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The 30+ Best Movies to Watch on Mother's Day

幸运飞艇分析软件自动Find some time to relax and celebrate mom on this well-deserved holiday.

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In honor of Mother's Day, we've rounded up the best movies to watch with mom. Whether you are yearning for a good group cry or are in search of hours of giggles on the couch, these films are the perfect excuse to spend the afternoon with your mama.

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Mother's Day
MOTHER'S DAY, l-r: Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, 2016. ph: Ron Batzdorff/©Open Road
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Perhaps the most fitting movie for Mother's Day is, well, Mother's Day. The Gary Marshall rom-com follows in the footsteps of Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve and traces the lives of four families leading up to Mother's Day.

Julie & Julia
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Julie & Julia is the definition of a feel-good movie. The film follows Julia Child (played by the incomparable Meryl Streep) and her modern-day admirer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) as they search for meaning in their lives and kitchens.

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Four friend have met as a book club for 30 years, but then decide to tackle 50 Shades of Grey. Obviously, this causes rippling effects in their lives and relationships. If anything, watch it for the cast: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen—be still my heart.

Because I Said So
BECAUSE I SAID SO, Lauren Graham, Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Piper Perabo, 2007. ©Universal/courtesy
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This list is heavy on the Diane Keaton (as it should be). Watch another one of her rom-com masterpieces—Because I Said So. In the movie, Keaton plays the mother of three daughters who tries to set up her youngest (Mandy Moore) with the perfect man.

20th Century Women
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动It's the 1970s in Santa Barbara, California, and a single mother (Annette Bening) enlists the help of two young women (Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning) to help connect with her 15-year-old son. This sweet film explores both unconventional family dynamics and a time filled with change and revolution.

First Wives Club
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and (once again) Diane Keaton, how could you go wrong? In this dark comedy, three divorcées decide to take revenge on their ex-husbands. The longtime friends become determined to avenge their other friend's suicide as she, like they, was left for a younger woman.

Guilt Trip
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动In this adorable comedy, a mother (Barbara Streisand) and her grown son (Seth Rogan) embark on a cross-country road trip. Naturally, hilarity ensues as an adult learns to connect with his overbearing, but lovable mother.

Bad Moms
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动In this raunchy comedy, three stressed-out mothers (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) join forces to blow off steam. What ensues can only be described as a mom war, between overzealous PTA moms and those trying to keep it all together.

Cheaper by the Dozen
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A classic family comedy, Cheaper by the Dozen 幸运飞艇分析软件自动will not disappoint. The movie follows parents who have sacrificed a lot to raise twelve children. When the mother, Kate (Bonnie Hunt), goes on tour for her recently published parenting memoir, Tom (Steve Martin) is left to parent the dozen kids on his own.

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Brie Larson, who won an Oscar for her performance in the film, stars as a kidnapped young mother whose son knows nothing beyond the small room in which they are held captive. Witness the extremes and strength as this woman guides her son through their imprisonment, escape and transition to the real world. Inspired by a harrowing true story, it's a testament to a mother's true love.

Mildred Pierce
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After Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford) is left by her husband she does everything she can to provide a good life for her daughters– even as her relationship with them becomes increasingly strained.

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Call it a dramedy. Julia Roberts plays Isabel, the young soon-to-be stepmother to Susan Sarandon’s two children. As their contentious relationship plays out it, you see the highest highs and lowest lows of motherhood while the two women brace for life’s unanticipated circumstances.

It's Complicated
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It’s Complicated, a classic Nancy Meyers film, is the story of a divorcée (Meryl Streep), who after years of putting all of her energy into her three children, finds herself engaged in a compromising what-if scenario with her married ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) and her new boyfriend (Steve Martin).

Baby Boom
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J.C.(Diane Keaton) is a high powered Manhattanite who suddenly becomes the guardian to her distant relative’s baby. As motherhood turns her life upside down– which we witness through a slew of endearing and hilarious antics–she is forced to find a balance between work and her new home life, even though it wasn't what she expected for herself.

The Parent Trap
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Hallie has lived her whole life wishing she knew her mom, meanwhile Annie has always wondered about her dad. When the two meet at summer camp they realize that they are identical twins, who have each been living with one of their biological parents. In an elaborate plan the two decide to switch places so they can get to know the other parent and eventually bring them back together.

The Sound of Music
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When Maria (Julie Andrews), a young nanny comes to tend after an aristocrat’s seven motherless children, she fills their home with love and music. In the end, she turns out to be exactly what they and their stoic father needed most.

