Nowadays, there is a wide range of movies available for everyone. May it be a comedy, drama, action, romance, fantasy— you name it, there’s a movie for it! But if we’re talking about special days like Valentine’s Day, the top genre that definitely comes to mind is romance.
Because we’re on the topic of romantic movies, it would be weird not to mention the classic The Notebook starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. The tear-jerker film was released in 2004, but is still being watched by thousands of people around the world— even those who weren’t even born yet in 2004!
But did you know that The Notebook isn’t the only novel that Nicholas Sparks wrote? In fact, he has already written 21 novels, and many of them have already been made into movies! (WATCH: Richard Poon, Maricar Reyes Talk Love, Money, Jealousy)
My Pope Philippines lists some of the best kilig-inducing movie adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels you can watch on Valentine’s Day by yourself or with loved ones!
Nicholas Sparks Movies: The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride stars Scott Eastwood— director Clint Eastwood’s son— and Britt Robertson, who play Luke and Sophia, respectively. (Read: Trust us, These Netflix Food Shows Teach the Best Kitchen Hacks!)
Luke and Sophia come from two very different worlds: Sophia an art student, and Luke a professional bull rider. They develop a relationship but not without its challenges and obstacles. The two still try to make it work even with their vastly different lives, with some help from an elderly man who is reminiscing about his wife and how they also tried (and succeeded!) to make it work.
You can watch The Longest Ride on Netflix here.
Nicholas Sparks Movies: Safe Haven
Safe Haven is not your typical lovey-dovey story— the characters don’t fall head over heels for each other immediately, and they’re not your typical lead characters. (Read: 3 Netflix Movies to Give You ~Kilig~ Feels on Valentine’s Day)
Katie (Julianne Hough) and Alex (Josh Duhamel) both come from previous relationships— with Katie from an abusive one, and Alex from a widowed one. They try to find a way to make things work, especially when Katie’s past haunts her and affects her present life.
Safe Haven is available on Netflix Singapore.
Nicholas Sparks Movies: Message in a Bottle
Message in a Bottle is the first-ever Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted into a film. It stars award-winning actors Kevin Costner and Robin Wright, who play Garrett and single mother Theresa, respectively.
The story revolves around, well, a message in a bottle that Theresa finds. She tries to look for the person the message is addressed to— eventually leading her to Garrett. This movie is perfect for those who love letters, messages in a bottle, and endings that aren’t cliché.
Message in a Bottle is only available to watch in some countries, like Netflix Poland.