Mothers come in all shapes and sizes: Some are maternal mavens baking cookies and healing every hurt. Others are wicked warriors balancing work and childcare. These women sacrifice, juggle, and give everything to raise their children. In films, mothers are equally as diverse.
Stacker surveyed film history and compiled a list of movies across decades, countries, and genres with memorable mothers. The films on the list are ranked by IMDb user rating, with ties broken by votes. To qualify, the film had to have at least 5,000 IMDb votes.
These films represent the cultural diversity of motherhood throughout the world. They are single, widowed, and married. They portray the wide spectrum of emotions every mother feels when doing one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs in the world, raising a child. The women on this list fight to balance dreams they thought were long dead with meeting the demands of caring for another human. They go to any means necessary to protect their children—they save, advocate, and nurture.
Join Stacker as we visit some of the most memorable mothers ever captured on celluloid.
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