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Mother Daughter Movies

Updated on January 12, 2016

Mother Daughter Movies to Celebrate Mother's Day

Moms and daughters will enjoy watching these mother daughter movies together.

Are you looking for something to do with Mom to celebrate Mother's Day? Why not spend this Mother's Day watching some great mother daughter relationship movies.

Vegging out, sitting in front of the big screen and spending the day with Mom, is a great way to show Mom you cherish your own mother daughter relationship.

Below find my list of mother daughter movies. These movies will make you laugh. cry and think about the importance of the mother daughter bond.

Disney Pixar Brave (2012) - Mother Daughter Movie

Are you excited to see the new film Brave. It centers around a female protagonist Merida. Through the film Merida's relationship with her Mother, Queen Elinor, will be tested and examined. This clip from Disney Pixar showcases the mother daughter relationship perfectly. Enjoy!

Top 5 Mother Daughter Movies

Contents at a Glance

These Mother Daughter Films are not in any particular order. I just organized them utilizing a numerical system.

1Not Without My Daughter (1991)

Stars: Sally Field, Alfred Molina and Sheila Rosenthal, Director: Brian Gilbert, Genre: Drama, Thriller, Runtime: 116 minutes

2Joy Luck Club (1993)

Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao and Kieu Chinh, Director: Wayne Wang, Rated: R, Genre: Drama, Runtime: 139 minutes

3Terms of Endearment (1983)

Stars:Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson, Director: James L. Brooks, Rated N/A, Genre: Drama, Runtime: 132 minutes

4Because I Said So (2007)

Stars: Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore, Director: Michael Lehmann, Rated: PG13, Genre: Comedy/ Romance, Run Time: 102 minutes

5Freak Friday (1976)

Stars :Barbara Harris, Jodie Foster and John Astin, Director: Gary Nelson, My Rating: G, Genre: Comedy, Runtime 95 minutes

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Not Without My Daughter

Not Without My Daughter is based on the true life story of Betty Mahmoody. Betty married "Moody" an Iranian Doctor, had one daughter, and lived in America until her husband wanted to take a visit to see his family in Iran. After stepping foot in Iran Betty's life changed dramatically. Her husband became brutal and mean, her freedom was taken away from her, and she could not leave the country. This film tells the story of her struggle to get back home to America with her daughter.

While this movie has a cautionary tale about knowing who you getting involved with, it is also a testimony of a mother's love for her daughter. Because her daughter was in both parents custody it was much harder for Betty to get her daughter out of Iran. Betty never stopped until she found a way out of Iran, and a way to save her daughter from growing up as a second class citizen.

Nicole: If you marry an Iranian man, you automatically become an Iranian citizen. The laws regarding women are very strict. You cannot travel anywhere without written permission. You have no rights to the children. They go to the man in a divorce. I'm sorry, but you will have to go back to your husband.

Quote from "Not Without My Daughter"

Trailer Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club explores the relationship of four American born Chinese woman and their mothers who were born in Feudal China. Through the aid of flashback we are taken on a journey of love and life. Through the stories told the children understand themselves and their mothers' better.

This movie explores cross cultural and cross generational issues seamlessly. You can not help but be wrapped up in the characters, and their struggles. The Joy Luck Club deals with the mother daughter relationship fantastically and utilizes themes of love, acceptance and the struggle to fit in to tell these woman stories.

Rose: I like being tragic, Ma. I learned it from you.

Quote from "The Joy Luck Club"

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Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment tells the story of Aurora (MacClaine), the over protective mom, and Emma (Winger), her underapreciated daughter. It tells the story of these two women as they struggle with life, love and even death.

Winger, MacClaine and Nicholson deliver amazing performances in Terms of Endearment. These performers bring the characters to life with amazing realism. This movie will make you laugh, comisserate, and even cry; especially towards the tragic end of one of the main characters.

Movie trailer for Terms of Endearment


Aurora Greenway: Why should I be happy about being a grandmother?

Flap Horton: Does this mean you won't be knitting the baby any booties?

Quote from "Terms of Endearment"

Because I Said So (Widescreen Edition)
Because I Said So (Widescreen Edition)

Daphne Wilder (Keaton), the mother of three daughters, seeks to save her youngest daughter Milly (Mandy Moore) from making the same mistakes she did with love. The overbearing Mom places an ad in the paper, unbeknownest to Milly, to find Milly a suitable boyfriend. When Daphne's plan goes awry Milly must discover who she when faced with two different love interests, and Daphne must learn the meaning of boundaries.

