The 6 Saddest Mother Daughter Movies Of All Time

Tuesday, March 27 by Sasha Moody

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Whether she admits it or not, a girl’s relationship with her mother is very important. It can be strenuous at times, but in the end family is family—you love them no matter what. It doesn’t matter if its Mother’s Day or you just want to curl up on the couch and watch a mother-daughter movie with your Mom. Any one of these six movies will bring you two to tears and closer together.

“Stepmom”

Susan Sarandon plays Jackie Harrison, a woman terminally ill with cancer.  Julia Roberts plays Isabel, Sarandon’s ex-husband’s girlfriend. Since Sarandon knows she isn’t going to survive very long so her two children are going to have to live with her husband and Roberts could someday become their stepmother. Despite how hard it is for her and her daughter, they try to bond with quirky and spontaneous Roberts. I can guarantee that by the end of the movie you’ll be sobbing like a baby.

"White Oleander”


“My mother was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She was also the most dangerous.” “White Oleander” is a hauntingly beautiful story following an intense mother-daughter relationship. Astrid (Alison Lohman) is a young girl who’s been separated from her mother Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) after she murders her ex-lover with the poison of white oleander flowers. Astrid ends up in four different foster homes. Her and her mother’s relationship is strained by the prison bars that keep them apart and Pfeiffer’s stubborn, controlling personality.

"Anywhere But Here”


“Anywhere But Here” starts when Adele (Susan Sarandon) picks up her whole life in Wisconsin, including her daughter Ann (Natalie Portman) and moves to California. She expects to start living a glamorous life in Los Angeles but is surprised when she cannot afford anything! She pushes Ann to become an actress, but she isn't interested in acting and just wants to study and get into Brown University so she can get as far away as possible from her mother. It is touching stories we all can relate to at least a little bit—mothers just don’t understand their daughters sometimes.

“Mother and Child”

“Mother and Child” is a heartwarming story about lost time and a few mother-daughter relationships. When she was only 14, Karen (Annette Bening) gave birth to a baby girl and gave her up for adoption. The movie follows Karen, now a middle-aged woman struggling with her guilt about giving her baby up, Elizabeth, her daughter who is also pregnant and Lucy, a woman who cannot have her own children but longs for a baby. “Mother and Child” shows us the importance of mother-daughter relationships that are sometimes taken for granted.

“The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”


After Siddalee (Sandra Bullock) becomes a successful playwright, she gives an interview to Time Magazine speaking of her quirky mother and unhappy childhood. Her mother Vivi (Ellen Burstyn) becomes furious at the picture the reporter has painted of her. Vivi’s friends, the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, drug Siddalee, kidnap her and bring her back to where she grew up. Siddalee learns about her mother as a friend, wife and person– something every daughter should try to do. Your mother wasn’t born as your mom!  

“Sherrybaby”


 

“Sherrybaby” is a raw, riveting tale of a young mother and drug addict Sherry (Maggie Gyllenhall) who is released from prison on parole after three years of being away from her daughter. Sherry’s daughter, Alexis is placed in the care of her brother Bobby and his wife. They treat Alexis as their own child and Sherry has limited time with her. Sherry has to adjust to life on the outside, her constant drug temptation and forming a relationship with her daughter.

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