Top 5 Mom Movies for Mother’s Day

by Emma W.R. on April 29, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big movie fan. I know I inherited this from my parents; their DVD collection is pretty big (thanks, $5 bin at Wal-Mart!) Let’s have a moment of silence for this practically-obsolete medium. Streaming, here we come!

Regardless of the ever-changing ways in which we get our entertainment, film is timeless! Spending time with Mom watching a great film? It’s one of my favorite things to do.

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Here are my top five Mom movies for Mother’s Day

5. Freaky Friday – I know I might get some flack for this, but I really do like the Jamie Lee Curtis/Lindsay Lohan remake… you know, before Lohan went wild. “Mu-om, you’re ruining my life!” Haven’t we all said (or heard!) that one before…

4. Beaches – Ideally, you don’t want to make your mother cry on Mother’s Day, but chances are she will, so you might as well make it good. This flick is the ultimate sobfest – lifelong best friends, one dies, the other takes in her daughter. Oh, and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Winner!

3. Forrest Gump – Don’t lie – you totally quote Forrest… or his mother, who really was wise. Life is like a box of chocolates… and some of those pieces are stinkers! This movie, on the other hand, is one of the good ones. Hard to believe it’s twenty years old this year!

2. Mask – Based on the true story of Rocky Dennis, this one’s got Sam Elliott in his mustachioed glory, but even that can’t top the pure awesome that is Cher. You don’t want to make her mad… but when you do, it’s so worth the performance! Isn’t Cher sticking up for her kid the epitome of motherhood?

1. Mrs. Doubtfire – Ok, I know – Robin Williams as an elderly nanny is not “mom” (who is actually played by Sally Field in her second appearance on this list!)… but I think this movie says a lot about families, parents, and parental figures. This movie could even show up on a Father’s Day list… but you’ll have to stay tuned for that!

What are your favorite Mom movies for Mother’s Day? We’d love to see your picks!

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Shari M. September 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm

I can’t use wire hangers either after watching “Mommy Dearest”! I’ve never seen “Beaches,” but I agree Cher was an amazing mom in the movie “Mask” hands down. “Terms of Endearment” is another classic and yes I cried buckets. What about Julie Andrews as Maria in “The Sound of Music”? Who wouldn’t love to have a fun mom like her 🙂


Howard May 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

These movies are some good options. My mom, though, is not a movie watcher so I don’t think she would enjoy any of them.


Eli April 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

There was a really good indie movie that came out three years ago, “Peace, Love and Understanding,” starring Jane Fonda as a senior citizen who is a hippie. It told the story of the conflict between herself and her liberal thoughts and ways and her lawyer/daughter who just could not understand where he mother was coming from.


Janice V. April 29, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Robin Williams was a great “Mom” Nanny in Mrs. Doubtfire. So was Sally Field 🙂 Love this movie!


JoJo April 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Terms of Endearment was such a tear jerker for me that I will never forget the movie and how about
Mommie Dearest– I will never use a wire hanger!


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