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Thanks, Mom! The Movies Our Mothers Introduced Us To

May 8 2016 - 6:00am

Mother's Day [1] always gets us thinking about everything our mothers have done for us, and for me, that includes introducing me to a lot of great movies. So I asked my fellow editors which movies they wouldn't have found without their moms and which films they watch with their moms. Some of the answers were surprising (The Rocky Horror Picture Show!), and some were more expected: it turns out everyone's mom loves Gone With the Wind. Take a look through our favorite mom movies, and let me know what you always watch with your mom!

Steel Magnolias

"My mom and I have been watching Steel Magnolias together for years — and by watching, I mean it comes on TV and we have to let it play, held hostage by Sally Field [2], Julia Roberts [3], and the other ladies. Though we don't have as much occasion to sit down together, we quote this movie to each other all the time, the sillier lines the better (favorites include, 'You are a PIG from HELL,' and wailing, 'Mah contaaact')." — Shannon Vestal, director, Celebrity and Entertainment

The Princess Bride

"As far as I know, my mom has two favorite movies: The Princess Bride and Die Hard. I grew up watching The Princess Bride with her, and it's still one of my favorite movies of all time. She couldn't get me to watch Die Hard until last Christmas (I know, I know), and while I didn't love it quite as much as she does, we both agree that John McClane is pretty hot." — Becky Kirsch, senior director, Celebrity and Entertainment

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

"We went on a family cruise when I was a preteen, and my mom decided that was the perfect opportunity to take me to a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She first saw the movie in theaters when it came out in 1975 (like a true Transylvanian in pursuit of a midnight double-feature picture show), and she wanted to pass along her love of the film to me. As soon as I heard 'Time Warp,' I knew it was true love — Rocky Horror is still the weirdest and most randomly wonderful thing I've ever seen. The whole experience (and movie) remains very close to my heart. My mom and I also duet songs from the soundtrack and have seen the movie live, complete with props and shouted extra dialogue from fans — the love runs that deep." — Cassie Becker, copy editor

A League of Their Own

"A League of Their Own came out when I was only 4 years old, but I remember watching it with my mom again and again and absolutely loving it. Later she'd go on to coach a few of my little league teams, and we'd always quote our favorite lines together out on the field. Since then, there have also been more than a couple occasions when we serenaded each other with 'It Had to Be You,' because of course." — Laura Marie Meyers, editor, Trending and Viral Features

Yellow Submarine

"When I was 4, my mom woke me up to watch a late-night movie. I was really groggy, tired, and confused. What movie was worth pulling a 4-year-old out of bed? Yellow Submarine of course. I'm 99.9 percent positive she didn't get what was going on, she just thought it was a cool cartoon I'd like. She was right. She usually is." — Sabrina Eldredge, product management director

Gone With the Wind

"My mom and I love watching Gone With the Wind. Every time that we see it on Turner Classic Movies, we pretty much are glued to the couch for the next four hours. My mom is from Mississippi and has an affinity for hoop skirts and plantation homes. She and Scarlett are kindred spirits (I say this with the most fondness)." — Anna Monette Roberts, associate editor, Food

"My mom loves her classics. So much so, she can recite every single one of Scarlett O'Hara's lines from Gone With the Wind. Even though it's a long one, I always get engrossed in the story and drama. Whenever I watch this, it takes me back to those times she'd let me stay up past my bedtime and eat junk food!" — Stephanie Wong, editorial development coordinator

Dirty Dancing

"My mother actually introduced me to Dirty Dancing. I was not allowed to watch the entire thing when it first came out, but I was allowed to watch the final dance scene — which I did over and over until the day that I was finally allowed to watch the entire thing. It still took me several viewings before I actually caught on to the whole Penny-pregnancy storyline. For me, it was always about the dancing." — Krista Moatz, EVP, Culture and Social Responsibility


"I've been watching Overboard since before I could walk, thanks to my mother. There's something so wonderful about Goldie Hawn [4] that even to this day, no matter where I am in the world, watching her in Overboard, House Sitter, or Wildcats feels like coming home." — Maggie Pehanick, editor, Entertainment

27 Dresses

"My mother and I love to watch chick flicks together. We always ditch my dad and brother by going into separate theaters and watching anything from Something Borrowed to 27 Dresses. We love happy movies where the guy gets the girl." — Lauren Levinson, editor, Beauty

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