Nicholas Sparks books seem like natural material for romantic movies. Maybe that's why every movie based on Sparks' books seems to have done well with women! Here is a complete list of movies based on Nicholas Sparks' books, with details about when they were released.
'Message in a Bottle'
The movie version of Message in a Bottle, starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn, was released in 1999. The book Message in a Bottle was released in 1998. Message in a Bottle is about a woman who finds a love letter in a bottle and becomes determined to track down the author.
The movie version of The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, was released in 2004. The book version of The Notebook was actually Sparks' first book to be published, and was released in 1996. The Notebook is about a man who reads to an old woman he visits from a faded notebook that tells the story of a couple who are separated by World War II, then passionately reunited years later.
The movie version of Nights in Rodanthe, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, was released in September 2008. The book Nights in Rodanthe was released in 2002. Nights in Rodanthe is about a woman who is tending a friend's inn for the weekend in order to escape problems in her life, and meets a man going through his own crisis of conscience, who is the only guest at the inn.
Dear John is trademark Nicholas Sparks--romantic, sappy, sad and redeeming. Dear John is a love story about an army sergeant who falls in love shortly before 9/11. Recommended for those who like sappy romantic comedies (or tragedies, in Sparks' case). Dear John was published in 2006. The movie will be released in February 2010.
'The Last Song'
When Veronica Miller's parents divorce and her dad moves from New York City to Wilmington, NC, she becomes angry and estranged from both of them. Two years after the divorce, Veronica's mother decides that she wants her to spend the whole summer with her father in Wilmington. This summer is the backdrop for another Nicholas Sparks tear-jerking, heart-rending family drama -- The Last Song. This book was released in 2009, but the movie rights were sold before it was even written. Also, Sparks wrote it with Miley Cyrus (who is starring in the movie) in mind. The movie was released in April 2010.
'The Lucky One'
The Lucky One is an adaptation of Sparks' 2008 novel by the same name. In The Lucky One U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a woman buried in the sand while in Iraq. After finding it, he experiences good luck in many situations. He attributes the luck to the photo. Once home, he decides to track down the woman in the picture.