7 films to watch when the kids go to bed

From sex comedies to thrillers - movies to watch after bedtime. Pixar and Bolibompa in all their glory, but when it's bedtime for the kids and the cabin is quiet, it's time for a really good reel to take a break.

In this list we have put together some gems to watch after the kids go to bed, we've mixed thrillers with dramas and comedies so that you have complete freedom to choose exactly what you want!

The 7 best films to watch before bedtime

Nightcrawler (2014)

Young rogue sociopath Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal ) discovers the possibilities of crime journalism. He listens to police radio at night in Los Angeles and goes to great lengths to document car crashes, fires and murders. The line between observer and participant is quickly blurred. 

In this Dan Gilroy thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal masterfully portrays the ruthless guile of his character. He is supported in the film by actors such as Rene Russo ('Lethal Weapon 4', 'Thomas Crown Affair') and Riz Ahmed ('The Sound of Metal', 'Outcast One: Star Wars: Stories').

Mulholland Drive (2001)

In David Lynch's acclaimed detective thriller, blue-eyed actress Betty and amnesiac seductress Rita seek to unravel the mystery of the mysterious Mulholland Drive. They are led into a labyrinth of the unknown, unexpected, elusive memories and dangerous encounters. 

The Oscar-nominated film stars Naomi Watts ("King Kong", "Birdman"), Laura Herring ("The Punisher") and Justin Theroux ("American Psycho", "The Girl on the Train"). Director David Lynch is renowned for his fabulous and bizarre creations, including Twin Peaks (1990-1991) and Blue Velvet (1986) in his arsenal.

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Hypochondriac theatre director Kaden struggles with his job and the women in his life, creating a replica of New York City in a department store for his next play. At the same time as he is plagued by intense anxiety, he finds it increasingly difficult to distinguish between reality and theatre. 

In Charlie Kaufman's drama we see, among others, Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master, Capote), Samantha Morton (Dissent, The Messenger) and Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, Manchester by the Sea).

The Lighthouse (2019) 

Set in the 1890s, the story sees two lighthouse keepers trying to keep their sanity on a remote and mysterious New England island, while being tormented by each other's annoying quirks, resentments and growing hatred. 

In director Robert Eggers' Oscar-nominated film, we see actors like Robert Pattinson ('Batman', 'A Good Time') and Willem Dafoe ('The Florida Project', 'Spider-Man').

Tokyo Story (1953)

Yasujiro Ozu's Japanese film has been hailed in several places as one of the best films in the world. With long still scenes, Ozu creates an understated and harmonious mood throughout the film. The film is about an elderly couple visiting their children and grandchildren in the big city of Tokyo, but once there, they lose their priorities and are ignored.

Misery (1990)

In the adaptation of Stephen King's novel, we follow acclaimed author Paul Sheldon, who is involved in a car crash during a blizzard. Sheldon is rescued by a fan who takes him home to his remote mountain home. However, it soon becomes clear to Sheldon that the outwardly caring fan is not entirely altruistic in his actions - what follows is a nightmare of captivity and abuse. 

In Rob Reiner's Oscar-winning thriller we see actors such as James Caan ('The Godfather'), Kathy Bates ('Titanic', 'Dolores Clairborne') and Richard Farnsworth ('Anna pa Gronculla').

Pregnant (2007)

Party boy Ben Stone's life goes on as usual, but when a one-time affair informs him eight weeks later that she is pregnant with his child, his life is turned upside down. 

In Judd Apatow's romantic comedy ("Girls", "China on Staten Island"), we see actors like Seth Rogen ("Superbad", "It's Over"), Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") and Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man", "Good To Be Quiet").

This concludes our list, but we're sure you'll be able to add to it with your own suggestions. 

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