Our Top 5 Badass Mums in Movies & TV

Here’s to all the movie and TV mums who stood up, gave the world the finger and showed us how to act like a badass mother
1. Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) Bad Moms 2

Bad Moms 2

Mila Kunis’ character, Amy Mitchell makes bad look good. She’s tired, stressed, fed up and about to take back control of her life. Forget cooking, cleaning and boring household chores, she’s getting the girls together to party like a mother. These are the funniest mums in comedy right now. Mila, we worship you and salute your hilarious FU attitude.

2. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) The Terminator & The Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator 2
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When your son is the chosen one to save the world, you better make sure he’s been given some choice life lessons that only a good mother can impart – like how to kill an enemy, fight a cyborg, evade the authorities and hatch an escape plan. Probably the most buff, ripped mum in movie history, never mess with Sarah Connor.

3. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Murderer. Conspirator. Blackmailer. Incest advocate. Whatever you say about Cersei, you have to believe that she loves her kids, even the abominable Joffrey. She would do anything for her children, and she did, slaying anyone in her path. Now that she is pregnant again, her powers to protect her unborn will be unleashed on anybody and anything that stands in her way. White Walkers beware!

4. Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody (Ellen Barkin) Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom

With sex, swagger and deadly appeal, Ellen Barkin is TV’s pre-eminent gangster mum. She’s the matriarch of a South Californian crime-family and rules her unruly brood with sweetness, ruthlessness and just a touch of incestuous innuendo. Watching her machinations and manipulations is a frightening sight to behold. Her boys are putty in her hands... or so she thinks.

5. Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) Veep 


Potty-mouthed, razor sharp political viper Selina Meyer is not a mum who sugar-coats things. Sometimes she treats her daughter Catherine like a low-rung staff member: dismissive, rude, off-handed. But we know Selina loves her only child and would protect her like a lioness. With a record 6 consecutive Prime Time Emmy Awards, Julia is the true first woman in the White House and the reigning Queen of Comedy. 

Who are some of your favourite badass mums in movies and TV... the Xenomorph Alien Queen from Aliens? Debra Lawrance in Please Like Me? Wynona Ryder in Stranger Things? We could go on and on...

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