Mothers The Best Single Mom Movies  

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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, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
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
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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Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
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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Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris
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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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
Tom Islava added Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi
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
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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The Hole in the Ground is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen
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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Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen
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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Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis
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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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
Tom Islava added June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton
Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger
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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
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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Jodie Foster, Harry Connick, Jr.
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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Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene, George MadKay
Been So Long is a 2018 musical film directed by Tinge Krishnan based on the musical by Arthur Darvill and Ché Walker. Simone (Michaela Coel), a single mother, meets and falls in love with ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz
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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Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan
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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George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Peet
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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Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment
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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John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
arrie 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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Paris Hilton, Hayden Panettiere, Kate Hudson
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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Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy
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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Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland, Téa Leoni
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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Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Eliza Dushku
This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author Tobias Wolff. It is directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Tobias Wolff, ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette
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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable, Angela Bassett
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