Terms of Endearment

Lists: Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989, Best Picture Winners from the 1980s, Film Quest 2017, Female Lead, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time

Brief Synopsis: "Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking."

Overall Ranking: 909 (Rank from 1983: # 7)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 40%
Regular 40%
Half-Popped 20%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Tom Barnes100
Minnesota Man95(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80(full review)
David Baruffi70
Annwyn S50

People Involved

  • Shirley MacLaine (Aurora Greenway)
  • Debra Winger (Emma Greenway Horton)
  • Jack Nicholson (Garrett Breedlove)
  • Danny DeVito (Vernon Dahlart)
  • Jeff Daniels (Flap Horton)
  • John Lithgow (Sam Burns)
  • James L. Brooks (Director)