30 Best Movies Like The Notebook (2004)

If you enjoyed The Notebook we recommend 30 similar movies: The Best of Me, The Great Gatsby, About Time, Safe Haven, The Vow, Water for Elephants, One Day, The Lucky One, Dear John, Remember Me, Three Steps Above Heaven, The Last Song, Letters to Juliet, Love & Other Drugs, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Time Traveler's Wife, Keith, Sorry, If I Love You, P.S. I Love You, Atonement, My Sassy Girl, The Painted Veil, Wicker Park, 50 First Dates, Big Fish, Love Me If You Dare, A Walk to Remember, Sweet November, Message in a Bottle, What Dreams May Come
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastMichelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey
DirectorMichael Hoffman
Length01:58
Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) and Dawson (James Marsden) were once high-school sweethearts. They have a bittersweet reunion when they return to their hometown for the funeral of a mutual, beloved friend. Seeing each other again after 20 years apart reignites the love they've never forgotten, but Amanda and Dawson soon discover that the forces that drove them apart when they were younger pose even more threats today. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryAustralia, USA
CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
DirectorBaz Luhrmann
Length02:23
Midwest native Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton). Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and -- as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits -- pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.
Genrefantasy, Drama, melodrama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CastDomhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
DirectorRichard Curtis
Length02:03
When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can't change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can't shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.
GenreThriller, Drama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastJulianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, David Lyons
DirectorLasse Hallström
Length01:55
Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) moves to a small town on the North Carolina coast, determined to make a new life for herself. She takes a job as a waitress and keeps a low profile, but she is soon won over by the warmth and caring of the close-knit community, especially that of widower Alex (Josh Duhamel). With the help of Alex and his children, Katie learns to love and trust again -- but when a mysterious stranger arrives and starts asking questions, Katie's dark past threatens to reclaim her.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA, France, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada
CastRachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill
DirectorMichael Sucsy
Length01:44
A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife, Paige (Rachel McAdams), in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) endeavors to win her heart again.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastReese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz
DirectorFrancis Lawrence
Length01:56
After losing his parents in a car accident, young veterinary school student Jacob meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds -- including the wrath of Marlena's charismatic but dangerous husband, August -- Jacob and Marlena find lifelong love. Based on the acclaimed bestseller.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CastJim Sturgess, Anne Hathaway, Rafe Spall
DirectorLone Scherfig
Length01:43
On July 15, 1988 -- the day of their college graduation -- two people from opposite sides of the tracks begin a lifelong friendship. Emma (Anne Hathaway), an idealist from a working-class family, wants to make the world a better place. Dexter (Jim Sturgess), a playboy, thinks the world is his oyster. For the next 20 years, the two friends reunite on the 15th of each July, sharing dreams, tears and laughter -- until they discover what they've been searching for, each other.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastZac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
DirectorScott Hicks
Length01:41
U.S. Marine Sgt. Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns home from his third tour of duty in Iraq with the one thing he believes kept him alive: a photograph of a woman he doesn't even know. He learns the woman's name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and goes to meet her, eventually taking a job at her family-run kennel. Though Beth is full of mistrust and leads a complicated life, a romance blooms, giving Logan hope that Beth could become more than just his good-luck charm.
