Little Women

This might be the ultimate mother-daughter movie, as wise Marmee shepherds her four daughters into adulthood with a few bumps and lots of laughs and tender moments along the way. There are at least 5 different adaptations of Little Women, so you'll have plenty to watch, but the 2019 version might be the best.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne is an exemplary role model for girls for so many reasons, and this movie is one of the greatest of all time. The whole family will love the story of the lonely orphan girl who finds an unexpected home, and you and your daughter in particular will delight in the period costumes, imaginative descriptions, warm female friendships ... and swooning over Gilbert Blythe just a little bit!

Steel Magnolias

You'll need a box of tissues, because it's got to be impossible to watch this movie and not sob at the end. One character says, "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion," and you'll experience that feeling in spades watching this hilarious and heartrending film. What makes it even better is that this movie is based on a true story: Writer Robert Harling wrote it to honor the memory of his sister, Susan, and her relationship with their mother.

Pride and Prejudice

The affectionate relationship between sisters Jane and Elizabeth and their on-again, off-again love stories are a pleasure to watch. The mother-daughter relationship in this movie is an example of "what not to do," but it only adds to the humor in this witty, heartfelt story that has stood the test of time as a novel and then as several movie adaptations (all excellent!).

Hidden Figures

This modern classic brings history to life with humor and grace. It's based on the true story of three African American women who worked for NASA in the 1950s and '60s as "human computers," doing complex mathematics and engineering work to help launch the spaceflight program. The three main characters are the kind of smart, kind, confident women you want your daughter to look up to, and there's a lovely romance to sweeten the deal.

13 Going on 30

This clever movie about a 13-year-old girl who wakes up in her "dream life" as a 30-year-old woman is not only great entertainment with a heartwarming ending, but also opens the door to good conversations with your daughter. What would her dream adult life look like? How is it the same or different from Jenna's? There are a few "adult" moments, but most of the film is a sweet, creative, heartwarming comedy.


Based on a Jane Austen novel, Emma tells the story of a young British heiress, Emma Woodhouse, who has a little too much time on her hands so she starts playing matchmaker among her friends. The results range from embarrassing to amusing, but all comes right in the end, and eventually she finds her own happy ending.

Crazy Rich Asians

Based on a book by the same name, Crazy Rich Asians is about a hardworking Chinese American professor who falls in love with a wealthy heir from Singapore, then runs afoul of his family when he brings her home to meet them. The film is brilliantly funny and the heroine exhibits composure and self-respect to a degree unusual in recent movies. Despite some unpleasant moments, the message of maintaining one's dignity and peace of mind in difficult situations makes it a wonderful one to watch with your daughter.

Legally Blonde

The premise of this movie sounds superficial: When sorority girl Elle Woods' boyfriend breaks up with her because she's "too blonde," she follows him to Harvard Law School to win him back. Yet this over-the-top comedy has unexpected depth and an inspiring message. Elle has great character development, growing in self-respect and confidence without losing her kind heart. There are some adult themes, but most of the film is tongue-in-cheek fun.

A League of Their Own

Based on the real story of the 1940s All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, A League of Their Own has many laugh-out-loud moments and strong messages of teamwork and compassion.

What a Girl Wants

What a girl wants is her father, according to this light-hearted teen comedy, but a strong and trusting mother-daughter relationship is the film's hidden gem. You'll both enjoy this modern-day fairy tale set against the backdrop of British high society.

The Princess Diaries

What happens when an ordinary, geeky high school girl finds out she's really a princess? The Princess Diaries reveals the hilarity and drama that ensue, ending on a positive and uplifting note.