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The Best Single Mom Movies

Updated July 13, 2020 3.4k votes 480 voters 25.9k views39 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

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden

    Released1945

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich

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    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

    Released1993

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    Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene

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    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

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    Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Spanglish

    Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland

    Released2004

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

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    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

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    George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1996

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable

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    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton

    Released1982

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    Diane Keaton, James Spader

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    Jodie Foster, Harry Connick

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

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    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

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