Movie Moms

Everyone and their mother will love this list of of movies with memorable "cine-mamas." Whether offering kids a hug, a shoulder to cry on, or an important lesson about growing up, there are few characters as compelling as a good movie mom. Mothers come in all shapes and sizes -- animal moms, single moms, superhero moms, stepmoms, adoptive moms, and every other type of mom you can think of -- and this list includes some of our favorites. Watch one of these heartwarming movies on Mother's Day or for your next family movie night. For more parent-kid bonding, try our Best Father-Daughter Movies and TV Moms We Love lists.

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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip Movie Poster Image
More kid-friendly entertainment from inquisitive tiger cub.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Sound of Music Movie Poster Image
Outstanding family film features glorious music.
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(Release Year: 1965)
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The Incredibles Movie Poster Image
Top-notch, action-packed fun for the entire family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Onward Movie Poster Image
Original, heartfelt sibling adventure about love and loss.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Spy Kids Movie Poster Image
Just the right combination of fantasy and comedy.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Akeelah and the Bee Movie Poster Image
Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Brave Movie Poster Image
Mother-daughter princess tale has some very scary scenes.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie Poster Image
Quirky, aged-up adventure has positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Freaky Friday Movie Poster Image
Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Incredibles 2 Movie Poster Image
Terrific, action-packed superhero sequel was worth the wait.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Princess Diaries Movie Poster Image
Sweet tale about growing up is terrific fun for families.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Where the Wild Things Are Movie Poster Image
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Yes Day Movie Poster Image
Book-based family comedy mixes silly fun, positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Poster Image
Excellent, intense adventure has thrills, humor, heart.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Little Women (2019) Movie Poster Image
Poignant, beautifully made take on beloved sisterhood tale.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Wonder Movie Poster Image
Earnest, emotional book adaptation has strong messages.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Little Women Movie Poster Image
Lovely Alcott adaptation tugs at the heartstrings.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding Movie Poster Image
Cute romcom has some innuendo, a little language.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Sounder (1972) Movie Poster Image
A strong family triumphs over poverty and racism.
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(Release Year: 1972)
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Steel Magnolias Movie Poster Image
Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Claudine Movie Poster Image
Mature '70s romantic drama about Black family has swearing.
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(Release Year: 1974)
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Crooklyn Movie Poster Image
Nuanced depiction of a black family in Brooklyn; language.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Dumplin' Movie Poster Image
Funny, romantic, insightful teen tale has a little swearing.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Edward Scissorhands Movie Poster Image
Dark yet sweet underdog tale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Little Man Tate Movie Poster Image
Moving story of a smart boy and protective mom.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Mamma Mia! Movie Poster Image
Upbeat, silly ABBA musical has sexual innuendos.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Minari Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, inspiring drama promotes family understanding.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Places in the Heart Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Stepmom Movie Poster Image
Contrived yet effective family weepie.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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About a Boy Movie Poster Image
Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Fences Movie Poster Image
Powerful adaptation of August Wilson's intense play.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Miss Juneteenth Movie Poster Image
Courage, humility, empathy in mother-daughter drama.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Moxie Movie Poster Image
Sexual themes, language in feel-good feminist teen tale.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Whip It Movie Poster Image
Roller derby dramedy mixes girl power and teen angst.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Erin Brockovich Movie Poster Image
Legal drama based on a true story has lots of cursing.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Terms of Endearment Movie Poster Image
Glossy, funny, and packs a real emotional wallop.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Tully Movie Poster Image
Female stars shine in dark comedy about motherhood.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Almost Famous Movie Poster Image
Great, but lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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The Joy Luck Club Movie Poster Image
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Lady Bird Movie Poster Image
Touching, funny, personal, and mature coming-of-age comedy.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Jerry Maguire Movie Poster Image
Feel-good Cruise flick; racier than you remember.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Kids Are All Right Movie Poster Image
Mature, witty family dramedy explores love, parenthood.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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