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 time the credits roll, the audience is left with tears of joy.
1. Dear John (2010)
This isn’t a requirement, but many of them are since the author has spawned a whole new cinematic sub-genre in his honor.
In Lasse Hallstrom’s heart-wrenching, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried play attractive leads who must try to make things work over a long distance.
You’ll be wondering throughout the seven-year period whether the lovers will ever find happiness together as fate conspires to keep them apart.
2. The Vow (2012)
Tragic events like those in The Longest Ride set the plot in motion, and Michael Sucsy’s tearjerking romantic drama The Vow is no exception.
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.
A woman who hasn’t aged in nearly eighty years must make difficult choices when a handsome man enters her life. Blake Lively’s title character won’t approach anyone for fear of them finding out her secret.
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.
An unnamed Marine returns from duty with a photograph of an unknown woman and makes it his mission to ensure their paths cross.
The final romance is anything but simple, but Zac Efron steals the show with a charismatic performance, and the film delivers exactly what it promises to do.
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 split up, with Rosie remaining 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 you can just tell that they’re supposed to end up together.
If you’re looking for more heartwarming films like The Longest Ride, you’ll enjoy Love, Rosie even though the plot is obvious from the get-go.
7. At First Sight (1999)
At First Sight, directed by Irwin Winkler, is based on a scientific essay and inspired by a true story. It takes the formula of films like The Longest Ride and turns it on its head.
While on a much-needed vacation, Mira Sorvino meets a blind massage therapist and develops feelings for him. They end up falling in love.
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 Bridges of Madison County shows that romantic comedies do not always feature attractive young people, and The Longest Ride is another example of this.
This Clint Eastwood film is about a photographer who is sent to photograph the titular bridges and meets and falls in love with a housewife who is alone while her husband and children are away.
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)
Zac Efron stars in a romantic comedy directed by Burr Steers, in which a young man must choose between keeping a promise and falling in love with the girl next door.
It all comes crashing down for Zac Efron’s character when his younger brother Sam is tragically killed in an 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.