->''"Come to Laugh. Come to Cry. Come to Care. Come to Terms."''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}} for the film'''

A 1974 novel by Larry [=McMurtry=], ''Terms of Endearment'' is best known for its 1983 film version, the debut feature of Creator/JamesLBrooks. With an AllStarCast headed by Creator/JackNicholson and Creator/ShirleyMacLaine in their Oscar-winning roles, the film went on to win five total UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture.

Aurora Greenway ([=MacLaine=]) and her daughter Emma (Debra Winger) have grown apart over the years. Aurora has found herself with a string of suitors, most notably retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Nicholson), while Emma too has an affair in the midst of her loveless marriage. When Emma is diagnosed with cancer, everyone's relationships will be tested.

[=McMurtry=] published a sequel to the original novel, ''The Evening Star'', in 1992; this was itself adapted into a film four years later, with [=MacLaine=] and Nicholson reprising their roles.

!!This work features examples of:

* CanonForeigner: Garret Breedlove for the film version.
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Played with. When Emma announces she's pregnant again, Aurora gets exasperated and mentions that a lot of smart girls are getting abortions.
* KnittingPregnancyAnnouncement: Discussed after Aurora explodes about becoming a grandmother, the clueless Flap asks her "Does this mean you won't be knitting the baby any booties?"
* MaamShock: Or, Being A Grandmother Shock for Aurora.
* MamaBear: Aurora.
-->'''Aurora:''' It's past ten. My daughter is in pain. I don't understand why she has to have this pain. All she has to do is hold out until ten, and IT'S PAST TEN! My daughter is in pain, can't you understand that! '''GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE SHOT!'''
* OscarBait
* RecycledTrailerMusic: Dear God, yes. At this point, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnxfDuxaRzA main theme]] is better remembered than the film itself.
* YourCheatingHeart