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The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made

Updated June 23, 2020 4.2k votes 585 voters 45.8k views34 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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    A Patch of Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    A Patch of Blue

    Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters

    Released1965

    Directed byGuy Green

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    This Is My Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    This Is My Life

    Carrie Fisher, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1992

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

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    Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Freaky Friday

    Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2003

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Stepmom

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    My Sister's Keeper

    Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin

    Released2009

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Freaky Friday

    Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten

    Released1976

    Directed byGary Nelson

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    Mermaids is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Mermaids

    Cher, Christina Ricci

    Released1990

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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    Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2006

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

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    Troop Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Troop Beverly Hills

    Carla Gugino, Tori Spelling

    Released1989

    Directed byJeff Kanew

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    The Joy Luck Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    The Joy Luck Club

    Ming-Na Wen, Andrew McCarthy

    Released1993

    Directed byWayne Wang

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    Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Sense and Sensibility

    Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie

    Released1995

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Si is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd

    Released2002

    Directed byCallie Khouri

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    Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Thirteen

    Vanessa Hudgens, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

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    Miss Juneteenth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Miss Juneteenth

    Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson

    Released2020

    Directed byChanning Godfrey Peoples

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    Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Moonstruck

    Nicolas Cage, Cher

    Released1987

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    Georgia Rule is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Georgia Rule

    Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda

    Released2007

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Rattlesnake

    Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi

    Released2019

    Directed byZak Hilditch

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    The Rest Of Us is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    The Rest Of Us

    Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse

    Released2020

    Directed byAisling Chin-Yee

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    White Oleander is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    White Oleander

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Kosminsky

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    The Truth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    The Truth

    Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche

    Released2020

    Directed byHirokazu Koreeda

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    18 Presents is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    18 Presents

    Vittoria Puccini, Benedetta Porcaroli

    Released2020

    Directed byFrancesco Amato

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    Coraline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mother-Daughter Movies Ever Made
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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Released2009

    Directed byHenry Selick

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