With Mother’s Day fast-approaching, you might want to plan the ultimate movie marathon with mom. Sure, you probably have your favorite flicks, but there are just some movies you can’t leave out on your watch list. Here, we round up eight quintessential films you should definitely watch with your dear momma. Grab some popcorn and hit play!
Little Women (1994/2020)
Whether you choose to watch the 1994 version or the 2020 film adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic, you’re sure to pick up a lot of feels from this movie. A coming-of-age period drama, Little Women follows the story of the four March sisters—mainly, ambitious Jo March—who are raised by their strong and independent mother, and their journey towards achieving their personal pursuits.
Freaky Friday (2003)
Following a bizarre twist of fate, a rebellious teenager (Lindsay Lohan) switches bodies with her uptight and overworked mother (Jamie Lee Curtis). Forced to live each other’s lives, they adapt to their new (temporary) lifestyles and eventually come to terms with each other’s sentiments.
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Based on the best-selling novel by Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club explores the relationships of Chinese immigrant mothers with their American-Chinese daughters. A realistic take on cultural differences across three generations of four families, this 1993 film sure does tug at heartstrings.
Stepmoms are usually depicted as the villains in the story, and that is a bit true in this movie, too, until things take an unexpected turn as two women (Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts) who are not too fond of each other come to realize that they actually need one another. This 1993 film captures love lost and found, as well as motherhood in multiple aspects of the word. Grab a box of tissues…or more. This one will really make you cry.
Brave may not seem like a mother-daughter flick at first glance, but once you watch it, you’ll be convinced that this Disney-Pixar production is absolutely a must-see for moms and their kids. It’s about a strong-willed young archer who goes against tradition and unleashes a dark force in the process, putting her loved ones in danger.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
In the hopes of finding her real father, a bride-to-be (Amanda Seyfried) secretly invites three past lovers of her mother (Meryl Streep) to her upcoming wedding. And since this is a movie-musical featuring the hits of ABBA, you can expect a lot of song numbers that you and your mom will love singing along to!
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Loosely adapted from the bestselling chic-lit series by Meg Cabot, The Princess Diaries is a modern classic that introduces us to the complicated royal life of Mia (Anne Hathaway) a.k.a. Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, who happens to be the sole heir to the throne of the fictional country of Genovia. With the help of her grandmother (Julie Andrews), she learns the ABCs of how to be the refined young woman that she’s expected to be.
The Parent Trap (1998)
Double trouble ensues as estranged identical twin sisters Hallie and Annie (Lindsay Lohan) meet for the first time in a summer camp. Together, they devise a masterplan to make their divorced parents fall back in love with each other again.
*Featured image from Universal Pictures