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21 Worst Onscreen Moms, From Norma Bates to Peg Bundy

TheWrap appears at dysfunctional mothers in honor of Mother’s Day, from Norma Bates in “Psycho” to Peg Bundy in “Married With Children” and “Serial Mom.”

Warner Bros. Pictures

“Psycho” (1960)  Possibly the worst mom in Hollywood historical past (and now on A&E with “Bates Motel”), Norma Bates was so abusive she it resulted in her homicide — and people of subsequent harmless victims — by the hands of her son, Norman.

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M.C. Productions

“The Manchurian Candidate” (1962)  Mrs. Iselin (Angela Lansbury) is much less a mom and extra a secret agent intent on making her son the primary puppet President in a Communist conspiracy.

United Artists

“Carrie” (1976)   After emotionally and bodily abusing her daughter for years, Mrs. White (Piper Laurie) tried to kill Carrie when she believed a demon was the explanation her daughter had psychic powers.

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Paramount Pictures

“Mommie Dearest” (1981)  Faye Dunaway portrays Joan Crawford as controlling and overbearing mom to adopted daughter, Christina, within the 1981 biographical cult drama.

Embassy Television

“Married… With Children” (1987-97)   Peggy Bundy is not imply, she’s simply lazy and inattentive, refusing to prepare dinner or clear and as an alternative spending her time sat on the sofa watching “Oprah.”

Orion Pictures

“Throw Momma From the Train” (1987)  Mrs. Lift (Anne Ramsey) was such a horrible, overbearing mom that her son was impressed on easy methods to kill her after watching an Alfred Hitchcock film.


“Seinfeld” (1989-98)  After watching Mrs. Costanza (Estelle Harris) for less than 5 minutes, you fully perceive how George may develop into the needy, neurotic particular person we knew and liked for 9 seasons.

Polar Entertainment Corporation

“Serial Mom” (1994)   The darkish comedy starred Kathleen Turner as a suburban housewife who secretly murders individuals over trivial of perceived slights or social fake pas.


“The Sopranos” (1999-2007)  A paranoid nightmare, Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand) tried to have her mob boss son, Tony Soprano, killed when she thought he was too weak to steer.

All Girls Productions

“Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” (2002)   Ellen Burstyn performs the abusive Southern mom to Sandra Bullock on this comedy-drama that spans 70 years of the “Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”

Warner Bros. Pictures

“White Oleander” (2002) Based on the novel by Janet Fitch, Michelle Pfeiffer performs a self-centered, cold-hearted and eccentric mom who kills and her dishonest boyfriend — touchdown her in jail and daughter, Astrid (Alison Lohman) in a foster residence.

Imagine Entertainment

“8 Mile” (2002) Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. (Eminem) lives with his alcoholic mom (Kim Basinger) in a Detroit trailer park whereas struggling to make it as a white rapper.

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