Prince William and Kate Middleton have just had their first child, George Alexander Louis, but you may address the baby as ‘His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge’. Everyone loves to hear about a Royal Romance, doesn’t it just get you in the mood to watch some breathtaking romantic films based on books? I know you answered yes! Here is our top five must see Romantic film adaptations.
The Notebook (2004)
When you think of romantic movies, The Notebook always comes to mind. Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, you can’t help but fall in love with the characters Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams). Although their love story is an intense one, the ending is the perfect payoff. If you haven’t seen this flick already, go find it today, just make sure you have a box of tissues ready nearby.
The African Queen (1951)
Based on C.S. Forester’s novel, The African Queen, is an exciting adventure-romance starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. The film has been selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry, for its culture, historical, & aesthetic significance. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie holds a 100% fresh rating. Have I convinced you to watch it yet? You really should.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
If you watched the Oscars this year, you already know that Silver Linings Playbook received eight nominations, with Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Actress. Adapted from Matthew Quick’s novel, the film was written and directed by David O. Russell. In order to maintain the romantic comedy, yet emotional and troubled nature of the story, Russell claims to have rewritten the screenplay over twenty times. Go see/read it for yourself and find out if the movie did the novel justice.
Wuthering Heights (1939)
In 1847, Emily Brontë’s published her only novel, Wuthering Heights. Emily’s sister, Charlotte, made the decision for Wuthering Heights to be published after the success of her own novel Jane Eyre. The novel revolves around the destruction that jealousy and vengeance can cause on individuals and their communities. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning Best Cinematography. So, if you’re in the mood for some romantic vengeance, check this one out!
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
The infamous story of Pride & Prejudice was published in 1813, written by Jane Austen. The well-known love story begins with the introduction of Mr. Darcy, a proud and condescending man, and his conflicting relationship with Elizabeth Bennet. The film, written by Deborah Moggach, strived to remain as faithful to the novel as possible. The movie had a positive critical reaction with Kiera Knightly portraying Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as her romantic opposite. If you are looking for a classic love story, draped across the stunning English country side, this will sure to please.