Becoming a mom gives you a whole new appreciation for your mother. As a mom of little kids, it's safe to assume that the only thing you want for Mother's Day is some time alone. But if you put yourself in your mom's shoe — when your babies are grown up — all you'll want is to spend some time with them. Luckily, you can give both you and your mom the perfect gift this year simply by choosing one of these movies to watch with your mom this Mother's Day.
If I could go back in time, I would remake all of those crappy breakfast-in-bed's my brothers and I threw together at the last moment and give my mom something a little more special. Now that I'm older, I would give a lot to curl up on the couch, hot chai's in hand, and watch a classic film with my mom. No interruptions. No toddlers. Just me, my mama, and a movie.
If you're lucky enough to live close to your mom, take advantage of it. Gift her with a special "girls day" of snacking, relaxing, and movie watching. Chances are, it will mean much more to her (and to you) than any store-bought card or bouquet of flowers.
1. 'Steel Magnolias'
Starring Julia Roberts as a young bride-to-be and Sally Field as her mother, Steel Magnolias is a classic comedy-drama packed with as many hilarious one-liners as tear-jerkers.
If you're in the mood for something a little bit younger and fun, Pixar's Brave will have you laughing and crying in the same scene as you watch the story of Merida, a Scottish princess intent on defying all tradition to discover the true meaning of courage.
3. 'Little Women'
This sweet film based on Louisa May Alcott's novel by the same name stars Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Clair Danes, and Susan Sarandon in this coming of age story about the importance of family.
4. 'A League Of Their Own'
While all of the men are away during World War II, an all-female baseball league springs up in the midwest. Starring Greena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, and Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own is as empowering as it is hilarious and heartfelt.
5. 'The Help'
Viola Davis and Emma Stone star in this adaptation of the popular novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in Mississippi during the still heavily racist 1960s, The Help tells the story of Skeeter (Emma Stone), who gives a voice to the stories of "the help" in her counter-cultural novel.
6. '27 Dresses'
A classic rom-com about a woman (Katherine Heigl) who is "always a bridesmaid and never a bride." Obviously, James Marsden comes along and attempts to change all of that.
7. 'Roman Holiday'
If you're looking for a true classic, the 1953 film Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck tells the story of a sheltered princess who falls in love with an American reporter during a trip to Rome.
Stepmom tells the story of a divorced mother (Susan Sarandon) and the new, much younger, stepmom (Julia Roberts), and their battle to win the affection of their children.
9. 'The Family Stone'
Meredith Morton gets the feeling she doesn't belong, after accompanying her boyfriend Everett to his family's Christmas celebration. With a star-studded cast, this comedy-drama would be the perfect mother-daughter flick.
10. 'Mrs. Doubtfire'
The story of a father who will take drastic measures to be with his children is a classic, heartwarming film starring Robin Williams and Sally Field.
11. 'Mama Mia'
If you're in the mood for a musical, opt for Mamma Mia, the story of a daughter who travels overseas to determine which of her mother's past lovers is her father.
12. 'The Blind Side'
For a story that proves that "mother" isn't just a biological title, watch the Blind Side, based on the true story of a suburban mom who adopts a troubled teen and helps him become great.
13. 'Fried Green Tomatoes'
Starring Kathy Bates and Mary Louis Parker, this classic drama is the story of an old woman looking back on her past.