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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.

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
Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more
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Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon
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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Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Emily Deschanel
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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Cher, Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder
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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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow
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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Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy, Vivian Wu
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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Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten, John Astin
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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Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris
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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Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling, Jenny Lewis
This film is a 1989 adventure comedy film. Produced by Weintraub Entertainment Group and directed by Jeff Kanew, it starred Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, Stephanie ...more
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Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson
Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as ...more
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Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette
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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A Patch of Blue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
Tom Islava added Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, John Qualen
A Patch of Blue is a 1965 American drama film directed by Guy Green about the relationship between a black man, Gordon, and a blind white female teenager, Selina, and the problems that plague ...more
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Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello
Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia ...more
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Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman
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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Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter
Thirteen is a 2003 semi-autobiographical American drama film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and written by Hardwicke and Nikki Reed based on events in Reed's life at age twelve and thirteen. ...more
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Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster
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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Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith
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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Carrie Fisher, Dan Aykroyd, Joy Behar
This Is My Life is a 1992 film that marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Nora Ephron. The screenplay, written by Ephron and her sister, Delia Ephron, is based on the book, This Is Your ...more
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Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright
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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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
Tom Islava added Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane
Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more
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Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more
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Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) living in Northern California for a year.
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The Edge of Seventeen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
Liam Mellon added Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick
The Edge of Seventeen (originally titled Besties) is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Kelly Fremon Craig. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Hayden ...more
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Imitation of Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
MichelleDay added John Wayne, Lana Turner, Sandra Dee
Imitation of Life is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Ross Hunter and released by Universal International, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin. It was ...more
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American Woman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul
American Woman is a 2019 American drama film directed by Jake Scott. A 32-year-old woman must raise her infant grandson on her own after her teen daughter goes missing in a small Pennsylvanian