Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s important that we take a moment to appreciate all the things our own moms have done for us. Mothers are the ones who pick us up when we fall down, who encourage us to chase our dreams, and who bail us out when we’ve done something really, really stupid. Though most films like to showcase an orphaned hero, there are still a handful of great moms that have made their way into movie history. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, here are 5 of the best Moms in movies!
Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side)
While The Blind Side tells how Michael Oher went from street kid to NFL lineman, it’s also the story of one determined mother. Leigh Anne Tuohy and her family were driving home on a Thanksgiving weekend when she noticed Michael walking by the side of the road. “Stop the car,” she demanded, and the rest is history. Throughout the film, Tuohy displays all the qualities of a true mother: kindness, determination, and the heart of a lion. She encourages Michael to rise above his old life, and helps him discover his true potential.
So don’t let the blond hair and high heels fool you, Leign Anne Tuohy is one mom who will always have her children’s back.
Queen Elinor (Brave)
The relationship between a mother and daughter is a complicated thing, but no movie captures it better than Brave. This Pixar tale finds the noble Queen Elinor at odds with her young and spirited daughter, the Princess Merida. When magic spell accidentally transforms Elinor into a giant bear, a new side of the queen emerges. She and Merida begin to realize they are not so different after all, that they have both made mistakes and still have a lot to learn. More than that, when her family is threatened by an ancient evil, Elinor risks everything to save them.
Regal but loving, Queen Elinor is one tough momma bear.
Marmee March (Little Women)
Few characters are as wise and selfless as Little Women’s Marmee March. Faced with raising four children on her own, she somehow finds a way to make ends meet while providing spiritual and moral guidance for her daughters. She encourages them to marry for love rather than wealth, and only after they have developed their own identities as true women. Though Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy don’t realize it, Marmee is the foundation on which they all lean.
If not for her constant compassion and stalwart leadership, the girl’s lives could have turned out very differently.
Helen Parr (The Incredibles)
All moms are heroes, Helen Parr just takes things to the next level. As Elastigirl, she proved more than capable of going toe-to-toe with bad guys, and as a mom, she helped her family navigate a troubled world where they didn’t fit in. Her “flexibility” made her an important part of the team and an invaluable member of the Parr family. Though Helen does lose confidence at one point in The Incredibles, it doesn’t take her long to bounce back. She reclaims her identity as a hero, mother, and wife, and boldly users in a new generation of heroes.
There’s just no denying Helen Parr is one super mom!
Maria Von Trapp (The Sound of Music)
Who can resist the Sound of Music? This classic film about an unconventional nun has danced its way into the hearts of millions, and it’s easy to see why. Maria is the kind of mother (or stepmother) any kid would be lucky to have. She unsure of herself, but brave enough to try anyway. She sees the good in people, even when they don’t show it, and she chooses to love others, even when they push her away.
Maria’s unwavering faith and compelling joy are an example all parents (and Christians) can aspire to.
What about you, what Movie Mom would you like to see on this list? Have a Happy Mother’s Day!