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Nicholas Sparks' Movies Based on His Books

Updated on October 17, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks, an ordained minister of Christian education, holds an M.A in Christian education and an M.Div. in Divinity.

Who Is Nicholas Sparks?

One of my favorite writers is Nicholas Charles Sparks, an American novelist and screenwriter, who has published 18 novels and two non-fiction books. Eleven of his best sellers have been adapted into movies.

He wrote his first novel, The Passing, in 1985, when he was a student at the University of Notre Dame.

The 51-year-old author writes about one book per year. His first two books were never published when he first started writing and his first published book, The Notebook almost wasn't published, but it made the best seller's list the first week of publication.

Nicholas Sparks' Books and Movies

As we watch the movies, there is always something in it that takes us back to our own romance, whether we have loved and lost or loved and are still living happily ever after.

Sparks' movies are based on his books with the same characters and themes. His usual themes include relationships, family, love and faith.

In Every of Nicholas Sparks' Movies . . .

  1. A man and a woman fall in love.
  2. There is a beach scene, an ocean or a body of water.
  3. The leading man has a seaside hobby.
  4. A family crisis has to be addressed
  5. Writing is involved.
  6. A separation by distance.
  7. Nature, music or art shows up in some form.
  8. Sadly, there is death.
  9. Love develops, but at first one or both of the leading characters reject the possibility.

Not a Romance Novelist

Sparks insists he is not a romance novelist. He claims he is a fiction writer who writes love stories.

Sparks' books and movies are about characters falling in love. There are teenagers in love as well as middle age and older adults who experience love in some form in all of his writings.

There are surprises in Sparks' books and movies. When you think you have figured out what is going to happen next, there is a bombshell letting you know that you hadn't figured it out at all.

Look at the photos provides and see the couples as they appear in the movies.

Message in a Bottle (1999)

Message in a Bottle was Sparks' second romance novel published in April 1998. The 1999 movie stars Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn.

It is about a divorced and lonely woman who finds a love letter in a bottle. She is intrigued by the mystery and becomes determined to track down the writer.

A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember (2002)

A Walk to Remember is a coming-of-age romantic drama film starring Shane West and Mandy Moore. The story is about a popular guy who is forced to tutor a plain girl from a poor school. Love develops and tragedy occurs.

The movie is based on Sparks' 1999 novel of the same name.

The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook was published in 1996, but it was not made into a movie until 2004. The novel was written over a period of six months in 1994.

The plot is set in a modern-day nursing home where an elderly man named Duke (James Garner) begins to read a love story from his notebook to a female fellow patient (Gena Rowlands).

The female patient is very much interested in the love story that is read to her, but it is not until the end of the movie do we find out why the notebook was so important.

Scene from "The Notebook"
Scene from "The Notebook"
Nights in Rodante
Nights in Rodante

Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

Nights in Rodanthe movie is an adaptation of Sparks' 2002 novel of the same name starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, is about a woman who is escaping problems in her life by attending to a friend's inn for the weekend.

Only one guest arrives, and he too is going through his own crisis. The one guest and the innkeeper develop a friendship that leads into a relationship that ends in Nicholas Sparks' usual style.

Dear John
Dear John
The Last Song
The Last Song

Dear John (February 5, 2010)

Dear John is a love story about an army sergeant who falls in love shortly before 9-11. He enlists again, and the separation causes the girl to fall in love with someone else and marries him.

When the army sergeant returns, they have to deal with the pain of what has happened. However, their lives are still intertwined through tragic.

The movie is a romantic drama-war film starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum that is based on Sparks' 2006 novel.


The Last Song (March 31, 2010)

The Last Song is a story about a seventeen-year-old girl (Miley Cyrus) who goes to live with her father for the summer. She meets a boy (Liam Hemsworth) and falls in love with him. In this movie not only do we see first love of a boy and girl, but we also see the love and forgiveness between parents and children.

Miley and Liam began a real-life relationship after starring together in this film. They are still together today even though they have an on and off again relationship and have even engaged twice.

The movie is based on Sparks' 2009 novel.

The Lucky One
The Lucky One
Safe Haven
Safe Haven

The Lucky One (2012)

The Lucky One is a 2012 romantic drama based on Sparks' 2008 novel. While serving in Iraq, US Marine Zac Efron finds a photo of a young woman (Taylor Schilling) and carries it around for good luck. He later tracks down the woman and they begin a relationship but not without challenges.

Safe Haven (2014)

Safe Haven is a story about a 2013 romantic drama thriller film based on Sparks' 2010 novel.

The movie starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel is about an abused wife who leaves home, changes her identity and try to start a new life.

Her abusive alcoholic policeman husband tracks her down and there is trouble for his wife and the man she has started a relationship with.

The Best of Me (2014)

The Best of Me is a 2014 romantic drama film based on Nicholas Sparks' 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.

The two stars are forced to come together after a mutual friend dies. They were very much in love when they were in high school, but they haven't seen each other in over 20 years. While the man is still single, the woman is married with a young son.

Even though death occurs in all of Sparks' movies, this one is a tear jerker. So, have your tissues ready when you watch this film.

The Best of Me
The Best of Me

The Longest Ride 2015)

The Longest Ride a 2015 Western romantic drama based on Sparks' 2013 novel of the same name. The film stars Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson. It is about a bull rider and the love of his life.

The two of them work things out as she wants him to give up bull riding and he wants to continue doing so.

The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride
The Choice
The Choice

The Choice (2016)

The Choice is a 2016 romantic drama film based on Nicholas Sparks' 2007 novel of the same name about two neighbors who fall in love at their first meeting.

The movie stars Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer. There are a lot of twists in this movie, but it ends in a Nicholas Sparks' style.

Your Favorite Nicholas Sparks' Movie

Which is your favorite Nicholas Sparks movie?

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    • writinginalaska profile image

      writinginalaska 6 years ago from southeast Alaska

      17 novels?? how did i miss so many? wow, i have some catching up to do, he is a very good author, The Notebook being my favorite. thank you for a great hub. :)

    • MissDoolittle profile image

      MissDoolittle 6 years ago from Sussex, UK

      I loved the Notebook and Dear John. :)