Because I Said So is a fun, at times painful, look at the mother daughter relationship. Keaton and Moore are perfectly cast as the neurotic mother daughter duo. Together this Mom and daughter must find themselves to make their mother daughter bond stronger.

Movie Trailer for Because I Said So


Mae: You're not a helicopter, mom. Quit hovering.

Quote from "Because I Said So"

Freaky Friday
Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday is about a mother and daughter who each believe each other's lives would be better, if not easier than their own. When something unusal happens the two switch bodies and get to see whether or not the grass is greener on the other side.

I chose this version of Freaky Friday because I find the acting in the 1976 version stronger and the story more compelling than the current Lohan version; however, the current version may play better to a younger audience familiar with Lohan.

Movie Trailer for Freaky Friday


Ellen: That child hasn't got a clue about my life, not a single clue.

Quote from "Freaky Friday"

Mother Daughter Movie Poll - Have your say

It is time for you to weigh in on the popularity of these Mother Daughter movies.

How many of these 5 Mother Daughter Relationship Movies have you seen?

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi. I also liked the 1976 version of "Freaky Friday".

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      6 years ago

      i think one that was missed was spanglish but that's pretty recent though :)

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      6 years ago

      i think one that was missed was spanglish but that's pretty recent though :)

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      6 years ago

      A sentimental lens that makes me missing my mother.

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      6 years ago

      I'm going to email this link to my wife, I'm sure she'd like to watch some of these with our 11 yr old daughter, enjoyed my visit here today, squidliked it.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Thanks.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      6 years ago

      My daughter and I recently watched the newer Freaky Friday and enjoyed it.

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      pimbels lm 

      7 years ago

      Great selection of movies. "Not Without My Daughter" and "Because I Said So" are my favorites.

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      7 years ago

      I was happy to see "Because I Said So" in your list, one of my favorites!

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      7 years ago

      aww these films sound really nice. I like the sound of Not Without My Daughter and Freaky Friday! will maybe buy them one day to watch. nice lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I have always enjoyed watching movies with my daughter! A Most Excellent suggestion!

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      7 years ago

      Is it okay if I feature this lens on my top 10 mother days gift lens?

      I'm new to squidoo. I'm not sure if I can feature without asking permission. =x

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      7 years ago

      Great selection. Right now my Mother/Daughter movies are with princesses or fairies LOL

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      7 years ago

      I love this lens! I just watched Because I Said So this past weekend and was thinking how I should watch it with my daughter. I haven't seen the Joy Luck Club in forever - might have to rent it this weekend :).

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      7 years ago

      Ohh.. the Joy Luck Club is such a wonderful movie, love it!

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      7 years ago

      Nice selection... I remember 'Terms of Endearment' the best!

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      Melody Lassalle 

      7 years ago from California

      I recently saw the movie Temple Grandin. I don't know where Temple Grandin would have ended up had her Mother not fought so hard for her.

      From your list...I consider the Joy Luck Club to be one of my all time favorites. It's one of those rare times where I read the book, fell in love with it, then saw the movie, and fell in love with it too.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have seen all of these. Term of Endearment has always choked me up. I even watch movies with my daughter when she is away at college, we watch our long distance movie together. Thanks for including me with the other special RocketMoms.

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      7 years ago

      I have read Not Without My Daughter. Cruel world for women, not only in Iran though. And, of course, I've watched Freaky Friday with my own daughter -- after her recommendation. Yep, it was funny. Thanks for mentioning Terms Of Endearment, I might just watch it. You did a good movie presentation here.

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      7 years ago

      My favorite of these was Sally Fields in Not Without My Daughter. Great drama and true story.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Some movies here I have not seen, but that does not surprise me.

      Actually, I'm wanting to see a Mother Son's a Hallmark one I read about.

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      7 years ago

      Great selection of Mother Daughter movies. I have seen them all but the alternative one. I really like that you gave quotes from each of them.

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Lovely selection of Mother and Daughter movies.I wish I could sit mine down so we could watch one together.

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      Holley Web 

      7 years ago

      I love all these choices. Mom and I have a great time watching them together.


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