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5 Iconic Movie Moms for Mother's Day Weekend

05/09/2019 03:41PM ● By Kylie Cooper

By: Kylie Cooper Photo via: Walt Disney Pictures

Mother’s Day is this weekend and, if you’re opting for a cozier celebration this year (which might be necessary due to the predicted weather), then might we suggest a movie marathon? What better way to celebrate all the awesome things your mom has done for you – you know, like bringing you into this world, for starters – than by basking in the glory of these iconic movie moms. 

1.  Juno

Okay, Juno is one of my all-time favorite movies. There was this one summer where me and one of my best friends watched it every single day. This is the perfect iconic mom movie. The film was released over a decade ago but it still holds its own when dealing with not only teenage pregnancy, but by painting an incredible portrait of motherhood and how scary it can sometimes be. There are several iconic moms in this film. Juno herself (Ellen Page), is followed through the movie as she experiences carrying a baby to full-term, the hardships of teen pregnancy, and choosing adoption. Juno's mother (Allison Janney), is a brilliant example of a supportive step-mother amidst difficult times. And then there is Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), who ends up adopting Juno's baby. The film follows her journey through Juno's pregnancy as well and how the adoption process can be difficult and scary. 

2.  Lady Bird

Both Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig take the crown for my #womancrushwednesday pretty much every Wednesday, but that’s not the point here. Lady Bird, one of the most important movies of 2017 (in my opinion, but probably in yours too), is the perfect movie to watch with mom this weekend. While the story mainly follows a coming of age trope of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, the relationship between her and her mother, portrayed by Laure Metcalf, is extraordinarily authentic and really hits home. Metcalf’s version of motherhood is seen in such a raw way that helps us all remember just how much our mothers love us. 

3.  Freaky Friday

I firmly believe you can never say you've seen this movie too many times. When mother-daughter duo Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Anna (Lindsey Lohan) accidentally end up switching bodies after fighting inside a Chinese restaurant, the two must come to terms with their differences in order to switch back. Once inside the other's body, the pair is able to experience what life is like for the other - i.e. mean girls and rude teachers at school and the anxieties that come along with a high school crush vs. a stressful career, misbehaving children, and a new love late in life. In the end, the two realize just how strong their love for one another is and switch back bodies. Since both Curtis and Lohan ultimately end up playing the “mom” in this film, we shall hail them both as iconic movie moms.

4. Mamma Mia!

Okay, this might seem like an obvious choice for a list as such. But, how could we ever make a list of iconic movie moms and not include our queen Meryl Streep. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the premise, but Donna, who Streep portrays, is the epitome of a strong, independent mother who’s love for her child is fierce and unwavering. The film follows her daughter’s journey to finding her real father, but we hail the matriarch at the center of the story for this article's purpose. 

5. The Shining

Admittedly, this might not seem like the ideal celebratory movie, but we need not make a list of movie moms without including Wendy Torrance. Her untiring love for her son and the lengths she goes to in order to protect him are pretty astounding. She’s brave and resilient against both her crazy husband and the malicious ghosts. I mean, she knocks her own husband down the stairs to protect her son…and if that doesn’t give you the qualifications to be an iconic movie mom, I’m not sure what does. Oh, and mom, if you're reading this, don't worry, I won't make you watch The Shining on your special day. 

What are some of your favorite iconic movie moms? Let us know in the comments section below.  And, last, but most certainly not least, Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome mommas out there!