I’ve always been a sort of enthusiast when it comes to theme movies. Especially when the main character is a mother. Some of the movies we’ve watched make you think “How in the world did the writer come up with that?” Or “Wow, that’s just like what happened to me!” Any rate I’ve gone through the archives and come up with what we consider to be the best Mother’s Day films we like to watch…Hope you enjoy. Happy Mother’s Day to you!
1. The Guilt Trip – Before embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, Andy Brewster pays a visit to his overbearing mother, Joyce. That proves to be a big mistake; Andy caves in under pressure to take his mom along for the ride. Early on — as the miles roll by — Andy feels nothing but aggravation at her antics. Eventually however, he comes to realize that they have more in common than he first thought and that Joyce’s wisdom might be just what he needs. 1hr 35 min|2012|PG-13. Dramedy. Can be seen from $2.99 on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play Movies and Vudu.
2. Because I Said So – is a 2007 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann and starring Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott and Stephen Collins. Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) is the proud mother of three women: Milly (Mandy Moore), Maggie (Lauren Graham) and Mae (Piper Perabo), and her love for her offspring knows no bounds. Because her youngest, always chooses the wrong man, she decides to take action to prevent Milly from repeating the mistakes of the past. Dating disaster ensues when Daphne tries to achieve her goal by placing an online personal ad for Milly. Although this film did not receive the greatest welcome at the box office, you will find it displaying the love of an overprotective mom, just desiring the best for the girls she loves. 1hr 42 min|2007|PG-13. (Parents strongly cautioned). It has sexual references and situations. Romantic Comedy. Can be seen from $3.99 on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play Movies and Vudu.
3. Mother’s Day – As Mother’s Day nears, a group of seemingly-unconnected people in Atlanta come to terms with their relationships with their mothers. Sandy is a divorced mother of two boys whose ex-husband, Henry, has recently been remarried to a younger woman, Tina. Sandy is still getting used to this when she meets Bradley, a former marine, in the supermarket. Bradley’s wife Dana, a Marine Lieutenant, has recently died, leaving him with their two daughters and missing her terribly. Miranda is an accomplished author who gave up her only child, Kristin, for adoption at birth; as the adult Kristin has her own daughter and mulls over marrying the father, she contemplates the missing part in her life and her friend Jesse encourages her to search for her birthmother. Jesse and her sister Gabi have their own issues with their parents, who they feel are too racist and homophobic to be in their lives: Jesse married and had a son with Russell and Gabi married her girlfriend Max and adopted her son. They are surprised when their parents suddenly show up, and plenty of catching-up is in order. 1hr 58min|2016|PG-13. Can be seen for $3.99 on all major streaming platforms.
4. Bad Moms – Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is a married woman living in the Chicago suburbs with two children, Jane (Oona Laurence) and Dylan (Emjay Anthony), who feels overworked and overcommitted. She works as a sales rep for a “hip” coffee company, prepares healthful, hand-packed lunches for her children, does most of their homework, goes to all of their extracurricular activities, and is active in her school’s PTA, run by the domineering Gwendolyn James (Christina Applegate) and her cronies, Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo). When she catches her husband Mike (David Walton) cheating on her with a camgirl, Amy kicks him out and attempts to keep everything together. 1hr 40min|2016|R. (Parents strongly cautioned). It has sexual references and situations. Comedy. Can be seen from $3.99 on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play Movies and Vudu. Sling and Hulu with a Premium Subscription.
5. Steel Magnolias – This is a classic that is loved by many. The story is based on Robert Harling‘s real life experience of the death of his sister, Susan Harling Robinson, in 1985 of complications from Type 1 diabetes. He changed his sister’s name in the story from Susan to Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie. The title suggests the main female characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower, and as tough as steel. M’Lynn (Sally Field) is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), and as friend Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) fixes the women’s hair for the ceremony, they welcome a helping hand from aspiring beautician Annelle Dupuy Desoto (Daryl Hannah). Diabetic Shelby has a health scare, which is averted but doesn’t bode well for her hopes of having children. Time passes, and the women and their friends encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process. 1hr 57min|1989|PG. Drama/Comedy. Can be seen from $3.99 on iTunes, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play Movies and from $2.99 on Vudu. Also on Sling, Amazon Prime Video, Starz and Philo with a Premium Subscription.
6. The Blind Side – Based on a true story, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless black teen, has drifted in and out of the school system for years. Then Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her husband, Sean (Tim McGraw), take him in. The Tuohys eventually become Michael’s legal guardians, transforming both his life and theirs. Michael’s tremendous size and protective instincts make him a formidable force on the gridiron, and with help from his new family and devoted tutor, he realizes his potential as a student and football player. This is one of Bullock’s best films. As Leigh Ann Tuohy, you see her dedication and love for Michael that is genuine and convincing. Who would go to a public housing facility and threaten the boys about their son? 2009|2hrs 9min|PG 13. Can be seen from $3.99 on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play Movies and Vudu. Also on HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video with a Subscription.
7. Mommie Dearest – In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan’s attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina (Diana Scarwid) becomes even more pronounced. Christina leaves home and takes her first acting role, only to find her mother’s presence still overshadowing her. Faye Dunaway gives a stunning performance as the iconic star, Joan Crawford. 1981|2hrs 10min|NR. Biography/Drama. Can be seen from $3.99 on iTunes, Apple TV and from $2.99 on YouTube, Google Play Movies and Vudu. Sling Fubo and Amazon Prime Video with a Premium Subscription.
8. Freaky Friday – Anna Coleman is an aspiring teenage musician who lives with her widowed therapist mother, Tess, and younger brother, Harry. Tess is about to marry her fiancé, Ryan, whom Anna has not entirely accepted due to her own father’s death three years earlier.- Single mother Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) couldn’t be more different, and it is driving them both insane. After receiving cryptic fortunes at a Chinese restaurant, the two wake up the next day to discover that they have somehow switched bodies. Unable to switch back, they are forced to masquerade as one another until a solution can be found. 2003|1hr 37 min|PG. Comedy/Family/Fantasy. Can be seen from $3.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play Movies and $2.99 on iTunes,
9. Mrs. Doubtfire – No list would be complete without Robin Williams posing as the incomparable Mrs. Doubtfire, his children’s nanny. Troubled that he has little access to his children, divorced Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) hatches an elaborate plan. With help from his creative brother Frank (Harvey Fierstein), he dresses as an older British woman and convinces his ex-wife, Miranda (Sally Field), to hire him as a nanny. “Mrs. Doubtfire” wins over the children and helps Daniel become a better parent — but when both Daniel and his nanny persona must meet different parties at the same restaurant, his secrets may be exposed. 1993|2hrs 4min|PG-13. Comedy/Drama/Family. Can be seen from $3.99 on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play Movies and Vudu. Sling, Freeform and Hulu with a Premium Subscription.
10. Ricky and The Flash – It’s been a roller-coaster ride for Ricki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep), a one-time wife and mother of three who left her family behind to follow her dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom in California. Now, the singer and guitarist must face the music when she returns home to Indiana to reconnect with ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline), troubled daughter Julie, engaged son Josh and younger son Adam. Filled with regret, Ricki hopes to find redemption for all of the bad choices that she made in the past. 2015|1hr 41min|PG-13. Drama/Comedy. Can be seen from $3.99 on Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play Movies and on iTunes, From $2.99 on Amazon Prime Video and Vudu.
We hope you enjoy something on this list and have a Happy Mothers Day! Until next week…Blessings and Peace.