Great Mother’s Day Movies - Part 1
Flowers, perfume, hand drawn pictures—and sometimes even pots and pans, are all ways we try to say, “Thanks”. Yet these things are mere trinkets when compared to a mother’s gifts of hard work, endless love, and patient faith that someday we’ll amount to something. In tribute to these quiet heroines we’ve complied the following list of movies you can share with Mom.
The Brooke Ellison Story After a car accident leaves Brooke paralyzed from the neck down, her mother becomes her greatest advocate to insure the young girl can still realize her academic dreams.
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story A young boy who grows up to become a brain surgeon realizes he owes his success to his single mother, who had a vision of what he could do if he acquired a good education.
Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) A Mexican mother illegally crosses the United States boarder in hopes of securing employment and a better future for her young son. Yet the paychecks she sends home don’t ease the pain her child feels over his separation. (In Spanish, with English subtitles.)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame A parent’s total devotion to preserving her son’s life is demonstrated in the introduction of this classic tale about a child accused of having “a face only a mother could love.” Dumbo also experiences this kind of affection, which is poignantly expressed when his mom singsBaby Mine.
Lorenzo’s Oil Based on a true story, Augusto and Michaela Odone are willing to do anything, including looking for a cure, when they discover their son has adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare and fatal disease. Extraordinary Measures tells a similar tale about a couple whose children have Pompe disease)
For One More Day An emotionally distressed man gets an unusual opportunity to spend a day with his deceased mother, who helps him put his troubled life into perspective.
My Dog Skip A mother’s sensitive intuition guides the choice of a four-legged birthday present for her boy, which in turn helps to bridge the gap between her husband and their son.
Won’t Back Down Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) may not have much, but that doesn’t stop the single mother from giving her all to help her dyslexic, third-grader daughter Malia (Emily Alyn Lind) get a chance at a real education. When the local classroom fails to meet the young girl’s special needs, Jamie rallies all the support she can find and takes on the school district and the ailing educational system.
The Prince of Egypt In this animated retelling of the Biblical story of Moses, a desperate mother tries to save the life of her son from a cruel extermination order issued by the Pharaoh. With great faith she places her baby in a basket and then setting it afloat on the Nile.
Follow The Stars Home When a pregnant woman discovers her unborn child will be destined to a life of handicap, she determines to do all she can for her disabled daughter. Her husband on the other hand flees his responsibilities and abandons them both.
See Mother’s Day Movies: Part 2 for more ideas to share with those who provide amazing caregiver ing even if they aren’t a biological parent.