Best and Worst Movie Moms

RT celebrates Mother's Day with our favorite good (and evil) cinematic moms.

Mothers are precious. In fact, they're super-heroines...except when they haunt you, beat you or sell you into government office. (And even then, there's some love there.) From nurturing and strong to manipulative and murderous, moms do some crazy things in the interest of protecting (or betraying) their brood, and this list -- hotly contested in the RT office, by the way -- features five good eggs and as many rotten, with a few honorable mentions and iffy selections thrown in for good measure.

Not that this list could (or should) change your Sunday plans, but it might make you feel differently about your where your mom lands on the tolerability index. She may not be Mrs. Incredible, but your dear old mom can't be so bad she doesn't deserve a call on the one day a year that's dedicated especially to her, right?

Well, maybe you'll feel differently after you read about Bad Mom #1.



1. Helen Parr

The Incredibles (2004)

GOOD MOM
Moms perform superhuman feats every day. They dispense valuable advice. They're protective of their children, but know when to let go and allow them to forge their own paths. And they're always true to their own values. Thus, Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) in The Incredibles is the distillation of maternal excellence -- and she's great at crime-fighting to boot. (Alas, she probably shouldn't have left the poor babysitter alone with super-infant Jack Jack.)

Comments

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Great list... I just wish that one mom who yelled "WIRED HANGERS!!!", that wouldve been funny. Also just saw Speed Racer Mamma Racer was petty cool mom. Or that lady in "the fly", I mean come on giving bearth to a kid that might be a fly! Now thats a loving mother.

May 9 - 07:04 PM

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Check page two for your wire hangers fix.

May 10 - 10:22 AM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Oh cool.

May 10 - 06:38 PM

Sputnik99

sputnik 99

What about Leia Thompson (sp?) in the Back to the Future Movies? Would she count as a good or a bad mom?

May 9 - 07:53 PM

blattman

Mike Greenblatt

I am shocked and appalled that Glen Close's performance as Jenny Garp in The World According to Garp did not make the list. What an incredible mom. How about Stella Dallas? What a parental sacrifice

May 9 - 08:35 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Oh lol.. I just thought about the mom in Dazed and Confused who pulls the shotgun out on Ben Afleck for chasing after her kid.

May 9 - 09:36 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Or Ralphy's mom in the Christmas story, not telling the dad ralphy beat up a kid or getting the younger brother eat by saying "show me how the piggies eat"

May 9 - 09:37 PM

Testicular_Cancer

M Mikell

Well, except Helen DIDN'T leave Jack-Jack with the babysitter; she left him with Dash and Violet. Dash and Violet left Jack with the babysitter. (Also, Jack-Jack wasn't manifesting any unusual abilities up to that point.)

But yeah, I'd give top honors to Helen just for the "real-life bad guys won't hesitate to kill you" and "protect your identity" speeches to Dash and Vi in the cave. She told them the truths they needed to hear, but coming from Holly Hunter it didn't sound so harsh.

May 10 - 01:08 AM

dracula68

michael pacholski

Hey this was supposed to be a list of Best AND Worst movie moms. We only got the best (*yawn*) now what about the bad ones (YAY!)

1) James Cagney's mom in "White Heat"
2) Damien's mom in "The Omen". Because she's dead. So she don't smell too good. And she's a jackal.

3) Mary Tyler Moore in "Ordinary People". Because nothing says "I'm your mom so of course I don't blame you for your brother's death" like martinis, a cleaning fetish, and ten tons of denial.

4) Lady Macbeth. Now of course she wasn't a mom but she said that if she was a mom she'd "Change her milk for gall" and "bash its brains against the rocks" showing that combination of diet AND discipline

5) The Mother in "The Godfather" -- especially in Part 2. We only ever see her once very briefly when she's talking to Connie, but it's when Fredo confesses to his brother "mom always told me I was left at the doorstep by gypsies" that we're witness to the kind of passive emotional cruelty that hurts to depths only a bad mother is capable of delivering.

And I can only conclude this list by saying

LOOK AT ME, MA! TOP OF THE WORLD!!!!!!!!

May 10 - 01:19 AM

dracula68

michael pacholski

Okay NOW I see there was a page 2 to that article (DUH, DOI!). Well, my list kicks a-- too.

May 10 - 01:24 AM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

Elaine Robinson was a great Milf. She was actually only a few years older than Hoffman. . .

I HATE FORREST GUMP! HIS MOM SHOULD HAVE HAD AN ABORTION!

And, Diane Keaton in GodFather II was cool. . . "I had an abortion, and it was a boy!"

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

You guys also forgot the Mom in Boogie Nights.

May 10 - 08:03 AM

caboose388

Johnathon Lee

I was kinda hoping to see the lil old lady from Stop or My Mom Will Shoot, that was the kind of mother I always wanted, the Uzi wielding kind

May 10 - 10:07 AM

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Check page two for your wire hangers fix.

May 10 - 10:22 AM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Oh cool.

May 10 - 06:38 PM

RedRing

Bleck Blook

I would have guessed Jason Voorhee's mother would have made it (or now that I think about it.. maybe Freddy's mom in the good category :p )


But I DID successfully guess Mrs. Bates and Serial Mom .

May 10 - 02:03 PM

dracula68

michael pacholski

Did we ever really hear that much about Freddie Krueger's mom? Oh, yeah, that's right. She got herself locked up with mental patients for that weekend. And then Dad turned out to be Alice Cooper. Son of a mental patient and a rock star -- your life would be one long VH1 special.

May 10 - 04:39 PM

RedRing

Bleck Blook

Well Freddy Kreuger's mom came back in spirit form to help out those that Freddy was tormenting.


I mean, she wasn't a great mom to Freddy, giving him up for adoption, but to return from the dead to save children he tried to murder... that's a pretty good mommy.... to someone's children.

May 11 - 03:22 PM

skletonkee

Nicholas Hatten

This list is nothing without Jobeth Williams for best mom. NOTHING!!!

May 10 - 03:24 PM

dracula68

michael pacholski

Did we ever really hear that much about Freddie Krueger's mom? Oh, yeah, that's right. She got herself locked up with mental patients for that weekend. And then Dad turned out to be Alice Cooper. Son of a mental patient and a rock star -- your life would be one long VH1 special.

May 10 - 04:39 PM

RedRing

Bleck Blook

Well Freddy Kreuger's mom came back in spirit form to help out those that Freddy was tormenting.


I mean, she wasn't a great mom to Freddy, giving him up for adoption, but to return from the dead to save children he tried to murder... that's a pretty good mommy.... to someone's children.

May 11 - 03:22 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Oh cool.

May 10 - 06:38 PM

wiggins

Matt Wiggins

jennifer griffiths in blow.

May 10 - 07:46 PM

agniyo

Matt Willmott

You don't mean Elaine Robinson, should be on the list, do you? You mean that MRS. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) should be, right?

May 10 - 11:15 PM

agniyo

Matt Willmott

You don't mean Elaine Robinson, should be on the list, do you? You mean that MRS. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) should be, right?

May 10 - 11:20 PM

kikuchiyosesa

John Ruth

Best mom #7....... Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom!

May 11 - 09:27 AM

BluMizu

Lady Capulet

Faye Dunaway was so good in "Mommie Dearest" that people actually thought was WAS Joan Crawford...

Great performance.

And 100 points has been added to the house of whoever noted that Mrs. Parr ( Elasti-Girl/ Mrs. Incredible) DIDN'T leave Jack- Jack with the baby sitter.

May 11 - 12:58 PM

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