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Hopefully you haven’t forgotten this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day (if so, act quick!).  The annual holiday has got us thinking not about our own mothers, but instead some of the greats to have graced the big screen over the years. These are the best of the best; the woman who gave it their all in order to protect their children.

Of course, being a wife and/or mother isn’t all that defines them as people. They’re also great examples of really strong female characters. It just so happens that they’ve been placed in situations which require them to step up and do what they must for their kids, whether that’s physically, emotionally, or possibly both.

The often extreme lengths that these movie mothers have gone to won’t make you appreciate your own any less though, and with so many releases these days focusing on how bad parents screw up their kids, it’s nice to look back on those who did the opposite. Here, you will find just ten of the very best examples…

10. Martha Kent

Martha Kent

Kal-El was very lucky indeed when his arrival on Earth caught the attention of Jonathan and Martha Kent. His adoptive parents instilled in him almost everything which makes the Man of Steel such a great superhero, and Martha even sacrifices the life of her husband to keep Clark’s secret safe.

It would have been easy for her to resent or blame Clark for what happened to Jonathan, but she instead becomes her son’s rock and helps set him on the path to becoming Superman. Between facing threats from maniacal aliens and dealing with nosy reporters, Martha has a lot on her plate, but she still finds time to look out for Clark above all else.

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