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The Best Movies for Expecting Mothers to Watch 

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Updated October 2, 2019 402 votes 64 voters 4.3k views 25 items

List Rules Films about pregnancy and expecting mothers. Vote up the best films for expecting mothers to watch.

Being pregnant can be the most exciting time of your entire life, as well as the most horrific! There’s nothing that can relax you (and your baby jitters) like a great, heartwarming movie can, especially if you’re experiencing morning sickness, anxiety, or having trouble sleeping due to your pregnancy. What better way to feel better than to laugh at someone else’s pregnancy pains? What are the best movies for expecting mothers to watch?
 
This list has the best films for expecting mothers to watch, ranked by the community. The films on this list tell stories of pregnancies and expecting mothers, and while some are reassuring and comforting tales, others show the worst possible pregnancies imaginable. At least for the viewer, she'll know she isn't alone! Other movies on this list provide comic relief and a humorous take on the ups and downs of being an expecting mother.
 
This list features the best pregnancy movies including, Father of the Bride 2, Juno, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Juno, She’s Having a Baby, Baby Boom, Three Men and a Baby, and Nine Months. Vote up the best movies for expecting mothers to watch below or add one that helped you get through a pregnancy if it isn't already on the list!

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Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl

Released: 2007

Directed by: Judd Apatow

Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd Apatow. The films stars Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. It follows the ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Brooklyn Decker

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kirk Jones

What to Expect When You're Expecting is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Kirk Jones from a screenplay by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach and based on the pregnancy guide of the same ...more

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Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1987

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy, and starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Nancy Travis. It follows the mishaps and adventures of three ...more

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Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Joan Rivers

Released: 1989

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. Bruce Willis plays the voice of Mollie's son, Mikey. The ...more

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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Martin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Michael McCullers

Baby Mama is a 2008 comedy film from Universal Pictures written and directed by Michael McCullers and starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sigourney Weaver, Greg Kinnear, Romany Malco, Dax Shepard ...more

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Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short

Released: 1995

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Father of the Bride Part II is a 1995 comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short. The film is a sequel to Father of the Bride and a loose remake of the 1951 film Father's ...more

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Natalie Portman, Sally Field, Ashley Judd

Released: 2000

Directed by: Matt Williams

Where the Heart Is is a 2000 drama/romance film directed by Matt Williams, in his film directing debut. The movie stars Natalie Portman, Stockard Channing, Ashley Judd, and Joan Cusack with ...more

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Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl, Steve Nash

Released: 2010

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

Life as We Know It is a 2010 comedy film written by Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson, Jon Harmon Feldman and Michael Green and directed by Greg Berlanti.

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Riding in Cars with Boys Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brittany Murphy

Released: 2001

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Riding in Cars with Boys is a 2001 film based on the autobiography of the same name by Beverly Donofrio about a woman who overcame difficulties, including being a teen mother, and who later ...more
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Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis

Released: 1987

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent television show, running from 1988 to 1989. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti and the ...more

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Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Away We Go is a 2009 comedy-drama directed by Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes and written by the husband-and-wife team of Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. The film stars John Krasinski, ...more
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson, Danny DeVito

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Junior is a 1994 American comedy film written by Kevin Wade and Chris Conrad and directed by Ivan Reitman. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a scientist who undergoes a male pregnancy as part of ...more

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Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald, Conchata Ferrell

Released: 1988

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

For Keeps is a 1988 American coming of age comedy drama film starring Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff as Darcy and Stan, two high school seniors in love. Complications ensue when Darcy ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Magic Johnson, Bill Murray

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Hughes

She's Having a Baby is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Hughes. The film portrays a young newlywed couple, Kristy and Jake Briggs played by Elizabeth McGovern and Kevin ...more

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Robin Williams, Julianne Moore, Hugh Grant

Released: 1995

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Nine Months is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold, Joan Cusack, Jeff Goldblum, and Robin Williams. The movie is a US remake ...more

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Megan Fox, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt

Friends with Kids is a 2011 independent American ensemble romantic comedy that was written, produced, and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, who is also stars in the film. Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, ...more

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Salma Hayek, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

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Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Anna Faris

Released: 2008

Directed by: Fred Wolf

The House Bunny is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Fred Wolf, written by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz, and starring Anna Faris as a former Playboy bunny who signs up to be the ...more

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Burt Reynolds, Beverly DAngelo, Lauren Hutton

Released: 1981

Directed by: David Steinberg

Paternity is a 1981 film comedy that stars Burt Reynolds, Beverly D'Angelo, Paul Dooley, Elizabeth Ashley and Lauren Hutton, directed by David Steinberg. The film was released by Paramount ...more
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Erika Sawajiri, Yo Oizumi, Mari Natsuki

Released: 2006

Directed by: Isamu Nakae

Sugar and Spice is a Japanese movie cast in 2006, starring Yuya Yagira and Erika Sawajiri.
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Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 2000

Directed by: Hugh Laurie, Tom Moore, Ben Elton

Maybe Baby is a 2000 British comedy film starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson. It was written and directed by Ben Elton, based upon his novel Inconceivable.

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Rosanna Arquette, Ally Sheedy, Nigel John Taylor

Released: 1999

Directed by: Allison Anders, Kurt Voss

Sugar Town is a 1999 independent film written and directed by Allison Anders and Kurt Voss, concerning a tangled web of characters coping with ambition, fame, and the aftermath of fame. The film ...more
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Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, John Goodman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Todd Phillips

The Hangover Part III is a 2013 American comedy film produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sequel to 2009's The Hangover and 2011's The Hangover Part ...more

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