The movies that truly understand motherhood

Slide show: From "Aliens" to "Fargo," the films that capture the terror and joy of being a mom

By Matt Zoller Seitz
Published May 6, 2011 11:30PM (EDT)

Another Mother's Day, another screening of "Terms of Endearment," right? Wrong. Nothing against that movie -- or "Mrs. Miniver," or any of the other holiday perennials -- but there's more to movie motherhood than the usual four-hanky specials.

Our short list includes an action film, a horror movie, an environmentally conscious historical epic, a murder mystery, a free-form memory piece, and several films worth watching, on Mother's Day or any other day. Add your own wild card Mother's Day movie selections in the Letters section.


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