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The Best Nun Movies

Updated December 9, 2020 2.3k votes 762 voters 96.6k views53 items

List RulesMovies 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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    The Nun's Story

    Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch

    Released1959

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    The Nun's Story is a 1959 Warner Bros film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Audrey...  more
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise...  more

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    The Bells of St. Mary's

    Ingrid Bergman, Bing Crosby

    Released1945

    Directed byLeo McCarey

    The Bells of St. Mary's is a 1945 American drama film produced and directed by Leo McCarey and...  more

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    The Song of Bernadette

    Vincent Price, Jennifer Jones

    Released1943

    Directed byHenry King

    The Song of Bernadette is a 1943 drama film that tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, who,...  more

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    Black Narcissus

    Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons

    Released1947

    Directed byEmeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

    Black Narcissus is a 1947 Technicolor film by the British writer-producer-director team of...  more
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    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by...  more

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    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

    Released1957

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is a 1957 CinemaScope film which tells the story of two people...  more
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    Doubt

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley

    Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize...  more

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    Sister Smile

    Ginevra Colonna, Antonio Salines

    Released2001

    Directed byRoger Deutsch

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    The Keys of the Kingdom

    Gregory Peck, Vincent Price

    Released1944

    Directed byJohn M. Stahl

    The Keys of the Kingdom is a 1944 American film based on the 1941 novel, The Keys of the...  more
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    In This House of Brede

    Diana Rigg, Judi Bowker

    Released1975

    Directed byGeorge Schaefer

    In This House of Brede is a 1975 film directed by George Schaefer....  more
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    Brother Sun, Sister Moon

    Alec Guinness, Judi Bowker

    Released1972

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a 1972 film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Graham...  more
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    The Magdalene Sisters

    Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff

    Released2002

    Directed by피터 뮬란

    The Magdalene Sisters is a 2002 film written and directed by Peter Mullan, about 4 teenage...  more

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    Lilies of the Field

    Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson

    Released1963

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Lilies of the Field is a 1963 film adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel with the same name...  more

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    The Nun

    Anna Karina, Francisco Rabal

    Released1966

    Directed byJacques Rivette

    The Nun is a 1966 French drama film directed by Jacques Rivette and based on the novel of the...  more
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    The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

    Sherry Jackson, Gilbert Roland

    Released1952

    Directed byJohn Brahm

    The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima is a Warner color feature film made in 1952. It was promoted...  more
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    Come to the Stable

    Loretta Young, Celeste Holm

    Released1949

    Directed byHenry Koster

    Come to the Stable is a 1949 American film which tells the story of two French nuns who come...  more
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    Ida

    Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela

    Released2013

    Directed byPaweł Pawlikowski

    Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. Set in Poland in 1962, a novice...  more
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    Novitiate

    Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo

    Directed byMargaret Betts

    Novitiate is a 2017 American drama film directed by Margaret Betts. Set in the early 1960s and...  more
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    Dead Man Walking

    Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon

    Released1995

    Directed byTim Robbins

    This film is a 1995 American drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced...  more

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    Conspiracy of Hearts

    Sylvia Syms, Lilli Palmer

    Released1960

    Directed byRalph Thomas

    Conspiracy of Hearts is a 1960 British World War II film, directed by Ralph Thomas, about nuns...  more
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    Released2009

    Directed byMargarethe von Trotta

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    The Convent

    Kelly Mantle, Coolio

    Released2000

    Directed byMike Mendez

    The Convent is a 2000 horror film directed by Mike Mendez. The film had its world premiere on...  more

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