1. Stepmom, 2. The Preparation, 3. The Blind Side, 4. Mother (2009), 5. Aftershock, 6. All About My Mother, 7. Don't Cry, Mommy, 8. Mamma Roma, 9. Panic Room, 10. Romang. The mother has always been a timeless theme for works of art ranging from music to painting to film. Despite being shown in a variety of pictures, the moms in the film always elicit strong emotions in the audience. And, while Mother's Day is a particular day for you to express your love for your parents, you should always say "I love you" at any time, not only on Mother's Day. Just like the 10 mother movies listed below, you may watch it at any time to be reminded of that precious tie on Mother's Day.
- The Preparation
- The Blind Side
- Mother (2009)
- All About My Mother
- Don’t Cry, Mommy
- Mamma Roma
- Panic Room
Stepmom is a comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus that stars Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon was named Best Actress by the San Diego Film Critics Circle, while Harris was named Best Supporting Actor by the National Board of Reviews, both for his work in The Truman Show.
Someone once stated that a stepmother would never fully love and care for her husband’s child so it will be different after watching the movie Stepmom. This movie is one of the finest parenthood films of all time and will alter your thinking. The film retells the narrative of Jackie and Luke Harrison, who are struggling for custody following their divorce. When Luke moves in with his new girlfriend, Isabel, a fashion photographer, things are not easy. While Isabel makes every effort to be around the two children, Luck’s daughter Anna refuses to comply. Stepmom created a universe of two moms, one biological and one stepmother, with entirely different views and personalities, but just one thing in common: love for their children. The stepmother had to work really hard to win over the stepchildren’s hearts. Even though she was chilly and mistreated, the lady was prepared to disregard everything and treat them with genuine love from her heart. In the film, viewers will be utterly attracted by the character’s charisma and compassion for her husband’s children.
Release date: 1998
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Actors: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone
Running time: 125 minutes
The Preparation tells the narrative of a mother Ae Soon (Go Doo Shim) and a son named In Gyu (Kim Sung Kyun)who is a man in his 30s but sees himself as a 7-year-old kid. Mrs. Ae Soon’s life is a sequence of days spent alone caring for and protecting her eldest kid. When her husband died and her daughter abandoned her brother to marry a wealthy spouse so mother had to worried about In Gyu from the tiniest details.
For the past 30 years, Ae Soon’s greatest concern has been that no one will care for In Gyu when she dies. This is finally going to happen when she finds that she only has a few months to live. Then, mother Ae Soon attempts to mask her sadness in front of In Gyu in order to teach her children independence so that when she is no longer living, her child may live happily. She taught him how to fry eggs, make rice, take the bus home or to work, and what it was like to “die”. With the ordinary yet honest and emotional facts between mother and daughter Ae Soon and In Gyu, no audience member could possibly hold back their emotions while witnessing The Preparation.
Release date: 2017
Directed by: Cho Young-jun
Actors: Go Doo-shim, Kim Sung-kyun
Running time: 114 minutes
The Preparation trailer
The Blind Side
The context of the movie “Blind Side” takes place on Thanksgiving day and cold Christmas days, with sincerity, lightness, the magic of love. The film really transmits warmth to the audience and brings people closer together. The film tells the heartwarming story of an affluent white family in America and their black adoptive kid. She brought Mike to dine with her family and began learning about Mike’s situation. Knowing Mike’s fate, Leigh and his wife chose to adopt him and send him to school, teaching him from the ground up. From her adopted mother’s love, Mike rose from being a destitute youngster with little schooling to being a popular rugby football player.
It might be claimed that Leigh’s maternal love, although the mother who did not give birth to Mike, was like a ray of light that altered the boy’s entire dismal life. From there, it demonstrates that the power of love can truly transform a person. This mother is not a biological mother, but she has always been a guide, walking by her son Michael Oher and letting him know that: “Even though I am an adoptive mother, my love for you is still as great as it is”. As a result, many individuals have said after viewing The Blind Side: “Being a mother does not only mean for the children you have given birth to but for all other children when you are open your heart to them”.
