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Mother’s Day Movies

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Flowers, perfume, hand drawn pictures—and sometimes even pots and pans, are all ways we try to say, "Thanks Mom." 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.

“Exemplary women and caregivers are portrayed in these movies you can share with Mom.”

In tribute to these quiet heroines we've complied the following list of movies featuring self-sacrificing caregivers (some of whom have taken on the role even though they are not a biological parent). We hope you enjoy the exemplary women portrayed in these movies that 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 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.

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

She may be an animated elephant, but no one can deny the poignant love expressed when Dumbo's mom sings "Baby Mine."

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.

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.

You don’t have to be a blood relative to create a family bond. The women in these movies show all it takes is love and commitment.

The Blind Side

The life of a troubled black youth takes an unexpected turn when a white family takes him in, and the mother begins to treat the teen as her own son.

Sarah, Plain And Tall

A mail-order bride leaves her East Coast home and travels to the Midwest prairies to meet her possible husband-- a man she has only communicated with by letter. Yet awkward introductions prove easier than trying to fix the still grieving hearts of the widower and his two small children. (Skylark is the sequel to this movie.)

A Shine of Rainbows

The drab and cloudy life of a young orphan turns bright when a sunny woman offers to adopt him.

Anne Of Green Gables

An orphan arrives at the home of her dreams only to learn her new family (an elderly brother and sister) was expecting a boy. Although the bachelor warms to the redheaded girl instantly, it takes a little longer for the cool spinster to appreciate Anne's fiery disposition.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Jennifer Garner plays Cindy Green, a woman who has had to bury her hopes of ever having a child. Then, by some unknown magic, a young boy (CJ Adams) sprouts from her garden! Excitedly she and her husband (Joel Edgerton) take on the task of raising Timothy and begin to learn there is more to parenting them just hopes and dreams.

Even when moms aren't perfect, there can be a lot to learn from them.

Freaky Friday

One girl discovers that her mother's life isn't as easy as she thought it was when they magically change places.

The Perfect Man

Hoping to help her single mom find happiness, a teen virtually creates a "perfect" man who starts a relationship with her mother over the Internet.

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About the Reviewer: Donna Gustafson

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