Single Motherhood

Some of the films featuring a tough but wonderful journey called single motherhood.

Also known as my tribute to all mothers, single or not.
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1.
Clean (2004)
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London-based Emily Wang gained minor notoriety from her VJ-ing on cable television. She is now more... (111 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
“ A portrait of a (recently) single mom trying to rebuild her life for her son. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
2.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
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A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
3.
All About My Mother (1999)
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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
 
4.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
5.
Anywhere But Here (1999)
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A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills. (114 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
6.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
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A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
7.
Changeling (2008)
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A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
8.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
9.
Chocolat (2000)
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A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. (121 mins.)
 
10.
Dolores Claiborne (1995)
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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. (132 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
11.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
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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. (131 mins.)
 
12.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
 
13.
Finding Neverland (2004)
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The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. (106 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
14.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
15.
Gas, Food Lodging (1992)
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In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi... (101 mins.)
Director: Allison Anders
 
16.
Gypsy (1962)
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Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose. (143 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
17.
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
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A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
 
18.
Hope Floats (1998)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Forest Whitaker
 
19.
I Killed My Mother (2009)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
20.
Imitation of Life (1959)
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A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
21.
Indochine (1992)
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This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields... (159 mins.)
Director: Régis Wargnier
 
22.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
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When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
23.
Little Man Tate (1991)
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Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius,... (99 mins.)
Director: Jodie Foster
 
24.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
25.
The Lost Boys (1987)
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After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
26.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
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The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA. (108 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
 
27.
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
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A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. (101 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
28.
Mermaids (1990)
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An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds. (110 mins.)
 
29.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
30.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
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The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
“ Not an ideal mom. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
31.
Mother (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
32.
My One and Only (2009)
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An unusual road trip movie about a mother driving her two sons from New York to Pittsburgh to St. Louis and eventually Hollywood in her quest to find a man to take care of them all. (108 mins.)
 
33.
Norma Rae (1979)
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A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. (114 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
34.
North Country (2005)
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A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. (126 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
 
35.
Panic Room (2002)
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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. (112 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
36.
The Piano (1993)
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A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. (121 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
37.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
 
38.
Set It Off (1996)
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Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another. (123 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
39.
Spanglish (2004)
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A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife. (131 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
40.
Stella (1990)
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Stella is determined, courageous, vulgar, unfashionable...and all her daughter has. Through the trials of teenagehood... (109 mins.)
Director: John Erman
 
41.
Stella Dallas (1937)
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A low-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future. (106 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
42.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
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In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister. (91 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
 
43.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
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A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
44.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
45.
Tumbleweeds (1999)
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A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships... (102 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
46.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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A young girl separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
47.
Volver (2006)
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After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. (121 mins.)
 
48.
Waitress (2007)
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Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness. (108 mins.)
Director: Adrienne Shelly
 
49.
Where the Heart Is (2000)
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A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. (120 mins.)
Director: Matt Williams
 
50.
White Oleander (2002)
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A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion. (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Kosminsky