Making a perfect on-screen mother-daughter duo is about finding actors that work like bread to butter. However, have you ever watched a movie where the actresses playing mother and daughter are almost too similar—so much so, that they could pass as genuine relatives in real life?
From Mean Girls to Titanic and the thriller film Panic Room, some casting decisions have a knack for the uncanny, and make us realise how good movies can be at making us fall for their magic (or lies, depending on how you look at it).
Makeup and costuming can only go so far—so scroll down for the on-screen mother-daughter duos that are a casting match made in heaven. Seriously, can you imagine anyone other than Meryl Streep playing the mother of her on-screen daughter, Amanda Seyfried, in Mamma Mia!?
1 / 11 Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart in Panic Room (2002)
Possibly the most insane part of this 2002 thriller is that Foster and Stewart (long before she rose to superstardom from her role in Twilight) look insanely similar to one another, and could pass as mother and daughter in real life, too.
2 / 11 Kate Winslet and Frances Fisher in Titanic (1997)
For those who haven't seen Titanic—in which case, get on that—Frances Fisher plays main character Rose (Kate Winslet)'s conniving, social-climbing mother. Fisher and Winslet look similar in the first place, but with their hair dyed the same shade of red, the resemblance between the two is uncanny.
3 / 11 Emma Stone and Patricia Clarkson in Easy A (2010)
Stone and Clarkson don't just look similar in Easy A—they're practically the same person. Clarkson plays main character Olive's free-wheeling, typically Californian mother, and the two are a breath of fresh air in the scenes they share.
4 / 11 Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia! (2008) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
We're obviously still perplexed as to how Seyfried's character Sophie has an American accent, despite having lived in Greece for her entire life. However, one thing we can't deny that she could pass as the real-life daughter of her Mamma Mia! mother, Meryl Streep.
5 / 11 Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday (2003)
Generation-bending thriller Freaky Friday has a special place in every millennial's heart, and casting Lindsay Lohan as the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis was a casting match made in heaven.
6 / 11 Cher and Winona Ryder in Mermaids (1990)
Weirdly enough, the 1990 comedy film Mermaids is the only time that '90s phenom Ryder and Academy Award winner Cher have been on screen together. Still, we can't deny how much the two could pass as an IRL mother-daughter duo, even today.
7 / 11 Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange in Grey Gardens (2009)
Barrymore and Academy Award winner Lange were so, so good in 2009's Grey Gardens, where they played First Lady Jackie Kennedy's real-life aunt and first cousin (known for their slight madness).
8 / 11 Oprah Winfrey and Kimberly Elise in Beloved (1998)
TV legend Winfrey's role in the 1998 horror film Beloved is often overlooked, but one thing we can't overlook is the resemblance she bears to her on-screen daughter, Kimberly Elise.
9 / 11 Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner in Sylvia (2003)
Danner and Paltrow might have looked eerily similar as a mother-daughter duo in Sylvia, but it's because they're actually mother and daughter IRL. Paltrow was introduced to acting by her mother Danner, who's been an actress for decades, and it was all uphill from there.
10/11 Uma Thurman and Perla Haney-Jardine in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
BB in Kill Bill is the perfect mix of her mother, The Bride (Uma Thurman) and her father, Bill (David Carradine). We also can't quite wrap our heads around the fact that Perla Haney-Jardine, the actress that played BB, is now 21 years old.
11 / 11 Rachel McAdams and Amy Poehler in Mean Girls (2004)
Maybe it was just a mix of the careless attitude, the blonde locks or the amazingly 2000s fashion sense, but we can't imagine anyone other than Rachel McAdams and Amy Poehler in their roles as mother and daughter in Mean Girls (except for Ariana Grande and Kris Jenner, perhaps).