GenreDrama, melodrama, military
CountryUSA
CastChanning Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins
DirectorLasse Hallström
Length01:48
When soldier John Tyree (Channing Tatum) meets an idealistic college student, Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), it's the beginning of a strong romance. Over the next seven tumultuous years and separated by John's increasingly dangerous deployment, the lovers stay in touch through their letters, meeting in person only rarely. However, their correspondence triggers consequences that neither could foresee.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastRobert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper
DirectorAllen Coulter
Length01:52
Tyler (Robert Pattinson) has had a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) since a family tragedy. Rebellious and troubled, he thinks no one can understand his pain, then he meets Ally (Emilie de Ravin). Her warmth and spirit soon begin to heal him, and they fall in love. But just when Tyler begins to rediscover happiness and meaning in his life, emerging secrets threaten their romance.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountrySpain
CastMario Casas, María Valverde, Álvaro Cervantes
DirectorFernando González Molina
Length02:03
Story of two young people who belong to different worlds. It is the chronicle of a love improbable, almost impossible but inevitable dragging in a frantic journey they discover the first great love. Babi (Maria Valverde) is a girl from upper-middle class that is educated in goodness and innocence . Hache (Mario Casas) is a rebellious boy, impulsive, unconscious, has a appetite for risk and danger embodied in endless fights and illegal motorbike races, the limit of common sense.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastMiley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear
DirectorJulie Anne Robinson
Length01:47
Estranged from her father (Greg Kinnear) for a number of years, teenage Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) isn't pleased when her mother ships her and her younger brother down to a Southern beach town to spend the summer with him. While her father uses a shared love of music to try to reconnect with her, Ronnie finds romance with a handsome local (Liam Hemsworth).
GenreDrama, melodrama, Comedy
CountryUSA
CastAmanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave
DirectorGary Winick
Length01:45
While visiting Verona, Italy, with her busy fiance, a young woman named Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) visits a wall where the heartbroken leave notes to Shakespeare's tragic heroine, Juliet Capulet. Finding one such letter from 1957, Sophie decides to write to its now elderly author, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave). Inspired by Sophie's actions, Claire sets out to find her long-lost lover, accompanied by her disapproving grandson (Christopher Egan) and Sophie.
GenreDrama, melodrama, Comedy
CountryUSA
CastJake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt
DirectorEdward Zwick
Length01:53
Handsome pharmaceutical salesman Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) always has good luck with women. A chance encounter with Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), a free-spirited Parkinson's patient, leads to a sexual relationship. As Jamie and Maggie become closer, each must question if a serious commitment is in their future.
GenreSci-fi, Drama
CountryUSA
CastBrad Pitt, Cate Blanchett
DirectorDavid Fincher
Length02:46
Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flickers in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer (Cate Blanchett). Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy, and the hope that they will come together at the right time, that drives Benjamin forward.
GenreSci-fi, fantasy, Drama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastRachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Arliss Howard
DirectorRobert Schwentke
Length01:47
Chicago librarian Henry De Tamble (Eric Bana) suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time. On one of his sojourns, he meets the love of his life, Claire (Rachel McAdams), and they marry. But the problems and complexities of any relationship are multiplied by Henry's inability to remain in one time and place, so that he and his beloved are continually out of sync.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastJesse McCartney, Elisabeth Harnois, Ignacio Serricchio
DirectorTodd Kessler
Length01:33
17-year-old Natalie thinks she's got it all figured out until she falls for a guy who has nothing to lose.
Genremelodrama
CountryItaly
CastRaoul Bova, Michela Quattrociocche, Michela Carpente
DirectorFederico Moccia
Length01:44
Dumped by his girlfriend, a middle-aged man (Raoul Bova) falls for a much younger woman (Michela Quattrociocche).
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastHilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates
DirectorRichard LaGravenese
Length02:06
When Gerry (Gerard Butler), the husband of Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank), dies from an illness, she loses the love of her life. Knowing how hard Holly will take his death, Gerry plans ahead. Beginning on her 30th birthday, she receives the first in a series of letters written by him, designed to ease her grief and encourage her to move forward to a new life.
GenreDrama, melodrama, detective, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
CastKeira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan
DirectorJoe Wright
Length02:00
This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia's jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Robbie is the hardest hit, since Briony's deception results in his imprisonment, but hope for Cecilia and her beau increases when their paths cross during World War II.
