48. 'Terms of Endearment' (1983)
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A winner of Five Academy Awards in 1984, including Best Picture, film tells
the story of a thirty-year relationship between mother and daughter and the
trials and tribulations that life has to offer. Hollywood heavyweights Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson (Oscar winner for best supporting
actor) starred in what I consider my favorite (sad) movie of all time.
MacLaine stars as Aurora Greenway, who we meet climbing into her newborn
daughter Emma's (Winger) crib to ensure that the baby is still breathing.
Over-protective much? The film progresses as Emma graduates high school, her
best friend moves away and she marries Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels), only to be
let down by his philandering ways over many many years. Emma enters into her own
affair with local businessman Sam Burns (a perfect John Lithgow, fresh off "The World According to
Garp"). Aurora finds herself pursued by a gregarious astronaut (Nicholson).
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Events takes a dramatic turn when Emma, during a routine doctor visit for her
children, is found to have malignant lumps under her armpits. The film then
turns to the future of the children, appropriate reconciliations and
"Terms of Endearment" is a film that stays with you. The acting is superb
and, having sat in the theater as a 10-year-old kid with his mother, I can
attest that it leaves a lasting impression. Well-deserved win as Best Picture in
a year that included "The Big Chill" and my favorite film of all time, "The
Right Stuff." — Kent Laird, Lead Editor, MSN Movies (Shirley
MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson in "Terms of Endearment"/Courtesy Everett