Must-see movies to watch with your mom tonight


While Mother’s Day is still a month away, it’s never too early to bond with your mom. What’s an inexpensive, heartwarming way to do that? Pop on a movie to watch together, grab some snacks and let the feels begin. Check out our favorite mother-daughter flicks below.

Freaky Friday
Angsty teenaged daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) swaps bodies with her psychiatrist mother (Jamie Lee Curtis). While trying to switch back, Anna and her mom have to figure out how to survive high school, rock concerts, adulthood and an impending wedding. Packed with hilarious jokes and feel-good mother-daughter moments, this movie is one both you and your mama will enjoy.

Mamma Mia!
Who doesn’t love an upbeat musical starring Meryl Streep? The legendary actress stars as a mother who’s kept the identity of her daughter Sophie's (Amanda Seyfried) father secret. When Sophie sends out her wedding invitations, she mails three to the men who, according to her mom’s old diary, might be her father. Crazy situations and high-energy musical numbers ensue. This ABBA-soundtracked movie will have you and your mom singing along and laughing out loud.

This animated fantasy comedy-drama centers on Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), a young Scottish princess with a talent for archery and finding adventure. When her mother decides that Merida must marry the son of one of their allies, Merida defies tradition, sending the kingdom into a frenzy. When she seeks out the help of a witch who curses her family instead of helping her, Merida must figure out how to break the curse, navigate the changing relationship she has with her mother and find the true meaning of bravery.

Starring John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, the agoraphobic mother of aspiring professional dancer Tracy (Nikki Blonsky), this sixties-set musical is the perfect mother-daughter film. Including an all-star cast of Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes and Brittany Snow, the movie follows Tracy as she auditions for “The Corny Collins Show,” a racially segregated dance show that makes Tracy an overnight sensation. Will her star power be enough to topple the show’s resident mean girl, deliver racial integration and help her mom overcome her fear of the outside world?

Akeelah and the Bee
After she signs up for a local spelling bee to avoid getting detention, 11-year-old Akeelah (Keke Palmer) wins and finds her passion for words. She becomes determined to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, recruiting English professor Jacob Larabee(Laurence Fishburne) as her coach despite her mother's (Angela Bassett) objections to the project. Along with the overwhelming support of her South Los Angeles community, Akeelah might just go all the way—that is if she can overcome her home situation, her more privileged competitors and her own insecurities. The changing relationship between Akeelah and her mother will have you and your mom reaching for the tissues, and Akeelah's determination will inspire you to be your best self.

Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias follows a group of close-knit small town Louisiana friends with mother-daughter duo M'Lynn (Sally Field) and Shelby (Julia Roberts) at the core. Over many years, the ladies experience heartbreak, difficult choices and the power of love and friendship. This is another one you’ll need a box of tissues closeby for.

What’s your favorite movie to watch with your mom? Tell us in the comments below!

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by Emily Cavanagh | 4/6/2017