Top Mother's Day Films

What better way to spend Mother's Day than curled up on the sofa with the whole family, a takeaway, popcorn and chocolate and a classic film that celebrates women, mothering and female friendships! That's why we've put together this list of 10 films to inspire your Mothering Sunday movie night. From comedies to tear-jerkers, there's a film for every family.

1. Mother's Day

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Jack Whitehall, this romantic comedy explores the family dynamics surrounding motherhood. With everyone's problems coming to a head on the lead up to Mother's Day, each character looks within to discover the special meaning of Mother's Day. This dramatic movie will certainly make you cry from both laughter and emotion, it's a family favourite for a reason with a star-studded cast that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.

2. Little Women

Exploring the relationship between sisters this classic novel turned movie is certainly one of our favourites. From romance to sisterly rivalry, Little Women is an exciting film that will leave you feeling grateful for the relationships you do have. Every family with daughters will be able to relate to the dynamics of the four sisters, from fiercely independent Jo, self-righteous mature Meg, shy baby sister Beth and of course confident Amy. Set during the American Civil War, you'll watch as the family experience hardships and grief as well as weddings and joyful balls. Despite being a period drama, this movie has been praised for its relatability for how women find a place in the world. You're bound to enjoy the trials and tribulations of the March sisters.

3. Bad Moms

If you're looking for a light-hearted movie night then Bad Moms may be more your style than serious period dramas. Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, this hilarious movie explores the world of PTAs. Battling the stereotypes of what it means to be a good mother, this film explores female friendships in a whole new comedic way. From bake sales to vet visits and house parties, grab the popcorn and enjoy as the chaos unfolds before your very eyes!

4. Tully

Our next movie on the list is of course Tully, about a worn-out mother of three, who struggles with the demands of motherhood and her newborn daughter. Overwhelmed and sleep-deprived, Marlo reluctantly accepts her wealthy brother's gift of a night nanny named Tully. Initially resistant, Marlo soon forms a unique bond with Tully, who brings humour, wisdom, and a sense of rejuvenation into her life. As Tully helps Marlo navigate the challenges of parenthood, the lines between reality and imagination blur, revealing unexpected truths about motherhood, identity, and the importance of self-care. This poignant dramedy explores the complexities of maternal love and the power of human connection.

5. The Guilt Trip

Everybody knows that the relationship between mothers and sons is a special one. So why not watch a film that explores that special bond. Starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, this film shows a mother and son road trip like no other. Andy Brewster, an inventor, embarks on a cross-country road trip to pitch his latest product. However, he decides to bring along his overbearing mother, Joyce, hoping to reconnect with her and introduce her to his work. Along the way, their journey becomes a comedic rollercoaster of misadventures and emotional revelations, as they confront their past, present, and future. Through laughter and tears, this mother and son duo learn valuable lessons about love, family, and forgiveness, ultimately strengthening their bond and finding a deeper understanding of each other. What's not to love?

6. Yes Day

Parenting is a tough gig, and this film certainly explores that relationship. This family movie centres on Allison and Carlos Torres, parents to three spirited children. Feeling overwhelmed by routine and rules, the couple agrees to a 24-hour 'Yes Day' challenge proposed by their kids, where they must say yes to every request. What begins as a fun experiment quickly escalates into a series of outrageous adventures, testing the parents' limits and bringing the family closer together. From epic food fights to unexpected encounters, the Torres family navigates the highs and lows of their wild day, ultimately discovering the true meaning of spontaneity, trust, and the importance of saying 'yes' to life. Your family will be drying with laughter and maybe you'll even make plans for your very own Yes Day!

7. Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday (1976) and (2003) are cult classics, why not watch both with Jamie Lee Curtis starring in both movies and Lindsay Lohan starring in the 2003 version. You'll love comparing the two films together as the mother daughter duo get into trouble. It's a tale as old as time, mothers and daughters not getting along. This movie tells the story of Tess Coleman, a strict and career-focused mother, and her rebellious teenage daughter, Anna. After a mysterious fortune cookie causes them to switch bodies, they must navigate each other's lives for a day. As Tess experiences high school drama and Anna grapples with adult responsibilities, they gain a newfound understanding and appreciation for one another. Through hilarious mishaps and heartfelt moments, they learn valuable lessons about empathy, communication, and the importance of family bonds. This comedic and heartwarming tale explores the challenges of parent-child relationships and the power of walking in someone else's shoes. You may leave this movie with more understanding for your own mother / daughter relationship!

8. Disney's Brave

Are you a mother of young children? Do you need a movie that will satisfy your whole family and keep your little ones quiet? Well Disney's Brave (2012) is the answer to your prayers. Princess Merida defies tradition and challenges her destiny in ancient Scotland. Faced with an arranged marriage, she seeks to change her fate by defying an age-old custom, inadvertently unleashing chaos in her kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric witch for help, her wish to change her mother transforms her into a bear. As Merida races against time to reverse the spell, she discovers the true meaning of bravery and the importance of family bonds. This visually stunning animated adventure celebrates independence, courage, and the power of embracing one's destiny with an open heart.

9. Philomena

If you're looking for a more emotional tear-jerker then we certainly think Philomena will leave not a single dry eye in the room. Based on a true story the film follows Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who embarks on a journey with journalist Martin Sixsmith to find her long-lost son. Forced to give him up for adoption decades earlier by the Catholic Church, Philomena's search leads her to America and into the heart of a gripping mystery. Through their quest, Philomena and Martin confront painful truths about institutional betrayal and personal redemption. As they uncover the past, their unlikely bond deepens, offering solace and closure in the face of profound loss. This poignant drama explores the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of forgiveness. Starring the fabulous Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, you'll need tissues for this one!

10. Mamma Mia

To end our movie recommendation list we of course could not miss out on Mamma Mia! Watch as you're whisked away to a picturesque Greek island, where Sophie Sheridan prepares for her wedding. Eager to discover her father's identity, she secretly invites three men from her mother's past to the festivities. As the wedding approaches, chaos ensues amidst love triangles, and comedic mishaps. Through joyful dance numbers and heartfelt moments, Sophie navigates the complexities of family, friendship, and romance. Set against a backdrop of sun-drenched landscapes, this musical extravaganza celebrates love, self-discovery, and the enduring bonds that unite us. With infectious energy and irresistible charm, Mamma Mia is a feel-good cinematic delight. Filled with the music of ABBA, it'll be hard to stay seated for this movie!