The Best Romance Novels Turned Movies of All Time

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12 Romance Novels That Were So Heartfelt They Were Turned Into Movies

Some of the best movies have been adapted from novels. The romance genre is no different. Great stories can be consumed on your screens at home, but that doesn't mean you should forgo reading.

Below are some of our favorite romance novels turned into movies. And of course, there are many more out there but here are some worth mentioning. The romance genre is vast and deep and has a huge fan-base and thanks to film, can reach a larger audience. Reading books might not be the coolest thing ever but they have some stories worthy of being shared to everyone.

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1. The Fault in Our Stars

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Grab the tissues because you'll cry when you read and watch The Fault in Our Stars. Cancer patient, Hazel falls for bad boy, Gus in this teen romance novel. You will absolutely be destroyed by the ending but both the book and movie serve as great pieces of romantic drama that'll appease any fan of romance novels.

2. The Notebook

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The book was made famous, thanks in part, to Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams movie adaptation. And yes, there are differences between the book and the movie but they aren't big enough to cause alarm. If you've seen The Notebook it's definitely worth reading the Nicholas Sparks novel, regardless of what you think you know about Allie and Noah.

3. Me Before You

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Louisa comes to care for paraplegic, Will and by doing so, gives him a life worth living. They fall in love and well, you'll have to read the book then watch the movie to learn what happens next. Spoiler alert: there are two more novels in the series so you won't be left high and dry.

4. The Light Between Oceans

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Deemed a romantic tragedy, you'll be gutted by M.L. Sedman's debut novel. Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender star in the movie adaptation and do a fine job of representing their respective characters, Tom Sherbourne and Isabel Graysmark. Their love-story is intense and the events of their life, heartbreaking, meaning one thing; it's a story you'll want to read and watch.

5. One Day

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You might cry because the movie is not nearly as good as the book but that doesn't mean it shouldn't receive your attention. The book is more digestible detailing the life and love of two friends, Dexter and Emma. There are many themes of friendship, love, and loss that might seem overwhelming but in the end, you'll be happy you read One Day.

6. Sense and Sensibility

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You might not cry at all whilst reading or watching Sense and Sensibility and that's alright. A coming of age story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, who both have very different views on love and relationships. A classic novel hailing from Jane Austen the film adaptation, written by extraordinary actress Emma Thompson received high praises from the likes of the British Academy Film Awards and the Oscars.

7. Gigi

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Gigi will most likely make you laugh than cry. Written by French author, Colette Gigi is the story of a young girl who doesn't follow the rules and is wildly vivacious. The romance in the novel and movie are very French, and maybe problematic for the modern world, but Gigi is a character all her own and that is worth absorbing either by a book or a movie.

8. How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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If you're searching for the next romance novel, you've found it. How Stella Got Her Groove Back is sexy and fun, as is movie starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs. Stella is a workaholic who takes no time for herself. That is, till she travels to Jamaica on a much needed holiday and winds up falling in love with Winston Shakespeare, a man twenty years younger than her. Get swept away with either the book or movie but you'll love the fierce romance between Stella and Winston.

9. The Princess Bride

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There's a good chance you've seen the classic Rob Reiner film but have you read the book? It has it all; comedy, adventure, and lots of romance. It is very similar to the movie but that shouldn't deter you from reading a great classic like The Princess Bride.

10. Something Borrowed

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Something Borrowed was a huge hit in the literary world and maybe just a mediocre one in the blockbuster world. BUT, both are fun romantic stories about going after what you want and facing fear, or your friends, in the face. Rachel has to navigate her feelings for her friend and long-time crush, Dex and her relationship with selfish friend, Darcy who just so happens to be marrying Dex. Aren't you dying to know the rest?!

11. To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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This book was a YA hit and the movie was even greater for Netflix. It just goes to show you how well received book to movie adaptations can be. Which also goes to show how important it is to take note of great authors who create creative stories. If you haven't read the book, you should, you'll devour it in one sitting and can look forward to watching the romance unfold on screen.

12. Warm Bodies

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Warm Bodies might've been an underrated story and I don't understand why. The concept is great, the United States is taken over by zombies except one, "R" can relate to human emotion, so much so he falls in love with Julie. It's fun, entertaining, and has some serious romantic plot points. You'll love learning more about the characters and the world they live in.

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