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11 Movies to Watch With Mom This Mother’s Day

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Room
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Room

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that kind of sneak up on you. And before you know it, all the good brunch spots are full and it’s up to you and your siblings to find a good workaround.

Well if you’ve got the kind of mom who is always up for a movie night, here are 11 sweet movies you can watch with your biggest cheerleader this Mother’s Day! Over a pizza and some beer perhaps? Salad and sangria? Ice cream and cake? (Whatever you snack on, Dad can do the dishes!)

Stepmom – Freeform

Stepmom is about two moms. The first (original) played by Susan Sarandon, is coming to terms with her kids potentially seeing a mother figure in their soon-to-be-stepmother, played by Julia Roberts. The two women never imagined how they’d soon come to lean on one another for support.

Mommy – Rent or buy for $1.99 and up.

In this 2014 Canadian drama, a recently-widowed woman struggles with her troubled teenage son. Winner of the Cannes Jury prize, Mommy is sure to stick with you hours after having watched it.

Guilt Trip – DirecTV Now

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand star as a mother-son duo who embark on a road trip together in an effort to help get Andy’s (Rogen) invention sold in stores. What follows is a journey full of love, laughter, and even a few tears.

Girl in Progress – Rent or buy from $1.99 and up.

Starring Eva Mendes and Cierra Ramirez, Girl in Progress is a film about a young single mom raising her teenage daughter. This is a coming of age film not only for daughters but for moms as well. A beautiful heartfelt film that will make you wonder why it took you this long to give it a watch.

Beloved – Rent or buy from $2.99 and up.

Based on the revered novel by legendary writer Toni Morrison, Beloved stars Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and a fresh-faced Thandie Newton.

The Meddler – Starz

Susan Sarandon’s second appearance on this list comes as Marnie, the mother of a young woman who is moving to Los Angeles. Marnie has a little bit of trouble keeping her nose out of other people’s business, and this extends not just into her daughter’s life, but to the other people that she meets in her new city.

Magic Mike – Netflix

I mean, your mom deserves it, okay? Just give her this. (Plus it’s actually a really good movie… seriously.)

Lady Bird – Rent or buy from $4.99 and up.  

The relationship between Lady Bird and her mother is one of the core reasons this movie got so much awards show buzz. The scene where the two are arguing in a thrift shop one moment and then fawning over a cute dress in the next breath is so relatable that I literally can’t even.

Steel Magnolias – DirecTV Now/Amazon Prime

While Steel Magnolias is a movie about many women, the central relationship here is the one between M’Lynn (Sally Field) and her adult daughter Shelby (Julia Roberts). Ready your tissues.

Mermaids – Amazon Prime/Hulu/Tribeca Short List/Epix

Cher, Christina Ricci, and Winona Ryder: it’s almost like a who’s who of dark-haired, soulful-eyed, brooding-yet-talented-as-heck ladies. (And the music doesn’t suck.) 

Room – Amazon Prime

Brie Larson portrays a young mother held in captivity for the duration of her son’s life. The two struggle to find normalcy in a place that is anything but. When it seems there is no other alternative, the two are forced to hatch a dangerous plan to escape.

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