Memorable Moms in the Movies-A New List

How would you describe your mom?  Or, if you are a mom, how would your kids describe you?  Hollywood has an amazing knack of portraying mothers and I would like to bring to your attention a few ladies who never make the "usual" memorable mom list.  Move over Mommie Dearest, it's time for some new blood...

Classic Mom
Ellen Arden (Irene Dunn) in "My Favorite Wife"-1940

Everyone looks better in black and white.  And who wouldn't want to kiss Cary Grant good night?  And good morning?  And good afternoon?

Early 80's mom
Diane Freeling (JoBeth Williams) in Poltergeist-1982

Oh, how I love this movie!  Simpler times....  Who doesn't love a mom who will throw herself into the mouth of hell for her child!
Memorable Quote - "Don't touch my baby!"

Sci-fi Mom
The Mother Alien from Aliens-1986

What mother wouldn't spray acid on the face of someone who is about to destroy her babies??

Tough as Nails Mom
Seven (Dalia Hern
ndez) in Apocalypto-2006
Try giving birth in a flooding pit with your 3-year-old on your shoulders while your husband escapes a posse out to kill him...  And I needed an epidural! Cartoon Mom
Lisa (Tina Fey) in Ponyo-2008

I love the dialog between Lisa and her son.  Animation director, Hayao Miyazaki is an amazing visual story teller.

Stay-at-home Mom
Cathy/Rebecca Ryan (JoBeth Williams) in American Dreamer-1971

After staying home for several years to raise her two children, a suburban housewife wins a writing contest, travels to France, get amnesia and becomes the real-life heroine of her own book.

Single Mom
Helen Buckman (Dianne Wiest) in Parenthood-1989

Memorable Quote - "No, no, no, no. I'm too young to be a grandmother. Grandmothers are old. They bake, and they sew, and they tell you stories about the Depression."

The Wise Mom
Rose Castorini (Olympia Dukakis) in Moonstruck-1987
Memorable Quote - "Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food and I'm gonna kick you 'til you're dead!"

The Widow
Beatrice Henderson (Debbie Reynolds) in Mother-1996

My mother loves this movie and laughs hysterically during each scene with Beatrice and her son (played by Albert Brooks).  I thought I would give it a shout out for my mom!  :)
Memorable Quote - "We're not intimate dear. We just have sex occasionally."

The Diva Mom
Albert (Nathan Lane) in The Birdcage-1996

I saved the best for last.  Albert's love for his son is sincere.  And vise versa.  This hilarious comedy looks at the life of two families coming together to support their children, despite their obvious differences.
Memorable Quote - "You look tired" means "you look old." And "you look rested" means "you've had collagen."

Who are your favorite movie moms?

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  • How about Goldie Hawn in Overboard? Kurt Russell convinces her she has amnesia and that she has 3 children with him. Love it when she slaps together peanut butter, mayo and m&m sandwiches!

  • In reply to AmandaJ:

    Overboard almost made the list! I love that movie! I also love Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 for a bad ass mom...

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