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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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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the... more on Wikipedia

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    St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    St. Vincent

    Naomi Watts, Bill Murray


    Directed byTheodore Melfi

    St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi,... more on Wikipedia

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    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt


    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and... more on Wikipedia

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    Changeling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies


    Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Changeling is a 2008 American drama film, written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed,... more on Wikipedia

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    About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    About a Boy

    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant


    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

    About a Boy is a 2002 British-American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by brothers... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Mildred Pierce

    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden


    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Mildred Pierce is a 1945 American drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan... more on Wikipedia
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    Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu


    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson


    Directed byCameron Crowe

    Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Pay It Forward

    Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt


    Directed byMimi Leder

    Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine... more on Wikipedia

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    This Boy's Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro


    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author... more on Wikipedia

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    Been So Long is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Been So Long

    Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene


    Directed byTinge Krishnan

    Been So Long is a 2018 musical film directed by Tinge Krishnan based on the musical by Arthur... more on Wikipedia
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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel


    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both... more on Wikipedia
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    Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger


    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Erin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Stepmom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies


    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon


    Directed byChris Columbus

    Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Hole in the Ground is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    The Hole in the Ground

    Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo


    Directed byLee Cronin

    The Hole in the Ground is a 2019 Irish horror thriller film, directed by Lee Cronin. An... more on Wikipedia

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and... more on Wikipedia

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong


    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio


    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    The Secret of NIMH

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton


    Directed byDon Bluth

    The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don... more on Wikipedia

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    Little Joe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Little Joe

    Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw


    Directed byJessica Hausner

    Little Joe is a 2019 British-Austrian drama film directed by Jessica Hausner. Alice Woodard... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies


    Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez


    Directed byLorene Scafaria

    Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies


    June Foray, Mike Douglas


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Rest Of Us is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    The Rest Of Us

    Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse


    Directed byAisling Chin-Yee

    The Rest of Us is a 2020 American drama film directed by Aisling Chin-Yee. Two mother-daughter... more on Wikipedia

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    Miss Juneteenth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies

    Miss Juneteenth

    Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson


    Directed byChanning Godfrey Peoples

    Miss Juneteenth is a 2020 American drama film directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples. Turquoise... more on Wikipedia

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    Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies


    Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi


    Directed byZak Hilditch

    Rattlesnake is a 2019 American crime drama mystery film directed by Zak Hilditch. A single... more on Wikipedia
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