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The Meanest Movie Mothers of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 3.6k votes 712 voters 160.2k views15 items

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 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.
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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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    Pamela Voorhees

    Pamela Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Meanest Movie Mothers of All Time
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    "Friday the 13th" (1980)

    Portrayed by: Betsy Palmer

    Cause she's a gruesome slasher!

    Ooooh, spoiler alert! Sorry about that...I just ruined this 31 year old movie for you.
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