How many people do you know that can sincerely say they enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day?
For those in relationships, this day brings nothing but anxiety. You’ll spend a week worrying about organizing everything. And if your significant other ever says they’re skipping the holiday this year you’d better stay on the safe side and get her those flowers.
If you’re single, then it’s a day when you try really hard to not think about how no one is bringing you flowers or asking you out to an overpriced restaurant. So why not grab yourself a glass of wine and watch some anti-romantic films on Netflix instead!
What Netflix Has to Offer
If your idea of a good film for Valentine’s Day is Love Actually then check out our list of the best rom-coms on Netflix. On the contrary, for all of you fed up with this superficial holiday, we’re going to suggest movies that show the other side of love and relationships.
That means no more cheesy rom-coms that set unrealistic expectations. Many of the following films might have unhappy endings, but at least they portray love and romance with honesty.
1. It Follows (2014)
Perfect for you if… you’re bored on Valentine’s Day.
They say love can kill you. It Follows reimagines the saying by taking it a little further. What if an innocent one-night stand led to you receiving a deadly curse?
It Follows is stylish, creepy, and gripping. This supernatural horror will easily grab your attention and take your thoughts away from the sadness surrounding being single on Valentine Day. Critics loved it, we loved it, and you’re guaranteed to at the very least enjoy it. A friendly warning though — you might find yourself having some trust issues after this one.
2. The Overnight (2015)
Perfect for you if… you’re looking for something a little outside-the-box.
Being in a relationship isn’t just about having fancy dinners together and giving gifts to each other. It also means doing the occasional thing to try and keep the spark alive. The Overnight is about two couples trying to spice up their relationships without losing their heads (and families) in the process.
The Overnight is a marriage comedy like no other. It will make you feel uncomfortable, but it will also make you laugh like crazy. Severely underrated by critics, this movie has all you’re craving for this Valentine’s Day: cringy anti-cliche situations, some great acting, and an unexpected ending that you’ll both love and hate.
3. Tallulah (2016)
Perfect for you if… you keep finding yourself in self-destructive relationships.
While Tallulah might have a premise of a rom-com, it is, in fact, a comedy-drama. The central theme of this Netflix original is putting platonic love over romantic love. It’s about knowing what’s best for you, leaving bad partners, and building a family in the most unexpected of places.
What makes this movie so realistic is the script based on the writer’s actual experiences. Topped with the standout performances from Allison Janney (Margo) and Elle Page (Tallulah), this is probably the perfect Valentine’s Day movie to watch on your own.
4. The Invitation (2015)
Perfect for you if… you’re looking for proof that your ex is evil.
Want a proof that love sucks? The Invitation is just the film for you. This horror-thriller is about broken relationships, grief, depression, and how we cope with life-changing events in the modern world.
If you’re not patient, you might want to skip this one. The Invitation is a bit of a slow burn. But if you’re a fan of the “dinner party from hell” subgenre, this movie is definitely a good fit for you. It’s impossible to say much more without giving away the plot. However, the ultimate takeaway here is to never accept an invitation from your ex.
5. All Good Things (2010)
Perfect for you if… you’re tired of cheesy Valentine Day’s cliches.
If Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst can’t make their marriage last, what hope is there for the rest of us?
All Good Things is a film with romantic drama elements mixed with mystery and crime. Based loosely on the true story of Robert Durst, a wealthy son of a New York real estate tycoon, All Good Things has everything to bring you back to Earth. Watch the characters slowly tear each other down as their perfect love story falls apart and turns into the perfect crime.
Let this movie act as a sad (but realistic) reminder to all those crazy for this holiday’s “magic” that love doesn’t come with any guarantees.
6. Blue is The Warmest Color (2013)
Perfect for you if… you’re ready to see a realistic love story begin and end.
Blue is The Warmest Color is a French coming-of-age romantic drama based on a graphic novel of the same name. It’s a story of love and sexuality, with a good dose of realism.
Watch Emma and Adele fall in love with each other, have a passionate relationship, and still not end up together. Because sometimes things just aren’t meant to work, no matter how hard you try and how much you want them to.
7. Atonement (2007)
Perfect for you if… you’re looking for a good old-fashioned drama with a twist in the end.
Love sucks. Atonement will give you yet another reason why: jealousy. Jealousy that comes from the most unexpected person in the worst moment of time, which ultimately decides fates of more than just one couple.
What can be a better pick and antidote for the Valentine’s Day cheesiness than a war drama that doesn’t end well?
8. Never Let Me Go (2010)
Perfect for you if… you feel brave enough to face a hopeless (though fictional) reality.
Relationships are difficult enough as it is. But imagine how difficult they become when you find out you’ve been born and bred to do nothing else but donate your organs.
This dystopian drama isn’t completely lost on romance. However, the harsh reality will slowly catch up on you as you watch the three young people learn about the concepts of love, life, and forever.
Even with the charming performances from Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley, Never Let Me Go is a pretty depressing movie to watch on your own. Although, there isn’t anything here that pizza or ice cream can’t fix.
9. 6 Years (2015)
Perfect for you if… you believe that all relationships are doomed.
6 Years is yet another romantic drama on our list about an idyllic relationship turning bad. This time the two lovers are teenagers (Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfeld) who grow up together and begin dating in school.
As one of them nears college graduation, the two start to grow apart. But when you spend that many years together, it becomes difficult to figure out who you are without the other. Watch this relationship turn violent and the two characters face the inevitable end of their romance.
10. Adore (2013)
Perfect for you if… you’re up for something a little more scandalous.
Also known as Adoration, this Australian-French drama tells a somewhat disturbing story about two housewives that fall for each others’ sons. The two relationships start off as passionate unions but are doomed to bring everyone involved misery and pain.
This incredibly provocative film is certainly not for everyone. But if you’re looking for something to spice up your boring Valentine’s Day, look no further. From an absurd plot to deft performances from Robin Wright and Naomi Watts, Adore is definitely worth your time.
What Films Top Your Anti-Valentine’s Watchlist?
There’s nothing wrong with watching romantic movies on Valentine’s Day. Especially if you’re in a relationship or longing to be in one. However, more and more people find themselves looking for something a little different, especially if they’re happily single.
Are you planning to Netflix and chill this Valentine’s Day? Or will it be Netflix without the chill? Have any of the movies on this list piqued your interest? Or are there others you can recommend to your fellow single people? Please let us know in the comments below!
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