05/11/2012 03:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mother's Day: Best Movie Sons And Daughters

This Sunday is Mother's Day. Or, as my mom calls it, "The day my only child eventually remembers to call me -- usually around 5:30 p.m."

To celebrate the holiday, I was told by my editor to "think of a way to incorporate Mother's Day into a post about movies." This is more difficult than it would seem, because there are already a lot of posts like that on the internet.

Then it hit me: "Hey, you can't be a mother without a child, right?," I didn't say to myself because I'm making all of this up. "It's high time that the sons and daughters are acknowledged, too," I never said, either.

So! With that, here's a list of every movie son and daughter, which we stopped at five because every character ever seems to qualify.

Ellen Ripley

Ripley not only defeats the members of a very aggressive alien species many times, she even sacrifices herself as opposed to giving birth to an alien. Which doesn't make Ripley the best mother, but this is not a post about great mothers. (One caveat: in Alien Resurrection, Ripley was a clone. So, technically, in that film, she doesn't qualify for this list.)

Han Solo

We never met Han Solo's parents in any of the Star Wars movies, but technically he's some lucky mother's son.


I have no idea if Turbo's mother taught him how to breakdance, but, I like to think she had something to do with it.

Jonathan Switcher

Jonathan shows a deep loyalty to his work, which I'm sure was instilled from his mother -- whoever that is. Sure, his work is with mannequins, and he eventually falls in love with a mannequin. Yes, this is odd, but it doesn't mean that he's not a great son.

Albert Hockenberry

We know that Albert's father, sadly, passed away. (That's assuming you've seen D.C. Cab, which you most likely haven't.) But Albert's mother, I'm sure, is proud that he would work at a cab company in the District of Columbia. Also, he's friends with Mr. T, which also makes him great.

Mike Ryan is senior entertainment writer for The Huffington Post. He has written for Wired Magazine, and It's Friday at 3 p.m. and Mike has run out of ideas, so you get a post like this one and he apologizes. You can contact Mike Ryan directly on Twitter.