Family 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 show would you love to watch with your mom? Give the best movies a thumbs 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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Raggedy Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
stubb added 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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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Tom Islava added 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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Room is listed (or ranked) 4 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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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Ben Is Back is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Finding Neverland is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Kindergarten Cop is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Tom Islava added Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more

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We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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Viper Club is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Viper Club is a 2018 American drama film directed by Maryam Keshavarz. Secretly struggling to free her journalist son from capture by a terrorist group, a veteran emergency room nurse (Susan ...more

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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Looper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
stubb added 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 World According to Garp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The World According to Garp is 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Robin Williams in the title role. It is based on the novel of the same title by John ...more

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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
stubb added 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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The Grifters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E. ...more

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The Guilt Trip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Guilt Trip is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Anne Fletcher from a screenplay written by Dan Fogelman, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, who both also served as ...more

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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story ...more

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Testament is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
stubb added Testament is a drama film based on The Last Testament by Carol Amen, directed by Lynne Littman and written by John Sacret Young. The film tells the story of how one small suburban town near the ...more

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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Four Brothers is a 2005 American action film directed by John Singleton. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan ...more

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Throw Momma from the Train is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Throw Momma from the Train is a 1987 American black comedy film directed by Danny DeVito, and starring DeVito and Billy Crystal, with Rob Reiner, Anne Ramsey, Branford Marsalis, Kim Greist, and ...more

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The Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 29 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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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Tom Islava added 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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Monster's Ball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Monster's Ball is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by German-Swiss director Marc Forster starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger. The film tells the story of a poor ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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Spanking the Monkey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Spanking the Monkey is a 1994 American black comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell. The title is a slang phrase for masturbation and is used in the film by one of the teenage ...more

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Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
"The Duplass brothers are back with their singular knack: treating us to a tingling, irresistible experience of utter discomfort—suffused with pathos, romance, irony, and a little dollop of ...more

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Changeling is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made
Changeling is a 2008 American drama film, written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, that explores child endangerment, female disempowerment, ...more