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The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made 

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Updated May 12, 2020 4.2k votes 565 voters 43.7k views 33 items

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.

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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Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

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Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Mark Waters

Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and ...more

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Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten, John Astin

Released: 1976

Directed by: Gary Nelson

Freaky Friday is a 1976 American fantasy comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and starring Barbara Harris as Ellen Andrews, Jodie Foster as her daughter Annabel, and John Astin as her husband, ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

Released: 1983

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

My Sisters's Keeper is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva, and Alec Baldwin. Based on Jodi Picoult's novel of the ...more

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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette

Released: 2006

Directed by: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Cher, Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder

Released: 1990

Directed by: Richard Benjamin

Mermaids is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci in her first film role. The film is based on the 1986 ...more

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Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy, Vivian Wu

Released: 1993

Directed by: Wayne Wang

The Joy Luck Club is a 1993 American film about the relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers. Directed by Wayne Wang, the film is based on the eponymous 1989 novel ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello

Released: 1987

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

Released: 2002

Directed by: David Fincher

Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is ...more

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Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter

Released: 2003

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

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Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling, Jenny Lewis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jeff Kanew

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Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith

Released: 2002

Directed by: Callie Khouri

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a 2002 American comedy-drama film starring an ensemble cast headed by Sandra Bullock, directed and written by Callie Khouri. It is based on Rebecca ...more

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Georgia Rule Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Georgia Rule is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney, Garrett Hedlund, and Cary Elwes. The ...more

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Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse, Abigail Pniowsky

Released: 2020

Directed by: Aisling Chin-Yee

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Vittoria Puccini, Benedetta Porcaroli, Edoardo Leo

Released: 2020

Directed by: Francesco Amato

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Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi, Emma Greenwell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Zak Hilditch

Rattlesnake is a 2019 American crime drama mystery film directed by Zak Hilditch. A single mother (Carmen Ejogo) accepts the help from a strange woman after her daughter is bitten by a
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Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke

Released: 2020

Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda

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A Patch of Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
Tom Islava added Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, John Qualen

Released: 1965

Directed by: Guy Green

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Kosminsky

White Oleander is a 2002 American drama film directed by Peter Kosminsky. The cast features Alison Lohman in the central role of Astrid Magnussen, and Michelle Pfeiffer as her temperamental ...more

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Carrie Fisher, Dan Aykroyd, Joy Behar

Released: 1992

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Jake Scott

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Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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