21 Best Mother’s Day Movies To Watch With Your MOM

Best Mother’s Day Movies

May 9th, 2018   |   Updated on February 14th, 2022

Mother’s day is approaching and each year you celebrate it in a manner such that your mom would always cherish the memories. Watching movies with her can also be a gratifying way to spend the special day. However, the delicate part about doing that is that you cannot just watch any movie with her.

The movies you shortlist should be either in the theme of the day or should in some manner emphasize your relationship with her. Thus, we got working and compiled a list of the best mother’s day movies away for us to binge upon.

Best Mother’s Day Movies

All these movies are visual and emotional delight and are bound to keep both of you on tenterhooks. Who knows you might even need to shed a few tears as the movies progress.

Watching them together will not only make your bond strong but create in you an essence of being together for long.



1. Terms of Endearment

Why not start the evening off with a good cry? This 1983 classic, which swept the Oscars the following year, follows a mother and daughter (played by the impeccable Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger) each finding their footing in love. Then one of them gets terminal cancer — and, well, that’s why you’ll be starting the evening off with a good cry. Watch Here…


2. Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias - Mother’s Day Movies

Ready for some more crying? This time courtesy of Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and another terminal illness. The movie, which revolves around the women of a Louisiana beauty salon, is ultimately a story of strength and friendship. And it also stars Dolly Parton! Watch Here…

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3. Stepmom

Stepmom - Mother’s Day Movies

It’s a great conversation starter for discussing potential legacies of motherhood. Sarandon’s character fears that her daughter will forget her. Talk to your mom about what she would want to be remembered for. Watch Here…

4. Stella

Stella - Mother’s Day Movies

For starters, she probably has never seen it! It is also a great movie to talk about all of the things we do for our kids. Watch Here…


5. Postcards From The Edge

This movie led to a great conversation between Lolly and me about embarrassing moments we have, er, created for each other. Watch this film, and then find the courage to bring up that time in the eighth grade when your mom mortified you by yelling your underwear size across the store, and holding up giant underpants to ask you if you needed “more pants.” No? Just me? Watch Here…

6. Brave

Brave - Mother’s Day Movies

This is a film that could be fun for three generations of film watching. After the movie, ask your kids why they think the mom was able to change her mind. Watch Here…

7. Mermaids

Mermaids - Mother’s Day Movies

Cher, Winona Ryder, and mini Christina Ricci bring this 1986 novel by Patty Dann to life, playing characters who might not make up a conventional family — Cher is a single mom who moves her kids around every time she breaks up with a man — but they sure make up a wonderful one. Consider this scene “set the table” goals. Watch Here…


8. Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday - Mother’s Day Movies

This would be a great film to watch with your kids as well as your mom. Here is your jumping-off question: What do you think I do all day? Watch Here…

9. Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia - Mother’s Day Movies

Colin Firth! ABBA songs! This story is interesting because it touches on the idea that we sometimes don’t tell our children the whole truth. I think that provides a springboard for a good mother-daughter fireside chat. Watch Here…

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10. One True Thing

One of the interesting questions this movie brings up is: “What would you do differently?” The daughter in the film feels like her mom should be making drastic changes to her life after finding out that she is sick, but the mom is content to continue life as she knows it. I think that’s a valuable conversation to have. Watch Here…

11. Anywhere But Here

Anywhere But Here - Mother’s Day Movies

The big theme of this film is that the mom doesn’t listen to what her daughter wants and needs. Their personalities are so different. The mom is convinced that her daughter should be an actress. It brings up an interesting question: What did your mom wish for you? Do you know? Watch Here…


12. Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens - Mother’s Day Movies

Are you and your mom codependent? Consider this your cautionary tale! Watch Here…

13. The Meddler

The Meddler - Mother’s Day Movies

As the title suggests, this is about a nosy mom (Susan Sarandon) who meddles in the life of her struggling daughter (Rose Byrne). It’s funny and warm and, shockingly, won’t rip your heart out at the end. Watch Here…

14. Troop Beverly Hills

Troop Beverly Hills - Mother’s Day Movies

“We’re the girls from Beverly Hills!” [1, 2, 3, 4.] “Shopping is our greatest thrill!” If this isn’t already stuck in your head, it will be after watching this Shelley Long classic. She plays a rich, spoiled socialite whose divorce prompts her to become den mother to her daughter’s troop of Wilderness Girls. The results are hilarious. Watch Here…


15. Crooklyn

Crooklyn - Mother’s Day Movies

Spike Lee’s semi-autobiographical 1994 movie tells the story of a young girl, her four brothers, and their life in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. At the head of the family is a tough but loving mother (played by Alfre Woodard). And guess what? She gets sick! Yes, this is another tearjerker. But worth the emotional turmoil. Watch Here…

16. Tiny Furniture

Before Girls, Lena Dunham proved her mettle by writing, directing, and starring in Tiny Furniture. While the film wasn’t exactly autobiographical, it starred Dunham as Aura, a recent college grad stumbling into adulthood. As she finds her way through a post-college daze, Aura moves back in with her artist mother and her sister, Grace. Her family supports Aura as she struggles with abominable dates and an exhausting relationship with her friend Charlotte, played by Jemima Kirke, a.k.a. Jessa in Girls. Watch Here…


17. Thirteen

Thirteen - Mother’s Day Movies

The teen years aren’t typically a high point for mothers and daughters, but they usually don’t get as low as they do in Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen. Melanie (Holly Hunter) is a single mother struggling to make ends meet with her in-home haircutting business and a seemingly endless stream of friends who need assistance. She’s so busy that she doesn’t notice how bad an influence her daughter Tracy’s new best friend is—and that the girls are using drugs and self-harming. Watch Here…

18. The Piano

The Piano - Mother’s Day Movies

It’s surprising how few mother-daughter films are written and directed by women. Jane Campion did both in The Piano and the result is a starkly tender tale of a mother doing the best she can for her daughter despite many challenges.

Ada (Holly Hunter) is a mute pianist raising a young daughter, Flora (Anna Paquin). Ada’s family marries her off to a gruff farmer (Sam Neill) who lives in a remote corner of New Zealand. Only Flora can truly communicate with her mother, whose sole form of expression is playing the piano, and it’s that titular instrument which leads to tragedy. Watch Here…

19. The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right - Mother’s Day Movies

Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) are taken by surprise when their teenaged kids seek out the sperm donor that their moms used to have them. The kids (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) strike up a relationship with their biological father (Mark Ruffalo) and invite him into their lives. The resulting blended family comes with all sorts of complications—all unpacked with warmth, humor, and sensitivity by director Lisa Cholodenko. Watch Here…

20. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Mother’s Day Movies

While the Terminator action franchise might not seem like traditional Mother’s Day fare, maternal protectiveness is practically the engine of the second installment. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is a bad-ass single mother trying to protect her rebellious teenaged son, John (Edward Furlong), from time-traveling robots who want to kill him before he saves the world. It’s a hard life, but probably easier than trying to explain who his father is. This time around, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 is one of the good guys, but he’s not nearly as frightening as Hamilton’s ticked-off mom. Watch Here…

21. Sylvia

In Sylvia, Gwyneth Paltrow stars as poet and author Sylvia Plath, who falls in love with the dashing Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig). Hughes falls for her, too, despite warnings from Plath’s mother (played by Paltrow’s mother, Blythe Danner), that Sylvia had tried to kill herself and might do again. Sadly, mother did know best this time; any student of literature can tell you how the story ends. Despite the painful subject matter, the film’s stellar cast and poetic structure ease viewers through—even those still haunted by The Bell Jar. Watch Here…