Wishing every mother a Happy Mother's Day! The definition of mother in the dictionary says: A person who brings up a child with care and affection. But is that really all?
Mothers have been way more than that. They have been our support systems, our shoulder to cry on, and our bundle of joy and as we grow up, they also become our friends.
These relationships and emotions have been intertwined in a number of movies in the most remarkable way. Actresses have portrayed all kinds of mothers – the working mother, the single mother, the best friend and the ideal role model– saluting each mother's role in our world.
However, there have been some movies and some actresses like Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore who have nailed the roles.
So, on the occasion of Mother's Day, we look back at some of the best mothers in the movies.
Avid movie lovers swear by the movie, Mommie Dearest. Based on a book, the 1981 drama tells the story of a glamorous yet lonely star who adopts two orphans. Her abusive nature and the spine-chilling and teary-eyed ending will linger in your head for a long time. The movie says not all mothers fit the conventional dictionary definition.
Meryl Streep has played the entire gamut of mothers; from an emotional wreck to a workaholic. But her mother in Mamma Mia stands out. Streep puts forward her stand on single parenting and her struggles in being both – the mother and father at her daughter's wedding. Mamma Mia tells you your mother is your best friend.
Based on a real-life incidents, the 2000 release Erin Brockovich tells the story of a woman who changed the face of United States of America. The story of an unemployed single mother- played by Julia Roberts- who becomes a legal assistant and takes down a California company for polluting the city's water supply is a testimony to the incredible power of mothers.
Trust a dying Susan Sarandon to move hearts as she not only accepts her husband's new lover, played by Julia Roberts, but also helps her to become a great Stepmom to her children. We bet you cannot complete the viewing experience without shedding some tears. Even in the face of death, mothers look out for the best of their kids.
Based on real incidents, Sandra Bullock plays a strict mother of two who chooses to take in a teenage boy, Michael Oher played by Quinton Aaron, and help him become one of the country's best rugby players. Not all mothers say I love you, some tell it through their actions.
Akeelah and the Bee:
An American drama made in 2000 traces the journey of an 11-year-old Akeelah who becomes the Scripps National Spelling Bee winner with the help of her mother, who coaches her. Your mother is your coach, your guide and the person who stands by you when everyone gives up, is the nutshell of the story.
Terms of Endearment:
This 1983 classic follows the story of a mother-daughter (Aurora and Emma). The movie not only highlights the bond of the two but also shows how love can be expressed in different ways. This movie blurs the conventional mother-daughter relationship and tells that regardless of age, mothers too have a life of their own.
While the movie hasn't got great ratings on the IMDB chart, Monster-in-Law could be a good watch if you are looking for something non-emotional. The film deals with an insecure mother who is unable to detach from her son who is about to get married. Her anxiety, her jealousy and what happens when a woman, who has dedicated all her life to her only son, has to let go of him for another woman is told in a hilarious fashion.
Did we miss out any movie that you feel should find a place in this list? Let us know in the comments section!