The Longest Ride is an American romantic drama film based on the 2013 novel of the same title by master story-teller Nicholas Sparks. It is about a bull rider and a college girl whose love story intertwines with that of an old man and his late wife. Directed by George Tillman, Jr., The Longest Ride features Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson and Jack Huston. The movie premiered on April 10, 2015, grossing nearly 70 million dollars worldwide.
Read on to find movies like “The Longest Ride,” exemplifying that destiny works in amazing ways.
#1: Nights in Rodanthe
Release Date: September 26, 2008
Director: George C. Wolfe
Cast: Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni
Adrienne Willis is an upset wife, with her husband cheating on her. She is also a troubled mother, with her teenage daughter disliking her every decision. To somehow ease her burden, she takes a weekend vacation in a small town near the sea called Rodanthe. There, she meets Dr. Paul Flanner, the only guest at the inn Adrienne is tending to, and is there to see his own estranged son. A storm has been forecasted, and with the only two of them around, Adrienne and Paul resort to each other for comfort. Over one special weekend, a romance develops between them, changing their lives forever.
#2: The Best of Me
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Director: Michael Hoffman
Cast: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey
Amanda and Dawson are teenage sweethearts who are later separated by their many differences. After 20 years, their paths cross again when a mutual friend passes away. Dawson has survived a tragic accident some years earlier, and the moment he and Amanda meet again, he realizes that there is a reason why he’s still alive: to make Amanda fall in love with him for the second time around. Amanda, meanwhile, hasn’t stopped loving him. But while it seems that the perfect time for them to be together has finally arrived, Dawson discovers that Amanda is married.
#3: The Last Song
Release Date: March 31, 2010
Director: Julie Anne Robinson
Cast: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear
Rebellious Ronnie and her younger brother Jonah are sent to their father's house by the beach to spend summer with him. Their parents are divorced, and Ronnie has grown disliking her father, so is his small town. Upon arriving, she decides not to talk to him. There, she meets the handsome Will, and later falls in love. That’s when Ronnie starts reviving her love for music, something that she and her father share in common. As Ronnie starts to reconnect with music, she also begins to revive her relationship with the father she has hated almost all her life.
#4: Endless Love
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Director: Shana Feste
Cast: Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood
David is a charming boy who belongs to the working class. Jade, on the other hand, is a pretty girl who comes from a wealthy family. Since the first time David has laid his eyes on Jade when they were in tenth grade, he has known that she is the one. He hasn’t had a chance to talk to her even once, until her family comes to The Inn, where David is working as a janitor. Almost suddenly, they fall deeply in love - so deep that even their parents cannot do anything to tear them apart. But then, David’s secrets start to surface and Jade has started doubting his love.
#5: Safe Haven
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
In the small town of Southport, a beautiful, mysterious woman named Katie appears from no one knows where. Being a closed-knit town, people start raising questions about her identity. She is a social recluse, avoiding any personal relationship, until she gets close with Alex, a kind-hearted widower with two sons, who make her believe in love again. But just when she is about to open her heart for love, her secret past starts hunting her once more. Now, Katie must decide which one to choose: a life with temporary safety, or a life with both risks and rewards.
#6: The Age of Adaline
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Directors: Lee Toland Krieger
Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford
Adaline Bowman is a young woman who was born upon the coming of the 20th century. It was in 1933 that a terrible accident happened, making her ageless. Eight decades later, Adaline remains 29 years old. She decides firmly not to get close with anybody as it might reveal her ultimate secret. But then, she meets Ellis Jones, a charming philanthropist, who brings back her interest in life and love. But after a weekend date with Ellis’ parents that nearly uncover the truth about her, Adaline has to make a decision that will modify her life for eternity.
#7: In Your Eyes
Release Date: April 20, 2014
Director: Brin Hill
Cast: Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Mark Feuerstein
In the freezing East Coast, there lives a privileged, soft-spoken wife of a well-off doctor. Her name is Rebecca, an unhappy woman whose loneliness is growing day by day. Across the United States, somewhere in the dry New Mexico, a charming ex-prisoner is living. His name is Dylan, who is struggling to get a fresh start in life. These two seemingly distinct souls from opposite poles, literally speaking and otherwise, have discovered that they are able to hear, see, and feel each other. Eventually, they create a special bond and develop a romance that no one can break.