Film 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!
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Gone Girl 
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Gone Girl


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, ...more

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

Initial Release: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

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#163 on The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

#3 on The Best Movies of 2014

#23 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#1452 on The Best Movies of All Time

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Blue Valentine 
    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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Blue Valentine


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 ...more

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

Initial Release: 2010

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

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#2 on The Best NC-17 Indie Movies

#2 on The Best Michelle Williams Movies

#1632 on The Best Movies of All Time

#27 on The Best Movies of 2010

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Love Story 
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Love Story


Perhaps the saddest love story ever told? If you cry at the end of this classic weepie, it may make you look sappy and overly-sentimental. If you don't cry at the end, it may make you look cold and unsympathetic. It's probably a better bet on date night to just put on Pretty Woman, everything works out at the climax of that one.

Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, John Marley, Ray Milland and Tommy Lee Jones in his film debut in a minor role. A tragedy, the film is ...more

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Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw John Marley, + more

Initial Release: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

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#377 on The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

#154 on The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

#685 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#149 on The Greatest Movie Themes

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Sleeping with the Enemy 
    is listed (or ranked) 4 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 abusive, obsessive husband from Cape Cod to Cedar Falls, ...more

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

Initial Release: 1991

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

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#410 on The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

#164 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

#1032 on The Best Movies of All Time

#191 on The Best R-Rated Psychological Thriller Movies

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Side Effects 
    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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Side Effects


Steven Soderbergh's 2013 psychological thriller is filled with twists and turns. The narrative is basically one plot twist after another, that won't be spoiled here. However, you should know before sitting down on the couch to watch this movie with your significant other, that the film features a cornucopia of betrayal, lies, secrets, and maybe even murder.

Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum. The film concerns the ramifications of an event following a young woman being ...more

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Actors: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara Vinessa Shaw, + more

Initial Release: 2013

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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#13 on The Best Suspense Movies on Netflix

#7 on The Best Thriller Films of 2013

#6 on The Best Movies Directed by Steven Soderbergh

#12 on The Best Mystery Movies On Netflix

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Kids 
    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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Kids


Perhaps the most disturbing film to come out of the 1990s, Kids centers around a group of young adults making really, really bad sexual decisions, with terrifying results. Kids is a raw and powerful film, and chances are you will feel sick after watching it, which will certainly not set the mood for a romantic evening.

Kids is a 1995 American drama film written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark. It features Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film debuts. Kids is centered on a day in the life of a group of sexually active teenagers in New York City and their ...more

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Actors: Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine, Jon Abrahams Leo Fitzpatrick, + more

Initial Release: 1995

Directed by: Larry Clark

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#77 on The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

#17 on The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

#406 on The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

#1992 on The Best Movies of All Time

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The Break-Up 
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The Break-Up


SPOILER ALERT: This movie really is about a break-up. At first it seems that the comedy will follow a traditional genre path of a couple who breaks up, suffers from miscommunication, and gets back together when they both realize their short-comings. But the thing is that they don't get back together, they actually break-up for good, and that's not a positive way to spend two hours on a date.

The Break-Up is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Peyton Reed, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. It was written by Jay Lavender and Jeremy Garelick and produced by Universal Pictures. ...more

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Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Ann-Margret, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman Jon Favreau filmography, + more

Initial Release: 2006

Directed by: Peyton Reed

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#175 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

#14 on The Best Movies About Getting Dumped

#2958 on The Best Movies of All Time

#466 on The Absolute Most Hilarious Movies Ever Made

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Closer 
    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch on Date Night
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Closer


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 ...more

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Actors: Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen Colin Stinton, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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#385 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#146 on The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

#1771 on The Best Movies of All Time

#82 on The Best Movies of 2004

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