The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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!
- 175 VOTESPhoto: Bounty FilmsA 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.
- Actors: Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura, Ashlynn Yennie, Andreas Leupold
- Released: 2009
- Directed by: Tom Six
- 258 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros.Stanley Kubrick shatters the illusion of freewill in his 1971 masterpiece A Clockwork Orange. The film was so controversial upon its release that it was banned in the UK. The violence in some scenes is so shocking and graphic that it becomes almost impossible not to turn away. Unless your goal is to disturb your date to the point of nausea, you'll probably want to skip this one on date night.
- Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, John Clive
- Released: 1971
- Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
- 3100 VOTESPhoto: 20th Century Fox
A seemingly perfect marriage takes a turn for the worse in David Fincher's cinematic adaptation Gone Girl. A scorned wife 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.
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- Actors: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens
- Released: 2014
- Directed by: David Fincher
- 433 VOTESDavid Lynch aims to totally creep out audiences in the 1986 psychological horror nightmare that is Blue Velvet. There is plenty of sexual fetish, torture, forced stripping at gunpoint, and confusion within the surrealist narrative. There's nothing wrong if that's what sets the mood for your particular date night, it's just not what most would consider a typical evening.
- Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange
- Released: 1986
- Directed by: David Lynch
- 532 VOTESPhoto: Columbia Pictures
Why, oh why couldn't this mismatched couple figure out a way to live happily ever after? The Way We Were proves that sometimes true love just ain't enough to make it for the long haul, and no one wants to think that love can't conquer all on date night.
- Actors: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Murray Hamilton, Patrick O'Neal
- Released: 1973
- Directed by: Sydney Pollack
- 621 VOTESPhoto: Radius-TWCIn New York, a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and a successful writer (Jeremy Jordan) sing about their failed marriage from two perspectives.
- Actors: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Bettina Bresnan, Charly Bivona, Alex Stebbins
- Released: 2014
- Directed by: Richard LaGravenese