Best Mothers Portrayed on Screenby stewiec85 | created - 13 Jul 2011 | updated - 03 Nov 2011 | Public
Oscar Winners and Nominees for playing mothers
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1. Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A bitter ex-husband and a put-upon momma's boy both want their respective former spouse and mother dead. Who will pull it off?
Votes: 28,745 | Gross: $57.92M
Momma (Anne Ramsey) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
2. Moonstruck (1987)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.
Votes: 39,096 | Gross: $80.64M
Rose Castorini (Olympia Dukakis) Best Supporting Actress Winner
3. Animal Kingdom (2010)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
Votes: 48,879 | Gross: $1.04M
Smurf (Jackie Weaver) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
4. My Left Foot (1989)
R | 103 min | Biography, Drama
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.
Votes: 55,415 | Gross: $14.74M
Mrs. Brown (Brenda Fricker) Best Supporting Actress Winner
5. The Fighter (I) (2010)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 297,550 | Gross: $93.62M
Alice Ward (Melissa Leo) Best Supporting Actress Winner
6. In America (2002)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama
A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.
Votes: 37,895 | Gross: $15.54M
Sarah (Samantha Morton) Best Actress Nominee
7. About Schmidt (2002)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 112,700 | Gross: $65.02M
Roberta Hertzel (Kathy Bates) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
8. Ordinary People (1980)
R | 124 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 38,582 | Gross: $54.80M
Beth Jarrett (Mary Tyler Moore) Best Actress Nominee
9. Frozen River (2008)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama
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 ... See full summary »
Votes: 22,658 | Gross: $2.51M
Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) Best Actress Nominee
10. In the Bedroom (2001)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.
Votes: 33,925 | Gross: $35.93M
Ruth Fowler (Sissy Spacek) Best Actress Nominee
11. The Hours (2002)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 109,381 | Gross: $41.68M
Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
12. Far from Heaven (2002)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Romance
In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.
Votes: 38,787 | Gross: $15.85M
Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) Best Actress Nominee
13. Boogie Nights (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Votes: 204,053 | Gross: $26.40M
Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
14. Music of the Heart (1999)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Music
Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.
Votes: 10,709 | Gross: $14.86M
Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee
15. One True Thing (1998)
R | 127 min | Drama
A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Votes: 10,044 | Gross: $23.25M
Kate Gulden (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee
16. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
PG | 105 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 107,735 | Gross: $106.26M
Joana Kramer (Meryl Streep) Best Supporting Actress Winner Margaret Phelps (Jane Alexander) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
17. Parenthood (1989)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 38,252 | Gross: $100.05M
Helen Buckman (Dianne Wiest) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
18. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
PG | 99 min | Drama
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
Votes: 80,555 | Gross: $106.59M
Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) Best Actress Winner
19. Terms of Endearment (1983)
PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.
Votes: 44,723 | Gross: $108.42M
Aurora Greenway(Shirley Maclaine) Best Actress Winner Emma Horton (Debra Winger) Best Actress Nominee
20. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.
Votes: 116,211 | Gross: $20.81M
Nic (Annette Bening) Best Actress Nominee
21. The Grifters (1990)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 22,162 | Gross: $13.45M
Lilly Dillon (Anjelica Huston) Best Actress Nominee
22. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 910,939 | Gross: $130.10M
Carolyn Burnham (Annette Bening) Best Actress Nominee
23. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Votes: 289,587 | Gross: $23.47M
Tatiana Rusesabagina (Sophie Okenedo) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
24. The Last Station (2009)
R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 16,164 | Gross: $6.62M
Sofya Tolstoy (Helen Mirren) Best Actress Nominee
25. A Cry in the Dark (1988)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 7,703 | Gross: $6.91M
Lindy Chamberlain (Meryl Streep) Best Actress Nominee
26. The Blind Side (2009)
PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 245,436 | Gross: $255.96M
Leigh Ann Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) Best Actress Winner
27. The Prince of Tides (1991)
R | 132 min | Drama, Romance
A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.
Votes: 13,537 | Gross: $74.79M
Lila Wingo Newbury (Kate Nelligan) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
28. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.
Votes: 215,931 | Gross: $20.30M
Helene Macready (Amy Ryan) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
29. Wild at Heart (1990)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.
Votes: 68,239 | Gross: $14.56M
Marietta Fortune (Diane Ladd) Best Supporting Actress Nominee
30. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 2,468 | Gross: $7.70M
Mrs. Bridge (Joanne Woodward) Best Actress Nominee