Here is my compilation of 12 of the best movies based on moms and their lives. Stack them up soon and thank me later 🙂
I have always believed movies to be a medium meant for much more than just entertainment. They are inspirations from real life and hence a good reflection of real life.
Even these movies are masterpieces in addressing issues of all kinds about raising kids, motherhood, emotions, love and life! All are a MUST MUST WATCH!
The genre here is drama and are Hollywood movies. I will try to do a list of a different genre of mom movies like comedy or probably even mom movies in different languages later…till then…make sure you have watched all of these!!
In no order of quality, here is the list:
A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.
High points of the movie: This movie brings up two very important areas: ADHD kids and also how women can be best support group to each other. Loved every frame of this movie!
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter’s family problems.
High points of the movie: Depicts the struggle of a mom who knows her daughter is clearly choosing a wrong partner and yet she cant stop her. Also, when the daughter’s marriage does collapse the way the mom handles the situation is so beautiful. No “I told you so” attitude! All teenage kids’ moms
MILDRED PIERCE (1945)
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.
High points of the movie: The sheer strength of a mom can surpass all odds and obstacles. You will just feel so charged-up as a mom after watching this movie!! Go for it Gal!!!
In New York City’s Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
High points of the movie: The ghory story of pedophilia comes to light in this story about an Afro-american kid who is impregnated by her own father! However the movie leaves you on a positive feel when it shows how education and correct mentoring can change your life. Inspirational, heavy and touching- Precious is a must watch for all moms who feel that they have it hard!!
ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)
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.
High points of the movie: A complicated plot about what a mom would go through when one of her children dies accidentaly- at the hands of her other kid! I cant imagine how the director brought forth the barrage of emotional turmoil a mom and family goes through when they lose a child! No words!
STELLA DALLAS (1937)
A low-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future.
High points of the movie: All the “holier than thou” perspective of being a mom comes shattering down when a mom realises that she might not be the best nurturer for her daughter. The honesty and guts with which this movie has been precedes its time!
MY SISTER’S KEEPER ( 2009)
Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.
High points of the movie: When a couple conceives another baby to help get stem cells for their first born who is struggling with leukemia, its a sure short plot for conflict! The story of a mom wanting to keep her child alive, the story of a child who feels used and not as precious as her leukemia ridden sister and the emotional turmoils and turbulence is just such a touching story!
A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl’s horrific murder.
High points of the movie: A mother taking care of mentally deranged violent son will go to any length to prove her son innocent in a murder. A mother turns into a tigress when it comes to protecting her kids. Salut……
DEAR FRANKIE (2004)
After having responded to her son’s numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.
High points of the movie: The importance of having both parents in bringing up a kid is emphasized in this movie. When a boy longs for a father, his mom goes on to spin an elaborate story to comfort him. The lengths a mom will go to to bring peace to her kids is my take away from this movie. I just love it!!!
THE JOY LUCK CLUB (1993)
The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.
High points of the movie: You get to connect with four moms and four journeys! Its almost like a parenting book put together! A whole and complete movie.
ONE TRUE THING (1998)
A career woman reassesses her parents’ lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
High point of the movie: As kids we see our father as the hero. the one with a career. the one who is all macho and strong. We idolize him. When a daughter who is in this very frame of mind comes back home to look after her dying mother, she realises that its her mother who is behind the strength of her family. A beautiful bond that you get to witness. A story that most of us will relate to- the undervalued matriach! Did i mention..Meryl Streep? Reason enough!
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006)
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
High points of the movie: Though not a mom movie, it is one of the best movies I have seen about the struggle of a parent! Add to it Will Smith and equally talented Jaden Smith! Can watch it over and over and over……
If you like this list or want to add more, please feel free to leave a comment!
Courtesy (pics): IMDB.