Postcards from the Edge
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Many believe that writer Carrie Fisher drew inspiration from her relationship with her mother, Debbie Reynolds, for the film as it follows a young actress and former addict who moves in with her famous mother after hitting rock bottom. You'll laugh and cry.

This is 40
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Watching this flick with your mother will instantly give you an overwhelming sense of appreciation for her. As Debbie and Peter (the same characters of the sister and brother-in law from Knocked Up) 幸运飞艇分析软件自动prepare to both turn 40 they evaluate their life as a couple, as parents, and as themselves.

Mothers and Daughters
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动Susan Sarandon, Courtney Cox, Nina Ricci and Selma Blair star in the dramatic film that interweaves multiple mother-daughter relationships that are tied together through the lens of a newly pregnant photographer, played by Blair.

Ricki and the Flash
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Meryl Streep and her real life daughter, Mamie Gummer, play a mother and daughter with a strained relationship. The film picks up after Julie (Gummer) suffers a breakdown and Ricki (Streep) attempts to rejoin family fold after she abandoned them to pursue her dreams of a rock ’n roll career.

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If you haven't seen this Oscar-nominated movie yet then you're missing out on a poignant, bittersweet depiction of a millennial mother-daughter relationships. This coming-of-age film follows a high school senior as she navigates her connection with her headstrong, overbearing yet deeply loving mom.

Grey Gardens
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动This iconic documentary tells the story of Big and Little Edie Beale, an older woman and her middle-aged daughter who happen to be the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the lives they live in strange isolation inside a decaying mansion.

Terms of Endearment
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动Box of tissues required for this classic about a mother who struggles to learn how to come to terms with her daughter's new beginnings. Some of these firsts include marriage, pregnancy, and relationship challenges. The moral of this one is easy to love—there's no one way to be a great mother.

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Ok, so only suggest this one if you are very secure in your maternal relationship. Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic, Psycho, follows the journey of a young woman who's just checked in to a secluded hotel run by a man being controlled by his disturbed mother.

Freaky Friday
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动Jamie Lee Curtis plays a single mom who struggles to maintain a healthy relationship with her teenage daughter. After receiving magical fortune cookies from a Chinese restaurant, the two wake up to find out they've switched bodies. Popcorn movie gold.

The Kids Are All Right
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动After learning that they were conceived through a sperm donor, the children of two mothers, played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, team up to figure out who their biological father is. The father winds up at their family dinner and things get messy when he begins an affair with one of their moms.

The Color Purple
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动This 1985 period drama follows the harrowing life of young Celie as she faces racism, sexism, and domestic violence. Her life is completely transformed when two strong women help her find her self-worth.

The Joy Luck Club
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Based on Amy Tan's bestselling novel, The Joy Luck Club focuses on the relationships between a group of Chinese women living in San Francisco. The women gather to share advice on cultural conflict and family dilemmas while playing Mahjong.

Steel Magnolias
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动This classic tearjerker follows a group of friends in the south as they deal with both tragedy and good fortune. A celebration of the ways that women can be both delicate and strong, it's the perfect choice to watch with your mom.

Mamma Mia!
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Meryl Streep stars as a mother-of-the-bride who's put in quite the predicament when her daughter invites three men from her past to the ceremony. Although her daughter's intentions were strictly to meet her real father, the surprising reunion results in some dramatic confrontation. Watch if you love a mother-daughter sing along.

Now, Voyager
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This 1942 drama is a psychological drama that explores the ways mother-daughter relationships can go wrong as well as right. A middle-aged woman, played by Bette Davis, is worn down by caring for her difficult mother and plans a cruise to get away, where she falls in love with a married man.

Bad Moms
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幸运飞艇分析软件自动Three under-appreciated and tired moms decide to stop trying so hard to be perfect parents. The result? Freedom that leads to trouble, unlikely friendships, and a better understanding of what motherhood is really about.

Eve's Bayou
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A daughter walks in on her father having an affair and is faced with the tough decision of choosing how to handle the situation. Fearful of what might tear her family apart, she struggles to come to terms with how the handle her father's infidelity.

Laurel Canyon
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Francis McDormand is always a good idea on mother's day. An engaged couple moves to Los Angeles to stay at one of their mother's homes while she's away, but are surprised to discover that she's still living there while finishing up a work project with her boyfriend. Relationship trouble begins to form between the young couple and mother as they're forced to live in close quarters.

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