The Greatest Pregnant Characters in Film

Over 700 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Greatest Pregnant Characters in Film

Parenthood is a favorite theme in movies. It makes sense, then, that some of the most memorable film characters are pregnant. But while all of these fictional women are expectant mothers, the circumstances surrounding their pregnancies couldn't be more different. Some of the best pregnant movie characters carefully planned to welcome a child into their lives, while others were surprised by an unexpected pregnancy. And one of these pregnant characters isn't a woman at all – rather, it's the male scientist played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Junior.

What other roles will you find on this list of the best pregnant characters in films? Rosemary Woodhouse, played by Mia Farrow, was thrilled when she first found out that she was pregnant in the 1968 film Rosemary's Baby. But as her belly grows, Rosemary begins to fear that something sinister may be behind her good fortune. Marge Gunderson from Fargo unravels a darkly comic conspiracy in the snowy Midwest, all while anticipating the birth of her child.

Snappy banter and a teen pregnancy made Juno MacGuff, played by Ellen Page, an iconic fictional pregnant woman when Juno was released in 2007. Other great roles that are featured on this top pregnant characters in film list include Kee from Children of Men and Ashley Johnsten from Junebug.

Which pregnant movie character should top the list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any expecting movie mothers that are missing.

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  • Juno MacGuff
    318 votes
    • Actor: Ellen Page

    This smart and witty teenage protagonist becomes unexpectedly pregnant after a one-time encounter with her best friend, navigating the challenges of adolescence and impending motherhood simultaneously. She approaches her situation with humor and maturity, ultimately making the selfless choice of putting her child up for adoption. With her quick wit and insightful perspective, this beloved character has become an icon of modern independent cinema.

  • Padmé Amidala
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    203 votes
    • Actor: Natalie Portman

    In a galaxy far, far away, a courageous and politically astute queen-turned-senator finds herself pregnant with the children of a powerful Jedi who is slowly succumbing to the dark side. Her pregnancy becomes a central plot point as it drives her husband's descent into darkness, forever changing the fate of the galaxy. Tragically, she dies in childbirth, but her final act of love is ensuring her twins will grow up separated and hidden from their father's evil influence.

  • Alison Scott

    Alison Scott

    Knocked Up
    173 votes
    • Actor: Katherine Heigl

    In a comedy that redefines the genre, this ambitious young television reporter becomes unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand and decides to keep the baby, prompting her to reevaluate her career goals and relationships. As she navigates her changing body and hormones, she bonds with an unlikely partner and learns valuable lessons about love and family. The character's personal growth and evolving priorities make for a heartwarming and hilarious journey.

  • Marge Gunderson
    143 votes
    • Actor: Frances McDormand

    As a hardworking and heavily pregnant police officer, this iconic character does not let her condition slow her down in the pursuit of justice. Demonstrating immense intelligence and determination, she solves a series of grisly murders while upholding her strong moral compass. The character's mix of warmth, humor, and unrelenting dedication makes her a memorable and admirable figure in film history.

  • Novalee Nation
    Where the Heart Is
    184 votes
    • Actor: Natalie Portman

    Abandoned by her boyfriend while eight months pregnant, this strong-willed and resilient young woman creates a new life for herself in a small, welcoming town. She finds love and purpose despite the odds, proving that even in the most challenging circumstances, perseverance and grace can prevail. Her determination and unwavering optimism inspire those around her, showcasing the power of inner strength and the importance of community.

  • Rosemary Woodhouse
    Rosemary's Baby
    141 votes
    • Actor: Mia Farrow

    In this psychological horror film, a young woman finds herself at the center of a terrifying conspiracy when she becomes pregnant with the spawn of Satan. Plagued by horrific dreams and suffering from health problems, she nonetheless fights to maintain her sanity and protect her unborn child from the dark forces surrounding her. This character's resolve and defiance in the face of unimaginable terror make her an enduring symbol of courage.