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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 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

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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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The Keys of the Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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In This House of Brede is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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.

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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 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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Trent Walker added 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

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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 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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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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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 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

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Trent Walker added Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black Dead Man Walking is a 1995 American crime 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 ...more

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clairec added God Is the Bigger Elvis God Is the Bigger Elvis is a 2011 documentary film about actress Dolores Hart, who abandoned her successful career at the age of 24 to become a Benedictine nun. The film was nominated for the ...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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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 Sister Smile Ginevra Colonna, Antonio Salines, Ana Valeria Dini

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Novitiate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Nun Movies
IkaL added Novitiate 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 Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Janet Suzman 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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Trent Walker added Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of Crenshaw High School choir instructor Iris Stevenson, and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Bill ...more

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Nun Movies
kltie added Mother Teresa of Calcutta Olivia Hussey, Laura Morante, Ingrid Rubio Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a 2003 biographical television film based on the life of Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity religious institute. The film stars Olivia Hussey ...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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Trent Walker added Debbie Reynolds, Katharine Ross, Greer Garson 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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claireross added Anna Karina, Francisco Rabal, Micheline Presle The Nun is a 1966 French drama film directed by Jacques Rivette and based on the novel of the same title by Denis Diderot.

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claireross added Fernando Rey, Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal Viridiana is a 1961 Spanish-Mexican motion picture, directed by Luis Buñuel and produced by Mexican Gustavo Alatriste. It is loosely based on Halma, a novel by Benito Pérez ...more

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The White Sister is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Nun Movies
kltie added Clark Gable, Helen Hayes The White Sister is a 1923 American drama film starring Lillian Gish, directed by Henry King, and released by Metro Pictures about nine months before its merger into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was ...more

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claireross added Dick Van Dyke, Kathleen Quinlan, Tammy Grimes The Runner Stumbles is a 1979 film directed and produced by Stanley Kramer, based on the Broadway play by Milan Stitt. The film was the last of Kramer's long and distinguished career. It stars ...more

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The Keepers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Nun Movies
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kltie added Catherine Mouchet, Mona Heftre, Hélène Alexandridis Thérèse is a film about the life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. It was first released in 1986 and directed by Alain Cavalier.

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Sophia Silverstone added Franciszek Pieczka, Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit Mother Joan of the Angels is a 1961 drama film on demonic possession, directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, based on a novella of the same title by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. The film won the Special Jury ...more

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The Little Hours is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Nun Movies
Rachel McMenamin added Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci The Little Hours is an American comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. A young servant (Dave Franco) flees from his master (Nick Offerman) and takes refuge at a convent full of nuns.

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Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner Change of Habit is a 1969 American musical drama film directed by William A. Graham and starring Elvis Presley and Mary Tyler Moore. Written by James Lee, S.S. Schweitzer, and Eric Bercovici, ...more

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clairec added Sister Helen One of the most unanimously acclaimed documentaries in recent years and winner of the coveted Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, this compelling film is an inspirational and uplifting ...more

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Trent Walker added Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel. It ...more

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Mother Teresa: In the Name of ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Nun Movies
kltie added Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor Geraldine Chaplin, William Katt, Keene Curtis Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor is a 1997 film directed by Kevin Connor. It stars Geraldine Chaplin as Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa herself had approved the script but withdrew her ...more

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The Keepers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Nun Movies
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Trailblazers in Habits is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Nun Movies
clairec added Trailblazers in Habits Susan Sarandon

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The Very Private Work of Siste... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Nun Movies
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clairec added Sisters of War Claire van der Boom, Sarah Snook, Khan Chittenden Sisters of War is a telemovie based on the true story of two Australian women, Lorna Whyte, an army nurse and Sister Berenice Twohill, a Catholic nun from New South Wales who survived as ...more