16 Movies and TV Shows to Add to Your Mother’s Day Binge Watch Playlist

Turn your celebrations into a binge-a-thon

May 2020 is not the month to enjoy the regular summer vacation and quick getaways, instead it’s all about making the most of our time indoors. This Mother's Day, our annual plans definitely need some readjusting. Sitting together for a marathon session of movie viewing is one way to go about it. We’ve put together the ultimate binge-watch playlist to save you from hours of scrolling to select the perfect watch with mommy dearest. So, kick back and enjoy these movies and shows with your mom, grandmom, aunt or even the whole family (hello, dad). Bonus points for playing chef and making all of mom’s fave snacks or drinks.  

1. This Is Us

This show follows the story of three generations of the Pearson family. It is a story of an American family and their relationships—explained through flashbacks from the parents’ Jack and Rebecca’s own love story, to their time as new parents, to the Big Three, Randall, Kate and Kevin,  growing into teenagers, and then adults. You might want to keep a box of tissues ready for this one as it deals with themes such as body image issues, the love-hate relationship among the siblings, and even addiction, illness and death.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar  


2. Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

Set a decade after the finale of the original series, the Gilmore Girls are back again to give us some major mother-daughter goals. This limited-series sees Lorelai and Rory Gilmore dealing with the cards dealt by life, playing an enviable mother-daughter duo that are nothing less that BFFs, almost always on the same page and bond over unique movie night snack rituals.
Where to watch: Netflix


3. Workin' Moms

This relatable mom-com follows four friends as they return to work force at the end of their maternity leave. Testing the modern ideal that moms are superhumans and can have it all, the series takes us inside the unedited version of motherhood—pumping milk in office cubicles, juggling relationships, babies, horrific co-workers and dealing with postpartum depression.
Where to watch: Netflix

4. Good Girls

Most moms would do anything for their kids, but the stay-at-home moms on Good Girls take it to a whole new level when they decide to rob a grocery store to help their cash-strapped families. Soon, one robbery leads them into a crime empire that the moms manage between their regular mommy duties. It’s a hilarious watch.
Where to watch: Netflix


5. Bird Box

In a post-apocalyptic world, where a supernatural force that targets those with vision, young mother takes on a protective and ferocious avatar to keep her children alive. In trying to demonstrate how dire their situation is, Malorie, played by Sandra Bullock, tells the kids, Girl and Boy, that they “will die” if they don’t do as told to while they make their escape down a river. Fair warning: This movie is not for the faint of heart.
Where to watch: Netflix


6. Mom

Definitely not your regular sappy mother-daughter story. Instead, this one follows Christy Plunkett and her mother Bonnie, both single moms and recovering addicts, working to rebuild their relationship while raising Christy's children together. This series is a binge too big for one weekend—but it couldn't hurt to squeeze in a few episodes.
Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix


7. Room

This award-winning suspenseful and emotional movie, based on the eponymous novel, is a testament to a mother’s true love. Following the close relationship between a mother and son who have been living in a small room for several years, it takes us through her extremes and strength as she guides her son through their imprisonment, escape and transition to the real world.
Where to watch: Netflix


8. Mamma Mia!

With fun ABBA numbers and a stellar star cast, this film is the perfect sing-along watch. In this 2008 film, Meryl Streep reprises her role as Donna, a mother-of-the-bride who's put in quite the spot when her daughter, played by Amanda Seyfried invites three men—Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård—from her past to the ceremony. Although her daughter's intentions were strictly to meet her real father, the surprising reunion results in some dramatic confrontation.
Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu, Prime 


9. The Incredibles 2

All moms are superheroes in their own ways, except Elastigirl, who actually is one with serious stretch powers. While Mr. Incredible enjoys his moment in The Incredibles, it's Elastigirl who steals the limelight in this sequel. This mom does whatever it takes to keep her family together, and if that doesn’t make it the most admirable, powerful movie of all… we don’t know what will.
Where to watch: Google Play, YouTube, Disney+ Hotstar


10. The Blind Side

Whether you're celebrating the day with your own mom, stepmom, grandmom or someone whom you consider a maternal figure in your life, this movie shows us that family isn't just born, but that it can also be made. Besides, Sandra Bullock even nabbed an Academy Award for playing the ultimate strong mom, Leigh Anne Tuohy, the real-life adoptive mother of star football player Michael Oher in this movie.
Where to watch: Google Play, YouTube


11. Brave

Brave follows the journey of Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a young Scottish princess who’s trying to break classic feminine traditions and carve a path of her own, much to the dismay of her mother. Chaos and an ill-fated wish ensue, turning her mom into a bear. As the movie progresses and Merida journeys towards reversing this curse, the two learn that family is more important than anything.
Where to watch: Google Play, YouTube, Disney+ Hotstar


12. Otherhood

After motherhood, follows ‘otherhood’: when moms who spent most of their lives bringing up their kids, now suddenly have to figure out how they fit into their all-grown up children's lives. In this movie, Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, and Felicity Huffman play three best friends and mothers who use Mother's Day as an excuse to reconnect with their children. In the bargain, they also end up reconnecting with themselves.
Where to watch: Netflix


13. Lady Bird

This critically acclaimed film follows 17-year-old Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson as she navigates boys, high school, friendship, and her conflicting relationship with her headstrong yet deeply loving mom. Through its bittersweet depiction of a millennial mother-daughter relationship, this movie shows you that even if you don't have the best relationship with your mom, they'll be there for you come what may.
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime


14. Never Have I Ever

At its heart, it’s a teenage drama that’s funny, sensitive, and of course refreshing as it touches upon themes such as adolescence and parental loss. It revolves around Devi, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, a first-generation Indian American, who avoids grieving her father's passing and navigates her difficult relationship with her mother, Nalini. In the meantime, Nalini as a single parent is hiding her own trauma, making her way through societal and familial pressures, whilst also struggling to raise her only daughter.
Where to watch: Netflix

15. Grace and Frankie

This six-season long series takes us into the opposite lives of Grace and Frankie, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who go from being nemeses to bonded jilted wives. When they learn that their husbands have been having an affair with each other for years, these wives come together to deal with their unique situation and eventually form a life-long bond. After all, there's nothing like having a BFF who understands everything you’re going through, including single motherhood.
Where to watch: Netflix


16. Lion

Dev Patel plays Saroo Brierley, a man who sets out on a journey in search for his birth family, 25 years after accidentally getting on a train and losing them. Besides, his relationship with his adoptive mother Sue, played by Nicole Kidman, is also of central focus. Based on a true story, Lion is sure to give you all the feels as it reminds you of the importance of family and makes you appreciate your mom even more.
Where to watch: Netflix


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