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The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made

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Good movies that mothers can watch with their daughters can be important for bonding time. The best mother-daughter movies come in many forms. Some mother daughter relationship movies are about struggle while other movies about mothers and daughters are comedies. A few of the greatest movies about mothers and daughters are even a bit on the creepy side. Some mother-daughter movies are even great movies to watch on Mother's day.

What films will you find on this best mother-daughter movie list? Grab the tissues before putting on the great mother daughter film, Terms of Endearment. Shirley MacLaine took home an Oscar for her role as a mother whose love for her daughter is eternal. Stepmom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, is another one of the greatest mother-daughter movies.

Cher captivated audiences as a single mother raising two girls in the 1990 movie, Mermaids. Other good films that appear on this top mother-daughter movie list include Mommy Dearest, Freaky Friday, and The Joy Luck Club.

Do you have a favorite films about moms and daughters? Give the best mom-daughter films a thumbs up and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.

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    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
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    Freaky Friday

    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis
    Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It...  more

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    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by...  more

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    Freaky Friday

    Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten
    Freaky Friday is a 1976 American fantasy comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and starring...  more

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    My Sister's Keeper

    Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin
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    Troop Beverly Hills

    Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling
    This film is a 1989 adventure comedy film. Produced by Weintraub Entertainment Group and...  more
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    Cher, Christina Ricci
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie
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    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd
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    The Joy Luck Club

    Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston
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    Nicolas Cage, Cher
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    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood
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    Georgia Rule

    Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda
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    A Patch of Blue

    Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters
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    This Is My Life

    Carrie Fisher, Dan Aykroyd
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    White Oleander

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger
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    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning
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    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis
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    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman
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    Lady Bird

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf
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    Imitation of Life

    John Wayne, Lana Turner
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    The Edge of Seventeen

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    Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi
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