Ok, so not all of these are fit to be watched with kids but they are my top picks of movies / series that depict the different areas of motherhood whether it be expecting mothers, mothers themselves or someone stepping into the role of a motherhood.
1. Because I Said So
Plot: A meddling mother tries to set her daughter up with the right man so that she won’t follow in her footsteps
2. The Blind Side
Plot: The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatised boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
3. Mother’s Day
Plot: The movie follows the lives of 4 different parents in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.
4. Bird Box
Plot: Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
5. Mamma Mia!
Plot: The musical story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father, told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.
6. Mamma Mia! Here we go again
Plot: Five years after the events of the first Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past.
7. Erin Brockovich
Plot: An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.
8. Freaky Friday
Plot: An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other’s life for one freaky Friday.
9. What to Expect when you’re Expecting
Plot: Follows the lives of five interconnected couples as they experience the thrills and surprises of having a baby and realize that no matter what you plan for, life does not always deliver what is expected.
10. Bad Moms
Plot: When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun and comedic self-indulgence.
Plot: When Lola’s mom “accidentally” reads her teenage daughter’s racy journal, she realises just how wide their communication gap has grown.
12. Instant Family
Plot: A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.
13. The Parent Trap
Plot: Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.
Plot: This film adaptation of a Roald Dahl work tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father and mother. Her teacher, Mrs. Honey, steps into a motherly role.
15. Raising Helen
Plot: After her sister and brother-in-law die in a car accident, a young woman becomes the guardian of their three children.
16. Yours, Mine & Ours
Plot: A widowed Coast Guard Admiral and a widow handbag designer fall in love and marry, much to the dismay of her 10 and his 8 children.
17. Gilmore Girls (Series)
Plot: Thirty-two year old single mom, Lorelai, lives with her teenage daughter Rory in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, with crazy neighbours and many ups and downs.
18. Workin’ Moms (Series)
Plot: Four very different thirty-something working mothers and friends try to balance their jobs, family life and love life in modern day Toronto, Canada.
19. Big Little Lies (Series)
Plot: The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.
20. Modern Family (Series)
Plot: Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.