The Most Memorable Mothers In Movie History

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With Mothers Day right this weekend, we wanted to take a trip down memory lane from the 1960’s all the way to the 1990’s, to take look back on some of the staff picks from ‘s favorite motherly roles in film, throughout the years.


1.) Rusty Dennis, played by Cher (1985)

Although she isn’t particularly anyone’s vision of the perfect mother, judging by her desire for drugs, biker gangs, and living life on the wild side. But as the mother of a teenage son (played by Eric Stoltz) with a vicious physical deformity in 1985’s Mask, You definitely don’t want to be on this character bad side in a fight. Throughout the film, Rusty stands up to various authority figures who want her son to be treated like a freak. She faces (by herself) doctors, teachers, and other bullies. She loves and defends her son endlessly, so much to the point in which he doesn’t ever need his own defense mechanisms; he’s free to be himself.


2.) Rosemary Woodhouse, played by Mia Farrow (1968)

Novelist Ira Levin nailed the feel of the fears, insecurities and doubts of a woman’s first pregnancy in the source novel for this disturbing horror film by Roman Polanski, and Mia Farrow is genius as the increasingly terrified young soon-to-be-mother. Her maternal instinct takes control, even when she learns who the real father is…

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