A ridiculous number of AWESOME movies to watch with your teenage daughter

Wanna know why it sucks to have a teenage girl? Oh wait, I don’t have time to write an entire book right now. Fine, then wanna know why it’s AWESOME to have a teenage girl? Because you get to show her all your favorite old movies and watch them together. Look how excited my daughter is about this: 

ZOEY: Why do we always have to watch YOUR old movies?

ME: Because they’re awesome! They really don’t make them like they used to.

ZOEY: What, boring?

ME: Ha ha, very funny. 

But here’s the problem. Every time we go to watch a movie together, my mind goes blank. So I’m making a list. Without further ado, drumroll please, here are 20 awesome movies I can’t wait to watch with my teenage daughter: 

  1. Love Actually
    Perrrfect in every way. It’s funny, touching, full of love, but also includes some reality that I think my kid is ready to see. Are there sexy scenes in it? I mean yeah, but she’s 13 years old in 2022. She can handle it.
  2. Pretty Woman
    She lovvvvved this movie. Is there a scene when Julia Roberts goes down on Richard Gere? Yes. Is it graphic? No. Will you have to have an uncomfortable conversation with your daughter? Possibly. But that’s a good thing because that means you have an open relationship with her and you can talk about shit like this.
  3. Steel Magnolias
    I am DYING to show this one to Zoey because I remember how awesome it is, but I’m a little nervous because she’s never seen me full-on ugly cry before. 
  1. Bridesmaids
    So I recently watched this one again to see if she’s ready for it. Within about sixty seconds, I got my answer. No, she is not. YET. But in a couple years she will be ready and then we can watch the diarrhea throw-up scene over and over and over again until we both pee all over the couch with laughter.
  1. When Harry Met Sally
    Another one I can’t wait to show her, but I’ll have to. Have you ever jumped the gun and shown your kid a movie when they’re too young and they don’t get half of it? This is one of those movies. But someday!!!!

Okay, here’s where I get lazy and just start listing movies without my brilliant commentary (this is okay because I’m willing to admit that I’m lazy and because if I keep writing stuff about every movie, I’ll never finish writing this blog post)

  1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  2. Dirty Dancing
  3. Pretty in Pink
  4. Overboard
  5. Can’t Buy me Love
  6. Sixteen Candles
  7. The Breakfast Club
  8. Mystic Pizza
  9. Ten Things I Hate about You
  10. Pitch Perfect (she LOVES these movies)
  11. Notting Hill
  12. Muriel’s Wedding (I can’t really remember this one, but I remember it being hilariously awesome)
  13. My Best Friend’s Wedding
  14. Runaway Bride (I don’t even know whether I saw this one, but it looks good)
  15. Say Anything
  16. Miss Congeniality
  17. Thelma and Louise (not yet (cough cough, rape scene) but soon)
  18. Hunger Games
  19. Mermaids (to show her there’s a mom that’s crazier than me)
  20. Flashdance
  21. Beaches
    (Just as I expected, I forgot SOOOO many awesome ones! The rest are a BUNCH of movies you guys mentioned on my Facebook post! Thank you!!)
  22. Step Mom
  23. Mean Girls
  24. The Fault in our Stars
  25. Fried Green Tomatoes
  26. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
  27. Sweet Home Alabama
  28. The Notebook
  29. The Joy Luck Club
  30. Easy A
  31. Sweet home Alabama
  32. Practical Magic
  33. Ever After
  34. The Cutting Edge
  35. Footloose
  36. Mama Mia
  37. Fifty First Dates
  38. 27 Dresses
  39. Where the Heart is
  40. While You Were Sleeping
  41. You’ve Got Mail
  42. Sleepless in Seattle
  43. Some Kind of Wonderful
  44. Now and Then
  45. 13 Going on 30
  46. Real Genius

Oh crap, I was supposed to stop at 20. And I’m sure there are soooo many I’m missing, so please share any I missed in the comments on my Facebook page!

P.S. I HIGHLY recommend Common Sense Media to make sure your kiddo is ready for certain movies before you watch them together.

P.P.S. If you liked this, please don’t forget to like and share it. Thank you!!!! And email it to yourself so you have it when you need movie ideas. 

There are 9 comments for this article
  1. Jennifer K Graham at 8:07 pm

    The sweetest thing. But you still want to wait till she’s a little older. It’s hilarious.

  2. Brady at 10:51 pm

    Space Camp
    Heart and Souls (oh how I adore this movie)
    A league of their own
    Hocus Pocus
    The Proposal

  3. Jeannine at 7:44 pm

    My daughter and I watched Gilmore Girls together last year and it was such a great bonding experience for us.

    You need to put : don’t tell mom the babysitters dead on that list. She loves that one too.

  4. Jess G at 10:15 pm

    Girls just want to have fun
    Adventures in Babysitting
    Three men and a baby
    Three men and a little lady

  5. Rish at 12:18 am

    Since you are open to having honest and necessary conversations (i think that is awesome) with your daughter and any boys who might be watching as well. Sixteen Candles has some serious date rate themes going on in it as he passes his drunk girlfriend off to a freshman boy to have s*x with. (Not to mention Jake only becomes interested in her because he finds a note about her wanting to be with him) I had to have many talks with my daughter and my son when it comes to consent. You can’t ignore these difficult topics, I agree it is good for parents to talk openly with our kids.