The 9 Worst Moms In Movie History

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Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is Sunday. If you planned to shrug it off and just shoot your mom a quick text, here are nine reasons to change your mind. By the time you get through this list you'll FaceTime your own special lady while sobbing apologetic tears, thanking her for every sandwich and snack she ever made you. These disturbing women make even the most mediocre mom shine like Sally Field in Steel Magnolias. Now wipe that schmutz off of your face and let's get started.

#9 Anne Ramsey in Throw Mama From the Train

Danny Devito needs all the love he can get, but he won't find it from Anne Ramsey's character from this '80s cult film. All she has to offer is abuse, cruel sentiments and (shudder) forced "bath time."

#8 Anne Ramsey in Goonies

Anne Ramsey is so great at being terrible that she takes two positions on this list. As Mama Fratelli in the Goonies, she threatens all of our heroes, but especially Chunk! Serving double-duty as both matriarch and mastermind of her family unit, she's willing to put a young boy's hand in a blender.

#7 Norma Bates in Psycho

He didn't turn out that way on his own, honey. Sure, she's made the morbid conversion to ventriloquist's crypt creeper before the film begins, but she kinda did that to herself. It's what happens when you tell your son that all women, aside from you, are skags.

#6 Big Edie from Grey Gardens

This Great Gatsby-conjuring documentary aims the camera on a shadow-dwelling mother/daughter team, each named Edith Bouvier Beale. By keeping her daughter isolated in a dilapidated house through adolescence and into adulthood, Little Edie turns weird. Real weird. Try-and-hump-the-camera-guy, weird.

#5 Kathleen Turner in Serial Mom

In all fairness, she's not a terrible mom. She's a great mom who does terrible things. This "true tale" by John Waters is a fun excuse to see Kathleen Turner go all bonkers and bananas on her crappy suburban community while wearing mom jeans and cardigans. Oh, and don't you dare double-time her daughter, or you'll be put in "forever time-out."

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MissMacy
MissMacy

Don't forget Julianne Moore's character in "The Hours." Holy crap.

JoeGillis
JoeGillis

Oh, and while I'm at it: Gladys Cooper, playing Bette Davis's mother in "Now, Voyager," makes Mary Tyler Moore in "Ordinary People" look warm and fuzzy.

JoeGillis
JoeGillis

Oh, please! NONE of these screen moms begin to compare with Angela Lansbury in "The Manchurian Candidate"! That any mother could do to a son what she did in that great film is beyond chilling.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

#2 should have been #1.

Nothing so succinctly captures Crazy Mom as those 3 little words: NO WIRE HANGERS!!!

Jamie L.
Jamie L.

 While I agree that both are clearly Crazy Mom to the max, Sybil's mom was the very worst. I shudder at the thought. Plus, Carrie developed telekinesis to fight back! Sybil just got a bunch of conflicting voices in her dome.

Steve
Steve

The Mom in Spanking The Monkey didn't exactly do a good job...

Jamie L.
Jamie L.

 We'll call it an unofficial #10.

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