The 5 best movie moms

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TV and Film moms

Yesterday we took at look at some of the best moms from TV shows. Today we so the same for movie moms. Here they are, again in no particular order.

Kate McCallister - Home Alone

Okay, so she left Kevin alone not once, but twice. Simple mistake, right? One anybody would make. Okay, maybe not, but she tries to make it up, even traveling with a van of complete strangers in the first movie. She makes it home for Christmas and we get that heartfelt reunion. Presumably she doesn't misplace Kevin during the rest of the year.

Lily Potter - Harry Potter

The one mom we only ever see a few times — though as a ghost-type figure or in flashbacks — might well be the best mom on this list, because she dies to protect her one-year-old child from being killed. That act of love saves her son and pretty much enables the entire plot of the Harry Potter series.

Aunt Beru Lars - Star Wars

Aunt Beru is, of course, not Luke Skywalker's birth mother, but she helped raise him his entire life, so I would guess he considers her his mother (their relationship was never really explored). She takes him into his home when one parent dies and another goes evil, and even shields him from the truth. Better yet, she's on his side when he wants to go to the Academy, telling her husband Owen that "all of his friends have gone."

Sarah Connor - Terminator 2

Okay, so John Connor's childhood wasn't like other kids, but at least he could take care of himself. That's what Sarah Connor provided to John during his early years, in preparation for the rise of Skynet. And what did she get for her efforts? Thrown in a mental institution for the criminally insane, all because she insisted that a computer program was going to become self-aware in a few years. Ok, also because she was going to bomb a computer factory, which isn't good, but she was right on the first part.

Mrs. Parker - A Christmas Story

Mrs. Parker was a kind, caring mother, but also had a no-nonsense attitude toward breaking the rules. She doted over her children — perhaps slightly too much, what with that time she put Randy in too many layers — and also managed and was exasperated by her cantankerous and slightly eccentric husband. Though mostly a positive person, she employed a "don't imitate your father" approach to raising her children. Say the wrong word and you might end up with soap in your mouth.

Which movie mom is your favorite?