"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
Forrest Gump
Based on 19 critics

An innocent man (Tom Hanks) enters history from the '50s to the '90s. Read More

Terms of Endearment
Based on 10 critics

A mother (Shirley MacLaine) and daughter (Debra Winger) maintain a strong but often turbulent bond. Read More

In Theaters on March 8th, 1985

A teen (Eric Stoltz) has a wild mother (Cher) and a misshapen face. Read More

Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Based on 22 critics

Two killer cyborgs battle over a teen's (Edward Furlong) life. Read More