Happy Mother’s Day – My Mom’s Favorite Films

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there!

In honor of the day, I asked my own mother what her favorite films are. What I received in return was a very succinct set of classics from the 1950s-60s.



The Fanny Furst novel on racial politics gets the Sirkian melodrama treatment. Stars Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, John Gavin and Sandra Dee.



Otto Preminger’s filmed version of Oscar Hammerstein’s all-black adaptation of the Bizet opera Carmen stars Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. Dandridge was nominated for an Academy Award for her role.



Sultry adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ stage play. Stars Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor.



A groundbreaking film at the time, this film stars Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn and in his final film appearance, Spencer Tracy.


Some very good selections indeed – mom certainly has good cinematic taste 🙂



  1. Classy set of films from your mom. Well done. Happy Mother’s Day to yours.
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  2. i love this list! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Nice post to honor your mom, Iba! She certainly does have a fine taste in movies. My late mom introduced me to classic films as well, and surely Gone with the Wind would’ve been on her favorite list 🙂 Btw, I really have to see ‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF’ soon!
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    • Funny I never really asked my mom what her favorite films were. I always knew Imitation of Life was one of them but the others I was rather pleasantly surprised about!

  4. Happy happy mother’s day everyone! I just hope all mothers would feel important in this special day intended for mothers only..
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  5. Beautiful post. Happy Mothers Day!!

    You had me worried for a bit, but luckily I hadn’t forgotten, UK’s Mothers Day was a while back!!
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  6. Great piece Eebs. Looks like your film jones and insight must be genetic! 🙂
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