Best Characters The Meanest Movie Mothers of All Time  

Lon Harris
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Evil movie mothers are so rotten to the core tha after seeing one of them on film, you may go crying to your own mommy positively joyous that you weren't at the receiving end of some of these evil movie moms.

Who are the most evil mothers in movies? This list of bad, cruel, horrible, twisted, evil, terrible, horrible, no good, very bad mothers from a variety of movies, new and old. From Faye Dunaway's portrayal of a career-obsessed mother in Mommy Dearest to Mo'Nique's Oscar-winning turn as a physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive mother in Precious, there's no shortage of terrible movie moms on this mean movie moms list.

CAUTION: Some descriptions may contain spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie in question, maybe skip that entry! (And yes, I know that cat Shaft is a bad mother... but he's still ineligible.)
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Mary Jones


Mary Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Meanest Movie Mothers of All Time
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"Precious" (2009)

Portrayed by: Mo'Nique

Mary's basically a model parent, except for all that neglect, sexual and physical abuse and plate throwing. Seriously, Mary's such a convincing sociopath, it's amazing Mo'Nique doesn't have people throwing stuff at her on the street.
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Margaret White


Margaret White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Meanest Movie Mothers of All Time
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"Carrie" (1976)

Portrayed by: Piper Laurie

Carrie White is telekinetic, and as if that weren't enough for a teenage girl to be saddled with, her mother is also a violent religious fanatic prone to wild mood swings and manic episodes. It's basically like being raised by a coke-fueled female Glenn Beck. If Margaret only locks you in a closet without supper and forces you to pray, consider yourself lucky.

Also Ranked

#23 on The Greatest Single Mother Characters in Film

#3 on Fictional Characters Named Margaret

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Mrs. Lift


Mrs. Lift is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Meanest Movie Mothers of All Time
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"Throw Momma From the Train" (1987)

Portrayed by: Anne Ramsey

Owen Lift tries to get his new friend Larry Donner to kill his mother, and with pretty good cause. She's just awful, in that twisted, angry way all Anne Ramsey characters were awful. (You may also remember has the mean mom from "The Goonies.") The comedy itself is hit-and-miss, but seeing Momma Lift nearly buy the farm repeatedly is undeniably satisfying.
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Joan Crawford


Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Meanest Movie Mothers of All Time
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"Mommie Dearest" (1981)

Portrayed by: Faye Dunaway

Joan Crawford's daughter, Christina Crawford, wrote a memoir about her mother called "Mommie Dearest," that said Joan cared more about her career than her family, and made allegations of physical and emotional abuse. Faye Dunaway plays Joan in this film based on the memoir, and the performance has basically become a THE prototype of cartoonish parental super-villainy.

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#36 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#62 on The Greatest Female Characters in Film History

#67 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#25 on The Greatest Female Villains

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