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A Guide to the Best Anti Valentine’s Day Movies for Singles

All single ladies and gentlemen, hands up. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, some of us singles would rather not see couples sniffing, waving flowers, whispering sweet nothings on a date, or worse, making cheesy proposals. A quiet night away from it all certainly sounds a lot more appealing. But who says you can’t have fun on V-Day if you’re not in a relationship? If a lazy evening on the couch with snacks, booze, and the TV is more your thing, we’ve compiled a list of the best Anti-Valentines movies to binge watch.

Did you know? In fact, after Valentine’s Day on February 14th, there are a number of days that commemorate the anti-Valentine spirit. For example, Slap Day is celebrated on February 15th and Break-up Day on February 21st. That’s not all – between February 15th and 21st there is also Flirt Day, Confession Day and Missing Day. Obviously, there are plenty of fun ways for singles (or even people who are in relationships but scoff at convention) to get into anti-Valentine’s Day spirit.

While there are many ways to celebrate being solo, especially on Valentine’s Day, the easiest way is to plan the ultimate movie marathon at home. If you ask us, the best part about this idea is that you can chill on your couch in your pajamas all day and focus on catching up on all those movies you were too busy to watch. Convinced? Read on for our guide to the most entertaining anti-Valentine’s Day movies you’re guaranteed to love.

And don’t worry, these aren’t cliche romance movies or depressing tearjerkers that will make you wince or roll your eyes at every predictable line. So grab a glass of wine or a tub of popcorn and tune in to watch these movies now.

Here are 15 Anti-Valentine’s Day Movies Singles Can Watch

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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur

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how to be single

Directed by: Christian Dieter

Pour: Dakota Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rebel Wilson and Anders Holm,

Release date: February 12, 2016

Summary: how to be single follows a young and shy woman, Alice (Johnson), who decides to take a break from a long-term relationship and goes to New York to get a job. There she meets her counterpart Robin (Wilson), who teaches Alice how to embrace the single life.

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500 days of summer

Directed by: Marc Webb

Pour: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Geoffrey Arend

release date: Aug 7, 2009

Summary: In this offbeat romantic Comedy, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a writer for a greeting card company in Los Angeles. A hopeless romantic who believes in the concept of finding one’s true love, he falls in love with his boss’ new assistant, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). They date and break up over the course of five hundred days. Later, heartbroken Tom tries to figure out what went wrong in the relationship.

Awards won: Nominations for Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical category and Best Performance by an Actor in the Comedy or Musical category for Gordon-Levitt at the Golden Globes

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Naturally blond

Directed by: Robert Lukastic

Pour: Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Davis, Luke Wilson and Selma Blair

Release date: July 13, 2001

Summary: a romantic comedy, Naturally blond features Elle Woods (Witherspoon) as her sorority president, runner-up at a pageant, and fashion merchandise major. She follows Warner (Davis) to Harvard Law School to pursue him.

Awards won: Nomination – Best Picture, Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Witherspoon at the Golden Globes.

The First Wives Club

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

Pour: Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Stockard Channing, Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Smith, Victor Garber and Stephen Collins.

Release date: September 20, 1996

summary: The First Wives Club follows three former college friends – Annie MacDuggan Paradis, Elise Elliot Atchison and Brenda Morelli Cushman (Keaton, Hawn, Midler) – who reunite after learning of the suicide of their friend Cynthia Swann Griffin (Channing).

Awards won: Nomination – Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score at the Academy Awards, USA.

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Under the Tuscan sun

Directed by: Audrey Wells

Pour: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova and Sandra Oh

Release date: September 26, 2003

Summary: Frances Mayes (Lane), a San Francisco-based writer, flies to Italy after an unexpected breakup with her husband. During her visit, Frances buys a dilapidated villa near the small town of Cortona and starts anew surrounded by lovely people.

Awards won: Nomination – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Lane at the Golden Globes.

