It’s not easy being a mum. You’ve likely heard the old line about how it’s the hardest job that exists, but it’s a cliché for a reason – it’s the one occupation from which you never get a break, at least not until your kids all turn 18 and get the hell out of the house. That’s why it’s almost insulting that the world’s mothers only get a single day of celebration. That’s not to say you shouldn’t go over the top for the materfamilias in your life on Mother’s Day. We just wish there was a way to give every mama their proper props. But that is, of course, impossible.
The best we can do is this list of the most movie moms in film history. Here, we pay homage to the full breadth of motherhood, shouting out the sweet and nurturing and the exhausted and demanding in equal measure. Like we said, being a mom is tough, and perfection isn’t always attainable. But whether they’re protecting us from cyborg assassins or committing serial murder, a mom is still a mom. So let’s all raise a glass – preferably filled with mid-priced Chardonnay – to the greatest movie matriarchs of all time.
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