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36 Romantic Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Posted by Cybil on February 06, 2017

Romance Week is brought to you by the latest book in Helen Hardt's Steel Brothers Saga, Burn.

Where would romantic movies be without Jane Austen? Or John Green? And what about Nicholas Sparks? Some of the most beloved big screen love stories began as books.

From the sweeping epics to the quirky couples to the ugly-cry tearjerkers, these 36 romantic novels went from page to screen. Which adaptations are your favorites?

Pride and Prejudice
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The Princess Bride
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Gone With the Wind
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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The Fault in Our Stars
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Me Before You
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Twilight
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Fifty Shades Darker
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Dear John
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Atonement
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Slumdog Millionaire
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Bridget Jones's Diary
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Brokeback Mountain
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The Time Traveler's Wife
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The Notebook
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The English Patient
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Love Story
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Out of Africa
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Remains of the Day
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A Room with a View
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Legends of the Fall
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The Graduate
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Sense And Sensibility
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Water for Elephants
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Circle of Friends
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Emma
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The Accidental Tourist
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Carol
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Like Water for Chocolate
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Fifty Shades of Grey
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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
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Carol
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The Silver Linings Playbook
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Waiting To Exhale
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Love in the Time of Cholera
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Wuthering Heights
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Comments (showing 1-50 of 73) (73 new)


message 1: by Pratibha (last edited Feb 06, 2017 09:49AM) (new)

Pratibha Suku The Notebook
Dear John

Though A Walk to Remember is not in the given list. I still find it beautiful.


message 2: by Juliane (new)

Juliane "Pride and Prejudice" is the best film - and book - ever! <3


Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* I love Gone with the Wind, but was always confused why it was considered a romance novel


message 6: by Helena (new)

Helena Strickland P.S. I Love You

many great books/movies were left out from the list!! I think that this list is small I am trying to find movies to watch this week and half of them are already in my watchlist. HELP!!!


message 7: by Soph (new)

Soph Atonement is definitely one of the best.


message 8: by AleJandra (new)

AleJandra Solo 3. :(


message 9: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I haven't read Atonement (shame!!!) but the movie is incredible. I LOOOOOOOVE the book for The Time Traveler's Wife, but I hate the movie! It's so awful.


message 10: by Sammm (last edited Feb 08, 2017 06:28PM) (new)

Sammm For the sake of consistency, the following editions would have been better fits:
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

It makes little sense to display the majority with their movie-tie-in covers, while having some of them not getting the same treatment. Don't tell me it's because of using default editions; A LOT OF people don't care what they shelve, so if you switch to those editions, the number of times they are shelved might just catch up fairly quickly.

(Plus, most of the used editions actually aren't default editions, so please don't use this as a reason. I know this ISN'T a big deal, and I AM just being picky, but I really think it looks odd to have some of the book cover standing out like that.)

Also, the Dear John one SHOULD probably be switched to Dear John by Nicholas Sparks ; the one up there is apparently the SCREEN PLAY, not the original novel.



---Edited to add---
Editions with the following having better image quality of the book covers:
Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan



message 11: by Sheyda (new)

Sheyda Mirlou Juliane wrote: ""Pride and Prejudice" is the best film - and book - ever! <3"

So true!


message 12: by Tan (new)

Tan Clare Granted that the book isn't solely on romance, I think the adaptation of the Jane Eyre movie was very well done. Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska had great chemistry.


message 13: by Bookvergent (new)

Bookvergent Since when is Fifty Shades of Grey a romantic novel?!?!?! this is not okay!


message 14: by Rhianna (new)

Rhianna Patel Fifty Shades was AMAZING and a MUST READ! the first book doesn't have the "cliché" romance if that's what you're looking for but as the books progress, it becomes much more "vanilla" and the sex is emotional and meaningful. I personally liked the first book the best but the 2nd and 3rd are also very good. The writing style is not good at all but I wouldn't get too caught up on that and just enjoy the storyline.


message 15: by Helena (new)

Helena Strickland Bookvergent wrote: "Since when is Fifty Shades of Grey a romantic novel?!?!?! this is not okay!"

Rhianna wrote: "Fifty Shades was AMAZING and a MUST READ! ..."

I will agree with Rhianna!! Fifty Shades are eventually a romance series!!Though I will disagree I liked the second and third better than the first one!!! The writing isn't perfect but it is still a romance series and another series for those who love erotica and those who want to try something out of their league (I had never read something like this and I turned out to enjoy it)


message 16: by Laura (new)

Laura Holt I love book-to-movie adaptations, and romances are no exception! Fifty Shades of Grey (cant wait to see the new one!), Twilight, and The Princess Bride were all fantastic, as was The Hunger Games, which isn't on this list.


message 17: by Sam (new)

Sam Juliane wrote: ""Pride and Prejudice" is the best film - and book - ever! <3"

TOTALLY AGREE! <3


message 18: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin The only book and movie I read on here was the princess bride and it still on of the best films to me.