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Actors: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates
Running time: 126 minutes
The Blind Side
The Blind Side trailer
Director Bong Joon-ho released “Mother” in 2009, with the participation of well-known actors such as Won Bin, Kim Hye-ja, and Yun Je-Mun. In 2009, the film “Mother” was also nominated for a Blue Dragon Film Award for Best Film. At the 10th Pusan Film Critics Council, the film was honored in the category of Best Feature Film and was chosen to represent Korean cinema at the 2010 Oscars.
Mother portrays the story of a widowed woman who has a kid named Do-Joon who was born with a congenital condition. Yoon Do-Joon, her kid, is incredibly handsome, but he is dumb, silent, and has a bad memory. Although he is at the age of 27, he still spends the majority of the day with his bad pal Jin-tae and yet sleeps with his mother at night. Suddenly, a high school girl was murdered in the vicinity. The evidence at the site indicates that Do-Joon is the primary suspect in the case. The police rapidly condemn Do-Joon, but Do – Joon’s mother is skeptical about the decision of the government. She is determined to discover the truth for herself in order to clear her son’s name. Through the film, the audience will sense her love for Do-Joon via every stride, her gaze, and her words, which are all extremely sincere and provide a holy sensation of motherly love. This film would most likely be a good choice to watch on Mother’s Day.
Directed by: Bong Joon-ho
Actors: Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin
Running time: 128 minutes
Mother (2009) trailer
The terrible earthquake in Tangshan (China) in 1976 lasted only 23 seconds, yet it impacted the lives of mother Li and daughter Fang Deng for the next 32 years. In Aftershock, the mother tormented herself for 32 years since she couldn’t save both of her children. Besides, the girl grew up with deep hurt, recalling her mother’s words: “Save my boy not this girl”. A severe earthquake separated them for 32 years, and another tragic earthquake pulls them back together when Fang Deng returns to her hometown to assist others in need as she experienced. It was at this time that she was able to comprehend what she had gone through in the past, set aside the grief, and forgive her mother in order to return to her family.
This is a moving film that may make viewers cry when the performers cry and comprehend the anguish that the characters must through. The success of Aftershock is attributed to the excellent performance of well-known actors. They have succeeded in expressing the character’s mentality, leaving viewers obsessed with what natural calamities have been created, but also displaying to the audience the warmth and holiness of the mother-child bond is holy and wonderful.
Release date: 2010
Directed by: Feng Xiaogang
Actors: Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Xu Fan, Zhang Guoqiang, Chen Daoming, Chen Jin, Lu Yi
Running time: 135 minutes
All About My Mother
All About My Mother (1999) involves a tragedy presented in a parody tone that ranges from hilarious to agonizing. The film tells the story of a woman named Manuela who lost her son on his 17th birthday. For a single mother, losing her own son is a difficult thing to accept but in this film, the audience somehow learns to overcome this pain. After her son died in an accident, she went to find the father of her child who had changed sex to report the news. It was not an easy journey for a mother who had just lost a child. And Manuela happened to meet a woman carrying HIV with a baby about to be born who is coincidentally also a child of the ex-husband she was looking for.
It is Pedro Almodovar’s greatest work in terms of meditating on and deeply utilizing the issue of women’s world. The film depicts viewers “the lost half of oneself” or more accurately, the deepest aspect of moms’ feelings about being mothers. And it’s possible that’s why, when it comes to films inspired by motherhood, All About My Mother remains a modern cinematic high point. The prize went to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar for his difficult and hard work. In early 2000, it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Release date: 1999
Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
Actors: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan, Penélope Cruz
Running time: 104 minutes
All About My Mother
All About My Mother trailer
Don’t Cry, Mommy
Don’t Cry, Mommy is a film about the life of Eun Ah, a high school student (Nam Bo Ra). Following her parents’ divorce, Eun Ah chose to live with her mother (played by Yoo Sun) and attend a new school. Here, she falls in love with a student who is handsome but erratic and destructive called Jo Han (Shin Dong Ho). Jo Han unexpectedly invited Eun Ah to a private meeting one day. Here, he and his buddies took turns deflowering and rape Eun Ah and then shooting a clip, threatening to post the footage on social media.
