9 Nicholas Sparks Movies Your Significant Other Probably Dragged You To See
She’s a pretty blond; he’s a handsome rodeo-riding hunk (who just happens to be Clint Eastwood’s son). Sounds like your classic set-up for another date movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book. With his latest, ‘The Longest Ride,’ hitting theaters, here are a few more Sparks joints that your significant other most likely dragged you to see.
Message in a Bottle (1999)
It's your classic story of a reporter (Robin Wright) finding a love letter and then tracking down -- and falling in love -- with its author, a grieving widower played by Kevin Costner. Sparks' books were such a big deal in the '90s, this one attracted the star power of Paul Newman (!) in a supporting role.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Two teens, played by Mandy Moore and Shane West, are thrown together -- and, you guessed it -- fall in love.
The Notebook (2004)
Also known as the movie where Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams kiss in the rain, inspiring its legions of fans to do the same. This adaptation proved to be a significant hit at the box office, ensuring that audiences will keep paying to see more of the author's books adapted for the screen.
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Richard Gere and Diane Lane are two strangers who meet and spark a -- what else? -- passionate affair at a beach town inn. While critics were mixed on the film, all agreed that Gere and Lane had exceptional chemistry.
Dear John (2010)
Sparks' characters love using handwritten notes, to the point where one wonders if they even have email accounts. But who needs the internet for sending love letters when Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried are involved? Their romance shows Sparks at his tear-jerking best.
The Last Song (2010)
This teen romantic drama features pop star Miley Cyrus and her now ex-fiancée, 'The Hunger Game's Liam Hemsworth. While their off-screen chemistry didn't work out, what they had on-screen more than makes up for it.
The Lucky One (2012)
Before he was a frat boy in 'Neighbors,' Zach Efron took the lead in this 2012 romantic drama, opposite Taylor Schilling. While not as a big a hit as most of Sparks' adaptations, it did manage to inspire boyfriends everywhere, who were dragged to see the film, to start hitting the gym.
Safe Haven (2013)
Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough headline this weepie with a somewhat controversial ending, as it tells the story of Hough's struggle to love again. Which shouldn’t be too hard, given that the guy she meets is Josh Duhamel.
The Best of Me (2014)
This drama, about first love and second chances, stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as former high school sweethearts reunited. Judging by the trailer, you'll want to bring a minimum of two tissues boxes.