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Good Moms, Bad Moms, & Mr. Moms: 20 Films For Mother's Day

Kathleen Turner stars in "Serial Mom." Polar Entertainment/Savoy Pictures

A lot of us will be stuck inside this Sunday, so why not relax with a movie for Mother’s day? We’ve rounded up a list of 20 “mom movies” for your viewing pleasure including: tearjerkers, comedy, action -- and even horror for good measure!

Freaky Friday

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Chad Michael Murray

Chaos ensues when a therapist and her teenage daughter, who don’t get along, find themselves trapped in each other’s body.

Lady Bird

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut showcases the turbulent bond between a mother and her teen daughter in Sacramento, California.


Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

After being held captive for seven years, a woman and her young son escape, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Mommie Dearest

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel, Steve Forrest

Based on the autobiographical book by Christina Crawford, the docudrama shares the traumatic upbringing of Christina at the hands of her mother, actress Joan Crawford.


Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly

Princess Merida seeks help from a witch to free herself from her controlling mother and choose her own path in life. Her wish backfires when her mom becomes a beast, and the two must come together to prevent a permanent change.


Starring: Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci

An unconventional single mother in the 1960’s relocates to small-town Massachusetts to get a fresh start; dragging her two daughters with her.

Terms of Endearment

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels

From marriage and children to dating and illness, this film covers three decades in the lives of a widow and her daughter.

The Kids Are All Right

Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo

Two teenagers conceived by artificial insemination seek out their biological father and bring him into the lives that their two mothers have built for them.

Riding in Cars with Boys

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Brittany Murphy, James Woods, Steve Zahn

Beverly Donofrio dreams of becoming a writer, but obtaining her dream take longer than expected when she ends up married with a son at 16.

Serial Mom

Starring: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterson, Suzanne Somers

An ideal suburban housewife and mother isn’t all that she seems to be as she murders those who annoy her.


Starring: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

The story of an unlikely friendship between a divorced mom of two and her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, when they begin to share motherly duties.

Grey Gardens

Starring: Edith and Edie Beale

A documentary about Edith Beale and her middle-aged daughter (the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) that live an eccentric life in a decaying East Hampton mansion known as “Grey Gardens.”

Breaking In

Starring: Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral

A woman that will stop at nothing to protect her two children during a home invasion. “No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission.”

Throw Momma from the Train

Starring: Billy Crystal, Danny Devito, Anne Ramsey

After being inspired by a Hitchcock drama, a momma’s boy wrangles his writing workshop coach into an agreement that will leave his revolting mother dead.


Starring: Edward Brophy, Verna Felton, Cliff Hedwards

When his mother tries to defend Dumbo and his usually large ears, she gets locked in a cage, Dumbo uses his abnormality to soar to fame thanks to his best friend, Timothy Q. Mouse, and reunite with his mom.

Ben is Back

Starring: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance

A teenage boy shows up unexpectedly from rehab on Christmas Eve. His mother is relieved, but, is still wary of her son staying clean and does everything she can to keep him safe.

Forrest Gump

Starring: Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

“My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get’.” Major historical events from the ‘60s and ‘70s unfold through the perspective of a simple-minded Alabama man, whose only desire is to make his mother proud and be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

Goodnight Mommy

Starring: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz

In this horror film, a mother comes home bandaged from cosmetic surgery and her twin boys start to doubt that the woman is actually their mom.

The Joy Luck Club

Starring: Tsai Chin, Keiru Chinh, Lusa Lu

Based on the Amy Tan novel, the movie explores mother-daughter bonds by following three generations across two continents.

Mr. Mom

Starring: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Christopher Lloyd

After getting laid off, Jack switches roles with his wife and becomes a stay-at-home dad. 

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