Terms of Endearment
In this Oscar-winning mother-daughter drama from 1983, Shirley MacLaine plays the fierce and overprotective mother to Emma (played by Debra Winger). The film packs a lifetime of love and tears into its 25-year span, and was one of Greta Gerwig’s greatest inspirations for Lady Bird.
In this 1989 tragic comedy about a sextet of powerful Southern belles, Sally Field and Julia Roberts shine as an emotionally overwhelmed mother-daughter duo in the throes of wedding planning.
This docudrama from 1981 is based on Christina Crawford’s jaw-dropping memoir of growing up the daughter of Hollywood legend Joan Crawford (played by Faye Dunaway). Watch if you want to feel better about your own parenting choices.
Albert Brooks is a national treasure, and his 1996 comedy exploring a grown son’s relationship with his mother (Debbie Reynolds) merits repeat viewings.
The black comedy that swept the most recent Oscars was about privilege, pretenses, and the power of ambitious mothers. The matriarchs that Lee Jung-eun and Cho-Yeo Jeong play occupy opposite side of the class divide and set the wild story in motion.