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You know how it is for moms: all that drudgery the cooking, the cleaning, the jail time because they always on call for their children.

Ever since the world saw Joan Crawford try to take the rap for that murder her daughter committed in Mildred Pierce, it been obvious that moms are all about self sacrifice. And perhaps shoulder pads. Moms are the ones always going out of their way to make things right for their children.

And heaven help any child who resists those efforts.

In honour of Mother Day, let see how Hollywood celebrates the most important character in all of our lives.

Here a list of 15 great Movie Moms, chosen at least in part because of (spoiler alert!) the actresses involved:

Mom in BOYHOOD (2014)

Patricia Arquette is Mom in this extraordinary film from Richard Linklater that covers a boy (Ellar Coltrane) life from childhood to college. Shot over 12 years, Boyhood captures much of the unvarnished truth about parenting but also much that is miraculous about being someone mother. The story is told from the boy point of view, so we see his parents (Ethan Hawke is Dad) from his perspective. Arquette won an Oscar for this performance.

Dede Tate in LITTLE MAN TATE (1991)

Jodie Foster plays Dede, a working class single mom whose only child (Adam Hann Byrd) is the focus of her existence. But the boy is a genius, so mom has to stifle all her fears and insecurities and hand him over to the educators who will help him make the most of his gifts. It heartbreaking, because she knows he will outgrow her, her knowledge and her values almost immediately. Foster made her directorial debut with this film.

Christine Collins in CHANGELING (2008)

She wants her son back! HER son! Angelina Jolie breaks hearts in this drama, based on the real life Wineville child murders of the 1920s. The Los Angeles Police Department returns the wrong child to a woman whose son has vanished. Christine Collins (Jolie) fights the law, insisting they find her child, and gets put in a psych ward for her efforts. She finally prevails, but alas, maternal devotion does not always yield a happy ending.

Cynthia in SECRETS LIES (1996)

After her adoptive parents die, eye doctor Hortense (Marianne Jean Baptiste) decides to find her birth mother and does so. That Hortense is black and her birth mother, Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), is white, proves to be only a minor hurdle in this investigation into family; what it means for Cynthia to finally put down the burden of all the pretence and dissembling that has characterized her life is astonishing to watch. Mike Leigh won the Palme d at Cannes and a couple of BAFTAs for this film.

Edna Spalding in PLACES IN THE HEART (1984)

Sally Field is the widowed Edna, raising three kids alone and running a small cotton farm during the Depression. With the help of a homeless wanderer (Danny Glover) and a blind boarder (John Malkovich) she make it work, by golly. Field turns up as a terrific mom in several other movies, too, including Not Without My Daughter (1991); as mom, she also the best thing in the idiotic and cloying Forrest Gump (1994).

Bren MacGuff in JUNO (2007)

Okay, so Bren (Allison Janney) is the stepmother not the mother when Juno (Ellen Page) announces that she pregnant and intends to have the baby, Bren is the loving, sensible guide any teenager in that circumstance would like to have around. Bren doesn even freak out when Juno barfs into the flower pot.

Elaine Miller in ALMOST FAMOUS (2000)

Rock stars have kidnapped my son! Count on Frances McDormand in the mom role to be unimpressed by sex, drugs or rock roll protecting her teenaged journalist son (Patrick Fugit) while he’s on the road with a band is her first priority. Don forget her advice to the ultra glib rocker played by Billy Crudup: not too late for you to become a person of substance. Let that sink in.

Mrs. O in THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

Terrence Malick Tree of Life concerned a 1950s childhood, complete with a stern, unreadable father (Brad Pitt) and a loving, giving, ethereal mother (Jessica Chastain). Whatever you took from Malick meditation on the journey from innocence to experience, Chastain made an indelible impression as a nurturing Mom in a state of grace.

Aibileen Clark in THE HELP (2011)

Aibileen (Viola Davis) is a maid, but over the years she also been surrogate mother to the children of her employees, and that includes Mae Mobley (played by twins Eleanor and Emma Henry). The little girl is the daughter of the damaged Elizabeth Leefolt, and she needs all the love and assurance Aibi can give her.

We like a mom willing to do anything to protect her child, including bashing her way out of a psych ward, hanging with cyborgs from the future and blowing stuff up. Linda Hamilton waxes maternal in this role, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger as a lean, mean, fighting machine and young Edward Furlong as a future saviour of humanity.
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