16 Movies About Motherhood That Don’t Sugarcoat It

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OK, hear us out: The Babadook belongs on this list.

We know what you’re thinking! A horror movie, included on a list of realistic movies about motherhood? But if you look past the horror aspects of the film, you get a story of a single mom dealing with grief, mental illness, and shame as she tries to raise the son she had no intentions of raising on her own. Sure, none of us actually ever turn into a literal monster, but surely we can relate to navigating and overcoming some pretty terrible stuff on this journey of motherhood. It really is a great film, and the ending perfectly captures what it’s like to tame our own demons to be the best moms we can be.

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