Americans have a complicated relationship to their mothers. Pray the relationship remains unresolved because it’s a topic that has generated some of the best cinema.
Below is my list of favorite mother movies.
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT: The ultimate mom movie. Every unresolved issue laid bare in humor and poignancy.
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: A mother for all mothers. Perfection in starched lace.
ORDINARY PEOPLE: Who knew Mary Tyler Moore could deliver this brittle, arch, and fragile character?
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY: A mother at the center of her family, she holds them all together against unbelievable odds. Mother never cries.
MOMMIE DEAREST: Melodrama delivered the way that Joan would have admired
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE: Where is the line? That mother daughter stuff always seems undefined and fuzzy. It’s played for comedy and really delivers,
THE GRADUATE: If daughters become their mothers, watch out.
THE FAMILY STONE: Diane Keaton is a luminescent jewel.
MR. MOM: Yep. Had to do it. Only Michael Keaton could deliver a comedy performance that also honors mothers.
PSYCHO: A boy’s best friend is his mother.
TERMINATOR: She not only has to save her son, she has to save the future of the world.
LIFE WITH FATHER: Irene Dunne outsmarts William Powell at every turn.