Memorable movie moms
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Memorable movie moms

Memorable movie moms

Who doesn’t love a good matriarch? From over-protective, loving and caring, to downright psychotic, here are some of the most memorable moms in movies. 

‘Mildred Pierce’ | Mildred Pierce

Joan Crawford stars as the hard-working mother struggling to support herself and her daughter through a divorce in the film “Mildred Pierce." 

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ | Mary Hatch

Donna Reed is the doting and understanding matriarch of the Bailey family in classic Christmas tale “It’s a Wonderful Life." 

 (Associated Press)
‘The Sound of Music’ | Maria

Julie Andrews’ Maria may not be the mother of the Von Trapp kids by blood in the classic musical “The Sound of Music,” but throughout the film she is a huge matriarchal influence on the children. Also she does eventually become their stepmother. 

 (20th Century Fox )
‘Sounder’ | Rebecca Morgan

In her Academy Award-winning role Cicely Tyson stars as Rebecca Morgan, the matriarch of a black sharecropper family who is struggling to hold her family together after her husband is imprisoned for stealing food.

 (Paramount Pictures / Getty Images)
‘Mommie Dearest’ | Joan Crawford

Faye Dunaway stars as the iconic real-life actress and abusive mother Joan Crawford in the film adaptation of Crawford’s daughter, Christina Crawford’s, novel “Mommie Dearest" about life behind closed doors in the Crawford family. 

 (Paramount Pictures)
‘Sophie’s Choice’ | Sophie

Meryl Streep won her second Academy Award for her portrayal of Sophie, a mother faced with an impossible decision -- which of her children will she send to their death at Auschwitz.

 (Universal Pictures)
‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ | Sarah Connor

Talk about one heroic mom. Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor fights her way through cyborg assassins to save not only herself but her son as well. 

 (TriStar Pictures)
‘The Joy Luck Club’ | The Mothers

In a movie all about mother-daughter relationships, four sets of Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-born daughters struggle to reconcile the cultural divide that exists between the generations.

 (Phil Bray)
‘The Preacher’s Wife’ | Margueritte Coleman

Jenifer Lewis stars as Margueritte Coleman, the mother of Whitney Houston’s Julia Biggs who cannot help but get involved in her daughter’s marriage.

 (David Lee / Touchstone Pictures)
‘Erin Brockovich’ | Erin Brockovich

Based on a true story, Julia Roberts (who won an Academy Award for her performance) portrays the struggling single mother Erin Brockovich, who works tirelessly to bring down the California power company accused of polluting the city’s water supply. 

 (Bob Marshak / Universal Studios)
‘Real Women Have Curves’ | Carmen Garcia

Lupe Ontiveros stars as a hardworking mother devoted to her family who struggles with the cultural divide with her daughter, Ana (America Ferrera).

 (Nicola Goode / HBO)
‘Freaky Friday’ | Tess Coleman

Jamie Lee Curtis is a mom gone wild as Tess Coleman, a mother who switches bodies with her rebellious teenage daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) in “Freaky Friday." 

 (Ron Batzdorff / Disney Entertainment)
‘Mean Girls’ | Mrs. George

Amy Poehler’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom as the ultimate mean girl, Regina George’s mom, Mrs. George in “Mean Girls." 

 (Michael Gibson / Paramount Pictures)
‘The Incredibles’ | Helen Parr / Elastigirl

Not only is Helen Hunt’s Helen Parr/Elastigirl a caring and loving mother of two, she is also a tough-as-nails superhero within the family. I guess one could say she’s a double hero. 

 (Disney / Pixar)
‘Saving Face’ | Ma

Joan Chen stars as Ma, a Chinese American traditionalist who struggles to accept the lifestyle of her lesbian daughter while living with her in Manhattan and challenging accepted traditions herself. 

 (Larry Riley / Sony Pictures Classics)
‘Mamma Mia!’ | Donna

Mamma mia, here we go again: Meryl Streep plays yet another memorable mom, who is reunited with three long-lost loves in her daughter’s quest to find her father, in the ABBA jukebox movie musical “Mamma Mia!”

 (Peter Mountain / Universal Pictures)
‘The Blind Side’ | Leigh Anne Tuohy

In her Academy Award-winning performance Sandra Bullock stars as Leigh Anne Tuohy, the loving and no-nonsense Tennessee mother of two who takes in homeless teen Michael Oher.

 (Ralph Nelson / Associated Press)
‘Precious’ | Mary

Mo’Nique won an Academy Award for supporting actress for her portrayal of Mary, the dysfunctional and abusive mother of Precious in “Precious.”

 (Anne Marie Fox / Lionsgate)
‘Mother’ | Mother

After her son is accused of murder, Hye-ja Kim’s Mother will stop at nothing to prove his innocence and find the truth, no matter what it reveals.

 (Magnolia Pictures)
‘Carrie’ | Margaret White

As Margaret White in “Carrie,” Julianne Moore portrays the religious and abusive mother to telekinetic teen Carrie White. 

 (Michael Gibson / Screen Gems)
‘August: Osage County’ | Violet Weston

Meryl Streep, center, portrays yet another memorable mother as the overbearing and verbally abusive Violet Weston in “August: Osage County." 

 (Claire Folger / The Weinstein Co.)
‘Room’ | Ma

Brie Larson won an Academy Award for her brave and honest portrayal of a young woman thrust into motherhood as a result of a terrible situation.

 (George Kraychyk / A24)