Nicholas Sparks has developed some of the most romantic storylines that are so fantastic they’ve become hit movies. Let’s have a look at all of the movies and rank them..
As a well-known romance author, Nicholas Sparks’ books have served as the basis for a slew of blockbuster film adaptations starring big-name celebrities throughout the 2000s. For those who believe in the power of real love, Sparks’ ability to create fascinating characters and emotionally evocative – and at times, sad – plots has made him a popular partner in Hollywood. It’s been two decades since Sparks’ formula for novels-turned-blockbusters has worked so well, with many of his works now firmly established in the canon of romantic film classics.
In order of Rotten Tomatoes’ audience rating, here are the most popular Nicholas Sparks films.
1. Dear John (2010) – 55%
Dear John, starring A-listers Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, dealt with the complexities of long-distance love in a compelling way. John (Tatum) and Savannah (Seyfried) fall in love during spring break, but John’s deployment forces them apart. While the couple’s relationship grows progressively stormy over seven years, their reunions become more irregular, tethered to each other mostly through love letters.
We were moved by chemistry between Seyfried and Tatum, as well as by Richard Jenkins’s portrayal of the complex relationship between the protagonist’s father and his son, John (who was played by Tatum).
2. The Best Of Me (2014) – 59%
The Best Of Metread, like most of Sparks’ films, explores the long-lost love between Dawson (James Marsden, returning from The Notebook) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), high school sweethearts who are unexpectedly reunited two decades later and quickly realize they still hold a flickering flame for one another. The couple’s younger selves, played by Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, had a stronger on-screen chemistry.
In spite of some clumsy structuring, the picture nonetheless cashes in on the sweet melodrama and tissue-box moments that make Sparks’ films the guiltiest of joys, despite a few plot holes.
3. The Choice (2016) – 62%
In 2007, Nicholas Sparks published The Choicemarks, a novel that became the basis for a film adaption by the same name.
The film’s star-crossed lovers narrative, set against a sun-soaked coastal Southern backdrop, was classic Nicholas Sparks fare, starring Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker.
With its heartfelt characters, the picture was able to overcome the film’s recurrent themes, which were relegated to the background.
Sparks fans will enjoy The Choice, a story of two neighbors who fall in love and then lose each other in a passionate relationship before catastrophe strikes.
4. Message In a Bottle (1999) – 66%
The 1999 film adaption of Message in a Bottle, starring Robin Wright as a single mother who finds a washed-up message in a bottle on the seashore, was a sweeping romance (if occasionally tragic) about Teresa (a pre-House of CardsRobin Wright).
Teresa is determined to convey the message to Garrett (a dreamy Kevin Costner) and falls in love with him along the way. The only problem is that he doesn’t know she found the letters, and she doesn’t want to jeopardize their relationship by informing him of their discovery.
The cinematic version of Sparks’ first novel will always have a special place in the hearts of moviegoers.
5. The Last Song (2010) – 66%
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s long affair was ignited by The Last Song, a film that dealt with adolescent themes of first love and family strife. Ronnie (Cyrus) is a New York teenager who moves to the South for the summer to live with her divorced father (Greg Kinnear) and rapidly develops a crush on a local lad, Will (Hemsworth). After her divorce, Ronnie falls in love with a man who shares her love of music, and they begin a new life together.
To top it all off, the song “When I Look At You” byMiley Cyrus may have been more successful than the film itself.
6. Safe Haven (2013) – 67%
After Katie (Julianne Hough) flees Boston for North Carolina in order to start a new life away from her abusive detective ex-husband, one of the darker pictures in Sparks’ résumé, the part-romance, part-thriller film tackled themes of domestic abuse. Alex, a widowed father of two, is not what she expects to meet (Josh Duhamel). Slow burn, passionate romance that teaches both of them how to love again, but danger comes in the form of Katie’s ex-boyfriend, who threatens the happiness the two have established together.
In Safe Haven, Duhamel’s familiarity as a leading man and Hough’s acting prowess proved to be a winning combination.
7. The Lucky One (2012) – 67%
Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, both rising stars in Hollywood, star in The Lucky One, a romantic drama about an ex-Marine and a woman he credits with saving his life after he found her photograph in an Iraqi war zone. The Lucky One is a heartwarming look at the passionate relationship between Logan (Efron) and Beth (Schilling). As their connection heats up and Logan hides the truth about what brought him to her house and into her heart, things grow more difficult for them both.
Efron and Schilling had great chemistry together as a rough-and-tumble Marine with a soft heart.
8. The Longest Ride (2015) – 71%
Adapted by Sparks, The Longest Ride followed a lot of the writer’s tried-and-true pattern but ended up being more punchy. After meeting and being drawn to local college student Sophia (Britt Robertson), Luke, a professional bull rider, realizes that her planned move to New York is a threat to their new relationship. An elderly guy named Ira (Alan Alda) has a profound influence on the two men’s romantic entanglements.
Because it was more grounded in reality than some of Sparks’ previous works, the picture had a more likable and heartwarming vibe to it.
9. A Walk To Remember (2002) – 78%
Is maybe the second most successful adaptation of Sparks’ work, A Walk To Remember is a full fledged tear-jerker that follows the story of a conservative high schooler who falls in love with bad-boy Landon Carter (Moore), and the one that began Mandy Moore’s acting career (Shaun West). It is difficult for Landon and Jamie to adapt to the changes in their relationship as Landon loses popularity and Jamie holds a devastating secret; she is dying.
Effective, charming, and easy-to-understand,
As a result of A Walk To Remember, Nicholas Sparks became a household name in the film industry.
10. The Notebook (2004) – 85%
The Notebook, directed by Nicholas Sparks and starring Rachel McAdams as an affluent city girl named Allie (played by McAdams), explored the lasting and often devastating love between the two (Ryan Gosling). In the late 1930s, a North Carolina summer affair turned into a long-term relationship that thrived despite years of separation, other lovers, and socioeconomic barriers.