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The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night

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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
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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.

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    • Actors: Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Rosamund Pike
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: David Fincher
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  • The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
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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.
    • Actors: Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura, Ashlynn Yennie, Andreas Leupold
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Tom Six
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  • Sleeping with the Enemy
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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.
    • Actors: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kyle Secor, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Joseph Ruben
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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.
    • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, Ben Shenkman, John Doman
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
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