Eun Ah’s spirit has been in turmoil since she was raped and then she chose suicide on her birthday to relieve the physical and mental agony she was experiencing. She had purchased a cake with the words “Don’t cry, Mommy” on it before she died. Faced with incomprehensible injustice, the mother resolved to seek justice on her own, compelling the creatures to pay the price with their lives. The audience was moved to tears and pity by the film. Don’t Cry, Mommy sparked a tremendous wave of popular opinion at the time of its premiere. Director Kim Yong Han’s work may be regarded to have properly accomplished the objective of a film in terms of warning and denouncing crimes in society, as well as promoting the sacred link between mother and child.
Release date: 2012
Directed by: Kim Yong-han
Actors: Yoo Sun, Nam Bo-ra
Running time: 92 minutes
Don’t Cry, Mommy
Don’t Cry, Mommy trailer
Mamma Roma, a masterwork of genius filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, is often ranked among the finest classic films about motherhood of all time. The protagonist of the film is Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani)who is a former prostitute who wants to reform her life. After deciding, Mamma sells veggies and works hard every day with the intention of creating a better life for her 16-year-old son, Ettore (Ettore Garofolo). However, after discovering the truth about his mother, he grew enraged, went stealing, and ended up in jail. With a frightening ending that Ettore’s death and the ringing of church bells after Mamma Roma tried suicide with her only son, the mother’s sorrow of loss seemed to double many times. The passionate, deep love that does not need to be stated in words but oozes in every movement and worry for her kid has elevated the image of that tragic mother to new levels.
The director of Mamma Roma has presented to the audience a basic but sweeping humanistic message that encompasses all of a woman’s life and fate, that is: Whoever your mother is, has like the past, but when nature chooses and gives them the privilege of becoming a mother, the bond of motherhood also helps them live better and be more responsible for themselves and their children.
Release date: 1962
Actors: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo
Running time: 106 minutes
Mamma Roma trailer
If you’ve ever seen the American film Panic Room, you’ll know that it deserves to be considered one of the finest maternal films of all time. Because of its profound substance and immersive performances, Panic Room is a film that needs to be seen on Mother’s Day.
The film surrounds Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah moving into an ancient property after their divorce, where they discover a secret chamber created for a single purpose. Meg and Sarah were met by three robbers who broke into their room on the first night. Meg and her kid hurried into the Panic room, thinking it would be safe for them to hide and save their lives. However, that location has a large amount of money, which the robbers are hunting for. Beginning here, the veil of secrecy is progressively lifted. When Sarah’s kid becomes ill, Meg is willing to give up her life to obtain the medication that would save Sarah’s life. Viewers will be thoroughly immersed in Meg’s holy sentiments for her child and will completely empathize with the character’s emotions as she watches her child being kidnapped by bandits.
Release date: 2002
Directed by: David Fincher
Actors: Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart.
Running time: 112 minutes
Panic Room trailer
Romang begins with a cheerful vision of a three-generation family, with the elderly couple Cho Nam Bong (Lee Soon Jae) and Mae Ja (Jung Young Sook) always working hard and taking care of the young people on a daily basis. Every day, Mrs. Mae Ja is always devoted to her husband and children. However, an incident occurred is that when Mr. Cho Nam Bong and Mrs. Mae Ja were no longer conscious enough to remember anything. They suddenly became a burden to their children, and the family decided to place their mother, grandmother Mae Ja in a nursing facility. Fortunately, her husband, who had spent more than half of her life with her, recognized that life without Mae Ja would be worthless so he take her home.
Romang exploits the tale of contemporary society, which is happening not only in Korea but probably elsewhere when the elderly are confronted with the sickness of memory loss and progressively retreat from life. Without grandiose scenes or major tales, Romang concentrates on the character’s psychological growth, eliciting feelings and sympathy from the audience while discussing husband and wife, motherly love.
Release date: 2019
Directed by: Lee Chang-geun
Actors: Lee Soon-Jae, Lee Kyu-Hyung, Bae Hae-Sun