In past years, we’ve talked about how few movies there are that feature strong, loving mothers. Too often, motherhood is mocked in movies (BAD MOMS), or they’re simply portrayed as mean (MOANA in the beginning), or even as the villains (AMERICAN BEAUTY, SOUTH PARK and SERIAL MOM).
However, we’ve seen a growing trend of positive portrayals of mothers in Hollywood movies. CINDERELLA tells the story of a mother passing on her values to her daughter in a powerful way. HIDDEN FIGURES shows hard-working mothers dedicated to serving their country in NASA’s computer department, but also present for their children. ARRIVAL shows a skilled linguist who saves humanity deciding that being a mother is the greatest thing she can do. These are just a few terrific movies that didn’t even make the Top 10 List that promote the incredible role mothers play in our lives.
Below is a list of Moviguide®’s Best Movies for Mother’s Day…
THE BLIND SIDE is a compelling, feel great drama that tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless young black teenager who is welcomed into a caring Christian family. Though there are unneccessary elements requiring caution, this wonderful drama is a faith filled, truly inspiring movie with overt Christian values.
WONDER is a family drama about Auggie, a young boy with a facial deformity who’s entering school for the first time after being homeschooled by his mother. The movie looks at Auggie’s first year in school from his perspective and the perspective of those around him. WONDER is a terrifically empathetic, uplifting movie that will bring tears of joy, but there’s brief, mostly light foul language.
In the remake of THE PARENT TRAP, Little Hallie Parker and Annie James (both played by newcomer, Lindsay Lohan) meet at camp and slowly discover that they are identical twins, separated at birth. Their job is to trick their parents into getting back together. Despite some pranks and a few exclamations, this movie is very moral, with a strong Christian worldview that extols family values.
HOME is a funny, lovable animation about a clumsy alien creature relocated to planet earth with the rest of his species, who turns the life of a little girl and humankind upside down. HOME has a strong moral, redemptive worldview celebrating sacrifice, family, hope, freedom, doing the right thing, truth, and pursuing justice.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is a heartrending, faith-affirming drama about the true story of a 12-year-old girl suffering from a very serious medical disorder. The cast and the filmmakers do a beautiful job making this story come alive.
In INCREDIBLES 2, the sequel to Pixar and Disney’s classic animated movie, Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and their children spring into action once again when a supervillain hypnotizes innocent civilians to harm others. INCREDIBLES 2 is another fun, exciting, family-friendly superhero movie with lots of humor and heart, but it contains a couple light expletives and some scary elements requiring caution for younger children.
The 1942 Best Picture Oscar winner, MRS. MINIVER, is a classic example of MGM doing its duty in wartime. Ending with “Onward Christian Soldiers,” and a call to buy war bonds, it’s the story of the horrors of war impacting a middle class English family.
I REMEMBER MAMA is the classic 1948 movie directed by George Stevens about a Norwegian family in 1910 San Francisco and the mother, who holds them together, played by Irene Dunne in one of her best roles. I REMEMBER MAMA is a beautifully crafted family drama with much humor and many poignant moments. It’s a wonderful salute to motherhood that also shows family is the bedrock of civilization.
AUGUST RUSH is an inspiring movie about a gifted boy who believes he can find his parents through music. The movie is redemptive, glorifies God as the giver of great talent and presents a pastor as one of the heroes, but it does open with a child being born to an unwed couple.
BREAKTHROUGH is a must-see, entertaining, powerful, convicting, heartrending story about the real-life incident of a boy who fell through some ice and had no pulse for a longer period than any doctor thought possible when he then miraculously revived. Each character, believers and unbelievers, undergoes a tremendous journey in BREAKTHROUGH, an inspiring movie that will make you laugh and cry.