This Mother’s Day, gab Mom, kick back and relax with a good flic. In honour of this special day, why not try a movie about motherhood-there have been some good ones over the years. Pick something sentimental (Terms of Endearment) or go for the goofball comedy (Freaky Friday). A good laugh or cry can be a bonding experience.
1. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Based on the novel by Rebecca Wells, this is the story of a mother’s wild childhood adventures as revealed to her grown daughter. Stars Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn and Ashley Judd.
2. Erin Brockovich (2000)
A single mother gets a job as a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. Stars Julia Roberts and Albert Finney.
3. Stepmom (1998)
This is the story of a mother, her children, her ex’s new girlfriend, and how the two women come together for the sake of those kids when Mom falls ill. Stars Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts.
4. The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Four Asian mothers and daughters explore their pasts in order to understand their strained mother-daughter relationships. Stars Ming-Na.
5. Steel Magnolias (1989)
A group of Louisiana women bond at Truvy’s beauty parlor as they search for happiness in life. Stars: Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts.
6. Baby Boom (1987)
This one is both funny and sentimental. The story of a career woman with no time for children who becomes a reluctant mother. Stars Diane Keaton.
7. Terms of Endearment (1983)
In this film, the mother-daughter relationship is sometimes loving, sometimes difficult. Sound familiar? Stars Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson.
8. Mr. Mom (1983)
A husband and wife trade roles when he loses his job and becomes a stay-at-home dad, raising their children. Stars Michael Keaton and Terri Garr.
9. Mommie Dearest (1981)
This movie chronicles the abusive childhood of Christina and her brother by their mother, Hollywood star Joan Crawford. Stars Faye Dunaway.
10. Freaky Friday (1976)
A mother and her teenage daughter “switch” bodies, and have to live each other’s lives one strange day. Gives new meaning to “walking a mile” in another’s shoes. Stars Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster. Or try the remake (2003) with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.