With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start celebrating Mom. There is no better way than to watch some of these dramatic movies in honor of the special relationships that mothers share with their children. From outright tearjerkers to touchingly humorous, the movies on this list are perfect for Mother’s Day.
10) Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Featuring a huge cast of larger than life characters, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood chronicles the lives of a close-knit group of friends as they journey through life as little girls and then into motherhood. Sandra Bullock stars as a playwright who has a less than ideal relationship with her mother, played by Ellen Burstyn, for reasons that become clear throughout the movie. This PG-13-rated film shows the paths that both mother and daughter must take to understand and accept each other. There are some tearjerker moments, but this movie is an overall uplifting experience.
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9) The Winter Guest (1997)
This award-winning Scottish film stars the real life mother-daughter team of Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law. Set on the haunting moors of Scotland, the beautiful cinematography is just a backdrop to the exquisite performances of the lead actors. Rated R, the movie tells the story of a fragmented relationship between a mother and daughter and how they come to grips with the fact that they might actually need each other after all.
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8) SherryBaby (2006)
Maggie Gyllenhaal gives one of the greatest performances of her career as Sherry, a recovering heroin addict. As a young mother just being released from prison, Sherry wants nothing more than to be with her young daughter. She quickly realizes that adjusting to motherhood after having been gone so long is no easy task. SherryBaby, rated R, is an emotional movie, showing that all mothers deserve a chance at happiness with their children.
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7) Little Man Tate (1991)
In Jodie Foster’s directorial debut, Little Man Tate tells the story of a child genius whose mother strives to give him a regular childhood while under extraordinary circumstances. Watching a mother struggle to protect her son from the outside world while also allowing him some breathing room to grow as an individual is a touching experience. This PG-rated movie will encourage and inspire any mother.
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6) Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
This PG-13-rated film stars Drew Barrymore as a woman who learns to deal with an unplanned teenage pregnancy. As the film progresses, the main character struggles with a difficult marriage while raising her child and trying to be a good mother. The movie shows the challenges that come along with teen pregnancy, but it’s nice to see that this mother can rise up from a tough situation and still achieve her dream of becoming a writer. Riding in Cars with Boys is also based on a true story.
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5) Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Based on a supposedly autobiographical novel written by Carrie Fisher about the relationship she had with her own mother, Debbie Reynolds, this R-rated movie stars Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. The mother-daughter dynamic between the two main leads is at times funny but also heartbreaking in its depiction of drug addiction in the world of Hollywood. Postcards from the Edge proves that even the wackiest of mother-children relationships can be redeemed.
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4) The Joy Luck Club (1993)
This touching story about four Chinese-American women and their mothers is adapted from a book of the same name by Amy Tan. This R-rated movie shows how mothers attempt to pass on their culture and history to their children. The Joy Luck Club is important for mothers to watch, because it helps us to understand how the past can reflect the future of our children.
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3) Mask (1985)
The mother in Mask, played by Cher, is so strong that anyone could admire her. Her son (Eric Stoltz) suffers from a rare facial deformity that makes him an outcast to most people. She works so hard to make a normal life for her son, despite all the challenges that he meets. This movie is also based upon a true story. Mask has a tough ending, and I recommend grabbing the Kleenex.
2) Steel Magnolias (1989)
Following the lives of a group of strong Southern women, Steel Magnolias is on many “Best of” movie lists. Sally Field plays the dedicated mother of a diabetic woman (Julia Roberts). This mother-daughter pair have a strong and loving relationship, and the colorful cast of characters add to the special quality of the PG-rated film. There are some heartbreaking moments that could bring a tear to anyone’s eyes.
Check out the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1602945305/
1) Terms of Endearment (1983)
The quintessential mother-daughter movie, Terms of Endearment is a definite tearjerker. Telling the story of a mother (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter (Debra Winger) over several years, this award-winning R-rated movie is one of the best movies to watch on Mother’s Day. The hospital scene in which Shirley MacLaine screams for her daughter’s medicine is hard to forget. Both tragic and touching, Terms of Endearment is a classic film, perfect to watch with Mom.