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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    The Incredibles

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

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    The Sound of Music

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    Steel Magnolias, Steel Magnolias

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    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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    Marmee March is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

    Marmee March Little Women

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    Annie Proffitt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

    Annie Proffitt Overboard

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    The Blind Side

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    Erin Brockovich

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    National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas ...

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    Kill List

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    Nina Banks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

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

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    Mildred Pierce, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

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    Little Miss Sunshine

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    Jerry Maguire

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    Terms of Endearment

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    Donna Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

    Donna Sheridan Mamma Mia!

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    As Good as It Gets

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    Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark

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    Terms of Endearment, The Evening Star

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    Elaine Miller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

    Elaine Miller Almost Famous

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    Lora Meredith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

    Lora Meredith Imitation of Life

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    Bambi

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    Where the Heart Is

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    The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue, The Secret of NIMH

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    Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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    Poltergeist

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    Steel Magnolias, Steel Magnolias

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    The Exorcist

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    Caroline Butler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

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    Caroline Butler Mr. Mom

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    Cape Fear

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    Finding Neverland

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    The Grapes of Wrath

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    Rachel Flax is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

    Rachel Flax Mermaids

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    Rose Hovick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

    Rose Hovick Gypsy

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