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Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

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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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the ... More
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    Forrest Gump More
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    Steel Magnolias, Steel Magnolias More
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    The Incredibles More
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    The Sound of Music More
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    Dumbo More
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    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day More
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    Marmee March

    Little Women
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    Annie Proffitt

    Overboard More
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    Nina Banks

    Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II More
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    Kill Bill Volume 2, Kill Bill: Vol. 3, Kill Bill Volume 1 More
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    Leigh Anne Touhy

    The Blind Side More
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    Stepmom More
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    Ellen Griswold

    National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas ... More
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    Mildred Pierce, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid More
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    Dorothy Boyd

    Jerry Maguire More
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    Little Miss Sunshine More
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    Florence "Rusty" Tullis

    Mask More
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    As Good as It Gets More
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    Sarah Witting

    Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark, Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End More
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    Terms of Endearment More
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    Mamma Mia! More
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    Elaine Miller

    Almost Famous More
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    Lora Meredith

    Imitation of Life More
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    Erin Brockovich More
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    Changeling More
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    Aurora Greenway

    Terms of Endearment, The Evening Star More
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    Where the Heart Is More
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    Finding Neverland More
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    Rose Hovick

    Gypsy More
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    Rachel Flax

    Mermaids
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    Ma Joad

    The Grapes of Wrath More
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