Celebrate Mother's Day with Movies on Max

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One of the best parts of subscribing to premium channels like Max is the plethora of movies available from these popular platforms. From time-honored classics to the newest releases, there's also an excellent library of lesser-known, critically acclaimed films available from the Home Box Office network waiting in the wings.

Let's take a quick look at a few of these less-famous flicks that today's viewers may have overlooked that are worthy of watching especially on Mother's Day. Each of them embraces and showcases women in unique ways. Check out our list of mother's day movies below.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Those who enjoy watching epic biopics will embrace both of these iconic stars as they struggled underneath the spotlight in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

While each one of this mother-daughter duo had their own place in the limelight, this bittersweet journey is chock-full of time-honored captured mementos from their past during their complicated yet still resilient relationship. It helps to prove conquers all and reminds us that there's no relationship equivalent to the one shared by a mother and child despite their differences.


Although older women are often overlooked by Hollywood, a powerful performance by Paulina Garcia brings the title character of Gloria into the spotlight. While she's considered "a woman of a certain age," this doesn't stop this free-spirited female from feeling young, enjoying, and making the most of her life.

After meeting at a disco, sparks fly between divorced Gloria and an aging former naval officer named Rodolfo as portrayed by Sergio Hernandez. Set in stunning Santiago, their whirlwind relationship balances reality with romance in this uniquely comedic drama.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Technically this is an animated feature rather than a traditional film. Still, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya shines as a true gem in storytelling. The critics' consensus at Rotten Tomatoes gave the motion picture a solid 100% score and said it offers "narrative depth, frank honesty, and exquisite visual beauty," calling it "a modern animated treasure with timeless appeal.

A short synopsis shares the story of a tiny nymph found inside a bamboo stalk that grows into a beautiful young woman. When males begin seeking Kaguya's romantic attention, she orders suitors to prove their love by completing a series of nearly impossible tasks.

The Tale

This time, The Tale takes viewers on an unusual and remarkable journey of remembrance when Jennifer (as portrayed by the legendary Laura Dern) discovers a journal she wrote as a teenager. Based on real events experienced by the movie's writer and director (Jennifer Fox), she returns to the Carolina horse farm where she was raised. In an attempt to reconcile her memories with the truth, Jennifer's search for reality takes her on a trip of eye-opening understanding and awareness.

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