This Sunday is Mother’s Day. One of my favorite things to do as a mom is to watch movies with my family. There are some great movies featuring strong, wonderful mother characters. And for this week’s 52 Checklists Project checklist, I’ve made a list of 10 Great Mother’s Day Movies.
Steel Magnolias – This is one of my favorite movies and Sally Field is the most wonderful mom in this. Julie Roberts plays her daughter Shelby. It’s very funny and a complete tear jerker. Bring the tissues for this one. Just watching the trailer again made me teary.
Stepmom – This is another movie featuring Julia Roberts and is about the relationship of the biological mother and step-mother to two children. As a stepmother I can particularly relate to this movie. It’s really very lovely and also a complete tear jerker (tissue warning!). It also makes me feel very lucky that I never experienced that type of friction with the mom of my step-kids. We love each other!
Joy Luck Club – This is a wonderful movie about 4 mothers and their daughters. I first fell in love with Amy Tan’s book of the same name, but the movie was a good adaptation. As a first generation American whose mom went through her own trials and tribulations to make it to this country, I particularly resonated with this story. I think this is a story that works for any mother and/or daughter though.
Mamma Mia – In this movie, Donna (played by the always wonderful Meryl Streep), is an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, preparing for her daughter Sophie’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. The great ABBA music is a bonus.
The Blindside – in an Academy Award winning portrayal of real life mom Leigh Ann Touhy, Sandra Bullock plays a mom who takes in and becomes the legal guardian of a homeless African-American teen. Through her family’s love and tutelage he graduates school and becomes a pro football star.
Terms of Endearment- This is another movie that will make you laugh and cry. In this movie, Shirley McLain (who also stars in Steel Magnolia) plays widow Aurora Greenway who is the prickly mother to Emma (played by Debra Winger). They have a strong bond that is tested when Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother’s wishes. This is a great movie of love, heartache, and most of all the gorgeous relationship between mother and daughter.
Forrest Gump– The main character is Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), but his mother (played by Sally Field)’s love and fierce determination is such a critical feature of the Forrest’s character development that I think this movie merits a place in the Mother’s Day Movies checklist. (This is the second movie I’ve chosen in which Sally Field is the mom. And I almost added to this list Mrs. Doubtfire – another great movie in which she plays a mom. I guess I really love movies where she plays mamas).
Beaches – This is really the story of two best friends, but in the end they both become mothers. You should watch this one because it’s awesome. It’s also one the requires tissues.
The Kids Are Alright – This is a great movie about a family with two moms. In this movie lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for almost 20 years and have two teenage offspring named Joni and Laser, who were conceived via artificial insemination. Unbeknown to their mothers, Joni and Laser seek out their biological father, a restaurateur named Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and invite him into their lives. Complications ensue… Dum Dum Dum!
Corrina Corrina -When Manny Singer (played by Ray Liotta)’s wife dies, his young daughter Molly becomes mute and withdrawn. To help cope with looking after Molly, he hires sassy housekeeper Corrina Washington (played by Whoopi Goldberg), who coaxes Molly out of her shell and shows father and daughter a whole new way of life. Manny and Corrina’s friendship delights Molly and enrages the other townspeople. This is a great movie about love despite boundaries.
Those are the 10 Great Mother’s Day Movies on my checklist. What is on your list? What’s your favorite Mother’s Day movie? Please share in the comments.
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers. She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.