Bette Midler stars as Stella Claire, a working-class, fun-loving barmaid in northern New York State. A brief affair with handsome Stephen Dallas (Stephen Collins) produces a daughter, Jenny (Trini Alvarado), whom Stella insists upon raising alone, despite Dallas' marriage offer. As the years pass, Stella and Jenny are a happy pair. Stella gives up bartending to sell cosmetics, supported by her friend Ed (John Goodman), a bartender developing a crush on her and a problem with alcohol. Dallas has stayed involved with his beloved daughter from afar and is now a urologist in New York City, engaged to a book editor (Marsha Mason). As Jenny reaches adulthood, Stella becomes aware that life with her father would provide her daughter with opportunities that she'd never have otherwise, so she devises a painful, self-sacrificing scheme to drive Jenny from the nest. Although functional as a tearjerker, many of the themes in Stella simply don't make as much sense in a modern age of healthy, fractured families, muting the drama of the tale's earlier versions, specifically Stella Dallas (1937).~Karl Williams
I absolutely LOVE this move! This movie was out when I was a kid myself and it is interesting how so many people have never seen it. Beth Midler is an amazing actress and can have you rolling in laughter as well as sobbing in tears. This movie portrays a single mom doing what's best for her daughter because that is what is most important in her life. Beth Midler plays Stella who struggles to give her daugher the very best with what little she has. It is truly a classic and very realistic when compared to the REAL world. There is strong language used, but what movie doesn't have it these days. Come on, when has Beth Midler ever failed to entertain a home audience? When comparing her best movies; Stella and Beaches are at the top of my list. You can't find this in stores...I tried!
This review is from Stella [DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great for Mothers and Daughters
This is an oldie of a movie for my mom. I grew up watching this movie with my mom. I bought this one for my mom, and she loves it! Its a great movie for mothers to daughters, or daughters to mothers. I highly recommend this movie!