Ten Worst Mothers in Film

1. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

Probably one of the most terrifying, mother performances that I have ever seen comes from Faye Dunaway’s performance as Joan Crawford.  I don’t think anyone will truly know the truth about Crawford, and if she was as terrible as people say.  However, Dunaway really took on the terrible mother role quite well, even if the film won five Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture.

2. Mo’Nique as Mary Jones in Precious

This is one of the most disturbing and sad movies that I have ever seen.  Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her role as mother Mary Jones in the film, and it’s because she makes you feel so uncomfortable and so sick to your stomach, that you cannot believe the crap she puts Precious through.

3. Meryl Streep as Eleanor Shaw in The Manchurian Candidate

I haven’t seen the original, where Angela Lansbury portrays Eleanor, but I can sure tell you that Meryl Streep’s performance is quite good, as the woman who will do anything to get her son into politics.  Even if it means brainwashing him and turning him into a psycho.

4. Melissa Leo as Alice Ward in The Fighter

This abusive mother only cares about money and nothing else in this excellent, but sad film.  Melissa Leo won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011 for her performance because it makes you so furious, so you know her acting is spot on.

5. Rhea Perlman as Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda 

I think it’s obvious Mrs. Wormwood is a terrible mother to Matilda, treating her like she’s an inconvenience.  She even lets Miss Honey take Matilda on as her own without little hesitation when signing the papers.  Yet, thank goodness for Miss Honey!

6. Frances O’Connor as Monica in A.I. Artificial Intelligence

I can’t imagine having a robot as a son, but seriously, Monica, you cannot dump this poor, innocent robot in the forest because you can’t handle having him around.  It’s such a depressing role & film altogether.  Bad mother award.

7. Kathleen Turner as Beverly in Serial Mom

I mean, having a mother as a serial killer is perfectly normal, right?  Yikes…

8. Cate Blanchett as Stepmother in Cinderella

Though not technically Cinderella’s real mother, Cate Blanchett still plays the wicked Stepmother to perfection in the latest live-action film adaptation.  She’s wickedly good, even if she treats Cinderella like garbage.

9. Catherine O’Hara as Kate McCallister in Home Alone

Even though I love this holiday film, Catherine O’Hara gets an “F” for leaving her child behind.  If you can’t handle all of the family and children, then don’t go on a huge family vacation…

10. Naomi Watts & Robin Wright as Liz and Roz in Adore

Two best friends who each sleep with each other’s sons…happens all the time, right?  I sure hope not because it’s quite a disturbing thought in this dramatic film.


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