I did read pride and prejudice but never saw the film/films (i believe there more versions of the book but everyone seem to love the Keira Knightly version though.)


message 19: by Zsofia (new)

Zsofia Sproule I did miss Cecilia Ahern's adaptations (PS, I Love You, Love, Rosie) from the list, as they're amazing - Love, Rosie being one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I've ever seen. Perfume could have been here too, by Patrick Süskind.


message 20: by Oda (new)

Oda I love p.s I love you, one of the few great adaptions out there


message 21: by Sammm (last edited Feb 10, 2017 05:50PM) (new)

Sammm Awww! Thank you Goodreads Staff for actually switching the displaying covers to match, as suggested in message #10!

Before they look like this:
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) by E.L. James Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) by Helen Fielding The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

Though not sure if this was intentional; the above editions are actually STILL what they would be shelving, despite the covers on this blog post have been changed. The links are still linking back to the editions above, not the ones that are of the displaying covers.

So for people who are indeed interested in shelving those specific editions, unless this post gets updated again, you'll either have to look for them yourselves, or go to message #10 to click the covers to get to the respective editions.

---Edited, Dear John---
Thanks for the update! =D

Originally featured Dear John (screenplay) by Jamie Linden , the SCREEN PLAY by Jamie Linden, not the original novel by Nicholas Sparks.


message 22: by Zsofia (new)

Zsofia Sproule Oda wrote: "I love p.s I love you, one of the few great adaptions out there"

In my opinion PS I Love You was way better as a movie than the novel. Being Cecilia's first novel that she wrote at 19 that's okay I guess, no disrespect to her :)


message 23: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa I'm actually almost afraid to read The Princess Bride because I love the movie so much! it is in my top 5 of all time!!


message 24: by Bishakha (new)

Bishakha Mookherjee Pride and Prejudice timeless classic


message 25: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Wilson Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, and incidentally, the Jane Austen Book Club is a good movie!


message 26: by Ranee (new)

Ranee Babu Helena wrote: "P.S. I Love You

many great books/movies were left out from the list!! I think that this list is small I am trying to find movies to watch this week and half of them are already in my..."


I loved P.S. I Love You (book). Have you read any of Cecilia Ahern's other books?


message 27: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Wilson No, I have not.


message 28: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Wilson The list should be expanded. Here are a few of my favorites.
Midnight in Paris
Kate & Leopold
Broken English
The Holiday
Serendipity


message 29: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Wilson Oops, we're talking about movies and books..
Well, Persuasion for sure, and Rebecca.


message 30: by Becky (new)

Becky The Princess Bride--it's different from the book in many ways, but they're both fantastic.

The Austen adaptations shown here were good too (though why not the Colin Firth P&P? Way more faithful to the original--plus, you know, Colin Firth) but Persuasion and Northanger Abbey are missing :(


message 31: by Laura (new)

Laura Berlin From the above these are the adaptations I've seen and loved :
A Room With A View
Like Water For Chocolate
Twilight
Wuthering Heights
Emma
Sense and Sensibility
#RomanceWeek


message 32: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Gone With The Wind, my favourite film of all time. Loved the book as well.


message 33: by Debra (new)

Debra Petersen Helena wrote: "P.S. I Love You

many great books/movies were left out from the list!! I think that this list is small I am trying to find movies to watch this week and half of them are already in my..."


RomCom’s
Love Actually
Emma
Bridget Jones' Diary
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Bridget Jones' Baby
Leap Year
Young Victoria
Letters to Juliet
Braveheart
The Back Up Plan
My Best Friend’s Wedding
9 Months
Pretty Woman
Enchanted
Mamma Mia
It’s Complicated
Much Ado About Nothing
Something’s Gotta Give
The Holiday
Decoy Bride
Not Another Happy Ending
Shakespeare in Love
Notting Hill
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Man Up
Overboard
6 Days & 6 Nights
Sabrina
Miss Congeniality
Under the Tuscan Sun
Kate and Leopold
Confessions of a Shopaholic
No Reservations
Run Fatboy Run
What Women Want
Becoming Jane
The Love Punch
The Prince and Me
Sliding Doors
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
What a Girl Wants
Jane Austen Book Club
Persuasion
Austenland
Northanger Abbey
Possession
P.S. I Love You
Jane Eyre
Eat Pray Love
Beauty and the Beast French Version
The Marigold Hotel
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Robin Hood Men in Tights
Elizabethtown
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Stealing Beauty
Marie Antoinette
Gnomeo and Juliet
The Girl with the Pearl Earring
The Other Woman
My Big Fat Greek Wedding


message 34: by Alexander (new)

