Valentine’s day isn’t for everyone. Not everyone is into the flowers, chocolate, and table for two. It doesn’t just go for single people; some couples don’t care much about the day. If you want to escape the romance, here are some movies to watch.
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The First Wives Club (1996)
This mid-90s comedy is a feel-good divorce movie. It’s about a group of divorced ladies looking to get back at their husbands who left them for younger women. It’s a nice one to watch with friends and have a laugh.
The Break Up (2006)
This film is a classic story of incompatibility between a couple, leading to a breakup. But none of them wants to move out of the condo, so they are trying to live as roommates.
Everyone has that one ex they believe came from hell. But none of that compares to what Heathers goes through after falling for a mysterious guy who ends up murdering people.
Blue Valentine (2011)
Starring Ryan Gosling and Michele Williams, this film is a back and forth about their love story and the sad reality of what it has become after a few years. There are responsibility issues and money problems on top of raising a kid.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
This is not the only anti-romance movie that stars Meryl Streep. It’s a custody battle between two divorced parents, which gets very intense. As the movie perfectly highlights, no one wins in such situations.
Birds of Prey (2020)
This film qualifies as an anti-valentine must-watch because it’s essentially a breakup movie. Harley Quinn was thrown out to the street by Joker and is now struggling to pick herself up. If you are a Margot Robbie fan, you will be hooked from the start to the end.
This Is 40 (2012)
Things just aren’t that glamorous when you are 40 married with kids. Unlike most unrealistic rom-coms, this film doesn’t shy away from real romantic issues. Anyone struggling in their long-term relationship will relate.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
After a married lawyer haves an affair, it becomes dangerous for his family as the mistress starts stalking them. It’s a cheating worst-case scenario that will keep you busy on Valentine’s Day.
Marriage Story (2019)
The rawness and realness in this comedy-drama will probably make you sob. The couple grows apart and can no longer be together. It gets complicated because there is a child involved.
Kill Bill (2003)
If you want a break from kissing, promises, and taking vows and want something about kicking butt, this is your movie. The assassin is betrayed by her former teammates, which leads to a high-action film.
Imagine being lonely to the point of falling in love with Artificial Intelligence. The man finds solace in talking to an AI, and he starts to get convinced that she is a real woman.
Gone Girl (2014)
Ben Affleck is perfectly cast in this anti-romance film. A woman goes missing, and her husband becomes a suspect. However, the truth is way more twisted.
Get Out (2017)
This is so far from a typical Valentine’s Day movie. It’s a horrifying tale about an African-American guy who decides to visit his girlfriend’s parents.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
A socially awkward man, Lars forms a relationship with Bianca, who is actually a sex doll from the internet. Ironically this led to him interacting with so many people than he has ever before.
Gerald’s Game (2017)
Things take a turn in an isolated romantic getaway when Gerald dies of a heart attack while his wife is handcuffed to the bed during foreplay. She becomes delirious and has to battle her demons.
You can probably guess why this movie made this list. The woman pursues an extramarital affair, and the husband suspects. It gets worse when he accidentally kills his wife’s lover.
The Lobster (2015)
The single guy has 45 days to find a partner or will be turned into an animal. The only consolation here is that you get to pick which animal you want to be.
It Follows (2014)
The horror that happens after Jay’s date with a new boyfriend is why this movie is here. She is followed by a creature who wants to kill her after the first date.
Promising Young Woman (2020)
This is a shocking drama with an all-star cast. A young woman seeks revenge for her best friend, who was raped by punishing men.
500 days of summer (2009)
After being left by his girlfriend, a guy spends a long time trying to figure out what when wrong. It turns out she wasn’t just that much into him. It’s a classic breakup film.
Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
This is yet another divorce movie for Valentine’s Day haters. After learning that her husband is cheating, a lady goes on a whirlwind trip that turns into a permanent move.
She Is Gotta Have It (1986)
This drama-comedy is about a carefree woman, Nola, who doesn’t want to pick just one of her three lovers. The movie celebrates sexual female liberation but is also quite entertaining for a solo evening.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
The stunning tale is driven by desire, jealousy, and some potent weed. Bill (Tom Cruise) goes out looking for a sexual encounter after his wife admits to having sexual fantasies about a man.
Modern Romance (1981)
A guy breaks up with his girlfriend only to realize he loves her more than he knows. He spends the whole movie trying to win her back, which pusher her away again.
If you want a marathon of anti-romance movies this coming Valentine’s Day, these are more than enough options.
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