Best Characters 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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Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 1 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. Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

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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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Leigh Anne Tuohy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Leigh Anne Tuohy The Blind Side

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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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M'Lynn Eatenton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
M'Lynn Eatenton Steel Magnolias, Steel Magnolias

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Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Sarah Connor The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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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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Jackie Harrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Jackie Harrison Stepmom

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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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Ellen Griswold is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Sheryl Hoover is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Sheryl Hoover Little Miss Sunshine

The Best Disney Princesses

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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 is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Bride is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
The Bride Kill List

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Christine Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Christine Collins Changeling

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Sarah Witting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Sarah Witting Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark

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Elaine Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Elaine Miller Almost Famous

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Aurora Greenway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Aurora Greenway Terms of Endearment, The Evening Star

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Carol Connelly is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Donna Sheridan Mamma Mia!

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Emma Greenway Horton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Emma Greenway Horton Terms of Endearment

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Dorothy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Dorothy Boyd Jerry Maguire

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

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Novalee Nation is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Novalee Nation Where the Heart Is

The Meanest Movie Mothers of All Time

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

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Mrs. Brisby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Tom Islava added Mrs. Brisby The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue, The Secret of NIMH

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Lora Meredith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Lora Meredith Imitation of Life

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Diane Freeling is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
CraigAlarm added Diane Freeling Poltergeist

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Sylvia Llewelyn Davies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Sylvia Llewelyn Davies Finding Neverland

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

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Shelby Eatenton Latcherie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
CraigAlarm added Shelby Eatenton Latcherie Steel Magnolias, Steel Magnolias

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Ma Joad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
Ma Joad The Grapes of Wrath

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Leigh Bowden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
CraigAlarm added Leigh Bowden Cape Fear

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Caroline Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Inspirational Movie Mothers
CraigAlarm added 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