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10 Best Movies for Mother's Day & How to Stream Them

Spending quality time with your mom this Mother’s Day? We ranked 10 of the highest-rated Mother’s Day movies and where to stream them.

What better way to celebrate your mom than to curl up and watch a funny or moving Mother’s Day movie together? We have all the information you need to have a movie marathon full of on-screen drama, humor, and romance. All you need to do is bring the snacks (and maybe a box of tissues).

Stream Movies for Commercial-Free Enjoyment

Watch your movies without commercial interruptions by using popular streaming services. Each platform offers a virtual library of movies just waiting for you to access and enjoy. All of the movies in our list below are available from at least one of these services:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Apple TV
  • Disney+
  • HBO
  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Showtime
  • Vudu
  • YouTube TV

If your mother figure isn't already one of the millions of subscribers to a streaming service, plan now to treat her with the gift of a movie night in the comfort of her own home. You may be surprised to see how easy and affordable it is to sign up. See our list below of where you can stream popular Mother’s Day movies.

What Mothers Want to Watch

We compiled a list of movies that cover a variety of genres to give you and your mother plenty of tears, laughter, and heartwarming moments. Our list features comedies, rom-coms, dramas, and more. We even added a few tearjerkers that explore the complex dynamics of best friends and mother-daughter relationships.

No matter which movies you select from our list, spending quality time together while enjoying some great entertainment is the perfect way to celebrate the incredible maternal figures in your life.

The 10 Best Movies for Mother's Day

Here is a countdown of the 10 best Mother’s Day movies, ranked based on their Rotten Tomatoes rating.

10. Otherhood (2019) - 26% Rating

Feeling marginalized and forgotten, longtime friends drive to New York to reconnect with their adult sons. Their journey to relate becomes one of rediscovery that forces these women to redefine their relationships with their children, friends, spouses and most importantly, themselves.

Starring: Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman

Streaming: Netflix

9. Steel Magnolias (1989) - 68% Rating

A group of strong-willed women in a small Louisiana town support each other through life's joys and sorrows in this emotional drama that explores the power of friendship and the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

Starring: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu

8. Mermaids (1990) - 71% Rating

An eccentric single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their bonds.

Starring: Cher and Wynona Rider

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, HBO Max, Vudu

7. The Joy Luck Club (1993) - 86% Rating

Follow the harrowing journeys of four young Asian women as they navigate love lives and mother-daughter relationships in this emotional drama set in the 1990s.

Starring: Tsai Chin and Kieu Chinh

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu

6. Dumplin' (2018) - 87% Rating

The teenage daughter of a former beauty queen and small-town celebrity enters a beauty pageant as a protest, sparking a revolution that changes the industry and her relationship with her mother.

Starring: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Odeya Rush

Streaming: Netflix

5. Terms of Endearment (1983) - 88% Rating

A mother and daughter navigate love, loss, and family relationships over three decades in this touching and poignant Oscar-winning drama.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger

Streaming: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Vudu

4. Freaky Friday (2003) - 88% Rating

A mother and daughter magically switch bodies and must learn to live each other's lives for a day.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan

Streaming: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Vudu

3. Postcards from the Edge (1990) - 88% Rating

Based on real-life events from Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical bestselling book, this movie explores her relationship with her Hollywood starlet mother, Debbie Reynolds.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, HBOMax, Vudu

2. Little Women (2019) - 95% Rating

Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters — four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu

1. Lady Bird (2017) - 99% Rating

Greta Gerwig's directorial debut explores the often turbulent relationship between Lady Bird, a high school senior, and her mother.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Paramount+, Showtime, Vudu

Looking for More Movies?

Don’t worry, if you didn’t see your favorites here, Mamma Mia, Brave, Because I Said So, and more can be found in our Mother’s Day movie guide.

Looking for other themes, genres and ratings? SmartMove has got you covered when it comes to finding the best movies for every holiday.

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