So, it's just about Mother's Day here on the west coast, so I may as well ask the question: Which silver screen moms do you think are the best representations of motherhood?
I think my two instinctual favorites, off the top of my head--and they are admittedly quite obvious, eponymous classics--would be Barbara Stanwyck in Stella Dallas and Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce.
Ironically, Crawford became quite associated with Mommie Dearest, the hit-piece by adopted daughter Christina Crawford (sorry, but the whole project was so hateful and more laugh-inducing than anything else).
Other films with wondrous motherly portrayals off the top of my head--Old Maid, starring Bette Davis (which, along with Stella Dallas, features one of the most understandably tearjerking denouements ever), E.T., with Dee Wallace trying to keep her family together and, perhaps, Autumn Sonata, Ingmar Bergman's treatise on a poisoned mother-daughter relationship starring Bergman-regular (and, at the time, former lover) Liv Ullman as the daughter and Ingrid Bergman as the mother. There are, of course, many, many others and if you wish to bring them up, please do so, and if you have comments about the ones I've mentioned, I'd love to hear 'em. Happy Mother's Day.