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Get out

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Pour: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener and Lakeith Stanfield star in key roles, joined by Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson and Betty Gabriel.

release date: February 24, 2017

Summary: Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is a talented young African American photographer who is dating Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). He reluctantly agrees to meet her parents over the weekend. But when he meets Rose’s family, he learns many disturbing things about them and decides to leave.

Awards won: Best Original Screenplay for Peele at the Academy Awards, USA

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My best friend’s wedding

My best friend's wedding

Directed by: PJ Hogan

Pour: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett and Cameron Diaz

Release date: June 20, 1997

Summary: Best friends Julianne Potter (Roberts) and Michael O’Neal (Mulroney) made a pact that if neither of them were engaged by the age of 28, they would get married. However, Michael informs Julianne of his marriage plans to Kimberly Wallace (Díaz). Only then does Julianne realize that she is in love with him.

Awards won: Best Music, Original Musical, or Comedy Score for James Newton Howard at the Academy Awards, USA.

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Kramer v/s Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton.

Pour: Dustin Hoffman, Howard Duff, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, George Coe, JoBeth Williams and Jane Alexander

Release date: December 19, 1979

Summary: Ted Kramer (Hoffman), a Manhattan advertising executive, faces the challenge of being a single parent after his wife, Joanna (Streep), decides to leave him and their son, Billy (Henry). The situation becomes overwhelming when Joanna takes him to court over custody of her son.

awards won: Best Film for Stanley R. Jaffe, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Hoffman, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Streep, Best Director for Benton, Best Screenplay, Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium for Benton at the Academy Awards, USA.

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Blue is the warmest color (2013)

Blue is the warmest color (2013)

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

Pour: Lea Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Salim Kechiouche

Release date: October 25, 2015

summary: The emotionally raw, contemporary French drama follows Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a 15-year-old French woman who finds that she is unhappy when dating men. She then meets and bonds with an elderly woman, Emma (Léa Seydoux). The film traces their relationship from love of sex to heartbreak and finally back to love.

awards won: Best Non-English Language Film for Kechiche, Brahim Chioua and Vincent Maraval at the BAFTA Awards.

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The Princess Diaries (2001)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Directed by: Gary Marshall

Pour: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway and Hector Elizondo

Release date: Aug 3, 2001

Summary: The Princess Diaries follows high school student Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) who experiences the shock of her life when she learns that she is heir apparent to a small European country called Genovia. And she must choose between her life in San Francisco or her rise to fame as a princess.

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Ex girlfriend

Directed by: David Fincher

Pour: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris

Summary: Nick Dunne (Affleck) reports that his wife (Pike) went missing on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. As the investigation progresses, the suspicion grows that Dunne is actually his wife’s killer.

release date: October 3, 2014

awards won: Nomination – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Pike at the Academy Awards, USA.

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ghostbusters

Directed by: Paul Feige

Pour: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon

release date: July 15, 2016

summary: Paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) join forces with Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) on a strange mission to battle otherworldly creatures and save humanity .

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Blue Valentine

Directed by: Derek Cianfrance

Pour: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and John Doman

Release date: December 29, 2010

Summary: Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Willams) are a conventional couple with seemingly everyday trials and tribulations. The story revolves around the development of their relationship over the years.

Awards won: Nomination – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Williams at the Academy Awards, USA.

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Forget Sarah Marshall (2008)

Forget Sarah Marshall (2008)

Directed by: Nicholas Stoeller

Pour: Kristen Bell, Jason Segel and Paul Rudd

Release date: April 18, 2008

Summary: Peter (Segel) is beyond devastated after breaking up with longtime girlfriend Sarah (Bell). He goes on vacation to forget her, but accidentally runs into her and her new boyfriend there.

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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Directed by: David Frankel

Pour: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Adrian Grenier

Release date: June 30, 2006

summary: Andrea Sachs (Hathaway) is an unlikely hire as secretary to fashion expert Miranda Priestly (Streep). As she navigates her new job, her personal relationships suffer.

awards won: Nomination – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Streep, Best Achievement in Costume Design for Patricia Field at the Academy Awards, USA.

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