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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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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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#1 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing Every Song in The Sound of Music, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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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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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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#67 of 109 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time #20 of 70 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940slisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel
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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#202 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #271 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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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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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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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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#73 of 232 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made #18 of 50 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960slisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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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The Keys of the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nun Movies
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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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Brother Sun, Sister Moon... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nun Movies
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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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In This House of Brede ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nun Movies
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Diana Rigg, Judi Bowker, Pamela Brown
In This House of Brede is a 1975 film directed by George Schaefer.
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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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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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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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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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Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela, Agata Kulesza
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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Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Lena Stolze
Vision is a 2009 German film directed by Margarethe von Trotta.
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Ginevra Colonna, Antonio Salines, Ana Valeria Dini
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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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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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Novitiate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nun Movies
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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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Max von Sydow, Rutger Hauer, Juliet Stevenson
The Letters is a 2013 drama film written and directed by William Riead.
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Mother Teresa of Calcutt... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nun Movies
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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