First, it should be noted that we’re not saying you shouldn't watch these films. Many of the movies on this list, though bad movies for a date, are actually some of the best films ever made in cinema history. American Beauty won five Academy Awards, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind may be one of the most original stories you’ll ever see on celluloid, and Gone Girl is a top-notch psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. All we’re saying is that maybe these are not the best films to watch if you’re hoping your date ends with romance, in fact, this list should be used as a reference. These are the absolute worst movies for date night.
Some of the movies on this list are just plain gross and disturbing. The fact that a filmmaker thought to turn tourists into a human centipede for the sake of entertainment is pretty disgusting. Other films on this list are really depressing. We know right from the beginning that the movie that Love Story ends with the young heroine’s death, but that won’t stop the deluge of tears that will erupt during the film’s climax.
Finally, there are the movies about bad marriages and horrific break-ups. Nothing kills romance like witnessing a couple’s bitter end. These films hurt the most because we know that there was a time when the onscreen couple was happy and very much in love. No one on a date wants to see what happens when love turns to hate, and a significant other is willing to do anything to hurt their partner.So let this list be your guide as to what films to avoid on date night. And don't say we didn't warn you!
A seemingly perfect marriage takes a turn for the worse in David Fincher's cinematic adaptation Gone Girl. A scorned wife (Rosamund Pike) hates her husband so much that she is willing to set up an elaborate ruse that frames him for her murder. The Dunnes are both twisted and disturbed, if you have any hope that you and your date will one day march down the aisle, this film may sour you on marriage for eternity. In fact, in a film littered with damaged people, marriage may be the worst character of all.
Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set in the Midwestern United States, the film's story begins as a mystery about a man, Nick Dunne, whose wife, Amy, has gone missing, and depicts the ensuing events that arise. The film had its world premiere on opening night of the 52nd New York Film Festival on September 26, 2014 before a nationwide theatrical release on October 3, and was received well critically with a commercial success of over $368 million, making it the highest grossing film by David Fincher. Rosamund Pike's performance was ...more
Actors: Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Rosamund Pike, + more
Initial Release: 2014
Directed by: David Fincher
Blue Valentine is one of those bare-bones independent films that cuts characters in order to make the audience watch them bleed. The narrative jumps back and forth in the relationship between married couple Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams). We see them in good times when they first meet, and then cut to them years later, when they are filled with spite and hate. This film will make you question the notion of romance, and that is obviously not a good question to ask on a date.
"Blue Valentine is the story of love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their failing marriage. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this honest portrait of a relationship on the rocks." Quoting from the description from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival site. ...more
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, Ben Shenkman, John Doman, + more
Initial Release: 2010
Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
Laura (Julia Roberts) is so petrified of her abusive husband that she fakes her own death, changes her identity, and yet still lives in fear that he may one day find her. Guess what? He does, and he's angry. And, Martin (Patrick Bergin) did not just track his wife down to make sure all the cans in her kitchen were turned the correct way.
Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin. The film is based on Nancy Price's 1987 novel of the same name. Roberts plays a woman who escapes from her abusive, obsessive husband from Cape Cod to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she captures the attention of a kindly college drama teacher. ...more
Actors: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence, + more
Initial Release: 1991
Directed by: Joseph Ruben
#35 on The Best Movies of 1991
Closer is movie about casual encounters, falling in love, and most of all, betrayal. All four of the main characters are liars and cheaters, who are not only deceitful, but don't seem to feel bad about their adulterous actions at all. The whole premise of the film is that there really is no such thing as everlasting love - not exactly a good sentiment for date night.
Closer is a 2004 romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning 1997 play of the same name. The movie was produced and directed by Mike Nichols and stars Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen. The film, like the play on which it is based, has been seen by some as a modern and tragic version of Mozart's opera Così fan tutte, with references to that opera in both the plot and the soundtrack. Owen starred in the play as Dan, the role assumed by Law in the film. The film was recognized with a number of awards and nominations, including Oscar nominations and Golden Globe wins for both Portman and Owen for their performances in supporting roles. ...more
Actors: Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Colin Stinton, + more
Initial Release: 2004
Directed by: Mike Nichols