Best. Mother. Ever.

40 unforgettable movie moms who stole our hearts... and innocence... and a daughter's boyfriend or two.

Best Mother Ever to Force Her Assistant to Track Down an Advance Copy of the Latest Harry Potter Sequel for Her Kids

Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada

Best Mother Ever to Have an Affair With the Father of Her Children

Meryl Streep, It's Complicated

Best Mother Ever to Attempt to Keep Her Daughter from Panicking While Hiding in a Very Chic Brownstone

Jodi Foster, The Panic Room

Best Mother Ever to Find Meaning in a Box of Chocolates

Sally Field, Forrest Gump

Best Mother Ever to Make Timothy Hutton Downright Suicidal

Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People

Best Mother Ever to Raise a Really Terrific Son

Verna Bloom, Last Temptation of Christ

Best Non-Mother Ever to Contract Amnesia and Four Kids After Falling from a Boat

Goldie Hawn, Overboard

Best Mother Ever to Give Birth to Satan

Mia Farrow, Rosemary's Baby

Best Mother Ever to Nurture an Up-and-Coming Hair Stylist

Dianne Wiest, Edward Scissorhands

Best Mother/Brothel Owner Never to Nurture James Dean

Jo Van Fleet, East of Eden