Best Mothers Portrayed on Screen

Oscar Winners and Nominees for playing mothers
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1.
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
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A bitter ex-husband and a put-upon momma's boy both want their respective spouse and mother dead, but who will pull it off? (88 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
“ Momma (Anne Ramsey) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
2.
Moonstruck (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Rose Castorini (Olympia Dukakis) Best Supporting Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
3.
Animal Kingdom (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
“ Smurf (Jackie Weaver) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
4.
My Left Foot (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Mrs. Brown (Brenda Fricker) Best Supporting Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
5.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
“ Alice Ward (Melissa Leo) Best Supporting Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
6.
In America (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ Sarah (Samantha Morton) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
7.
About Schmidt (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. (125 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Roberta Hertzel (Kathy Bates) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
8.
Ordinary People (1980)
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The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Beth Jarrett (Mary Tyler Moore) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
9.
Frozen River (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec... (97 mins.)
Director: Courtney Hunt
“ Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
10.
In the Bedroom (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband. (130 mins.)
Director: Todd Field
“ Ruth Fowler (Sissy Spacek) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
11.
The Hours (2002)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
12.
Far from Heaven (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world. (107 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
13.
Boogie Nights (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
14.
Music of the Heart (1999)
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Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids. (124 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
15.
One True Thing (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother. (127 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
“ Kate Gulden (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
16.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ Joana Kramer (Meryl Streep) Best Supporting Actress Winner
Margaret Phelps (Jane Alexander) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
17.
Parenthood (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. (124 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Helen Buckman (Dianne Wiest) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
18.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
19.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Aurora Greenway(Shirley Maclaine) Best Actress Winner
Emma Horton (Debra Winger) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
20.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ Nic (Annette Bening) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
21.
The Grifters (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
22.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Carolyn Burnham (Annette Bening) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
23.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
“ Tatiana Rusesabagina (Sophie Okenedo) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
24.
The Last Station (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ Sofya Tolstoy (Helen Mirren) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
25.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ Lindy Chamberlain (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
26.
The Blind Side (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
“ Leigh Ann Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) Best Actress Winner ” - stewiec85
 
27.
The Prince of Tides (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process. (132 mins.)
“ Lila Wingo Newbury (Kate Nelligan) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
28.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
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Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Helene Macready (Amy Ryan) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
29.
Wild at Heart (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor. (125 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Marietta Fortune (Diane Ladd) Best Supporting Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85
 
30.
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children. (126 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Mrs. Bridge (Joanne Woodward) Best Actress Nominee ” - stewiec85