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No more wire hangers, ever: Worst movie moms of the '80s


Happy Mother's Day ... well, to most of you. Truth is the '80s were full of rotten moms -- though mainly on the big screen. There's something about a bad mom that makes for great entertainment.

What's ironic is that the same is rarely true of rotten dads. Example? Goldie Hawn as the bumbling mom/football coach in Wildcats? Funny! Christopher Walken as Brad Whitewood Sr. in At Close Range? ("If it's blood, don't break it.") Uncomfortable. Very uncomfortable.

So let's stick to sticking it to bad moms today, shall we? And this list is special -- we actually have a tie for first place ... from the same movie.

TOP 5 BAD MOVIE MOMS of the 1980s:

Class5. ELLEN BORROUGHS (Jacqueline Bisset) in CLASS (1983): Great mom for Andrew McCarthy. (Probably because she wasn't his mom.) Awful mom for Rob Lowe.

4. BETH JARRETT (Mary Tyler Moore) in ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980): "Happy ... you tell me the meaning of happy. But first you better make sure your kids are good and safe, that they haven't fallen of a horse, been hit by a car, or drown in that swimming pool you're so proud of!"

3. JOAN CRAWFORD (Faye Dunaway) in MOMMIE DEAREST (1981): "No wire hangers, ever!"

throw_momma.jpg2. MRS. LIFT (Anne Ramsey) from THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN (1987): "I'm getting the hell out of here. ... Too god damn sultry in here."

1. JENNY MEYER (Kim Darby) in BETTER OFF DEAD (1985): "It's got raisins in it... you like raisins."

1. MRS. SMITH (Laura Waterbury) in BETTER OFF DEAD (1985): "Ricky, do something to him!"


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