We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that Valentine’s Day has got about as much hype surrounding it as Christmas. And while the lovers out there struggle for dinner reservations and that perfect gift, those spending Valentine’s Day alone might find themselves dealing with a completely different range of emotions.

So, right off the hop, this list of the best movies to watch alone on Valentine’s Day is one of the most jumbled we’ve ever created. But, there’s a method to our madness here- in general, these movies exist on a spectrum. On the one end, you’ve got “why should I care about some dumb old romance?”, and on the other, “oh boy, I forgot people even EXISTED for a couple of hours there.”

So, here are the best movies to watch alone this Valentine’s Day.

Legally Blonde

For a, well, digestible movie tackling the ‘dumb blonde’ stereotype, Legally Blonde has got some teeth. Follow Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) as she goes to school because of a boy, finds out that she’s way better than him, and takes the future he dreamed of.

How to watch: Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video

Wings of Desire

Tired of watching life from the background? Wings of Desire is all about longing for the best parts of tangible life including the joys and pains of love. Notably not being able to have someone you want. Get ready for a few hours of heavy symbolism and maybe a few tears.

How to watch: Available to stream on Criterion Channel

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

One of the few rom-coms we recommend single people watch. Sure, there are some sappy ‘will they, won’t they’ moments in there. But never forget that the premise of this movie is about a marriage breaking down and each member of the family dealing with it in their own way.

How to watch: Available to rent on Apple TV

The Big Lebowski

Rugs, drugs and thugs! An absolute classic from the Coen brothers, The Big Lebowski is a delightful watch, considering nothing of consequence actually happens in it. We’d even go so far as to say that it’s anti-romance, considering what happens to The Dude himself.

How to watch: Available to stream on Netflix and Starz

The Tragedy of Macbeth

The most recent movie on this list is also, maybe, the darkest. Directed by Joel Coen and with powerhouse performances from Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington, this movie, if anything, tells the audience that spouses can be so immersed in their relationship/own desires that they completely lose sight of the real world. Sign us up to party with the witches, though.

How to watch: Available to stream on Apple TV+

The Lobster

How do lonely people in a dystopian future dance? That’s easy- they do the ‘Lobster Mash’. Darkly comedic and with an insane premise, The Lobster follows two people, played by Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, as they try to find to make relationships work before they are, quite literally, turned into animals.

How to watch: Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video


A people-focused movie that’s not about people, really. Sombre and melancholic, Her offers a glimpse at what life and love could be like in the near future, thanks to the rapid development of AI. By the end of the movie, you’ll seriously have forgotten the main characters names, as they’ve been overshadowed by the development of Samantha. Make it even funnier by commanding Alexa or Siri to boot it up for you.

How to watch: Available to stream on Starz


Dark, moody, and at times aesthetically gorgeous, at times repugnant. Coming from one of the greatest directors to ever live, Andrei Tarkovsky, one could argue that Stalker is basically a 3-hour long meditation on what happens when people encounter the sublime. Hint: nothing good. Just be happy we’re saying this over Annihilation.

How to watch: Available to stream on Criterion Channel

Godzilla vs. Kong

Our main issue with previous Godzilla instalments was that they bothered with human character development. Not so in the latest release, which is basically an excuse to see two solitary behemoths, Godzilla and King Kong, give in to Monkey Madness and do it up Big Lizard style. Seriously, this movie is no thinking, just vibes, and we absolutely love it for that.

How to watch: Available to stream on Crave

There you have it- our picks for the best movies to watch alone this Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re shedding a happy tear for Cal Weaver, seeing what grumpy ol’ Macbeth has gotten himself into, or just going ‘Monkey Mode’, we hope you enjoy them!