The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers Film Characters

The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

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List of the most inspirational mothers in film. These beloved movie moms stand out as some of the most nurturing, wise, and beloved characters in cinematic history. Well, not all of them - some stand as shining beacons of how not to raise children. The women on this list range from soccer moms to virtual super heroes, and both co-parents and famous single mothers round out the collection. Notably, a few well-known actresses made the list more than once, including Sally Field, Susan Sarandon, and Cher.

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    Forrest Gump

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the ...

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    The Incredibles

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    Annie Proffitt Overboard

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    Marmee March Little Women

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    Nina Banks Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II

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    Little Miss Sunshine

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    Terms of Endearment

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    Jerry Maguire

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    Mildred Pierce, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

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    Erin Brockovich

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    Donna Sheridan Mamma Mia!

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    As Good as It Gets

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    Elaine Miller Almost Famous

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    Lora Meredith Imitation of Life

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    Where the Heart Is

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    Caroline Butler Mr. Mom

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    Finding Neverland

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    Rachel Flax Mermaids

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    Rose Hovick Gypsy

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