The Perfect Movies to Watch With Your Mom This Mother's Day

by Sheelagh Daly
May 8, 2018 at 12:43 p.m. ET
'The Devil Wears Prada' Andy, Miranda and Emily
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The Mother Lode

So the Mother's Day breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, BBQ — whatever you chose to do as a pair or as a fam — is all said and done. You've given her your heartfelt card and accompanying Mother's Day gift. What happens next? Instead of hopping in the car to hit the movie theater, why not pop a bag of popcorn — pouring a glass or two of wine or a mixing up a cocktail — and watch a movie together instead to truly wrap up the special day?

Now, instead of endlessly scrolling through Netflix, attempting to find something you'll both enjoy, we've done the hard part for you and compiled a list of some of our favorite flicks. In the mood for suspense? It's on here. Or how about a fun rom-com? Covered. Want a lighthearted animated film? We got you.

So pick the flick, settle in and have a relaxing rest of your Mother's Day with the leading lady in your life.

A version of this article was originally published in May 2013.

1 /9: 'The Devil Wears Prada'

1/9 :'The Devil Wears Prada'

If you've ever struggled to make it into a career you love or tried to make a new job work, you know just how important the support of your mom is. And this fun, fashion-filled movie is the perfect entertaining way to say thank you for her years of always being there.

2 /9: 'Pitch Perfect'

2/9 :'Pitch Perfect'

If you and your mom get a kick out of the musical genre, you'll love watching Pitch Perfect this Mother's Day. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and a host of other talented singers, actors and performers make up this hilarious musical cast. You're in for a good time with this one!

3 /9: 'The Sound of Music'

3/9 :'The Sound of Music'

If you're in the mood for an old family favorite, The Sound of Music can't be beat. You can see Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in their prime, sing along to all your favorite tunes and relive the times you watched this classic film together all those years ago.

4 /9: 'Little Women'

4/9 :'Little Women'

This film, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, tells the story of four sisters growing up around the time of the American Civil War. It's a heartfelt coming-of-age story that will have you laughing, crying and flashing back to your own journey into adulthood. Don't forget to thank your mom for her help in getting you to where you are now.

5 /9: 'Stepmom'

5/9 :'Stepmom'

This might not be the perkiest movie to watch on Mother's Day, but it will certainly make you appreciate the bond you have as mother and daughter. It tells the sometimes sad, sometimes funny and always heartfelt story of a mother who tries to cope with her recent divorce and the new woman in her ex-husband's life. 

It serves as a reminder that family life isn't always easy and that having the special mother-daughter bond you do is something to be grateful for each and every day.

6 /9: 'Brave'

6/9 :'Brave'

No matter your age, this Academy Award-winning animated film is sure to please. Its positive, upbeat message about how you can overcome any obstacle as long as you believe in yourself and follow your heart will have you hugging and thanking your mom for her years of support before the night is through.

7 /9: 'The Panic Room'

7/9 :'The Panic Room'

If you and your mom prefer suspense thrillers to romantic comedies, Panic Room might be the way to go. It might not have the cheery tone of the other films on this list, but its story of a mother who will do anything to keep her daughter safe when their home is broken into is an intense way to keep with the Mother's Day theme.

8 /9: 'Sex and the City'

8/9 :'Sex and the City'

Sex and the City might not have been the type of movie you would have been eager to watch with your mom when you were younger, but now that you're both adults, watching all the antics Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte get up to can be a lot of fun. Plus, checking out all their cool and quirky fashion choices isn't a bad way to spend an evening, either.

9 /9: 'Because I Said So'

9/9 :'Because I Said So'

You can't go wrong with this rom-com starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore. This sweet film is all about a mother just wanting what's best for her daughter — and helping her find love in the most unexpected, sneaky way. You'll definitely find yourself crying by the end of this one.