The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night  

Ann Casano
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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!
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Rosamund Pike, + more

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

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Sleeping with the Enemy ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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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 husband from Cape Cod to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she captures the attention of a kindly college drama teacher. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence, + more

Released: 1991

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

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Blue Valentine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, Ben Shenkman, John Doman, + more

Released: 2010

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

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The Human Centipede (Fir... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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A sicko German scientist kidnaps a few tourists so he can turn them into a human centipede by sewing their mouths to each other's rectums. Yes, this movie actually made money, and was popular enough to warrant two additional Human Centipede sequels. However, chances are your date will experience the urge to purge due to the movie's graphic nature, which is not a good preamble for romance on date night.

"Outside the more outré work of Takashi Miike and David Cronenberg, you won’t have seen anything quite like Dutch avant-garde artist Tom Six’s totally bizarre off-the-wall oddity. Internationally respected Siamese twin surgeon Dr. Josef Heiter has a demented vision for mankind’s future existence. He wants to remove human beings’ kneecaps so they have to exist on all fours and then surgically graft them mouth-to-anus to form a centipede chain. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura, Ashlynn Yennie, Andreas Leupold, + more

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tom Six

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