Mother's Day is just around the corner so now is the perfect time to think about ways to honor your mother or main female figure in your life. One of the best Mother's Day gifts you can give is your time, and what better way to do that than watching a movie that's all about having a strong relationship between a child and their mother?
Here are the 10 best Mother's Day movies to watch this year, from tearjerkers that will pull at the heartstrings to comedies and musicals that will have the whole family laughing.
1. Freaky Friday
This Disney story has been a classic since the original version was released with Jodie Foster in 1976. Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan's version has become incredibly popular, telling the heartwarming and hilarious story of a mother and daughter who switch bodies for a day and end up learning to appreciate each other in the process.
2. Mamma Mia
Meryl Streep stars in this musical film as a single mother whose only daughter is getting married. Her daughter learns to appreciate the life her mother built for her as she searches for the truth behind who her father is leading up to her wedding day. Based on the popular Broadway musical, it's a ton of fun for the whole family.
3. The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore and Annette Bening star as a lesbian couple raising their two children in Los Angeles when all of a sudden the sperm donor they used to welcome their kids, Mark Ruffalo, comes into the picture. Bening won Best Actress at the Golden Globes for her role in the film which teaches you to love the family you have, even if it doesn't look like everyone else's.
4. Because I Said So
Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton star in this feel-good rom-com about a mother who just can't stop interfering with her daughter's love life.
5. Little Women
While we love the version with Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder, the remake with Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan directed by Greta Gerwig lives up to all of the Oscar hype it received a couple of years ago. The casting is impeccable and the film visually stunning, somehow finding a new and fresh way to tell one of the most classic mother-daughter stories of all time.
Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon star in this tearjerker about a family of divorce and what it means when a new mother figure comes into the mix. Sarandon plays the matriarch of the family who learns to come to terms with her ex-husband's new girlfriend for the sake of her children after she receives a cancer diagnosis.
7. Steel Magnolias
This film tells the real-life story of a small Louisiana town that rallied around a mother and her sick daughter. Sally Field plays the mother of Julia Roberts who must come to terms with the fact that her daughter is willing to risk her life to have a child, despite suffering from extreme complications from her Type 1 Diabetes. The cast itself is phenomenal with Dolly Parton, Sam Shepard, and Olympia Dukakis co-starring.
8. Terms of Endearment
Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger play a mother and daughter who have an extremely close bond. Even when Winger marries a man against her mother's wishes who ends up cheating on her, her mother tries to make peace, especially after her daughter's terminal cancer diagnosis. Also memorable is Jack Nicholson playing MacLaine's love interest.
9. The Joy Luck Club
Based on the novel by Amy Tan, the film follows a group of adult Chinese women living in San Francisco and their relationships with their immigrant mothers.
10. Postcards From the Edge
Written by Carrie Fisher and based on her semi-autobiographical novel, Meryl Streep stars as a Hollywood actress and recovering addict who must go and stay with her mother, Shirley MacLaine. Streep received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role as Suzanne Vale.