It's impossible to celebrate anti-Valentine's without one of the bleakest romance films...and Ryan Gosling. Picture / Supplied

Anti-Valentine’s Day Films

Turn on these cliche-free flicks when the mush gets too much

Blue Valentine
This is one of the bleakest romance films to grace the screen in the past decade. Blue Valentine travels through the ill-fated relationship between hipster couple Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams who just can't keep it together. This is an anti-Notebook film that we can't help but love.

(500) Days of Summer
Tom is blindsided when his girlfriend, Summer, dumps him. So he tries to recall what went wrong in their 500 days together. It reminds us that sometimes love just doesn’t work out and it’s time to move on. Something better might be around the corner.

High Fidelity
Record shop owner Rob Gordon takes us through his all-time, top five break-ups while trying to answer some of life’s bigger questions. The film, told over a subtext of music's effect on our everyday lives, is based on the classic mid-nineties novel by About a Boy author Nick Hornby.

Starring Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard, this movie follows a tangled web of relationships as a nearby planet is on the way to collide into Earth. Take a cue from the title, it doesn't end well. 

Ex Machina
In this spooky sci-fi thriller, Caleb is invited to spend time at his CEO's isolated swanky home where he meets, tests and falls for Ava, an AI with the face of the beautiful Alicia Vikander. This thrilling flick proves love should be the least of our worries when AI will eventually outsmart us all and take over.

Under The Tuscan Sun
While this may appear as your typical rom-com, Under the Tuscan Sun is actually a sneaky subversive flick about finding love and happiness within a community, rather than a significant other.

Lost in Translation
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson meet by chance at a Tokyo hotel and form a heart-warming bond. Less is more in this Sofia Coppola film, as the unlikely pair enjoys a night where almost nothing but everything happens.

Revolutionary Road
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunited onscreen for Revolutionary Road, but this is no Titanic love-fest. The film follows Frank and April who plan to move out of suburban Connecticut to Paris, but their plan, as well as their marriage, falls apart suddenly. It leads to anger, misunderstanding ... and ultimately a very dark ending.

The One I Love 
Starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass, this is a thrilling, twisted tale about a marriage that has gone sour and is about to get even stranger. Certainly not your upbeat rom-com. 

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