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The Best Single Mom Movies 

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Updated December 9, 2019 2.7k votes 366 voters 23.2k views 37 items

This list contains information about single mom movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best single mom movies come in many forms. Some single mother relationship movies are about struggle while other movies about single mothers are comedies. A few of the greatest single mom movies are even a bit on the creepy side.

What films will you find on this best single mother movies list? The mother-daughter relationship at the heart of the 1976 film Carrie is one of the most dysfunctional to ever be explored on the big screen. Piper Laurie was terrifying as the Jesus-obsessed single-mother who sheltered Carrie White to the point of destruction. Erin Brokovich is another great movie with a single mother as the central character.

One of the toughest single mothers of all-time has to be Sarah Conner from Terminator 2. Other good movies that appear on this top single mom movies list include As Good As It Gets, Jerry Maguire, and Little Man Tate.

Which single mom movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by voting your favorites to the top and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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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Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia ...more

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Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and ...more

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Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
Tom Islava added Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi

Released: 1982

Directed by: Don Bluth

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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Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen

Released: 1945

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Mildred Pierce is a 1945 American drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott and featuring Eve Arden, Ann Blyth and Bruce Bennett, in a film ...more
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George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Peet

Released: 1996

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable, Angela Bassett

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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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Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 1996

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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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Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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

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Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis

Released: 1987

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent television show, running from 1988 to 1989. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti and the ...more

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Little Man Tate Jodie Foster, Harry Connick, Jr.

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jodie Foster

Little Man Tate is a 1991 drama film directed by and starring Jodie Foster. The film marked her directorial debut. It tells the story of a seven-year-old child prodigy, Fred Tate, who struggles ...more

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John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more

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Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mimi Leder

Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It was directed by Mimi Leder and written by Leslie Dixon. It stars Haley Joel Osment as ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

Released: 1997

Directed by: James L. Brooks

As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist, ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

About a Boy is a 2002 British-American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. It is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. ...more

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Little Joe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
Little Joe Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jessica Hausner

Little Joe is a 2019 British-Austrian drama film directed by Jessica Hausner. Alice Woodard (Emily Beecham), a scientist, creates a genetically modified plant which seems to cause uncanny ...more
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Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
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Paris Hilton, Hayden Panettiere, Kate Hudson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Raising Helen is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. It stars Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panettiere, ...more

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Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi, Emma Greenwell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Zak Hilditch

Rattlesnake is a 2019 American crime drama mystery film directed by Zak Hilditch. A single mother (Carmen Ejogo) accepts the help from a strange woman after her daughter is bitten by a
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American Son Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kenny Leon

American Son is a 2019 American drama film directed by Kenny Leon, based on a play of the same name by Christopher Demos-Brown. Two parents are looking for their missing teenage son until they ...more
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Woman at War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Magnús Trygvason

Released: 2019

Directed by: Benedikt Erlingsson

Woman at War is a 2018 internationally co-produced comedy-drama thriller film written, produced and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. A choir conductor, Halla (Halldóra ...more
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Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland, Téa Leoni

Released: 2004

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Spanglish is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written and directed by James L. Brooks, and starring Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, and Téa Leoni. It was released in the United States on ...more

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