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Vulture Rates the Romantic Spark of Each Nicholas Sparks Film

Seven Nicholas Sparks books have been made into movies, with an eighth, Safe Haven, hitting theaters this weekend. Sure, things happen in all of them, but, really, that's of little consequence. What matters is the chemistry between the two beautiful leads. If the kissing is good, we don't care why it's happening, whether it's because someone found a message in a bottle or stayed at a B&B in Rodanthe. So we went through Sparks's film oeuvre and rated the leads' romantic spark on a scale of 0 to 5 Nicholas Sparks sparks. See how the films stack up, and make your Valentine's Day plans accordingly. 

Message in a Bottle
Year: 1999
Stars: Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn
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A Walk to Remember
Year: 2002
Stars: Mandy Moore and Shane West
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The Notebook
Year: 2004
Stars: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
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Nights in Rodanthe
Year: 2008
Stars: Richard Gere and Diane Lane
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Dear John
Year: 2010
Stars: Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum
Number of Sparks:

The Last Song
Year: 2010
Stars: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
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The Lucky One
Year: 2012
Stars: Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling
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