My mom is the reason why I love movies. She is always there to tell me, “That’s a good one, you should watch it,” when I’m clicking through the channels. She knows exactly what to watch and what to avoid. And thanks to her, we’ve had countless movie nights of some of the best films in cinema history. We laughed, cried, and had deep conversations after the credits rolled.

In honor of the motherly movie buffs out there, here’s my list of some of the movies you should definitely watch with your mom on Mother’s Day or any other day!

1. MEAN GIRLS

Mean Girls
“On Wednesdays we wear pink!”

What it’s about: Cady Heron attends public school for the first time after being homeschooled in Africa by her zoologist parents. She meets the Plastics, the popular girl clique that rules the school: Karen, Gretchen, and their ruthless leader Regina. Unfortunately, Cady develops a crush on Aaron Samuels, Regina’s ex-boyfriend. Regina, not pleased by this, takes Aaron back in order to keep him for herself. Cady is devastated and teams up with Damian and Janis — the greatest people you will ever meet — to plot revenge. They use her friendship with the Plastics to sabotage the group and bring down Regina. Girl World is a tough place to be.

Why it works: My mom and I first watched this movie when it came out in theaters and she later bought the DVD for my birthday. We’ve seen it hundreds of times, to the point where we can recite it line for line. Any mom will appreciate all of the great moments that parody what it’s like to be a teenage girl. Not to mention, Amy Poehler’s “cool mom” character is both absurd and absolutely hilarious. My mom still quotes her to this day!

Fun fact: MEAN GIRLS will be a musical later this year!

2. THE JOY LUCK CLUB

The Joy Luck Club
“Waverly took best-quality crab. You took worst, because you have best-quality heart.”

What it’s about: Based on Amy Tan’s bestselling novel of the same name, this film follows the stories of four Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers. It presents a series of vignettes that follow each of the women and their immigrant mothers, exploring cultural conflicts and the mother-daughter relationship. The film crosses time and oceans, revealing the mothers’ pasts and the daughters’ childhoods as they try to understand each other.

Why it works: This film is another one that my mom loves to quote, with her favorite line beginning with, “There are only two types of daughter.” (You have no idea how many times I heard this growing up… I still do.) It’s a movie that perfectly captures what it’s like to relate across generational and cultural gaps. It also has plenty of life lessons that you and your mom can talk about or just share stories together when you both need a little dose of perspective.

READ: If your mom is a STAR WARS fan, check out our piece on why A NEW HOPE is the best film of the franchise!

3. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Mad Max: Fury Road
“Out here, everything hurts. You wanna get through this? Do as I say. Now pick up what you can and run.”

What it’s about: This movie is the fourth installment in the MAD MAX franchise and is all about girl power. Charlize Theron plays Imperator Furiosa, a soldier who works for the tyrannical cult leader, Immortan Joe. Furiosa betrays Joe by secretly escaping with his five concubines, one of whom is pregnant, and leading the women across the Wasteland. They have to outrun his loyal henchmen in deadly high-speed chases as they make their way across the desert towards a sanctuary known as The Green Place.

Why it works: Max, played by Tom Hardy, is the titular character, but Furiosa and her group of women are the real protagonists. They drive large, fortified vehicles, wield weapons, and fight against the oppressive patriarchy. There’s a ton of action, huge explosions, and over-the-top villains (like the blind guitarist who plays a flaming electric guitar). It’s an extreme movie that’s perfect for an extreme mom… or any mom who loves seeing a bad*ss woman save the day.

4. LOVE ACTUALLY

Love Actually
“When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge — they were all messages of love.”

What it’s about: Nine stories are presented in this film, each showing the ups and downs of love. From young love to forbidden love to familial love, all types of relationships are explored. The individuals involved are linked together in one way or another, showing how connected we can be to each other.

Why it works: This is one of those movies that my mom and I can watch dozens of times. We’ll watch it whether it’s just starting or it’s in the middle of the card scene. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, Christmas Day, any day! It is a romantic comedy that is better than romantic comedies. Every character has real life struggles, some that can be overcome easily and others that need a bit of work. It’ll make you and your mom laugh, cry, and cheer as you watch numerous individuals navigate one of the most complicated emotions humans deal with.

5. Any movie she loves

It’s easy to get caught up in showing your mom all the great movies you’ve seen lately. Sometimes, however, the best movie to watch is her favorite one or one she just really likes! She may have a movie for each genre that she can watch over and over again, and I’m sure she won’t mind watching it with you. For my mom, she can easily rewatch AVATAR or LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. Maybe your mom is more into psychological thrillers or old school teen movies. Whatever it is, she will surely enjoy sharing her favorites with you.

CLICK: These are all awesome to watch with your mom, but be careful! We’ve got a list of the movies you should not watch with her.

Mother’s Day is all about making mom feel special. It’s easy to get caught up in finding the perfect gift, but sometimes quality time is perfect enough. You’ll have a good time watching one of these movies or one of her favorites. You can also have a movie marathon and watch all of them! Or at least most of them… maybe just a couple depending on the time of day. Nonetheless, you’ll both enjoy some bonding time with your favorite snacks and a good flick.

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