45 movies about Mothers from the last 77 years! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Good, bad or just plain crazy, these movies with a mom as the central character have been entertaining us in the movies for quite a long time. My favorite would have to be Mother with Debbie Reynolds and Albert Brooks. What’s yours?

Moms' Night Out (2014)
Moms' Night Out poster Rating: 5.4/10 (8,031 votes)
Director: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Writer: Jon Erwin, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell
Stars: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy
Released: 9 May 2014
Plot: All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served...

The Moment (2013)
The Moment poster Rating: 5.2/10 (218 votes)
Director: Jane Weinstock
Writer: Gloria Norris, Jane Weinstock
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Martin Henderson, Alia Shawkat, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Runtime: 90 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Thriller
Released: 21 Apr 2013
Plot: After a tumultuous affair between international photojournalist Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and troubled writer John (Martin Henderson) ends in John's disappearance, Lee lands in a mental ...

August: Osage County (2013)
August: Osage County poster Rating: 7.3/10 (56,126 votes)
Director: John Wells
Writer: Tracy Letts (screenplay), Tracy Letts (play)
Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor
Runtime: 121 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Released: 10 Jan 2014
Plot: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

The Guilt Trip (2012)
The Guilt Trip poster Rating: 5.8/10 (27,566 votes)
Director: Anne Fletcher
Writer: Dan Fogelman
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Julene Renee, Zabryna Guevara
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 19 Dec 2012
Plot: As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
We Need to Talk About Kevin poster Rating: 7.5/10 (73,507 votes)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Writer: Lynne Ramsay (screenplay), Rory Kinnear (screenplay), Lionel Shriver (novel)
Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell
Runtime: 112 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 21 Oct 2011
Plot: Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Mars Needs Moms poster Rating: 5.4/10 (15,946 votes)
Director: Simon Wells
Writer: Simon Wells (screenplay), Wendy Wells (screenplay), Berkeley Breathed (book)
Stars: Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Released: 11 Mar 2011
Plot: A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.

Cyrus (2010)
Cyrus poster Rating: 6.3/10 (28,012 votes)
Director: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Writer: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
Stars: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 10 Sep 2010
Plot: John and Molly, a divorced middle aged man and a single mother meet at a friends party and start up a small relationship, all John has to do now is meet Molly's son... Cyrus

The Kids Are All Right (2010)
The Kids Are All Right poster Rating: 7.1/10 (101,324 votes)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Writer: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
Stars: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 30 Jul 2010
Plot: Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life.

Stacy's Mom (2010)
Stacy's Mom poster Rating: 3.6/10 (187 votes)
Director: Patrick Sayre
Writer: Cole Taylor (screenplay), Patrick Sayre (screenplay)
Stars: Brittney Powell, Logan Manus, Jesse Stevenson, Rashad Monson
Runtime: 85 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Released: 1 Jul 2010
Plot: When four early teenagers fall in love with their friend's mother, their homework isn't the only thing that starts to get hard! Enter prepubescent sexual angst with Tommy, Mark, Roland, and...

Mother (2009)
Mother poster Rating: 7.8/10 (22,425 votes)
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Writer: Joon-ho Bong (story), Eun-kyo Park (screenplay), Joon-ho Bong (screenplay)
Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Ku Jin, Je-mun Yun
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 28 May 2009
Plot: A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Motherhood (2009)
Motherhood poster Rating: 4.6/10 (3,416 votes)
Director: Katherine Dieckmann
Writer: Katherine Dieckmann
Stars: Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards, David Schallipp, Matthew Schallipp
Runtime: 90 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 28 Aug 2009
Plot: In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.

Frozen River (2008)
Frozen River poster Rating: 7.2/10 (20,396 votes)
Director: Courtney Hunt
Writer: Courtney Hunt
Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe
Runtime: 97 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 31 Oct 2008
Plot: Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ...

Because I Said So (2007)
Because I Said So poster Rating: 5.6/10 (29,614 votes)
Director: Michael Lehmann
Writer: Karen Leigh Hopkins, Jessie Nelson
Stars: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott
Runtime: 102 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Released: 2 Feb 2007
Plot: A meddling mother tries to set her daughter up with the right man so her kid won't follow in her footsteps.

The Family Stone (2005)
The Family Stone poster Rating: 6.3/10 (44,525 votes)
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Writer: Thomas Bezucha
Stars: Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney
Runtime: 103 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 2005-12-16
Plot: An uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Monster-in-Law (2005)
Monster-in-Law poster Rating: 5.4/10 (37,031 votes)
Director: Robert Luketic
Writer: Anya Kochoff
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan, Wanda Sykes
Runtime: 101 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Released: 13 May 2005
Plot: The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.

