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The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made  

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If you're looking for the best movies for mothers and sons to watch together, then look no further! The best mother-son movies come in many forms. Some mother son relationship movies are about struggle while other movies about mothers and sons are comedies. Many of the greatest mom and son movies are even a bit on the creepy side.

What is the best mother son movie? Forrest Gump is certainly a classic movie about a mom and son relationship. The love that Forrest had for his momma drove him to do great things. He really enjoyed quoting his mother's famous line, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock, is another touching mother-son relationship movie.

Psycho shows viewers what happens when a bond between a mother and son goes terribly wrong. Other great films that are featured on this top mother son movies list include The Sixth Sense, Finding Neverland, and Throw Momma From the Train.

What mother-son film is your favorite? What movie would you love to watch with your mom? Give the best movies a vote up and please add any good mom and son movies we may have missed.

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more
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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
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Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more
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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more
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Raggedy Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
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Raggedy Man is a 1981 film starring Eric Roberts and Sissy Spacek. It was filmed in Lockhart, Texas. The story is about people in the small Texas town of Gregory during World War II. Raggedy Man ...more
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Room is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Room is a 2015 independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue. After being held captive for seven years, a woman (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob ...more
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One Fine Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
One Fine Day is a 1996 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Hoffman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney as two single working parents, with Alex D. Linz and Mae Whitman ...more
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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Finding Neverland is a 2004 American semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The ...more
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Kindergarten Cop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Kindergarten Cop is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Kimble, a tough police detective, who must go undercover and pose as a ...more
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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more
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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more
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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more
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Ben Is Back is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Ben Is Back is a 2018 drama film directed by Peter Hedges. When the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve, his mother ...more
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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his "theatrical feature film debut". The film stars Bill Murray as the title character ...more
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Otherhood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Otherhood is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Cindy Chupack, based on the novel Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe. Three Suburban moms (Felicity Huffman, Patricia Arquette, ...more
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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more
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Brightburn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Brightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky. After adopting a baby that crash-landed on Earth, a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) attempt to raise ...more
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The Others is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more
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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a 1992 American buddy cop comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty. The film was released in the United ...more
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The Hole in the Ground is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Hole in the Ground is a 2019 Irish horror thriller film, directed by Lee Cronin. An unpleasant encounter with a mysterious neighbor throws Sarah O'Neill (Seána Kerslake) into an ...more
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more
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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
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The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford. It was based on John Steinbeck's 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Nunnally ...more
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Looper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
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Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more
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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
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The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. ...more
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The Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Forgotten is a 2004 American science fiction psychological thriller drama film, directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julianne Moore and Dominic West. The film's plot revolves around a woman ...more
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We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2011 British-American psychological thriller film, directed by Lynne Ramsay and adapted from Lionel Shriver's novel of the same name. A long process of ...more