"Life's a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get." -- Mrs. Gump (Sally Field)

That oft-quoted line from "Forrest Gump" may have turned into a cliche, but that hasn't drained it of its wisdom or meaning. When Forrest's mom said it, she meant it.

Today, most iconic screen moms tend to be on television. We see these primetime parents week in and week out, providing us with the "golden ideal of motherhood" until the show is off the air. But, let's not forget about the big-screen mothers like Mrs. Gump: a flawed yet fierce parent, as well as her son's biggest advocate.

In honor of Mother's Day, let's take a look at five of the most memorable moms in movies.memorable movie moms
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Forrest Gump
Based on 20 critics

Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his... Read More

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Terms of Endearment
Based on 10 critics

Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but... Read More

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Based on 22 critics

In this sequel set eleven years after "The Terminator," young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the key to... Read More

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In Theaters on 1985

Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) is an intelligent, outgoing and humorous teenager who suffers from a facial... Read More