Freaky Friday (2003)
Freaky Friday poster Rating: 6.1/10 (84,344 votes)
Director: Mark Waters
Writer: Mary Rodgers (novel), Heather Hach (screenplay), Leslie Dixon (screenplay)
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould
Runtime: 97 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Released: 6 Aug 2003
Plot: An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the others life for one freaky Friday.

Panic Room (2002)
Panic Room poster Rating: 6.8/10 (183,999 votes)
Director: David Fincher
Writer: David Koepp
Stars: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam
Runtime: 112 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 29 Mar 2002
Plot: A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.

Enough (2002)
Enough poster Rating: 5.5/10 (25,800 votes)
Director: Michael Apted
Writer: Nicholas Kazan
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Billy Campbell, Tessa Allen, Juliette Lewis
Runtime: 115 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 24 May 2002
Plot: On the run from an abusive husband, a young mother begins to train herself to fight back.

Heartbreakers (2001)
Heartbreakers poster Rating: 6.2/10 (41,194 votes)
Director: David Mirkin
Writer: Robert Dunn, Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee
Runtime: 123 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Released: 23 Mar 2001
Plot: A mother and daughter con team seduce and scam wealthy men.

Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
Riding in Cars with Boys poster Rating: 6.5/10 (21,059 votes)
Director: Penny Marshall
Writer: Beverly D'Onofrio (book), Morgan Ward (screenplay)
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Brittany Murphy
Runtime: 132 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Released: 19 Oct 2001
Plot: A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.

Monster's Ball (2001)
Monster's Ball poster Rating: 7.1/10 (66,982 votes)
Director: Marc Forster
Writer: Milo Addica, Will Rokos
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 1 Mar 2002
Plot: After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Where the Heart Is (2000)
Where the Heart Is poster Rating: 6.8/10 (25,170 votes)
Director: Matt Williams
Writer: Lowell Ganz (screenplay), Babaloo Mandel (screenplay), Billie Letts (novel)
Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, Joan Cusack
Runtime: 120 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 28 Apr 2000
Plot: A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.

Chocolat (2000)
Chocolat poster Rating: 7.3/10 (135,973 votes)
Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer: Joanne Harris (novel), Robert Nelson Jacobs (screenplay)
Stars: Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Aurelien Parent Koenig, Antonio Gil
Runtime: 121 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 19 Jan 2001
Plot: A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Erin Brockovich (2000)
Erin Brockovich poster Rating: 7.3/10 (120,788 votes)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Susannah Grant
Stars: Julia Roberts, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick, Albert Finney
Runtime: 131 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama
Released: 17 Mar 2000
Plot: An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.

Anywhere But Here (1999)
Anywhere But Here poster Rating: 6.1/10 (13,739 votes)
Director: Wayne Wang
Writer: Mona Simpson (book), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Hart Bochner, Eileen Ryan
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 12 Nov 1999
Plot: A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills.

Stepmom (1998)
Stepmom poster Rating: 6.6/10 (41,132 votes)
Director: Chris Columbus
Writer: Gigi Levangie (story), Gigi Levangie (screenplay), Jessie Nelson (screenplay), Steven Rogers (screenplay), Karen Leigh Hopkins (screenplay), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone
Runtime: 124 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 25 Dec 1998
Plot: A terminally ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her former husband's life who will be their stepmother.

Hope Floats (1998)
Hope Floats poster Rating: 5.8/10 (17,058 votes)
Director: Forest Whitaker
Writer: Steven Rogers
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Gena Rowlands, Mae Whitman
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 29 May 1998
Plot: Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life.

Mother (1996)
Mother poster Rating: 6.9/10 (4,117 votes)
Director: Albert Brooks
Writer: Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson
Stars: Paul Collins, Laura Weekes, Albert Brooks, John C. McGinley
Runtime: 104 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 25 Dec 1996
Plot: A neurotic, twice divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mom to solve his personal problems.

Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Dolores Claiborne poster Rating: 7.4/10 (25,775 votes)
Director: Taylor Hackford
Writer: Stephen King (book), Tony Gilroy (screenplay)
Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judy Parfitt, Christopher Plummer
Runtime: 132 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 24 Mar 1995
Plot: A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

The River Wild (1994)
The River Wild poster Rating: 6.3/10 (29,639 votes)
Director: Curtis Hanson
Writer: Denis O'Neill
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, Joseph Mazzello
Runtime: 108 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Released: 30 Sep 1994
Plot: Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.

Serial Mom (1994)
Serial Mom poster Rating: 6.6/10 (19,050 votes)
Director: John Waters
Writer: John Waters
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Released: 13 Apr 1994
Plot: A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defence of her family.

