Bad Movie Mothers

Mommie Dearest?

Ok – so, inspired by Angela Lansbury’s powerhouse performance of a power-hungry manipulative Mum in The Manchurian Candidate, which I blogged about yesterday, I got to thinking of my favourite on-screen bad mothers. I was struck by how few I could recall. Certainly there have been multitudes of Mums portrayed on-screen, but how many really BAD mothers can you think of?


Here’s my list, in no particular order:


1. Anthony Perkins – Psycho

2. Angela Lansbury – The Manchurian Candidate

3. Faye Dunaway – Mommie Dearest

4. Piper Laurie – Carrie

5. Angelica Huston – The Grifters

6. Mo’Nique – Precious (I haven’t seen this movie, but I’ve seen the trailer a few times – that’s close enough!)

Who have I missed?


4 thoughts on “Bad Movie Mothers

  1. Um, Monster in Law? Maybe Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Who’s Afraid of Viriginia Woolf?’ Lots of evil stepmothers in fairytales – do they count? What about the mommas in ‘Throw Momma from the Train’ and ‘King of Comedy’? They’re more like parody figures I guess…

    • Some good ones there Sylvia! Don’t know Throw Mamma from the Train or Monster in Law, but we’ll have them..
      Yes to Who’s Afraid..must watch that again actually..I guess movie versions of fairytales would count. so yes , evil stepmothers are in!

  2. I’d have to have Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand) on there, though she’s not technically a movie mom.
    She could swing from old biddy to hateful sociopath scumbag in a single episode, if not scene.

    • God yes, she was some piece of work wasn’t she! We could allow her on the basis that the Soprano’s was essentially great cinema, but on TV!!

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