1. The Notebook
For starters, Noah (Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) chemistry is infectious, thanks in part to the actors being on the road to relationship during the time of filming. As a summer fling between two people from different sides of the world, their story is nothing new for a Sparks film. But with a love story so epic, it’s easy to let that slide. McAdams looks like a bona fide pinup in her 1940s attire and Gosling gets to be clean-shaven and bearded thanks to story’s passing of time. Looks aside, his natural ability to charm just about anyone is one of the reasons he’s one of the biggest stars in Hollywood 10 years later. There’s familial betrayal, loss and war and one of the most re-watched make-out scenes in the last 20 years. The Notebook was Sparks’ first major novel, which arguably contributes to the success of its adaptation. Maybe all of your stories aren’t going to satisfy my every emotional need, but if you can make my cold heart believe there’s a man who loves his dying wife enough to recount their personal history to her every single day, I’m sold. Basically if you’re a bird, I’m a bird, Nicholas.
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