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot poster Rating: 3.9/10 (28,567 votes)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Writer: Blake Snyder, William Osborne, William Davies
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Estelle Getty, JoBeth Williams, Roger Rees
Runtime: 87 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Comedy
Released: 21 Feb 1992
Plot: A tough detective's mother comes to visit him and begins to meddle in his life and career.

Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Postcards from the Edge poster Rating: 6.6/10 (9,996 votes)
Director: Mike Nichols
Writer: Carrie Fisher (book), Carrie Fisher (screenplay)
Stars: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman
Runtime: 101 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 14 Sep 1990
Plot: Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her...

Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Troop Beverly Hills poster Rating: 5.4/10 (6,610 votes)
Director: Jeff Kanew
Writer: Ava Ostern Fries (story), Pamela Norris (screenplay), Margaret Oberman (screenplay)
Stars: Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross
Runtime: 105 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Released: 24 Mar 1989
Plot: As Phyllis, a Beverly Hills housewife, is in the middle of a divorce, she tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter Hannah's Wilderness Girl troop. Among the girls are ...

Steel Magnolias (1989)
Steel Magnolias poster Rating: 7.2/10 (30,849 votes)
Director: Herbert Ross
Writer: Robert Harling (screenplay), Robert Harling (play)
Stars: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah
Runtime: 117 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 22 Nov 1989
Plot: Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. As the ...

Baby Boom (1987)
Baby Boom poster Rating: 6.1/10 (9,360 votes)
Director: Charles Shyer
Writer: Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer
Stars: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis, Kristina Kennedy
Runtime: 110 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 30 Oct 1987
Plot: The life of super-yuppie J.C. is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a baby from a distant relative.

Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
Throw Momma from the Train poster Rating: 6.2/10 (24,845 votes)
Director: Danny DeVito
Writer: Stu Silver
Stars: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Anne Ramsey
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Released: 1987-12-11
Plot: A bitter ex-husband. A put upon momma's boy. Both want their respective spouse and mother dead, but who will pull it off?

Mask (1985)
Mask poster Rating: 7.2/10 (18,761 votes)
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Writer: Anna Hamilton Phelan
Stars: Cher, Sam Elliott, Eric Stoltz, Estelle Getty
Runtime: 120 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama
Released: 22 Mar 1985
Plot: A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

Places in the Heart (1984)
Places in the Heart poster Rating: 7.4/10 (6,583 votes)
Director: Robert Benton
Writer: Robert Benton
Stars: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama
Released: 5 Oct 1984
Plot: In 1930's Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.

Terms of Endearment (1983)
Terms of Endearment poster Rating: 7.4/10 (35,323 votes)
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: Larry McMurtry (based on the novel by), James L. Brooks (screenplay)
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
Runtime: 132 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Released: 9 Dec 1983
Plot: Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of ...

Sophie's Choice (1982)
Sophie's Choice poster Rating: 7.7/10 (25,454 votes)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Writer: William Styron (based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by), Alan J. Pakula (screenplay)
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin
Runtime: 150 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 4 Mar 1983
Plot: A mother has to make a very difficult decision.

Mommie Dearest (1981)
Mommie Dearest poster Rating: 6.6/10 (9,128 votes)
Director: Frank Perry
Writer: Christina Crawford (book), Frank Yablans (screenplay), Frank Perry (screenplay), Tracy Hotchner (screenplay), Robert Getchell (screenplay)
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva
Runtime: 129 min
Rated: R
Genre: Biography, Drama
Released: 18 Sep 1981
Plot: Mommie Dearest, best selling memoir, turned motion picture, depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother...screen queen Joan Crawford.

Freaky Friday (1976)
Freaky Friday poster Rating: 6.3/10 (8,427 votes)
Director: Gary Nelson
Writer: Mary Rodgers (screenplay), Mary Rodgers (book)
Stars: Barbara Harris, Jodie Foster, John Astin, Patsy Kelly
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: G
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Released: 21 Jan 1977
Plot: A mother and daughter find their personalities switched and have to live each other's lives on one strange Friday.

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Mildred Pierce poster Rating: 8.0/10 (13,978 votes)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer: Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), James M. Cain (novel)
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 20 Oct 1945
Plot: After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but cannot seem to win the approval of her spoiled daughter.

Stella Dallas (1937)
Stella Dallas poster Rating: 7.5/10 (2,875 votes)
Director: King Vidor
Writer: Sarah Y. Mason (screenplay), Victor Heerman (screenplay), Olive Higgins Prouty (novel), Harry Wagstaff Gribble (dramatization), Gertrude Purcell (dramatization)
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O'Neil
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 6 Aug 1937
Plot: A low-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future.

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