From Little Women to Dirty Dancing, these are all the classics you have to watch with your mom.

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated May 05, 2020
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We love a good classic movie, and there’s no one better to watch with than your mom. If you can't be together due to social distancing measures or travel restrictions this Mother's Day, plan a virtual movie night for the two of you. The Netflix Party app allows both of you to watch the film at the same time, and will even allow you to chat back and forth during the movie so you can call out your favorite moments. If you want to watch a movie that's not on Netflix, set up a FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangout call so you can see Mom's face and chat during the movie. Just be sure to hit 'play' at the same time so you can watch it at the same time.

Pop in a DVD for a re-showing of an old favorite, or queue up one on Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+, and don’t forget the homemade popcorn! These are our favorite classic movies for a mother-daughter movie night.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta dance in the 1978 classic film 'Grease.'
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The Breakfast Club is one of our all-time favorite classics, which means you absolutely need to watch it with your mom. Five high school students are forced to serve detention together on a Saturday; at first glance they couldn’t be more different, but by the end of the day they realize they have more in common than they thought.

2

This 1986 John Hughes classic stars Molly Ringwald, cast as a high school student who explores different social circles as she navigates a romance with a popular boy at school. This movie is perfect for moms with teenage daughters, but it’s a film any mother-daughter duo needs to see.

3

As the famous quote reminds us, there’s no place like home—and at home with Mom is our favorite place to be. Watch Dororthy, Toto, and the rest of the gang travel down the Yellow Brick Road in an attempt to gain their hearts desires from the Wizard.

4

This mother-daughter duo will have you and Mom singing the soundtrack long after the credits stop rolling. Set on a gorgeous Greek island, the film follows a young woman who invites her three potential fathers to her wedding—without telling her mother.

5

Travel back in time with Mom and watch as Scarlett O’Hara navigates the Civil War-era South. This 1939 classic is full of history and romance, and will have you quoting famous lines throughout the whole thing. It's a mother-daughter must-watch.

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6

Sing along with Mom, Julie Andrews, and the Von Trapp family as you watch this 1965 classic film. Set in Austria in the 1930s, the movie tells the story of Maria, a failed nun-turned-governess who finds herself in charge of the seven Von Trapp children—and faced with a potential romance with their father.

7

Our favorite adaptation of Little Women—the 1994 version with Wynona Ryder and Susan Sarandon—came to Netflix last year and we binge-watched it with Mom before going to see the newest rendition of the film in theaters. Snuggle up on the couch and experience the joy and heartbreak of the March family as they navigate post-Civil War America.

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8

This story of a magical nanny is a must-see for, well, basically everyone—but the heartwarming family element makes it an absolute must for moms and daughters. Make it a movie marathon by watching the 1964 original with Julie Andrews, followed by the 2018 remake starring Emily Blunt.

9

It’s been 30 years since this movie was released, so it’s the perfect time to plan a mother-daughter date night. Watch Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Dolly Parton in this classic film about friendship and female empowerment.

10

Travel back to the 1950s in California and sing along with Mom. Watch Danny and Sandy’s classic love story unfold in this 1978 film about love, friendship, and coming of age.

11

To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic film full of historical lessons that are sure to promote thought-provoking conversations with Mom. Watch as lawyer Atticus Finch takes the stand to defend Tom Robinson in this 1962 film about racial inequality. Plan a movie night, pop the popcorn, and settle in for this classic flick.

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While this 2004 film might not be a total ‘classic,’ it’s definitely at the top of our must-watch-with-Mom list. Jennifer Garner plays a 13-year-old who makes a birthday wish and wakes up the next day as her 30-year-old self.

13

When Harry Met Sally is one of the most classic stories of love and friendship to ever appear on screens, and it’s a total must-see. Watch the original flick, then stream When Harry Met Sally 2 on Prime Video.

14

We’ve all been annoyed with our mothers at some point—and most moms will tell you their kids don’t realize how easy they have it. Whether you watch the 1976 classic with Jodie Foster or the 2003 remake with Jamie Lee Curtis, this film is so relatable.

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This classic coming of age story is a must-watch for mothers and daughters—as long as your mom has never forgotten your birthday because of an older sibling’s wedding! This movie is available to stream on Netflix, so you and Mom can snuggle up at home for a good old fashioned movie night.

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Richard Gere and Julia Roberts star in this film about two people from vastly different social classes. When a wealthy business man hires a beautiful woman to accompany him to his high society parties, they both learn about what it truly means to be a good person. This 1990 classic is best for moms with adult daughters.

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This 1987 film tells the story of Baby, a teenage girl who isn’t thrilled to be spending the summer at a resort with her parents—until she falls for the camp’s dance instructor. When her family finds out how she’s been spending her summer, conflict ensues.

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