Everyone, at some point in their life, has had a mom. And we're sure in their own special way, those women were all very hardworking, ass-kicking pillars of the community ready to take on any challenge that faced them, and could probably do it better than any man! That's part of what makes moms so special. Of course, great personalities, strong muscles, and a willingness to time travel or engage in an epic space war also help.
Today, we're here to celebrate 19 of the most unforgettable movie moms of all time. From the original badass Anne Bancroft in The Graduate to Emilia Clarke as the mother of the apocalypse, here are the coolest mothers to ever grace the silver screen.
1 TIE - Christina Applegate & Beverly D'Angelo in Vacation
After watching the new Vacation, we're not sure what smart, brave Debbie Griswold sees in Rusty. But it's probably the same endearing quality that attracted Ellen to Clark. Like Grandma Griswold before her, Debbie has two young kids to take care of, and they're quite a handful. When it comes to taking a family vacation, Debbie and Ellen are clearly equals, and obviously the captains of their ship, so why not celebrate them together?
2 Vivica A. Fox in Independence Day
Stripper turned alien freedom fighter! Vivica A. Fox was one of the hottest ladies of the 1990s, and she proved herself capable of fighting alongside Will Smith in this sci-fi classic. She must have done something right, cause she returned to fight another day in IIndependence Day 2, and her former boyfriend was no where to be seen. Our only question is, how come she's not the new future president?
3 Linda Cardellini in Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel is sort of like Disney, it doesn't have a lot of time or room for mothers (just ask Black Widow!). But that all changed with the appearance of Linda Cardellini in Avengers 2. She is not only the mother of Hawkeye's two children, she also gives the man a reason to fight for truth, justice and the American way. Did we also mention that Linda Cardellini is a freak, a geek, and a former Don Draper fling? All through it, she has also been Velma and came out on top in her tussle with Danny Rayburn. This chick is one tough mother!
4 Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door
If Jennifer Lopez moved into your neighborhood, you'd never wear sweatpants around the culdesac again! Now imagine you can see her changing through your bedroom window! Too bad for our hero mom, Jennifer Lopez has to deal with a real psycho when she decided to get sweaty with the boy next door. By the end, she proves just why you don't mess around with an older lady. This is one woman who has had 'Enough!' We're sure she's praying for a nicer neighbor next time. Perhaps an elderly couple?
5 Halle Berry in Kidnap
Halle Berry is a mother who'll stop at nothing to rescue her kiddnapped son in this taute thriller. A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mother Karla Dyson when kidnappers snatch her young son Frankie. With no cellphone and no time to wait for police, Dyson jumps into her car to follow the vehicle that holds Frankie. As the pursuit turns into a frantic, high-speed chase, Karla must risk everything and push herself to the limit to save her beloved child.
6 JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist
Has there ever been a cooler movie mom? She smokes pot in front of her kids, refuses to leave the house after a scary ghost terrorizes her, and she even has time for a hot bath after swimming around in the mud with a bunch of dead, angry corpses. Sure, Rosemarie DeWitt in the new Poltergeist is nothing to sneeze at, but if we want one ghostbusting babe in our corner, it's clearly JoBeth!
7 Dee Wallace in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Dee Wallace was one strong, fierce single mother, and we dare you to find another woman who was as sexy doing it! Three kids and an alien can't be an easy life to contend with. But she does it with grace and poise, and even had time to dress up like a sexy kitten on Halloween. She literally defines the term 'cougar' in this iconic kids movie.
8 Eva Mendes in Training Day
Eva Mendes may have been overshadowed by her male co-stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, but her limited screen time as a mother in East Los Angeles but her on the map.
9 Jane Seymour in Wedding Crashers'
It's hard to forget the awesome Jane Seymour's take-no-prisoners come-on when she goes after Owen Wilson. We could all hope to be so lucky. The wealthy wife and mother of three gives herself over to an untamed sexual desire, and we're nothing but the better for it. You've never seen Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman quite like this!
