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Top 5 films for mothers

  1. The Sound of Music

Gentle Maria (Julie Andrews) leaves – ok, gets kicked out of – her post at an Austrian convent to become the governess to seven mischievous kids of a strict Naval officer widower (Christopher Plummer).

MPAA Rating: G

Runtime: 2 hrs. 54 mins.

Details: Directed by Robert Wise and written by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse and Ernest Lehman, this movie stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Peggy Wood, and Anna Lee. Was released in theaters March 2, 1965; 2-Disc 40th Anniversary Edition DVD released on Nov. 15, 2005.

2. Erin Brockovich

An unemployed single mom (Julia Roberts) becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.

MPAA Rating: R for language

Runtime: 2 hrs. 10 mins.

Details: Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant, this movie stars Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Conchata Ferrell, and Peter Coyote. Was released in theaters March 17, 2000; on DVD Aug. 15, 2000.

3. The Incredibles

While trying to live a quiet suburban life, a family of undercover superheroes is forced back into action to save the world.

MPAA Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hr. 55 mins.

Details: Directed and written by Brad Bird, this movie stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee. Was released in theaters Nov. 5, 2004; 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD released on March 15, 2005.

4.Mrs. Miniver

Greer Garson is Mrs. Miniver, the matriarch of a middle-class English family experiencing life in the first months of World War II, dodging bombs and protecting their family the best they can.

MPAA Rating: Not rated but comparable to a PG rating

Runtime: 2 hrs. 14 mins.

Details: Directed by William Wyler and written by Arthur Wimperis and George Froeschel, this movie stars Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon and Reginald Owen. Was released in theaters June 4, 1942; on DVD Feb. 3, 2004.

5. Stepmom

Susan Sarandon is Jackie Harrison, a terminally-ill mom who decides to make the best of things and teach the new woman (Julia Roberts) in her ex-husband’s life how to be a good stepmom to her kids.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements.

Runtime: 2 hrs. 5 mins.

Details: Directed by Chris Columbus and written by Gigi Levangie and Jessie Nelson, this movie stars Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Was released in theaters Dec. 25, 1998; on DVD April 13, 1999.

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  1. Erin Brockovich makes No. 1 on my list.

  2. Stepmom is not bad.

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