From 'Terms of Endearment' to 'Snatched': 15 Movies About Moms and Daughters to Watch on Mother's Day

8:00 AM 5/12/2017

by Kara Haar

THR compiled a list of movies — from comedies to tearjerkers — to watch this holiday.


Mother's Day is right around the corner. What better way to spend the day than watching a movie about moms and daughters with the one you love?

Sing along to Mamma Mia! or wipe away each other’s tears while watching My Sister’s Keeper with your mom this holiday. If you decide to get out of the house, head to a theater to see Snatched, a comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. Opening May 12, the mother-daughter duo get into all sorts of trouble on a tropical vacation.

From comedies to romances, THR has compiled list of 10 mother-daughter films — which run the gamut from light-hearted and funny to serious and emotional — to watch this Mother’s Day.

  • Anywhere But Here


    Adele August (Susan Sarandon) leaves a small town in Bay City and moves to Beverly Hills with her daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman). The teenager resents the move and her mother’s behavior. She wants to go to a university on the East Coast, but her mother wants her to become a movie star. The two must learn to understand each other’s differences and find a common ground along the way.

  • Because I Said So


    Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) is a meddling mother of three daughters. The youngest of the three, Milly (Mandy Moore), isn't the best at choosing men. Daphne decides to secretly place an ad online to set Milly up with the perfect guy. Out of love, she tries to hide the truth from her daughter in the hopes she won’t end up alone. Along the way, Daphne learns the boundaries of a mother and how to let her daughters learn from their own mistakes.

  • Freaky Friday


    An overworked mother and her rebel teenager do not get along. On a Thursday night, the mother, Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis), and her daughter, Anna (Lindsay Lohan), have a big argument at a Chinese restaurant. A worker hands them each a fortune cookie that causes the two to switch bodies for one day. As they experience what the other goes through, Tess and Anna gain respect for one another and are able to see the world in the other’s eyes.

  • Georgia Rule


    Rachel (Lindsay Lohan), a troubled teenager, is sent to live with her grandmother, Georgia (Jane Fonda), for the summer after her alcoholic mother leaves her for California. Rachel is keeping a deep secret that eventually comes out. Her mother returns to be with her daughter, and the three women become closer than ever.

  • The Kids Are Alright


    Two children who were conceived by artificial insemination feel the need to bring their biological father into their family. As a result, their two gay mothers (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore) begin to feel like they are not good enough for their children.

  • Mamma Mia!


    Set in Greece, the musical is told through a collection of ABBA songs. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is engaged to be married. Before the wedding, she hopes to find her real father to walk her down the aisle. When Sophie finds her mother’s old diary, she secretly invites all three possible men to her wedding.

    Her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), is a hard-working mom who wants what is best for her daughter. Sophie learns more about her mother’s love and sacrifices while preparing the perfect wedding.

  • Mermaids


    An unconventional mother, Mrs. Flax (Cher), moves her family to the East Coast to start all over again after another one of her breakups. She drags her daughter, Charlotte (Winona Ryder), along with her. Her daughter is going through a confusing time in her life and wants to become a nun but falls in love with a church employee. A number of events test their relationship.

  • Mother's Day


    In the ensemble film, focusing on several different women, Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a divorced mother who must learn how to get along with her two boys’ new stepmom. Jess (Hudson) and Gabi (Chalke) are sisters who are used to keeping big secrets from their traditional mother. The secrets become harder to keep when their mother unexpectedly visits for the holiday. Miranda (Julia Roberts) doesn’t have any kids but is focusing on her career.

  • My Sister's Keeper


    Adapted from the book by Jodi Picoult, the story finds 11-year-old Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) hiring lawyer Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) to earn medical emancipation from her mother, Sara (Cameron Diaz). She has been undergoing medical procedures since she was 5 years old to donate to her sister who has leukemia. Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister one last time with a kidney transplant. The two must understand each other’s side and, in the end, figure out what is best for Kate.

  • Postcards From the Edge


    The movie, adapted from the book by Carrie Fisher, centers on Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep), a substance-addicted actress on the skids. To avoid unemployment, her film company insists she live with her mother, Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine), who was a star once herself and now a heavy drinker. Suzanne struggled for years to escape her mother’s shadow but must learn to deal with their differences. She learns that not only do daughters have mothers, but mothers do too.

  • Snatched


    Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) is an adventurous party girl whose boyfriend just dumped her before they were planning to go vacation. She decides to invite her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to travel with her. The two are polar opposites who can’t seem to stop bickering.

    During their trip, Emily’s carefree ways catch up to her, getting herself and her mother into all sorts of trouble. They must learn to accept each other’s differences to survive their tropical vacation. The film opens in theaters May 12.

  • Steel Magnolias


    Based in a small town in Louisiana, M’Lynn (Sally Field) is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts). The story follows Shelby from her marriage through tragedy as M'Lynn seeks support from her friends, including Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton), Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux (Shirley Maclaine) and Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis).

  • Stepmom


    Jackie (Susan Sarandon) is a hardworking mother who meets her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, Isabel (Julia Roberts). She disapproves of Isabel’s efforts to be apart of the family and bond with her two children, Anna and Ben. They all must learn to accept one another and work together to grow as a family.

  • Soul Food


    Matriarch Mama Joe (Irma P. Hall) held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. Diabetes hospitalizes her, and the dinners suddenly stop. Tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart. Mama Joe's grandson Ahmad (Brandon Hammond) cooks up a scheme to bring the family together and back to the family dinner tradition.

  • Terms of Endearment


    Aurora (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), don’t get along. The movie covers several years of their lives as Aurora searches for love and Emma deals with the families’ problems. They must learn that different people show their love in different ways.