It’s not Mothers Day, but why shouldn’t we appreciate the nurturers and rocks of the family? Movie and television moms are the key ingredient to making a family complete on screen and in light of International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of the best executed ones.
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Whitney Houston in Sparkle
Whitney Houston played “Emma,” Sparkle’s overprotective church mother. She was a former singer and recovering alcoholic that tried to live vicariously through her children, but still sincerely cared about them.
Phylicia Rashad in The Cosby Show
Claire Huxtable was the perfect mother to a perfect and wholesome black family. Beautiful, smart and nurturing, Claire was always the glue that held the famous crew together.
Whoopi Goldberg in For Colored Girls
Whoopi Goldberg played a super religious, obsessive compulsive, hoarding mother who loathed her eldest child —Thandi Newton—and aggressively attempted to raise her youngest to be nothing like her.
Loretta Devine in Jumping the Broom
Loretta Devine nailed playing the overprotective, jealous momma. Laz Alonso was her baby and she wasn’t ready to give him up.
Alfre Woodard in Crooklyn
Carolyn was the epitome of a backbone for the Carmichael family. When she got sick, the family fell apart and had to piece themselves back together.
Jenifer Lewis in The Brothers
Jenifer Lewis plays the mother that every woman is intimidated by– the mother you’re afraid to meet.
Tichina Arnold in Everybody Hates Chris
Better known as “Pam” from Martin, Tichina Arnold takes on the role of the HMIC—Head Mother In Charge—by keeping her kids and hardworking husband in check.
Octavia Spencer in Fruitvale Station
An emotional Octavia plays the caring and worried mother who is hopeful that the late Oscar Grant will get his life together after he is released from jail.
Cicely Tyson in Diary of a Mad Black Woman
The legendary Cicely Tyson plays an older and wiser mother in the Tyler Perry “Madea” series film.
Vivica Fox in Soul Food
She was tough and determined to get her family together after the unfortunate death of “Mama Joe.”
Lynn Whitfield in Eve’s Bayou
Lynn plays Roz Batiste who struggles to hold the family together despite being cheated on by her husband.
Angela Bassett in Notorious
Not one of her biggest roles, but Angela Bassett plays Voletta Wallace, the caring and supportive mother of the late Christopher Wallace a.k.a Notorious B.I.G.
Viola Davis in Doubt
Viola Davis plays a mother on a mission to help her son receive a good education while they struggle to survive harsh conditions at home with an abusive father.
Oprah Winfrey in The Butler
The media mogul plays the supportive housewife in The Butler. Oprah claims to only take roles that speak to her and Gloria Gaines was certainly a perfect fit.