May 11th, 2012
02:45 PM ET
Mother's Day means different things to different people - for some, it's a day to celebrate, for others, maybe not. But for us it's an opportunity to re-watch some of our favorite films that feature great story arcs about moms and motherhood.
These movies tend to find a balance between heart-warming, comedic and moving, even when they're as purposefully silly as Tina Fey's "Baby Mama," which earned a spot in our honorable mentions. Why? It stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Need we say more?
Below you'll find five other movies we'd recommend viewing with mom, or just on your own, and as always, tell us your personal top five in the comments!
1. "Steel Magnolias" (1989) - "The funniest movie ever to make you cry" that can still bring out the waterworks, more than two decades after its release.
2. "Crooklyn" (1994) - A heartbreaking turn of events makes this Spike Lee joint, starring Alfre Woodard, all the more poignant.
3. "Forrest Gump" (1994) - Many films hone in on the relationship between a mother and her daughter, but Tom Hanks' award-winning turn alongside Sally Field is a great example of a relationship between mother and son.
4. "Anywhere But Here" (1999) - Susan Sarandon and a young Natalie Portman star in this "story of a mother who knows best, and a daughter who knows better."
5. "Freaky Friday" (1976) - No offense to the Jamie Lee Curtis/Lindsay Lohan revival in 2003, but we've always been partial to the '70s version starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster.
"Baby Mama" (2008) - This doesn't fit into the typical Hollywood movie about becoming a mom, and that's also the reason why we love it.
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