GenreDrama, melodrama, Comedy
CountryUSA
CastJesse Bradford, Elisha Cuthbert, Joanna Gleason
DirectorYann Samuell
Length01:32
My Sassy Girl is the tale of the first and last time Charlie Bello falls in love. From their initial meeting, trouble is the name of the game. Imagine an amorphous mass of dating disasters and you get an idea of the relationship between the young couple. Some mysterious force with the strength of gravity between two planets must be at play between Charlie and Jordan as the relationship truly makes no sense on the surface. Everything seems pitted against the two of them. Things suddenly come to a halt when the two write letters confessing their love for each other. Agreeing to meet a year later to read the love letters together, Charlie and Jordan go their separate ways.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryChina, USA, Canada
CastNaomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber
DirectorJohn Curran
Length02:05
Caught in an affair with another man (Liev Schreiber), a scientist's callow wife (Naomi Watts) accompanies her husband (Edward Norton) to mainland China in the 1920s to fight a cholera epidemic. There, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads to an unexpected chance at redemption.
GenreThriller, Drama, melodrama, detective
CountryUSA
CastJosh Hartnett, Rose Byrne, Matthew Lillard
DirectorPaul McGuigan
Length01:54
Matthew (Josh Hartnett) and Lisa (Diane Kruger) are madly in love. But one day Lisa vanishes. Simon enters an emotional tailspin and begins an obsessive quest to find her. Years later, Simon's life has stabilized, and he's in a new relationship. Then he thinks he sees Lisa in a restaurant and fixates on her all over again. He snoops around and eventually tracks down the mysterious woman from the restaurant. Her name is Alex (Rose Byrne), but she acts just like Lisa.
Genremelodrama, Comedy
CountryUSA
CastAdam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
DirectorPeter Segal
Length01:39
Playboy vet Henry sets his heart on romancing Lucy, but she has short-term memory loss; she can't remember anything that happened the day before. So every morning, Henry has to woo her again. Her friends and family are very protective, and Henry must convince them that he's in it for love.
Genrefantasy, Drama, adventure
CountryUSA
CastEwan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup
DirectorTim Burton
Length02:05
When Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) becomes ill, his son, William (Billy Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryFrance, Belgium
CastGuillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe
DirectorYann Samuell
Length01:30
Julien Janvier lost his mother young, drifted apart from his working class father and ever closer to confident Sophie Kowalsky, the Polish class outsider. Their dares game, symbolized by an interchanged music-box, grows ever bolder, regardless of harm to others and each-other. In his college years, it even suspends their relationship and toys with their marriages, but they are drawn back to each-other irresistibly.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastShane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote
DirectorAdam Shankman
Length01:41
Set in North Carolina, "A Walk To Remember" follows the rite of passage of a jaded, aimless high school senior (Shane West) who falls in love with a guileless young woman (Mandy Moore) he and his friends once scorned. The two develop a powerful and inspirational relationship in which they discover truths that take most people a lifetime to learn.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastKeanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs
DirectorPat O'Connor
Length01:59
Nelson Moss (Keanu Reeves) and Sara Deever (Charlize Theron) have nothing in common except an hour spent in DMV hell. Intrigued by each other, but not quite ready to commit, they settle on a rather unconventional courtship: a one-month trial, after which they'll go their separate ways. No expectations. No pressure. No strings attached. What neither of them counts on is falling in love.
GenreDrama, melodrama
CountryUSA
CastKevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman
DirectorLuis Mandoki
Length02:11
During her morning jog on the beach, journalist Theresa Osborne (Robin Wright Penn) discovers a bottle protruding from the sand. Inside it, she finds a heartbreaking, anonymous love letter. After her paper publishes the letter, Osborne tracks down the letter's reclusive author, world-weary widower Garret Blake (Kevin Costner), in the Carolinas. But, as Osborne finds herself falling hopelessly in love with Blake, she becomes wracked with guilt over the real impetus for her visit.
Genrefantasy, Drama, melodrama
CountryUSA, New Zealand
CastRobin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra
DirectorVincent Ward
Length01:53
After Chris Nielsen (Robin Williams) dies in a car accident, he is guided through the afterlife by his spirit guide, Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr.). His new world is beautiful and can be whatever Chris imagines. Even his children are there. But, when his wife, Annie (Annabella Sciorra), commits suicide and is sent to hell, Chris ignores Albert's warnings and journeys there to save her. Upon arrival, Chris finds that rescuing Annie will be more difficult than he'd imagined.
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