Movies That Honor Mom
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
In past years, we’ve talked about how few movies there are that feature strong, loving mothers. Too often, motherhood is mocked in movies (BAD MOMS), or they’re simply portrayed as mean (MOANA in the beginning), or even as the villains (AMERICAN BEAUTY, SOUTH PARK and SERIAL MOM).
However, we’ve seen a growing trend of positive portrayals of mothers in Hollywood movies. CINDERELLA tells the story of a mother passing on her values to her daughter in a powerful way. HIDDEN FIGURES shows hard-working mothers dedicated to serving their country in NASA’s computer department, but also present for their children. ARRIVAL shows a skilled linguist who saves humanity deciding that being a mother is the greatest thing she can do. These are just a few terrific movies that didn’t even make the Top 10 List that promote the incredible role mothers play in our lives.
Below is a list of MOVIEGUIDE®’s Best Movies for Mother’s Day.
Best Movies for Mother’s Day
ELENI: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +2 − 1986: ELENI is the greatest movie about a mother’s love in the face of adversity. It is the true story of a mother who was murdered by the communists during the Greek Civil War. Eleni proclaims, “Christ is risen” on Easter, prays to God and concludes before her execution with the touching statement that “It is such a joy to be a mother that I thank God for letting me know it.”
I REMEMBER MAMA: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +3 − 1948: I REMEMBER MAMA is the classic 1948 movie by George Stevens about a Norwegian family in 1910 San Francisco and the mother, who holds them together, played by Irene Dunne in one of her best roles.
MRS. MINIVER: QUALITY: * * * * ACCEPTABILITY: +3 – 1942: MRS. MINIVER follows Greer Garson as a strong mother who sees her family through the London Blitz in England during World War II.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +3 – 1965: Who can forget the lovable Maria Von Trapp played winningly by Julie Andrews as she sings about the hills being alive with music? Maria becomes like a second mother to the Von Trapp children, most notably in the song “My Favorite Things.”
THE INCREDIBLES: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +2 – 2004: THE INCREDIBLES tells the story of Mr. Incredible, a superhero uncomfortable with his celebrity, and his wife, Elastigirl, who have retired under a government protection plan and now have a family with two boys and one teenage girl. Their hectic family life is interrupted by a villain who calls himself Syndrome, and battling this villain becomes a family affair. There are many moral lessons to take away from this redemptive, inspirational movie, which contains a strong Christian worldview. A sequence with Elastigirl and the two older children demonstrates a mother’s love and care in a very poignant, uplifting way.
HOME: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +3 − 2015: In this delightful animated movie, a friendly but socially clumsy alien helps a little girl find her mother, who’s been relocated to a designated place on Earth so that the alien’s people can take over the planet. HOME has a strong redemptive, moral worldview with Christian, biblical principles celebrating mothers, family, sacrifice, hope, truth, and doing the right thing.
THE BLIND SIDE: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +1 − 2009: Sandra Bullock plays a white Christian woman who takes a black teenager into her home and gives him the care and attention his own mother couldn’t and wouldn’t. It’s an Oscar winning performance that shows the vital importance that a Christian mother, and a stable family, can bring to a child.
JOY: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: -1 – 2015: JOY is an extremely entertaining story about a devoted, divorced mother trying to provide for her family, who invents a new kind of mop, but experiences financial obstacles in marketing it to American housewives. JOY is a delightful, inspiring movie for teenagers and adults, with positive Christian, pro-capitalist content, but caution’s advised for very brief, mostly light foul language and some dysfunctional behavior.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4 – 2016: MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is a heartrending, faith-affirming drama about the true story of a 12-year-old girl suffering from a very serious medical disorder and her mothers journey to see her daughter healed. The cast and the filmmakers do a beautiful job making this story come alive.
QUEEN OF KATWE: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +1 – 2016: QUEEN OF KATWE is a powerful drama about a pre-adolescent girl living in the slums of Uganda who gets a new lease on life after becoming a master chess player. QUEEN OF KATWE is a touching, uplifting story with strong Christian faith and positive moral messages that will inspire families and children everywhere.