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Top ten mums in popular culture

A totally subjective list of stand out mothers – from the great to the really, really awful. Let us know your picks in the comments.

  • All about my mother – You can’t go wrong with Almodóvar and strong women (runner-up Volver has some of the toughest mums in cinema).
  • Mother – A Korean mother will do anything for her son in this pitch black comedy thriller. From the director of The Host.
  • Transamerica – Motherhood gets complicated in this story of a boy reconnecting to his father who is in the process of becoming a woman.
  • Stories we tell – A wonderful documentary by filmmaker Sarah Polley searching for her mother’s story.
  • Bad boy bubby – This Australian cult classic has my vote for worst mother ever. Warning – not for the faint-hearted!
  • Serial mom – Mums have to have their hobbies.
  • The day my mother cried and other stories  – A lovely and humorous examination of author William D. Kaufman’s Jewish Ukrainian childhood.
  • Are you my mother?: A comic drama – Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel follow-up to her classic memoir Fun Home.
  • Are you my mother? – Mums come in all shapes, sizes and species.

And to move away from the child-centric view of mothers, here’s one for the mothers themselves (try not to tear up) – Love you forever:

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