1. Julie & Julia (2009)
Julie Powell decided to cook every recipe mentioned in the first cookbook of Julia Child, which she took great pains to do. The movie is about the journey of the two women in different timelines — Powell in 2002 while Child in the 1950s. The crucial roles in the film also star Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina. In addition, Streep was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in 2010.
2. Only Yesterday (1991)
The animated slice-of-life film Set in 1982, from the legendary Studio Ghibli, is about a woman named Taeko Okajima, who travels to a family member’s place in the rural countryside to escape her hectic city life in Tokyo. Once she is there rediscovers herself, her priorities, and her career through reflections on her life as a young girl and in the present as an adult.
3. The Parent Trap (1998)
The Parent Trap is a movie based on the life of twin sisters, Hallie and Annie (both played by Lindsay Lohan), after their parents’ divorce, who are separated at birth. It is a remake of the film from 1961 with the same name. After a meeting coincidentally, years later, Hallie and Annie devise a plan to bring their parents back together. The critically well-received film marks Lohan’s big-screen debut.
4. Bird Box (2018)
Malorie must protect her two children and herself from an inexplicable entity whose mere sight leads people to kill themselves. Together with other survivors, they navigate the dystopian world blindfolded to avoid the entity and reach a place that is believed to be safe from the threat. Bird Box is based on the novel by Josh Malerman.
5. Brave (2012)
Brave is a movie about a young princess in Medieval Scotland, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald). She is an expert archer and highly courageous. After arguing with her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), she attempts to change her fate over her marriage. Unfortunately, it goes wrong, resulting in a curse that turns the queen into a bear.
6. The Sound of Music (1965)
The American musical, considered one of the greatest films, is set in Austria just before World War II. A young Austrian woman, Maria (Julie Andrews), is hired as a governess for the seven children of retired naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a widower and a strict disciplinarian. However, Maria’s efforts help the children find joy and music, and the environment around the house becomes lively.
7. Little Women (2019)
The film is an adaptation of a literary classic from 1868 by Louisa May Alcott. It follows the lives of four sisters — Jo March, the principal protagonist of the novel; Meg March, Amy March, and Beth March. Set after the American Civil War years, the sisters try to live life on their terms while facing love, poverty, heartbreak, and a tragedy that brings them together.
8. Wonder (2017)
Auggie, a boy with a facial deformity, tries to adjust to a’ everyday’ life after enrolling in a private school for the first time. He inspires everyone as he struggles to make friends at school. The movie is on the 2012 novel of the same name written by RJ Palacio. Wonder was nominated for the Academy Award for Makeup and Hairstyling in 2018.
9. Mamma Mia! (2008)
Without telling her hotelier mother, Donna, Sophie Sheridan invites three men to her wedding. Sophie believes that one of these men — Sam Carmichael, Harry Bright, and Bill Anderson — is her father. The arrival of the men brings in lots of memories and discoveries for all. The film is famous for using hit musical numbers by pop group ABBA. In addition, it spawned a sequel-prequel movie in 2018, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
10. Freaky Friday (2003)
Tess Coleman is a single mother who doesn’t get along well with her teenage daughter Anna. After an argument one day, the two find their bodies switched. The mother-daughter duo must now pose as the other, deal with the complexities of each other’s lives and try to find a way to get back in their bodies.
11. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
The comedy drama is a perfect movie for the entire family; the comedy drama revolves around a same-sex couple, Nic and Jules. Their teenage children, Joni Allgood and Laser Allgood were conceived by artificial insemination by the same sperm donor — restaurateur Paul Hatfield. One day, the children decide to invite their biological father into their family, leading to tensions between Nic and Jules.
12. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
The story revolves around the dysfunctional Hoover family. When Olive Hoover, the seven-year-old daughter of Sheryl and Richard, gets a chance to participate in a beauty contest, her entire family goes on a road trip to California in their yellow Volkswagen van to get her there. Onboard are her uncle, half-brother, and grandfather — all of whom have distinctive personalities.
13. Lady Bird (2017)
The beautiful relationship between a rebellious daughter and her mother is shown in Lady Bird.
Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson is a teenage girl in a Sacramento high school who wants to run away from her life and go to a college on the East Coast. She has fought with her mother, Marion McPherson, but eventually realizes the crucial role she played in her life.
14. Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
Ballad of a Soldier is the best mother’s day movie to watch sitting by your mom’s side. The beauty of this anti-war film lies in the desire of all soldier sons who want to see their mothers for one last time.
For his outstanding bravery during World War II, a soldier named Alyosha Skvortsov is granted leave to go home and meet his mother for a few days.