After the kids go to bed, cuddle up on the couch and watch one of these Christmas movies for adults (and teens, too!).

Love Actually (2003)

Set in England, you’ll follow around eight different couples around Christmas time. Their unique and charming stories will break and warm your heart. The famous cast includes a new bride, Keira Knightley, a washed up singer, Bill Nighy, a desperately in love Andrew Lincoln and a distraught dad, Liam Neeson, along with many other recognizable faces. Rated: R

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

John Hughes wrote this hilarious family Christmas adventure. Following the tradition of disaster, Christmas is no different for the Griswold family. Clark Griswold tries to maintain a positive outlook after Christmas tree troubles, holiday dinner havoc and Christmas light mishaps. What will finally put Clark over the edge? Rated: PG-13

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

This beloved holiday film is appropriate for the whole family, but it may not be as engaging for younger children. George Bailey is a frustrated and depressed businessman who reflects upon his life with the help on an angel. The angel shows Mr. Bailey what life would be like if he never existed. The importance of family, helping others and the true meaning of Christmas is revealed in this classic tale. Rated: PG

Scrooged (1988)

Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, a modern day Scrooge. As a mean and cold-hearted television executive, he has lost sight of what’s really important in life and treats those in both his professional and personal life very poorly. Frank is in charge of the live version of “A Christmas Carol” on his television station and sees how it resembles his own life. His dying mentor warns Frank of his ways and tells him three ghosts will come visit him. Frank is taken on a journey with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Hopefully Frank can change his ways before it’s too late. Rated: PG-13

White Christmas (1954)

Classic stars, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, shine in this musical Christmas story. After leaving the army, Bing Crosby, as Bob Wallace, and Danny Kaye, as Phil Davis, become a song and dance duo. Their act becomes popular on radios, at nightclubs and even on Broadway. The two friends meet up with two sisters who sing and dance and it sparks a potential romance. When the sisters travel to a lodge in Vermont, the friends follow. Bob and Phil discover the lodge owner is their old army general and they try to help the general keep his lodge. Not Rated

Searching for Christmas movies for kids and families? Check out our article “Best Christmas Movies for Families” here.  

Jennifer Hanrahan is an intern with Boston Parents Paper.