My Top 5 | Nicholas Sparks Movies

Recently I saw Nicholas Sparks’ newest movie, The Longest Ride, and if I’m being honest, it wasn’t my favorite. I also read the book, and I wasn’t too much of a fan either. This got me thinking…What is it that made me not enjoy this movie as much as his others? I decided to create a list of my top 5 Nicholas Sparks movies (in order), which was not an easy task! I’ll rate each movie (out of 5 stars) in three categories: storyline (how good was the overall story being told?) , emotion (how much did this movie pull at your heart strings?), and hotness (how good looking was the main cast member?). This last one might seem extremely dumb, but honestly, I realized when watching The Longest Ride that half the reason I even finished it was because Scott Eastwood is just so good-looking.

So, without further ado, here’s my top 5.


1. Dear John 
STORYLINE: * * * * *
EMOTION: * * * * *
HOTNESS: * * * * *


Straight 5’s. The storyline is so simple, yet so captivating. There really wasn’t a scene where I felt bored or uninterested. And yes, Dear John definitely is a tearjerker. With the dad. And the ending. Omg. As for hotness, Channing Tatum is in it. Channing Tatum. Need I say more?

2. The Last Song
STORYLINE: * * *  
EMOTION: * * * * * 
HOTNESS: * * * * * 


For emotion and looks of the lead actor, this movie easily receives 5 out of 5. Between Liam Hemsworth and the news Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) receives toward the end of the film, I don’t know how I’m still alive to write this. Kidding. But as for the plot, it really wasn’t anything special. At all. I mean, I think half the reason I even like this movie so much is because of the cast and that it’s a love story between teenagers for once. Fun fact: Nicholas Sparks wrote the movie for this before the book. Pretty much, he was asked to just throw together a good love story that Miley Cyrus would star in. Regardless, I could watch this movie over and over again.

3. Safe Haven
STORYLINE: * * * * * 
EMOTION: * * * 
HOTNESS: * * * * * 


The storyline was flawless. It kept you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie. And Josh Duhamel? Soo hot. BUT…I don’t really think it was too emotional of a movie. Besides the ending, which was definitely a nail-biter, Safe Haven really didn’t evoke any sadness or urge to cry.

4. The Best of Me
STORYLINE: * * * * *
EMOTION: * * * 
HOTNESS: * * * 


The storyline of The Best of Me was unique, unpredictable (for me, at least), and pretty much flawless. I loved how it switched from past to present, which really kept things interesting. Just as things started heating up in the present, it would flashback to the past, and vice-versa. Emotion gets a 3 out of 5 because really there’s only one scene that was a tearjerker for me. And as for hotness, I found present-day Dawson to be extremelyyyyy good-looking (James Marsden, will you marry me?), but i wasn’t really feeling whoever the past Dawson was. Still an amazing movie (and even better book!).

5. A Walk to Remember
STORYLINE: * * * *
EMOTION: * * * * 
HOTNESS: * * *


I would like to first make one thing clear: just because this movie hit the bottom of my list, doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. The storyline was classic. As for the emotional aspect, this was yet another tearjerker. Not quite a 5 for me, but definitely still sad. As for the hotness, this is what kind of throws me off. Personally, I don’t find Shane West good-looking. At all. I kind of think he has a big forehead. I don’t know. Either way, I still loved this movie and still do!

Right now you’re probably saying, “Clancy, where is The Notebook on this list?! There must be some sort of a mistake!” No mistake. I’m one of the only people in the world who just didn’t like The Notebook. I don’t know. It kind of bored me.

I really liked making this post and might make this whole Top 5 thing into a series. Let me know if you’d like to see that!

Also, what’s YOUR favorite Nicholas Sparks’ movie?

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