10 Movies About Moms You Can Watch With Your Mom On Netflix

Terms of Endearment

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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.

3. Mother

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.

4. Heartbreakers

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.

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    • SusanWCampbell

      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. http://sn.im/28w81n9

    • Lindsey Conklin

      Move Over Darling is another good one!

    • Jenni

      I think I hated every single character in Riding in Cars with Boys

    • Kathy

      If you really love your Mom, choose a movie that she loved as a girl. It might be something you’ve never seen or heard of, but it would be a special enjoyment for her. I wish I could still watch movies with my Mom but sadly, she passed away in 1990. She loved all the Shirley Temple / Mickey Rooney / Judy Garland movies.

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    • Sarah

      I’d add Thelma and Louise to the list!

    • Igottagetoutmore

      What about the Joy Luck Club?

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Unfortunately it’s not on Netflix.

    • Reese

      Imitation of life always gets me

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