Mrs. Doubtfire, one of the best mother figures in cinema history…was played by a man? Leave it to Robin Williams to do the impossible. Daniel Hillard (Williams), an eccentric yet lovable actor, finds his life utterly destroyed when his wife Miranda (Sally Field) files for divorce and gains the custody of her three kids. Determined not to lose his children, he disguises himself as a British nanny. Hilarity ensues.
Watch it because: Robin Williams. Need we say more? His performance is rib-tickling and heart-warming at the same time.
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock, in her Oscar-winning glory, plays Leigh Anne Tuohy who finds a homeless teenager (Quinton Aaron) in the streets. She takes him in, supports him and pushes him to achieve his full potential. This gives way a process of self-discovery as both the family and the kid adjust themselves to the striking differences in their backgrounds.
Watch it because: The Blind Side is based on a remarkable true story of Baltimore Ravens’ right tackle Mike Oher. It has outstanding performance by Bullock as the courageous mom. Aaron shines in his role and is heartbreakingly convincing.
Based on William Styron’s 1979 novel of the same name, Sophie’s Choice stars Meryl Streep, Peter MacNicol, and Kevin Kline. In 1947, the movie’s narrator Stingo (MacNicol) befriends Sophie (Streep) and her lover Nathan (Kline). He soon finds that, even though she smiles and looks happy, there is something different about Sophie, perhaps a shadow of the painful past.
Watch it because: Sophie’s Choice is one of those truly memorable films that force us to stare deep down into the pit of human depravity leaves an imprint on our lives. The scene where Sophie makes the actual “choice” is harrowing and unforgettable.
The Sound Of Music
“The hills are alive with the sound of music. With songs they have sung for a thousand years.”
Set in 1930s Austria, Maria (Julie Andrews) has the love of music in her heart. She tries and fails to be a nun and is assigned to govern Navy Captain Georg Von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven children. What follows is a beautiful musical journey that is still alive to this very day.
Watch it because: Although released in 1965, The Sound of Music resonates with the audiences today the same way it did back then. It is one of the most iconic musicals of all time.
Terms Of Endearment
Aurora (Shirley MacLaine), a hard-to-please mother, and her daughter Emma (Debra Winger) cannot be more unlike each other. Terms of Endearment tracks their difficult relationship over the course of many years.
Watch it because: This is one of the best mother-daughter films out there. The chemistry between the two characters is phenomenal.
Stepmom is the story of conflict between Jackie (Susan Sarandon) and the stepmother of her children Isabel (Julia Roberts). Jackie doesn’t believe that Isabel is truly capable or willing to take care of her children due to her focus on her photography career. She might, however, be wrong.
Watch it because: A lot of mothers might relate with Stepmom as it focuses on the crucial balance between love and taking care of your children.
The Kids Are All Right
Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening), a lesbian couple, who each give birth to their children through artificial insemination, face a family in disarray as they come face to face with the biological father of the children (Mark Ruffalo).
Watch it because: The Kids Are All Right is a beautiful portrayal of a non-traditional family and has great performances by Moore and Bening as troubled mothers.
Sixteen-year old Juno Temple is unexpectedly confronted with pregnancy after a one-night sexual encounter with her friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). While initially considering abortion, she changes her mine and agrees to place her child with an adoptive couple. However, as the movie progresses, it asks the question if Juno will be able to follow through on her decision.
Watch it because: Juno is smart, funny, and touching at the same time. There have been many movies on teenage pregnancies and young girls coming to terms with motherhood but this one truly stands out. Ellen Page is terrific as young Juno and portrays the depth of her character flawlessly.
The 1989 comedy-drama Steel Magnolia has a star-studded female cast. Based on Robert Harling’s play of the same name, it discovers the bonds of friendship shared by a group of friends at Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in modern-day Louisiana. It is full of gossip and laughter and truly touching stories.
Watch it because: Film Critic Roger Ebert describes Steel Magnolias as “a series of comic one-liners leading up to a teary tragedy.” Perhaps this is why, over the years, the film has generated a huge following and is now a mother’s day must-watch.
Not to be confused with the 2010 horror flick. Mother’s Day is set to release on 29 April 2016. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis and is directed by Garry Marshall, whose other projects include Pretty Woman and Valentine’s Day.
Watch it because: If you want to take your mom out on a nice movie evening on mother’s day, what better movie to see than, well, Mother’s Day? Granted, the film isn’t out yet but the trailer looks promising enough. So buy some tickets, grab the biggest bucket of popcorns, and munch away with your mom. Laugh with the movie if it’s good and at the movie if it’s bad. Either way, make your mother’s day special for yourself or your mom.