duty is over, Zac Efron’s Marine returns home with a photo of a woman he’s never met and vows to make their lives cross.
It’s a complicated love story with a lot of twists and turns, but Zac Efron gives an engaging performance and the movie delivers exactly what it promises.
5. Safe Haven (2013)
Safe Haven, the final film on our list of Nicholas Sparks adaptations like The Longest Ride and the second directed by Lasse Hallstrom, has a few plot twists you won’t see in movies of this type.
After moving to a small town to start over, a woman befriends the residents and eventually falls in love with the town’s smoldering widower, who helps her overcome her shyness.
Unexpectedly, a stranger shows up and reveals his mysterious past, which threatens to throw her life into disarray once more.
6. Love, Rosie (2014)
When Alex and his family relocate to the United States, they part ways with Rosie, who remains in Dublin. The two reunite five years later.
Christian Ditter’s rom-com has several time jumps that follow the central couple through various stages of their lives, but it’s clear that they’re meant to be together in the end.
Even though the story’s twists and turns are obvious from the start, Love, Rosie still holds your attention, especially if you enjoy romantic comedies like The Longest Ride.
7. At First Sight (1999)
A scientific essay and a true story combine in Irwin Winkler’s At First Sight to give it an unconventional spin on the formula popularized by films like The Longest Ride.
Mira Sorvino takes a much-needed vacation to get away from the stresses of everyday life. While there, she meets a blind massage therapist and develops feelings for him.
While he’s considering a risky surgery to restore his sight, she’s won over by his determination and independence. However, tensions arise over whether she’s pushing him too hard.
8. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
The Longest Ride proves that romantic comedies do not always feature attractive young people, and The Bridges of Madison County does the same.
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this story about a photographer sent to photograph the titular bridges who meets and falls in love with a housewife who is left alone while her husband and children are on vacation.
There’s nothing surprising about the performances of Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep; the film is more about a heartwarming love story between two people who were meant to be apart because of circumstances beyond their control.
9. Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
Director Burr Steers casts Zac Efron in the lead role in this love story that pits him against the girl who may become his soul mate.
Zac Efron’s protagonist is a bright young man with a promising future, but tragedy strikes when his younger brother Sam is killed in a car accident.
Every day, Charlie and Sam are reunited by Sam’s spirit, but Charlie must decide whether or not to stay in the past or move on with his life.
10. Message in a Bottle (1999)
starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn, Luis Mandoki’s romantic drama relies on the actors’ warmth and charisma to sell the story.
After finding a love letter in a bottle, Wright’s journalist tracks down and publishes the author, and the two quickly become romantically involved.
Message in a Bottle, like The Longest Ride, features a stumbling block that the star-crossed lovers must overcome.