The Best Nun Movies  

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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
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
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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Trent Walker added Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby, Una O'Connor
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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Trent Walker added Vincent Price, Jennifer Jones, Lee J. Cobb
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
Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge ...more
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Trent Walker added Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson
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 Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr
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
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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Trent Walker added Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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
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
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
Brother Sun, Sister Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nun Movies
kltie added Alec Guinness, Judi Bowker, Peter Firth
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.
In This House of Brede is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nun Movies
kltie added Diana Rigg, Judi Bowker, Pamela Brown
In This House of Brede is a 1975 film directed by George Schaefer.
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Agnes of God is a play by 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 psychiatrist and the mother ...more
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claireross added Sherry Jackson, Gilbert Roland, Frank Silvera
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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claireross added Stella Stevens, Milton Berle, Susan Saint James
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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kltie added Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff, Geraldine McEwan
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
Novitiate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nun Movies
IkaL added Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Saylor
Novitiate is a 2017 American drama film directed by Margaret Betts. Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman (Margaret Qualley) in training to become a nun ...more
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Trent Walker added Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Elsa Lanchester
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 Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Lena Stolze
Vision is a 2009 German film directed by Margarethe von Trotta.
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kltie added Sylvia Syms, Lilli Palmer, Peter Arne
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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kltie added Sister Smile Ginevra Colonna, Antonio Salines, Ana Valeria Dini
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kltie added Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela, Agata Kulesza
Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Set in Poland in 1962, it is about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a ...more
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kltie added The Letters Max von Sydow, Rutger Hauer, Juliet Stevenson
The Letters is a 2013 drama film written and directed by William Riead.
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Trent Walker added The Nun Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope
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