->"Come to Laugh. Come to Cry. Come to Care. Come to Terms."
-->'''Tagline of 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 AcademyAwards, 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:

* CaliforniaDoubling: Some scenes set in Texas were actually filmed in Lincoln, Nebraska where the bulk of the film is set.
** in addition, the scene where the station wagon crosses the "Texas State Line" was actually filmed just outside Cortland, NE
* CanonForeigner: Garret Breedlove for the film version.
* UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}
* 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