The movies that truly understand motherhood

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

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.

By Matt Zoller Seitz

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