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WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley ranks the Top 25 Most Memorable Movie Moms.
WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley ranks the Top 25 Most Memorable Movie Moms.
Beverly DAngelos Ellen Griswold was the calm, sarcastic force that kept Clark and company in check, from Wally World to Europe, Christmas to Vegas.

Beverly D'Angelo's Ellen Griswold was the calm, sarcastic force that kept Clark and company in check, from Wally World to Europe, Christmas to Vegas.
Sandra Bullock bagged an Oscar as a Southern mother who adopts a young teen and helps him become a football powerhouse in the true story of Ravens lineman Michael Oher.

Sandra Bullock bagged an Oscar as a Southern mother who adopts a young teen and helps him become a football powerhouse in the true story of Ravens lineman Michael Oher.
Shirley MacLaine won an Oscar as the mother of ill-fated Debra Winger and reluctant girlfriend of Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks Best Picture winner.

Shirley MacLaine won an Oscar as the mother of ill-fated Debra Winger and reluctant girlfriend of Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' Best Picture winner.
Everyone remembers M. Night Shyamalans ghostly twist, but the core of The Sixth Sense is the relationship between Toni Collette and her gifted son Haley Joel Osment. Just try not to cry during their final car exchange, discussing her question to grandma Do I make her proud Everyday.

Everyone remembers M. Night Shyamalan's ghostly twist, but the core of "The Sixth Sense" is the relationship between Toni Collette and her gifted son Haley Joel Osment. Just try not to cry during their final car exchange, discussing her question to grandma: "Do I make her proud?" "Everyday."
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Before she voiced the mom in Pixars The Incredibles, Holly Hunter earned an Oscar as the mute mother with a prized piano in 1850s New Zealand. Her stellar performance allowed her co-star, young Anna Paquin, to win one, too.

Before she voiced the mom in Pixar's "The Incredibles," Holly Hunter earned an Oscar as the mute mother with a prized piano in 1850s New Zealand. Her stellar performance allowed her co-star, young Anna Paquin, to win one, too.
Linda Hamiltons Sarah Conner had the toughest motherly task of them all birthing the future savior of the human race, and staring down Terminator cyborgs bent on stopping it.

Linda Hamilton's Sarah Conner had the toughest motherly task of them all: birthing the future savior of the human race, and staring down Terminator cyborgs bent on stopping it.
Steven Spielberg created two great mother roles in 1982, writing for JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist, and directing Dee Wallace as the single mom of Elliots E.T. encounter, reminding moms everywhere to keep the kitchen cupboard stocked with Reeses Pieces.

Steven Spielberg created two great mother roles in 1982, writing for JoBeth Williams in "Poltergeist," and directing Dee Wallace as the single mom of Elliot's E.T. encounter, reminding moms everywhere to keep the kitchen cupboard stocked with Reese's Pieces.
Few childhood moments were as traumatizing as Bambis mother getting mowed down in a snowy field. The scene helped kids learn to mourn the loss of a mother, just like Mufassas death helps them deal with the death of a father in The Lion King.

Few childhood moments were as traumatizing as Bambi's mother getting mowed down in a snowy field. The scene helped kids learn to mourn the loss of a mother, just like Mufassa's death helps them deal with the death of a father in "The Lion King."
Macaulay Culkin became an overnight child star, slapping his cheeks and booby-trapping the burglars. But Catherine OHaras mother was the clue that held the movie together, shouting Kevin on an airplane and doing whatever it took to get home to her son.

Macaulay Culkin became an overnight child star, slapping his cheeks and booby-trapping the burglars. But Catherine O'Hara's mother was the clue that held the movie together, shouting "Kevin!" on an airplane and doing whatever it took to get home to her son.
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While Catherine OHara said she would sell her soul to the devil himself in order to get home to her son, Ellen Burstyn dealt with the demonic possession of her daughter.

While Catherine O'Hara said she would "sell her soul to the devil himself" in order to get home to her son, Ellen Burstyn dealt with the demonic possession of her daughter.
Ruby Dee became a screen icon as the wife of Sidney Poitier in Lorraine Hansberrys classic play adaptation about the poor Younger family grappling with an insurance payment. The role led to her casting as Mother Sister in Spike Lees Do The Right Thing.

Ruby Dee became a screen icon as the wife of Sidney Poitier in Lorraine Hansberry's classic play adaptation about the poor Younger family grappling with an insurance payment. The role led to her casting as Mother Sister in Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing."
Who can forget the source of James Cagneys prison freakout and his explosive final stand Made it, Ma Top of the world Margaret Wycherlys Ma Jarrett is cinemas finest example of mother-son crime.

Who can forget the source of James Cagney's prison freakout and his explosive final stand: "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" Margaret Wycherly's Ma Jarrett is cinema's finest example of mother-son crime.
Just when audiences viewed her as a funny TV newswoman, Mary Tyler Moore stunned movie audiences with an Oscar-nominated heel turn as the cold mother in Robert Redfords Best Picture winner Ordinary People.

