Friday's Top Five: Mother's Day movies
May 11th, 2012
02:45 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Mother's Day movies

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.


Honorable Mention:

"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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  1. Battleship

    You know thus considerably in relation to this topic, produced me individually believe it from so many numerous angles. Its like men and women don't seem to be interested except it is something to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs great. At all times handle it up!

    May 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jillmarie

    I LOVE the original "Freaky Friday"! I watched it with my daughter recently (this was actually my first Mother's Day, and it fell on my birthday!)and I even love the theme song! Sometimes I think we would appreciate each other if we walked in each other's shoes for a while.
    Another movie I love is "Stella" with Bette Midler- tearjerker at the end..
    For kicks and giggles-"Heartbreakers" with Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nursie1

    "Mermaids" with Cher and Winona

    May 14, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rho

    Instead of "Anywhere But Here" I'd go w/"Tumbleweeds." It got a lot less press but it's a beautiful movie w/wonderful performances.

    May 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stomper

    Goin for the heartstrings eh!

    May 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Russ

    Mr Mom with Michael Keaton

    May 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Readabook

    Serial Mom.

    May 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Readabook

    Hahaha 'throw mama from the train' and 'pregnant vixens'...too funny.

    May 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Synapse

    My pick for best Mother's Day movie is "The Grapes of Wrath."
    While there are many great themes in it- Ma keeping the family together through true hard times, and her speech to Pa about the difference between women and men says it all.

    May 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gricha


    May 13, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    The color purple

    May 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. denisej

    The ultimate Mother's Day movie is "Imitation of Life" starring Lana Turner and Sandra Dee. This classic tear jerker will have you celebrating your Mom everyday.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ruth A Mayer-Farella

    Happy Mother's Day To You All ! Have a wonderful time, a lots0of fun, and enjoy yourself. Take care and "smile".

    May 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. francois2012


    May 12, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. people of indonesia

    Furor in Indonesia is happening Russian-made plane crash that fell on the brink of the mountain bark,the bodies were found not intact,you try to look on the internet about Sukhoi plane crash!!!!

    May 12, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  16. interestedreader

    how about the blindside? sandra bullock took big mike in as one of her own, not a true child of hers but it shows the true nature of a mother

    May 12, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  17. laura

    what about hpme of our own. She may have been terrible at times, cut she's a single mother raising several children alone!!!!

    May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. warren

    how the person who dislikes crooklyn is the real racist. Heartbreaken family film. You are an idiot go back your internet porn loser!

    May 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spike

      That poster might be racist, but it isnt possible that they are more racist than Spike Lee. He blames white people for everything. When his movies bomb it is always the white mans fault.

      May 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jimmy J

    Pregnant Vixens

    May 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ice Man

    Mature Black Mamas, 1-4

    May 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. B

    Throw Mama from a train

    May 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. DJCowboy

    How about the movie "Mother's Day" or "Terminator 2: Judgement Day"!!

    May 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Smooch

    How about "Terms of Endearment"?

    May 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. crud

    Crooklyn? Really? A terrible movie made by an ignorant racist. Is that really a good mothersday choice?

    May 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Annie

    I would add Mommie Dearest to the list, if for no other reason than for kids to see how good they have i.

    May 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  26. lily

    Best and strongest mom ever (IMHO): Roddy McDowells mom in "How Green Was My Valley"

    May 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Linda

    Best Mothers Day movie of all time...Psycho!

    May 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Crys

    I agree wholeheartedly about "Stepmom."

    May 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      How about Guess Who's Coming for Dinner, Cheaper By the Dozen, Life with Father, A Raisin in the Sun. All have good strong mothers at the helm.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Terri

    I'm surprised Step Mom didn't make the list. That was a sweet story

    May 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. DandyLion

    I like the movie, "Step-mom". (Some of them are as special as a "real" mom)

    May 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |

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