Seven Unconventional Valentine's Day Films For Unconventional Lovers

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Saul Zaentz Company - © 1988,

With the recession in full effect, and Valentine's Day dinner reservations at a premium, plenty of couples will be staying in to snuggle over a movie on February 14. But what film to choose?

There are thousands of lists of romantic films floating around in cyberspace, and most of them are a recycling of the same trite plots. Before you gag yourself with a heart-shaped spoon, check out our list of alternative Valentine's Day films for alternative couples. Because almost none of them are sickeningly sappy, they're also safe to view during the remaining 364 days of the year during which being retardedly in love is not mandatory. Enjoy!

Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove
Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove

Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove
For nerds:
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


countless dramatic films have shown through the ages, nothing brings

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people together like the end of the world. What this film lacks in the

romance department, it makes up for in apocalyptic hilarity that will

make you and your dorky mate wanna make babies before the world comes to

its hilarious demise.

It's about insane Brigadier General Jack Ripper and his plan to launch nuclear holocaust on the Soviet Union based on his suspicion that the fluoridation of the U.S. water supply is in fact a Soviet plot to poison Americans. Despite the fact that only Ripper himself knows the code to recall the B-52 bombers on the mission, a war room full of world politicians and generals try frantically to stop the attack. The incomparable Peter Sellers plays three roles in this black and white cult classic.

​For cross-generational couples:
Harold and Maude

Whether you're a cougar running your tongue across the washboard abs of your 24-year-old boy toy or a sugar baby wincing as your aging Daddy Warbucks involuntarily drools on you, this odd love story is bound to make you feel like your unorthodox romance is as predictable as the sunrise.

Morose over-privileged teen Harold meets eccentric octogenarian Maude while both are crashing a funeral. Grand theft auto, gruesomely staged suicides, and a soundtrack by Cat Stevens with a relatively heavy-handed sunny message (to contrast the rather morbid undertones of the film) make this one-of-a-kind flick a great way to remind yourselves that love comes in all forms.

For the sappy couple:
Dirty Dancing

As though they were sweet, gushy caramels, people tend to overdose on romantic films and then never wish to see them again. The Notebook, Titanic, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Pretty Woman... the list goes on. But Dirty Dancing is one romance flick that we can stomach again and again. Maybe it's the combination of Romeo and Juliet-style forbidden romance, eye-catching choreography, and the tight, sexy bodies of Jennifer Grey (before the nose job that ruined her career) and Patrick Swayze (before, well, you know) moving to nostalgia-inducing '80s grooves. In any case, after cuddling to this flick, you and your Valentine are sure to feel like doing the horizontal tango all night. (We know, it's hardly alternative, but we had to include one uber-sweet title -- it is Valentines's Day, after all.)

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