6 Movies You Should Definitely Not Watch On A First Date Night

Elif Ozden

While movies can be a great way to relax, some films may not be the best choice for setting a mood on a first date night. With that in mind, here’s a list of six movies you might want to avoid on a first date night.


Directed by Mike Nichols, this drama’s theme revolves around cheating, portraying the intricacies of love, betrayal, and the gray areas in between. Starring Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, and Clive Owen, ‘Closer’ is also controversial, going against societal norms and subtly conveying the message that ‘everyone cheats.

Gone Girl

Directed by David Fincher, ‘Gone Girl’ revolves around the disappearance of Amy Dunne and the following media circus. The movie interrogates the myth of the perfect couple, and this might not set the right tone for a first date. According to a Rolling Stone review, it’s ‘the date-night movie of the decade for couples who dream of destroying one another.’

The Notebook

‘The Notebook’ is often hailed as a romantic classic. However, its portrayal of love sets unrealistically high standards for love. While it’s touching, it may induce tears and heavy feelings that might not be ideal for a first-date setting. Besides, it can create potentially unmet expectations in a new relationship.


Lars von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’ is a film that delves into grief and despair after a tragic event. While it offers thought-provoking content, its disturbing imagery and intense themes can be overwhelming. In fact, four people allegedly fainted during ‘Antichrist’s premiere at Cannes, so you should think twice before watching this movie on a first date night.

The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy explores a dystopian world where single people are transformed into animals if they don’t find a mate within 45 days. Although it’s a take on societal pressures regarding relationships, the film raises questions about the nature and viability of relationships. So, it might not be the easy-going film you’re looking for on a date night.

Blue Valentine

This drama, directed by Derek Cianfrance, is an exploration of love’s beginning and end. Tracing the relationship of a couple over several years, ‘Blue Valentine’ portrays the reality of falling out of love and presents a non-optimistic view of relationships. Might be more suited for solo viewing than a first date.

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