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The Best Nun Movies 

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Updated May 6, 2019 2.2k votes 710 voters 90.5k views 47 items

List Rules Movies that include nuns as main characters only.

A list of the best nun movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This nun movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about nun are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about nun you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous nun movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these nun movie titles for more information about the films.

List is made up of items like Two Mules for Sister Sara and The Sound of Music.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best nun movies?" and "What is the greatest nun movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular nun movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these nun movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good nun movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Trent Walker added Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Dean Jagger

Released: 1959

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

The Nun's Story is a 1959 Warner Bros film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft. Based upon the 1956 novel of the same title by ...more
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Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Every Song in The Sound of Music, Ranked by Singability #3 of 377 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Trent Walker added Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, Una O'Connor

Released: 1945

Directed by: Leo McCarey

The Bells of St. Mary's is a 1945 American drama film produced and directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Written by Dudley Nichols based on a story by Leo McCarey, ...more

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#53 of 115 The Best Movies with Christian Themes #63 of 109 The Best Christmas Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Trent Walker added Vincent Price, Jennifer Jones, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1943

Directed by: Henry King

The Song of Bernadette is a 1943 drama film that tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, who, from February to July 1858 in Lourdes, France, reported eighteen visions of the Blessed Virgin ...more

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Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1992

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, with musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman. It stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer ...more

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Trent Walker added Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson

Released: 1947

Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Black Narcissus is a 1947 Technicolor film by the British writer-producer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, based on the 1939 novel by Rumer Godden. It is a psychological ...more
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Trent Walker added Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Patrick Shanley

Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. Written and directed by Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin, ...more

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Trent Walker added Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

Released: 1957

Directed by: John Huston

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is a 1957 CinemaScope film which tells the story of two people stranded on a Japanese-occupied island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The movie was adapted by ...more
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Trent Walker added Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson, Lilia Skala

Released: 1963

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

Lilies of the Field is a 1963 film adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel with the same name by William Edmund Barrett, and stars Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams, and Dan Frazer. It ...more

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The Keys of the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nun Movies
kltie added Gregory Peck, Vincent Price, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1944

Directed by: John M. Stahl

The Keys of the Kingdom is a 1944 American film based on the 1941 novel, The Keys of the Kingdom, by A. J. Cronin. The movie was adapted by Nunnally Johnson, directed by John M. Stahl and ...more
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In This House of Brede ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nun Movies
kltie added Diana Rigg, Judi Bowker, Pamela Brown

Released: 1975

Directed by: George Schaefer

In This House of Brede is a 1975 film directed by George Schaefer.
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Trent Walker added The Nun Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope

Released: 2018

Directed by: Corin Hardy

The Nun is a 2018 American horror film directed by Corin Hardy, and the fifth installment in The Conjuring series. In 1952 at the Cârța Monastery in Romania, a nun (Charlotte Hope), a ...more

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Released: 1985

Directed by: Norman Jewison

Agnes of God is a play by American playwright John Pielmeier which tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the child was the result of a virgin conception. A ...more
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Brother Sun, Sister Moon... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nun Movies
kltie added Alec Guinness, Judi Bowker, Peter Firth

Released: 1972

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a 1972 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Graham Faulkner and Judi Bowker. The film is a biopic of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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kltie added Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela, Agata Kulesza

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paweł Pawlikowski

Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. Set in Poland in 1962, a novice nun about to take her vows must first spend time with her much less conservative aunt, and in the ...more
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Trent Walker added Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

Released: 1995

Directed by: Tim Robbins

This film is a 1995 American drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name. ...more

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claireross added Sherry Jackson, Gilbert Roland, Frank Silvera

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Brahm

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima is a Warner color feature film made in 1952. It was promoted as a fact-based treatment of the events surrounding the apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima in ...more
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Trent Walker added Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1949

Directed by: Henry Koster

Come to the Stable is a 1949 American film which tells the story of two French nuns who come to a small New England town and involve the townsfolk in helping them to build a children's hospital. ...more
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kltie added Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff, Geraldine McEwan

Released: 2002

Directed by: 피터 뮬란

The Magdalene Sisters is a 2002 film written and directed by Peter Mullan, about 4 teenage girls who were sent to Magdalene Asylums, homes for women who were labeled as "fallen" by ...more

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claireross added Stella Stevens, Milton Berle, Susan Saint James

Released: 1968

Directed by: James Neilson

Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows is a 1968 American comedy film directed by James Neilson and starring Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, and Binnie Barnes. Written by Blanche Hanalis, the film ...more
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Trent Walker added Debbie Reynolds, Katharine Ross, Greer Garson

Released: 1966

Directed by: Henry Koster

The Singing Nun is a 1966 American semi-biographical film about the life of Jeanine Deckers, a nun who recorded the chart-topping hit song "Dominique". It starred Debbie Reynolds in ...more
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kltie added Sylvia Syms, Lilli Palmer, Peter Arne

Released: 1960

Directed by: Ralph Thomas

Conspiracy of Hearts is a 1960 British World War II film, directed by Ralph Thomas, about nuns in Italy smuggling Jewish children out of an internment camp near their convent to save them from ...more
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Trent Walker added Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Janet Suzman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

Nuns on the Run is a 1990 British comedy film starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane, also featuring Camille Coduri and Janet Suzman. It was written and directed by Jonathan Lynn and produced by ...more
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kltie added Sister Smile Ginevra Colonna, Antonio Salines, Ana Valeria Dini

Released: 2001

Directed by: Roger Deutsch