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13 Best Movies About Motherhood & Its Many Ups & Downs!

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Motherhood is an unexplainable experience that a lot of women go through at some point in their life. And because it is so relatable, there are a ton of movies about motherhood out there! 

Some are funny, some are touching, and some are downright true! Here’s a list of popular movies about being a mom that people are all must-watch movies!

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13 Must See Movies About Motherhood

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1. The Blindside

The Blind Side is a truly heartwarming film, especially knowing that it is based on a true story. 

It is about a young man who had a rough upbringing who, through the support of his stand-in mom, became the first pick for the NFL draft. It’s a feel-good movie that might have you holding back a tear or two. 

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Drama/Biography

2. Brave

Brave is a very touching Disney movie. And since it’s a Disney movie, you know it’s going to be good. It’s about a princess who wants to go against the customs of her land, and she and her mother just can’t seem to see eye to eye. 

She tries to change her mother’s mind, but her plan backfires and she has to undo what she has done. Along the way, she and her mother form a beautiful bond that they didn’t think was possible. 

This film is so relatable, especially for all of those moms out there with strong-willed, ambitious little girls! 

Rating: PG

Genre: Adenture/Kids & Family

3. Freaky Friday

This movie is a classic tale of a mom and a teenage daughter duo who are complete opposites. When they are both facing very important events, they end up switching bodies. They are running out of time to switch back, while also trying to act like one another. 

Rating: PG

Genre: Comedy/Kids & Family

4. Mom’s Night Out

Mom’s Night Out is probably one of the most relatable films for moms. Three moms desperately need a break, and in order for them to do that, they need their husbands to watch the kids for the night. 

Naturally, it goes just as bad as you would think it would. You can’t help but nod to yourself while watching it while thinking to yourself “my husband would definitely do that.”

Rating: PG

Genre: Comedy

5. Mother’s Day

Another super relatable film to parents from all different walks of life! This story is about a single three moms and a dad, both struggling to parent in all different ways until Mother’s Day comes around and it changes their life for the better! 

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Drama/Romance

6. Bad Moms

Bad Moms has to be one of my all-time favorite movies. However, it is definitely a Rated R movie, so I wouldn’t suggest watching it while the kids are awake! 

It’s a story about three moms who are so done with trying to be the perfect mom, so they decide to let go and just have fun! They decide to be “bad moms.” While this presents some challenges for them, they end up realizing they need to let go a little more often.  

Rating: R

Genre: Comedy

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7. Baby Mama

Baby Mama is a “laugh your head off” kind of film. The two main characters are a successful, controlling businesswoman who decides she is finally ready to have a child but can’t seem to conceive, and a less than responsible woman looking to make some money by becoming a surrogate. 

You can imagine the challenge of somewhat co-parenting with your complete opposite, and boy it’s funny to watch! 

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Comedy

8. Because I Said So

This is the perfect case of “mom trying to do the right thing and ends up making things worse”. A mother of three women is concerned with her daughters’ dating choices. 

After one daughter has a string of bad men, her mother decides to make sure her other daughter doesn’t wind up in the same boat, by creating an online dating profile for her. 

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Romance

9. Lady Bird

Something very cool about Lady Bird is that it has a score of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes! That’s crazy because it’s really hard to get a high score, they don’t mess around. So that’s how good this movie is! 

This movie is about a senior in high school who struggles to have a good relationship with her overly controlling mother. While it’s a really great movie, keep in mind that it is rated R, so I wouldn’t suggest watching it with the whole family. 

Rating: R

Genre: Drama/Comedy

10. Yes Day

Yes Day plays out a 24 hour day that is every kid’s dream! A parent duo notices that they find themselves saying “no” too much. So for a full 24 hours, they let their kids decide what to do, and they can’t say no! 

You can imagine the exciting adventures they get dragged into! 

Rating: PG

Genre: Comedy

11. Tully

Tully is another highly relatable film in the sense that it is about a mom of (almost) three who is just overworked and exhausted. Her husband, being a hard-working man, isn’t able to help as much as she’d like. 

So, her brother hires a nanny to help out, and while the mom is pretty wary at first, she gains a wonderful relationship with her nanny. 

Rating: R

Genre: Drama/Comedy

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12. Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias is often referred to as “a film that will make you cry.” But don’t let this deter you from this amazing movie! 

The movie is about a daughter who is about to get married and encounters some health scares. As time passes, tragedy comes along with some good things too! 

Rating: PG

Genre: Drama/Comedy

13. Snatched

Snatched is considered an action film, but I personally consider it a comedy! A young woman gets dumped by her boyfriends right before their planned vacation. So she convinces her mom, who is her complete opposite to come with her.

While on vacation, they run into some trouble that they have to work together to get out of. 

Rating: R

Genre: Action/Adventure

What did you think of our list of top movies about motherhood? 

Have you seen any of these movies before? Did you like them? Not like them? If you have any other suggestions for movies about being a mom we would love to add them to our list, so leave a comment below! 

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