Mother's Day 2016: The best films to watch with your Mum this Mothering Sunday

From Step Mom and Mrs Doubtfire to Freaky Friday

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Not all films about mother-daughter relationships have to be schmaltzy.

From the angst-ridden teenage mum in Juno, to the difficulties two lesbian mothers face in The Kids Are Alright, there's more than the usual chocolate box classics to enjoy this Mother's Day.

But of course there are a fair few of them as well...

Terms of Endearment

 

 

 

An honest portrayal of a close love-hate relationship between a mother and daughter as they try to come to terms with each other as they grow older.

Stepmom

 

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Stepmom

This painful but heart-warming film lays family tensions bare, with an unforgettable final scene showing the lengths children will go to for their mums.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
 

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Because every girl needs their mother to utter the immortal words: “We women may be lambs in the kitchen, but we are tigers in the bedroom”, right?

The Blind Side

 

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The Blind Side

The real-life story of a wealthy Texan housewife who she welcomes a homeless black teenager into her manicured mansion, and nurtures him to become an American Football star.

Freaky Friday

 

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Jodie Foster in Freaky Friday

The ultimate film about mothers and daughters coming to terms with each other's lives.

The Kids Are All Right

 

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The Kids Are Alright

The difficulties of parenting - especially when you're children's sperm donor comes into play - are explored brilliantly in this film. The final coming of age scene is a reminder of how much families can overcome.

Mrs Doubtfire

 

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Mrs Doubtfire

 If you can bear the thought of being reminded that Robin Williams is no longer with us, Mrs Doubtfire is the perfect feel-good classic to watch.

The Sound of Music

 

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The Sound of Music

The hills are alive....with the joys of step-mothering. Proof that step-mothers can have good relationships with their step-children after all.

Juno

 

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Juno

A reminder of the confusions and difficulties that come with motherhood (especially when you’re a teen).

The Parent Trap

 

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The Parent Trap

Featuring Lindsay Lohan in her heyday,  twins Annie and Hallie scheme together to help reignite their mum's love life.

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