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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 Number of Sparks: A Walk to Remember Year: 2002 Stars: Mandy Moore and Shane West Number of Sparks: The Notebook Year: 2004 Stars: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams Number of Sparks: Nights in Rodanthe Year: 2008 »

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