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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

National Stepfamily Day: Famous stepmom, stepdad and stepfamily movies

When it comes to holidays, September 16 has something for everyone! Not only is it National Play-Doh Day, National Guacamole Day, Working Parents Day, today also celebrates today’s modern family. It’s National Stepfamily Day. Founded by Christy Borgeld in 1997, this annual “holiday” celebrates America’s blended families.

Whether a divorce or death occurred prior to the new relationship, the transition from yours and mine to ours, can be a difficult one, especially for children. Bringing two families together with different backgrounds and values can be a daunting task. While one out of three American families lives as step-families today, it won’t be too long before more children will be living in blended families than living with both biological parents. Today serves as an important reminder to embrace and celebrate your new family.

Today is the perfect time to grab a few flicks, whip up a few sweet treats and favorite beverages and make it family movie night. Whether you prefer tear-jerkers, comedies or thrillers, check out the step-family films listed below.

Famous Films about Stepmoms, Stepdads and Stepkids

  • Yours, Mine and Ours – In case you’ve never seen it, this fun 1968 romp, starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, is a must-see for families.

  • It’s Complicated –Meryl Streep becomes the other woman with her ex-hubby in this funny film co-starring Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Life sure can be complicated!

  • Tender Mercies – Robert Duvall, Tess Harper and Betty Buckley star in this 1983 film about a country singer and his daughter.

  • Secondhand Lions - This wonderful film, starring Robert Duvall and Michael Caine, is about a shy young boy who spends the summer with his uncles.

  • Lassie – This 1994 remake, starring Helen Slater and Tom Guiry, is about a boy and a beautiful collie.

  • The Brady Bunch Movie – Based on the popular television series from the 70s, this fun movie stars Shelley Long. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

  • Raising Helen – Kate Hudson becomes the guardian of her sister’s children after a tragic accident.

  • Stepmom – Get out the Kleenex. This touching movie, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, is a real tear-jerker!

  • Yours, Mine and Ours – In case you’ve never seen it, this fun 1968 film, starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, is a must-see for families.

  • Sleepless in Seattle – Tom Hanks plays a recently widowed father in this touching movie co-starring Meg Ryan and directed by Nora Ephron.

  • No Reservations – Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a workaholic chef in charge of everything around her until tragedy strikes when her only sister dies and her young niece comes to live with her.

  • Big Girls Don’t Cry…They Get Even - Talk about dysfunctional!

  • The Parent Trap – This 1998 film, starring Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and a young Lindsay Lohan, also includes a potential future wicked stepmother.

  • Cinderella – Speaking of wicked stepmothers….

  • Snow White and the Huntsman – This 2012 flick stars Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.

  • Losing Isaiah – Halle Berry and Jessica Lange embark on a bitter custody battle in this 1995 drama.

  • Step Brothers – Will Farrell, John C. Reilly and Mary Steenburgen star in this funny film about two middle-aged men. Rated R.

  • Orphan – Things are not always what they seem in this spooky thriller for older audiences.


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