11 Valentine’s Day Movies for Sad People

February 14, 2019

The best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a single person might be to watch other people be miserable. With that in mind, Vulture has compiled a list of 11 movies about love and heartbreak sad people should watch this week:

Gone Girl (2014). Gillian Flynn’s tale of marital tedium--and then revenge--is every couple’s worst nightmare.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). In Michel Gondry’s sci-fi romance film, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet have the option to just erase their memories of each other entirely.

Her (2013). A man who writes personal letters for strangers for a living finds himself falling for an artificially intelligent personal assistant.
 
La La Land (2016). What could be better than watching a couple’s relationship grow and then break down through the medium of song?

Lost in Translation (2003). This one was written and directed by Spike Jonze’s ex-wife Sofia Coppola and was reportedly inspired by their failed marriage (with Jonze represented by Giovanni Ribisi).
 
Never Let Me Go (2010). Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield play clones who are destined to die in early adulthood, once their organs are ripe to be harvested for medical purposes.

Blue Valentine (2010). There is nothing more terrifying than the concept that two people who should absolutely split up will be bound together by a helpless child. 

An Education (2009). An Education sees a young Carey Mulligan falling in love and embarking on a journey with an older man who drives her home one day after school. 

Landline (2017). What if the person next to you, snoozing safely in bed, is actually really dull? What if you aren’t actually content with someone sweet and kind who makes you happy? What if they’re thinking the same thing?

The Kids Are Alright (2010). The realities of marital breakdown and disagreements in parenting are pretty miserable. 

Brokeback Mountain (2005). Forbidden love, on top of a “right person, wrong time” plot, can be the saddest thing of all.