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The Best Single Mom Movies

Updated July 13, 2020 3.8k votes 466 voters 25.0k 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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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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

    Naomi Watts, Bill Murray

    Released2014

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    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
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    Changeling

    Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich

    Released2008

    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
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    About a Boy

    Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant

    Released2002

    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
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    Mildred Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
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    Mildred Pierce

    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden

    Released1945

    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
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    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu

    Released1996

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

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

    Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byMimi Leder

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

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

    Released1993

    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
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    Been So Long

    Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene

    Released2018

    Directed byTinge Krishnan

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    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
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    Erin Brockovich

    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon

    Released1998

    Directed byChris Columbus

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

    Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo

    Released2019

    Directed byLee Cronin

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

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    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
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton

    Released1982

    Directed byDon Bluth

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

    Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw

    Released2019

    Directed byJessica Hausner

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    Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Mom Movies
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    Hustlers

    Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez

    Released2019

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

    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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

    Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse

    Released2020

    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
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    Miss Juneteenth

    Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson

    Released2020

    Directed byChanning Godfrey Peoples

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

    Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi

    Released2019

    Directed byZak Hilditch

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