thoughts//TOP TEN NICHOLAS SPARKS FILMS

TOP TEN

If you've seen one movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, then you've seen them all. Or, at least, that's the basic consensus. Nicholas Sparks movies aren't necessarily surprising. You know exactly what you're getting yourself into. They, along with the common cold, are the reason Kleenex is a tissue conglomerate. The films are mostly cliche and everything a romantic drama can be. They are stereotypical date night/girl's night out fare and, for the most part, not usually included on any end-of-year lists. But, in the midst of their cheesiness, there's a subtle comfort in that idea of unrequited love and fighting for that special someone, even if it involves lots of kissing in the rain.

To celebrate this weekend's release of the newest adaptation, The Best of Me, here's a look at how all 8 of Nicholas Sparks' books-to-movies rank. Admittedly, I have only seen a handful of these, so it wouldn't be fair to rank them on my personal preference. Instead, they are ranked by their North American box office clout.

8. A WALK TO REMEMBER (2002)
Directed by Adam Shankman
Starring Mandy Moore, Shane West, Daryl Hannah
2002 Tagline: "There's more to attraction than meets the eye." 
Box Office: $41,281,092
RT Score: 27%

7. NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (2008)
Directed by George C. Wolfe
Starring Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni
2008 Tagline: "It's never too late for a second chance."
Box Office: $41,850,659
RT Score: 30%

6. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE (1999)
Directed by Luis Mandoki
Starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman
1999 Tagline: "A story of love lost and found."
Box Office: $52,880,016
RT Score: 32%

5. THE LUCKY ONE (2012)
Directed by Scott Hicks
Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
2012 Tagline: None.
Box Office: $60,457,138
RT Score: 20%

4. THE LAST SONG (2010)
Directed by Julie Anne Robinson
Starring Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear
2010 Tagline: "Do you ever really forget your first heartbreak?"
Box Office: $62,950,138
RT Score: 20%

3. SAFE HAVEN (2013)
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
2013 Tagline: "You know it when you find it."
Box Office: $71,349,120
RT Score: 12%

2. DEAR JOHN (2010)
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Starring Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins
2010 Tagline: "Is Duty enough reason to live a lie?"
Box Office: $80,014,842
RT Score: 28%

1. THE NOTEBOOK (2004)
Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands
2004 Tagline: "Behind every great love is a great story."
Box Office: $81,001,787
RT Score: 52%

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