Alexander Draganov I am not usually a fan of romance, but I had fun reading the Twilight series and believe that the original movie was quite well done. The sequels are so-so.


message 35: by Katherine (last edited Feb 11, 2017 05:29AM) (new)

Katherine Hayward I find that my favourite romantic movie adaptations of books practically coincide with my favourite authors. If I see the movie first, I will always rush to download the book and if I read the book first I will always try to see the movie as soon as possible after reading the book, I like to keep the imagery fresh in my mind and this makes the book/ movie all the more memorable. I try to buy the movie or film tie in as soon as possible but also like to read the original books as some film tie-ins can be somewhat lacking in detail.

The Notebook
The Horse Whisperer
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Lucky One
Dear John
The Twilight Saga
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
One Day
What a Girl Wants
Midnight in Paris
Bridget Jones Diary (enjoyed the first movie more than the others)
Letters to Juliet
Mamma Mia
It's Complicated


message 36: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Alexander wrote: "I am not usually a fan of romance, but I had fun reading the Twilight series and believe that the original movie was quite well done. The sequels are so-so."
Agree


message 37: by عاتكة (new)

عاتكة الكبتي The Note Book


message 38: by Vecernica (new)

Vecernica The Fault in Our Stars is a great book and its movie adaptation really captures the spirit of the story. Also Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson's screenplay and acting is amazing.


message 39: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I am so chuffed to see Q & A (Slumdog Millionaire) in this list. It is a fantastic book. The movie was really good but the book is amazing and very different to the movie. I would love to visit the Taj Mahal one day.

Gone With the Wind is the greatest romantic book and movie, IMO.


message 40: by Gabriella (new)

Gabriella If it were only for the majority of the movies mentioned above, I would never have fallen in love with the romance genre. Most of them are not romantic. And here's the reason why..."Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending."

How many of these movies have an optimistic ending? And with optimistic ending, I mean a HEA!!! Books or movies without a HEA aren't romance books for me. They're dramas. And really, real life is full of drama, I don't need to waste my time watching or reading it. Sorry.


message 41: by Heather (last edited Feb 11, 2017 02:19PM) (new)

Heather How can you put 50 Shades of Stockholm Syndrom and Twilight on there and leave out A Walk To Remember? Or any other decently written romance novel?


Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕ My favourite is the Colin Firth Pride & Prejudice, but if we are not allowed to count TV series then I like Austen with a twist- Clueless & Bride & Prejudice.


message 43: by Melissa (last edited Feb 11, 2017 07:46PM) (new)

Melissa I didn't know some of these were books...I feel like such an oblivious bookworm. Shame!

My favorite adaptations include:
Atonement
the Notebook
Me Before You

Honorable mentions go to Silver Linings, and the Time Traveler's Wife.
And if I were to add one: Love, Rosie. While not perfect, it had me smiling the whole way through...just a pleasant movie!

I do feel this list is lacking though..."Fifty Shades" to me, is the least 'romantic' out of all these and certainly doesn't qualify as a top romance adaptation.


message 44: by Kimelene (new)

Kimelene Carr Tan wrote: "Granted that the book isn't solely on romance, I think the adaptation of the Jane Eyre movie was very well done. Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska had great chemistry."

My sentiments exactly!


message 45: by Charli ღ Denae (new)

Charli ღ Denae Kaitlin wrote: "The only book and movie I read on here was the princess bride and it still on of the best films to me.

I did read pride and prejudice but never saw the film/films (i believe there more versions of..."


Hi Kaitlin! If you ever get the chance to watch it, the best version of Pride & Prejudice is the PBS mini-series with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.


message 46: by Chetna (new)

Chetna oh what a list


message 47: by Nullifidian (new)

Nullifidian You've missed one of my favorites (novel and film both). It was even recently given a remake. I refer to Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. I haven't seen the recent remake yet, but the 1967 film with Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch, and Alan Bates is gorgeously shot, scripted, and acted.


message 49: by Lucy (last edited Feb 12, 2017 06:28AM) (new)

Lucy Barnhouse Kristen wrote: "I haven't read Atonement (shame!!!) but the movie is incredible. I LOOOOOOOVE the book for The Time Traveler's Wife, but I hate the movie! It's so awful."

Thanks for the warning against the TTTW adaptation; I really enjoyed the book as well. I adore Atonement, and I think it's one of my favorite adaptations of all time (along with The English Patient.)

I'm a bit surprised not to see the gorgeous, deliciously steamy The Unbearable Lightness of Being on this list!


message 50: by Maria (last edited Feb 12, 2017 07:02AM) (new)

Maria Gone with the Wind is my favorite.


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