18 Feel-Good Movies on Netflix to Watch With Mom (No Matter Where She Is) on Mother's Day
After finding your mom the perfect gift for Mother's Day, you still might be hard-pressed to brainstorm activities to do with her. We have just the answer: a good old Netflix movie! Sure, streaming might have a bad rap as the de facto answer for lazy nights, but you can make your next Netflix watch with your mother meaningful. Truly, there's no shortage of content around tireless moms and strong women characters on the service, from Dumplin' to Wine Country. No matter if you're feeling like a silly romp or a weepy drama, there's something on theme for her designated special day. So congregate around the TV together or set up your remote Netflix party — we've gathered the best movies to watch on Netflix with your mom this Mother's Day.
Wine Country isn't about motherhood per se, but it definitely gives off cool-mom vibes with a warm story and a stacked SNL alumni cast. In her directorial debut, Amy Poehler plays a woman who reunites with her friend group for a Napa Valley weekend getaway as one of their own (Rachel Dratch) turns 50.
In this Netflix original based on Julie Murphy's YA novel, Jennifer Aniston plays Rosie, a former pageant queen who just can't see eye to eye with her teenage daughter, Willowdean, after her sister, Lucy, dies. To make a point, Willowdean enlists in her mom's pageant along with her peers. In addition to the heartfelt story, the soundtrack is full of Dolly Parton bangers, bound to make both you and your mom revel in nostalgia.
Pair this delicious pick with the finest of wines! Mamoudou Athie portrays an aspiring sommelier who must balance his wine studies with his family's barbecue business in Netflix's Uncorked. Much of the film hinges on his relationship with his father (Courtney B. Vance), but his rapport with his fiercely supportive mother (Niecy Nash) will have you tearing up as well.
First Wives Club
You can't go wrong with a classic on Mother's Day! First Wives Club stars Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as a group of women who exact revenge on their exes. In the movie, Keaton's daughter assists her mother's plan by getting a job at her dad's company to get intel about him.
Coffee & Kareem
Wouldn't you do anything to make sure your mom is safe? Taraji P. Henson portrays Vanessa, a woman who begins dating a cop named Coffee (Ed Helms), much to her son Kareem's chagrin. When Kareem accidentally taps into a criminal network, he and Coffee team up to protect his mom.
After an insurance company accidentally pays her millions following her husband's death, Eva (Shirley MacLaine) and her friend (Jessica Lange) hit up the Canary Islands in this warm comedy. The problem is, Eva's daughter (Demi Moore) and an insurance investigator are on her trail.
Julie & Julia
This Nora Ephron foodie classic isn't strictly about motherhood, but it sure is a lovely watch about two strong-willed women finding joy in their lives. The film intercuts between two time periods — Julia Child (Meryl Streep) developing recipes in France in the 1950s and Julie Powell (Amy Adams) blogging about following those recipes in the 2000s.
A Bad Moms Christmas
Mother's Day is officially in warm-weather season, but that doesn't mean you can't channel the holidays. Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell), and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) try to keep it together for the holidays when their own mothers pop up and ramp up their stress levels.
20th Century Women
You'll want to grab some tissues watching this quirky indie drama with your mother. Annette Bening stars as Dorothea, a single mother who's raising her son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), in 1979. In her Santa Barbara home are two other tenants who also help raise Jamie, Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a photographer, and William (Billy Crudup), a carpenter.
Fun Mom Dinner
Let your mom decompress with this silly, rowdy comedy. Fun Mom Dinner revolves around four preschool mothers (Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, and Katie Aselton) who have nothing in common but decide to enjoy themselves on a fun night out that involves drinks, karaoke, and a hot bartender (Adam Levine).
The Fundamentals of Caring
The heartfelt charms of Paul Rudd and the understated warmth of this dramedy will make for a proper mom-kid bonding experience. Rudd plays Ben, a retired writer who becomes a caregiver for the snarky Trevor (Craig Roberts), a young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Despite skepticism from Trevor's mother, the two wind up on a soul-searching road trip together.
You and Mom will revel in the dry and witty humor of this classic starring Charlize Theron, who plays a divorced writer who hits up her hometown after learning that her ex just had a baby. It's a comedy about growing pains, even if you're a little past your teenage years.
Life as We Know It
Despite an epic fail of a first date, Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Messer (Josh Duhamel) need to straighten out their differences to take care of their goddaughter when their friends pass away. Yes, they'll fall in love with each other — you just can't go wrong with this heartfelt premise when it comes to picking out a movie to watch with your mother.