Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in The Terminator is an almost iconic mom in the movies. Is there no end to what she would do to protect her child? Sure, his survival means the survival of the entire human race, but still.
Toni Collette hit all the right notes as a mother trying to understand what her troubled child (Haley Joel Osment) was going through. Best scene: In the car when Haley tells her that her late mother wants her to be at peace.
Holly Hunter had her hands full in The Incredibles. Her kids had to act normal in a world that had rejected superheroes. Not an easy task. Then, there's her husband who only wants to get back to being super. She. Is. One. Super. Mom!
Dee Wallace is a single mother to three kids in E.T. When the titular character comes for a visit and takes shelter in her house, doing her best to raise her kids may not be enough. The maternal portrayal is astounding.
Julia Roberts' Erin Brockovich not only worked her tail off to make a life for her children, but her efforts changed the lives of dozens who were sickened by a corrupt power company in this stunning true story. Roberts would win an Oscar for the role like Bullock for capturing a true life mama.
There are powerful maternal performances, and there is Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice. Any mother has to practically fall to the ground in agony thinking about the "choice" that Sophie had to make with her children.
There was no end to what Sally Field would do for her son Forrest. She cared about his education -- remember that? And all those phrases she put in his head had us learning them every time Forrest said, "My Mama said..."
Melissa Leo played a less than perfect Boston mom in The Fighter. It was another true story movie that resulted in another Oscar for the woman portraying the matriarch! Leo was riveting and even stole scenes from Christian Bale -- which is no easy task.
Piper Laurie was quite the controlling mother in Carrie. And some could argue that the horrors that happen at the end of that Stephen King page-to-screen effort are partly a result of the pain and suffering that Laurie put upon her daughter Carrie.