films 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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Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

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Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Molly Weasley Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Mrs. Jumbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Mrs. Jumbo Dumbo

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Elastigirl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Elastigirl The Incredibles

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M'Lynn Eatenton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
M'Lynn Eatenton Steel Magnolias, Steel Magnolias

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Fraulein Maria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Fraulein Maria The Sound of Music

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Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Sarah Connor The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Leigh Anne Tuohy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Leigh Anne Tuohy The Blind Side

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Marmee March is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Marmee March Little Women

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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich

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Ellen Griswold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Ellen Griswold National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Vacation

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Annie Proffitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Annie Proffitt Overboard

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Jackie Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Jackie Harrison Stepmom

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Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

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Florence

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Sheryl Hoover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Sheryl Hoover Little Miss Sunshine

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Nina Banks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Nina Banks Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II

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Emma Greenway Horton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Emma Greenway Horton Terms of Endearment

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The Bride is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
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Aurora Greenway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Aurora Greenway Terms of Endearment, The Evening Star

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Sarah Witting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Sarah Witting Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark

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Dorothy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Dorothy Boyd Jerry Maguire

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Christine Collins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Christine Collins Changeling

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Carol Connelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Carol Connelly As Good as It Gets

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Donna Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Donna Sheridan Mamma Mia!

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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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Bambi's Mother is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers

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Lora Meredith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Lora Meredith Imitation of Life

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Frigga is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Frigga Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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Novalee Nation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Novalee Nation Where the Heart Is

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Diane Freeling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Diane Freeling Poltergeist

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Shelby Eatenton Latcherie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Shelby Eatenton Latcherie Steel Magnolias, Steel Magnolias

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Mrs. Brisby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Mrs. Brisby The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue, The Secret of NIMH

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Chris MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Chris MacNeil The Exorcist

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Leigh Bowden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Leigh Bowden Cape Fear

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Sylvia Llewelyn Davies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Sylvia Llewelyn Davies Finding Neverland

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Ma Joad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Ma Joad The Grapes of Wrath

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Caroline Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Caroline Butler Mr. Mom

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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