10 best romantic movies based on books

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Countless love stories have been told through the ages through books, and this is a medium where the genre continues to be successful even today. Whether it’s classic style or modern romance, there are plenty of novels to suit everyone’s tastes.

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The adaptation of books to other types of media, especially cinema, in this case, is far from a new phenomenon. and over the years, many romantic stories that have proven popular on paper have been featured on live screens. Some have been classics that audiences still love to watch years later.


ten Gone with the Wind (1939) – Aired on HBO Max


Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable stand close to each other in Gone with the Wind

An absolute classic by all definitions of the word, Blown away by the wind has a legendary reputation as a romance movie. It was the highest grossing film in the world for 25 years, and once adjusted for inflation, it still is.

The eponymous book that the film is based on is the only book author Margaret Mitchell has ever written, and she won a Pulitzer for it. Located during the historic Civil War, Blown away by the wind follows the life of Scarlett O’Hara and her romantic relationship with a man named Rhett Butler.

9 Call Me By Your Name (2017) – Stream on Starz


Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer in Call Me by Your Name sitting on a table with drinks

With his next film Dune and several other projects, actor Timothée Chalamet is fast becoming a household name, and Call me by your name was his role of escape. Set against the beautiful backdrop of 1980s Italy, it is about the budding romance between a teenager and an older man, his father’s assistant.

Chalamet and Armie Hammer give performances that have been praised by many critics around the world in what is one of the best LGBTQ coming-of-age films. The film was adapted from the romance novel of the same name by author André Aciman.

8 The fault of our stars (2014) – Rent on Vudu


Shailene Woodley with nasal cannula sitting with Ansel Elgort in The Fault in Our Stars

Tragedy is a common element in love stories, and nowhere is it more painfully present than in 2014 The fault of our stars, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by John Green. The book and film focus on two teenage boys Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, the first with cancer and the second with cancer in remission.

The two meet through a support group and grow closer, eventually going on a trip to meet the author of their favorite book.

7 The Notebook (2004) – Available on HBO Max


Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook witting on a boat

Nicholas Sparks is one of the most successful and prolific romance writers of the generation, and 11 of his books have been adapted for film, Notebook being one of them. Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, it tells the story of an elderly couple recalling the events of their past, how they overcame social differences and opposition to survive as a couple.

As popular as the movie is among fans of the genre, it actually ranks among Ryan Gosling’s worst movies according to Rotten Tomatoes. Fans would certainly disagree though.

6 Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – Available on Netflix


Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper wearing NFL shirts in Silver Linings Playbook

Many romance films revolve around characters suffering from physical illnesses, but few of them dare to delve into the realm of mental health. Silver Linings Playbook Is. It introduces Bradley Cooper as a man with bipolar disorder and how he gets close to a young widow (played by Jennifer Lawrence) in a dance competition.

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As well as being a huge box office hit, the film was also an Oscar hit and received 8 nominations and one win.

5 Pride and Prejudice (2005) – Stream On Max Go


Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan and more in Pride and Prejudice standing on a balcony

First published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is now considered a staple of classical literature in many circles, especially for fans of the novel genre. The novel’s widespread popularity resulted in a number of film and television adaptations, and the 2005 film with Pirates of the Caribbean leading star Keira Knightley is one of many.

Set in 19th century England, the story revolves around the Bennet family, specifically one of five daughters Elizabeth Bennet and her relationship with a certain Mr. Darcy.

4 To All the Boys I’ve Loved (2018) – Available on Netflix


Lana Condor and Noah Centineo in To All the Boys I've Loved Before Sitting Under a Sakura

Lara Jean is a teenage girl who has a habit of writing letters to express her feelings for boys she has a crush on, which she writes in secret and keeps hidden. When all the letters she wrote are on display, she is forced to deal with the consequences on her social and romantic life.

2018 To all the boys I’ve loved before was a huge hit on Netflix and as a result the three books written by writer Jenny Han were adapted into a film trilogy. The first entry in the series is one of the best female-directed movies available on Netflix.

3 Emma (2020) – Broadcast on Max Go


Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn and Callum Turner in Emma Wearing Victorian Era Clothing

Before making her directorial debut with Emma, director Autumn de Wilde was first and foremost a professional photographer, and it really shows here. The cinematography is as sleek as it is elegant, made even more remarkable by the lavish and precise props used throughout the film.

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Yet another film based on a Jane Austen film, it stars Anya Taylor-Joy as a noblewoman during the Regency era in England with a headstrong demeanor and her various interactions with those around her.

2 Me Before You (2016) – Rent on Apple TV


Emilia Clarke smiling and sitting on wheelchair Sam Claflin's lap in Me Before You

Emilia Clarke is best known for her role as the ruthless mother of dragons in Game Of Thrones, but she has shown time and time again that she is capable of handling drastically different games as well. Me before you adapted from the book of the same name by Jojo Moyes, finds her as Louisa Clark, a charming and cheerful person full of life who begins to work as the personal guardian of William Traynor, a recently turned quadriplegic.

What started out as a professional friendship quickly turns into something much more intimate, as Louisa tries to convince William not to kill himself. It can be sad at times, but ultimately it’s still a great romantic movie to watch.

1 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – Streaming on HBO Max


Crazy Rich Asians cast poster featuring Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding

2018 Crazy Rich Asians was not only a landmark in terms of portraying diversity in American films, but with a gross box office of over $ 200 million, it is also the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the decade. It follows a woman who travels to Singapore to meet the family of her boyfriend, who, unbeknownst to her, is among the richest people in the country (hence the name of the film).

The film changed a lot from author Kevin Kwan’s book, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a huge hit, and two sequels are currently in development.

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