10 Amy Stock-Poynton in Bill and Ted
Bill's step-mom, who eventually became Ted's step-mom, might just be the most worshipped mom on this list! But beware...She certainly knows how to leave a man destitute and creeping around in his six-day-old undies. And she certainly knows a thing or two about dealing with an Oedipus complex. Even if she was your step-mom, you know you'd still have the hots for her!
11 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Mad Max
Ok, so SPOILER alert! Rosie Huntington-Whiteley isn't a mom for very long in Mad Max: Fury Road, but she brings one of the creepiest, most terrifying birth scenes to the big screen in a long time, and she continues to look great doing it, even after she fights off an army of War Boys and rolls under the wheels of a giant car.
12 Jennifer Coolidge in American Pie
From the comedy camp of Christopher Guest, there's no doubt that Jennifer Coolidge is the funniest Mom on this list. But in American Pie, she became a franchise icon, and the object of many young men's desires. Though she eventually wound up with Jim's Dad, there's no denying the carnal pleasures of Stifler's Mom. She may not be the best Mother, but she certainly knows a thing or two about how to become one!
13 Heather Graham in The Hangover
We're not sure she's the best mom that ever lived, leaving her baby in a closet where a tiger roams free. But this hot mom used to be Roller Girl, which qualifies her for this list the moment she participated in parenthood on the big screen. She was also the object of Corey Haim's affections in License to Drive, which makes her the most desirable mom for a generation of kids who came of age in the 80s. There's no doubt about that!
14 Uma Thurman in Kill Bill
Ok, we lied when we said JoBeth Williams was the coolest mother on this list. There isn't a cooler mother alive than Beatrix Kiddo. Seriously, do you now another mom who'd suit up in Bruce Lee's old yellow jumpsuit to take on 88 crazy killers? And then she still finds time to make sandwiches and watch cartoons with her daughter. She's the Mother In Love with Fighting! She can kick us in the eyeball anytime!
15 Anne Bancroft in The Graduate
The Graduate introduced the idea of older ladies still being incredibly sexy and able to lure in a man to a wider audience. It started a movement that still reaches into today. She is the original cougar, seducing a young Dustin Hoffman like no mother has ever seduced a daughter's boyfriend before. Though, it should be noted for posterity sake, Anne Bancroft was only 6 years older than Dustin Hoffman when they shot the movie.
16 Natalie Portman in Star Wars
Padmé Amidala should get the mother of the universe award! She gave birth to Darth Vader's children. And she knows how to fly a starship! And she still looks hot in any weird hairdo George Lucas wants to throw her way. It's just too bad that she died of a broken heart during child birth. Her two midichlorin-endowed children never really got to know their mother. But we sure did, and she set the galaxy on fire! Now, where is Padme's force ghost? We want to role play as Dan Aykroyd...
17 Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters & Alien
Sigourney Weaver was not only mother to Oscar, a conduit of evil in Ghostbusters 2, she was also the surrogate mother of Newt in Aliens, and then gave birth to one of the most grotesque xenomorphos in the entire franchise with Alien Resurrection. Through it all, she remained one of the most fierce, sexy extraterrestrial hunters in the galaxy. And she just so happens to be the original female Ghostbuster! How could she not be on this list?
18 Emilia Clarke in Terminator Genisys
We have nothing against Linda Hamilton as the iconic Sarah Connor in the original Terminator and it's sequel, but you have to admit, she did start to look a little too much like 80s era Steven Tyler in Aerosmith in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Plus, Emilia Clarke has the advantage of also being the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which gives her a slight edge. Now, she is the mother of the apocalypse, and no one has ever looked better fighting the Future War!
19 Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom
Of course, we couldn't leave the greatest male mother of all time off the list. Mr. Mom came as a revolutionary tale for women's rights in the 80s, and proved that Michael Keaton could mother just as well as the rest of them. And it solidified his career as a comedy superstar. At the prime of his life in Mr. Mom, Michael Keaton is definitely one hot momma!
There you have it. In a world were most mothers will do anything for their child, the 19 most unforgettable moms are all special in their own unique way. Let us know who is your favorite. And make sure to let us know if we left out anyone that you feel should have been included. Or, god forbid, we included someone that you don't think belongs here!