Nicholas Sparks has been one of the most prominent names of the past decade or so when it comes to crossovers between the world of publication and the universe of cinema. Ten of his books have been adapted into movies so far, with the latest – The Longest Ride – coming to theatres this weekend in the USA. There is an eleventh adaptation already in the works, The Choice, which will release in 2016. I am not a big fan of such romantic tales which are usually filled with cheesy dialogues and unreal relationship dynamics, but there is a good enough fan base who can never miss a Nicholas Sparks’ book based movie. These movies have usually featured young actors and occasionally the veterans too. Whether you loved the movies or not, they have had some lovely romantic couples at the centre of it who could make your heart flutter too (if you would only admit it!) irrespective of the sappy plots. These five couples undoubtedly would have!
#5 Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One, 2012)
Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling came across as a cute likable couple in this 2012 hit movie. Zac Efron played a Marine who returns after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for an unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. The Lucky One earned close to $100 million at the box-office, almost four times its production budget, and was a good hit for Zac Efron who had seen his status as the ‘next heartthrob’ decline post his popular High School Musical days.
#4 Richard Gere and Diane Lane (Nights in Rodanthe, 2008)
This was the third outing of Richard Gere and Diane Lane together, after The Cotton Club and Unfaithful, and even now these two veterans can teach the newcomers a thing or two about romance. In Nights in Rodanthe, Gere plays a doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son but gets involved with an unhappily married woman (Diane Lane). The movie did well at the box-office, not so well with the critics, but did give us another look at this ravishing couple together.
#3 Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried (Dear John, 2010)
Eh well, Channing Tatum then was not the Channing Tatum of now who is giving one hit after another. And while his career took a serious lift-off with another romantic tale The Vow in 2012, two years prior, Tatum had displayed how he could make the ladies swoon when he played a solider falling for a conservative college student in Dear John. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried are definitely one of the most attractive couples to leap out of a Nicholas Sparks’ book, and so no wonder, this movie raked up $115 million at the box-office. It is all the more wonderful to see these two build solid movie careers since Dear John.
#2 Shane West and Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember, 2002)
This movie was supposed to be a launch pad for the singer Mandy Moore. It did get her a ‘Best Breakthrough Female Performance’ at the MTV Movie Awards, but did not become the foundation of a solid movie career. The same stands true for Shane West. Nonetheless, it was beautiful while it lasted. Shane West and Mandy Moore made for a charming couple, the former being a rebellious teenager and the latter a more conservative daughter of the local minister in the movie. The opposites did attract, sparks did fly, tears were shed, and many hearts thumped hard against the chests… ahh sorry, I have been caught in the moment. A lovely pairing, indeed!
#1 Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, 2004)
This, by far, is the greatest movie in the Nicholas Sparks’ collection. Not only did it turn its two co-stars into sensations, and thankfully they have held onto that status with their subsequent hardwork, it has enjoyed a cult status in the romantic genre ever since. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams had a chemistry which any youngster would daydream of, both strong, opinionated personalities in the film who go through a turbulence of romance, separation and romance again. The movie was a hit at the box-office, and was not heavily trounced by the critics in comparison with the other movies based on Sparks’ novels. The young crowd did love this movie a lot, and it won 8 awards at the Teen Choice Awards which includes the ‘Choice Movie Chemistry’ award. Ahh, but the moment of the movie, which was awarded the ‘Choice Movie Liplock’ by Teen Choice Awards as well as the ‘Best Kiss’ by MTV Movie Awards, was that famous run-leap-kiss scene under heavy pouring rains. It could not have been cheesier, it could not have been more romantic! Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook undoubtedly are one of the hottest and most romantic couples of cinema.