Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re able to spend it with your mom, you might be challenged with figuring out the best things to do together. If you’ve already gone to brunch and gotten pedicures and all the other things you’re supposed to do with your mom on Mother’s Day, why not settle in for a movie night? If you’ve got Netflix streaming, there are plenty of great options for movies about moms.
But since there’s no “Watch This With Your Mom On Mother’s Day” genre to click through on Netflix, you might not know what to watch. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best mom-themed movies they have to offer. So take your pick and press play. And give your mom a hug too. Moms rock.
1. Terms of Endearment
It doesn’t get much more classic than this. Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger play a mother and daughter whose complex relationship is covered over several years. Oh yeah, and you’ll be sobbing like a baby by the end of it.
2. Steel Magnolias
Another Shirley MacLaine tearjerker! This is pretty much the quintessential “women in the South” movie, and you’re definitely going to need a lot of tissues on hand. If you’ve already seen it or are in the mood for an update, you can also watch Lifetime’s remake on Netflix. That’ll make you cry too.
Netflix doesn’t just have mother-daughter movies. You can also watch this one starring Albert Brooks as a guy who moves back in with his mom, played by Debbie Reynolds. Much hilarity and cuteness ensues.
If your mom’s not like a regular mom, but more like a cool mom, you should watch this movie starring Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as a mother-daughter con team. Just don’t get any ideas.
5. Rosemary’s Baby
If you’re planning to watch Sunday night’s premiere of the remake starring Zoe Saldana, go ahead and watch the original movie beforehand. Your mom will be thanking you the rest of the day for not literally being the devil’s spawn.
6. The Kids Are All Right
Why have just one mom when you can have two? Here Julianne Moore and Annette Bening star as a lesbian couple raising two teenagers. And Josh Hutcherson is there being a cutie pie, so how could you complain?
7. Panic Room
If you’re looking for a side of suspense with your mother-daughter bonding, this is the movie for you. Jodie Foster and her daughter hide from burglars. And the daughter is baby Kristen Stewart! How can you go wrong?
8. Imitation of Life
If you and/or your mom are into the classics, here’s a great choice. It’s about a white aspiring actress and her daughter who move in with a homeless black woman and her daughter, who passes for white. Once again, have some tissues handy.
9. Riding in Cars With Boys
Why not try out some teen pregnancy mixed with a period piece, eh? And it stars Drew Barrymore, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find it adorable.
10. The Graduate
Yes, this counts. Mrs. Robinson is a mom, isn’t she? Also this movie is just amazing so I’ll take any opportunity to put it on a list. No matter what problems you and your mom have, it’ll make you really grateful she’s not sleeping with the guy you like. Unless she is, in which case… sorry.