In celebration of Mother’s Day (it’s this weekend – just a heads-up, guys), we’ve taken a look back at some of the most iconic mother-daughter relationships from the screen, guaranteed to give you all the warm and fuzzy feels. So grab your number one hun, mark your spot on the sofa and fire up these feel-good films and TV box-sets that make for perfect Sunday viewing. Popcorn (and tissues) at the ready…
1. Matilda Wormwood and Miss Honey
From the moment they met at Crunchem Hall, Matilda and Miss Honey formed an instant friendship – despite the fact they had the Trunbull breathing down their necks. But after driving the wicked headmistress out of town (see ya, babes) and waving off her unloving fam, Matilda was finally adopted by her class teacher, meaning – Danny DeVito voice – both of them got what they finally wanted: a loving family. Cue all the happy tears.
2. Regina George and Mrs George
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Mrs George isn’t like a regular mum, she’s a cool mum *wink*. And whilst her antics in Mean Girls get a few eye-rolls from Regina, there’s no denying that this pink tracksuit-clad, mocktail-serving mama was majorly supportive of her daughter, whether she was cheering her on in the Winter Talent Show or making her neck brace look all fancy for the Spring Fling. You go, Glen Coco.
3. Anna and Tess Coleman
Like many teenagers, Anna in Freaky Friday had her fair share of dramz with her mum, Tess. They didn’t seem to really get each other between all the fights and door-slamming – well, until a cheeky little switch-a-roo via a couple of magic fortune cookies, that is. Once makeovers, romantic matters and chat show shenanigans had been put to one side, this mother-daughter duo finally got to see the world through the other’s eyes, making them closer than ever before. Uh, you guys.
4. Aibleen Clark and Mae Mobley Leefolt
“You is kind, you is smart, you is important” – these were the words spoken by Aibleen Clark, the maid hired to take care of two-year-old Mae Mobley Leefolt in The Help. Through her wonderful stories, games and never-ending wisdom, Aibleen taught the tiny tot about love, kindness and equality, and gave her a serious sense of self-worth. What a woman.
5. Rory and Lorelai Gilmore
If the Gilmore Girls taught us anything, it was that mums and daughters can be best friends. Rory and Lorelai warmed our hearts with their mother-daughter movie nights, endless witty banter (including secret code-speak – erm, how cool?!) and the fact that they always had each other’s backs.
6. Jane, Xiomara and Alba Villanueva
One of the things that we love about Jane the Virgin (apart from all the LOLs it gives us, of course) is the fierce dynamic between Jane, her mum Xiomara and her abuela – aka grandma – Alba. Despite the dramas and disagreements, this close-knit trio proved just how strong single mothers are, and showed us that girls really do run the world.
7. Sabrina, Hilda and Zelda Spellman
Navigating high school can be tough – even if you are a secret teenage witch with a talking black cat. Luckily for Sabrina Spellman, her aunts Hilda and Zelda always made sure she was on the right track with their sound advice (OK, so that was mostly Zelda), magical abilities and warm, nurturing relationships. Hashtag aunt goals.
8. Juno and Bren MacGauff
At first, 16-year-old Juno had a bit of an awkward relationship with her step-mum, Bren. But after falling pregnant and deciding to have the baby adopted, the teen had the full support of her step-mum and, by the end, it was plain to see that there was so much love between the two of them. Serious heart-eyes alert.