With Mother’s Day just around the corner, let's gather to celebrate our favourite inspirational women in film. This isn’t just limited to Mums, but also Step-Mums and inspiring maternal figures!
The self-professed ‘cool mum’ of Regina George played by Amy Poehler attends to all of the girls needs; gossip, mocktails and even offering to slip them a bit of alcohol as long as it’s under her roof.
Why she's on the list: While her attempts to recapture her youth and become hip with the kids come across as cringey, you’ve got to admire her determination and lack of shame, always driving us to laughter whenever she makes an appearance.
Viola Davis' Aibileen Clark, despite the racism she is exposed to as a maid of a White Family during the 1963 Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, becomes the maternal figure of the girl of the family she serves under, providing her with the love and affection her own mother could not.
Why she's on the list: The line “You is smart, you is kind, you is important” are words we should all be telling ourselves every single day even when the going gets tough, and no one says it better than Viola Davis in the many emotional ways she conveys.
Not even the T-1000 could stop Sarah Connor - played by resident badass Linda Hamilton - from protecting her son John, who is destined to be the leader of the human resistance against Skynet. Selfless, strong-willed and just generally hardcore, Sarah defies all the odds in protecting the Human Race’s survival and future!
Why she's on the list: Her loyalty to John Connor’s survival is transformative when she turns from an ordinary waitress in “The Terminator” to a heroic protector in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”.
Inspired by a true story and winning Sandra Bullock a well-deserved Oscar as the inimitable Leigh Anne Tuohy, this mum goes the extra mile by providing a home to a homeless teenager transforming both his life and their entire family.
Eventually guiding her adopted son to gain a high school and college diploma and onto a path of excellence in American Football.
Why she's on the list: The scene where Tuohy without a second thought decides to bring Michael home will definitely pull at your heartstrings!
The idea of taming 7 children sounds terrifying, but the iconic Governess, flawlessly portrayed by Dame Julie Andrews, uses her kind and loving nature to become the mother figure that the children desperately need and grant them a form of escape during war-torn Austria.
Why she's on the list: Not only does she capture the hearts of the children, but their father’s as well - a widower and retired naval officer, who opens up his mind to the possibility of finding love once again.
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The Weasley matriarch played impeccably by Dame Julie Walters in the Harry Potter saga provides the perfect combination of kind, caring, and protective to all her children, as well as a stand-in mother figure for Harry Potter.
Why she's on the list: Let’s not forget her fierce battle against Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II stands out as one of the most iconic mum moments in modern cinema!
Helen Parr is one mother of a superhero, with no signs of slowing down…”Settle down - are you kidding me?” But with three kids, Violet, Dashiell, Jack-Jack and an early forced retirement she’s left with no choice. The Incredibles soon discover that their real power comes from unity when they come together to face the world, and fight the bad guys.
Why she's on the list: She is the stability of her family, her primary concern will always be to keep them safe… but of course, she’s a super, so her idea of ‘safe’ is a bit different to normal mums.
Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film triumphs of imagination and heart telling the story of a young witch, Kiki, who uses her ability to fly to earn a living by opening up a “Witch Delivery Business”.
In exchange for accommodation, Kiki helps Osono, an expecting mum, tend a bakery.
Why she's on the list: Kiki and Osono's relationship evolves beyond employer and employee to that of a surrogate mother figure for the young Kiki, thus providing cementing proof that Osono will be an amazing mum for her unborn child.
A true story told about a real-life mum, played in the film by Taraji P. Henson, who defied all odds to enlarge the frontiers of space, opening doors for women and people of colour.
Bringing up three kids at home as a single mum, and becoming a pioneer of the space era wasn’t easy work!
Why she's on the list: They asked Katherine Johnson for the Moon, and she gave it to them. Her calculations of orbital mechanics were critical to the success of the first and following U.S. crewed spaceflights.
Setting the standard for big-screen, sci-fi scares since 1979, the Alien franchise also gave cinema it’s ultimate action heroine in Ellen Ripley. But setting aside the xenomorph-dodging and the flamethrower-toting, Sigourney Weaver’s timeless turn across four films (including an Oscar nomination for Aliens) gave audiences a complex but resolute picture of motherhood.
Why she's on the list: Simply put, she’s the alpha-mum of every iconic action heroine ever since. Rey, Katniss and more owe it all to Ripley.
We know it’s not easy to get to the shops now and it’s nearly Mother’s Day.
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As soon as our cinemas reopen, we’ll have an exciting list of 5-star films. So you and mum will have a great night of bonding to look forward to.