21 of Hollywood's worst onscreen moms in honor of Mother's Day

21of Hollywood’s worst onscreen moms in honor of Mother’s Day
See Gallery
21 of Hollywood's worst onscreen moms in honor of Mother's Day


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

Photo: The Wrap

Mommie Dearest

Faye Dunaway portrays Joan Crawford as controlling and overbearing mother to adopted daughter, Christina, in the 1981 biographical cult drama.

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Serial Mom

The dark comedy starred Kathleen Turner as a suburban housewife who secretly murders people over trivial of perceived slights or social faux pas.

Photo: Polar Entertainment Corporation


Unemployed mother Mary (Mo'Nique) takes out all her fears and insecurities on her 16-year-old daughter, whom she blamed for getting impregnated twice by Mary's husband after he raped her.

Photo: Lionsgate

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Ellen Burstyn plays the abusive Southern mother to Sandra Bullock in this comedy-drama that spans 70 years of the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood."

Photo: All Girls Productions

Mean Girls

The ultimate example of lax parenting, Mrs. King (Amy Poehler) is way more concerned with looking cool than being an actual mom to her daughter.

Photo: Paramount Pictures


Possibly the worst mother in Hollywood history (and now on A&E with "Bates Motel"), Norma Bates was so abusive she it resulted in her murder -- and those of subsequent innocent victims -- at the hands of her son, Norman.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Sons of Anarchy

Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal) may have had the motorcycle club's interests at heart, but those interests typically involved ruining her son's chances at happiness, culminating in her killing his wife and the mother of his child.

Photo: SutterInk

White Oleander

Based on the novel by Janet Fitch, Michelle Pfeiffer plays a self-centered, cold-hearted and eccentric mother who kills her cheating boyfriend -- landing her in prison and daughter, Astrid (Alison Lohman) in a foster home.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

8 Mile

Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. (Eminem) lives with his alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger) in a Detroit trailer park while struggling to make it as a white rapper.

Photo: Imagine Entertainment


After watching Mrs. Costanza (Estelle Harris) for only five minutes, you completely understand how George could grow into the needy, neurotic person we knew and loved for nine seasons.

Photo: West-Shapiro

The Hangover

The Hangover - We all remember how nice Jade (Heather Graham) was, but we always forgot that she let three complete strangers take her baby for the night in Las Vegas.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Hunger Games

Mrs. Everdeen (Paula Malcomson) emotionally shut down after the death of her husband, leaving her teenage daughter Katniss to figure out how to keep her family alive.

Photo: Lionsgate

The Manchurian Candidate

Mrs. Iselin (Angela Lansbury) is less a mother and more a secret agent intent on making her son the first puppet President in a Communist conspiracy.

Photo: M.C. Productions

American Horror Story: Coven

There are so many evil moms to choose from on "AHS" but Fiona (Jessica Lange) takes this dark prize as the glamorous wicked witch to belittled daughter Cordelia (Sarah Paulson).

Photo: Brad Falchuck Teley-Vision

​Arrested Development

Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) was never hesitant to sacrifice her children's happiness for a gin and tonic.

Photo: Imagine Entertainment

Throw Momma From the Train

Mrs. Lift (Anne Ramsey) was such a terrible, overbearing mother that her son was inspired on how to kill her after watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Photo: Orion Pictures

Mad Men

Though she could occasionally show maternal instinct, Betty Draper (January Jones) was at times just as childish as her kids, and often even more selfish and needy.

Photo: Lionsgate Television


Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale) runs a family of hillbilly pot growers, makes lethal moonshine and wields a hammer that she's not afraid to use.

Photo: FX Productions

The Sopranos

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 lead.

Photo: HBO

Married... with Children

Peggy Bundy isn't mean, she's just lazy and inattentive, refusing to cook or clean and instead spending her time sat on the couch watching "Oprah."

Photo: Embassy Television


From the big screen's Norma Bates in "Psycho" to the small screen with "Arrested Development's" Lucille Bluth, TheWrap looks at dysfunctional family matriarchs.

More from AOL.com:
How YouTube Crossover Stars Are Faring in Hollywood: Pass or Fail?
Spielberg's 'Minority Report,' Bruckheimer's 'Lucifer' Picked Up to Series By Fox
Chelsea Handler Shares New Details of Her Upcoming Netflix Series (Video)
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.