February 10th, 2012
10:05 AM ET
Hollywood is intent on selling you unrealistic love stories all the time, but the industry kicks into overdrive when February 14 rolls around.
Does no one think of the single (or, unhappily coupled) people? Well, we have.
As an antidote to the other sappy tales you'll surely indulge in leading up to Valentine's Day, we've rounded up our five best anti-Valentine's Day movies. Or, movies to watch on Singles Awareness Day, if you will.
This list could've opted for nothing but violence or non-romantic comedies, but we're going to drive the point home with five flicks in which the love goes sour. What would make your top five?
1. "Fatal Attraction" (1987) - "A mistake he'll regret for the rest of his life," indeed.
2. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) - This adaptation of the heralded play, starring star-crossed lovers Richard Burton and Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor, has plenty of anger and alcohol to celebrate SAD with.
3. "The War of the Roses" (1989) - There are plenty of movies that make one "feel like falling in love all over again...This is not that movie."
4. "The Break-Up" (2006) - The ending's realistic, and bonus: It's funny, too. Whose side are you on?
"Waiting to Exhale" (1995) - If only to watch Angela Bassett set fire to a car full of her husband's belongings one more time.
"(500) Days of Summer" (2009) - This is a story about love, but it's definitely not to be confused with a love story.
"Blue Valentine" (2010) - Another movie marketed as "A love story," but more than likely dissimilar from any love story you've ever seen.
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