Mothers in Films

Meet some of the most memorable mothers in movies. These films are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

PhilomenaPhilomena (2013)
Fifty years after giving birth to a boy who was given up for adoption, a mother meets a reporter looking for a big story and they begin on a journey to locate her long lost son.

The Guilt Trip (2012)
The plan for a quick stop at Mom’s takes a turn when an impulse compels a man to invite his mother on a cross-country journey.

Mother and Child (2009)
Three women’s lives have been profoundly affected by adoption.

Imitation of Life : Two Movie CollectionImitation of Life (1959)
Two single mothers, a down-on-her-luck actress and a homeless woman, attempt to find happiness for themselves and their daughters.

Motherhood (2009)
A stay-at-home mother tries to plan her daughter’s birthday party, help her absent-minded husband, make up with her best friend and still have time to write an essay for a contest in a major magazine.

Because I Said So (2007)
A mother decides to find one of her daughters the perfect husband and she places a personal ad online.

I REMEMBER MAMA (1948)I Remember Mama (1948)
The life and struggles of a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century is portrayed.

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
A strong-willed mother of ten compensates for the failings of her alcoholic husband by becoming the most successful “contester” in the country.

Terms of Endearment (1983)
Illustrating a mother-daughter relationship that spans thirty years, a mother shows how difficult, yet loving she can be.

Soul FoodSoul Food (1997)
Seen through the eyes of her grandson, Sunday dinner at Mother Joe’s is a forty-year tradition featuring rivalries, love and laughter.

The Blind Side (2009)
A caring mother and her family take in a homeless teenager and help him face the challenges of his new environment at home, in school and as a football player.

Mamma Mia! (2008)
After reading her mother’s diary and discovering she has three possible fathers, a young woman secretly invites all three men to her wedding.

Forrest Gump (1994)
Despite physical and mental challenges, Forrest Gump’s mother shapes his destiny, allowing him to experience some of the most important events in American history and find his true love.

MRS MINIVER (1942)Mrs. Miniver (1942)
A middle-class British mother personifies grace under pressure as the family struggles to survive during WWII.

Places in the Heart (1984)
In the 1930s, a Texas mother struggles to save her cotton farm and support her family with the help of friends.

Mildred Pierce (1945)
A mother will do anything to satisfy the demands of her spoiled daughter, including divorce, opening her own business and possibly murder.

MANCHURIAN CANDIDATEThe Manchurian Candidate (1962)
A prominent right-wing political mother manipulates her son, a troubled Korean War veteran, to gain power.

Originally published on May 2, 2014 in the Lititz Record Express.