Nicholas Sparks Couples Ranked From Best To Worst

Celebs December 19, 2017 By Hugo

Nicholas Sparks is a writer who has made a name for himself for his saccharine dialogue and heart-rendeing tales of love and loss, so we thought it only right to celebrate his works by ranking 10 of his most beloved on-screen couples adapted from his bestselling romance novels.

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And yes, we do acknowledge that every Nicholas Sparks story is predictable beyond belief, but if you have a penchant for watching two white people kissing in the rain before one dies from a crippling cancer, you probably won't care.

Here, we rank 10 Nicholas Sparks couples from best to worst.


1. Noah and Allie- The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks's classic love story The Notebook is a favourite among all ages, and even the odd dude will admit to having a soft spot for this tearful melodrama. Recited by a man in a North Carolina care home, the story, which was Sparks' first published novel, goes back to the American South just after WWII, with a young couple (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) from different socioeconomic backgrounds falling head over heels for each other, so much so that both believe they are 'birds' before the story eventually reverts to Gena Rowlands and James Garner's characters in the present day.

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Of course, the ending is heartwrenching, albeit bittersweet, but it is the happier parts of the story with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (they even dated shortly after filming), where the chemistry is most palpable.


2. Jamie and Landon- A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember, much like the premise of Erich Sagal's 1970 aptly titled classic, Love Story, centres around a man reciting a brief serendipity he had with a young lover lost to cancer. Much like the book, the film does a sweet job of describing first love, which in high school jock Landon's case (Shane West), comes in the form of Jamie (Mandy Moore), the nerdy daughter of the town's pastor. 

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The movie was even described by the late film critic Roger Ebert as a "small treasure", and is a story that, in the words of an older and lachrymose Landon, will lead us to believe that "Love is like the wind. You can't see it, but you can feel it." 


3. Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier- The Best of Me

Nicholas Sparks's The Best of Me didn't receive the worldwide fame The Notebook did, but in many ways, they are quite similar stories, with two lovers revisiting a relationship that showed so much promise in their teenage years but was broken by parental disapproval, leading them to wonder what could have been.

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Dawson and Amanda, who, like every Nicholas Sparks story, are white and good-looking, are first played by younger actors Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato before the more esteemed actors James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan take over.

And with meth dealers and prison scenes also making appearances later in the movie, coupled with the impressive chemistry between Marsden and Monaghan, The Best of Me is arguably one of Nicholas Sparks's most underrated adaptations. 


4. John Tyree and Savannah Lynn Curtis- Dear John

Another pair of actors who would see their careers launched by the romantic wordsmith would be Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, who both put in assured performances in the adaptation of the popular Sparks novel, Dear John. 

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Centred around the underwhelming life of the laconic but uber-handsome soldier John Tyree, the soldier eventually lets the love of his life be with someone else to make sure she and her new lover both find happiness. It's uber sad and was one of the few Sparks novels which didn't involve a death, but of course, in the spirit of Hollywood and happy endings, the movie version sees the two get back together.


5. Will Blakelee and Ronnie Miller- The Last Song

When New Yorker Ronnie Miller is ordered by her divorced mother to spend the summer with her father in a small coastal town in North Carolina, she isn't best pleased, though she eventually becomes enamoured by small-town hottie Will, who, along with hatching baby turtles and impassioned family disputes, makes this movie surprisingly good. 

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Will and Ronnie, played by Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, got together soon after filming and are now engaged, so with that in mind, it would be hard to not include these two lovebirds in the upper echelons of the list.


6. Sophia and Luke- The Longest Ride

Nicholas Sparks is an ardent admirer of the American South, so it was little surprise when his 2013 novel, The Longest Ride, chronicled a romance between an unnaturally handsome bullfighter named Luke (played by Clint Eastwood's son, Scott) and a cute art major named Sophia (Britt Robertson). 

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Surprisingly, the movie wasn't as naff as the premise would have you believe, and the interwoven love story recited from a grumpy yet likeable old man on his last legs makes for a happy ending free from the overdrawn melodrama that has often plagued Sparks' other works.


7. Adrienne and Paul - Nights in Rodanthe

Nights in Rodanthe was certainly a story aimed at Sparks' more seasoned readers, with the love story centring around two middle-aged and unlucky in love characters who cross paths for equally sad reasons.

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Free from the saccharine dialogue ubiquitous in Sparks' other novels, Adrienne and Paul's down-to-earth relationship, played superbly by an affable Richard Gere and Diane Lane, showcased that love can sometimes be greater further down the line.


8. Katie and Alex- Safe Haven

Safe Haven, if we're honest, had an absolutely ridiculous ending, and if you care to know what happens, it turns out that Katie, played by blonde bombshell Julianne Hough (in other words: the woman from Dancing with the Stars), was actually a ghost all along, and not even the steamy love scenes with male model-turned average actor Josh Duhamel could distract us from such an idiotic plot.

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Sorry, Nicholas, but thriller writing just isn't for you! 


9. Beth and Logan- The Lucky One

Any film with Zac Efron is bound to get a certain number of female bums on cinema seats, so it wasn't all that surprising when the teen heartthrob got cast in one of Nicholas Sparks' long line of movie adaptations.

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Efron's turn at being a Nicholas Sparks pinup came in the form of Lousiana Marine Logan, who finds a picture of Beth (Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling) scattered on the ground of a combat scene.

Yet for some strange reason, instead of just going on Tinder, Logan upon his return home, decides to travel all the way to North Carolina to find her! But it gets better...

He finds her tending to injured dogs, and she also happens to have a halo hovering above her head. But even love-making scenes in the shower can't save their god-awful chemistry.


10. Travis Parker and Gabby Holland- The Choice

The worst Nicholas Sparks adaptation on this list inevitably lends itself to the bad chemistry between its two romantic leads, who for want of better words, are utterly useless.

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In fact, the whole movie appeared more like a commercial for a viagra company. Unfortunately, not even a viagra company could polish the nauseatingly toxic performances of Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker.


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