Just when audiences viewed her as a funny TV newswoman, Mary Tyler Moore stunned movie audiences with an Oscar-nominated heel turn as the cold mother in Robert Redford's Best Picture winner "Ordinary People."
Piper Laurie abused her teenage daughter Carrie to chilling effect, refusing to acknowledge her daughters supernatural gift until it put them both in the grave -- or did it

Piper Laurie abused her teenage daughter Carrie to chilling effect, refusing to acknowledge her daughter's supernatural gift until it put them both in the grave -- or did it?
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Darwells Ma Joad is the backbone of John Fords Depression epic, following Henry Fondas powerful speech with the inspirational line Well go on forever, Pa, cause were the people.

Darwell's Ma Joad is the backbone of John Ford's Depression epic, following Henry Fonda's powerful speech with the inspirational line: "We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people."
Julia Roberts finally got her Oscar playing the real-life Erin Brockovich, the unemployed single mom who brings down a California company accused of polluting the city water supply.

Julia Roberts finally got her Oscar playing the real-life Erin Brockovich, the unemployed single mom who brings down a California company accused of polluting the city water supply.
Lorraine McFly is perhaps the most bizarre movie mom, a mother who falls for her son after he travels back in time to 1955. What irony as she lectures Michael J. Foxx Marty, youre beginning to sound just like my mother. Heavy.

Lorraine McFly is perhaps the most bizarre movie mom, a mother who falls for her son after he travels back in time to 1955. What irony as she lectures Michael J. Foxx: "Marty, you're beginning to sound just like my mother." Heavy.
Roman Polanski created one of the most disturbing movies of all time, casting Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, whos raped by the Devil and impregnated with the Antichrist. Think of it as a prequel to The Omen.

Roman Polanski created one of the most disturbing movies of all time, casting Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, who's raped by the Devil and impregnated with the Antichrist. Think of it as a prequel to "The Omen."
Melinda Dillon went to Devils Tower to search for her alien-abducted son in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), but her best mother role came in A Christmas Story, telling Ralphie, Youll shoot your eye out, battling the father of a leg lamp and getting Randy to show mommy how the piggies eat.

Melinda Dillon went to Devil's Tower to search for her alien-abducted son in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), but her best mother role came in "A Christmas Story," telling Ralphie, "You'll shoot your eye out," battling the father of a leg lamp and getting Randy to "show mommy how the piggies eat."
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Long before voicing Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Angela Lansbury was one of the AFIs No. 21 Greatest Villain, hypnotizing her sniper son with the Queen of Hearts, while driving her husbands political career. Meryl Streep reprised the role in 2006.

Long before voicing Mrs. Potts in "Beauty and the Beast," Angela Lansbury was one of the AFI's No. 21 Greatest Villain, hypnotizing her sniper son with the Queen of Hearts, while driving her husband's political career. Meryl Streep reprised the role in 2006.
Meryl Streep has brought us many memorable movie moms, from her custody battle in Kramer vs. Kramer to shouting the dingle stole my baby in A Cry in the Dark, but her greatest was her harrowing Holocaust decision at the core of Sophies Choice.

Meryl Streep has brought us many memorable movie moms, from her custody battle in "Kramer vs. Kramer" to shouting "the dingle stole my baby" in "A Cry in the Dark," but her greatest was her harrowing Holocaust decision at the core of "Sophie's Choice."
Few movie moms are as twisted as Anne Bancrofts Mrs. Robinson, who seduces young Dustin Hoffman, then forbids him from dating her daughter. Its no coincidence that the song Mrs. Robinson plays in the background of Stiflers Mom in American Pie.

Few movie moms are as twisted as Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson, who seduces young Dustin Hoffman, then forbids him from dating her daughter. It's no coincidence that the song "Mrs. Robinson" plays in the background of Stifler's Mom in "American Pie."
Joan Crawford made a great movie mom in Mildred Pierce, and Faye Dunaway shocked us with her Chinatown revelation Shes my sister and my daughter The two came together as Dunaway played Crawford in Mommie Dearest, shouting the legendary command No wire hangers
Joan Crawford made a great movie mom in "Mildred Pierce, and Faye Dunaway shocked us with her "Chinatown" revelation: "She's my sister and my daughter!" The two came together as Dunaway played Crawford in "Mommie Dearest," shouting the legendary command: "No wire hangers!"
Sally Field has rattled off movie moms like its her job, from Norma Rae to Places in the Heart to Mrs. Doubtfire. Still, her best is Mrs. Gump, imparting life lessons like stupid is as stupid does and life is like a box of chocolates. As Forrest says, Momma always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.

Sally Field has rattled off movie moms like it's her job, from "Norma Rae" to "Places in the Heart" to "Mrs. Doubtfire." Still, her best is Mrs. Gump, imparting life lessons like "stupid is as stupid does" and "life is like a box of chocolates." As Forrest says, "Momma always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them."
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Movie moms dont get more memorable than Mrs. Bates, who turned Norman Bates into the ultimate mommas boy, admitting, A boys best friend is his mother. Alfred Hitchcock went to great lengths to hold casting sessions for the role, and needless to say, he got it just right.

Movie moms don't get more memorable than Mrs. Bates, who turned Norman Bates into the ultimate momma's boy, admitting, "A boy's best friend is his mother." Alfred Hitchcock went to great lengths to hold casting sessions for the role, and needless to say, he got it just right.
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