From The Notebook to Crazy Rich Asians, some of the most popular romance movies of all time were based on books, and these are some of the best.
Gone With The Wind (1939) – Stream On HBO Max
An absolute classic by every definition of the word, Gone With The Wind has a legendary reputation as a romance film. It was the highest-grossing film in the world for 25 years, and when adjusted for inflation, it still is.
The book of the same name that the movie is based on is the only book author Margaret Mitchell ever wrote, and she won a Pulitzer for it. Set during the historical Civil War, Gone With The Wind follows the life of Scarlett O’Hara and her romantic relationship with a man named Rhett Butler.
Call Me By Your Name (2017) – Stream On Starz
With his upcoming film Dune and several other projects, actor Timothée Chalamet is well on his way to becoming a household name, and Call Me By Your Name was his breakout role. Taking place in the beautiful setting of 1980s Italy, it is about the budding romance between a teenage boy and an older man, his father’s assistant.
Chalamet and Armie Hammer give performances that have been praised by many critics all around the world in what is one of the best LGBTQ coming-of-age movies. The film was adapted from the romance movie of the same name by author André Aciman.
The Fault In Our Stars (2014) – Rent On Vudu
Tragedy is an element often found in romance movie stories, and nowhere is it more painfully present than in 2014’s The Fault In Our Stars, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by John Green. The book and the film focus on two teenagers Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, the former a cancer patient and the latter with cancer in remission.
The two meet through a support group and grow closer together, eventually going on a trip to meet with the author of their favorite book.
The Notebook (2004) – Available On HBO Max
Nicholas Sparks is one of the most successful and prolific romance authors of the generation, and 11 of his books have been adapted into films, The Notebook being one of them. Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, it tells the story of an elderly couple reminiscing about the events of their past, about how they overcame social differences and opposition to survive as a couple.
As popular as the film is among fans of the genre, it is actually among one of Ryan Gosling’s worst films according to Rotten Tomatoes. Fans would certainly disagree though.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – Available On Netflix
Plenty of romance movies revolve around characters with physical ailments, but few of them dare to delve into the realm of mental health in the way Silver Linings Playbook does. It features Bradley Cooper as a man who has bipolar disorder, and how he grows close to a young widow (played by Jennifer Lawrence) through a dance competition.
Pride & Prejudice (2005) – Stream On Max Go
First published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is now considered a must-read piece of classic literature in many circles, especially for fans of the romance genre. The novel’s widespread popularity has expectedly resulted in a number of movie and TV adaptations, and the 2005 film with Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley in the lead is one of many.
Set in 19th century England, the story revolves around the Bennet family, specifically one of the five daughters Elizabeth Bennet and her relationship with a certain Mr. Darcy.